Sterling Silver Diamond Earrings.
I have been married for six going on seven years wonderful years. I wear my ring all the time, which means that it has gotten worse and worse. My diamond setting is beautiful and can really sparkle, but at the same time it can get dirty. Another great thing about this diamond ring setting is that it cleans up nicely!
I know the rules about how to keep your diamond clean thanks to my dad who gave me the information in this blog post. Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend. But In reality I just keep my ring on my finger so I don’t lose it! Day after day I would look at my beautiful yet dirty ring, and think I should clean it. And finally I did!
Here is what it looked like before:
I grabbed a trusty toothbrush (3 of them total) and my toothpaste, and scrubbed away.
The end result is amazing!
It is neat what a little toothpaste and toothbrush can do. Why didn’t I do this sooner? I love to look at my ring now!
Tales of the Shop!
Yesterday was my Sisters Nicole Third year Wedding Anniversary! She is an incredible sister and married a great guy. Add a sweet baby to the mix, and it is priceless:)
Here is a fun picture of us (From Left to Right, Angela, Collette, Nicole and Thomas,) in Santa Fe. We loved to Dress up and dance around. We were in Santa Fe for one year and it will be a year I will always remember. It was my first year in Kindergarten and I cried a lot, we all got chicken pox, and then I landed on a cactus. But I also learned how to ride my bike there, we went to the zoo all the time, my dad was working on his jewelry a room away. And we had amazing dance parties! I am blessed:)
The four Precious Stones the Sapphire, Ruby, Diamond and Emerald are beautiful but expensive. There are other stones that may not be as rare, but still have a lot of great qualities to them. In fact there are some stones that closely resemble these Precious Stones but for a fraction of the price.
Why would you want just one gem for a huge price tag when you can get other stones that are just as beautiful for less?
Tanzanite is a beautiful color it has a more purplish color, but you can get it in a Sapphire blue. For the same price of the quality 1.32 Carat Sapphire you can get 9.41 Carats of the beautiful Tanzanite. Or a 1.22 carat Tanzanite if that would suit you more with the cost of $136.00.
Let’s move on to the Rare Beautiful gem the Emerald. The Emerald is the most rare Precious stone. So lets look into other beauties such as:
Chrome Diopside, it is a softer gem, so it is best in earrings. It is possible to put in a ring, but you need to be VERY CAREFUL! However it is inexpensive enough being $112.o0 for 1.56 carats, that it will be Okay if something happens to it. Which is the beauty of these least expensive gems, it will not be the end of the world if it happens to be lost or scratched!
Chrome Tourmaline – is another fun inexpensive option. For $160.00 you can get a beautiful 1.06 carat gem.
Let’s move on the beautiful Ruby this beautiful Precious gem is worth $9,500 for 1.26 carats.
For those of you who love the Ruby color, there are other beautiful gems that can give you a beautiful reddish color!
There is this beautiful stone called the Rubellite Tourmaline, that does not necessarily have the deep red, but it has a lighter tone, which makes it more on the pink side, but there is a hint of red. And the cost is significantly cheaper, for $255.00 you can get 1.74 carats.
Fancy Tourmaline is a neat gem, because it can be a lot of colors, including a red! The Tourmaline I chose is more on the orange side of a red, but I am sure with all the choices of colors that tourmaline offers, that there could be a closer replica of that Ruby Red! For $99.00 you can get 1.49 carats.
Since my birthday is in January I am a huge Garnet fan. I know that Garnet is not a Ruby. However, a Garnet can be darker or lighter depending on the gem that you find. And the lighter the Garnet, the more of a Ruby like appearance it will be. Take for example these two Garnet pieces are redder in color and for $70.00 for 3.21 carats, it is worth a shot!
The Sunstone Gem is more on the orange side. It is a beautiful gem and very inexpensive, you can get a 0.97 carat for $58.00. This stone can be as light and as dark you as you would like. The darker you go, the more you will find the Ruby look. Who doesn’t like orange though? It is my moms favorite color!
