TOE RINGS WOMEN, ANKLETS AND BAREFOOT SANDALS

Summer is here!

Well here we are on Memorial Day weekend.  The kickoff of summer with swimming pools and going to a beach.  It’s time for flipflops and other sandals.  Most likely a fresh pedicure.  Right ladies?  Have your toenails painted and then it’s time to adorn your feet.       

14 kt yellow gold with cubic zirconia

 

I did some searching the other day online and found an abundance of toe rings, anklets, and barefoot sandals.  Wow!  These items sure make your feet super attractive.  As a gemstone enthusiast I was naturally looking for items with stones in them.  I am also a proponent of all natural stones and not synthetics, but as I looked I realized that because you are wearing them on your feet there is a greater chance of damaging or loosing a stone.  It doesn’t make sense to put expensive stones into foot jewelry. Especially if you are walking on a beach.   If it you loose it in a swimming pool forget it.  It’s gone.              

14 kt white gold with cubic zirconia

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sterling silver and turquoise

                                                     

14 kt gold and enamel teddy bear.

                                                                            Anklets and barefoot sandals

I really love to look at these items on a woman’s foot.  It adds a very nice summer touch and they can be color coordinated with your wardrobe.

Turquoise beads anklet.

                                                                                                                    

 

 

I think this is a very ancient art form going back thousands of years.  Certainly trending right now.  Some of them are even designed to be worn with shoes.  These are elegant additions to any woman’s wardrobe.  Summer relaxed look with a sparkling addition. Maybe even a small tattoo of something important to you.  And by the way, not expensive.  

Fresh water pearls and glass beads.

 

The glass beads can be made large enough to resemble cut stones.  Sapphire, emerald, ruby, diamond, citrine, amethyst, etc.

Sapphire and diamond colored glass beads.
Emerald colored glass beads.

 

It’s all a matter of personal taste.  Ceramic and wood beads seem to lend a more youthful look.  So once again it’s up to you.  Have fun with it and enjoy your summer.  Robert

Turquoise and blue beads with an ankle wrap.

Dressy ankle bracelets:            

Gold plated curb chain link.
Rhodium plated alloy in silver.

LADIES WATCHES AND BRACELETS – A REVIEW PAGE

Watches

 

 

Here I am introducing you to a company named Deewatch.  This company is out of Uppsala, Sweden. Their designs knock me out because of their versatility and beauty in a non traditional way.  Each watch face has the word Deevotion written on it.  A nice touch.  Deewatch also has a very simplified pricing structure.  A double wrap watch is $159.  A triple wrap watch is $139.  Bracelets are $49 and $59.  With every watch you buy you get 2 bands.  Interchangeable according to your wardrobe.   Watch cases are available in silver or rose gold.  They have a good return policy and good delivery.  I just got excited when I saw their products!

      Below are more photos with links to their site.  Enjoy!  

All white with pearls.  $159

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/pure-white-double-wrap-womens-watch

All black beads.   $159                                                                               http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/pure-black-double-wrap-womens-watch                                                                                                                       Blue and grey stones.  $159

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/pure-grey-double-wrap-womens-watch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bronze metal and stone beads.  $159     

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/earth-sunset-double-wrap-womens-watch                                                                                                                Turquoise beads to compliment denim.  $159       

                                                                                             http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/safari-double-wrap-womens-watch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Triple wrap in all white with pearls.  $139    

                                                                http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/pure-white-triple-wrap-womens-watch                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue and bronze casual triple wrap.  $139  

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/womens-watches/denim-lover-triple-wrap-womens-watch

Bracelets

Bracelet rose gold and pearl.  $49           

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/bracelets/pure-white-bold-bracelet                                                                                                                                                                                        Bracelet rose gold and turquoise.  $59                                                                                                                                                          http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.deewatch.com/bracelets/navy-neat-bracelet

This is an affiliate review page.  I am not personally selling these items, nor do I have them in my possession.  After being a gem cutter for 25 years I have a good eye for stones and jewelry that stand out and deserve special attention.  Any and all warranties are between you and the seller.  I hope you appreciate my perspective.  Buying through one of my links will not cost you anything more, but I would be paid a small commission.  Thank you.  Robert

 

LADIES WATCHES AND BRACELETS

Fresh and exciting

I am by no means a watch authority.  This post will not have technical information about the fine hand made watches of Switzerland.  Oh, I know the names of some of these collectible gold watches.  Patek Phillipe, Piaget, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantine are like the “Hall of Fame” of the watch world.  $10,000 and up.  These watches are truly a work of art and I appreciate these time pieces very much, but I can’t afford one and probably my readers can’t either.  I will let an experienced watch maker review the above mentioned timepieces.  I know my limitations.                                        

I found some very exciting watches and bracelets for ladies that combine stones, pearls, and metal beads into a very new fashion look that is versatile and great for every day wear or evening wear.  The movements are battery operated and not complicated.  The pieces are easily affordable and the bands are changeable.  Choose your wardrobe and choose your band.  The bracelets can be worn with the watch and compliment each other for an additional fashion look.                                     

