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Skull Ring in yellow gold with multi-colored sapphires

Rubies are Red, Sapphires are Blue (and Green, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Black and Pink, too!)

  Many people don’t know that rubies and sapphires belong to the same gem family, which is called corundum. It’s All in the Family Fun Fact; the source of the name sapphire is the Greek “Saphiros” which means blue. When they figured out that ruby was a corundum they gave it its own name from…

Side view of engagement ring with halo of diamonds

Choosing Your Unique Ring Style – Eight Elements to Consider

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 has our own finger shapes,…

Hand engraved B on yellow gold signet ring

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. Is it Supply? Economic theory states that as the supply of something increases, price tends to drop. Conversely, scarcity and demand drive prices upward. If this model is correct, the high cost of gold should suggest that it’s less…

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…

Appraiser Tom Seguin at his microscope.

Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper – Part 2

By Calla Gold and Guest Writer Tom Seguin G.G. A.S.A. Master Gemologist Appraiser Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper – Part 2 Click Here for Part 1 This in-depth two-part article will make more sense if you at least skim part one before jumping into part two. This was written in response to frequently asked…

Appraiser Tom Seguin at his microscope.

Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper Part 1

By Calla Gold and Guest Writer Tom Seguin G.G A.S.A. Master Gemologist Appraiser Diamond Appraisals from Legit to Toilet Paper In the thirty two years I have been a jeweler, the stickiest upsets I’ve seen come from toilet paper appraisals. These are pieces of paper that say “appraisal” and are masquerading as legitimate legal documents…

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