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Please bear in mind that my stones are the best
available quality; I will have everything from
amazing colors in various quartzes to topaz and
sapphire, from amethyst to ametrine and garnet; all
only the best.
I am able to choose better quality by selecting
my stones one at a time.
All of my stones are genuine; no CZ's or other
Heating and MVP (Mineral Vapor Deposition) are
acceptable to me because they are acceptable to the
AGA as being enhancements that leave the stone
natural, not actually altered in any way, while
treating (oiling, difusing, waxing, borax-fill,
etc.) is NOT acceptable. The practice of
heating Sapphires with Beryllium present in the
chamber is a practice on which the jury is still
out, but that procedure does not involve dying a
stone as do the above treatments listed. When you buy a Ruby,
Sapphire or Emerald piece in a chain store, the
chance that you are buying a treated stone is
nearly 100%, and you will pay many times more for
that unnatural stone than you would pay for my
natural one. My clarity rating standards are
much higher than chain-store standards. The
long and short of it is that my jewelry is higher in
quality and lower in price than the items purchased
from 'jewelry stores.'
You will notice that clear accent stones abound
on many of my rings. The stones we use for
this are the African Silver Topaz, White Topaz,
White Sapphire, and White Zircon. A word for
those of you unfamiliar with Zircon; Zircon is a
naturally mined stone that comes in many colors.
The White Zircon is the natural stone that was used as the
model to build the prototypes of the cubic
zirconium; hence the name given to that synthetic
manufactured stone. Zircon is natural and
genuine, cubic zirconium, or CZ as it is known, is
Carat weights for solitaires in rings and
pendants will range from 1.5cts to 25cts or more! I list the millimeter sizes because they will give
you a better idea of what size the stone actually is
than will giving you the carat weight, although I
supply that information when I have it. Stones
have different specific gravities, and carat weights only
tell you how heavy the stone is, not really how
large it is. If a stone has a very deep cut,
it will be smaller in appearance than the carat
weight would imply as compared to a shallow cut
Most are mounted in pure sterling silver;
nothing plated, bonded, or coated with 'tarnish
guard'. Estate Jewelry is mostly Gold, and the
karat purities will be listed for each piece along
with the gram weights. Over time, the stock in
Sterling will be allowed to reduce in size and Gold
will be more available in new custom items.
Each jewelry item comes
with a gift box suitable for immediate giving; no craft-paper boxes with cotton filling. I also have
gift bags and metallic tissue for special-occasion
My items are priced well below industry standard,
and the quality of the materials and workmanship is
well above those same standards.
Please remember that Sterling is more malleable than
gold; a Sterling ring with prong mounted stones
should not be worn every day unless you are willing
to have occasional maintenance done on it. It
will require prong tightening, etc on a
three-to-four times a year basis if it is worn as an
every day ring. Rotating your Sterling ring
wardrobe is a MUST. I have no less than 40
gemstone and sterling rings of my own, and so very
rarely do any of them ever need work done beyond
cleaning. But I do not ever expect them to
perform the same as gold under the same wearing
conditions. I cannot offer warranties on jewelry; I simply don't
charge enough for my pieces to make that feasible.
Laboratory Created Stones.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the
term "lab created" or "laboratory created"
gemstones. The stone is not technically
synthetic, as is a CZ. Here is why: a
lab stone is created by bringing the exact mineral
materials that create a stone in nature into the
lab, where the same pressures and temperatures are
exerted to make a stone "grow" in as little as 4-8
weeks instead of 48 million years. The
advantages are that the stone remains a genuine
stone in all ways; optically and chemically, and
that lab stones are generally flawless. A
professionally created lab stone will cost somewhat
less than a naturally mined stone, but in many cases
the difference is less than 40%. For example, canary diamonds are now being created in the
lab that average $8,000.00 as compared to the same
size, cut, and clarity in a naturally mined stone
that would sell for around $13,000.00. Other
labs are scrambling to build equipment that can tell
these new lab stones from naturally mined stones,
because the equipment currently available cannot
distinguish between the natural and the lab created.
Neither can your jeweler with a loupe, no matter
what that auspicious individual may tell you.
A synthetic stone, on the other hand, does not match
any of the optical, mineral, or chemical properties
of a genuine stone, because only synthetic materials
are used. You may wish to think of CZ's and
other manufactured stones as 'fashion jewelry',
because that is what they are. The term often
applied to these synthetic stones is "simulated".
It is NOT the same as a lab created stone.
To avoid confusion, I
simply don't buy lab stones on general principal. If I
EVER have a lab created
piece, I will specifically say so in the
description. CZ's will never be available,
because I will not stock them.