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

Travel Gems: The Tanzanite Gemstone

Alex GilmoreTravel Gems

What better souvenir than jewelry to help you remember a fun adventure? So with summer upon us we felt it was the perfect time to start our “Traveling Gems” blog series. We’ve chosen Tanzania to get things started where the ever popular Tanzanite gemstone is mined. Having only one commercial mining source, the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania, makes … Read More

How to Design Custom Jewelry With The Gilmore Family

Alex GilmoreHow To

Maybe you feel inspired to create a piece of custom jewelry for your engagement and wedding ring, or maybe you want to do something special with stones from an older piece of jewelry. But you don’t know where to begin. You can also browse online. Pinterest has opened up a whole new world of inspiration. Type in a few terms … Read More

Say “I Do” to a Custom Engagement Ring

Alex GilmoreCustom Jewelry

Whether you’ve been together for five months or five years, you know she’s the one. You’re ready to take the big leap and propose, but there’s a lot to do before you pop the question. Alex Gilmore of Gilmore Family Jewelers shares a few tips on how to craft a custom engagement ring that expresses your love—and your soon-to-be fiancé’s … Read More

What To Do With Your Heirloom Jewelry

Alex GilmoreHow To

You have cherished memories of your Great Aunt Lizzie during the holidays. When she passed away, you may have been thrilled to inherit her prized brooch with rubies she proudly wore at every formal occasion. The only thing is, brooches aren’t really your style. What do you do with it? If you like the design, you can have a clasp … Read More

Jewelry Appraisal: Dividing Family Jewelry (Not the Family)

Alex GilmoreHow To

We invite you to make an appointment and bring your collection to our workshop. We don’t make house calls for jewelry appraisal, however, because we need the instruments in our workshop to test the materials and the qualities of the stones. Three types of jewelry appraisal. As you can see, a lot of these problems can be avoided with a … Read More