I enjoy seeing fresh designs and thoughts by the younger generations. These are fanciful, fun, and beautiful.  Why continue to wear an ordinary watch when you have something like this available?

This is going to be a relatively short post because I do not want to plagiarize the pages of the manufacturer’s web site.  Here are some bracelets for you to see.

 

 

 

 

Over the last fifteen years or so I have noticed the changes that took place in the jewelry field.  These changes were driven largely by the rising cost of gold.  Also gemstones were becoming harder and more expensive to get because of political problems and civil wars on the African continent. I began to see wooden beads, plastic beads, feathers, etc. being used in earrings and bracelets and necklaces.  As a lover of gemstones and a faceter I could see the future of my business slipping away because of rising prices and people not being able to afford gold jewelry.  Perhaps that end of the business will now be only for the wealthy.   Robert

AQUAMARINE

march birthstone – aquamarine

OK, March is almost over, but gemstones last a lifetime.  Not just one month.  Aquamarine is one of my favorite gemstones for cutting because it polishes beautifully without using diamond paste.  This stone is easily polished with a plastic film lap and water.  Because of the water you don’t need to worry about heat from friction that could crack the stone or make it fall off the dop.

Beryl family

Beryl is a family of stones that has very famous members.  This gem is a hardness of 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  That makes it ideal for rings and all other jewelry because it will wear well.  Family members include Green Beryl, Emerald, Heliodor (yellow), Morganite (pink), Goshenite (colorless), and a more recent discovery Red Beryl (Utah, USA), and Aquamarine (blue to blue-green).  Some people refer to the blue – green variety as sea foam in color.  I happen to love the blue-green aquamarine and always leave the color alone rather than heat treat it to get rid of the green.  But as always; the market dictates and blue is the most popular color.       

There is a growing market for aquamarine engagement rings.  The center stone is the blue aquamarine and then surrounded by diamond melee.  I have a photo of one with a halo that really shows off the blue.  A beautiful ring that costs a lot less than a large diamond of quality.    

Emeralds are very well known and the most famous of the beryl family. People have written entire books on emerald and I do not have a real expertise on this gem because good emerald is as expensive as diamond. So everyone knows that emerald is a gorgeous green and costs a bundle.   What more can I elaborate?  An acceptable practice in the gem business is to oil emeralds with cedar oil to enhance the color and clarity.  I have cut some cheap emeralds that people brought to me for cutting and I oiled them.  A rather milky looking emerald gets a little more clear after oiling and definitely improves the over all look of the stone.  Now the good stones:  I really don’t know, but I would strongly recommend you consult a gemologist if you are contemplating spending $10,000 or more.  Also demand a GIA cert.  Look at this expense as insurance.  What’s another $100?     

Heliodor – from the Greek meaning sun.  This gem is a beautiful golden yellow color.  Most of it today is coming out of Brazil.  Back in the mid 1990’s I was able to get wonderful heliodor crystals from Tajikistan.  The Taliban seems to have curtailed mining from that part of the world.                                                  

Morganite – Named after financier J.P.Morgan in 1910.  Pink, peachy-pink, yellow-pink.  Mostly out of Brazil these days.  Hard to come by in large sizes with good clarity.  Very pretty.                       

 

Red Beryl – formerly called bixbite and named after Maynard Bixby of Utah.  Some people market this gem as “red emerald”.  Red emerald is very rare and therefore pricey.  Not many faceted stones are available to the public and even then only in small sizes of 1 to 2 carats.  Truly a collectors stone.  It’s one of those “put it in a box” gems that I’m so fond of talking about.      

 

Green Beryl –  This stone is also beautiful when cut well.  Emerald is distinguished by the prescience of chromium.  All other shades of green that do not have chromium are classified as green beryl.  One problem I see here is that citrine (yellow quartz) has a reflective index (ability to reflect light) very similar to beryl.  Citrine can be exposed to radiation until it gets a green-yellow color.  This stone is quite common and not of the same value as beryl.  Make sure you are guaranteed that what you are getting is green beryl.       

