Thursday, December 8, 2016

As Long as You're heading to Wally World

The magnetic draw for our nation's big box stores is their all-in-one-place destination. Make the longest list possible of everything you need from just about all the retailers you can think of and I'm pretty sure you'll be able to fulfil your shopping must-haves at the jumbo box.

What Next?
Now add Cartier's fabulous timepieces to your list if you're heading to Walmart. Yup.

Cartier's Men Ballon Bleu watch Retail $46,004.00

True dat. This extraordinary timepiece along with other iconic Cartier watches are available at Walmart. Granted you'll want to finesse that transaction at their online site. But still. That was a real eye opener to spy some of the house of Cartier's most prestigious offerings at the mega-store.

That's Not Funny
Now rumor has it that Cartier is not amused. But there must be some loop hole that allows their products to be sold through this vendor. The take away speaks to how crunched modern shoppers are for time . . . no pun intended but now that I wrote this, it's pretty funny.

After all, people are always going to love the Cartier line. And they're always going to need milk . . .

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Color Story

Wallace Chan, moonstone, diamond and fancy colored sapphire ring
Sapphire is one of the holy trinity of precious stones. Ruby, sapphire and emerald are the hoard of royalty everywhere. And small wonder. They are rare and beautiful, and difficult to recover.

Say it Like You Know it
The word sapphire conjures up a richly saturated cobalt that draws the eye with a magnetic pull.

All sapphire is corundum. But not all corundum is sapphire. Wait . . . what? True, the mineral corundum has several delightful progeny. It can be discovered completely void of color whatsoever.

white sapphire gemstone

White is Sort of Hot Stuff

And between you and me, I'm sort of loving colorless sapphire, as a classy alternative to white diamonds in important jewelry like wedding rings for example. Reason? Next to diamonds, which are known for their extraordinary bling-bling, sapphires come in a very close second on the dispersion claim. They can shimmer and sparkle like nobody's bidnez. But I digress.

To be correct, sapphire always means the blue stone. Kashmir sapphire is considered the elite of that species. Its silky, velvety cornflower blue tint is rich and saturated; plus there really is no more new Kashmir sapphire being pulled from the high Himalayas these days.

Then There's Color
Sapphire also comes in a wide range of other colors. This rainbow of coloration is due to trace amounts of differing minerals in the corundum mix.

Shades of fancy colored and blue sapphire gemstones

Pretty neat, huh? Those are all various shades of natural sapphire, including the expected cyan variety. Referring to sapphire of any other color than blue, you say fancy colored sapphire. And fancy it is. Any of these vivid tints will amaze and surprise many jewelry lovers that don't actually understand that sapphire can mean a whole lot of hues.

Speak like a Pro
Just remember; the word sapphire is the blue stone. All others are fancy colored sapphire. Indeed.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Another Green Another Thrill

Yael Designs 6.27 ct green tourmaline and diamond Spirit ring 
The Great Jewel
You've heard of tourmaline haven't you? Sure--and one of its claims to fame is the extraordinarily wide array of color choices that a jewelry lover has when selecting this richly hued gemstone. Could it get any better? Yup. Tourmaline crystals are sometimes found to display more than one color on the same specimen.

What Makes it Special
This stone makes an ideal choice for thoughtful collectors. Each tourmaline, irrespective of its hue is to some degree a unique stone. Every color is distinct.

Green tourmaline is sometimes referred to as Verdilite, a nod to the Latin word 'viridis' for green. Emerald lovers are often magnetically drawn to green tourmaline owing to its superb clarity, a trait missing in most emerald, no matter what its price.

On the Hunt
Small green tourmaline crystals can be found throughout the world. Large crystals are another story. The larger the rarer. Major deposits of this magnificent stone are Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. You'll notice that many of those regions are fraught with political turmoil. See how rarity gets another layer of scarceness?

Green tourmaline rough shows a more bluish hue at the top of the crystal. The lower region  reveals a yellowish green .


Yael Designs, creator of the green tourmaline ring shown here is an inspired jeweler who artfully pairs outstanding design with valuable gemstones. The result? I'll let you decide.