How to fix Jewelry: Open a Jump Ring

Unfortunate situations happen to our favorite pieces with time. We already have discussed How to Clean your tarnished Jewelry. But today continuing our topic of Jewelry 101 I will share the most useful trick you would need to fix your jewelry. Here’s a tutorial on how to open a jump ring. So instead of throwing it away, you can fix it Read More…

October Birthstones – Opal and Pink Tourmaline

Where it can be found Most of the precious opal deposits that have been discovered are in Australia. The mines of Australia produce at least 90% of the world’s precious opal. In addition to Brazil, tourmaline is mined in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar,Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malawi.   Opal Facts Opal is formed from rain. There is some conjecture on how Read More…

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September Birthstone – Sapphire

Where it can be found Sapphire is found in only a few locations in the world. The three most famous regions for blue sapphire are Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka. Sapphire has also been mined in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and India.   Facts Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 5th or Read More…

August Birthstone – Peridot

Where it can be found Gem quality peridot comes from Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.   Facts According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with Sardonyx since 1912. There is no synthetic or manmade version of peridot, but imitations do exist.  These are usually made Read More…

July Birthstone – Ruby

  Where it can be found The most recently found ruby deposit is in Myanmar. Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and in Pakistan.   Facts The word ruby comes from the Latin “rubens” which means red. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Read More…

June Birthstones – Pearl and Moonstone

  Both the pearl and moonstone are considered Junes birthstone and they are used interchangeably. Which do you prefer? Moonstones Where they can be found: Junes birthstone, the moonstone, is named because of its uncanny resemblance to the iridescent sheen of the moon. It was considered by ancient civilizations to be a sacred stone, bestowing the wearer with great spiritual Read More…

May Birthstone – Emerald

  Where is can be found Most emerald deposits are currently mined in Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia. They are mined throughout the world (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Australia, United States) but these are the three major sources.   Facts Emerald is always green. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone. Emerald always has some inclusions. If there are none, it’s Read More…

April Birthstone – Diamond

  Where it can be found Diamonds are present in about 35 countries. South Africa, Russia and Botswana are the main producers of gem diamond while Australia produces most of the industrial diamond. They are also found in India, Brazil, China, Canada and the United States.   Facts  Diamonds are the most expensive stones in the world – I looked Read More…

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

  Where it can be found The majority of aquamarine is found in Brazil. Other important deposits are in Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado/USA, and Zambia.   Facts Aquamarine is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces and the Read More…

Subtle Ways to Wear Green this Saint Patricks Day

While I love being festive I’m not an over the top dresser. As a busy work at home mom, I like to keep things pretty simple, casual and functional. I like to be more subtle when it comes to dressing for the holidays.   So here are subtle ways to wear green and have a subtle Saint Patricks Day! Jewelry Read More…

Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Galentine’s Day? Oh it’s only the best day of the year. February 13th is a day for ladies celebrating ladies.   So why should you celebrate Galentines day this year? It’s a day to say I love you. Sometimes we don’t take the time we should tell the women in our lives how much we love them, how much they’ve impacted Read More…

3 Effective Ways to Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry

One of the most common questions I get from my friends and customers is:   How can I clean my tarnished jewelry?    Most of the jewelry I make is made of sterling silver which is a fine metal and no matter how you take care of it, eventually it will probably tarnish. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it again Read More…