From the Jeweler's Bench

The official blog of Alix & Company

STACK OF THE DAY: Rainy Day Rings March 14 2016

It was a wonderful stormy weekend in Mill Valley.  We brought a little sunshine into our day with a stack of yellow diamond and sapphire rings.

Stacking rings yellow daimnds & yellow sapphire


STACK OF THE DAY: RUBY, SAPPHIRE, RED SPINEL & 2 FUN FACTS! February 19 2015

Here is a stack of rings that could happily be worn together as a set.  The top ring is a ruby, the second ring is golden sapphire, and the ring on the bottom is a red spinel.  All of these rings are made in twenty-two karat gold.  

Here (as promised) are the fun facts for the gemstone obsessed:

1. Ruby? Spinel? This photograph is a great example of how similar in appearance these two gems can be.  The spinel is a little brighter with a hint of cherry but you can see why people used to think red spinel was just a very pretty ruby.

2.  Golden Sapphire?  Aren't sapphires blue?  Yes they are - blue and everything else as well...  Sapphires are part of the gemstone family named Corundum. The red ones are called rubies and as for the rest, well you can name almost any color under the rainbow,  add the word sapphire after it, and we probably have one here in the store.  Yellow, purple, green, white, pink, pale blue, dark blue, these are all sapphire colors.  And after diamond these are the hardest natural stone - just perfect for a ring stack!


STACK OF THE DAY February 05 2015

Every morning we take our jewelry out of the safe and arrange it in the jewelry cases.  You might think we would get a little bored but instead we are always making new discoveries.  One of our favorite games is "Stack Of The Day".  A stack of rings that might be impossible to wear in real life but that look just gorgeous together.  

We put together this stack of ocean colors for all the water baby Pisces girls to dream on.  

 


5 RED & PINK GEMS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY January 29 2015

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it's time to think about what you would like to give - or receive.  Red rubies are just one of the gemstones that start us dreaming of love and romance. Here are 5 more fabulous gemstones in Valentine colors that are all sweet enough to eat.

  • Pink Tourmaline - pink with a hint of mystery

  • Red Spinel - the red that ruby envies

  • Pink Sapphire - from palest pink to bright magenta, sapphire has it all

  • Rubellite Tourmaline - complex and fascinating

  • Rose Quartz - delicate and dreamy