The photos on this post were not all that easy to find.  The blue aquamarine was the easiest because of its popularity. Next I searched for emerald.  I have never seen so much garbage in faceted stones.  Absolutely shameful.  Highly visible flaws and cutting that looked like a beginner was learning to cut.  I appreciate the fact that photographing gemstones is very difficult and the people with the best stones seem to have the best photography.  Try it sometime.  It took hours of research to get these photos.  I can’t just throw anything up here, and I’m reviewing not just one product.  I need to use photos that are not copyrighted for my blogs and photos I have permission to use.  As an affiliate I can use photos published by the advertisers I represent.  In the case of emeralds, the best photos that represent the true beauty of these gems were very expensive stones.  I’m not trying to push these particular stones, but these are truly great examples.  Heliodor, green beryl, and morganite is also rather scarce these days in good quality.  I took the time to research for representative photos to help you see what good gems look like.  Thank you for stopping by.  Robert

SILVER GEMSTONE JEWELRY AND CUSTOM GOLD JEWELRY

This is an affiliate review page.  I am not personally selling these stones, nor do I have them in my possession.  After being a gem cutter for 25 years I have a good eye for stones that stand out and deserve special attention.  Any and all warranties are between you and the seller.  I hope you appreciate my perspective.  Buying through one of my links will not cost you anything more, but I would be paid a small commission.  Thank you.  Robert

New friends that will open your eyes

I will not be reviewing individual items in this post.  I am reviewing individual websites that I feel are doing a wonderful job in bringing you great choices in their respective niches.  We will be looking at all things beautiful from the easily affordable to the quite expensive.  All of these sites deliver quality merchandise that is unusual and they provide excellent service.  These sites have thousands of great items and it is up to you to explore and enjoy.  I could not possibly do justice to all of the available items in a short blog.  This is meant to be a guide.  Nothing more.

Silver rush style

A family run business that specializes in silver jewelry with gemstones.  

AMAZING RUBY SAPHIRE SNAKE TWO TONES STERLING SILVER RING S. 6  

$65.55      http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/http://www.silverrushstyle.com/silver-rings/amazing-ruby-saphire-snake-two-tones-sterling-silver-ring-s-6-116714.html

ONE OF THE KIND QUALITY MEXICAN FIRE OPAL HAMMERED STERLING SILVER BRACELET / CUFF   $ 119.55  http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/http://www.silverrushstyle.com/silver-bracelets/one-of-the-kind-quality-mexican-fire-opal-hammered-sterling-silver-bracelet-cuff-116551.html                                                                                                                                   

TEARS OF TIME BALTIC POLISH AMBER STERLING SILVER HANDMADE NECKLACE                                

$112.50    http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/http://www.silverrushstyle.com/silver-necklaces/tears-of-time-baltic-polish-amber-sterling-silver-handmade-necklace-116660.html

 

BRECCIATED MOOKAITE JASPER STERLING SILVER RING SIZE ADJUSTABLE

$57.85             http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/http://www.silverrushstyle.com/silver-rings/brecciated-mookaite-jasper-sterling-silver-ring-size-adjustable-113706.html         

                                                                                                                                                                       NOVICA                                                                                                                                                         This company has fascinated me for years.  They look all over the world for handmade artistic items.  We will look at some jewelry today.  Mostly with stones.  Many, many items too numerous for this review.  take your time and enjoy this site.

Blue Topaz on Sterling Silver Ring with Gold Plated Accents, ‘Romantic at Heart’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     $ 77.99                                           http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=245071

Handcrafted Bali Hinged Silver Cuff Bracelet with Amethysts, ‘Empress of Gelgel’                   

                                $ 97.99           http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=244528

Beaded Jade and Quartz Bracelet with Elephant Charm, ‘Elephant Remembrance’                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=285149

         $ 31.99

White Rose and Yellow 14k Gold Ring from Brazil, ‘Tricolor Ensemble’                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                   $ 230.39                                                                                                                                        http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=274983

Jade Beaded Bracelet Handmade in Thailand with Elephant, ‘Jade Elephant’                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $ 22.99                                                                                                                                                            http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.novica.com/itemdetail/?pid=271787                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

gemvara      


This is a wonderful company that can offer one stop shopping.  Choose your setting.  Choose your diamond.  Choose colored stones if you like. Decide what metal you want.  You can control the price of the finished product.  A huge selection that you will never find in a conventional jewelry store.  Cutting edge in the jewelry industry.  I have chosen six examples for you to see from the $600 range up to the $5,000 range. Look at these beautiful designs!  Please enjoy.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Two Hearts Ring

