Jewelry News

What can you do with jewelry you don't like anymore?

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Custom Jewelry, Jewelry Appraisal, Jewelry Design

What can you do with jewelry you don't like anymore?

Jewelry can go out of style. Sometimes you might lose a match to your favorite earrings and be left with just one. Sometimes you want to give a gift, but don’t want to break the bank doing it. There are several ways to repurpose jewelry and create a genuinely unique piece that you or a loved one can rock like a true gem lover. Meet Up With A Pro When you want to turn a few pieces into one, you should check out a local gemologist or jeweler. Working with a gemologist or jeweler to create genuinely unique pieces of...


7 Times You Should Remove Your Jewelry

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Jewelry Advice, Jewelry Care

7 Times You Should Remove Your Jewelry

Jewelry, while made of fine metals like gold, platinum and sterling silver, is a little more delicate than you might think. If you choose to invest in pieces that you love, you should know how to care for them. We do a lot of appraisals and Of course, you should have your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked for loose stones at least every six months - more frequently if you wear pieces every day. You can wash it at home with warm water, gentle soap, and a soft toothbrush. Here are the 7 times you need to remember to take...


Magnificent, Mesmerizing Emerald For May Birthdays

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Emeralds, May Birthday, May Birthstone

Magnificent, Mesmerizing Emerald For May Birthdays

Here in Portland, spring might have officially sprung. We’re not totally sure, because the days in Oregon tends to vary wildly between “warm and sunny” and “I’m so cold, why is it still raining?” One of the things we love most about spring is seeing the flower shoots pushing through the earth to soak up the delicious sunshine. The beautiful, vibrant green embodies the lush green of the elegant emerald, no matter the context. While we love the idea of celebrating a birthday in May with an emerald tiara, we know that the cost might be a bit prohibitive (for anyone...


Colored Diamonds to Craft Your Signature Style

Colored Diamonds to Craft Your Signature Style

Is there such a thing as a real red diamond?  Or a purple one?  You bet! Luxurious colored diamonds occur naturally in all colors of the rainbow. The colors range from vibrant red, pink and orange, to brilliant blue, green, violet, and muted yellow, brown, gray – and even black. That being said, for every 10,000 carats of clear diamonds that are mined, only 1 carat of colored diamonds are found.  The most frequently seen natural colored diamonds occur in shades of yellow and brown, including trade terms like "chocolate diamonds" or "champagne diamonds." A colored diamond can be a fun...


My Top 3 Tips for Buying Diamonds

Elizabeth Simpson

Tags Buying Diamonds, Buying Jewelry, Choosing a Diamond, Diamonds

My Top 3 Tips for Buying Diamonds

Buying diamonds can and should be a fun experience. To make the most of it here are my top 3 tips to make for a seamless shopping experience! Buy a diamond with a certificate.   You need a diamond grading report or appraisal from a Graduate Gemologist- someone trained at the Gemological Institute of America. This will ensure your stone is graded to the highest standards and there’s no question of what you are getting. Buy a diamond, not a certificate! This might sound contrary to my first point but it isn’t. Some buyers study reports looking for the 4 C’s but...