The finale will be the Diamond. I know that it will be hard to convince diamond lovers that there are other options…But I will do my best! In fact this is the easiest one to duplicate, because it is white! For the other gems, it is hard to get the perfect color to match what a Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald is. But the diamond has some tough competitors:)
White Zircon is beautiful and to be able to get a 2.61 carat for 90.00, that is awesome!
White Sapphire is available for 1.31 carat for $225.00. Sapphire is a fun gem, because it can be several colors, the dark blue is the most famous. They do come in a brilliant white though!
Goshenite Beryl is hard, clear and it comes with a beautiful price of $48.00 for a 5.31 carat rock!
I am not even finished yet:) Here is Petalite for 3.74 carats for $56.00.
I will save the best for last, let me introduce Danburite, you can get 2.2 carats for $32.00! I don’t know about you but I will be able to save up for that!
Oh let me remind you how much a Diamond is, $1,056.00 for .40 carats.
My next challenge for myself will be to find a perfect jewelry piece for each of these beautiful gems and also research to know how hardy each of these gems are. Stay tuned for next week!
My main point here it to let you know that there are other beautiful gems out there. And though they might not be as rare, they are stunning nonetheless! In fact how often do you see these gems around? So many people are wanting to get the four main precious stones that oftentimes the most common but beautiful gems are overlooked. And so by buying the semi precious gems, you may be the most unique of all!
Tales of the Shop!
December 6th was my Dad’s Birthday, the creator of the jewelry designs in our Shop .
I asked each of my brothers and sisters something that our dad has taught them.
Collette – Dad has taught me many things but one of the things I admire most and have learned from him…is he has lived in a way that has taught me that anything is possible. What a great way to think! All things are possible!
Angela – My dad has taught me how to be patient. I cannot think of one time that he raised his voice to us. He has always been so soft spoken:) I also love how creative he is, he has taught me to think outside the box and to pursue your dreams. He has also taught me how to work hard and to keep on learning. I consider my dad the smartest man alive!
Nicole – He has taught me that taking the time to teach us kids how to make something was more important than getting the job done.
Thomas – Dad taught me the importance of trying new things and experimenting to find what’s the best!
Daniel – I learned from his incredible patience in forgiving low quality work. he never gave up on me & never showed frustration.
Lisa – When I was playing tennis, dad would tell me to read books on how to serve better. He’d come to all my matches and remember pointers to tell me after. He always had a different outlook aside from my coach, I loved it. When dad teaches you something, he’s willing to support it all the way. He’d play with me, buy books (always buys books), and follow up. The best kind of teacher.
I am a Heart Shape.
This one was a fun read. I liked how it goes into detail about the personality type for each cut. (I have a round cut)
– It also asks if you would change your diamond now. (That’s hard. Because I love my wedding ring, but my style of what I like has changed…but in the end I would keep my wedding ring.)
How often do you clean your diamond? (Definitely not enough!)
Emerald Cut Diamond
Round Cut Stone – Ding, ding, ding, the one I own! My goal was to find the quiz that would tell me that I got the right diamond!
This section is how much you know about Diamonds. I did not perform very well, but I learned a lot. Let’s just say this gave me a lot of flashbacks of college testing!
I got a 50%. Some advice before heading into this quiz. Go with your gut feeling. If I had done that it would have gone much better!
2. Another Diamond quiz, to redeem myself of the last one!
I got a 70% Yeah!
And I got another amazing 50% again. Again go with your gut feeling.
60%, this has now stopped being fun. I am now done with the quizzes.
Have fun with the quizzes. I would love to know what type of diamond you are. But more importantly I want to know how well you do on the Diamond information. Whoever gets a 100% on a quiz, let me know and you will have an early Christmas present coming your way!
