peridot and citrine-peridot it my favorite August birthstone choice

My Favorite August Birthstone

August 3, 2021

Peridot is my favorite of the traditional August birthstones.  I love the bright green color!  Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exists in only one color: a distinctive signature lime green although the color can vary from yellow green to olive green to brownish. Wearing peridot is said to bring the wearer magical…

Bright orange tan 2021 Fall color

Fashion Colors – Fall and Winter

July 26, 2021

There are lots of choices in the fashion colors for Fall and Winter 2021-2022. I love earth tones and the Fall/Winter fashion colors include great earth colors like Clay (an orange tan), Caramel, and Root Beer. I’m celebrating some new choices already! There’s a wonderful soft silvery gray that’s appropriately called Silver that I just…

Pearls for every occasion

Pearls and Pearl Jewelry

May 24, 2021

I love pearls and pearl jewelry. Pearls can have unusual shapes (baroque pearls) and neat colors – I think they are all wonderful. A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a mollusk as the result of an irritant. The pearls we treasure are composed of calcium carbonate deposited over that irritant…

Opal and silver earrings

Opal is for April

April 5, 2021

The National Association of Jewelers released a list of so-called “modern birthstones” in 1912 in the United States. Today there are several alternate birthstone lists, so you have some choice – traditional, modern, stones associated with your zodiac sign, etc.   Opals are a popular birthstone choice for April. Traditional birthstones for April are diamond,…

Miscellaneous tools on a Jewelers Bench

Jewelry Tools for Sale

March 17, 2021

I love tools! Over time I have acquired a number of jewelry tools that I don’t use and a few that have never been used. All of the jewelry tools for sale and other items listed are discounted. There are also some display items and little bags on this list. Photos are available on request.…

Rainforest jasper and silver earrings-white background

Dress an Earring Up or Down

February 17, 2021

How do you dress an earring up or down? A few weeks ago a customer asked about a particular earring. They liked the earring design but they wanted something more casual for everyday wear. The original design was this twisted silver wire dangle earring with a pearl drop from the Wedding Jewelry section.   Changing…

2021 Spring/Summer Fashion Week Colors

2021 Spring Fashion Colors

January 19, 2021

Like a garden of flowers, there are a lot of bright and beautiful fashion colors for Spring 2021 (and Summer, too). Here they are: Marigold – this is a warm golden orange that’s easy to wear Cerulean – a light blue defined as the blue of the sky on a clear day Rust – this…

Ocean jasper and silver pendant with green amethyst

You Need Something Pretty in Your Life

January 11, 2021

This is a time when you need something pretty in your life. Uncertainty is all around us with concerns about so many things.  Some things are beyond our ability to control, but we can have an impact on other things.  Take care of yourself – be more aware of you and your body and mind.…

Happy New Year in Scrabble Tiles

Welcome to 2021!

January 1, 2021

Welcome to 2021! We’ve completed another annual cycle to a new year.  This annual transition certainly isn’t a new thing,  but I think that the 2020 to 2021 transition is significantly different from most old year to new year experiences in my lifetime.  We’ve all been through a rugged year, a year filled with turmoil…

decorated Christmas tree

The Christmas Tree

December 22, 2020

Some of our Christmas traditions have origins in ancient cultures.  The Christmas tree was part of earlier festivals and observances and has made its way into our current day Christmas celebrations.  The tree probably had its origins in northern European evergreen forests.  According to an article in Time magazine, greenery brought indoors as a decoration…