How to Select the Right Diamond

By Emily on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 in Diamond, Engagement Rings, Informational. No Comments

If you’re part of the majority of people who select a diamond as their engagement ring center gemstone, you’re going to want to pay attention to this week’s blog post. Selecting a diamond is one of the most important steps when it comes to creating an engagement ring. There’s a lot to consider during the… Read More


How to Tell If Your Pearls Are Genuine

By Emily on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 in Guides, Informational, Pearls. No Comments

For whatever reason, you may have come into possession of pearl jewelry and aren’t sure whether or not the pearls are genuine. Here are some questions you can ask yourself that will help determine whether the pearls you own are ones worth keeping. Are the pearls heavy? Genuine pearls are heavier than those made from… Read More


Pearls of Tahiti

By Emily on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 in Informational, Pearls. No Comments

Commonly known for their black color, Tahitian pearls are indigenous to the South Pacific region of French Polynesia. Second only in value to South Sea pearls, Tahitian pearls represent some of the most sought after pearls in the world. They are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster and take many years… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Garnet

By Emily on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstone, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world do garnets come from? Some of the most notable sources for garnet are Brazil (spessartine garnets), Tanzania (tsavorite garnets), Myanmar (almandine garnets), India (pyrope garnets), Sri Lanka (rhodolite garnets), and Russia (demantoid garnets). What are the different colors/varieties of garnet? When you think of garnet, you probably picture a dark red gem…. Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Ring Sizing

By Emily on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Informational, Ring Care. No Comments

If you’re one of the lucky individuals who received a gift of fine jewelry over this holiday season, you may be in need of one of our after-sales services. Generally necklaces, bracelets, and earrings don’t require any additional work, but rings usually need to be resized to properly fit the wearer’s finger. Here are some commonly asked… Read More


Is This Deal Too Good to Be True?

By Emily on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 in Informational. No Comments

When making a high ticket purchase, it makes sense to shop around and compare prices. Whether that means searching online or visiting various local retailers, it’s helpful to know what you should expect to receive given your budget. So what happens when, after countless hours shopping, you find a deal that seems too good to… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Citrine

By Emily on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in Commonly Asked Questions, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world do citrines come from? Most of the world’s citrines come from Brazil. How are citrines formed? Citrine is a variety of the mineral quartz, which is formed when rich silicon deposits combine with oxygen in underground cavities and fractures. Where does a citrine’s color come from? The presence of iron in a natural citrine… Read More


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