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          • September 12, 2016 ACJ Suggested Reading #4
            ACJ Suggested Reading #4

            One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Victoria Finlay. This post is about her most recent book, The Brilliant History of Color, which delves into the background of colors found throughout some of the most historic pieces of art. When time allows I sit at the table while my daughter eats her breakfast reading aloud to her the history of colors in art. While I have read further, my little loves to hear the story behind red ocher over and over again.

            Colors, even those from art are important to me, as exposure to each variation of red or blue expands my library of color. Jewelry is often about the play of light, how to best exemplify a stone's unique and one-of-a-kind color. I often find myself telling clients and others that the color a gemstone has to offer, in my mind, is much more rare and special than the biggest and clearest of diamonds. I'll take an included, colorful gem any day!

          • September 05, 2016 September - Sapphire
            September - Sapphire

            Sapphires are blue... Right?!?

            Color - Blue - but what is uncommonly known is that sapphires actually come in a variety of colors! Colorless, pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, & black.

            Name Meaning - you guessed it - BLUE, sharp-witted Greeks!

            Countries of Origin - Most commonly - Australia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, & Thailand. Other countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Montana (Yes - the good ol' US of A), Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

            Rarest Forms - Large Sapphires!

            Interesting Tidbits -

            • Until 1800 it wasn't realized that both Sapphires & Rubies are varieties of conundrums - which are made of aluminum (Al) oxide - Al2O3, however what gives the gems their color are traces of chromium or iron.
            • That chemical formula explanation make your eyes roll? Conundrum is also my favorite summer wine!
            • Largest Sapphire - "Star of India" 536 carats, cut
            • Famous Sapphires - St. Edward & the Stuart, English Crown Jewels
            • Star Sapphires - DO NOT exist! They are actually a doublet or engraved glass.

            Schumann, Walter. 2009. Gemstones of the World. Sterling Publishing Co., New York.

            Alice & Chains White Sapphire Ring

          • August 29, 2016 Jewelry Storage is a MUST
            Jewelry Storage is a MUST

            A common reason jewelry gets broken - improper storage.

            One of my favorite ways to keep my own jewelry is in plain sight for these reasons:

            • If you see it, you wear it.
            • It keeps you from cluttering too much together.
            • You'll see when your silver begins to tarnish & therefore know to polish it.
            • And...It's pretty, I want to see it :-)

            West Elm - Glass Shadow Boxes, starting at $39

          • August 22, 2016 ACJ Suggested Reading #3
            ACJ Suggested Reading #3

            This suggestion comes from my required reading in gemology class at the Fashion Institute of Technology. A constant resource that is always on my desk, dog-eared, and read. If you read my other posts regarding each month's birthstone I will always use this book as the source. My favorite sections are the colors and the possibilities for confusion.