Tales of the Shop
My family and I love to celebrate Thanksgiving. My mom comes from a family of ten and as you can imagine we have to have our Thanksgiving in a church’s gym to hold all the people. The food is amazing, it is fun to see all the aunts, uncles and cousins and there is always a talent show, football game and volleyball at the end. I am so blessed to be a part of such a big wonderful family.
This picture is my husbands first Thanksgiving with my extended family at the church. He handled all the questions very well! As a general rule in our family, if you bring someone to and extended family event you are in a very serious relationship.
My dad when he was first starting out in jewelry, wanted to make a ring that included a nice Emerald. Until this time he had only worked with diamonds and was only familiar with the strength and cut of a diamond. So when he received the Emeralds he had purchased for his rings. He was disappointed in a lot of ways. The gem itself was very cloudy and not clear, the cut was different than a diamond cut and when he was working with them to set them in the ring they would break because there were a lot of weak spots and inclusions.
Gems and stones are measured in terms of quality by the 4 C’s: Color, Clarity, Carat and Cut
What you are looking for is for a gem that has no blemishes, cracks or inclusions to the naked eye. An inclusion are the imperfections that nature caused to the stone., like rocks, minerals, change of heat, etc Some gems are harder than others and so can withstand what Mother Nature throws at them a little better. Which is why when my dad was trying to set the Emerald which is a softer gem, the stone broke because it has more inclusions than a Garnet that has less inclusions because of it’s hardness.
If you were to find some colored stones that have good clarity and zero inclusions. The next step is how intense you want the color. In gems there are three categories in Color –
The Hue – describes the Primary color
Tone – describes how light or dark a stone is. An example of this would be a Garnet. The color can range to a red that is almost ruby like to a deep purple that is almost black.
Saturation – which describes how much of the Primary hue a stone contains, without grey or brown being included in the color.
Buying Colored gems is completely different than buying a diamond. Gems are cut differently than a diamond to show off the color. The cut of a colored gem does not come to an abrupt edge, because the gem is fragile and it is less likely to break with this type of cut. Some of them like an Emerald if they were cut like a diamond, it has so many cracks that it would break. They are instead cut flat to keep it strong.
The size of the stone is important. To truly show off the color saturation of a colored gem they need to be a substantial size. Sapphire, Garnet, Topaz and Amethyst look great regardless of the size. And in fact make great accents to a diamond.
WHERE TO BUY GEMS
My dad uses a service called Memo where they send you colored gems for you to see them, and if you do not like them you can send them back. You do need to be careful with this process because they try to get you to take the whole lot. Sot there are few good ones with a lot of duds. Another option is to go to a Gem show to know what you are getting and there will be a lot of options. With this method you can see the seller in person and you do not need to buy in bulk
The hardest gems to find are the Rubys and Emeralds. They are more rare than diamonds and it is hard to find a clear one of these without inclusions and great color. In fact the best place to get a quality Ruby or Emerald is to look for antique jewelry.
So remember that when you are buying a Colored Stone/gem be sure to see it to know what you are exactly getting. There are also other beautiful gems that are not as well known as the Birthstones but are equally as beautiful and more affordable. You still get a beautiful gem that is natural but without the price tag. I will write next week about my dad’s favorite Colored gems that are not as well known!
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Our Birthmonths – In our family, our birthdays would be a week long celebration and was eventually changed to your Birth Week. We still carry that tradition as we start our own small families. I myself have tried to extend it to a Birth Month…
Dad – December (For his birthday we would sometimes go up to Provo and go see three movies in one day at the movie theatre, we loved that!)
Mom – January (Loved having her birthday in January because you get the after Christmas sales!)
Collette – November It’s coming up! (She always got the best presents and she would always celebrate with the family instead of having friend parties. We loved that!)
Angela – January (I always felt special having my birthday be two days after my mom. We would celebrate our birth week together!)
Nicole – March (Always reminded us months in advance that her birthday was coming up!)
Thomas – July (He didn’t make such a big deal about it. We would usually play tennis on his birthday or doing some athletic event.)
Daniel – June (Such a precious one. He wouldn’t make a big deal about it. But we would!)
