Grandma’s Jewels

Every so often I find myself pulling out a strand of pearls that belonged to my grandma. There is nothing special about the pearls and they aren’t even real. But before i know it I’m rubbing the Strand thinking of her…I wonder if she would be proud of me. What would she think of her great-granddaughter. I then shift to memories of us sneaking ice cream, my brass bed in her house and her smile. It’s funny how many memories and emotions that can be conjured by a simple old necklace. Do you have an pieces that bring up good memories for you? If so please share!

Via Gia website

Zircon, not Zirconia

So not too long ago my husband surprised me while we were at the Bead Show in some far off PA county with this beautiful zircon wedding ring20160830_134237I LOVE this ring!  It hasnt been cleaned in a while and its still beautiful. Its me; a hint of classic with the setting, with and off-beat stone (and rose gold) to fit my quirkiness. I’m often asked about this stone, as it isn’t traditional and the brilliance lets you know its not your typical stone. So here is the rundown on Zircon:

  1. Its not a cubic zirconia. Zircon; unlike cubic zirconia, is a naturally occurring stone.
  2. Its’ brillance’ and ‘fire’ is similar to that of diamonds.
  3. Bright Red and Green  and Blue Zircon are the most valuable
  4. It contains radioactive trace elements that make the internal crystal break down over time. Many are heat treated to reverse this damage, or to enhance its color.

To learn more about Zircon check out this page at GIA!