Friday, September 30, 2011

Spotlight on October Birthstones: Tourmaline & Opal

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Tourmaline is the traditional birthstone for October, and is given as the gemstone for the 8th anniversary. It is associated with balance, endurance, and safety. Most people consider tourmaline to be a single mineral. But in fact it is a group named for several different, but closely related minerals.

Elbaite is the tourmaline mineral that is most often found in jewelry, as its color is extremely variable with the most common colors being red, pink, green, blue, orange and yellow. Elbaite has many variety names based on color.

The pink to red variety is called rubellite. Often a specimen can have more than one color zone in the same crystal, with the most famous variety being a pink and green combination called watermelon tourmaline. Uvite is a green translucent to opaque tourmaline that is growing in popularity and is being cut as a gemstone.

Romans called opals “Cupid paederos” -- a child as beautiful as love. They believed that opals were pieces of heaven that got knocked down during violent thunderstorms, falling to Earth in a flash of lightning. Opals were thought to bring wisdom and good fortune; however, there is a superstition that an opal you buy for yourself can bring you bad luck, but is not bad luck if received as a gift.

An opal will cut glass just like a diamond, but it stands alone as the only non-crystalline gemstone. In addition to being the October birthstone, opals are given for the 14th wedding anniversary.

This gemstone actually contains up to 30% water, so it must be protected from heat or harsh chemicals, both of which will cause drying and may lead to cracking and loss of iridescence. Opal must also be guarded from blows, since it is relatively soft and breaks easily.

Friday, September 16, 2011

1/2 Off Sale Today & Tomorrow Only!

Have you had your eye on something but just haven't made your move yet?
The time is now...

50% SALE on 100's of items at our Sidewalk Sale tomorrow: Saturday, 9/17!
Preview Day today for facebook fans and blog members!

Get in early for best selection!
We're clearing out space for new collections arriving soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


It's that time of year again...
Please vote for us in Suburban Essex Magazine's Best of Essex Contest! (In fact, please choose us twice on the ballot: Jewelry Store and Custom Design.)

It's quick, easy and painless... but time is running out.
Voting closes Thursday, 9/15.

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Thank you for your support!

P.S. Saturday is our annual Sidewalk Sale! Half-price on 100's of items!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spotlight On Blue Sapphire -- September's Birthstone

Photos: A custom designed pendant by Craig Brady.

The sapphire is second only to the diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. A gift of sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness.

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum is found in every color of the rainbow. Red corundums are known as rubies and all other hues are known as sapphire -- even though the word sapphire comes from the Greek word "sapphirus," meaning blue. And the rich, deep blue of the September birthstone is considered the most desireable of all sapphires.

These gemstones were mined as early as the 7th Century BC from India and what is now Sri Lanka. They are found today in Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Madagascar, and the United States. Large specimens of corundum crystals are rare; the 563-carat Star of India can be seen in the American Museum of Natural History.

Ancient civilizations believed that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. This legend, as well as the belief that the ten commandments were inscribed upon tablets made of sapphire, gives September’s birthstone a royal place among gemstones.

Mention this blog and receive 20% off any blue sapphire item in stock during the month of September! (Excluding Pandora.)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Your Vote Counts!

It would mean a lot to us if you would vote for us in Suburban Essex Magazine's Best of Essex Contest! (In fact, please vote twice: Jewelry Store and Custom Design.)

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It's quick, easy and painless... but please hurry. Time is running out.
Voting closes on Thursday, 9/15.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Words cannot express...

Our hearts & thoughts are with the families and friends of 9/11 survivors today.

Thursday, September 8, 2011