Two hearts meet in one simply perfect ring style. Create this style in your birthstones to add extra meaning.   14k yellow gold and emeralds in this ring.  Super design.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $ 590.00              http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/two-hearts-ring/14k-yellow-gold-ring-with-emerald/zhbrm

Ocean Ring

Gently curving waves embrace a brilliant gem in this feminine design with elegantly simple lines.   14 kt white gold and London blue topaz in this ring.                                            

                $ 630.00                  http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/ocean-ring/round-london-blue-topaz-14k-white-gold-ring/djdzt

Isabella Ring

This inspired design has a delicate wave of bezel-set gemstones curving on opposite sides of the center gemstone.    14 kt white gold and aquamarine in this ring.  Simply beautiful.                                                                                                                                                     $ 1,420.00                         http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/isabella-ring/round-aquamarine-14k-white-gold-ring-with-diamond/1y9g

Adele Ring

Love the brilliance of a round gem but the geometry of a princess cut? The gems surrounding the round brilliant center gem in this gorgeous design have a square profile, allowing you to have the best of both worlds. And with its sparkling halo and gem-covered shank the total effect is dazzling. 14 kt white gold.   Aquamarine and diamonds in this ring shown here.                                                                                                                                                                                                        $ 2, 130.00                                                 http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/adele-ring/round-aquamarine-14k-white-gold-ring-with-diamond/23f1n

Va Va Voom Ring

Packed with 58 bright pave-set gems surrounding a princess-cut gem center, this stunning ring is brilliant from every angle. This statement signature piece is a jewelry wardrobe must-have.  14 kt white gold.                                                                                                                                                         $ 3,300.00                                  http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/va-va-voom-ring/princess-diamond-14k-white-gold-ring-with-diamond/2gn70                                                                                                                                                                 

Roxanne Ring

A sleek circle of channel-set round brilliant-cut gems surrounds the center stone and then continues down the band in this modern and feminine design.  14 kt rose gold and white gold.  1 ct center stone – diamond with tanzanite and diamond melee.  Great design.                                                                                                                                                                               $ 4,965.00                     http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/8191132/type/dlg/https://www.gemvara.com/jewelry/roxanne-ring/round-diamond-14k-rose-gold-ring-with-tanzanite-and-diamond/bzz4c                                                                   

 

CUSTOM GOLD JEWELRY

custom jewelry today

Online engagement rings!  Silver gemstone jewelry!  Custom made jewelry!  It is so easy and wonderful today because of technological   advances.  We no longer need to seek out a bench jeweler; make an appointment; and then spend time trying to explain your idea while they try to make a sketch.  The bench jeweler then would sit and painstakingly carve a wax to create a mold for a casting.  Maybe your dream piece could be hand built.  Maybe not.  The jeweler probably would not have the stones of your choice in stock.  He or she would need to get the stones from a gem dealer on memo and then let you pick your stones.  More lost time and running back and forth.          

Not so today.  Today we have fine online jewelry companies that offer one stop shopping for anything you desire.  A brick and mortar store these days simply cannot compete.  They can’t afford the overhead and many are closing their doors permanently.  Online you are dealing directly with the manufacturer.  A marvelous piece of equipment that is very expensive is a 3D design computer that will then control the automatic carving of a wax for casting a setting.  This eliminates hours and hours of hand carving and enables your design to be less costly.  The manufacturer has thousands of stones in stock ready to go.  You can get the piece made in any precious metal you like.  Silver, platinum, yellow god, white gold, rose gold, maybe even green gold if you ask for it.  This is truly exciting.  I remember a good jeweler that would place orders for his Christmas inventory.  The cost was heartbreaking and choices were limited by his finances.  His concentration was constantly being interrupted by many things and this would cut down on his productivity.       

Buying online engagement rings

You can choose your setting.  You can choose your center stone.  You can buy a center stone diamond in many clarity and color grades.  This allows YOU to control the price.  You will not need to deal with a person trying to sell you on a stock item.  More good news:  PAYMENT OPTIONS!  Take up to 90 days to pay for your ring.  Everything is guaranteed and you get a GIA certification with your diamond.

