From the Jeweler's Bench

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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!


A ROSE IS A ROSE IS HOW WE SAY "I LOVE YOU" February 07 2015

One of the best parts of designing jewelry and making it ourselves is the chance to play with gorgeous metals and gemstones.  Two materials we love best are rose cut diamonds and rose gold.  Here are two examples of how we use these materials.

In the Fresh Rock Rose Mandala necklace, designer Janet Alix has combined an unusual pink chocolate rose cut diamond with a radiant rose gold setting.  

For the Village Bracelets we took inspiration from a bracelet found by Lori's mother in Greenwich Village in the mid-1950's. With the addition of rose gold and a hidden clasp it is an homage to the original hipsters that can be worn every day for every occasion.


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


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