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Easter Egg Hunt Mounting Catalog 2014

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*FREE Honora Peal Bracelet ($14.97 value)
with $100 purchase
Limited time offer, excludes Trollbeads & jewelry repair services

All prices include setting fees and matching stone where applicable
(sapphires & emeralds will cost extra for matching stone)

PENDANTS

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Just $27Pendant with 16″ chain
Just $37

14K Gold

Pendant only (available in white & yellow gold)
Just $57

Pendant with 16″ gold chain (available in white & yellow gold)$279*

Item #28427
Chain item# CH176

Thumb Sterling Silver
Pendant only
Just $5914K Gold (available in white & yellow gold)
Pendant only
$169*

item #22144

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Sterling Silver

Pendant only
Just $100*

Pendant with chain
$120*

14K Gold (available in white & yellow gold)

Pendant only
$138*

Pendant with yellow gold chain
$438*

STUD EARRINGS
Prices include matching stone – except for emeralds & sapphires

 Stud Gemstone Earrings Sterling Silver
Just $100*

14K Gold (available in yellow & white gold)
Just $95

item #1826 (earring)
item #3510 (back)

Sterling Silver
Just $79

14K Gold (available in yellow & white gold)
$100*Item #1920 (earring)
Item #3510 (back)

DANGLE EARRINGS
Prices include matching stone – except for emeralds & sapphires

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Dangle Earring Gemstone Mounting

DANGLE WITH EAR WIRE

Sterling Silver
Just $32

Ear wire item #24012
Dangle item #521

14K Yellow Gold
Just $107*

Ear wire item #23926
Dangle item #521

14K White gold Ear wire with Silver Dangle
Just $77

Ear wire item #23926
Dangle item #521

DANGLE ONLY

Sterling Silver
Just $27

14K Yellow Gold (not available in white gold)
Just $57

Item #521

RINGS

Thumb Sterling Silver
Just $79
(sizing charges apply – ring comes in size 6)

14K Yellow
$290*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K White
$320*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #7652

Thumb Sterling Silver
Just $96
(sizing charges apply – ring comes in size 6)

14K Yellow Gold
$347*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K White Gold
$397*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #70531

Thumb Sterling Silver
Just $157*
(sizing charges apply)

14K White Gold
$887*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K Yellow Gold
$857*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #70951

Thumb Prices include two diamonds

Sterling Silver
Just $220*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K White Gold
$613*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K Yellow Gold
$630*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #70392

Thumb Sterling Silver
Just $143*
(Sizing charges apply – ring comes in size 6)

14K White Gold
$585*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K Yellow Gold
$561*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #70387

Thumb Sterling Silver
Just $157*
(Sizing charges apply – ring comes in size 6)

14K White Gold
$997*
(FREE ring sizing)

14K Yellow Gold
$970*
(FREE ring sizing)

Item #70974

* Qualifies for FREE Honora Pearl Bracelet

RING SIZING PRICES

Approximately size 6 – no sizing necessary

Sterling Silver
Any size smaller than size 6 = +$14
Size 6.25 = +$20Size 6.5 – 7.25 = +$24
Size 7.5 – 8.25= +$28

Gold
Any size smaller than size 6 = +$44
Size 6.25 = +$38
Size 6.5 – 7.25 = +$56
Size 7.5 – 8.25= +$74

Diamonds Need Light From All Sides to Shine, Fact or Fiction?

Will a bezel setting cause your diamond to look dark?

Today we’d like to tackle a question that we often hear from customers regarding how diamonds get their sparkle.  Put your science hat on for this one!  Many of our customers ask us if a bezel setting (smooth metal wall  all the way around the stone) or a half-bezel setting will make their diamond dark.  Somebody somewhere told them they need as much light as possible from all sides to get their stone to sparkle.  That’s a misconception!

This five-stone diamond anniversary band is set in partial white gold bezels.  Available at Atlanta Diamond Design, Johns Creek.

This diamond anniversary band features five gorgeous, fiery, round diamonds set in partial white gold bezels. Available at Atlanta Diamond Design, Johns Creek.

Don’t believe us?  Here’s the explanation:

Diamonds sparkle because of light entering from the top of the stone, and only the top of the stone.  They don’t need any more light than that.  The “why” lies in how light refracts inside the diamond.  (Refraction is the bending of light as it hits the surface).

Let’s use a round diamond as an example.

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photo from physics.stackexchange.com

photo from physics.stackexchange.com

The stone labeled “normal proportions” shows light entering from the top left, bouncing along the back of the stone, and exiting through the top right.  That means that light entering from the top right will exit through the top left.  In a well-cut stone, almost all of the light that enters through the top of the stone will return through the top of the stone.  Some of it will bounce back even before entering.  Now, if you happen to have a poorly-cut diamond, it’s a different story.  Se how the light “leaks” out of the wrong places in the other two drawings?  Those diamonds will be left with dark spots, but a well-cut stone will always sparkle, no matter which setting you choose.

