There is a big scam going on with our soldiers in Afghanistan. They are getting “Great Deals” on gemstones. Problem is they are FAKE! In some cases they are poor quality, some are synthetic, some are glass and some are plastic. Not only are they buying them from locals, but some are being sold through the PX. Worse yet some of the soldiers are coming back selling them here in the States unwittingly and wittingly ripping off more people.
Here are some of the posts directly from the jewelers’ group. (Heidi wants me to mention that she did not edit these, and the spelling and grammatical erro... VIEW FULL ENTRY
It’s was a rough week at Diehl’s Jewelers last week. Last Monday, a young friend passed away and we had to put our hound, Aonghus, to sleep. Ninety-nine percent of our business is marking happy occasions, but every once in a while we have a sad one.
This week has me thinking about Memento Mori, remembrance jewelry. Since at least ancient Greek times people have marked the passing of a loved one with jewelry.
Early on this was usually in the form of a ring. Often there would be imagery like a cupid with an extinguished torch, ... VIEW FULL ENTRY
Since pearl is the June birthstone, I figured I’d write about how salt water cultured pearls are made.
Cultured pearls are an extraordinary collaboration between man and mollusk; that is to say, man has helped the oysters produce pearls. The Japanese have been culturing pearls since the 1880’s starting with mabe pearls, which are grown against the shell, and then in the 20th century with round cultured pearls. The process that produces a salt water cultured pearl is a long and involved one, but it clearly demonstrates the value of this beautiful gem.
With everyone selling gold and silver these days, we occasionally get a piece that we won’t make an offer on and instead offer to broker it.
Why do we do this? Partly, we do it to get you a better price for an item, and partly because we hate to see some pieces just melted down. We broker an item by taking the jewelry to multiple estate buyers and returning with the item and the best offer. These are companies that buy for reselling an item rather than scrapping the jewelry for metal content. Since we have a definite offer on an item that is over scrap v... VIEW FULL ENTRY
At the shop, all of us have designed one-of-a-kind jewelry. Very often we are using a customer’s gemstones for such projects. It starts with a design, requires a one-of-a-kind model to be made, and from that, the piece to be cast, the stones to be set, and the piece polished. It costs a little more to do things this way, but it creates a wonderful, unique treasure that will fit some of the beautiful gems a client may have.
Sometimes you just want a classic piece; a sapphire and diamond ring, for example. For this you can come in and just buy from what a jeweler... VIEW FULL ENTRY