Lisa – December – (If there was a girl that loved her birthday it would be Lisa! Not only did she plan her birthday with a power point to show us what she wanted to do for her whole day. She also would celebrate her half birthday in June!)
I have finally found a way to accumulate all the birthstones! And that is through celebrating your Wedding Anniversary or any anniversary. I focused on the Birthstones. But there are several lists out there that has something for every year. It will take time to get all of the birth stones…but it is possible!
January – Garnet – the stone of “Passion” -18th year
February – Amethyst – the stone of “Sincerity” – 4th and 6th year
March – Aquamarine – stone of “Beauty and Loyalty” – 16th and 19th year
April – Diamond – stone of “Love around the world” – 30th and 60th year
May – Emerald – stone of “Everlasting love” – 20th, 35th and 55th year
June – Pearl – stone of “Love and Happiness” – 1st, 12th, and 30th year
July – Ruby – stone of “Fire and Passion” 40th year
August – Peridot – stone of “Dignity and Protection” 16th year
September – Sapphire – stone of “Loyalty and Fidelity” 45th year
October – Opal – stone of “Hope, Happiness and Truth” 14th and 18th year
November – Topaz – Stone of “Strength” – 4 and 19th year, 23rd year will get an Imperial Topaz
December – Tanzanite – stone of “Healing and Spirituality” 24th year
There are several lists out there of Anniversary gifts and meanings, like this one, this one. or this one. So the best strategy to receive as many jewels as possible, is to go through all the lists on google and start adding up all the jewelry that you definitely deserve!
So have fun looking and dreaming of all the fun pieces of jewelry out there. My husband and I have been married for six wonderful years. So according to this list, the jewelry items I qualify for are an Amethyst, Pearl and Topaz. I also know that if I search long enough, there are some more jewels that I could add!
Tales of the Shop!
My parents have been married 31 years. They are wonderful and my brothers and sisters are lucky to have them as parents!
Nicole will have been married three years when January comes. Her husband actually proposed to her on Halloween day!
Thomas will have been married two years when March comes.
They are wonderful additions to the family and we are so grateful to have them!
** The pictures at the beginning of the post are of my husband and I at our reception. Then fast forward six years, this is our family now. I am one lucky girl!
I love to look at Diamond Rings. To me each cut and shape of a diamond is beautiful in it’s own way. I researched about the different diamond cuts and then went ring shopping to find what I would choose for each Diamond cut!
The Round Cut – It really is a Round Brilliant cut. This is the most popular design accounting for 75% of sales. This Round cut will give you the most sparkle out of all the diamond shapes when cut right.
The Princess Cut (Square cut diamond) – Every once in a while a cut comes along that has a massive amount of following in just a short time. Majorly introduced in the 1980s this has become the second most popular shape after the round cut, and for good reason. Throughout the years more facets have been added to make it more sparkly and helps hide the flaws in the diamond better than any other shape. Because it wastes the least of the diamond when being cut, it is cheaper than the round brilliant. The Princess cut will cost more to be set because it is easier to chip the corners than round.
The Emerald Cut – Created in the art deco period which began in the 1920s. It is named because this cut is best to show the Precious stone Emerald. But the Emerald Cut on a diamond is beautiful in it’s own right. Because instead of sparkle you get a clear, glasslike look that shows off a diamonds clarity more than any other cut or shape. Smaller Emeralds are good accent stones because of the clarity.
Asscher Cut – Was created in 1902 by the Asscher brothers of Amsterdam, Holland. If you are into the vintage look, this diamond is for you. This cut was especially popular in the 1930s. It looks like an Emerald cut except it is square. Make sure that your diamond clarity is exceptional because if it is not, you will definitly see the flaws!
Cushion Cut – Is a very old fashioned cut and was made beginning in the 1830s. This cut was the most desirable before electricity came into existence, because this diamond looks amazing in the candlelight! This was a time when the cut of a diamond was done by hand. A cushion cut looks better on a bigger size diamond because there is more room to create the facet. This cut is also having a comeback as people are once again wanting to find the classics once again.
