Looking for a way to celebrate Mom?

Looking for a way to celebrate Mom?

With only 2 weeks left to find that perfect gift for mom, we've got some tips on how to choose jewelry she will cherish for years to come.    Traditional and Timeless Gold and diamonds are always in fashion. Our black and gold collection offers a precious everyday piece that can be worn solo or as her new favorite layering piece. Unique and Joyful Colorful gemstones are vibrant and full of energy and reflect her spirit. Choose her favorite color or her birthstone from our hand-cut gemstone charms. Personal and with Love Choose one or multiple charm pendants and give...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2022 Tips: Part 2

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2022 Tips: Part 2

One of the top musts on my list this year was checking out the new Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum and it did not disappoint! This museum just opened in July, 2021 and has many recent acquisitions. Not only did it have an excellent mineral collection, but the museum had two other curated shows of cut gemstones and finished jewelry. It was definitely a highlight of my Tucson Gem show trip (read more about it in Part 1). The "Somewhere over the Rainbow" collection is a private collection that showcases over 230 loose gemstones and 145 finished jewelry pieces valued over $10...

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2022 Tips: Part 1

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2022 Tips: Part 1

After what seemed like forever (seriously, I only skipped a year due to COVID precautions so I’m being a bit dramatic), I was delighted to be back in Tucson for the Gem show to bask in the glorious crystals, endless amount of gemstones, and tons of new lapidary material. Hallelujah! Traveling was easier than normal due to fewer people traveling. At the time of visiting, the county of Pima had indoor masks required and most vendors and shoppers were wearing masks inside as well as outside.  This year I was shopping for new lapidary material for cutting and some crystals...

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Very Peri February: Pantone’s Color of the Year

Very Peri February: Pantone’s Color of the Year

  Very Peri, the newly created Pantone color for 2022, is a delightful hue of bluish-purple based on the color periwinkle. A very versatile stone color that can be found in birthstones as well as many other gemstones, agates, and jaspers. It’s a soft and calming color that is perfect for gift giving this month as this color category includes amethyst, the birthstone for February. Pantone describes the color as a “joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.” I love color and to me, jewelry making feels like I’m painting with gemstones. Fashion runway trends have...

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Garnets: More Than Just A Red Gemstone

Garnets: More Than Just A Red Gemstone

When you think of garnet you most likely think of the color red as it is the most common. Did you know that garnet can be found in green, orange, yellow, pink and purples with many shades in-between? There are over twenty species of garnet. Out of these, 6 are found most often when shopping for gemstones. What are they? (WARNING: I am about to nerd out on gem facts!) Andradite colors are yellow to yellowish green. A rare and sought after variety of andradite is demantoid, a bright green color, which is frequently used as a more affordably priced substitute stone for...

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