Archive for the ‘Jewelry Facts’ Category

Consumer Alert- Lab-Grown Diamond Ads

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

We have nothing against lab-grown diamonds, lab-grown emeralds, or any of the lab-grown stones available today. Although the focus of our gem business is for naturally occurring gemstones mined from the Earth, we sell lab-grown stones occasionally. For some consumers, they are a great choice — for example, we made a ring with a lab-grown […]

Cardinal Point Setting

Friday, March 29th, 2019

The new Cardinal Point Setting from Mardon is clean and modern, yet with an Art Deco sensibility.

Arts and Crafts Repousse Brooch

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

This unusual antique Arts and Crafts gold brooch is now on display at Mardon Jewelers. Made circa 1900 or so, the piece shows the classic handcrafted elements of the Art and Crafts movement. The craftsman began by drawing the design on paper, then either glued the design onto a sheet of 14K yellow gold or […]

Vintage Pop-out Coin Pendant

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Repousse coins, also known as pop-out coins, are a novelty item made from actual minted coins. The process to make these was first patented in the US in 1902. Coins as small as a dime have been “popped-out.” Various presidents and celebrities have been memorialized this way, but the most popular subject has always been […]

Gemstone Supply Chain

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

National Jeweler, a weekly trade publication, posted an article¬†August 29 about “Gem Legacy”, a nonprofit trust set up by jewelry professionals to support education and vocational training in the local economies of East Africa. The countries of this region are major sources of colored gemstones and diamonds, yet many of those persons who mine these […]

A Tale of Three Jades

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Jade is unique in the world of gems because there are several different minerals that are correctly called jade. The history of jade begins as far back as the Stone Age. Jade minerals, including nephrite and jadeite, resist breakage but are soft enough to carve, so they were used to make stone tools by several […]

Antique Victorian Cameo Set

Friday, May 18th, 2018

This just in– an exciting antique necklace and matching earrings with Agate Cameos, from the Victorian era. Hardstone cameos were associated with mourning jewelry starting as early as the 16th century. Sets like this came into vogue during the reign of Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861. The […]

Marcus & Company Art Deco Ruby & Diamond Brooch

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Just acquired: this sweet little Art Deco brooch. During the buy, we noticed a serial or stock number engraved on the back, but didn’t see a quality or maker’s mark. The piece tested to be 14K white gold,and was set with Old European cut diamonds and a fine natural star ruby, so we were happy […]

Art & Crafts Pin

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

An Arts & Crafts

Gold Buckles

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Our latest find in the Estate Department is this beautiful pair of gold shoe buckles. They are fabricated of 14K yellow gold. The style and method of construction suggest they were made in the early 20th century. At first, we thought they might be for suspenders or lingerie straps. That didn’t exactly make sense. Women […]

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