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March is here! And so is aquamarine!

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  I don't think it is any coincidence that one of my favorite gemstones is Aquamarine being that one of my favorite things about living in Florida is being surrounded by gorgeous beaches with beautiful blue seas. Aquamarine derives from the Latin word Aqua meaning water and Marinus meaning of the sea. Aquamarines come in a wide range of blue colors with the majority being light blue.  Aquamarines can often be confused with Blue Topaz and the easiest way to differentiate between the two would be to use a diamond/gemstone tester. While you more than likely do not have one of...

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3 Fun Facts You Probably Didn't Know About July's Birthstone: Ruby

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3 Fun Facts You Probably Didn't Know About July's Birthstone: Ruby

1. Is it a ruby or a sapphire? I guess that depends on whether you are the buyer or the seller. Technically, rubies are in fact sapphires. They are made up of the exact same chemical composition and crystal structure. Ruby simply refers to ONLY the red gems while all other color varieties are referred to as sapphire. However, there is no fine line between a ruby and a pink sapphire.   2. The ruby laser was the first laser to be made functional and is the reason we commonly associate lasers with the color red. Ruby’s hardness is second only...

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How to spot a fake pearl

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How to spot a fake pearl

  Do you know how to spot a fake pearl? Want to know if a pearl is real or fake? Rub them gently against your teeth with a side to side motion. If they are real, you will feel a slightly sandy, gritty texture. If they are fake, they will feel slippery and smooth. Don't worry - we only sell real pearls!  

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Becoming a Jeweler

Posted by Kristen Kowall on

As mentioned before, there really isn't a whole lot of items available to children when it comes to fine jewelry. The market is definitely there as I consistently have customers who come into the store I work at requesting it. I also have so many ideas for really cool interchangeable and "grow with me" jewelry that is not available at all. That is what finally prompted me to start buying my own jewelry making equipment and learn to start manufacturing them myself. Now I had never made anything out of silver or gold before. I took a short course as...

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What to sell?

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Working in a pretty busy well known jewelry store allows me to talk with customers and find out what their needs are. You would be surprised how many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even kids come in looking for a piece of jewelry to commemorate a special event for a little one. Our store does not typically stock any jewelry specifically designed for children and the other stores that do, do not offer much of great quality. My mother and father often gave me jewelry as gifts growing up and it always meant so much more to me than any...

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