Monday, June 29, 2015

JULY SPECIALS
* Take 15% off all pieces with Citrine, Jasper, Onyx and Ruby ( July's birthstone)
* Take $10 off a $75 purchase and $20 off a $120 purchase

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Last weekend for June specials. Take 15% off pieces with Pearls, Chalcedony and Moonstone. Pictured are 2 pieces with peach and natural multi-color Moonstone in Sterling Silver.
ROCK TRIVIA; MOONSTONE
The shimmer of light of the moonstone is something very special in the gemstone world. The inner construction of the gemstone causes light rays to be refracted and scattered in the stone. This very unique light effect is known as 'adularisation'. 
The classic moonstone, which is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. However, they are also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. For a few years, there have also been some green, brown and orange specimens on the market, as well as some with smoky and champagne colors, mainly originating from India.
Prices for Moonstone have the most astonishing range. The more intense in color, the larger and the more transparent, the more highly valued the moonstone. Bluish moonstones of good quality have been becoming more and more of a rarity in recent years and the prices for these will continue to rise exponentially.
This gemstone was very popular about a hundred years ago at the time of Art Nouveau.
Pictured, three pair of Peach Moonstone earrings. A perfect color for summer. Gorgeous with so many colors like turquoise, greens and neutrals!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: CHALCEDONY
Chalcedony probably was named for the ancient Greek town Chalkedon in Asia Minor, which is today part of Istanbul.
Chalcedony was used in the Mediterranean region as early as the Bronze Age. In the Palace of Knossos on Crete, Chalcedony seals have been found dating back to 1800 BC. Hot wax would not stick to it so it was often used to make seal impressions. It was widely used for rings and carvings by the Romans, for religious carvings in the Renaissance and for cameos by the Victorians.
Chalcedony occurs in the most amazing variety of colors and patterns. Agates have beautiful bands and stripes, Jaspers have incredible patterns and colors, and colors range from the translucent orange-red of carnelian to the apple-green of Chrysoprase - the most valued form of Chalcedony.
Generally what jewelers today mean by Chalcedony is the translucent material such as the blue in the picture. Other popular colors are mid-range greens and aquas.



Friday, June 12, 2015

Fair trade Sterling Silver beads from Bali with marquis shape Garnets. Also available in Sterling Silver with Labradorite, Pyrite, Seafoam Green Chalcedony, Peach Moonstone, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Deep Green Onyx, London Blue Topaz and Smoky Quartz. In 24k Vermeil with Garnet, London Blue Topaz, Rock Quartz, Black Spinel, White Pearls, Natural Citrine and a fine Green Apatite,
Very fine London Blue Topaz with Sterling Silver. Also available now in Sterling with Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Picture Jasper, Rock Quartz, Labradorite, Garnet, Fine Arizona Turquoise, and in 24k Vermeil with White Pearls, Garnet, Natural Pink Sapphire, Moss Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Iolite, Citrine and Emerald Green Onyx.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

London Blue Topaz. Wonderful color and clarity. Several pieces available in both Sterling Silver and 14k gold filled
Very fine ( AA+ ) Ethiopian Opal. The fire in these are incredible! This one in 14k gold filled.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PEARLS, THE BIRTHSTONE FOR JUNE
Pearls have been symbols of wealth, status and religious belief for thousands of years. For thousands of years, the principal oyster beds were in the Persian Gulf, along the coasts of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and in the Red Sea. Chinese pearls came mainly from freshwater rivers and ponds, but Japanese pearls were found near the coast in salt water. 
When cultured pearls came on the market in the 1930s, pearls became more available and affordable. By the 1950s, it became a custom to gift girls in their teens with a strand of white pearls as well as tradition for pearls to be worn by brides. White, round pearls were the ones in high demand. We have come full circle to valuing all shapes and colors of pearls in recent years. Today pearls have gone from being something worn on special occasions to something we wear all the time.
Pictured is La Peregrina, one of the most famous pearls in the world. It has been worn by royalty for 500 years, from European kings and queens to a movie queen, Elizabeth Taylor. It was sold by Christie’s in 2011 for $11.8 million.

JUNE SPECIALS: 
- Take 15% off pieces with Chalcedony, Moonstone and Pearl 
- Discontinuing Rubies and Blue Sapphires. All pieces with these stones 25% off