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When your anniversary gemstone is also your birthstone

We just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary, and although it’s an odd number there is actually a corresponding gem to commemorate the 16th year…peridot.

I got excited because this is also my birthstone (August). It must mean something special when the two coincide, just like your golden birthday when someone turns the age of their birth day (e.g., someone

born on the 25th of the month turns 25).  Peridot is a symbol of undying love and devotion. It’s also a beautiful shade of green.

A happy marriage is one of the most beautiful treasures in life. As the years pass, you can celebrate your union with gifts that outlast the passing of time. And jewelry set with the perfect wedding anniversary gemstone is the perfect choice for these special occasions!

For your reference, below is a list of gems for wedding anniversaries.

Stop in to talk to our in-house gemologists to help guide you with your special occasion.

Serving Longmont, Mead, Firestone, Lyons, Berthoud, Platteville and beyond.

Wedding Anniversaries:

  1. Gold
  2. Garnet
  3. Pearl
  4. Blue Topaz
  5. Sapphire
  6. Amethyst
  7. Onyx
  8. Tourmaline
  9. Lapis
  10. Diamond
  11. Turquoise
  12. Jade
  13. Citrine
  14. Opal
  15. Ruby
  16. Peridot
  17. Carnelian
  18. Cat’s Eye
  19. Aquamarine
  20. Emerald
  21. Iolite
  22. Spinel
  23. Imperial Topaz
  24. Tanzanite
  25. Silver Jubilee… and Pearl for 30th, Emerald for 35th, Ruby for 40th, Sapphire for 45th, Golden Jubilee for 50th, Alexandrite for 55th, Diamond Jubilee for 60th, Sapphire Jubilee for 70th and Ruby Jubilee for 80th!!

 

 


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Why the Pearl is the most amazing gem…read on

Pearls (in my opinion) are the most amazing gem you can come across. Why? Because they come out of the shell in perfect condition, with no polishing or faceting required, and are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes more than any other gem.

Pearls have been worn for ages, with some of the first pieces of pearl jewelry dating back to Ancient Egypt, and its mythology is found in numerous cultures around the world. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Some Chinese legends say that pearls were formed inside the brains of dragons. In Arabian legend, they are said to be created from hardened moon drops. Today, even though we know much more about pearls, they are still mysterious to us.

By the way Happy Birthday to all the June babies out there!

June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between PEARL, Alexandrite and Moonstone. In this post we focus on Pearls which are also given on the 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th anniversaries.

How are pearls are formed?  Pearls grow inside mollusks such as oysters and mussels when an irritant such as a tiny stone or bit of sand gets inside the mollusk’s shell. This process of building a solid pearl in nature can take up to seven or eight years. Whereas, cultured pearls takes only 2 weeks to 3 months to grow.

The most valuable pearls are perfectly symmetrical, relatively large and naturally produced. Pearls are one of few gems not measured by carats. Luster is the most important aspect of choosing a pearl. The finest pearls are metallic and reflective like mirrors.

Pearls can range in size from 3mm to 13mm. Because pearls do not require polishing or faceting like most gems, finding a pair of pearls that match perfectly in size, color and luster can be more difficult—and more expensive. A matched strand of natural pearls may sell for hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars.

Only gem experts with specific gemological X-ray equipment can distinguish natural pearls from cultured pearls. Natural pearls consist entirely of concentric growth rings, while cultured pearls have a solid nucleus of the bead or shell that was implanted to stimulate pearl production.

Here’ a list of the many types of pearls:
natural pearls are made without human interference 
cultured pearls
 was first used in 1893 and is made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster
baroque pearls are pearls that have irregular shapes
biwa pearls are an irregular shaped pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan
blister pearls are grow attached to the inside of the shell
black pearls are gray to black pearls
freshwater pearls form in fresh water mollusks and look like puffed rice
mabe pearls are cultivated blister pearls
seed pearls are small, tiny pearls

What color are pearls? They vary in color from white to pink, brown or black.

