Coral Jewelry, Past and Present

Beth GilmoreCustom Jewelry, Gems

Coral JewelryCoral is one of the most beautiful naturally occurring substances on our planet. All types of coral have been used in making jewelry for thousands of years and by many cultures worldwide. The wide range of corals are found in different areas of the oceans and the location where the coral is grown determines the color and type. Each … Read More

Summer Slices of Watermelon…

Beth GilmoreTravel Gems

The beautiful colors of nature show up brilliantly in one of Tourmaline’s most unusual crystal formations. It’s juicy pink red color surrounded by a pale zone that ends in a vibrant green outer layer invites you to take a bite. The naturally vertical growing Elbaite crystals can be one color or bicolor, or in the case of the Watermelon Tourmaline, … Read More

Family Heirlooms

Beth GilmoreCustom Jewelry, Vintage

An experience a few years ago really opened my eyes to how family heirlooms become such an important part of our lives. I received a child’s rocking chair when my great-grandmother passed away. I remembered it being in Granny’s house forever. The little rocker moved throughout our lives during changes, remodels and our life as a family. When we downsized … Read More

Truly Vintage Jewelry

Beth GilmoreVintage

An article a few years ago in the Smithsonian magazine examines the discovery of a 3,500 year old tomb found near Pylos on the southwest coast of Greece in May of 2015. The grave of the “Griffin Warrior,” a Bronze Age warrior, is the first major archaeological discovery in Greece in more than fifty years. I am curious and fascinated … Read More

A Guide to the May Birthstone: Emerald

Beth GilmoreBirthstones

The most desirable emerald color is a pure green with a deep color saturation that is even across the stone. The geographic location of the different mines and the amount of the trace elements found there, chromium, vanadiam and iron, determine the quality of the color in the emerald crystal. Think of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz … Read More

The March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Alex GilmoreBirthstones

Most March babies know their birthstone is aquamarine, a serene blue gemstone that can range from nearly clear to a strong dark blue. What you might not have known is aquamarine, emerald and morganite are all the same stone. Their mineral source is beryl, which grows in large, six sided crystals that can be up to a foot long. It’s … Read More

Falling In Love With Tourmaline, All Over Again

Beth GilmoreCustom Jewelry

It always amazes us how and when inspiration can strike. In this case, a quick five-day trip to Washington, DC has renewed our love of tourmaline and is set to inspire one-of-a-kind custom tourmaline jewelry. Our intention was to immerse ourselves in everything Smithsonian. Our first day at the Natural History Museum we decided to visit the second floor to … Read More

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The Story of Our Captured Tahitian Pearls

Alex GilmoreCustom Jewelry

One of our favorite custom jewelry pieces of all time was our “Captured Pearl Necklace,” a yellow-gold necklace with five beautiful, large, unblemished matching Tahitian pearls. Tahitian pearls were being cultured (grown) in the 1960’s with the aid of Japanese technicians on pearl farms in French Polynesia. Their pearls are noted for their size, luster and orient. They have an … Read More

The September Birthstone: Sapphire

Alex GilmoreBirthstones

Prized as one of the most precious gems, Sapphires are one of the most beautiful and elegant stones in the world. Sapphire is associated with love and commitment which, along with its exceptional beauty, make it perfect for engagement rings. Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Hurley and Princess Diana all wore Sapphire engagement rings. Kate Middleton now wears the beautiful sapphire engagement … Read More

August Birthstone: The Peridot

Alex GilmoreBirthstones

Happy Birthday August babies, and their friends and loved ones! Your birthstone is the beautiful peridot. This is one of the few gemstones that can fall from the sky, encased in meteorites, specifically known as pallasite. When not falling from the sky, peridot is formed deep within the earth and delivered to the surface through volcanic eruptions. It has been … Read More