Marquise Cut – also known as “nevette” meaning little boat in French. The story behind this shape is that in the 18th century Louis XIV, created this diamond for his mistress Marquise de Pompadour to resemble her amazing smile. There are several pluses in getting this cut, not only is it unique and sparkly but it helps your fingers look longer and leaner. It also helps your carat look a lot bigger.
Oval Cut -Created in the 1960’s by Lazare Kaplan. If you have shorter hands or fingers this shape might be for you because it helps elongate them. Another plus of this cut is that it is 20-25% cheaper than the round brilliant. And like the Marquis makes the Carat seem bigger than other cuts. There needs to be at least six prongs to help the diamond be securely in place. If you want to have the brilliancy of a round cut but be a little different, this shape perfect.
Pear Cut – Here you get the best worlds of a Marquis and a Round cut! created in 1400 by Lodewyk (Louis) van Berquem. This also creates a slimming effect on the fingers. Accent stones do not work as well with this shape because of the cut, but it can stand on it’s own. Another fun thing about this cut, is that you can wear it any way you want. For a more slimming effect you can have the pointed edge down, but if you want to change the look you can by having the rounded part at the bottom. Requires at least five prongs to keep it steady. This shape is very popular for Pendants and earrings.
Radiant cut – Provides the fire of a round cut and the shape of the Emerald shape. It is hard to find a Radiant diamond that is under a carat on-line. The square or rectangle shape helps the fingers appear smaller. Trimmed corners are a signature look of the Radiant. This cut is designed for maximum sparkle. Because of the sparkle it is a lot more forgiving of flaws than the Emerald cut.
Heart cut – This shape requires a masterful diamond cutter, because it is hard to get it right! This cut is all about the heart. Buy a setting that is specifically made to highlight the heart. Be very thorough in looking for flaws because of the intricate cut! This is also the most romantic shape out of all the diamonds. Be careful with the setting because if set wrong, the heart shape doesn’t stand out. The heart shape needs to be bigger to be recognized as a heart. Which is why it also is hard to find a heart smaller than a carat on-line. The heart shape is basically a pear shape with an indent on top.
I asked everyone what their favorite Diamond cut was:
Dad -Oval the light bounces like a round but you can see better into the middle of the cut. It also looks bigger.
Mom – Oval because that is the shape of my original diamond.
Collette – Square…but to be wild…I was going to say heart.
Angela – Round, it is my wedding ring, and I love the simplicity and beauty of it.
Nicole – Round. This is my wedding ring!
Thomas -I personally like the Princess cut because it makes the diamond look bigger than it really is. (That is the diamond his sweet wife has!)
Daniel – Totally square. Square is powerful & super classy!
Lisa – Oval
After last weeks article, I wanted to learn the value of the other birthstones. I tried to find a straight up value on the stones, and I couldn’t find it. So I went back to bluenile.com to see if there was a piece of jewelry that all of the stones had. Luckily all but one had a stud earring that was 5 mm the equivalent of 3/4 Karat in 18 Karat gold.
This experiment brought me back to my high school science experiments…and let’s just say that I am sure that there was a much easier and accurate way. But here are my findings! Garnet was the birthstone that only had the stud earring in 7 mm. Because of the huge size of the stone compared to the others. It is twelfth place. This is my birthstone. And I am so happy that it is the one of the cheaper ones, because then I can get a lot of them!
12. January – Garnet 7 mm $200.00
11. August – Peridot $155.00
10. February – Amethyst $155.00
9. November – Topaz – $160.00
8. June – Pearl – $190.00
7. March – Aquamarine – $200.00
6. October – Opal $215.00
5. December – Tanzanite – $465.00
4. September – Sapphire – $780.00
3. July – Ruby – $940.00
2. May – Emerald – $1.050
1. April – Diamond – $1.550
This is a great article that gives a brief explanation on each birthstone.
