November is the eleventh month of the year that comes with two birthstones to celebrate the birthdays of the month. The Topaz and the Citrine are both brightly colored stones to help ease the winter blues of November. These two gems are equally beautiful and share the same vibrant qualities. Many often confuse the gems for one another. However, they come from different minerals. Not to mention the Topaz comes in various colors than the yellow hue it shares with Citrine.
Both the Topaz and Citrine are a representation of warmth, luck, and fortune. Each gemstone exhibits soothing and calming properties to those who wear them. Let’s learn a more about each gemstone individually.
- Pure Topaz is colorless, however, different colored Topaz derives from impurities that cause the stone to reflect different shades of the rainbow. The most valued Topaz is the gorgeous Imperial Topaz, which is an intense orange gem with pink undertones. The Blue Topaz is also popular even though it is very rare to a find a natural version. Irradiation treatment produces blue Topaz
- Topaz is incredibly durable and strong. The gemstone is prone to chipping and cracking, unlike other fragile gemstones. When cut correctly it makes for a breathtaking jewelry design.
- Quality Topaz can be mainly found in Brazil, Middle East, Mexico, Nigeria, California, and Utah. The Blue Topaz is Official the State Gem for Texas and Utah.
- Citrine is a quartz that comes in a variety of yellow hued colors from pale yellow to brownish orange. The yellow colored gem is often mistaken for the Topaz and has been for years. The Citrine gets its color through the traces of iron within the quartz, but they manufacture the gem through heat to produce a marketable golden gem.
- The Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. The gemstone is resistant to scratches, and daily wear and tear. This November birthstone is supplied by Brazil, Spain, Russia, California, Colorado, North Carolina, etc.
- Called the healing quartz for its soothing and calming benefits. It is said to help release negative energy and spark manifestations for new beginnings.
Both birthstones are very affordable and will last in durability. They also are both great to add vibrancy to any custom jewelry design. Let Master Jewelers help you create a November birthday to remember.
Fall Season is in the air. October is the official month when autumn is in full effect. The leaves begin to change and fall to the ground, and the trends of fashion changes with the cool crisp air. Master Jewelers attended the JCK in Las Vegas, a fine jewelry trade show. It is a convention where all key players in the fine jewelry industry come together to share designs, techniques, and upcoming trends.
Contemporary and fine jewelry both have different trends and styles; they use throughout different seasons. While contemporary is usually people’s go to because of the lower cost assumption, you would be surprised to know that there are many affordable, quality fine jewelry piece to fit into your fall collection. Jewelry trade shows like JCK help educate people on different ways to obtain a piece that they would love and have with a budget price range.
The Fall 2018 Fine Jewelry Fashion Trends bring back classic gemstones like the Pearl and Jade. Let look at a few must-haves this Autumn.
- Pearls are making a comeback. While many of us think of Jackie O’s timeless usage of pearls to accent her stylish ways, these fall designs are looking to be more modern flirty. Using Pearls in irregular design and really showcasing the beauty of the stone.
- Colored Gemstones- This Fall is all about vibrant colors. The gemstone’s color is the focal point of the designs combined with complementing metals to accentuate the colors of autumn. Add brilliant colored gemstones to your collections. Alternatively, be creative with your birthstone.
- Thicker Chains – Designers are making bold statements this fall with more brilliant colors. Thicker chains have made their way back to décolletage fashion. While the dainty layered necklace look is coined classic, the thicker chain showcase your confident fashion statement
- Jade jewelry to change your energy and style – Jade has gained its popularity through Feng Shui and holistic benefits. This fall 2018, you can harmonize your fashion with Jade jewelry. While the gemstone has been around for centuries, many still found themselves still in love with the energetic gem. It can surely provide a sense of peace to your fashion this fall.
For the month of October, Master Jewelers is pleased to announce Allison Kaufman as our monthly showcase designer. Allison Kaufman is world renown and respected diamond jewelry artisan. She has maintained a prestigious profile for over 3 generations. Since 1920, Allison Kaufman has earned the respect of being one of the top Diamond in the US. This title also represents the longevity of each collection and the meticulous craftsmanship used to bring these designs to life.
Each piece produced by Allison Kaufman’s team is designed to perfection. Each step from the design to production level is fine-tuned and carefully calculated to design each piece of jewelry. The production starts with the selection of vibrant gemstones and diamonds to be used together. They are the focal point of each and every design as they are the reason each piece is full of life and light. Each jewelry designed is handcrafted and each detail is intricately placed.
