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Non-diamond engagement rings

Recently, a woman told me her son’s girlfriend did NOT want a diamond for her engagement ring. I told her I understood and that I’ve created many engagement rings with sapphires, rubies and other gemstones and that I’d be willing to help create a beautiful ring just for her.

I also had a man come in for an engagement ring without diamonds. He just didn’t care for diamonds. We created the perfect ring.

Another friend recently became engaged using an opal as the main gemstone. The ring means so much to her.

Princess Kate wearing Princess Diana's engagement ring

While diamonds are a tradition, history has shown other gemstones can also be worn as the engagement ring. Remember, Princess Diana wore a sapphire surrounded with diamonds for her engagement ring. That same ring is now being worn by Prince William’s wife, Kate.  There are several things to consider with color gemstones – durability, availability and preferred color. Besides sapphires and rubies, I’m seeing gemstones like Morganite, Tanzanite, and emeralds being considered. They are beautiful gemstones but will scratch easily, chip and become dull looking. Moissanite, a synthetic gemstone, is also being used in engagement rings.

You see, color gemstones are beautiful, but just aren’t as hard, or scratch resistant, as diamonds are. You may have heard of the Moh scale. The Moh scale rates gemstones from 1 to 10 and is used to indicate hardness. A diamond is rated 10, while Talc is a 1. Even though Sapphires and Rubies are rated a 9, the diamond is many times harder than any other gemstone.

So, no matter which gemstone you want set in your unique ring, I can help guide you to the gemstone of your dreams.

Our new Custom Studio

Custom Studio: The Best Jewelry App for Our Customers

We are excited to announce the addition of another great tool to Dale Robertson Jewelry’s tool chest. Custom Studio’s innovative jewelry app is delivering a high-tech revolution as our customers enjoy easily creating custom jewelry at the tip of their fingers, and, it’s FREE! The industry’s best jewelry app allows our customers to design or redesign pieces to their own specifications, creating exactly the piece desired by downloading the app on their laptop or mobile device.

There’s nothing on the market like Dale Robertson Jewelry’s Custom Studio app, offered in partnership with a leading diamond importer/jewelry manufacturer based near Atlanta. The app’s Edit button makes designing fun and simple even for a jewelry novice. It’s as easy as connecting with our store, who links the consumer’s device to the app. From there, you can play with your choice of thousands of designs or even designs discovered and downloaded from the Internet.

With a click of a button, the “designer” chooses among many colors, stone shapes, shanks, halos and metal fillers, clicking and dragging elements onto the image of a ring, pendant, bracelet or earrings. You can even draw on the design, inserting engraving or their own handwriting.
With the Share button, you can take a piece you’ve created and share it with friends and family for reaction and input. The Share button is useful for us as well as we can send brilliant, high-res images with SKU number to you.

Other features include an Appointment button, allowing you to set up in-store appointments directly through Dale Robertson Jewelry’s Custom Studio. The app, when used in our store, also creates a universal, shared communication portal with store employees picking up messages and responding without delay.
The internal message system within the app links the retailer to customers, providing direct communication and collaboration.
To learn more about the app, visit www.customstudiousa.com., or connect with the app at https://tinyurl.com/ydanadv7. Register your app using code 5900.

December Birthstone Part 4

Lapiz Lazuli

The beautiful blues in paintings from the Renaissance are thanks to the blue of lapislapislazuli
lazuli, the opaque blue gem material that was the secret ingredient in ultramarine, the
valuable pigment that all the old masters used to capture the rich blues of the sea
and sky and the robes of the Virgin Mary. The color wasn’t duplicated by any other
substance until 1834 but even now, some argue there is no substitute: unlike other
pigments ultramarine centuries old still glows with rich color today.

As befits a gem that has been international currency for millennia, the name lapis
lazuli is mélange of languages. From the Latin, lapis means stone. From the Arabic,
azul means blue.

