Recently, we had the pleasure of creating a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for a young man who is a student at our local Cal Baptist University, and is also in the Marine Corps. As you might expect, our Cal Baptist clients take marriage seriously – one of the standing jokes around campus is “It’s spring, do […]
Archive for November, 2008
We recently followed a thread on the Orchid forum about “bloomed” gold. We have a beautiful example of bloomed gold in our estate department, a great Art Nouveau ring set with a very nice precious coral cameo and diamonds.
Sometimes a gemstone can surprise us in very unexpected ways, painting a picture in the mind of the beholder. A couple of years ago, I opened a shipment of opals from Lightning Ridge, Australia and was absolutely “rocked” by this magnificent boulder opal.
While photographing gems for our website, I was working with a really beautiful Australian opal, a “picture” stone with lots of bright red rolling flash. We shoot with a 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens mated to a Canon Rebel XT in our ImageDome, and can really get great close-ups. Looking through the camera, I noticed […]
Recently, I asked the staff at Mardon for ideas and suggestions for this Blog. My beautiful wife Kaye told me about a dream she had about her grandfather, who was a businessman during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. She remembers him always saying, “I’m too poor to buy cheap”. Lately, I’ve been pondering the […]