The three main jewelry categories for Allison Kaufman jewelry is:
Allison Kaufman features our his and her wedding jewelry with a wide range of designs to choose from. Choosing which jewelry design to represent the love you share can be tough, however, Allison’s one of a kind design make the choice easy. Each piece is designed with love and care by Allison Kaufman’s expert team. Whether you are selecting a ring for the big day or to celebrate an anniversary, you won’t be disappointed with Allison Kaufman’s bridal collections.
Show off the latest jewelry fashion with a piece from one of Allison Kaufman’s fashion jewelry. Amongst all of her collections, this fashion category is filled with exquisite pieces to show off your bling daily. The quality crafted designs not only keep up with modern jewelry fashion but set the bar to a new standard. The prestigious Allison Kaufman trends have been known to set the tone in the jewelry fashion industry.
Allison Kaufman has various collections to choose any piece of jewelry suitable for you and what you are looking for. Sparkle is an example of the uniformed theme to every collection designed. The world-class artisans take the same quality care and handcrafted designs to every collection.
Visit Master Jewelers, through the month of October and receive an exclusive VIP discount to your Allison Kaufman jewelry.
October is the leading month of Fall. It is the official start of the holiday season when pumpkin spice flavors and pumpkin patch fun fill the air. October is a unique month which has two different gemstones that represent the birthdays of the month. It is the month of the beautiful Opal and Tourmaline.
The Opal and Tourmaline’s vibrant colors are legendary. An old wives’ tale explains the beauty of the gemstone that revolves around the use of rainbows. Once you see each gemstone, you will wonder if there is some truth to that myth. Nonetheless, both stones are decadent with colors yet different in their own way. Let’s take a look at each birthstone.
The Opal is truly a unique gem. It isn’t one color with shades or hues of others. It is a distinct mix up of vibrant colors. “Opal” comes from the Greek word “opallios”, which means to see the change in the color, which is an exact representation of the gem as it looks like a mini rainbow. Because of its unique color, the opal has been around for centuries and its popularity continues to grow. It is not only loved for its kaleidoscope color effect, but it is known to be a charm that brings good luck. The evaluation process of the Opal is very similar to purchasing diamonds. They are graded in color, pattern, clarity, and cut.
The Tourmaline is the “stone of mixed colors”. The Sinhalese origin name fits the gemstone as it mirrors every color in the rainbow. The gemstone contains different colored variations within each different stone. Schorl (Black) Tourmaline, Dravite( Brown) tourmaline, Elbaite, Rubelllite tourmaline (Red), Verdelite and etc are all different types of Tourmaline gemstones available. The tourmaline is mined in different locations which include Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, the middle east and the US. No tourmaline gem is exactly alike. Each stone is literally a one-of-a-kind gemstone. It is valued based on the color, clarity, cut and carat weight.
Celebrate your October birthday with a gift from Master Jewelers. As a jeweler you can trust, our expert team has over 15 years of experience with purchasing loose gems and crafting a jewelry design you will love. Call us today or stop by our Indianapolis location today.
In this selfie age, pictures from our phone’s camera sweep across our social media pages. Millions of user hashtag #jewelry in hope of sharing their artistic creation with a sole aim of getting likes in exchange for promoting a specific piece or brand. Jewelry is more than just a materialistic item; it is an expression of personality, moments cherished and love shared. It is only natural that people take to social media to post images that share a story of their lives.
Taking a picture of your jewelry using a smartphone seems so easy and basic. It is believed that capturing pictures is as accessible as your smartphone, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In trying to capture the true beauty of your piece in a photo, there are few tips or guidelines that you should consider before hiring that final share button.
- Check your smartphone camera settings: Setting up your camera phone is important to capture a complimenting picture. Do not use zoom or flash. Zoom will distort the image and pixelation causing a blurry, unflattering photo. Flash will flatten out your jewelry design. External light is recommended for jewelry rather than direct light from the flash.
- Prepare your jewelry: It is essential to properly prepare your jewelry before taking a picture. It doesn’t matter what settings or camera you use. You need to clean and stage-create your jewelry. Firstly, clean and polish your jewelry or better yet make it professionally cleaned. Not only will your jewelry be picture perfect it will also preserve its originality. Secondly, strategically place your items, previewing any special features like gemstones, stamps etc. Make sure it’s best assets are represented. Whatever stage background you use must compliment the colors of your piece.