Lapis lazuli is still mined at the deposits of the ancient world in Afghanistan. Today
lapis lazuli is also mined in Chile. Small quantities are also produced in Siberia, in
Colorado in the United States, and in Myanmar.

Lapis lazuli is somewhat porous and should be protected from chemicals and solvents. Lapis is not very hard, and should be protected from other jewelry when stored to avoid scratches. Clean with mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.

December Birthstone Part 3

Turquoise

Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones- it has been mined since 3,200 BC.turquoise
It graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs and adorned the ceremonial dress of early
Native Americans. This robin egg blue hued gemstone has been attributed with
healing powers, promoting the wearer’s status and wealth, protection from evil and
brings good luck.

Turquoise is an opaque, light to dark blue or blue-green gem. The finest color is an
intense blue. Turquoise may contain narrow veins of other materials either isolated or
as a network. They are usually black, brown, or yellowish-brown in color. Known as
the matrix, these veins of color are sometimes in the form of an intricate pattern,
called a spider web.

To improve its color and durability, turquoise is commonly permeated with plastic, a stable enhancement. It is also
sometimes permeated with colorless oil or wax, which is considered not as stable as plastic. Some turquoise is dyed to
improve its color, but rarely, as this is an unstable enhancement.

Special care is required for turquoise regardless of whether or not it is enhanced. A porous gemstone, turquoise can absorb
anything it touches. Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfumes, skin oil, acids, and other chemicals. Avoid dehydrating it or
exposing it to heat.

December Birthstone Part 2

Tanzanite

 

Tanzanite is an exotic, vivid blue, kissed by purple hues. Legend has it that tanzanitetanzanite
was first discovered when some brown gemstone crystals lying on the dry earth were
caught in a fire set by lightning that swept through the grass-covered hills. The Masai
herders driving cattle in the area noticed the beautiful blue color and picked the
crystals up, becoming the first tanzanite collectors.

Tanzanite has the beauty, rarity and durability to rival any gemstone. It is the ultimate
prize of a gemstone safari. Tanzanite is mined only in Tanzania at the feet of the
majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

One of the most popular blue gemstones available today, tanzanite occurs in a
variety of shapes and sizes and also provides a striking assortment of tonal qualities.
Rarely pure blue, tanzanite almost always display its signature overtones of purple. In
smaller sizes, tanzanite tends toward the lighter tones and the lavender color is more
common. While in larger sizes, tanzanite typically displays deeper, richer color.

Tanzanite is so hot, it was the first gemstone added to the birthstone list since 1912 by the American Gem Trade
Association.

Virtually every tanzanite is heated to permanently change its color from orange-brown to the spectacular violet-blue color for
which this precious gemstone variety is known.

December Birthstone Part 1

December has several accepted birthstones Blue Zircon (not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia, a man-made stone) is one of them.

Blue Zircon

In the middle ages, zircon was said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honorzircon
and wisdom in its owner. The name probably comes from the Persian word zargun
which means “gold-colored.”

The fiery, brilliance of zircon can rival any gemstone. The affordability of its vibrant
greens, sky blues, and pleasing earth tones contributes to its growing popularity
today.

Zircon is mined in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries.
Because it can be colorless, green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, dark red, and all the
colors in between, it is a popular gem for connoisseurs who collect different colors or
zircon from different localities.

Zircon jewelry should be stored carefully because although this ancient gem is hard, facets can abrade and chip. Clean with
mild dish soap: use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. Better yet, bring all your jewelry in and have it professionally inspected and thoroughly cleaned – for FREE!

Emeralds – May’s Birthstone

The ancient Egyptians mined emeralds nearly 4,000 years ago, and Cleopatraemerald was an avid collector. South America’s rich bounty of emeralds was discovered by16th Century Spanish explorers who found large emeralds in the possession of the Aztecs and Incas. Believed by the ancients to empower the owner with
foresight into the future, emerald is regarded as an amulet for good fortune Emerald, to many, symbolizes rebirth and the abundance of the life force. The rich green hue brings to mind the regeneration of life in spring and hope of new possibilities. Emerald is the birthstone for May and a talisman for Gemini.