Alternative engagement rings

Being a gem cutter who loves color, I am very fond of other center stones. Aquamarine, morganite (pink beryl), tanzanite, heliodor (yellow beryl). All surrounded by white diamonds to enhance the center stone.  These make a great alternative to an expensive diamond center stone.      

Go out to a local mall and take a look at what many young people are driving  today.  Big trucks!  They are comfortable.  Safe.  You can move things and haul things and go in the snow.  This is an example of the generational shift.  A truck. A widescreen TV.  A smart phone and a computer.  Priorities are different.  BUT; they fall in love and naturally want to commemorate the beginning of a huge life event.  What I’m saying here is think about your priorities and your finances; your likes and dislikes;  openly discuss the subject of engagement rings and celebrate your love for each other.  Go shopping online.  No pressure. Lots of choices and nothing to fear.

Blessings.  Robert

 

 

Everlasting Beauty and Memories – Review Post

                                                                      Allurez Mismatched Heart and Arrow Diamond Earrings set in 14k Rose Gold (0.21ct)

Style Number – AD2298
We’ve paired up the symbols for romantic love in our mismatched Heart and Arrow diamond earrings, fashioned in 14K rose gold. Each earring is prong set with glittering round diamonds (17 on the arrow; 12 on the heart) and backed with a 14k rose gold push-back post.

Diamonds are rated G-H for color and SI1-SI2 clarity with a combined 0.21 total carat weight.

Earrings are also available in other metals.   $740.00

  • ASIN: B01N12RCC9                                                                                                                              

    Allurez Moon and Star Diamond Mismatched Earrings set in 14k White Gold (0.14ct)    

                              

    Style Number – AD2302
    The celestial symbols of the night sky are paired on our mismatched Moon and Star diamond earrings, expertly depicted in 14K white gold. Each distinctive earring is prong set with round diamonds (3 on the moon; 6 on the star) and backed with a 14k white gold push-back post.

    Diamonds are rated G-H for color and SI1-SI2 clarity with a combined 0.14 total carat weight.

    Earrings are also available in other metals.    $631.00

    • ASIN: B01N5R5NGF                                                                                                                                       

      Allurez Moon and Star Diamond Mismatched Earrings set in 14k Rose Gold (0.14ct)

      Style Number – AD2304
      The celestial symbols of the night sky are paired on our mismatched Moon and Star diamond earrings, expertly crafted in 14K rose gold. Each earring is prong set with round diamonds (3 on the moon; 6 on the star) and backed with a 14k rose gold push-back post.

      Diamonds are rated G-H for color and SI1-SI2 clarity with a combined 0.14 total carat weight.

      Earrings are also available in other metals.     $631.00

      • ASIN: B01N5R145C                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

        Allurez Two Stone Dangling Blue Sapphire and Halo Diamond Earrings set in 14k Yellow Gold (3.00ct)

                                     

        Style Number – AD2285
        The birthstone for the month of September is showcased on these dangling earrings, each featuring two blue sapphire stones encircled by a halo of diamonds. Prong set in 14k yellow gold, the earrings include push backs to hold them securely and comfortably in place.

        The larger of the two blue sapphires (one on each earring) has a carat weight of 1.0; the smaller (one on each earring), a carat weight of 0.20; all are rated eye clean for clarity.

        Set in four halos, the 60 side diamonds (thirty on each earring) have a combined total carat weight of 0.60. All diamonds are rated G-H for color, SI1-SI2 clarity.

        Also available in other precious and semi-precious gemstones and metals.      $5,647.00

        Allurez Two Stone Dangling Ruby and Halo Diamond Earrings set in 14k Yellow Gold (3.00ct)

        Style Number – AD2291
        The rich red birthstone for the month of July is showcased on these elegant dangling earrings, each featuring two ruby gemstones encircled by a halo of diamonds. Prong set in 14k yellow gold, the earrings include push backs to hold them securely and comfortably in place.

        The larger of the two rubies (one on each earring) has a carat weight of 1.0; the smaller (one on each earring), a carat weight of 0.20; all are rated eye clean for clarity.

        Set in four halos, the 60 side diamonds (thirty on each earring) have a combined total carat weight of 0.60. All diamonds are rated G-H for color, SI1-SI2 clarity.     $5,657.00

        Also available in other precious and semi-precious gemstones and metals.