- Use light appropriate to the environment: Lighting is everything. It is what helps capture the shine and glitter within the image. External shooting in the shade is a better option. Sounds absurd, but surprisingly you will get a natural light that won’t leave a glare or sharp contrast. You can also use the direct sunlight in addition to a white backdrop or foil to bounce the sunlight on to the piece.
- Steady Camera hands: Setting up your perfect picture scene is only half of the process. Taking a quality picture is the other half. Make sure you snap the right angles and get a clear and clean view of the item.
August known for being Leo and Virgo months, and it is no wonder they have 3 birthstone options to choose from. With these three beautiful stones, the options to incorporate them into your wardrobe are endless. At Master Jewelers we offer a custom design process that will never leave you disappointed. Our team of expert artisans take pride in their jewelry craftsmanship. We will transform your vision and bring your jewelry to life. We also offer all the products and advice needed to maintain your birthstone jewelry. Let’s look at how each stone is different and what they signify.
The Peridot is a lime to an olive green beauty that derives from rock-forming minerals found in the Earth’s mantle with molten rocks from earthquakes and volcanoes. This is the only birthstone that contains these shades of green making it a rare gem. It gets that color because Peridots are part of the Olivine mineral family. The Peridot is sometimes confused to novice gem lovers as an Emerald, but the green color distinction is clear. The luscious yellow-green stone represents luck and protection.
The Sardonyx is the initial birthstone of August. This gem contains two minerals in one: the onyx and sard. It can range in colors yellow hued red to a reddish brown it depends on the iron levels of the stone is what distinguishes its color. This gem is not a common-looking birthstone. As a matter of fact, it is very unorthodox looking when compared the other month’s birthstones. It is also commonly inexpensive and easy to find. However, it still maintains a united with the Peridot as the Sardonyx was used for protection and strength in the ancient times.
Spinel gems are often confused with the Ruby or Sapphire. Meaning the Spinel has a wide range of hues it can resemble. The deep red is the most desired color along with the dark blue. Spinels were mistakenly in the Royal family’s jewelry collection for years, yet categorized falsely as a Ruby. The newest Gems recognized as a birthstone and the most under-appreciated.
When buying any gem it is important to have a Jeweler you can trust and count on for advice. There is so much intricate detail that goes into jewelry, you need an experts help to insure your purchase. Visit us online!
Platinum, Gold, and Silver are all considered precious metals. We use precious metals to make jewelry. The authenticity of precious metals is very important to the value the purity of the pieces. Each metal has their own units to be measured in, and stamped with the appropriate value. Precious metal stamps are a sign of prestigious jewelry, as it represents the price valued of the metal worn.
Platinum is considered to be the elite metal. It is very strong and durable, while keeping its shine. It is a higher price valued metal on the market today. An authentic Platinum stamp or mark will consist of 95 to 90 percent. The stamp is standardly issued with platinum, palladium, plating, plat., or pall.
Gold is the most popular metal. It is available in various colors: yellow, rose and white. It is a long classic over several eras and cultures of history. Gold is measured in karats with 24K or 24 Karats being pure gold. Commonly, Gold is sold in a range of purity levels. You can find it in 14 Karat, 12 Karat and even 10 Karat. Karats of gold are using a decimal figure meaning that .416 is equal to 10 Karats. Gold items are stamped with the with the numerical value and K, karat, Kt following.
Gold is also regularly used to plate weaker metals for cheaper valued items. This would be read as rolled gold plate, R.G.P.
Silver is frequently misrepresented by other metals. Many call a lot of random metals “silver” in confusion to the color resembling Silver. It is easy to mistake “nickel silver” or Tibetan Silver as real Silver. Silver is pure when it measures 92.5% pure silver. Legitimate pieces will be marked with silver, sterling, sterling silver and with a formation of .925.
Buying precious metals is a risky business if you are inexperienced. There are a lot of different components when it comes to appraising an item. We can’t take the common eye view of the piece in order to authenticate the item. At Master Jewelers we have certified appraisers within our team of experts that can help find or evaluation purchases of precious metals.
Summer is coming to an end and school is now back in session.
What better way than to start off the new year with a new piece of jewelry?! Whether it is a gift for teacher appreciation or starting a new collegiate journey, landmark the start of a new chapter with a piece to remember it by.
