Star Sapphire – Why It’s a Shining Star

Star SapphireIt’s so hard for me to pick gemstones that are my favorite, because truth be told, I love them all.  I have been lucky enough to get some stunning star sapphires set in gorgeous rings lately, and I have always been a bit obsessed by the star sapphire and how it is formed and the phenomena of it.

The formation of all gemstones are truly amazing, but to think that the chatoyant bands from the sapphire cross in the center in several different directions to create rays and suddenly a star is born, well, that is truly Mother Nature at her best, or if you want to be technical, asterism. [Read more...]

C Is For Cabochons & Carvings – ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

Chalcedony Cabochon RingWhen you are a jewelry buyer or even an estate hunter, you run across different cuts and makes of gemstones than just the traditional round, emerald, pear, marquise and oval.  Would you know cabochons or a carving if you saw one? And more importantly, would you know how to care for it or if it is set properly or even made out of the correct type of gem?

Whether you are in the market to buy or to sell, it’s important to be armed with as much information as possible, because an informed consumer is a wise consumer and that consumer makes better buys and even better sales.  Today, I am going to give you all the dirt on cabs or cabochons and carvings as we continue on our journey of the ABC’s of Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer. [Read more...]

The Star Sapphire – Faith, Hope, and Destiny

Star Sapphire and Diamond RingAs a diamond buyer, I have the opportunity to buy all types of jewelry and watches.  Nothing gets my juices going more than when someone walks into my office with a fabulous piece that I can buy.  It’s a visceral reaction.  It can be a ring, a loose diamond, a pair of earrings or a Rolex watch.

I often get asked what I do with all the treasures that I buy. The diamonds go into our inventory of loose diamonds at Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers and end up being made into a gorgeous custom ring for a soon to be bride to wear on her finger.  The jewelry is sometimes taken apart and the stones are then repurposed into custom jewelry for our customers.  Other times, we resell the jewelry as is.  Often the watches will get cleaned up and resold or traded, depending on the watch and the value, but I find it all exciting and all of it is an addiction for me, and one that I love. [Read more...]