Category Archives: Gemstones

One of my favorite times of the year is coming up, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

One of my favorite times of the year is coming up, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I have the opportunity to see (and… Posted by Aronstam Fine Jewelers on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Introducing Dabakarov

I just picked up a designer line that has actually been around for about thirty years. Over the course of its history, Dabakarov has evolved to keep up with the trending styles of jewelry. While I personally believe that trends are as fickle as the sea, and a truly fine piece of jewelry is timeless…

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How Precious Am I?

What do Imperial jadeite, black opal, demantoid garnet, and alexandrite all have in common? First of all, they are all exceptionally rare gemstones. Second, they can command thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to even millions of dollars per carat. Third, they have all historically fallen under the unfortunate appellation “semi-precious” because they are…

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Pantone Color of the Year

I’m not usually a mainstream kind of guy, but fashion critiques of the Golden Globes and Grammys are everywhere online and in print. With the Academy Awards coming up on March 2nd, they’re not going away any time soon, so I thought I’d offer my two cents. So let’s talk fashion for a bit. Let’s…

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60th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

I’m in Tucson! I come here every year to look for cool gems to add to my collection to design with. And every year, I go with a stack of wish lists from my clients. Some want a specific color, and some want a certain gem. Others want me to find them one of the…

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. In fact, it’s not even two weeks away. February 14th sneaks up on people every year, and I always have someone rushing in the door five minutes before close on the 13th. I know I can’t prevent the last-minute stop. I’ve tried to get guys to be proactive…

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Protecting Your Jewelry in Cold Weather

The cold snap we had the first week of the year got me to thinking. One of my employees had burst pipes in his apartment complex from the extensive and extreme cold. Did you know a similar effect can happen to certain kinds of colored gemstones? Opening your sink cabinets and letting your faucets drip…

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Zircon – December Birthstone

Zircon, another of December’s official birthstones, can be described by a single word: sparkly. Zircon gets noticed. Zircon breaks up white light into its spectral colors – a property called “dispersion” – almost as well as diamond does. Anything that can compete with diamond’s optical properties deserves a shot as the centerpiece for a jewelry…

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10 reasons to come to Aronstam’s Opal Show

Come to our Opal Show October 3rd – 5th and feast your eyes on opals like you have never seen before. Big, bold, on fire, hugely radiant, in rare opalescent colors. October 3rd 10am-8pm, October 4th 10am-6pm & October 5th from 10am-2pm If you have ever wondered why I am in love with opals, these…

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Have you seen my latest little black diamond number?

Black diamonds are smokin’ hot. And they are sensual – even a little edgy and mysterious. I enjoy working with them and pairing them with other metals, as they look amazing next to gold OR silver. And they look very sexy against bare skin. What’s so special about black diamonds? I think it’s how they…

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