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Tigers Eye: Fashionable for Fall- designer jewelry

With November about to start I really begin feeling a bit homesick for the days of growing up in the Northeast.  The changing leaves, hot apple cider, and tables set with sweet potatoes, squash and cranberries.  It is really a time for warm rich colors such as burnt umber, crimson and gold. Fashion loves to follow suit as fabrics get heavier and highly textural.  The gemstone world offers us the perfect compliment, Tigers Eye.

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Tigers eye is a semi-precious gem that is a member of the quartz family.  What makes Tigers eye different from other

quartz stones is that its not a transparent stone.  It composed of fibrous strands of silica.  When cut these stones are cut well they display a chatoyancy effect that gives it its “eye”.  Since it is reasonably available it can be cut and carved into larger sizes without worry about price though the finest quality can fetch hundreds of dollars per carat.

Many designers have really jumped on the tigers eye trend.  At the forefront is Roberto Coin.  He in fact has produced an entire collection featuring tigers eye called “Claire de Lune” .  This collection features a very large cut piece of tigers eye carved in a curved shape with diamonds around it set in a wide band of gold.  The piece is truly beautiful. This collection is available and a large discount at Raymond Lee Jewelers.  If you have any questions feel free to stop by and ask me or one of my friendly collegues at Raymond Lee Jewelers.- until next time this is Richard your South Florida Jewelry Guru.

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O is for October and Opal!

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With the month of October now underway today I am bringing you a brief lesson in Gemology.  Since the birthstones (that’s right there are two!) for October are Opal and Tourmaline.  While this article is focused mainly on Opal I will follow up with a second article about Tourmaline shortly.  Opals were revered by the ancient Romans as it was inspiring to them for its beauty was almost impossible to describe in words.  Romans simply called it “Opalus” a word that means “precious stone”.  One philosopher and scholar Pliny described opals as “they equal the deepest and richest colors of painters. Others simulate the flaming fire of burning sulphur…and even the bright blaze of burning oil”.  He was referring to Opals play of color ranging in colors as blue/green such as peacock feathers and vibrant reds and oranges like hot magma shooting out into the sky from a volcano.

One of the greatest things about opal is that the range in varieties and colors make opal such a versatile stone.   It ranges in color and qualities from the modestly priced white opals with a milky base color and soft play of color to intensely vivid black opals with color so intense it can look like it is on fire.    The patterns of the opal’s play of color can be categorized in one of three types; Pinfire, Flash and Harlequin.  Pinfire displays very small patches or “dots” of play of color, Flash displays large areas of play-of-color and Harlequin shows large, distinct angular patches of play-of-color with edges touching each other.

Opals are found all over the world.  White opals are the most common and are found in Ethiopia, Australia, and North and South America.  Fire opals known for having their intense orange and red colors are most widely found in Mexico.  Black opals are found almost exclusively in Australia.   One of the main mining areas in Australia is Coober Pedy.  The name comes from the aboriginal word “kupapiti” which literally means “white man in a hole”.  Because of the hot nature of the Australian outback miners there often live in underground housing to escape the heat.

With the current resurgence of victorian and vintage style jewelery designs, one cannot ignore the importance of opals in todays market.  Usually opal jewelry is offered at a commercial level with small white opals and low play of color but finer quality opals are beyond beautiful.  They have a rich glow to them that cannot be compared to by any other  gem.  At Raymond Lee Jewelers we have a wide selection of opal jewelry of fine quality.  Come in today to see our selection!.

by Richard your Boca Raton Jewelry Guru

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John Hardy Rantai Bracelet- Buy Sell Jewelry

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John Hardy Jewelry Company was founded in 1989 by Canadian designer John Hardy. Known for bringing southeast Asian designs and ancient jewelry techniques to the western market. John Hardy traveled to Bali and worked with local artisans to create extraordinary design concepts with traditional Balinese techniques.  This infusion of Asian artistry into quality jewelry allowed John Hardy to have explosive growth here and abroad.

While many jewelery companies claim to work with foreign jewelry designers, John Hardy has taken it a step further and actually has design studios in Bali, Indonesia. Many of there pieces are made by hand in Bali and have designs reflecting the natural surroundings of where they are created. For example the new Kali Line is named from the Balinese word for river and has many smooth designs that reflect the river stones that are common in Balinese rivers.

There are four traditional Balinese jewelry-making techniques that John Hardy uses: rantai (woven chain), tenun (woven mesh) jawan (granulation) and ukiran (cut work). If you click on the picture above you will be directed to beautiful example of a John Hardy gents rantai bracelet that is also for sale! Rantai is often used for bracelets and necklaces that are woven in a process that tends to take several days. After these pieces are woven, heat and hammering are used to shape the pieces. Signature clasps or gemstones are added to the pieces to create a finished work of art. Newer pieces incorporate tenun, a technique that weaves silver into a fine mesh or a complex chain and then uses jawan to flatten the metal.

