Tag Archives: jewelry

Men’s Gifts: Jewelry!?

Jewelry is very much a ladies’ game these days, but it was not always so. Going back through history, from the Indian Maharajahs to King Solomon, a man’s wealth and power was displayed via his personal adornment by jewelry: the more the better; the bigger the better. Even through the turn of the 20th Century,…

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Rubellite Tourmaline

Red tourmaline is something special. Its rich purplish-red with a pink undertone glistens like raspberry sorbet on a candlelit table. The color is deep and passionate; it stirs the emotions. You’ve probably seen red tourmaline listed under the unofficial trade name of “rubellite.” The vast majority of red-hued tourmaline is either pink, or it has…

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John Atencio has Arrived

I recently picked the work of designer John Atencio back up, and his jewelry is now out and on display. John is known not only for his bridal jewelry, but also his sterling silver collections. It’s the latter which I’ve brought into my store. From the whimsical Orbit collection to the elegance of the Verona…

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Annual Opal Show

The time is now. My annual opal show starts tomorrow. Roger, my opal dealer, will be here, and he’ll stay until Saturday afternoon. If you have never been to one of my opal shows, I would be so bold as to suggest that you are missing out. I try to have something for everyone, and…

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Ancients Collection

I keep a modest collection of old coins and seals. I think they’re cool, and I seek out ones that are more unusual because of their provenance or because I appreciate their visual appeal. My Ancients Collection goes hand-in-hand with my Roma Collection and pairs well with designers such as Kurtulan and Steven Battelle. The…

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Roma Collection

Jewelry is not a new trend. People have been adorning themselves with bits of nature they picked up off the ground for thousands and thousands of years. But just because their processes were not as refined as our methods of today doesn’t mean their jewelry wasn’t beautiful. I love the textures and the uniqueness of…

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Sapphire – September Birthstone

Many societies throughout history have elevated the color blue above almost any other. Royalty in the Ancient Near and Middle East wore blue. Hindu deities were often depicted in various shades of blue. Persians believed the Earth rested on a giant sapphire, the reflection of which colored the sky. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt were…

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Dress for Success – Indianapolis

As a small business owner, I’ve experienced – and am still experiencing – my own share of the American Dream. Now almost 30 years into owning and operating Aronstam Fine Jewelers, it isn’t merely money that has driven me this far. I love what I do. I take pride in what I do. The smiles…

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Peridot – August Birthstone

In the public eye, peridot has developed a bad rap as a commercial-grade gemstone you only find in cheap birthstone jewelry. Brownish yellows, watery, desaturated greens, or briny olive greens are what many people picture when they think of peridot. If you feel that way about peridot, I’d like help you perhaps reassess your opinion,…

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Not All Things Are What They Seem

Ruby gets the lion’s share of attention when it comes to red gems. But there is one red gemstone that has made a career out of being mistaken for ruby. The finest specimens can stand up to just about any ruby that’s ever been mined in color and clarity. It’s actually considerably rarer than ruby…

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