A dazzling surprise birthday gift….

A dazzling surprise birthday gift….

This ring has a great story behind it. Originally I had simply bought the stone for its gorgeous color, I had no plans as to what to do with it yet. The very next day one of my regular customers saw the stone and instantly fell in love, insisting I make it the centerpiece of a ring for his wife’s birthday. I had not even priced out the stone but he handed me a deposit saying, “Top I trust you, do whatever you want with the setting.”

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Micropavé and other Microscope Set Jewelry

Micropavé and other Microscope Set Jewelry

In the jewelry trade today, many retailers use the term micro pavé or microscope set, but what they do not tell you is that there is that there can be a huge difference in the quality and therefore value of the micro pavé set jewelry.

I often meet consumers who are mislead by a seller’s misuse of the term and aim to educate consumers.  Don’t believe everything the sales person tells you – just take a little time to examine the overall quality of the craftsmanship to decide for yourself.  I’ll tell you how.

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Should I choose Platinum or White Gold?

The Difference Between Platinum & Gold

Platinum is more dense compared to gold.  Think of platinum as a piece of cheese cake and gold as a piece of cake.  Both are excellent for jewelry making, but they each have their pros and cons.

Patina, Color, Apparent Scratches, & Hardness

Platinum has a more satin or matte finish after you wear it for a while.  Many consumers love the patina and if the piece contains gemstones, the way it complements the brilliance of gemstone(s).  While you will typically see minor dings and scratches on your platinum ring over the course of time, it will always stay the exact same white color because it is a pure white alloy.

On the other hand, white gold will tend to keep its luster (shininess) and is harder than platinum. Yes, that’s right, white gold is harder than platinum. A lot of sales people

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