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April Diamonds: The Month of Crystallized Carbon

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April Diamonds

April Diamonds: The Month of Crystallized Carbon

We will soon be bidding a bitter-sweet farewell to the picnic blues and turquoise hues that symbolize the month’s gemstone. March is the month of aquamarines, celebrated with a bright variety of greenish blues and blueish greens shimmering with hints of golden colored inclusions. As the month of the aquamarine wraps up, it is time to give a warm welcome to the arrival of April.

 

Diamonds in Modern Brilliant Cut

Diamonds in Modern Brilliant Cut

April is the month of the Diamond. An incredible gemstone symbolic of eternal love and everlasting light, the April Diamond is invincibly strong and brilliantly stunning. Formed throughout centuries of erosion within volcanic rock, deeply embedded within the earth and crystallized through intense natural heat; Diamonds are one of the earths’ most miraculous natural creations.

In addition to being the gemstone of April, the Diamond is also well-known for being the symbol of eternal love. Just as the gemstone endured centuries of intense heat, volcanic rock, the Dark Ages, the Renaissance and even the ’80s, the gift of a diamond to the one you love represents the unbreakable bond of everlasting love.

… The crystallized carbon that evolves into diamonds …

April, we welcome you.

And your Diamonds too!

Colored Gemstones Rising in Popularity- Collateral Loan

Every season we here at Raymond Lee Jewelers get a first hand look at the different trends that are sweeping through the jewelry market. This season we are seeing customers flock to our wonderfully priced colored gemstones. Our 3200 square foot showroom has a wide verity of new and vintage jewelry pieces that are set with exquisite colored gems. Lots of our customers are buying sterling silver pieces adorned with either radiate blue sodalite, rich red garnet or vibrant green amethyst gemstones. Rose or pink gold looks great with colored gems as well, a rose gold ring with a large colored gem has a great classic look. These popular gems are very affordable and can really make your favorite spring outfit pop. Collateral Loan.

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Princess Dia's Ring

The popularity of this new trend can be attributed to the recent actions of a few celebrities, most notably Kate Middleton. The princess-to-be was proposed to by Prince William and was presented with Princess Diana’s old ring. This ring features a brilliant 18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless diamond accents in platinum. Some other celebrities that are using colored gems in their engagement rings are Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson whose engagement ring has 4-carat, oval-shaped ruby stone flanked by two diamonds. Many brides to be are rushing to get their own custom-made rings with colored gems; a service that we offer here at Raymond Lee Jewelers!

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From Chanel's Mademoiselle Line

Designers have taken note and are starting to incorporate colored gemstones into their newest collections as well. Brumani Melange released an 18k gold ring with diamonds, pink quartz, rose de France amethyst, citrine and garnets. David Yurmans new Confetti necklaces have blue topaz, citrine and many pieces featuring Tiger’s Eye. Chanel’s Mademoiselle and Coco collection has many pieces that uses colored stones in its pieces. One such ring from this line is 18K pink gold and has colored sapphires, colored stones, a fresh water pearls and a diamond. Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of the largest buyers of pre-owned jewelry so there is a great chance for you to get the these same designer pieces at a fraction of the price.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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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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Candy!Candy!Candy!- Zero calories! The kind you wear!-jewelry design

Semiprecious Gems- Jewelry Repair

At our store in Boca Raton we love candy.  In fact we have huge bowls of it all over the store for our clients to enjoy when they come in.  As I look at one of the bowls it hit me each flavor has a colored gem counterpart.  Instead of a bowl of candies flavored with Cherry, Green Apple, Grape, and Blue Raspberry imagine if they were bright red rubies, vivid green peridot, deep amethysts and brilliant blue topaz.  Each one of these stones has their own unique properties making them special.

This year with the economy in a state of uncertainty and the holidays fast approaching why not look to the colored gemstone world for your loved ones gifts.  The colors are intriguing to most everyone and since most everyone can afford them it is a good option for them.  Many designers are known for using color in their repertoire.  Amongst them David Yurman, John Hardy, Judith Ripka and Cartier are a few designers known for their use of color.  Of these designers David Yurman is known for his cable bracelets capped in colored stones.  We have a large selection of David Yurman jewelry at Raymond Lee Jewelers.  Come on in to see us.  Until next time stay fabulous-  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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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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Jewelry Terminology: Topaz

Topaz

Topaz

In jewelry terminology, the word Topaz is derived from the Greek work Τοpáziοs, the ancient name for the Saint John’s Island which was notoriously difficult for ancient Romans to find. Topazios was also the name of a stone mined from this island,which in modern times is now called Peridot.

Topaz in its pure form is colorless, it is only through impurities that its color changes. Typically topaz ranges from pale green, blue, gold, reddish-yellow and has opaque to transparent qualities. Yellow topaz naturally heated over time causes the color to change to pink, one of the rarest forms of topaz.  Orange topaz is the most familiar form of topaz, which is the traditional November birthstone. Topaz is also the anniversary gemstone of the 4th and 19th year of marriage.

Topaz tends to be set in rings and necklaces but looks great in most pieces of jewelry. The most sought after colors are red and intense pink which are also the rarest forms of topaz. Pure colorless Topaz with a brilliant-cut  is often confused for a diamond. Topaz has always been a fairly popular gemstone due to its modest price and can be found in many collections.

If you are interested in jewelry care or jewelry repair, here’s a tip. If you own a topaz it is best to keep it separated from your other gemstones or wrap it in a cloth, due to its hardness it can scratch softer gems . To keep your gemstone in perfect condition make sure you wash it with warm soapy water and not expose it to constant sunlight which can drain the color. Another fact to keep in mind is that topaz, like diamond, has perfect basal cleavage; one sharp blow from the right direction will split it perfectly along its cleavage line.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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