We here at Raymond Lee Jewelers strive to find the most exceptional John Hardy pieces and offer them to you at the lowest prices. We buy sell jewelry.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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David Yurman Cable Bangle- Jewelry Appraisal

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The cable bangle is one of our most popular items that we sell. Designed by David Yurman and his wife Sybil, this unique design has brought David Yurman to the forefront of the Jewelery industry. The cable bangle consists of  a twisted helix adorned with gemstones at its ends. Inspired by the ancient Celtic torc which was simply  twisted wire neck ring that ends in terminators or caps at the end of the bracelet.

David Yurman was born in Long Island and first started selling his sculptures while in high school. As he grew older and more experienced he began to work closely with renowned sculptors Jacques Lipshitz and even collaborated with Picasso. The first steps in the creation of the cable bangle started in California. One of David Yurman’s creations worn by his wife was spotted by a prominent gallery owner and asked if it was for sale. Soon David and Sybil moved to the countryside and began to lay the groundwork for the founding of David Yurman, the brand and company, in 1980.

The cable bangle was introduced in the mid-1980s, and became an icon and David Yurman’s signature style. The design for this item was worked on heavily by Sybil Yurman who used her classical training as a painter to select and pair the different colored gemstones for use in the terminators. Recent bangles have been using semi-precious gemstones like Citrine and Tahitian pearls. We sell many David Yurman pieces and do jewelry appraisal.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Louis Vuitton Clous Bracelet- Florida Jewelry

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The Clous bracelet is one of Louis Vuittons signatures items from the Emprise collection. This collection was introduced in 2004 and was Louis Vuittons first foray into the jewelry market. Consisting mainly of gold and diamonds, Louis Vuitton strived to combine innovation, luxury and sensuality to create pieces that would resonate with consumers. Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuittons head designer, faced the daunting challenge of creating a new product line that was both modern and true to more than 150 years of design tradition. The Emprise collection and the Clous bracelet more than succeeded in this regard.

The Clous bracelet is beautifully made; radiating a simple elegance. You can find this bracelet in yellow, white and even rose gold. Each bracelet is crafted with a small clasp on the outer circumference that can be opened for easy removal of the bracelet. This differentiates the Clous from the similar Cartier Love bracelet which needs a screw to remove. Making the Clous a great option if you intend to wear a bracelet everyday.  Often wearers will layer multiple Clous bracelets of different sizes on the wrist, creating a impossibly chic look. Here at Raymond Lee Jewelers we have many Clous bracelets for sale at an affordable price, Florida jewelry Click on the picture above to be sent to one of our items.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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The iWeld 990 Laser System: Our Secret Weapon in Jewelry Repair

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You may know that Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of South Florida’s top sales and service center for diamonds, jewelry and watches. What you may not know is that Raymond Lee Jewelers has been providing South Florida with consistently quality repair services for all types of jewelry, jewelry repair. We have over 26 years of experience and no piece of jewelry is too complex or delicate to be repaired. Our highly experienced and skilled jewelry repair specialist treat every piece as if it was one of their own.

How can we consistently provide such exceptional repair service? By utilizing our secret weapon, the Laserstar iWeld 990 Series Laser System. Here at Raymond Lee we spare no expense in the continual quest of providing you with top notch repair service. That is why we use the iWeld 990:  it is top of the line, has the highest peak power in its class, has pin-point laser accuracy and integrated pulse profiling for optimized welds. In layman’s terms that means cheaper and faster repair service for you!

The iWeld 990 works by using a sharp, focused light beam (laser) that melts a very small area of metal. This laser is so highly focused that it allows us to make welds only .5 to 1.o mm away from precious gems and complicated parts without any damage.  The iWeld 990 uses a “free moving” laser, that rids the need of cumbersome and intrusive fixturing devices. Our repair specialist manipulates this laser with their hands while viewing the piece of jewelry through the state-of-the-art Leica binocular stereo-microscope, that has internal cross-hairs and 15x magnification.

We can repair and modify silver, gold, platinum and even titanium alloys. We can assemble complex, multi-colored jewelry pieces, re-tip prongs, refill casting porosity (the sponge like appearance casting metals acquire overtime), re-size ring shanks, repair eyeglasses, assemble diamond tennis bracelets, repair stone settings and much more. No piece of jewelry is too small or too large to be repaired. So find those broken pieces of jewelry laying at the bottom of your purse or hidden in a drawer and bring them in to Raymond Lee Jewelers.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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