This week we are featuring a fantastic piece of amethyst in the rough, combined with Balinese scroll type pattern. The rough amethyst is polished, simultaneously providing a rustic look and a classy finish.
This week we are taking a look at one of our specialty pieces - a pair of dangling earrings, put on French wire, with 2 beautiful larimar stones. The piece is handcrafted in Bali, Indonesia. You can stare into the larimar as if you were staring right into the water.
Continuing on with the theme of the month, we will discuss another topic surrounding opals. Did you know that there are many different kinds of opals, and that opals can be found all across the world. It turns out that while Australia's opal production dominates the opal market (around 95% or so of the world's [...]
Continuing with the theme of October, we bring you some more helpful info about opals! While opals are known for their unique radiant beauty, one of the drawbacks to owning them is their propensity for cracking. Lab created opals offer the benefit of being very hard, which is an advantage over real opals, but they [...]
One of the birthstones for the month of October is opal. The other is pink tourmaline, but opal is the better known of the 2 stones. It is also a stone that is given to celebrate the 14th wedding anniversary, but we won't focus on that for this blog post. More so, we want to [...]
We are now officially into the start of Fall 2018! Or, Autumn if you prefer. With the arrival of the Fall season is also the arrival of new colors. Unless you live out in a desert, the colors of our outdoors is changing. The lush green of the trees and grass gives way to more [...]
When determining the quality of various gemstones, especially diamonds, there are 4 different factors that contribute to the overall value of a given gemstone. Those 4 factors all begin with the letter C, and while they are most often used to help value diamonds, they apply to other gemstones as well. We will be referring [...]
A question we often get about our jewelry is: are these real stones? We carry a wide selection of both gemstones and natural stones, and some CZ's (synthetic stones), so of course it's a fair question to ask. The short answer to the question is yes, the vast majority of our stones are real. The [...]
One of the most common questions we receive from customers about our jewelry is whether it will tarnish, or if it will turn their fingers green. Well, there's good news and bad news, sort of...Yes, sterling silver does tarnish (that's the bad news). The good news? It's not going to turn your fingers green. Here's [...]
This past weekend we did our summer Chicago gem show, the 2nd of 3 Chicago gem shows throughout the year. The first is in May, the second in August, and the last one is in December. This time, the show was relocated away from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and was instead [...]