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 They are one of the hardest gems on earth only superseded by diamonds and moissanite.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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June has three gemstones, pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

June has three gemstones, pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

June traditionally has three gemstones, however, two are the most common, pearls and alexandrite. Pearls are the only gemstone that is made by a living creature, an oyster, mussel or clam. Pearls come in a variety of colors from white to black and in between. The most prized pearls come from the South Sea. They are some of the largest pearls. Other popular pearls come from the Akoya oyster around Japan. The black pearl typically comes from the Tahitian area of the South Sea. Pearls are a great “gem” to utilize on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Alexandrite is a color changing gem original found in Russia’s Ural mountains and is now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil. In the sunlight, they are a bluish green and indoors they can throw off reddish tones similar to dark rubies. In other types of light, they can be a purple color. They are truly spectacular and are quite rare. Alexandrite is a chrysoberyl, which is common, however, the alexandrite gem is considered rare. Stones that have the most expansive color shifts are highly desired and can be the most costly. Alexandrite can be synthetically produced but not to the quality of the natural gem and is easily discernable under inspection by a gemologist.

Moses custom jewelry designers can create just about any type of ring, pendant, necklace or earring with pearls or alexandrite. Pearls offset with diamonds can be a beautiful fashion ring and alexandrite can be that extra special addition to an engagement ring or pendant. 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 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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Custom fashion ring designs that give a nod to the past

Custom fashion ring designs that give a nod to the past

Cocktail rings, a type of fashion ring, sometimes referred to as dinner rings, are quite large, and as a result of the way they are built, rise a fair amount off of the finger wearing it. These were originally a trend in the 1930s and were worn to what eventually became their namesake, cocktail parties. They are set with a lot of big, colored gems and smaller diamonds that come together to make it look beautiful, overdone, and elegant, as they were meant to be when taking them to these parties. Some may say that they look gaudy, but for a fashion statement, they’re on right on par with the single earring trend happening in 2017 and continuing for the near future.

Contemporary fashion rings are up to date, modern rings that are fashioned around not only around current industry standards and styles but also are harkening back to past ring designs with contemporary metal and gem combinations. You could say they are a new twist on new old-school contemporary. The style, design, cut, design, or even the materials that you choose to use to make it, such as rose, white and yellow gold combinations, can all determine whether or not it can truly be classified as an old-school style contemporary ring. The design is meant to evoke a feeling of belonging to an older era but at the same time screaming, look at me I’m modern too.

As always, all custom fashion ring design or cocktail ring design and manufacturing is performed in-house at Moses Jewelers, from creation to completion, we’re here to help your dream come to reality.

One earring trend – could a custom designed earring be the right choice for you?

One earring trend – could a custom designed earring be the right choice for you?

The one earring trend is evolving and getting to be more and more popular as celebrities and models jump into this jewelry fashion trend. The newest style consists of a single well-dressed ear and at times a smaller earring along the same design theme or a colored stone or diamond stud. Edgy and independent, this one lone earring can make any person look better and have more of a visual flair and uniqueness, but can be something that will end up difficult to master. This trend’s appeal is the grandeur that it presents, but whatever specific style of single earring you choose to go for is all up to you to decide.

To pull off this look well is to channel the style so well that you won’t have people looking at you and remarking something about having lost an earring, a scenario that can be all too real if this style is not understood and executed perfectly. The key to this is to choose something unmistakable and unmissable. Plain earrings are not enough for this style, you need to have something that’s more complex, like spindly metal wires and gems with many different colors of choice. If you are fine with it, you may even have a pair of earrings that you can choose to recycle this way by wearing only one of the duo, but if you’re searching for one that’s more special, various retailers are already selling earrings as single pieces. This style can either be the earring alone, or it can be mixed with a very small earring on the other ear that doesn’t draw attention away from the main piece.

In terms of fine jewelry, one is more than enough to make you shine and sparkle. Another potential positive surrounding it, if you buy just a normal pair of earrings to use one for this singular style and want to match with a friend, is that the cost can be split with them.

However, this trend does not really function well with small, dainty earrings. Overly adorning one ear with a detailed sense of earring fashion, whether it be with a trendy ear jacket, a fancy ear cuff, or otherwise, demands you to be bold in your statement of fashion. It will attract attention to the way it is different from the rest of the earrings on other people, it will be different from the standard pair. In this, it is one of the styles that work best when trying to style yourself to stand out from the rest, and shouldn’t be used if you want to blend in with others or fit a certain norm that many others go by. If you’re a fashion leader or trendsetter having a custom designed earring that speaks volumes may be the answer for you. Moses custom designed earrings could be the best decision you make this year for your forward fashion sense.

Ear cuff jewelry is making a comeback, no longer a 90s phenomenon.

Ear cuff jewelry is making a comeback, no longer a 90s phenomenon.

One of the biggest and most exciting current shakeups in the jewelry industry is the way ear wear has changed and been added to over the years, along with the loss of pre-perceived restrictions on it, like only using drops or studs. An increasing number of jewelry designers have been coming up with more ways to adorn your ear with the most creative designs, in this case, the ear cuff. But while they are appealing to the eye, they bring up a few questions that must be answered before looking into purchasing one. If they draw you in, but you’re still hesitating or confused about them, this will answer those questions.

There are many different ear cuff styles, with some hooking over the top of the ear and using its natural curve, some having fastenings on your earlobe that hold it in position with extra security, or could even have additional clips that are hidden from your view when they’re warned to guide the ear cuff into looking a certain way. Others use slide-style clips that allow for fastening it at many different positions, something that works particularly well for smaller cuffs, or will hook into the inside of the ear itself, something that could be noticed by anyone.

The question of whether or not they are comfortable depends on the cuff’s design. They can have specific circumstances, like cuffs with posts and hooks becoming uncomfortable over time only if it’s very heavy, otherwise, it will be far more comfortable. Slides are comfortable but are less secure than ear cuffs that use cliffs and posts. The cuffs that will end up actually being discomforting in general are designs with clips that are far too strong and put too much pressure on the ear, although there are some ways around this issue for designs with the problem.

How many cuffs should you use? There are no rules, we’ve seen fashion models wear up to 5 on one ear in a charm-style manner. If you buy a single cuff, ones that are specifically for one ear will follow the curve of the ear. A great idea is to go ahead and get the two earrings created and keep one for a spare or gift the custom earring to a friend. With fashion sometimes there are no rules. If you’re looking for something truly unique Moses Jewelers can custom design your earring cuff for you for ultimate fashion expressiveness.

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.