Archive for September, 2009

We Buy Estate Jewelry– and How!

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Here are a few selections from a large and interesting collection of quality estate jewelry we purchased recently. Most of the items are modern period, many from Europe like this enameled tiger that evokes the pieces Cartier made famous during the 40's and 50's. 6.7 grams of 14k gold with diamond eyes, priced to sell […]

Vintage California Gold-in-Quartz Watch Chain

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

This interesting and highly collectible “Prince Albert” style watch chain and fob is now on display in our Estate department. Though we have no direct provenance, because of the appearance and quality of the gem inlays and fob plus the fine craftsmanship, we’re pretty sure the piece is of California gold-in-quartz set in karat gold, […]

What is the True Padparadscha? Again!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

We published this article February 2009 with good response.  Since Sapphire is the stone for September, we thought it appropriate to republish, with minor additions, editing, new pricing information and larger pictures. Early in my career as a gemologist, while working the gem identification counter at the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory in Santa Monica, I […]

What is the Best Color for Blue Sapphire? Part 3

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Blue sapphires are found in many countries worldwide. The geological conditions in which they form determine the quality of the sapphire crystals. Some locales are known to produce exceptionally fine crystals, yielding extra fine gems. Each locale produces a range of gem material that shares common characteristics that are directly related to its unique geology.  […]

Slow Jewelry Manifesto

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

An article on 60 Minutes about Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame reminded me of my early days of making jewelry. Watching the piece on Alice and the Slow Food movement, I had an epiphany and realized that for most of my career, I’ve been making “Slow Jewelry”.

What is the Best Color for Blue Sapphire? Part 2

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

The characteristics of any gemstone are directly related to the crystal from which it is cut, so it's important to understand how the physical nature of the crystal influences the color of  the gem. In the case of blue sapphire, one of the more common crystal forms is an elongated six sided dipyramidal form, as […]

What is the Best Color for Blue Sapphire? Part 1

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Our clients often ask “What is the best color blue sapphire?” There are two answers– the obvious is that personal preference should dictate your color choice. Every person has unique abilities to perceive color, based on such things as age, health, culture and genetic gifts. Some people prefer light pastel colors, others prefer rich intense […]

World’s Largest Russian Alexandrite on Today’s Market- Followup

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Just a note for those with a large wallet and a desire to own something truly unique, as noted on our previous blog.  We have laboratory documentation available from the DSEF (German Foundation for Gemstone Research) of the identity and origin of this Russian gemstone, and we have the asking price.  Serious inquiries only please, […]

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