Monday, October 4, 2010

Featured piece: Black Pearls

If you are looking for a pearl ring that will stand out in a crowd, stop in and take a look at our black pearls.

This ring features a black pearl, set in 10kt white gold, with round diamonds surrounding the pearl. The band features a unique design that adds to the beauty and elegance of the piece. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone else, as it retails for $360.

We would love to show you this or other styles; we know you'll find one you love!

Gemstone of the Month: Tourmaline and Opal

October is another month with two birthstone choices, Tourmaline and Opal.

Tourmaline has become a favorite among jewelry designers, and gem collectors around the world. Since it is available in a variety of colors, it is suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone. These bi-color and tri-color gems are formed in many; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized.

The name Opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)." Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background. Opal is a formation of non-crystalline silica gel that seeped into crevices in the sedimentary strata. Through time and nature's heating and molding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. The opal is composed of particles closely packed in spherical arrangements. When packed together in a regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

Source: American Gem Society