Here's a different twist on the popular halo setting. This client had an oval solitaire engagement ring. Her idea was to add her children and grandchildren's stones around her center; almost forming a 'family circle' around her diamond. Luckily the halo had just the right amount of settings so each person had 2 stones. The halo was added to her existing ring and her center diamond reset.
Sapphire is September's birthstone. Before becoming a birthstone, sapphire jewelry was worn for other reasons. Although sapphires occur naturally in a range of colors, the most common is sky-blue. Because of this, sapphire jewelry was also worn because of the gem's believed connection to the gods.
Citrine is also commonly known as gold topaz. While much of the history of citrine and topaz overlap and many of the mystical properties that have been ascribed to them through the ages are identical, the only thing the two gems really have in common is their color.
Citrine and topaz both lay claim to the month of November, but Citrine’s wide availability gives it an edge. It’s been known as the healing quartz, and in mysticism circles it has been said to ... VIEW FULL ENTRY
Also known as the Evening Emerald, the birthstone for August is the Peridot. When this stone is placed under artificial light it will glow the color of brilliant green. Although this gemstone is very much the same as the emerald it has a much softer intensity. Peridots that weigh as little as three or even two carats can be quite pricy and stones that are about eight carats are almost impossible to locate. Beyond this weight, the larger peridots are all pieces in museums or with Private Collectors. The Washington DC Smithsonian I... VIEW FULL ENTRY
Bloodstone, one of March's birthstones, occurs in primary hues of green interspersed with maroon spots. Its primary hue is a type of quartz called chalcedony and the maroon spots are a result of iron oxide. To some these spots resembled blood and this is how the stone got its name.
Since the beginning of recorded history, bloodstone jewelry has been worn for its various mystical powers. In Babylonian times, soldiers carried bloodstone pendants into war in case of serious injury; the bloodstone pendant was believed to stop bleeding on contact. B... VIEW FULL ENTRY
Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and scientist. We say this here because we totally agree with his assessment that amethyst is able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. After all, wouldn’t anyone look smart wearing our beautiful Sterling Silver Amethyst Pendant? We think so! And who could look at our beautiful Sara Blaine Amethyst Ring and think any evil thoughts? With its gorgeous deep purple stone and royal setting, it just may make whoever wears it feel like a benevolent queen.
A father and adult daughter came in to create a grandmother’s pendant for their special wife/mom. Our goal was finding a mounting that would take eleven stones in a balanced design; one that looks like it was always meant to be designed that way. With a little creativity, we found a mounting that took five stones and added the additional 6 stones to complete this grandmother’s pendant. They left the placement of the stones to us and luckily the balance of colors was perfect. What a wonderful family surprise.
This lady's 14K white gold Mother/Grandmother's bracelet was made for a former Syracuse native and can be adapted for any number of stones, metal or length. With this client, we balanced the light and darker tones of the birthstones by alternating the different tones. This bracelet may be made in sterling silver, yellow or white gold and comes in different link styles.
Rubies have always been treasured for their regal beauty. The ruby is the red variety of the corundum family, which includes sapphire, and is the most valuable. Traces of chromium found in the ruby's crystal structure cause this blazing gem's orangey to purplish red hue. Fine quality rubies are extremely rare. The color of the gem dictates its value.
In their rough state, rubies contain various imperfections. They may be in a form of color impurities and thin mineral inclusions... VIEW FULL ENTRY