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Opals, the Opus of October

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags October Birthstone, Opal Jewelry, Opals

Opals, the Opus of October

Ancient Romans thought that opals were the most precious of all stones because they contained all colors. Is there anything more amazing than the explosion of color that high quality opals flash? They’ve been prized throughout history for this unique property. Ever wonder what gives opals that flash of a kaleidoscope, that play of color? Opals are made of silica, which is a water based substance that forms in the cracks of rocks. Over time the water evaporates, leaving the silica to form round crystals. When the crystals grow, they create patterns which reflect light like rain through a rainbow....


September Babies, Don’t Get The Blues

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Sapphire, Sapphire Jewelry, September Birthday, September Birthstone

September Babies, Don’t Get The Blues

Sapphires come in nearly all colors of the rainbow.  In fact, many of the blue sapphires you see on the commercial market today may have started out a different color.  A significant portion of rough sapphires have a green hue and turn blue when heated or otherwise treated. Some of the most prized sapphire colors are blue, pink, and Padparadscha (a bright orangey-pink).  Yellow, orange and purple sapphires can be spectacular and there is a resurgence of interest in green sapphires.  Did you know there are no red sapphires? That’s a trick question- rubies are in the same family, we...


Summer Wedding Do's and Don'ts

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Jewelry Style, Jewelry Suggestions, Wedding Fashion

Summer Wedding Do's and Don'ts

Summer’s here, which means the wedding season is heating up. A good look can hinge on the perfect jewelry choices, so whether you’re celebrating your BFF’s nuptials or going as a plus-one to your college roommate’s cousin’s second wedding, make sure your jewelry shines. Use your ice to turn up the heat We all know how sticky PNW summers can get, and it may be tempting to forego traditional fabrics and cuts that you know you’ll swelter in. Dress up flowy, mercifully breathable cotton maxi-dresses and jumpsuits with some well-placed sparkle! Reduce, reuse, recycle If you have six weddings to...


5 Ways to Avoid Having Your Proposal Go Wrong

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Engagement, Proposal

5 Ways to Avoid Having Your Proposal Go Wrong

All too often that perfectly planned proposal can go seriously wrong. That's because sometimes we get so excited about the details and ways we want to pop the question that we forget our common sense. There are five ways that you can avoid having your proposal go wrong, and below are some great tips on how to perfectly play in your proposal no matter where you want to pop the question. When traveling, do not put the ring in your checked luggage. Checked luggage can often get lost or stolen. That also includes the contents in the bags. You never...


Rare Rubies: Just The Best For July Babies

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Birthstone Jewelry, Fine Jewelry, July Birthstone, Ruby

Rare Rubies: Just The Best For July Babies

Get red hot with your jewelry this summer and gift July babies something to talk about with rubies. You’ll put a very happy smile on any July baby’s face when you gift them their birthstone. One of the most highly prized gems, the ruby is nothing but the best when it comes to July babies. Why Is The Ruby Held In Such High Regard? For one, large rubies are harder to find than diamonds. Historically the ruby has always been seen as a crown gem. The gem of passion, they represent strength, integrity, courage, and confidence. Wearing a ruby has...