Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Birthday Birthstone Beautiful Peridot Jewelry from Secret Garden Gems

August Birthday

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Peridot gemstones are formed deep inside the earth and  brought to the earths surface by volcanoes, In Hawaii Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele the goddess of fire and volcanoes. The gemstone comes in colors of beautiful lime and olive greens. Sometimes known  as evening emeralds because they appear greener under the light.

These Beautiful Peridot and Pearl Earrings are  part of Secret Garden Gems Bali Collection.  The peridots are faceted and  are set in 925 sterling silver with a round pearl accent.    They were handcrafted for us by fair trade artisans in Bali.  A beautiful one of a kind August birthday gift for that special person..

Monday, July 15, 2013

Abalone Shell Pearl and Paua Jewelry

I am so mesmerized by the natural beauty  from our oceans.  I am fascinated by the colors in abalone shell or Paua shell and maybe pearls. The abalone shell and the Paua shell are both well-known among jewelry experts for the rich and iridescent colors they contain.The abalone shell thrives in water with strong waves and currents because this oxygenates the water effectively. A total of 100 to 120 species of abalone exist.
Paua is a species of abalone that is found exclusively off the coasts of New Zealand. It is sometimes referred to as sea opal or marine opal as opposed to its Maori name, paua. 

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Abalone Sterling Silver Earrings

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Bali Craft Pendant

The abalone shell, including the paua, is known for its rich and iridescent colors and is consequently often used in jewelry. The inside of the shell tends to be mostly silver in color but with hints of green, blue and sometimes pink. The paua is known for being the most colorful of all the abalone species and displays intense colors. The colors can be green, pink, or purple and blue, and gold or crimson toning is often present

Friday, July 5, 2013

Anniversary Wedding Gift Guide Buying the Right Gift

Emily Post for starting the anniversary gift-giving convention back in 1922, and the list was modified by the American National Retail Jewelers' Association in 1937 to form the guidelines we follow today. Later, a second "modern" list was created. It's unclear when and where this one originated, but even with the addition of appliances and musical instruments, it seems equally stuffy at first glance.

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Bronze/Pottery Linens/Lace
9th Pottery/Willow Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry     

Want to see the complete guide..Visit Secret Garden Gems  the guide

  Here are some ideas to help you celebrate your wedding anniversaries. Both the traditional and modern gift suggestions for 1st through 100th anniversaries are listed.

1st Anniversary Gemstone:
Gold Jewelry, Pearl, or Peridot 

Sterling Silver Faceted Peridot Pearl Earrings Bali Jewelry

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Gems and Jewelry New Designs for Fall and Winter 2013

Buying jewelry is always a scavenger hunt for me.  I try to discover some very unique and original handcrafted items from around the globe.  From the  natural geodes to jewelry from the Pink City Jaipur India.
Natural Druzy Pendant

This week I have chosen to make purchases from Jaipur  to bring to you some beautiful and unique pieces for the fall and winter season. Jaipur, not only known for the colored gem's processing center of India, but also a global center because of the most of world supply of cut and polished Emerald. Jaipur has been processing the whole rainbow of colored gems, beside pearl. The traditional processing work undertaken here with outstanding skills includes cutting and polishing of hundreds species of colored gemstones, both natural and synthetic, carving, beads-making, stringing, manufacturing of 'object d' art and fine jewelry
Moonstone Earrings
. There are many different styles of jewelry that can be found here, including Thewa Jewelry, Kundan Jewelry and Meenakari Jewelry. The jewelers use different precious gems like rubies, emeralds, diamonds and even sapphires while working on ornaments made of both, silver and gold. The styles that are used for these pieces of art are exclusive to Rajasthan. These exceptional pieces of jewelry are made with care and finesse.      
Citrine and Gold Earrling
All our pieces from India  are  individually selected and we only carry 1 or 2   of each piece so they are truly unique for our customers.  All our Indian Jewelry are handcrafted and made from 925 sterling silver,  Our gold pieces are beautifully veneered over sterling silver.