9 08, 2017

5 Neat Facts About Diamonds

August 9th, 2017|

The birthstone of April has an interesting past and has a rich history. Here are 5 neat facts about diamonds.

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old.
Diamonds form about 90 – 120 […]

11 07, 2017

What’s a Carat

July 11th, 2017|

Carat refers to the unique unit of weight measurement used exclusively to weigh gems and diamonds. One carat is defined as 200 milligrams.

Diamonds can range in size from a fraction of a carat to several carats. Given the rarity of […]

24 05, 2017

The purpose of an appraisal

May 24th, 2017|

The purpose of an appraisal is to identify and/or authenticate the item and to assign a value. The appraisal should follow ASA standards and guidelines. The ASA is a multi-discipline, non-profit, international organization of professional valuers.

Appraisals can be used for:

Insurance […]

24 04, 2017

What is Granulation?

April 24th, 2017|

Granulation is a jewelry manufacturing technique whereby a surface is covered in spherules or granules of precious metal. The technique is thought to have its origins in Sumer about 5,000 years ago. In the first millennium B.C. the technique was […]

13 03, 2017

To white gold or to platinum that is the question!

March 13th, 2017|

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. And by opposing end them.at is […]

14 11, 2016

A Jeweler/Gemologist in Thailand

November 14th, 2016|

I recently went to Thailand on a teaching/holiday trip and got to examine stones and jewelry from Thailand.

I was in northern Thailand and we dropped by an outdoor shopping area with lots of jewelry. Everyone in our group went shopping. […]

18 12, 2015

Engagement Ring Care

December 18th, 2015|

The care and feeding of an engagement ring! As a jeweler, I commonly see rings that need attention.

A ring consists of a piece of metals with diamonds set into metal prongs. That being said, the ring can get damaged or […]

2 12, 2015

Design Process

December 2nd, 2015|

Initial consultation a start of the design process that begins with conversation and exploration of your designs and inspiration to paper. This start allows the designer to estimate the cost of the project and the client can approve the drawing […]