It is not a secret that most teachers are overworked and underpaid, yet responsible for the development of our children. Our future. Striving for excellence many teacher’s journeys is a continuous process that comes with perseverance and extensive training. They deserve to be showered with jewelry. If you have a loved one starting their teaching journey customize a charm bracelet, they can add to as they accomplish their goals throughout their career. Bracelets are a piece of jewelry naturally worn daily and can represent inspiration those tough teacher days. Teachers are not the only ones whom can enjoy jewelry this going back to school season.
At the beginning of summer, many seniors said Goodbye to high school forever and are now entering the college world of adulthood. This is where they will continue to transform into themselves as an adult. This is definitely a time in your college freshman’s life that should be cherished and remembered. A great way to celebrate this next chapter is to custom design a piece to signify this life-changing event. It may even be a new start of a family tradition. Pass down this token from generation to generation as an heirloom. This special gift can also act as a reminder they are never too far from home. And they have someone who loves them rooting from afar.
Start your new journey this back to school season.
Spoil yourself with new jewelry! It is nice to accomplish something and be able to reward yourself as a job well done.
At Master Jewelers, we want to help you create and cherish this special moment with the people you love. Positive reinforcements are a great way to ensure anyone’s success. We have an array of selection to choose from. Our team of experts artisan are standing by waiting to help you design the perfect back to school piece.
Are you ready for some football?!
Football season is upon us. It is time to bring out your gear and represent your favorite team. One of Master Jeweler’s favorite time of year is Colt’s season.
Jewelry is more than family heirlooms and fancy gifts. It is a representation of who you are.
An expression of how you emphasize your style, and a way to present your personality. As jewelers, we understand that Game Day jewelry is important and essential come time to root for your favorite team. At Master Jewelers, we are passionate about our Colts. Our Gameday collection is our way of representing our favorite team. There is something for every Colts fan. We crafted each piece in our design studios and represents how proud we are to be their sponsor.
Our custom design process is an intricate process that is dedicated to customer satisfaction. Master Jeweler’s expert artisans assist and include you every step of the way. From design to crafting the item, we handle your Gameday jewelry as if it were our own.
Let’s look at a few pieces from our collection to give you some creative ideas for you next Gameday piece.
Bracelets are a safe and charming when selecting Gameday jewelry. Football events can be active and rough with the crowds of people. A bracelet is more durable and can serve as a universal item to be worn on more than just game days. Wear them the day after to celebrate the W.
Money Clips are useful for needing to be quick with cash exchanges, but ensure that money stays safe and secure in your pockets. Our Colt’s Gameday money clip can be used on those relaxing days you want to walk a little lighter without a wallet. It is a modern way to hold your money while representing your team. No one will doubt your loyalty to the Colts once they see your impressive clip.
Necklaces are a bold statement regardless and it is no wonder how common it is. Any necklace sets the stage for your style. It is the first things people see, so if you want to promote your team, do it boldly. We have an array of Colt necklaces for you to choose from.
Don’t worry if you don’t see something to represent your unique love for the Colts. We can custom make a piece for you based on your vision. Visit us online or come into our Indianapolis location.
The noble Ruby gemstone is the birthstone of July.
Rubies are beautiful, precious gems, universally respected and loved. The luscious gem is not only rich in color but is the hardest substance known. It is no wonder why the ruby has such a magical history that dates back to biblical times.
The ravishing gemstone is known for its exquisite shine. It is said the gem could be brightly seen through any mountain or thick clothing trying to hide its existence. Sewn into gowns, robes, belt buckles, rubies have been used by royals and the upper class for decades for its beauty. As the fashionable style has evolved throughout the years’ rubies have never gone out of style just used differently.
The gem is far more than just a fashion statement or status quo.
Rubies have been around for centuries, in many cultures throughout history being used for much more than its beauty. It is best known as a token of passion, prosperity, and protection. In the past, it is said to have magical powers, which we have found today the gemstone has holistic healing properties. Rubies were used to revert diseases with blessings of religious wisdom and power. Its noble blood dates back to monks incorporating the gems usage in crosses, rosaries and other ecclesiastical objects to prompt faith. Many religious entities used the gems as a symbol of a strong foundation and faith.
The natural ruby is one of four “precious” gemstones known for its rarity, hardness, and monetary value. The gemstone is ranked with the diamond, sapphire, and emerald, one should take extra caution upon purchasing. Buying such an exquisite piece should take place with a Jeweler you can trust. It is their eye and expertise you will need to rely on. Do you own research too. Master jewelers have over 20 years of experience purchasing gemstones. We take pride in helping our clients achieve their style while informing them about the different piece and what to look for. Come by our Indiana story or check us out online.