Tiffany’s orchids from Paul Farnham

Tiffany’s orchids from Paul Farnham

Everything is green now that spring is officially here! And that has me thinking about flowers! I recently came across this designer I hadn’t heard of before, this guy who made these absolutely exquisite and lifelike orchid pins. So of course I had to find out...
Mother’s Day Gifts from Etsy

Mother’s Day Gifts from Etsy

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re like me, you want to WOW your mom with a great, thoughtful gift! And so, gem gals, if you are looking for unique jewelry gifts, Etsy is the way to go! If you’ve never shopped at Etsy, I’m here to...
Buying a diamond online? Be smart.

Buying a diamond online? Be smart.

Whenever I tell people I’m a gemologist, they always ask me about their wedding rings. And since most wedding rings have diamonds, I end up talking to people about diamonds quite a bit. Mainly, people want to make sure they got a “good deal” on their...
The creativity of Suzanne Belperron

The creativity of Suzanne Belperron

Gem gals! March is Women’s History Month! And so, over on my instagram, I have challenged myself to showcase one woman from jewelry history every day this month. It’s been really fun. And honestly, pretty inspiring. The story that’s been resonating...
History of Irish Claddaugh Rings

History of Irish Claddaugh Rings

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought you all might be interested in a unique Irish design – the claddagh ring! You know, it’s that one with the two hands holding the heart.     What is a claddagh ring?   First,...
Celtic Knots in Jewelry

Celtic Knots in Jewelry

Spring has me thinking of the Emerald Isle, Saint Patrick’s Day, and all things Irish. So I thought a post on Celtic knots might be interesting. And of course, we’ll take a look at some pretty Celtic jewelry!     The beginning of Celtic love...
For the love of green gemstones

For the love of green gemstones

Ugh, this winter weather and all the snow has me longing for spring! And green! I am actually looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day, drinking green beer, and wearing a shamrock T-shirt! And I’m here to tell you that rarely happens! What can I say?! I am...
Good as Gold

Good as Gold

Gem gals! There’s an amazing museum exhibition that opened recently, and it’s all about gold jewelry! But not just gold. Gold filigree! Perhaps I haven’t shared yet, but I am IN LOVE with filigree! In fact, one of my directions to my now-husband was...