DIY Pearl Ring

I LOVE PEARLS. I love how pure, simple, and beautiful they are.

I think my love of pearls began with Anne of Green Gables when she wanted  pearls for her wedding ring.

“But pearls are for tears, the old legend says,” Gilbert had objected. “I’m not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad. My very happiest moments have been when I had tears in my eyes—when Marilla told me I might stay at Green Gables—when Matthew gave me the first pretty dress I ever had—when I heard that you were going to recover from the fever. So give me pearls for our troth ring, Gilbert, and I’ll willingly accept the sorrow of life with its joy.” -Anne” Read more

How to Clean your Diamond

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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:

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I grabbed a trusty toothbrush (3 of them total) and my toothpaste, and scrubbed away.

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The end result is amazing!

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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!

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 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:)

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All I Want for Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas…

101 Link Parties!Christmas when I was a kid seemed to take forever to arrive, but as I grow older it comes here before I know it!  So I already know what I am getting for Christmas.  The main reason is because I get the presents myself.  Surprises are not my favorite, never have been and probably never will…  So for next year I would like for Christmas is…

 

Last week I talked about Semi precious gems that look a lot like the Precious stones, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond, but are a lot cheaper.  So this week my quest was to find out the durability of these Semi precious gem copycats and then find a beautiful jewelry piece to go along with it.

The Emerald Look a like

Chrome Diopside has a brilliant green color that resembles an Emerald.  It is a soft gem and can be easily scratched.  But with this ring, I think that it can be well protected by having the Chrome Diopside be a smaller stone and then being protected by Diamonds (probably not real diamonds, because the ring is not that expensive:))

The Tourmaline can be several colors it can range from a pretty Emerald like color to a Ruby color.  In fact the only drawback it has is that it is rarely found to be colorless.  They can be multicolored and even dichronic which means that depending upon the angle of how you look at the gem it can appear to be a different color.  Add to the durability of this gem, and you’ve got your perfect gem!

Here is what I would choose for the Chrome Tourmaline  I do not have a lot of necklaces.  Probably because I have three boys that like to grab anything they can touch.  But for this I will make an exception.  I will wear it when my boys go to bed:)

Now to the Ruby look a likes:

The Sunstone Gem – is more of an orange color, but the darker the orange is like this ring you can pretend it has a little tint of red in it!  It is a beautiful gem regardless.  And it is the official gemstone of Oregon because there is a lot of Sunstone Gem available there.  This gem literally sparkles because of the beautiful copper in it.

With the ever versatile Tourmaline, it can also appear like a ruby, but with a much lower price tag.  I was drawn to this Rubellite Tourmaline ring just because it is from the 1960s.  How I love vintage.  Call me an old soul, but I believe I should have been born in the Cary Grant age.  So yes, I LOVE this ring. And it is an original, there will not be a copy cat of it, which I love:)

Sapphire Look a lite

This Sapphire look a like is also a Tourmaline.  This is a cool ring, it is not listed yet on etsy, but don’t you worry it will be!  Just keep on scrolling down and find the Afghan Tourmaline.  There are a lot of cool designs.  What a talented lady:)

Diamond look a likes

White Zircon is hard and durable.  It will not be as hard as a diamond, but nothing is!  This ring is quite the deal and if I wore it I would definitely be stepping out of my comfort zone, but it is stunning!  And just think if it was a diamond ring, how much more the price would have been?

White Sapphire – It is hard, and not just blue, Sapphire can be pink, pink-orange (which is really rare), yellow, or can change colors, blue outdoors, purple in doors, green gray or black.  I chose a wedding ring to show you how closely it resembles a diamond.  Isn’t this beautiful and for a fraction of the price.  Not only is it cheaper but a sapphire is also a precious stone, so you can’t go wrong:)

Goshenite Beryle got it name from being found in Goshen Massachusetts.  It is a hard material and in the past has been used for eyeglasses and lenses.  It comes from the same family as the Emerald which is also from the beryl family.  This Wire Ring is literally an artistic creation.  I love all the wires being wrapped around continuously around this gem to keep it safe.

Petalite – Was discovered in 1800 and can be grey, yellowish brown or pink.  It is also very durable.  I went with this simple, elegant and classic teardrop pendant.  It seems like it could be kid proof as well!

Danburite is durable and can be pale yellow, yellowish brown or pink.  It is named for being found in Danbury, Connecticut in 1839.  I chose another pendant that is artistic.  What she did was take the Danburite as it was and then created a beautiful wire setting to compliment the raw beautiful gem that it already is!

So there you have it!  May you have a Merry Christmas!

Tales from the Shop:

Everyone will be there this year except for me!  How I love my family.  I am one lucky girl:)

I asked everyone what there most memorable Christmas present was:

Angela – I got my favorite print from Storytellers festival and dad made a frame for it.  It is hanging up in my boys room.  And whenever I see it I think of my dad and the awesome Storytellers festival!

