Tag Archives: gem stone

What defines Aronstam custom jewelry designs?

Designer jewelry is often easy to spot by its trademark “look” or “signature design.” I’m happy to say that hasn’t happened to me. I don’t want to get placed in a certain design category. I like to explore and have fun when I create a custom piece of jewelry. When I am looking at a…

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Marc Aronstam on gem stone color

Color is by far the most highly touted virtue of gem stones. When you see a beautiful cornflower blue sapphire, or a gorgeous Granny Smith apple green peridot, what attracts you most are the deep colors of the stones. When jewelers determine the quality of a gem stone based on its color, they talk about…

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See something you love at Aronstam Fine Jewelers? Wish list it!

Sometimes you see the jewelry of your dreams on a hot Tuesday afternoon in July – with no anniversary in sight, and you’re not quite ready to scoop it up for yourself. I think that’s what our wish list is for. And we have a sweet one at Aronstam Fine Jewelers. Our wish list does…

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Marc Aronstam on custom engagement & wedding rings

One of my favorite custom design scenarios is to design engagement and wedding rings. That’s because I feel strongly that these rings are much more than a promise to love and cherish for a lifetime. I believe custom engagement rings and wedding bands offer a look inside the soul, the story and the partnership of…

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Ethical gemstone buying at Aronstam Fine Jewelers

There is significant buzz and a fair amount of contention right now in the jewelry industry about the term ‘fair trade’ as it pertains to gem stone purchase. Does fair trade actually mean something or is it simply a tag for marketing? As an American jeweler for over four decades now, I have watched interest…

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Marc Aronstam on: gemstone hardness versus toughness

The more you know about gemstones, the better you understand and appreciate the gem stones in your personal jewelry collection. That’s why I’d like to blog about two properties of gem stones you often hear about: hardness and toughness. Although they sound similar, hardness and toughness of a gem are two separate, unrelated physical characteristics…

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Best of the 2013 Tucson Gem & Mineral show, now appearing at Aronstam Jewelers

I’m back with all kinds of gorgeous gem and mineral “SWAG” from the Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. For those who know me or have ever been to my showroom, you know I’m a gem stone aficionado. But to be perfectly frank, I’d have to say I’m even more of a nature and fossil…

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My favorite gem show is just ahead: Tucson

I can’t begin to express how much I enjoy the Annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. The show, which in one form or another from the end of January through most of February and is the largest such show in the US. Personally, I think it’s the best in the world. This year’s show, the…

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