Commonly Asked Questions: Jewelry Appraisals

By Emily on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Informational. No Comments

Why should I have my jewelry appraised? Most insurance companies won’t insure your jewelry without a well-documented appraisal, so having your jewelry appraised is a must if you own any valuable pieces.  The other reason why you might need a jewelry appraisal is for estate purposes. For more information about these two types of appraisals, visit this… Read More


Wisconsin’s Pearl Rush

By Emily on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Gemstone, history, Informational, Milwaukee, Pearls. No Comments

Imagine that you’re living in south-central Wisconsin during the late 1800’s. You make $10 a week and have to spend most of that money on food and shelter. Suddenly you read a story in the town newspaper about a local resident who found a pearl in Sugar River and sold it for $100. Later you… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Sapphires

By Emily on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstone, Informational. No Comments

Where are sapphires found? Some of the most well-known locations for fine quality sapphires include Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. In the United States, sapphires can be found in Montana. Where does a sapphire’s blue color come from? Sapphires belong to the mineral variety of corundum, which is naturally a colorless mineral. A sapphire’s blue color… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Peridot

By Emily on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstone, Informational. No Comments

Where is peridot found? Peridot gems can be found in a variety of different locations around the world including Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, and the United States (mainly Arizona and Hawaii).  Where does the gem’s green color come from? A peridot’s color comes from iron. The intensity of the color depends on the amount… Read More


Summer Jewelry Care Guide

By Emily on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Guides, Informational, Ring Care. No Comments

For three months out of the year we get to enjoy the warm temperatures and gorgeous weather that only summer can bring. We get to relax by the pool, spend days at the beach, do some yard work, and finally go on that much needed vacation. But all of these activities can take a toll… Read More


Platinum vs. White Gold

By Emily on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 in Informational, precious metals. No Comments

Platinum and white gold may look alike, but they’re actually very different metals. When it comes to durability, affordability, care, and other characteristics, these two precious metals differ greatly. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding between platinum and white gold jewelry: Durability: Since platinum is stronger than gold, your gemstones will… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Rubies

By Emily on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstone, Informational. No Comments

Where are rubies found? Most of the rubies available on the market come from Asian countries including Thailand, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. The most valuable rubies come from one Asian country in particular, Myanmar (formerly Burma). These Burmese rubies feature an exceptional red color that is highly sought after. Where does a ruby’s red color come from?… Read More


Jewelry Metal Allergies 101

By Emily on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 in gold, Informational, precious metals, silver. No Comments

Unfortunate as it may be, some people experience itching, redness, and tenderness while wearing their favorite jewelry. So why do some jewelry pieces trigger these symptoms while others can be worn every day without the wearer developing any allergic reactions? And what should you do if you aren’t able to wear your beloved jewelry pieces anymore… Read More