Nicole – Speed bag I secretly wanted it but didn’t dare ask it was a great surprise for my 15th Christmas.

Thomas – My most memorable was the year I got a tennis ball machine!

Lisa – Doll house I got with pops.  It was supposed to be one you build together, I was sooooo so soooo excited.  We opened it up and saw it was basically in pieces the size of popsicle sticks.  I think we spent two times on it.  And one of the times dad claims he waited in the garage for an hour waiting for me to come work on it with him.  I do not recall this, but it was a nice dream.:)

Dad – My first sleeping bag.

Mom – a doll that came with a bed, high chair and stroller.  I kept looking around at my siblings and wondered how come I got so much stuff!

 

 

 

What does your Diamond Say About you?

What does your Diamond Say About you?

Hoops By Hand LogoAfter learning about all the diamond shapes, Precious Stones, and birthstones.  I wanted to take a break and find all the random quizzes I could about diamonds.  So let the quizzing begin!

 

This section is what your Diamond Shape says about you.

1.  Find the Diamond Shape that is Right for you

I am a Heart Shape.

 2.  Getting Into Shape – What does a diamond’s shape tell about the  wearer?

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!)

3.  Which Diamond Are You?

Emerald Cut Diamond

4.  What Stone Cut are You?

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!

  1.  Take quick 12 question quiz and determine your diamond IQ.

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!

  3.  Diamond Quiz – Test Your Knowledge

And I got another amazing 50% again.  Again go with your gut feeling.

4.  The Diamond Buying Quiz

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.

 



 

 

Celebrate your Anniversary with a Birth Stone!

Celebrate your Anniversary with a Birth Stone!

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 – Emeraldstone of “Everlasting love” – 20th, 35th and 55th year

June – Pearlstone of “Love and Happiness” – 1st, 12th, and 30th year

July – Rubystone of “Fire and Passion” 40th year

August – Peridotstone of “Dignity and Protection” 16th year

September – Sapphirestone 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!

*Every birthstone is highlighted, when you click on it, that is the jewelry piece that I would love to receive!

** 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!

 

 

 

The 10 Most Popular Diamond Shapes

The 10 Most Popular Diamond Shapes

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.

Tales of the Shop

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

 

 

 

 

 

The Four Precious Stones: So Why Do I See Only Diamonds?

There are four precious stones in this world: a Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. What makes them precious is that they are hard, have rich color and are scarce.

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!

 

Tales of the Shop

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?

  1. Orem, UT
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Spring City, UT
  4. Boise, ID
  5. El Paso, TX
  6. Spanish Fork, UT
  7. San Diego, CA

The picture on top was taken after my husband asked me to marry him.  Best decision I ever made!

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Here is a little jewelry trivia for you: What is the most expensive jewelry that can look the cheapest? Answer: the Diamond.

I talked with my dad who has been a jeweler for 30 plus years and he wanted to address a topic that several people have asked him about: the diamond.

Almost every person that has had my Dad look at their diamond has not had a clean diamond, even when they think that it is.  Several people have paid big money for a pure diamond that has a great color and cut to it… and yet the diamond and ring are not clean.  Which makes it so you cannot appreciate the diamond and get the most of the money paid.  You may get used to seeing your diamond dirty, but if you were to look at new pieces of jewelry you can see how much your diamond may be lacking.  The bigger the diamond the dirtier it can look.

This leads us to an important question:

How can I thoroughly clean my diamond?

Go into a jewelry store and ask them to clean the piece of jewelry, they even may do it for free because they want to talk to you.

An ultrasonic cleaner does a good job at cleaning jewelry, there are some available at a jewelry store or if you go to Amazon, there are several.  You simply plug it in and it uses a solution to clean jewelry.

You can clean it with a toothbrush with hot soap and water but it is hard to get it clean beneath the prongs.  You can also use toothpaste, but be careful not to get the toothpaste in the cracks when washing it.

The diamond can only look as clean as the prongs holding it.  Anything from the prong reflects into the diamond.

How to care for your diamond to keep it sparkling.

One thing you should not do is cook with it, especially when dealing with oil because oil is attracted to the surface of a diamond, and it is hard to get off.  Don’t knead dough with it, it is hard to get it out of the prongs.

Don’t wear your diamond to bed because it wears on the prongs when they come in contact with your bed sheets.

Don’t wear your diamond all of the time, only on special occasions.  Get a band or some fake “bling” and have a specific place to store the real rock so you don’t lose it.

Don’t wash the dishes while wearing it.  Although there is soap and water involved, there are a lot of other things in the water that can get on the diamond.

These are only a few suggestions.

If you have other ideas on how to keep your diamond clean, or helpful tips on how your keep your diamond ring sparkling please let us know!

Our favorite  tip and/or suggestion will get a small pair of hoop earrings.  We will announce our winner on Friday.

If you have any questions please let us know, and we will do our best to answer them, or my dad will!  If there is a question we don’t know the answer you will also get a small pair of hoop earrings coming your way:)