Did you know that October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline? Each of them has an interesting history as well as an inherent historic spirituality. The opal’s iridescence and the rich spectrum of tourmaline’s colors give a variety of beautiful choices to October babies. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers established an official list
The process of plating is based on electricity transferred between two articles in a bath with suspended molecules. Rhodium plating is deposited at a micron level; it cannot fill in scratches or divots. The reason it costs so much to plate an item is not the precious metal deposited. The cost is the preparation to
Pearls are an organic gem grown in oysters: the wonderful gift of the oceans. The majority of pearls are cultured which means human assisted. Weather pearls are 100% natural or cultured they are both susceptible to chemical damage. Most faceted gemstones are impervious to chemical exposure. Pearls are subject to damage from strong chemicals such
Jewelry reactions to skin contact may be due to different reasons, and we often have new customers who visit and tell us how their prior jewelry allergies may have limited their choices. In the following article, we will work to help you understand why this happens. The most common metal that causes problems is nickel.
At Jonathan’s Jewelers, we offer many options to fit your budget! When making a custom piece, we will work with you to make a design that you love but also fits your budget. There are many ways to ensure we can stick within a lower budget: Stone selection. By choosing a lower priced stone in
Birthstones combine beauty with durability in spectacular – and often valuable – displays of color. They capture the imagination with their history and lore. Of the countless varieties of colored gemstones, the traditional birthstones below are most popular. Durability is measured on the “Mohs Hardness scale” – which refers to a stone’s resistance to scratching.
Most jewelry is constructed with a precious metal and alloyed with other metals to make it stronger and less expensive. Stamps and hallmarks are stamped on the piece to indicate the purity of the precious metal, and the maker. A hallmark is the maker’s mark. Tiffany, Cartier, or JJ for Jonathan’s Jewelers. A purity mark
Every diamond is unique and one of a kind. Understanding the differences and how they impact the value of the stone will help you decide in selecting a diamond. The 4C’s of Diamond quality (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight) have been the globally accepted standard for describing the quality of diamonds since 1939. These
When you have precious stones, precious metals, and jewels, it is essential to take good care of them. The proper jewelry care allows these items to be worn for decades and passed down through generations. Cleaning The best way is to visit your local jeweler three times a year for cleaning and inspection of your
Please appreciate the classic styles that remind us of a time when most jewelry was made by hand, allowing for a great creative flair. Below is a brief description of some key time periods for specific styles and design. Many of our custom jewelry pieces are influenced by these artistic periods. 1830-1920 – Victorian Victorian