Archive for August, 2009

Peridot- the “I don’t like my birthstone” Birthstone, Part 3

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

A couple of years ago, a local attorney's wife was in our store, browsing some colored stone jewelry in the estate case. I asked if she had any favorite gemstones– “none in particular”– so I asked about her birthstone.  She replied “Oh, I don't like my birthstone, it's peridot.”

Peridot- the “I don’t like my birthstone” Birthstone, Part 2

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Last August, our client, Meryl, was in our store getting a ring sized when she mentioned that she had never liked her birthstone, the peridot. A challenge like that is hard for a jeweler and gemstone lover to refuse, so I showed her this grand 5.o6 ct. peridot from Burma. She was delighted and entranced […]

Discoverer of Tsavorite, Campbell Bridges, Murdered in Africa

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Noted geologist/gem miner and dealer, Campbell Bridges, was murdered last week by a group of eight assailants, reportedly linked to a gang trying to pirate his mining operation located deep within the back country of Kenya. Bridges and his family, including son Bruce, have been mining the beautiful green garnet gem, known as Tsavorite, since […]

Hurry-Last 3 Days of our Annual Sale

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Our Annual Sale has been notably successful, especially considering the terrible economy.  Folks have been scooping up the bargains– it’s really hard to resist half price and More! on many of our Heidi Klum, Peter Storm, Phil Zahm, and Chimento designer items. Be sure to check out our Gallery of Gems for fabulous deals on  […]

A Perfect Flower from the days of L’ Art Nouveau

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

One of the great things about the jewelry business is that every so often, we get to see and handle truly wonderful jewelry and gemstones. This classic Art Nouveau enameled brooch is exquisite– the sculpting of the woman’s face is delicate and lifelike while the swirls of her hair and the floral elements are beautifully […]

Peridot- the “I don’t like my birthstone” Birthstone, Part 1

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

We often hear statements like “I don’t like my birthstone” from folks born in August. In most cases, these people have never seen a really good peridot,  so we make it our mission to show them gorgeous gems like this magnificent Burmese Peridot.

Vote for Mardon, Reader’s Choice, Riverside Press Enterprise

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Only 5 days left to vote for your favorite merchants, food, entertainment, etc.  Balloting closes August 5.  Your ballot can be found at We at Mardon would appreciate your vote as your favorite jewelery store.  Help us fight the good fight against Mall Store sameness! We are one of a rare breed- the independent […]

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