March, June, and December have more than one birthstone so I went with the one that was most familiar to me, and that was on the bluenile sight. Also the 18 Karat white gold adds a lot to the price. For example a Garnet 8 mm in Sterling Silver is $90.00. Anyone who can find a better way to calculate the birthstone value will get a pair of hoops sent there way! I can’t wait to hear all of your ideas:)
I think that is all the disclaimers that i have!
Tales of the Shop –
We have never lived in Boise, ID
We have loved living in so many places. Because of all the fabulous people that have added so much so much to our lives.
Next week we will tell you each of our favorite jewelry item we love to make in the shop. Mine is actually in the hoopsbyhand store. If you guess it correctly you will get a small pair of hoop earrings.
My question is, if there are four precious stones, why is the diamond the main engagement ring? I read a lot of different articles, and the main idea was that Diamonds have been around for a long time, but they were so scarce that only the very rich could afford them. Then in the 1870s there were diamond mines discovered in South Africa. So much so that the diamond was losing their value. That is why the company De Beer was formed to control the market of the dimaond and make sure it wasn’t being flooded, to keep the value high. It wasn’t until 1949 that the slogan “A Diamond is Forever.” changed the way America and eventually the world looked at diamonds. And within 20 years about 80% of America was sporting the diamond.
This is the article I felt summed it up the best.
So what I would like to do is show you that there is more to a engagement/wedding ring than just a diamond.
Let’s look first at the Sapphire.
What a beauty that ring is! It was hard to choose which one I wanted! While I was searching the world wide web, what I found interesting was the sapphire. It can be found in several colors such as “colorless, gray, black, yellow, green, pink, orange, brown and sometimes, clear. I also learned there are star sapphires that when viewed with a single overhead light you can see a six rayed star shaped pattern.
To to add to the magic of the Sapphire, there are some that can change color depending on the light. Some are blue when outside and purple with indoor light. Another type is pink in the daylight and green under inside light.
I had no idea about this. Basically the world is the limit when you choose this Precious Stone!
The next is a Ruby. I loved this engagement ring
Prices of Ruby are determined by color. The most desirable color is pigeon red. There are several shades of red and even can go into a pink color. Although there is a debate if it should be called a Pink Sapphire instead of a Ruby.
Rubies are very hard. Only the diamond and moissanite are harder, which lets you know how substantial a Ruby is.
To improve the color the Ruby is heated.
And now I will save the best for last. The Emerald.
Out of all the precious stones, the emerald is the most rare of all. And this is the engagement ring I would choose. Don’t you worry I didn’t choose the most expensive one…but wow this is awesome! I had to choose one that had an emerald cut to it, because this is the cut that best shows off the color of this rare and precious stone, hence the name.
An Emerald is graded by the eye, which means that if you look at an Emerald and it doesn’t have any flaws then it is considered perfect.
Columbia is the place to find Emeralds.
Cedar Oil is used to help clarify the stone. If there is treatment involved it needs to be made known to the buyer.
So what is your favorite precious stone? If you could do it differently would you still choose a diamond ring? I am torn. Because I am a traditional person and love the look of the diamond. But then the Sapphire is looking pretty good…maybe because I have three boys and I am drawn to that blue color. Then there is the mighty emerald. Wouldn’t that be fun to have such a valuable ring on your finger? And yet then I wouldn’t dare wear it because of it’s value. A ruby is stunning in it’s own right. In other words, I don’t think you can go wrong. They are called Precious stones for a reason! But mostly a part of me wants to be untraditional and replace my diamond!
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We have lived a lot of places growing up. And we have loved every single one of them. Below are all the places we have lived, except one, can you spot it?
- Orem, UT
- Santa Fe, NM
- Spring City, UT
- Boise, ID
- El Paso, TX
- Spanish Fork, UT
- San Diego, CA
The picture on top was taken after my husband asked me to marry him. Best decision I ever made!