If you followed all that, you now know that only the light from above is important for brilliance and fire to show in a diamond.  So if you think bezel settings look great, bezel away!

Aquamarine – Birthstone of March

Aquamarine is one of the most popular and well-known gems.  The name comes from the Latin aqua marina, meaning “water of the sea,” referring to the stone’s delightful blue to turquoise color for which it is so popular.  Aquamarine is a type of Beryl, a mineral composed of beryllium aluminum silicate.  The English word for brilliance can be traced back to beryl’s etymology, which goes back to Dravidian origin in Southern Asia.  Pure Beryl is colorless.  Often the stone is found tinted with impurities.  The blue color of aquamarine is created by traces of iron.  Green Beryl is called emerald, yellow is heliador, red is red emerald, and pink is morganite.

Three lovely aquamarine briolettes dangle from each of these lovely 14k white gold earrings, available at Atlanta Diamond Design, Johns Creek

Three lovely aquamarine briolettes dangle from each of these lovely 14k white gold earrings, available at Atlanta Diamond Design, Johns Creek

Most aquamarine has a very light tone, but the more saturated the color, the higher the value.  Blue aquamarine fetches a higher price than turquoise ones.  Very deep blue aquamarine is called Maxixe, and commonly comes from Madagascar.  Because aquamarine is generally very clean, high quality stones should be expected to be clean at least to the naked eye.  Small inclusions are considered acceptable if the color is quite good.  But most aquamarines are almost completely clean, even under a jeweler’s loupe (10x magnification).

This aquamarine and diamond tiara belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, but it didn't actually become an aquamarine tiara until her youngest grandchild inherited the piece and switched out the original pearl drops.

This aquamarine and diamond tiara belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, but it didn’t actually become an aquamarine tiara until her youngest grandchild inherited the piece and switched out the original pearl drops.

Some aquamarine features aligned traces or foreign minerals, causing a cat’s eye or star (asterism) effect.  These pieces command premium prices.  Large aquamarines are not uncommon, but top-grade stones of good color are rare and pretty expensive in sizes over 10 carats.  Still, the price is quite attractive, at $150-$200 per carat.  Favored cuts are emerald and brilliant, in long or rectangular shapes.  Most aquamarines have been heat-treated to produce the popular blue-green color from less-desirable yellow or pale stones.  The heating treatment is usually undetectable, since the temperatures used are low enough not to affect internal structures.  Brazil is the leading producer of aquamarine, although the stone is found all over the world, including several US locations.  The largest gem-quality aquamarine was found in 1910 in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  The stone weighed 243 pounds, was 19″ long and 17″ in diameter.  The piece was cut into many gems, with a total weight of over 100,000 carats.

The largest single cut of aquamarine is the "Don Pedro."  This specimen is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  The original crystal weighed 100 pounds, and measured over 3 feet in length.  It was also mined in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1980.  The piece was cut to an obelisk with a weight of 10,363 carats, is 14" tall, and 4" wide.

The largest single cut of aquamarine is the “Don Pedro.” This specimen is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The original crystal weighed 100 pounds, and measured over 3 feet in length. It was also mined in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1980. The piece was cut to an obelisk with a weight of 10,363 carats, is 14″ tall, and 4″ wide.

Mythology tells that aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of mermaids, and has been regarded since ancient times as the lucky stone of sailors.  In antiquity and the Middle Ages, people believed that the cosmos was reflected in the gemstone, and aquamarine was assigned to the planet Neptune.  The stone is said to help with arthritis, eye inflammation, sore throat, and varicose veins.  It is also said to promise a happy marriage and to bring joy and wealth to the woman who wears it.

Geodes

Geodes are roundish rocks filled with sparkling crystals.  The name “geode” means “earth-like.”  It has been called this for ages, perhaps because of the round shape or maybe the hollow inside, both of which mimic the earth’s layers.  Geodes can be the size of peas or big enough to sit in.

CSIC geologist Javier Garcia-Guinea on May 27, 2000 inside the large geode discovered in Almeria, Spain

Almeria, Spain: Scientists found an 8 meter-long geode with gypsum crystals in an abandoned mine.

Geodes form in hollow spaces.  Sometimes that means air bubbles in lava flows, sometimes hollow pockets in limestone deposits from ancient rivers and oceans, sometimes even in a well-preserved animal burrow.  These places are so very different geographically and chemically, but what they have in common is what happens to the hollows.  The outside layers harden into durable rock while the inner empty space is preserve.  Water either continuously seeps inside and washes through, or the hollow rock sits below the water table for a long period of time.  Water carries lots of minerals along and, as it washes around inside the hollow rock, it leaves behind some of these minerals.  The minerals form layers around the side wall of rock and begin to crystallize, growing inward.  Depending on what sort of minerals and how much exposure, the hollow rock becomes a geode with different gemstone crystals inside, such as amethyst or quartz.

