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4 Dangerous and Stupid Ways to Clean Jewelry

I Get it, We Need to Clean Our Jewelry We all need clean jewelry, I do get this. I read with horrified fascination of a couple cleaning their jewelry with gas and was flabbergasted. It did not end well. Why did they do it? I may never know. It prompted me to look into the…

Red spinel and round diamonds semi halo and baguette diamonds on shank in channel setting

Spinel: Now the Prettiest August Birthstone

Spinel Joins Sardonyx and Peridot Exciting news to everyone with an August birthday – spinel is now one of your birthstones! It joins sardonyx and peridot on the official list of August birthstones. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and Jewelers of America (JA) decided in June to include it with August’s birthstones. JA’s president and…

Side view of engagement ring with halo of diamonds

Choosing Your Unique Ring Style – Eight Elements to Consider

Finding your Best Ring Style Some people can look at a picture of a ring style and say, “That is what I want!” And it works. But what about the rest of us? Who hasn’t tried on a friend’s ring that looks amazing on them and it just looks “OK” on us? Each of us…

Egyptian Coin in Gold

Why Is Gold More Expensive Than Silver?

Silver and Gold As evidenced by price, gold has been considered more valuable than silver throughout modern history. As I write this blog, an ounce of gold costs over seventy-five times more than an equal weight of silver. Why the huge difference?

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Black Gold — Fact vs. Fiction

  Clients frequently ask me if I can design jewelry for them made in black gold. When I try to explain that black gold jewelry just isn’t a thing, they often send me advertisements from websites that offer it. When a jewelry company advertises “black gold,” this should raise a red flag.

Gallery view of engagement ring with hand engraving and black rhodium

How To Send Ring Pictures to Your Jeweler Effectively

Getting ring work done through the mail? I’ve had the pleasure of working long distance with many clients over the course of my 36 year career as a professional jeweler. Naturally, working on jewelry from a distance can pose certain challenges. That’s why I decided to write this blog post on photographing your jewelry, so…

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