        14K Rose Gold (0.06cttw) Rose Gold Diamond and Morganite Oval Pendant (23mm x 12mm)

        14K Rose Gold (0.06cttw) Rose Gold Diamond and Morganite Oval Pendant (23mm x 12mm)

        14K White Gold Multicolor Gemstone Angelfish Pendant

        14K White Gold Multicolor Gemstone Angelfish Pendant

        • ASIN: B009WHKP34                                                                                                                   $1,594.95
         

        14k White Gold Ruby Pear Pave Diamond Pendant

        14k White Gold Ruby Pear Pave Diamond Pendant

        • ASIN: B01NCYR                                    $2,299.99

        14k White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Cascading Fan Pendant

        Ten 4×3 mm oval gemstones cascade down the beautiful 14k white gold and diamond setting for a classic and sophisticated look.

        Hershey’s Kisses Diamond 1 Cttw Flat Back Rhodium-Plated 14k Rose Gold Necklace, 24

        • Hershey’s Kiss Diamond Studded Flat Back Pendant is Crafted in Polished Rhodium Plate 14k Rose Gold
        • Necklace Measures 22.00 Millimeters High X 22.00 Millimeters Wide or .91 Inches Tall by .87 Inches Wide
        • Suspended from a 14k White Gold 1.10 Millimeter, 24.00 Inch Rolo Chain
        • Conflict Free Diamonds in Compliance with Kimberly Code of Conduct
        • Pendant necklace is Packaged Inside a Hershey’s Kisses® Heart-Shaped Gift Box which is Inside a Square White Box                                                               $2,431.88
        • Origin: USA
        • ASIN: B016GULW6S

        Amoro 18kt White Gold Emerald and Diamond Pendant (0.22 cttw, I-J Color, SI1-SI2 Clarity)

        One bezel set, pear faceted, genuine Colombian Emerald weighing approximately 1.11 carats and fourteen round brilliant genuine Diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.22 carat in an 18kt white gold setting. The pendant includes one eighteen karat white gold, 16″ wheat chain with spring ring clasp.

        Ladies Exotic Onyx, Emerald, White and Black Diamond Panther Pendant Necklace 14K White Gold 5.12ctw

        Style Number – RE424
        This animal pendant necklace features a black and white diamond panther’s face with two emerald marquise eyes and an onyx ring of black cabochon held in its mouth.

        This panther pendant is both unique and exotic, an unusual 14K diamond and gemstone stunner that she will treasure forever.              $2,780.00

        14k Gold Oval Blue Sapphire and Diamond Byzantine Ring

        Style Number – IR260
        14k yellow gold antique style blue sapphire and diamond fashion ring, beautifully set in a bezel setting.

        This gorgeous september’s birthstone jewelry is from the Allurez Byzantine Collection.  Contact vendor for price.

        Peora

        3.61 Carats Cushion Cut Tanzanite Diamond Ring in 14Kt White Gold

        Center Stone: Genuine Tanzanite, Cushion Cut, 9x7mm, 3.00 carats, Rich Blue-Purple Color with Brilliant Sparkle. Side Stones: 52 pieces genuine natural Diamond, round cut, 0.61 carats. Ring: 8.4 grams pure 14k White Gold with 14k stamp. Ring features exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and finishing. Perfect gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Graduation, Christmas or just about any other occasion. Money Back Guarantee. Includes a Signature Gift Box. Ring is in Size 7 and can be custom fit by your local jeweler. Style R61950

        • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.5 x 0.8 inches
        • ASIN: B00FX3OQJ0                 On Sale at a great price!  $1,799.99

        Ladies Round Pink Morganite and Halo Diamond Fashion Ring with Side Stone Accents 14k Rose Gold 3.79ct

        Style Number – LC1005
        This stunning pink morganite ring with a diamond halo and side stone accents makes quite a statement of sophistication and class. With a total weight of 3.79 carats, a 10mm morganite gemstone takes center stage with a lovely halo of diamonds and a swirl of additional near colorless beauties accenting the shaft partly down its shaft.   Contact vendor for price.

        0.60ctw. Diamonds and Checkerboard Citrine Gemstone 14K Yellow Gold Polish Finish Cocktail Designer Ring

        0.60ctw. Diamonds and Checkerboard Citrine Gemstone 14K Yellow Gold Polish Finish Cocktail Designer Ring

        • Origin: Italy                                        $2,025.00
        • ASIN: B01N0DD62X

        1.25 Carat G-H Diamond Infinity Crossover Victorian Cocktail Bridal Ring With Band 14K Yellow Gold

        This Is a Perfectly Mounted,Very Beautiful Round Brilliant Cut Natural Diamond Fancy Halo Ring. They Are Made In Solid 14k Yellow-gold. Ring Centre Stone Detail :: Carat-1 Total Carat Weight,Color-G-H,Clarity-I2-I3 Treatment-Not-treated, Ring Side Stone Detail :: Carat-0.17 Total Carat Weight,Color-G-H,Clarity-I2-I3 Treatment-Not-treated…. All Diamonds Used In Our Jewelry Are Conflict Free. All Diamonds Are 100% Natural Earth Mined Diamonds                  $2,255.32   1.25 tcw at a great price!

