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.

Birthstone Jewelry – Custom designed to perfection.

Birthstone Jewelry – Custom designed to perfection.

Birthstone rings feature gems that are, of course, associated with the birth month of the owner/wearer. This is an extremely personalized ring, as it is very different for every person, and makes it have more meaning to the person that wears it. A great gift for any mother is a combined birthstone ring where each child is represented by the birthstone. For individuals, a ring can be fashioned that is a unique design with inset birthstone gems. The design possibilities are endless. For a man or woman, a fashion ring can be created or even a signet-type ring. Below are the representative gems for each month:

  • January Birthstone: Garnet
  • February Birthstone: Amethyst
  • March Birthstone: Aquamarine
  • April Birthstone: Diamond
  • May Birthstone: Emerald
  • June Birthstone: Pearl or Alexandrite
  • July Birthstone: Ruby
  • August Birthstone: Peridot
  • September Birthstone: Sapphire
  • October Birthstone: Tourmaline or Opal
  • November Birthstone: Topaz or Citrine
  • December Birthstone: Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise

With advances in computer-aided design, you’ll be able to see your ring, pendant or earring design in short order before the piece is created. This way changes can be made to make sure you’re having your dream jewelry piece created with no variance in design and this piece can be duplicated exactly for others. An expert designer from Moses Jewelers can guide you on birthstone jewelry creation.

Obsidian – An inexpensive stone for jewelry accents and custom fashion jewelry design.

Obsidian – An inexpensive stone for jewelry accents and custom fashion jewelry design.

Obsidian is one of our oldest used materials and is able to be found around the entire planet. This material has also been referred to as volcanic glass and provides materials in many colors and patterns, with even more visible visual effects. Obsidian shares all basic properties of glass, and is also brittle, but it is these features that have made it extremely valuable for so long. People in the stone age used the extremely sharp edges to make tools that could skin animals well and could be used as effective weapons. Not only this, but there are obsidian tools and weapons in other areas that are assumed to have been used in rituals and ceremonies that were created all the way back to 10,000 BCE. There are even mirrors made out of this resource in South and Central America.

Obsidian was not naturally found in Egypt. However, it seems that it was a valuable item for trading, and shows why early Egyptian crypts contain features represented by obsidian, like pharaoh masks on tombs. In modern day, we are still finding new ways to use this material, as in 1970 it was discovered that the edges of obsidian scalpels cut cleaner than steel scalpels. It has also been used to make jewelry, ornaments, and more. Obsidian colorations range from black to green, to even blue or yellow, and is caused by different minerals being present within the material, such as magnetite for black and hematite for red/brown/pink. Small bubbles of air or gas within the obsidian, formed when it was cooling, gives it a luster or shine on the surface. Different levels of iron oxidation are responsible for the potential color of green or yellow.

Obsidian can be carved into decorations for the house, and are often used as the backing for opal jewelry. There are even reasons for wearing it that lie in people’s beliefs, as some think that it could shield you from negativity, connect you to the earth, or bring answers for the questions you may have. Obsidian is an inexpensive material that can be used as the main stone or accent stone.

Topaz – So many colors, so much joy – A great stone for any emotional connection, a perfect gem for custom design.

Topaz – So many colors, so much joy – A great stone for any emotional connection, a perfect gem for custom design.

Topaz mostly is found in the colors of orange, yellow, bright orange, blue, brown and pink.Topaz is a Greek word and is from the word Topazios, which is the historical name for St. John’s Island located in the Red Sea.  The most well-known colors are the yellow and blue topaz. Pure topaz is mostly colorless and it is impurities that are involved in color changes or color can be manipulated through man-made processes. In history, topaz is thought to be calming for the emotions and has many different meanings across cultures. In India, the gem is tied to longevity and intelligence. Across Europe topaz was thought to temper anger and in Africa, the topaz has been used in healing.

Brazil, Mexico, Sri Lanka are the top producers of topaz. The imperial topaz is pinkish in color and is the main color sourced from Brazil, this is a highly popular color. Irridation and heat treatment developed in the 1960s was discovered to turn colorless topaz into blue topaz, which is now one of the most cost-effective colors available. Topaz is highly used in rings, pendants, and earrings. It’s the perfect affordable gem for a colored stone ring. Topaz is a hard and durable stone that makes it perfect for jewelry.

Topaz is the November gem and is the official gem of Texas. The reds, pinks and violet color variations tend to be the most expensive stones. As mentioned previously, blue, which is almost exclusively man-made tends to be the most affordable topaz color. Other gems that have been mistaken for topaz are citrine, a yellowish gem, and some quartz varieties. If you’re wanting an affordable stone for a custom designed piece, then topaz may be a gem you’ll want to consider.

