Traditional vs. Modern Birthstones

Traditional vs. Modern Birthstones

Gemstones have such unique and interesting histories individually that it’s no surprise birthstones also have an interesting backstory. So where does the idea come from? Birthstones are believed to have a religious origin tracing back to Moses who directed 12 gems to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. They began to gain popularity in the 5th century though when Christians wore ornaments containing the 12 gemstones. The idea of wearing single...

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Sustainable Jewelry and What It Means

Sustainable Jewelry and What It Means

I will start off by saying that while there are a few groups who verify sustainable practices, there’s no single major organization that determines whether jewelry companies are legitimately sustainable or not. That’s why understanding what sustainable jewelry is will help you to make informed and environmentally friendly decisions in the future. Responsibly mined/conflict free gemstones are another aspect of sustainability I didn’t mention because I personally feel as though...

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Types of Jewelry Clasps and Which Are the Best

Types of Jewelry Clasps and Which Are the Best

If you're an avid jewelry lover then you probably know the most common types of clasps. But what you may not know are when or why certain types of clasps should or could be used. Sometimes clasps are chosen as the designers preference, but there are times that chosen clasps are more functional. While there are certainly more types of clasps out there but generally they're mostly variations on these common...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Gold Filled Jewelry

5 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Gold Filled Jewelry

Gold is most definitely back in style, which I am super thankful for since warm colors don’t look great paired with silver. That being said, gold is expensive! Plus if you’re metal sensitive like I am, the higher karat gold pieces racks up the bill even quicker. For that reason, I love gold filled jewelry because it’s such an awesome gold substitute. I had to start designing with gold filled...

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A Guide on Jewelry Hallmarks

A Guide on Jewelry Hallmarks

Before beginning to fabricate pieces myself, I never thought much about those little stamped numbers on my jewelry. Most of us probably don’t give it much thought since we purchase jewelry and assume that it’s what it’s stated to be. However, that’s not exactly the case. Here in the United States there isn’t regulation on hallmarking like in other countries. What does that mean? It means that technically anyone can...

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5 Common Moonstone Questions Answered

5 Common Moonstone Questions Answered

  Moonstones are more popular than ever and for a good reason. Their unique coloring, affordability, and varying cuts makes this a perfect gem to work with in multiple design styles. But how much do you know about moonstones? Here I strive to answer 5 of the most common moonstone questions I receive.   What is moonstone? Moonstones are all-natural gems belonging to the feldspar group. Their unique adularescence makes...

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Is Handmade Jewelry Popular?

Is Handmade Jewelry Popular?

  Jewelry is an incredibly personal thing. It represents both your style and character. Are you a minimalist who is a no-frills type of person? Or do you enjoy statement pieces, suggesting you’re a bold personality? No matter what you choose to wear, gone are the days of mass-produced jewelry. Today is full of personalized pieces and small batch pieces that help represent you and your individuality.   What is...

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8 Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Should Own

8 Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Should Own

Accessorizing can be difficult because there are literally so many options available when it comes to jewelry. There’s also the consideration of what pieces you typically wear. As a jewelry designer and silversmith, I can tell you that quality also matters. Consider how often you’ll find yourself wearing these classic pieces when deciding on which materials you’d like them to made of. There are always occasions that call for these...

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