        3.50 Carat (ctw) 14k White Gold Round Hip Hop Diamond Mens Ring

        This lovely diamond Ring feature 3.50 ct white diamonds in Prong setting. All diamonds are sparkling and 100% natural. All our products with FREE gift box and 100% Satisfaction guarantee. The black diamonds used in this item are enhanced for color. SKU # KS734   $2,689.00

        6.57 Carats Oval Shape Tanzanite Diamond Ring in 14Kt White Gold

        Center Stone: Genuine Tanzanite, Oval Cut, 13x10mm, 5.64 carats, Rich Blue-Purple Color with Brilliant Sparkle. Side Stones: 74 pieces genuine natural Diamond, round cut, 0.93 carats. Ring: 5.1 grams pure 14k White Gold with 14k stamp. Ring features exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and finishing. Perfect gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Graduation, Christmas or just about any other occasion. Money Back Guarantee. Includes a Signature Gift Box. Ring is in Size 6.5 and can be custom fit by your local jeweler. Style R61962

        • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.5 x 0.8 inches    On Sale at a great price!    $3,999.99
        • ASIN: B00FX3P0WC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is an affiliate review page.  I am not personally selling these items, nor do I have them in my possession.  After being a gem cutter for 24 years I have a good eye for stones that stand out and deserve special attention.  Any and all warranties are between you and the seller.  I hope you appreciate my perspective.  Buying through one of my links will not cost you anything more, but I would be paid a small commission.  Thank you.  Robert                                             

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This is an affiliate review  page.  I am not personally selling these stones, nor do I have them in my possession.  After being a gem cutter for 24 years I have a good eye for stones that stand out and deserve special attention.  Any and all warranties are between you and the seller.  I hope you appreciate my perspective.  Buying through one of my links will not cost you anything more,  but I would be paid a small commission.  Thank you.  Robert

A beautiful quality natural Brazilian amethyst in an oval shape.  Great color.  Weight 15.12 carats.  Dimensions:  17.07 mm x 14.5 mm x 9.8 mm  $60.99                                           

http://amzn.to/2kmXmEa

Natural Brazilian amethyst in a square step cut.  7 mm x 7 mm.  Standard size for easy setting.  This a 20 piece lot.  $75.00 incl. shipping                                  http://amzn.to/2l1Xw3g

 

A lighter shade of purple natural amethyst in a fancy cut round.  A large 15 mm round that weighs 10.40 carats.  $69.99   (no link available)

 

 

 

Rich color natural Brazilian amethyst in an oval cut click to read more.  Weight 10.56 carats.  Dimensions:  16.2 mm x 12.1 mm x 9 mm.  $80.99                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         http://amzn.to/2kxPvWI                                                                                                                                                       Rose de  France  (a light color)  Natural Brazilian amethyst in an oval cut.  Weight 33.23 carats  Dimensions:  25.6 mm x 18.8 mm x 12.2 mm.  $152.99                 http://amzn.to/2k6ldJP                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Medium purple natural Brazilian amethyst in a faceted heart shape.  Weight  21.97 carats.  Dimensions:  20.3 mm x 20.6 mm x 11.3 mm.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://amzn.to/2kxPeCY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rich color natural Brazilian amethyst in a pear        shape. Weight  18.46 carats.  Dimensions:  19.99 mm x 15.1 mm x 10.4 mm.  $203.99                                  http://amzn.to/2jIZiVD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rich color natural Brazilian amethyst in an oval cut.  Weight  20.93 carats.  Dimensions:  20 mm x 15.1 mm x 10.6 mm.  $230.99                                                                                                                                    http://amzn.to/2l27FNg           

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AMETHYST….FEBRUARY’S BIRTHSTONE

Amethyst, My First Love

I remember when my father and I went to a highly respected jeweler looking for a gift for my mother to commemorate a special occasion.  My father picked out a large oval cut amethyst ring in 14 kt gold.  I was instantly impressed with the juicy grape color and I love this stone group to this day.  It reminds me of grape juice and grape popsicles.  I gave that particular ring to my cousin Linda who was born in February.  It is her birthstone.                                                                              

Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family and is a 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.  Amethyst is tough and long wearing.  It is suitable for rings and any other form of jewelry.  It takes years of wear to abrade it to the point of cloudiness.  Lots of purse and pocket diving.  However, with this gem you get lots of beauty and value at a lower price than other stones.                                                                                     

The colors range from lilac to deep purple.  The lilac shade is known as “Rose de France”.  The deepest purple with flashes of red is called Siberian.  The Siberian name today usually denotes color and not locality.  Siberian color amethyst is considered the most desirable.  If clean and large, also the most expensive.  It still won’t break your budget.  It’s the diamond melee and the gold setting that will run up the price.

I cut many amethysts in my time.  Especially while learning the craft of faceting.  Amethyst cuts very nicely without any problems.  It is the polishing that can vex you at times.  Learning how to see and correct polishing problems is part of learning the art of faceting.  If you are a gem cutter and want some tips on polishing amethyst please correspond.  I would like to help you.                                   

I am now going to look for some good amethyst photos to add to this post.  I’ll be back soon.  OK, I added some delicious stones to show the beauty of different amethyst shades of color.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do.  I’ll do a review page next and tell you more specifics about each stone.  See you on page two.  Robert.                        

 

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DIAMOND AND MOISSANITE DETECTORS – searching for the truth

What is reliable information?

A very good friend of mine called the other day and asked me about purchasing a new diamond/ moissanite detector.  During his move from David, Panama to Salinas, Ecuador he forgot to remove the batteries from his dual detector and they leaked out and destroyed the electrical components inside the detector.  Kiss $350 good by.  This detector had served him well in Alaska when he owned and operated a pawn business.  My friend is checking out of la clima muy bonita (beautiful climate) and heading back to Europe in hopefully five months.  He was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic and left there when the Russians took over in 1968.  He misses the food and other cultural aspects of central Europe.  Curious; I had to ask:  Why do you want another dual detector?  I thought you were retired?  His answer was;  “I’m going to flea markets in Prague”.  I immediately understood.  This man is very savvy and he needs the detector for jewelry purchases at the flea markets.  We need to purchase this detector in the US and have it sent to a friend in the US who will then bring it to Ecuador.  In the US we have many choices and good service.  NOT like Ecuador.  Off I go searching the net and especially Amazon.com.  Now it gets a little confusing.  Twenty pages of detectors on Amazon starting at $599 and lots of detectors in the $20 to $30 range (not dual detectors).  You would need to buy a diamond detector and a moissanite detector seperately.  Much cheaper than a dual detector.  However, it’s been years since I used these detectors and I don’t know what to recommend.  

Research

This is where I see pitfalls and possible frustration.  I am certainly not the final word on internet research, but I could not find any reliable sources such as Consumer Reports on this particular subject.  Lots and lots of listings on Amazon. com with no reviews and no stars.  Can we really rely on a detector if we are not a GIA graduate with a microscope?  AND you can’t carry it around at a flea market.  Well, I suppose you could; but really?  A reliable detector is important for on the spot decisions in a jewelry store, a pawn shop, and a flea market.  One mistake here is expensive.  I will now ask my readers for their opinions and comments.  If you are in this trade please tell me what your experience has been with different detectors.  Below is a list I compiled from my own research showing different rankings based on customer reviews.  Are these reviews from real users?  Are they friends of the vendor?  Why is there such a large difference between the highly rated detectors and the unrated detectors?  R.S see it here.V.P.

Top Six

Gowe dual detector    $599   No reviews and no stars     I wouldn’t chance it! 

 

Presidium duo tester  $349  2.5 stars.  No mention of moissanite detection, but they call it a duo.  I’m not inspired!

 

GemOro  Testerossa Diamond, Moissanite, and White Sapphire Tester  $299  3.5 stars.  We are getting there!

 

Presidium Original Multi Tester III  PMUTIII  $249  3.5 stars  Probably not a bad choice, but there is one more.

 

GemOro Ultra Tester II Diamond and Moissanite Detector with charging stand  $225  4 stars  There are some competitors with this one and there is another offer for the same detector at $213.  Including the charging stand.

 

Conclusion:

The GemOro Ultratester II is my pick for ease of carry and use.  We still need to get it here and try it out.  Please leave your comments and opinions.  They are important.  Thank you.  Robert

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