Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies, the July Birthstone, historically represent passion and courage.

Rubies are a corundum gemstone along with sapphires. They are one of the most prized gemstones in existence and can be one of the most expensive. Rubies have been considered the king of all gems. Metaphysically rubies bestow fortune and bravery upon the wearer. In ages gone by women wore them for fertility and peace. The ruby is a universal sign of love and is often set alongside diamonds in engagement rings. In comparison with other gemstones, rubies are very rare. Rubies get their color from the trace element chromium. The darker the red, the more expensive the gem.

The world’s largest producer of rubies is Burma. They are also found in the United States, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. They are among the top four most rare and prized gemstones. The other three are diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. The most prized rubies are called blood-red or pigeon bloodstones. They are one of the hardest gems on earth only superseded by diamonds and moissanite. Because of the color and durability, they are widely used in high-end fine jewelry. They can range in color from pink to dark red. On an interesting note, synthetic rod rubies are widely used in lasers.

Moses Jewelers have custom designed many of wedding and engagement rings with rubies. We’ve pretty much used them in all jewelry pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fashion pieces, signet rings, and pendants. If you have the idea and desire for a ruby custom design, we are the experts. We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer to finance.

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The May Birthstone – The Emerald, An Ancient Gem.

The May Birthstone – The Emerald, An Ancient Gem.

Emeralds are the may gemstone. Emerald in ancient Persia was known as the green gem.  In the Papyrus Prisse, one of the oldest books in the world, emeralds are mentioned, in the translated text it means, “but good words are more difficult to find than the emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks.” Emeralds were seen as rare gems. Emeralds were one of the first beryl gems to be discovered and documented. Emeralds were also prized by the Incas of Peru when they were discovered in Colombia. Emeralds were also prized by the Aztecs. Spanish conquistadors took thousands of emeralds back to Spain and also used them for trade. Royalty throughout the world has prized emeralds.

Colombia to this day still has the most prized emeralds, because of their quality and color. Emeralds get their color from trace amounts of chromium, this tends to form gems with the purest green colors. Other trace elements of vanadium and iron can be found in Brazil and Zimbabwe, but the color of the emeralds is not as green as the Colombian emeralds. Color and clarity are the most important factors in rating an emerald. Practically all emeralds have inclusions but oftentimes they do not detract from the value unless severe.

Emeralds are a great addition to wedding rings and are used widely in fashion rings and pendants. They can be incorporated in just about any type of jewelry. In a custom design, our jewelry design experts can show you exactly how the emerald will look in your piece before you make a final decision. Use our convenient online form or give us a call to start discussing your custom designed jewelry at (210) 490-2404.

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The April Birthstone – Diamonds, the hardest most popular gemstone.

The April Birthstone – Diamonds, the hardest most popular gemstone.

Diamonds are 58 times harder than any other gemstone on earth. The can only be cut with other diamonds. They are the most popular gemstone for wedding rings but are an excellent choice for everyday wear. DIamonds historically are popular as a clear bright cut gemstone. In recent times however colors such as yellow, pink, blue and chocolate have become used widely and are just as durable and beautiful as their clear counterparts. Diamonds can and are used in just about any piece of jewelry. Historians believe that diamonds have been used and traded as early as 4BC.

Diamonds symbolize eternal and lasting love and harmony. This is why they are used widely in wedding rings and jewelry that symbolize love. Metaphysically they are used for healing and balance and are thought to help with blood toxins and brain healing. They first gained popularity in India, but now are world renowned and coveted. They are resistant to heat, they are extremely durable and are scratch resistant. As mentioned before they are cut with other diamonds. Diamonds truly are one of the greatest choices for any jewelry.

Moses Jewelers have custom designed hundreds of wedding and engagement rings with diamonds. We’ve pretty much used them in all jewelry pieces including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fashion pieces, signet rings, and pendants. If you have the idea and desire for a diamond custom design, we are the experts. We can custom design jewelry in person or through our convenient online form or by phone at (210) 490-2404. We can work with just about any budget and offer financing.

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Jewelry Bands – Custom Design makes it possible for any type of band creation.

Jewelry Bands – Custom Design makes it possible for any type of band creation.

Are you looking for different kinds of ring styles or band styles that can be completely unique to you or traditional ring bands? The overall choice is completely personal and up to you, but you should know all of the different kinds of band styles so you can bring your style to perfection.