Peridot – A vibrant green beautiful stone great for a custom designed ring or pendant

Peridot – A vibrant green beautiful stone great for a custom designed ring or pendant

Peridot is a dynamic yellow-green gem found in volcanic rock. The most sought-after stones are bright olive greens and the lest desired are browner in color. Even the browner colored stones will be mostly green. Peridot is found in several places in the United States including Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is also found in Pakistan, South Africa, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt and several other countries. Peridot is formed deep down in the Earth’s mantle and is brought up by volcanic activity.

Peridot is the August birthstone. Peridot jewelry dates quite far back, with records dating to the second millennium BC. In Hawaii, the gem is the tear of the goddess Pele and in the Middle Ages, it was used for protection from evil ethereal beings.Some have been known to use the gem for energy balance. Peridot in Egypt is the “gem of the sun” and at one time was more precious than the diamond. It is the official gem of Egypt and is historically mined from St. John’s Island in the Red Sea.

Peridot is not as hard as a diamond or sapphire, it is considered average in hardness. This still makes it a great gem for use in rings, earrings, and pretty much any custom designed piece you may desire, but you’ll not want to go rapping it against hard services. If you’re looking for the highest quality gems, you’ll want to look for varieties found in Egypt, Myanmar or Pakistan. More affordable varieties are mined from veins found in Arizona and Mexico. No matter what you choose on the affordability spectrum, this gem is to this day is still highly sought after and is increasingly popular.

Tiger’s Eye Comparison to Cats Eye – Are they the same?

Tiger’s Eye Comparison to Cats Eye – Are they the same?

Tiger’s Eye and Cat’s Eye stones are not the same things. Both have many things in common, but they are each distinct from each other. Once their similarities and differences are shown, they can never be confused for each other again.

Their main similarity is an effect known as chatoyancy, which is the thin line that gives it the appearance of a cat’s eye, its namesake. This is due to parallel, mineral tubes that from within the stones. When they are polished, they reflect light in long, vertical lines. However, these stones do not have the mineral makeup you would expect. Tiger’s Eye is a quartz found near iron deposits in South Africa. It is this iron within the quartz that gives Tiger’s Eye it’s unique coloring of yellows, coppers, and browns.

Many mistake Cat’s Eye as quartz. However, it is actually Chrysoberyl, a gem formed from aluminum oxide. This gem comes in golden and green, though it has been known to come in red or blue. It is cut as an oval or sphere.

Both have been worn throughout history as medicinal amulets, Tiger’s Eye being used as a healing tool and given to children as a protective talisman. Likewise, Cat’s Eye has been said to bring wisdom and luck to those who wear it. Both mark important anniversaries, with Tiger’s Eye being appropriate for the ninth year, while Cat’s Eye is often given on the eighteenth.

Both are some of the most affordable gemstones and have a very high value of hardness, making them ideal for everyday use, being used in such jewelry as bracelets and rings. As it is quite resilient, Cat’s Eye jewelry can be found in antique sales.

Now that the differences between these two stones have been laid out, it is time to decide which Eye is right for you. If you have an anniversary or need an elegant, everyday statement piece, these may be the stones for you.

What makes a gemstone valuable?

What makes a gemstone valuable?

Fine colored gemstones have been revered throughout history. Gemstones have been said to have the power to foretell events, strengthen memory, quicken intelligence, ensure purity, avert lightning, prevent intoxication, ensure happiness and are often equated to the fountain of youth. This show the emotional connection that has been provided by colored gemstones for thousands of years.

Colored gemstones are described as all the various gemstones except for diamonds. Only a select few of the vast number of minerals known qualify as gemstones. In order to become a gemstone, the mineral must be rare and beautiful and be durable enough to be worn as jewelry. In the past, the term “precious” was used to describe diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire. The term “semi-precious” referred to all other gemstones. Today, most jewelers and gemologists agree that these terms no longer accurately reflect the true value of these gems. In particular, some species of colored gems, such as alexandrite or demantoid garnet, are so rare that they have been known to command prices exceeding those of emerald, ruby, and even diamonds.

Color is the single most important deciding factor in determining the value of a gemstone, followed by the cut. The cut of a gemstone is designed to bring out the best possible color or colors in the rough uncut material while retaining as much weight as possible. The color in a fine gem is saturated evenly throughout the stone and is a brilliant deep, rich, and pleasing color—not too dark and not too light. A saturated, intense green is regarded by some as the perfect color for a piece of emerald jewelry. Each variety of colored gemstone has a range of highly prized colors that have evolved over the years. Many of these colors are tied to historical sources such as “Burmese” rubies from Burma, “Kashmir” sapphires from India, and “Persian” turquoise. However, this is not a perfect way to find your perfect color. For example, Not all rubies from Burma have the “Burmese” signature color and furthermore, you may find a fine color from a ruby that was mined in Thailand.

Ultimately the wearer decides what color speaks to them, keeping in mind that this may not be that color defined as being the most valuable. Since everyone perceives color differently, it’s ultimately a very personal choice. Today, with the ever-increasing advances in gemstone enhancements and synthetic gemstone production, it is more important than ever to work with a reputable and properly trained jeweler to obtain the best quality jewelry.

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.