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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Calling all Harry Potter fans!

We have the perfect gift for you! Beautiful handmade Cottonwood and Silver wands and a bronze snitch from our designer, Chapin Dimond.

Each wand comes with a special handcrafted box, luxurious fabric lining and information sheet such as below:

WOOD: Cottonwood is specialized for those who have an affinity with water. This wood’s growth rate helps the user learn quickly.  Wand makers like it due to how soft it is to care and work with. It is powerful when dealing with fairies. This wood is best used in daylight in direct contact with sun.

WAND CORE: Wands with Cockatrice Feathers can only be commanded by one wizard at a time it will not work for anyone else as long as the wizard lives. It stays true to those who write. Works best for those who protect the young and enjoy shiny objects.

ACCENTS: Goblin’s Silver (sterling) reflects and illuminates the way forward. Also restores equilibrium and stability to both power and spiritual energy.  It is compassionate with a mature sense of justice

Here is our Wand maker/Metal smith extraordinaire, Chapin hard at work. Stop by to see wands and snitch in person and also can be custom made to your wishes. 

Have a Merry Holiday season!

Serving happy Harry Potter fans in Longmont, Berthoud, Mead, Firestone, Frederick, Platteville, Lyons, Niwot and beyond

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Dawg day afternoon

Our Mr. Fluffy is PAWSitively happy about living in Colorado. We are frequently ranked high on lists of the most dog-friendly states.  Make no bones about it!  It’s a pretty great place for pooches, with lots of open space, dog parks and pet friendly shops (like ours) that are ready and stocked with treats for their four legged visitors.

For all the single people out there, a recent survey from dating website Match.com named Colorado as the No. 1 most dog-loving state in the U.S.  So, it you’re on the market, that can bear directly on your chances: Match reports that 1/3 of its users are dog lovers, and that women are 20% more attached to men who have a dog. Additionally, dog lovers are contacted more on Match than cat lovers by 10%.

Looking for a special gift for that dog lover in your life?  Our custom made imprinted jewelry captures even the smallest details from a cell phone picture of inked prints, clay impressions and can even work from a picture of the paw or pup’s nose.

We love our fur babies! Stop by the 黄色啪啪视频,免费啪啪视频 and let us help you celebrate your pet by wearing or gifting a keepsake that you’ll treasure forever…and stop by to say “Hi” to Fluffy our goldendoodle!

 

 

 

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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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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 #1 . . . a stylish way to commemorate the past year

A sweet necklace to commemorate that special date in Roman Numerals…

If there was a milestone in the past year, this accessory is a stylish and fun way to remember 2017. Available in silver or gold, this trendy Date Tag is perfect for any style.

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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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Earth Day should be Every Day

For 47 years, Earth Day has inspired individuals to renew their commitment to environmental protection. People around the world get together to celebrate nature, get educated on environmental issues and learn how to live greener lives. A good time for contemplation and for making some small but significant changes.

            Reinventing the old

One way to be “green,” that can include being eco-conscious is upcycling or repurposing your old jewelry.

“Upcycling” is  taking something old and creating something new out of it.

Give cherished family heirlooms new life

Upcycle jewelry for Earth Day by cleaning out your jewelry box and finding ways to revitalize your treasures. If you’re able to bring new life to an old piece of jewelry, you’ll feel good about doing something good for the Earth.

We all know what the basis of Recycling is: a practice that takes an item and targets it for reuse, returning it back to the cycle of daily contribution to society rather than discarding it to trash. Think plastic bottles turned into carpet, toys or fleece.

Upcycling is described as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for its next use.  The possibilities are endless with redesigning jewelry. Engagement rings can be turned into pendant necklaces, as can brooches and watches. Necklaces can be formed into earrings, rings, bracelets etc.

Jewelry is meant to be worn, so reinventing an older, heirloom into a piece of new jewelry that reflects your taste makes it more likely that you’ll wear it, and is a great way to keep the memories of loved ones alive.

Even cost-conscious and environmentally friendly brides are even choosing upcycled wedding dresses, which use old dresses to create new ones or accessories. It’s a great way to treasure family heirlooms while incorporate your own personal style.

Here are a few tips and ideas to help breathe new life into an older piece of jewelry:

1. Wear it in a new way. Take an old chunky necklace and wrap it around your wrist instead and it becomes a bracelet. How about using a brooch as a hair ornament or pendant. Pierced or clip earrings, either single or a pair, can be attached to a jacket as a decorative accent.

2. Reimagine an old piece. If pieces that are too small, fragile, or damaged to be worn such as a dainty diamond watch that is too small for the wrist or a vintage diamond brooch, think about attaching to a wide gold cuff.

3. Turn a larger piece of jewelry into several smaller ones. The gems in a statement necklace can become earrings. Diamonds in a large cocktail ring or brooch could be used to make a pendant with matching earrings, etc.

4. Change the metal. A colorless diamond set in platinum or white gold band will make the diamond appear whiter and give the piece a contemporary feel.

5. Repurpose the gemstones in a new piece. Mount them in a new piece of your own desigm and create a piece of jewelry that will become an heirloom for future generations that still has ties to the past. You can also divide the gemstones among siblings and other loved ones, so everyone can share the memories, and create their own heirlooms.

If you decide to remove the gems from a piece, consider sending them to an independent laboratory like GIA for examination, before having them reset. A diamond grading report, or gemological report for colored stones, will document what the stone is, whether it is natural or synthetic and if there are any detectable treatments. This information is key for the appraiser to determine the stones’ value for appraisal and insurance purposes; In addition, knowing how the gems were treated will help the jeweler determine the best way to handle the stones during setting, repair and cleaning.

6. Make it fresh and wearable again. Sometimes all a piece of heirloom jewelry needs is a “tune up”. Bring in your vintage or antique treasure to make sure no gemstones are loose and to give it a proper cleaning. The piece may have a patina (oxidized film) that you may or may not want removed.

Even if you don’t own any heirloom jewelry, you can always acquire a piece that was preowned. Just follow these GIA tips for purchasing estate jewelry. These treasures can be restored or reimagined to create your own piece of history and become a memento to pass on to loved ones.

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