Rainbow Moonstone Ring – The Gift of True Love

By Calla Gold

Struck by the Blue Flash of Love

Gems of WisdomI’d had my eye out for a nice moonstone for some time when I spotted a big, beautiful one that I knew Charla would love.

A number of years ago, we’d talked about how she’d wanted to create a ring with one of these gemstones to go with two very special diamonds from her husband.

She was especially entranced with rainbow moonstones which displayed a blue flash. I couldn’t wait to show her what I’d found. Continue reading →



Dear Calla – Motorcycle Mama Re-Designing a Wedding Ring with Attitude

By Calla Gold

Dear Calla GoldDear Calla,

The kids have flown the coop so my husband and I started travelling on a motorcycle. I’ve gone from the Junior League to the legion of motorcyclists. I went from ball gowns to blue jeans. I’m so happy. But my well behaved wedding ring is outing me among my new friends as a “good girl” and they won’t share their rude jokes with me and I’m missing all the pee in the pants funny stories.

They do bling, but with an attitude. Any suggestions for how to redesign my ring to get me a better seat by the campfire?

Changin’ and Rearrangin’ Continue reading →



Gems of Wisdom: Rainbow Moonstone and Hans Christian Andersen

By Calla Gold

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." ~ Hans Christian Andersen

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” ~ Hans Christian Andersen

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Dear Calla – Weird and Pretty Gemstone. What Do I Do?

By Calla Gold

Dear Calla GoldDear Calla,

There’s this watermelon tourmaline that my grandfather mined in Southern California decades ago in his collection. I passed on the dining set so my sister would let me take it. And I liked that dining table. Anyway, I now have this long pink to green tourmaline and want to set it very specially.

When I look at it next to white diamonds it looks less special. Do I figure out what gems look good next to it first or pick a setting style first?

Gems beat tables and chairs Continue reading →



Re-Tipped Prongs and Porosity on Your Engagement Ring

By Calla Gold

What is Porosity?

Pumice Stone's Porosity Is Easily Visible To The Naked Eye

Pumice Stone’s Porosity Is Easily Visible To The Naked Eye

In the simplest of terms, porosity is how holey a material is. No – not “holy” in a religious sense, but “holey,” as in “full of holes.”

Materials such as pumice stone and concrete tend to be very porous, while materials like glass and hard plastic are relatively non-porous. All materials have some degree of porosity, even if the pores/holes are not visible to the naked eye.

When it comes to jewelry, however, those little holes can become a big problem. Continue reading →



Dear Calla – Picky Princess Who Won’t Settle

By Calla Gold

Dear Calla GoldDear Calla,

I was in the Southwest on a vacation and we bought an odd shaped turquoise piece. I feel like it needs to be re-cut in order to get it into a mounting. But I don’t want to just cut it down until it randomly fits into some setting. I’d like to preserve more of it, but have symmetry.

A girlfriend of mine says it was one of those regrettable impulse buys and to just buy a turquoise pendant and call it my vacay memory pendant.

I want THAT piece of turquoise. And I want to set it in a pendant in a special way. Am I being too much of a picky princess?

~ Turquoise Princess Continue reading →

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