Archive for July, 2009

Spinels on Sale!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

As a followup to yesterday’s blog, I thought it would be nice to show another side of the spinel family.

The Other “Ruby”

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

A few years back, we found this gorgeous red gem for a close friend.

Christmas in August-Our Famous Annual Sale-7 days and Counting

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Look for fabulous values at our upcoming Annual Sale, Saturday, August 1 thry Saturday, August 15. You’ll find great designer pieces, classic estate jewelry, and Mardon originals drastically marked down.

“World’s Largest Russian Alexandrite on the Market

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

A gem dealer and friend sent me this photograph of what he says is the largest Russian Alexandrite of quality currently on the market. His excuse for the quality of the photo is that it was taken with a cell phone camera in the lunch area outside the GJX show during this year’s Tucson gem […]

Our Famous Annual Sale is Coming!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We’d like to announce our upcoming Annual Sale, to be held Saturday, August 1 through Saturday, August 15. Unlike many retail businesses, we

Vote For Me!

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

In the true spirit of democracy, we at Mardon, proud of our small but mighty business, would like to direct you, dear readers, to the Riverside Press Enterprise Reader’s Choice ballot,, where you’ll have the opportunity to vote for your favorite local businesses, restaurants, entertainments, etc. Of course, we hope you’ll vote for Mardon […]

What Is It Worth? Appraising and Valuing Estate Jewelry

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Yesterday, a rather imperious elderly lady came into our store with husband in tow, and asked me to look at a yellow metal pierced cuff bracelet. She said “I just want to know what it is worth” (and of course, didn’t want to pay anything for the service). I began to explain that I needed […]

What is Pigeon’s Blood Red, part 3

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Within the gem trade, the color of the best rubies has for centuries been called “Pigeon’s Blood Red.”

Pigeon’s Blood or Not? Part 2

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Pigeon’s Blood Ruby always commands a premium- it’s intensity and beauty strikes a chord deep within the human psyche, and naturally, it’s the most rare of rubies. Within the gem trade, the term Pigeon’s Blood is in essence a color grade, denoting the most beautiful and desirable ruby color. And the color is generally associated […]

What is Pigeon’s Blood Red?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

[caption id=”attachment_784″ align=”alignleft” width=”550″ caption=”Classic 4 ct. Burma Ruby, documented to be Pigeon's Blood Red.

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