One type of band has one diamond set into it and is a plain, traditionally mounted band. This would usually be a traditional engagement ring, which is then able to be personalized with different kinds of bands, ring guards, or wraps. Wedding and anniversary bands are the main rings that utilize this type of band and setting. Gypsy settings are bands that have a single extending piece of metal that gets thicker at the very top, you may have seen it before in men’s jewelry. The band is shaped like a dome, has the stone inserted into the middle of it, and doesn’t have any prongs sticking out, making the surface look and feel completely smooth and clean.

With a custom designed ring, you can have just about any band design or stackable ring design. Even rings that intertwine. Bands can be textured and multi-layered with different types of gold and jewels. No matter what type of band design you’ve seen Moses Jewelers can both duplicate and create unique band designs and best of all you’ll see the entire ring before it’s manufactured with computer-aided design.

A custom designed engagement ring for practically any budget

A custom designed engagement ring for practically any budget

Engagement rings don’t have to break the budget. A custom designed engagement ring can be designed for you with a mix of materials and cuts that can fit comfortably in what you can afford. Unfortunately, with a mass-produced ring, you may have to settle on what the jewelry store has in stock, instead of getting what you really want.

If your budget won’t allow for a bigger stone that you may have been thinking about buying, it’s not that big of an issue. The illusion of additional carats can be created by choosing a halo setting. Not only can this type of setting make the stone in the middle look bigger, it can also completely change the appearance of the diamond by giving it a vintage look. Less metal means a lower cost, so a minimal prong setting should be used. Since more of the stone is visible, a prong setting is a great way to highlight the diamond.

Pavé diamonds are small diamonds that add a crushed ice look to engagement rings. Because they’re so small, these gems are much more common and therefore less expensive. You’ll get just as much beauty as a bigger diamond could bring, for a much lower cost. Shopping for a diamond centers around the “4 Cs”—cut, carat, clarity, and color. When it comes to the carat size, you can save a considerable amount of money without sacrificing the look of the stone by buying shy of the mark. Diamond prices rise quickly at the carat and half-carat marks, which means buying just shy of it can save you 20 percent, with the difference being that the different diamond size will be barely noticeable by most people.

White gold is a fitting substitute for a metal like platinum, it’s a beautiful colored gold and it’s durable. It’s an enduring element, resistant to rust and corrosion, still looks appealing, and is far nicer to your budget. A mixture of gold colors can also be an option that’ll give you an expensive look but may be more into your budget. Setting a budget is highly important and financing options may be available if you want to go out of budget on the short-term, yet pay off the ring over time. Having a frank conversation with your designer will allow them to create the perfect custom designed engagement ring and the designer will be able to point you in the direction of what is possible.

The circular diamond cut in jewelry and custom design

The circular diamond cut in jewelry and custom design

Diamond jewelers have attempted throughout history to make the best diamond cuts in order to increase the beauty and value of raw diamonds. There are many types of cuts that have achieved this goal, but perhaps none has been as popular nor important as the circular diamond cut. After many years and generations of diamond cutters, this did finally occur. The rough diamond cut became famous for its unique features and attractiveness to gem enthusiasts.

A circular shape, for a diamond, allows the gem to show off 58 beautiful sides, which are also more than any other kind of diamond cut. Due to this, the circle cut diamond, also known as brilliant round diamonds, are also very good light reflectors. They are the most popular diamonds on sale, and people search for them often. They make perfect engagement rings if that is what you’re after.

The circle cut is the most wearable of the diamonds, and this makes it the most popular choice for people. Whatever the build of the jewelry may be, the circle cut is an improvement to the visual appearance of the item. The bruting machine, invented in the late 1800s, made it so diamonds could be easily cut in the circular shape. Up until this point, diamonds had been cut in a cushion cut, and it wasn’t until this invention that circular cuts were feasible. These first circular cuts came to be known as European cut diamonds, and though they were the same cut as their modern counterparts, they were also much different than today’s round cuts.

Circle cut diamonds are usually sold for a higher price than other types of cuts. A reason for this price difference is because this gem’s roughness is usually taken away, which is expensive. Along with this, this kind of large, round diamond cut is in high demand very often, which makes them more expensive than they would otherwise be. They may be more costly, but they are extremely good choices for jewelry. They are visually appealing perfect fits that can be beautifully shown off if you ever wear them to any particular event. The circular cut diamond is a perfect choice for a custom-designed ring, pendant or earrings.