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Amethyst geode at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Sometimes the crystals inside geodes grow for so long that the hollow completely fills in. These are called nodules and the gemstones inside are often striped or swirled with  layers of different colors.

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A sterling silver necklace at Atlanta Diamond Design, Cumming, displaying the nodule geode effect

Even when we know about geode formation, they remain a complete mystery in one big way. You never know what’s inside just by looking.  (Kind of like melons… or people.)  The outsides are always boring rock.  All we can use to guess is that a stone that feels very light for its size is much more hollow than one that feels heavier.  A bigger rock doesn’t necessarily produce more impressive crystals, and a more hollow rock doesn’t have to mean better crystals either.

For something fun to do on a sunny day, we’ve got a basket full of geodes in each of our stores.  Try cracking your own, and see what’s inside!

Some cool links:
This personal essay about a writer’s connection with geodes is really neat.  It’s crazy to imagine growing up in a place so full of geodes that they get used in pavement!  There’s a second part if you enjoy the first.
http://steverobert.wordpress.com/a-geode-connection/

This article is about the discovery of the giant geode in Spain
http://www.unique-almeria.com/what-is-a-geode.html

World’s Most Expensive Engagement Ring

We humans are always outdoing ourselves.  The biggest, the longest, the farthest, concepts that only stay in-tact as long as it takes for someone else to go bigger, longer, farther.  For almost a year now, this blue diamond ring by Bvlgari has held the title of the world’s most expensive engagement ring.

It features a 5.3 carat blue diamond.   Natural blue diamonds are very pure and rare, accounting for only 1% of the diamonds mined world-wide.  These so-called “fancy” blue diamonds are rarely seen on the general market and usually kept secured by private collectors or agencies.

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The stone on this particular ring was crafted in 1965 and it has been set in a Trombino ring designed by Bvlgari, the renowned Italian jeweler whose jewelry is popular among Hollywood stars.

The piece was purchased by Graff Diamonds, one of the worlds most known collector houses when it comes to precious gems.  It went for almost $9.5 million at an auction held in London by Bonham’s Fine Jewelry in April 2013.

Trollbeads 2014 Mother’s Day Beads

2014 Mothers Day Straight

Mother’s Day is May 11th.  There’s still plenty of time to think about how you want to honor your mother this year.  But in the U.K. they celebrate a holiday called “Mothering Day,” which takes place March 30th this year.  Seeing as how Trollbeads is a European company, these beads have been released now so that people from all cultures will have a chance to give their moms the gift of beautiful beads.

Caring Light

Caring Light

Caring Light

Caring Light

Daylight

Daylight

Daylight

Daylight

Lavender Facet

Lavender Facet

Lavender Facet

Lavender Facet

2014 Mothers Day CloseUp_2_Earrings

Daylight Earrings

2014 Mothers Day S

Indonesian Wedding Tiara

Happy Tiara Tuesday everyone!  This week we journey East to Indonesia, where the weddings are steeped in traditions that would drop any Westerner’s jaw.

Of course, the lavishness of a wedding will vary tremendously, depending on the wealth of the family.  But fresh flowers and colorful cloths are to be expected.  Even in a lower-class wedding, the bride wears a lavish headdress adorned with jewels.  Many times these headdresses are made with cheap metals and rhinestones.  But in the case of a princess, these pieces are certainly made of precious gems and gold.

A full-body photo of Princess Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu & her groom, KPH Notonegoro at their wedding procession, showing their lavish gowns

A full-body photo of Princess Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu & her groom, KPH Notonegoro at their wedding procession, showing their lavish gowns

The headdress is made of several different parts, including a netting made of fresh flowers, and hairpins called cunduk mentul or kembang goyang (dancing flower.  Traditionally, the bride wears 5 of these pins.  The center one sits tallest and represents one’s relationship with God.  The other four represent that one must share good relationships wherever they go, north, south, east, or west.

Princess Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu & her groom, KPH Notonegoro at their wedding procession

Princess Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu & her groom, KPH Notonegoro at their wedding procession

The procession lasts three days, and includes some of the most fascinating traditions.  In one part of the wedding ceremony the groom steps on an egg to symbolize stepping into a new phase of life – single to married.  Next, the bride washes his feet to symbolize her devotion.  While Indonesia is traditionally a polygamist culture, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is the princess’s father, is the first one in his family to practice monogamy, and his daughter, being a modern woman, educated in the West, will follow suit.

A detail from behind of the flowered netting

A detail from behind of the flowered netting

Another amazing set of cunduk mentul pins, it seems like the eyebrows are worth a mention, as well

Another amazing set of cunduk mentul pins, it seems like the eyebrows are worth a mention, as well

Thanks for reading!