Spring can also be seen in the network of inclusions in the depth of the emerald that the French call the jardin, or garden, because it resembles foliage. The inclusions are like a fingerprint, giving each emerald a distinct personality and distinguishing them as truly natural gemstones.

Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil and Zambia. Emeralds can be cut in a variety of different shapes, ranging from the traditional rectangular step-cut, known as the “emerald cut,” to rounds, ovals, squares and cabochons.

Early gemstone merchants sought to purify the transparency of their emeralds by immersing them in clear oils or paraffin. They found that clear oils and waxes rendered surface fissures less visible to the eye. Today, we have many sophisticated technologies with which to clarity-enhance emeralds. In addition to the oils and waxes of ancient methods, we now use clear resins to penetrate the open fissures surfacing in the stones. Hardeners are often added to solidify these liquids. This step prevents the resin from evaporating, thus making the clarity enhancement more permanent than oiling or waxing the gem.

Although emerald itself is quite durable, the garden of inclusions may make individual gems vulnerable to damage if
handled roughly. Dale Robertson Jewelry can help you with care and cleaning all your jewelry.

Aquamarine – March’s Birthstone

aquamarine

The very name aquamarine brings to mind the limpid, clear blue tint of the sea. Legend says that Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids, and from then on, it has brought love to all who have owned it. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift. Aquamarines are found in a range of blue shades, from the palest pastel to greenish-blue to a deep blue. While the choice of color is largely a matter of taste, the deeper blue gemstones are more rare. Remember that Aquamarine is a pastel gemstone, and while color can be quite intense in larger gemstones, the smaller aquamarines are often less vivid. This elegant colored gemstone is the birthstone of March and is the symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift. Aquamarines are mined in a number of exotic places including Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most of the gemstones available today come from Brazil. Many aquamarines are greenish when mined and cut. For those who prefer a purer blue, these gemstones are heated to enhance their blue color permanently. Some aquamarine fanciers prefer the greenish hues, saying the greener tones remind them more of the sea. The color tones of aquamarine are subtle and varied. Their soft luster is a wonderful addition to any natural colored gemstone jewelry collection. Are you dreaming of a nice sandy beach next to the beautiful water, then add aquamarine to your jewelry wardrobe. Dale Robertson Jewelry can help you with care and cleaning all your jewelry.

Happy birthday July!

ruby

RUBY
Ruby is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning red, the color of passion. Ruby gemstones have been esteemed
since ancient times and are mentioned in the Bible as one of the gems used to represent one of the 12 tribes of Israel,
during Exodus. Kings and queens have long enjoyed this rare gem and rubies are amply represented in royal regalia.
Rubies remain one of the most popular gems in history.
COLOR
Rubies come in many shades of red. Rubies tend to be priced by color. The closer a gem is to the vivid red “pigeon’s
blood” color, the higher the price.
BIRTHSTONE MONTH
July

ANNIVERSARY GEMSTONE
14th and 15th Wedding Anniversary
ORIGINS
Ruby sources include Afghanistan, Cambodia, Greenland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam. Myanmar (Burma) is known to produce some of the world’s finest quality rubies.
Ruby belongs to the mineral species corundum and is related to sapphire.
DURABILITY
Ruby is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 9 (out of 10) on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness.
ENHANCEMENTS
Rubies are sometimes heat treated to increase their transparency and clarity. A more recent type of treatment uses high lead glass to fill pits and cracks in the stones at high temperatures. Oil and dyes may also be used, but these treatments are not considered durable. Information about any ruby gemstone known to be treated will be disclosed to the buyer. Ruby can be man-made, meaning it is manufactured in a lab rather than mined.
CARE & CLEANING
Ruby jewelry can be scratched, so do not pile together with other jewelry when storing. Keep ruby jewelry in a padded container, especially when traveling. Ruby jewelry is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber cloth. Do not use mechanical cleaners for fractured or filled gemstones.

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