How to care for pearls?  They are very sensitive to extreme heat, acids, dryness, and humidity so care should be taken when storing pearls.

Where do they harvest pearls? Natural pearls from the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Manaar (Indian Ocean), and the Red Sea were harvested for thousands of years. The coasts of Polynesia and Australia produce mainly cultured pearls. Both freshwater and saltwater pearls are cultivated in Japan and China. Freshwater pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, and the USA (Mississippi)

When you say “I do” say “yes” to pearls too: As ancient symbols of purity and innocence, pearls are traditionally worn by a bride on her wedding day—making pearl jewelry a great gift to celebrate a bride-to-be or a 1st, 3rd, 12th or 30th anniversary.

Here is summary and more interesting facts:

  1. Pearls are the only jewels created by a living animal. A natural pearl of value is found in less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters.
  2. All pearl oysters are born male and transform into females at around three years of age.
  3. There are three major types of saltwater cultured pearls: Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea. These pearls account for approximately 5% of the total weight of global pearl production.
  4. Freshwater pearls account for approximately 95% of total global pearl production but are much less valuable than saltwater pearls. China produces the majority of freshwater pearls in pearl farms and typically produce between 30 and 50 pearls at a time.
  5. Even with cultivation practices, South Sea pearls are really rare. To compare, the weight of diamond production each year is 10 times greater than the weight of the Australian South Sea pearls harvest each year.
  6. Pearl oysters are also used for their shell (known as mother-of-pearl) and their meat.
  7. The earliest record we have of pearls as precious objects are artefacts from Mesopotamia dated to around 2300 B.C.
  8. Recently, a two thousand year old pearl was found in an Australian Aboriginal archaeological dig in Western Australia.
  9. La Peregrina (Spanish for ‘the incomparable’) is one of the most famous pearls in the world. The 500-year-old pearl is the size of a large pigeon’s egg. Its previous owners included a King of Spain, Napoleon Bonaparte and Elizabeth Taylor.
  10. In the early days, pearl divers regularly faced shark attacks as well as the bends when diving and the mortality rate for divers was as high as 50 per cent. Today, there are strict protocols and regulations regarding occupational diving to reduce these risks. Stop by the 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频 to shop pearls, restring your current strand or appraise heirloom pearls you might have inherited.


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Time to start thinking about Mother’s Day

Personalized gifts are the most treasured. This is the time to start thinking about creating a personalized gift for mom with a special engraved message, kids names, initials, birth dates or birthstones.

Wearing something close to her that is a reminder of her children is a gift she will cherish forever.

We have a wide selection of tending styles to updates on some classics–something for everyone. Even adding subtle birthstones in new or existing rings.

Another idea is incorporating Pantone’s Color of the year, Ultra Violet. The color purple is magnificent, regal and will make her look and feel like a queen.

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful, meaningful and heartfelt gifts . . . just like mom.

Stop by 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频 at 17th & Pace and let us help guide you through some ideas for Mother’s Day this year.


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Happy Mardi Gras!

We’re featuring the colors PURPLE, GOLD and GREEN in celebration of Fat Tuesday.
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PURPLE has ancient associations with power and royalty.  It evokes artistic expression, mystery and the cosmos.  Also it’s 2018 Pantone® Color of the Year.
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination…PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
“From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection…it lights the way to what is yet to come.” Citing musical icons Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, Pantone noted that a deep purple like Ultra Violet has “long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance.”
Some of our favorite purple colored gemstones include: Amethyst, Tanzanite and even Purple color enhanced Diamonds.

2018 Pantone Color of the Year - Ultra Violet


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Gift idea #8: An Ear Piercing gift certificate

The holidays are a great time to give the gift of Ear Piercing to that someone special. Our ear piercing instrument fires sterile, prepackaged ear piercing studs through the earlobe, attaching the clasp in a fraction of a second.

We have all birthstone colors as well as balls, hearts and stars.

Happy Holidays from 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频


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Gift idea #7 . . . a “push” present for that special mom-to-be

Do you know someone who is expecting soon, or has recently given birth?

