Posts Tagged ‘Sapphire’

Magnificent Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

A wonderful ring from the Belle Epoque with a 3.08 ct Fancy Yellow Diamond.

Alexandrite Impersonator

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

  Alexandrite is a very rare and valuable natural gemstone, famous because its color changes almost magically, from red to green. Alexandrite is a variety of Chrysoberyl, a mineral found in nature. Chrysoberyl is well suited for jewelry because it is very hard and durable, and because it’s rare, beautiful and unusual. The colors we see in […]

Repairing Broken Hearts and Broken Diamonds

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

  Our client sadly thought this family heirloom .96 ct. Old European cut diamond had little or no value– after years of wear, it had been cherished almost to death and looked like it had been through the garbage disposal. Mardon to the rescue! A close inspection in our gemological microscope revealed that while the […]

Colorful Engagement Rings are Center Stage

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

    Celebrity brides are becoming known by their engagement ring choices, and the colored gemstone ring is very much in the limelight. Princess Kate, in the wedding of the decade, wore “The Ring“, her famous heirloom sapphire and diamond ring, Penelope Cruz is setting style with her sapphire and diamond ring, and Jessica Simpson […]

Christmas Fireworks & Dazzle at Mardon- A Gift Guide

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Explosions and excitements marked the beginning of the Festival of Lights and the Holiday season, as thousands jammed the Main St. Mall to cheer the lighting of the Mission Inn. This year, we're optimistic and looking forward to better times–and we note that our clients  are definitely upbeat and enjoying themselves. For the more frugal […]

Fashionista Alert-Fall Colors Forecast is Here

Friday, April 17th, 2009

from Pantone The annual Pantone color palette for fall 2009 can be downloaded at this link http://www.pantone.com/downloads/articles/pdfs/PANTONE_FCR_FALL09.pdf The colors are muted and sophisticated with subtle contrasts.  Time to think about your wardrobe and pick out that special colored gemstone to accent and sparkle things up!  Orange sunstones and Spessartine garnets, purple-red Rhodolite garnets, padparadscha  sapphires […]

What is the True Padparadscha?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Early in my career as a gemologist, while working the gem identification counter at the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory in Santa Monica, I fell in love with Padparadscha—a gemstone, not a girl.  The privilege of seeing and handling a few magnificent specimens of this magical sapphire with the glorious sunset orange and pink color was […]

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