The History of the Diamond in Jewelry Design and Engagement Rings

The History of the Diamond in Jewelry Design and Engagement Rings

A person may have a thought at some point as to why diamond rings became the most popular way to symbolize engagement, especially since they can be costly. There are indeed many alternatives to this classic ring, however, the diamond engagement ring is still the standard and most deeply rooted choice. From 2800 BC onwards, it was tradition to symbolize a union between two people, as even before the modern day there was an instinct to find a symbol for this. Diamond engagement rings did not become the standard until somewhat recently, surprisingly, even with the history surrounding tokens with symbolic value.

The first recorded appearance of this ring was during the Renaissance. During ancient times before this point, the standard was two rings to symbolize marriage, a gold ring for the public, and an iron ring for more private areas, like the house. The practice continued as it became more customary until it was challenged as a tradition during the Middle Ages, where it was declared that there was to be a waiting period between receiving the ring and marriage. An idea of giving one special engagement ring, and then a second ring during the ceremony began to catch on. In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring inset with diamonds that formed an “M” shape, which was the first time this had been done. It then began to be used more often by people with higher social class.

Until the discovery of diamond mines in Southern Africa, the demand for this ring was terrible due to lacking in resources. The demand naturally increased exponentially with this discovery, and huge amounts of diamonds began being produced per year. However, this did not mean that they became cheaper. Diamond engagement rings were almost unattainable for those with financial hardship or limits, and this only became even more apparent after the Great Depression began. Their popularity quickly shrunk after they became unaffordable.

It only looked bleaker when research began suggesting that they were going out of style with younger people. Excess diamonds weren’t in use and the mines themselves were on the verge of shutdown. But in 1938, the diamond cartel De Beers created a marketing campaign that would forever change the public’s view of diamonds and diamond rings. Before this campaign, the demand was still abysmal. Their goal was to show that diamond engagement rings were affordable and some of the best choices for an engagement ring. This campaign began with making the 4 Cs of diamonds, cut, carats, color, and clarity, abundantly clear to people. Due to actions they took, diamond engagement rings became ever-present in media, and thus could be seen for their high value more often. This was precisely what they wanted, and by 1947, they introduced the phrase “A Diamond is Forever,” and the demand for diamond rings skyrocketed. By 1990, 80% of all engagement rings had diamonds in them. It may be surprising to note that they were standardized recently, and by a single company, as these rings are so intertwined with the modern societal culture at this point that they will forever remain the symbol that they have grown to be. Diamonds may be forever tied to special occasions, especially engagement rings and custom jewelry design.

Rubies are a girls best friend too!

Rubies are a girls best friend too!

To gem enthusiasts around the world, the ruby is considered the second most valuable gem in the world behind the diamond. They are incredibly versatile and suited for many different occasions, making them quite important as jewelry. Serving as an expression of the wearer’s personality, this jewelry, in particular, is oftentimes worn as a necklace, a bracelet, or a ring. This is also how the maximum amount of attention is captured by this gemstone jewelry.

These gems serve as an extension of the user’s creativity and passion for looking elegant and stylish. As the color of a ruby is red, the gem is viewed as being a symbol of love, passion, energy, and courage. These gemstones, as the ultimate symbol of passion and desire for many, also make an ideal romantic gift for a lot of people. Since rubies provide the energy to keep a person going, they may also make a suitable gift for one who is searching for a career or their personal spiritual path. Throughout history, rubies have been worn to fend off danger, to keep the wearer safe, and to show wealth and prosperity. Ruby is also the stone of courage and self-love and brings confidence and success to those who wear it.

Similar to certain other gems, the color of a ruby is the most important factor to consider when buying a piece of ruby jewelry. The deeper and more intense their coloring, the higher the quality of the gem. All rubies have a primary and secondary color. The primary color is always red, while the secondary color is usually either orange, purple, or pink. Ideally, both the primary and secondary colors should be red. The truer the red coloring is, the better the gemstone. Furthermore, the tone of a ruby gemstone is also highly important. The highest quality rubies fall between a medium and a deep red tone. If the coloring is too dark, the red may be difficult to make out. If the coloring is too light, the red may be too faint to make out. A happy medium must be achieved for the ideal ruby.

The magnificent coloring of this particular gemstone is unlike any other, and they have the ability to captivate and emotionally influence an observer if taken advantage of in the correct way. They are powerful, meaningful, and a worthy addition to any gem enthusiast’s collection of jewelry. They are an excellent option for any type of jewelry including engagement rings.