Archive for the ' Gemstones ' Category

Mar 10

White Topaz vs Diamond That is the Question What’s a better gemstone for a wedding or engagement ring: in the white topaz vs diamond debate? As a jeweler with over 30 years experience, and a designer specializing in wedding rings, I think the answer is obvious.  Read on to find out why I feel this […]

Aug 12

Cracking, Chipping and Fading. Did You Know About the Risks? Some gemstones seemingly have no business in wedding rings. Some crack too easily and others are too soft. It seems as if some gems scratch with the swipe of a fingernail. Or they practically chip by looking at them the wrong way. In this post […]

May 13

Do Moissanites and Engagement Rings Mix? Do I like it and do I sell it? Read on and find out. What is this post about? As a Santa Barbara Wedding Jewelry Designer, I’ve had more than my fair share of questions about Moissanite as an alternate to Diamond. I’ll give you the history, what it is, a […]

Nov 12

Is This You? Have you got a lackluster or faded gemstone? Chipped or cracked gemstone? Sad looking gemstone? That’s not right. And you’re probable avoiding wearing it because it doesn’t look like it should! As a busy gem fixing jeweler I’ve had some great before and after pictures I’ve wanted to share to inspire you. […]

Oct 31

Why is Fire Agate so fascinating? Its earthy iridescence glowing gorgeously and mysteriously is what gets this Santa Barbara custom designer’s inspiration going. Today I’m sharing a couple of projects I’ve done with fire agate. 

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