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Modern Anniversary Gemstones

This is a fun tradition to start with your beloved! You can research ideas all year for clever ways to give a gemstone. Maybe you start with the rough crystal form and create a collection of specimens that represent your lives together. Our website has options for  most of         these gemstones too. We love to help…

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Earth Day and Eco Friendly Jewelry Design

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“We are artisans committed to creating beauty in our world through our medium of fine jewelry.”  –Philip Voetsch Our world is important to us! April 22 is Earth Day, a day for us to celebrate and share our focus of creating beautiful jewelry, while working with diamonds, gemstones, and metals that will do no harm to planet earth and its inhabitants. The beauty…

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The Brazilians Are Coming! And we couldn’t be more excited…

Brazilian gemstones

Our friends of over 26 years are coming to town with their fabulous collection of Brazilian gemstones for one day only. The Fernandes family has been going into the mines of their home country for over fifty years. They hand select the rough stones that the father, Jose will cut by hand.  An amazing selection of scintillating gems of all shapes…

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New Birthstone for August: Spinel

New Birthstone for August

New Birthstone for August: Spinel, a favorite gemstone for so many reasons. Multiple color choices, brilliant reflection and durability are just a few of the reasons we love to design with spinel. Spinel is found in shades of vivid red, orange, pink, blue and lavender.  It’s durable enough to use in all types of jewelry pieces including rings. It is usually…

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Let Your Necklace Speak For You

NECK WEAR When you wear a ring or bracelet you can look down and see the brilliant sparkle of a diamond or the warmth of the gold. When you wear a necklace you usually only see it in a mirror, but anyone who is facing you sees it. So your neck can be a good place to make a statement…

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Opal or Pink Tourmaline For October Birthstone?

OPAL      Opal is probably the most popular October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has…

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Sapphire Fun Facts, September Birthstone…

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire  Traditional Gift for 5th and 45th Wedding Anniversaries   Fun Facts: “Royal Blue” The world’s most famous engagement ring is Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire. Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon…

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Update on Hope Spinel Auction

Hope Spinel Blasts Estimates, Record at Bonhams The Hope Spinel, the 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone that was once part of Henry Philip Hope’s renowned gem collection, sold for an incredible $1.5 million at the Bonhams London Sept. 24 auction, breaking the record for price-per-carat for a spinel.  The price-per-carat was $30,000, nearly double the previous price-per-carat record for a spinel—$16,000, set…

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Red Spinel to be Auctioned

The Hope Spinel, a 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone set in a 19th-century silver and gold brooch, will be auctioned at the Bonhams London Fine Jewellery Sale on Sept. 24.   The stone was last sold in 1917. Bonhams estimates it will go for between $227,000 and $304,000. As its name suggests, the stone was part of the collection of Henry Philip Hope,…

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Tourmaline

A Rainbow of Color Choices Tourmalines are some of the most brilliant and colorful gemstones. Ranging in color from green and pink, to red and blue and subtle colors in between. Tourmaline’s colors have many different causes. It’s generally agreed that traces of iron, and possibly titanium, induce green and blue colors. Manganese produces reds and pinks, and possibly yellows. Green…

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THIN IS IN When It Comes to Diamond (or Sapphire) Wedding Bands

We’ve noticed a trend around here when it comes to buying wedding bands. Thin diamond bands are very popular.       They look great next to a solitaire engagement ring and the popular halo rings with micro pave.         Place a thin sapphire band next to a simple solitaire ring for a subtle pop of color. You…

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Red Spinel vs Ruby

Red Gems with a Surprising History I was recently working with a client who wanted to commemorate her 30th wedding anniversary with a special piece of jewelry. As we talked we decided a ring would be appropriate for this occasion and the focus should be a unique gemstone. Her choices were narrowed to red spinel vs ruby. She wanted a…

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Pantone’s Fall Colors 2014; Jewelry Trends

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Each year Pantone, the leader of color communication in the design world selects seasonal color trends that will be showcased for a season by a range of designers from clothing to housewares to accessories.   The fall report is released to the public as the first lines featuring those hues hit the runways all over the world. “This is a season…

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The Ultimate Blue Gemstone, Sapphire

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Sapphire has been beloved for centuries as the ultimate blue gemstone. The ancient Persian rulers believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the heavens blue. In Latin, Sapphirus means blue. All gemstones are minerals formed in the earth when elements combine with heat and/or pressure and develop crystals. Only a very small percentage of…

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