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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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It’s National Proposal Day! Tell us your story…

Yes, March 20th is actually National Proposal Day. Who knew?

Some get excited that there is actually an official day to pop the question, but also this day is one that puts fear into some guys.

National Proposal Day is observed on both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, and is an opportunity to let the loved one in your life know you are open to a marriage proposal. But when subtle hints have not worked, a more direct approach may be required.

My husband proposed to me only after 5 months of dating! It was romantic and unexpected during a friends wedding at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.

Use the hashtag #NationalProposalDay to post your story on social media.

 

 


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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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Get Ready to Roadtrip!

Whether you’re planning a big trip overseas, a meandering road trip in the mountains, or adventure at the beach, you may wonder about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.

Here are some useful travel jewelry tips we found.

A vacation is typically a break from routine and daily worries so most follow the rule of not bringing anything that you’ll worry about losing; and best to to leave expensive items or those with emotional value at home. However this doesn’t mean you should leave all jewelry at home since a vacation is a great time to wear fun outfits and accessorize.

A good tip is to stick with just a few neutral pieces — small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a chain bracelet that will work with multiple outfits. But also throw in a few whimsical statement pieces. They’ll dress up even your most basic travel outfit.

What about your wedding band and engagement ring? Depending on your destination and activities, it’s often best to leave your engagement ring at home and wear just a less flashy wedding band.

Maybe you still want the look of your diamond engagement or wedding ring but don’t want to risk your own. Consider a look-a-like at a fraction of the cost. Colorless or “white” gems, like white topaz or crystal, can play the part of your pricier and more emotionally precious diamond jewelry.

If you do choose to travel with any fine jewelry, this is a good time to set up jewelry insurance for those pieces if you haven’t already.

How do you keep jewelry tangle-free, clean and organized to your destination?

Consider these tips for your next trip:

  • Travel jewelry case: If you travel frequently, it might make sense to invest in a travel organizer or roll made specifically for jewelry. It doesn’t have to be pricey, but a good travel jewelry case will have compartments to keep your individual jewelry items both organized and free from tangles and scratching.
  • Straws: Keep necklace chains tangle-free by slipping one end through a drinking straw then closing the clasp. Put all the straws in a toothbrush holder to keep your necklaces safe and contained. For a chunky necklace, follow the same process using a toilet paper tube.
  • Index cards: Keep earrings organized and easy-to-find by using a safety pin to poke holes through an index card then inserting earrings and sealing the backs. Wrap a cloth around the card then pack it with the rest of your jewelry.
  • Buttons: If you have spare buttons (especially larger ones), pair your earrings through the holes and seal the backs, one earring pair per button. When you’re packing for a trip, put the buttons you want to take in a small ziplock bag or wrap them in a small cloth for added protection.
  • Daily pill box: They are the perfect size for storing individual earrings, rings and even smaller bracelets and necklaces. By putting just one item (or earring pair) in a box, jewelry stays tangle-free and organized. And since the boxes are connected, you have all your jewelry in one place.
  • Small sealable snack cups: These are a great size for storing individual chunkier necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or a collection of earring-pair buttons wrapped in a small cloth.

    If you’re flying, pack jewelry in your carry-on bag. Checked bags have a much greater chance of getting lost.

    Just remember: You’re taking a vacation to relax and have fun, and to get away from your daily routine. Keep jewelry simple and inexpensive so it doesn’t get in the way.

     

    Happy travelling from 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频!

     

 


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What do moms REALLY want? Look no further than the bedroom…

 

No, it’s not what you’re thinking! But in a very unscientific survey of 6,000 mothers about what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day, nearly 70 percent agree they would prefer two extra hours of sleep over a piece of expensive jewelry. For the other 30%, we’ve got you covered at The Gold Market!

Moms also agree that a sentimental gift from their child is preferable to a massage or a fancy makeover. More than 60 percent of moms who took the survey agree that they’d prefer an adorable, hand-made card from their kids instead of a day at the spa.

Moms are torn, however, on whether their idea of a perfect Mother’s Day involves spending the day surrounded by their kids, or relaxing in quiet solitude. Of the moms who answered the survey question, the votes were split 50/50.

Here are the top things that moms said they would love for Mother’s Day:

  1. Sleep
  2. Jewelry
  3. Candy
  4. Phone call
  5. Scented candle
  6. Brunch/Dinner with the family
  7. A clean house
  8. Flowers
  9. Breakfast in bed
  10. Car wash


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Thank Henry Ford . . it’s the weekend!

It’s been a long, busy week in our showroom and at the bench.

We love working and helping customers, but we also enjoy having some time off on the weekend.

Have you ever stopped to wonder who invented weekends? As much as we love weekends, would you believe that they’ve only been around for less than 100 years?

During the Industrial Revolution, factories needed to be running around the clock so employees during this era frequently worked between 10-16 hour days. In the 1920s however, it was Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, that established the 5-day, 40-hour work week.

Even though the federal government didn’t begin to limit companies to a 40-hour work week until 1938, Ford began to give his factory workers a two-day weekend in the early 1900s.

Ford recognized that the economy got a boost if workers have a couple of days off each week to purchase goods and enjoy using them.

Hope you have a great weekend! The forecast calls for snow but you can still enjoy your time off! There is so much to do here in Longmont and in Boulder County.

Our dear friend, Peter owner of Anvil Distillery just stopped by to say hi. If you’re in the mood for amazing hand crafted spirits, check out their tasting room…you’ll be amazed!


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