Consider a Push Present.

The popularity of the push present has soared recently. So what exactly is it?

Wikipedia defines “push present” as a gift a partner gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room.

A recent survey of over 30,000 respondents by BabyCenter found that 38% of new mothers received a push present, and 55% of pregnant mothers wanted one, though fewer thought it was actually expected. About 40% of both groups said the baby itself was already a present and did not wish an additional reward.

It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the new mom.

Some ideas for push gifts include jewelry with the gemstone of the month the baby is due, a gold, silver or platinum disk with names, initials or birthstone. A delicate diamond pendant, pearl necklace or earrings.

The trend has generated a backlash, as some couples dislike the implicit materialism of push presents, and would prefer increased help in chores or baby care, or save the money for the child’s education. Anyway you decide to help the new mom, she deserves some extra love and attention.


According to etiquette expert Pamela Holland, there are no set guidelines for push presents. “The standard is that there is no standard,” she said. “It does make sense to have etiquette around wedding or baby shower gifts because you’re inviting other people into it. But this is far too intimate to have a rule.” In general it is the woman who lets her man know about push presents, not the other way around, although there can be peer pressure from friends to buy one on either the man or the woman.

Diamonds were the most popular gift in the form of an eternity ring, but also tablet computers, charm bracelets and designer watches and handbags were also popular gifts to celebrate a new arrival.


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Gift idea #5 . . . Carla NancyB Gold & Silver jewelry

Oooh la la! Carla Nancy B has a delicious line of 14k and Sterling Silver jewelry that’ll make you drool. Their quality is unmatched and they offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all their styles. Stop by 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频 to see their latest collection. Also click HERE to see the full catalog.

Quality, Service, Trust, and Dependability.

Carla|Nancy B.

Made in the U.S.A

 


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Gift idea #3…a custom ring (it’s not too late!)

Our customer, Janet was surprised to get this beautiful Rose Gold, Diamonds, and Garnet ring as a birthday gift. Custom jewelry is our specialty, but don’t wait too long… only 12 days until Christmas!

We can make rings from any Gemstone of your choice. Stop by and create your customized ring today!


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Some interesting facts about Citrine…

Did you know…

A trace of iron in Citrine’s structure is responsible for its yellow-to-orange color?

Citrine is rare in nature, so most Citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment of Amethyst.

Citrine is recognized as one the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstones.

In the days before modern gemology, its darkish yellow color caused it to be confused with topaz.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Along with topaz, Citrine is a birthstone for November. It’s also recognized as the gem that commemorates the thirteenth anniversary.

How about it’s QUALITY?

The following factors combine to determine a Citrine’s value.

COLOR: Vivid yellows, reddish oranges, and earth tones are popular with consumers.

CLARITY: Eye-visible inclusions are not common in citrine. If present, they decrease its value.

CUT: Citrine might be carved, custom-cut, or calibrated for jewelry use.

CARAT WEIGHT: Citrine is available in a wide range of sizes for setting into a variety of jewelry styles.

WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE?

1) It’s affordable.

Even fine citrine has a modest price tag. Large gems remain affordable, as price per carat does not rise dramatically for larger sizes.

2) Geodes

Giant hollow crystal-lined amethyst geodes from areas like Brazil are often heated to become giant citrine “cathedrals.”

3) Ametrine

In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine colors can occur together in the same crystal. These unique gems are called ametrine.

SOME HISTORY…
Citrine was often used in the crowns and jewels worn by royals and rulers. This was
because it was associated with qualities of strength, tenacity, dedication, and resilience.
Aside from its healing properties it is reputed to increase creativity, and restore energy.
They are also widely believed to bestow good fortune and success to the wearer, and
are often called the success stone.  The properties are said to give the wearer a sense
of positive hope for what is ahead. The November Birthstone makes a wonderful
birthday, anniversary, or holiday gifts.

"... The forest's filled by morning light in amber and citrine
reveals the white tail doe who leaps, as blackbirds sound the cry.
A cherished world of light and dark and colors in between...."


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