Professional discussion for Jewelry,Gold & Fine Gemstones

Gold Makeover

old gold pieces

Recently,  with the gold buying frenzy, many new customers have been in our store to sell gold. What they don’t realize is that they could remake their gold into a new jewelry item or trade their gold towards something new. With our custom design studio, our goldsmiths can carve a wax and recast your old gold into a stunning new custom design. Add a gemstone or diamond to make your new piece even more glitzy. Many times we have taken Aunt Matilda or Grandma’s old diamond and gold and made a new ring or pendant. Some customers will bring in pictures to make a similar ring that they have seen in a magazine or on-line. Or by looking at items in our showcases, we can come up with a look-alike piece that accommodates their size gems. Another popular option is to trade in their old gold towards a new piece of jewelry. In our store the gold is worth 30% more for trade rather than paying out cash. Trade in all those old gold chains into a new white gold ring you have always wanted.  Selling or remaking your gold, just remember to deal with someone you know and trust. Otherwise you could be just throwing away that precious commodity that could be turned into something new and exciting.

Michael Myers

A Gemstone Affair

colored gemstones

Sapphires in variety of Colors

Colored gemstones are usually the most misunderstood area of jewelry and gemology. Most clients are familiar with the big three: ruby, emerald, and sapphire. Many do not know that sapphire and ruby are both the same gemstone, corundum, which comes in green, yellow, pink, orange, and many other forms. Colored gems are mostly transparent, but some are opaque, like the star sapphire or other cabochon cut gems. Emeralds are the same mineral as aquamarine, beryl, and both appear in a variety of forms and colors. I stress to our clients that color is the number one factor with cut and clarity following as the most important conditions to consider in a colored gem. Sapphires should be blue, not black.  Rubies should be red, not pink.

Cutters are responsible for bringing out the beauty of the rough crystal. German cutters tend to cut precise, calibrated, with beautiful symmetry. Indian cutting is done in primitive conditions and weight retention is rated high for results. Cutting technology has advanced with new tools and creative cutting. American cutters produce one of a kind pieces of art with circles, hologram reflections, and curvaceous carving.

Blue Sapphire

Just like diamonds, colored gems have beauty, rarity, and durability, which defines a gemstone. The supply of colored gems is considerably less stable than the structured diamond market. Third world countries and changing regimes can effect the supply of certain mining or export of gems. Burmese ruby is the current conflict stone and conditions there are allowing little to no supply. Markets determine what is in fashion and the “gem du jour”. This happened with Tanzanite, the marketing exclusive of Tiffany that owned the only mine. Zoisite is the correct name, but Tanzanite sounded so much better and that area of Africa was known as Tanzania. Political powers changed and opened the market to highest bidder. It became more mainstreamed and then the islands and cruise lines picked up on it. Limited quantities, by now, the only mine has collapsed, etc.  People were duped on its rarity and not informed of their fragility. It’s a beautiful gem in its finest form, and supply of material seems to be available.

Cabachon Sapphires

This is the tip of the iceberg on what colored gems are about and more of a reason, when considering a purchase of a fine gemstone, you need to deal with a trained professional gemologist. You don’t go to a fast food joint if you are wanting a steak and you should consider a knowledgable  GIA or AGS graduate when shopping for that special gem.

Michael Myers, G.G., C.G.A.

A Cut Above

Most everyone that has shopped for a diamond knows about the four C’s. Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight are the ones most talked about, to which I add Confidence in the seller and grader. The first thing I try to explain is there is no such thing as a certified diamond, only diamonds with certificates. All those documents state that they are the opinion of the grader, not a guarantee or warranty. Carat weight is not subjective, you just put the diamond on the scale and weigh it. Clarity and color however are subjective grades give by the grader. The Gemological Institute of America came up with this system in the fifties and teaches their students to grade to their standards. Many Laboratories have sprung up to grade diamonds due to the number of graduate gemologists and the consumer demand for these documents. A bevy of initials, IGI, EGL, HRD, and many more have joined the ranks of GIA. Unfortunately, some have become more lenient in their grading in order to sell more diamonds. EGL invented their own clarity grade SI3, which sounds better than I-1 in order for their customers to sell more diamonds. American Gem Society joined the lab game, and now produces a report that includes light performance. That fourth C, cut, is probably the least understood and the most technical based of the four C’s. Cut encompasses the pattern or angles that the diamond has in its final form. AGS for many years has graded what they refer to as the Ideal cut diamond. Through a combination of crown angle, table size, pavilion depth, girdle thickness, culet size, and total depth, AGS came up with the parameters for the Ideal diamond proportions. In 1919 a mathematician named Marcel Tolkowsky came up with the angles through math and physics. Today with computer generated models, his theory was mostly confirmed as the best proportions for the round diamond. We have a computer aided measuring device today called a Megascope or Sarin that measures the diamond to a .01mm tolerance.  We are the only retailer in Licking County to have this device and an AGS accredited Lab. This allows us to be more discriminating in choosing our diamonds for sale and more accurate when providing appraisals and insurance documents. After all, when we talk about light performance, we want the best sparkle and scintillation we can buy. And our clients appreciate that our diamond looks especially good on her finger.

Made in America

silver by Dobbs

Today, when choosing new vendors for our unique jewelry collection, we ask a simple question. Where is your product manufactured? We try to support companies that are still making things in the good ole USA. Recently, we were looking for a new silver company. I unexpectedly found many were made in China, India, Malaysia, Viet Nam, and even Bali. It wasn’t necessarily a quality issue, because many of these products were of good craftsmanship. I just believed we need to support those few onshore manufacturing companies, even if it costs sightly more. Even Sam Walton, when he was alive and still in charge, believed retailers should support selling things make in America. Maybe the buying public is at fault, because they don’t care where it’s made, just if it’s a lower price. Buying cheaper is inversely related to how long it will last. I believe buying quality once is better than buying low price multiple times. My employees and families try to support local businesses, because I believe they support the local community where we live. So, it’s a good question to ask, where is this product made? The answer may be surprising.

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