February 3, 2015

 

I am Amethyst, handmaiden to the goddess Diana.   Many centuries ago, I was caught in a bitter quarrel between the gods.  Protecting me from the wrath of Bacchus, my goddess transformed me into a transparent crystal.  When the quarrel had ceased, Bacchus, filled wi...

January 13, 2015

2015 will bring us many new trends that are sure to delight the eye.  As evidenced by the recent Golden Globes, big dangling earrings made a dramatic appearance on the red carpet.

 

Some of the styles were timeless classics with Art Deco themes or intricate pave work, bu...

October 22, 2014

Ever since I was a kid visiting Idar-Oberstein, Germany, once the cutting capital of the world, I have been fascinated by fantasy cut gemstones. 

 

We keep a small collection on hand of blue topaz, amethyst and citrine gemstones, as you can see to the left.  We try...

September 2, 2014

September's birthstone is sapphire, a variety of the mineral corundum (like ruby).  Sapphires are remarkably durable with a hardness of 9 out of 10 (diamonds are 10).  Colors vary from the most popular blue to the more unique yellows, pinks, greens, and the orangy pad...

July 23, 2014

We are oftened asked where in the world the best peridot material comes from.   Usually we get these questions around this time of year since Peridot is the birthstone for August.  The most amazing colors of peridot come from a region between Pakistan and Afghanistan....

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