Birthstone of the Month – November

Birthstone of the Month – November

BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

Gem Gallerie Reveals the Mystery and Beauty of Topaz

Topaz is so tremendously stunning that a giant colorless Topaz, the Braganza (1640 carats), was set in the Portuguese Crown and was first thought to be a diamond.

Yes, clear Topaz, at first glance, was mistaken for a diamond.

What a testament to the terrific Topaz!

In fact, the resemblance doesn’t end there. Topaz is almost as strong as diamonds which makes Topaz very versatile and durable enough to be set in a multitude of fashionable jewelry.

With Topaz, you receive a vast array of variety. Pink Topaz is splendorous but very rare. Popular are green and blue hues while most common is yellow. Wine-yellow crystals have come from the Schneckenstein (German Topaz-bearing rock) in Saxony for over 250 years. Imperial Topaz (golden-yellow) is relatively scarce.

Feeling special?  Then treat yourself to Champagne Topaz, a rare naturally colored light brown variety of Topaz primarily found in Mexico or Imperial Topaz, the most sought after of all natural Topaz brought to you from Brazil.

Want to get the inside scoop on “Swiss” and “Electric” blue hues of Topaz? Neutron and electron bombardment creates the beauty of these variations of Topaz and after a “cool off” period they are ready to face the world.

Ask our proprietor, Karen Simmons, about Sky Blue and London Blue Topaz which happens to be the most stunning and saturated of the blues…and most valuable too.

Once thought to have mystical curative powers that changed with the phases of the moon Topaz was so glorious to Egyptians that they believed Topaz was colored with the golden glow of the mighty Sun God Ra. Romans also associated Topaz with their Sun God.

Going back over 2000 years, Topaz secures its place in history as one of the foundational gemstones of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem.

Many have marveled at the mystery of Topaz’s pleochroism properties…the appearance of several colors in one and the same stone. Beyond light and dark blue, other hues of Topaz gemstones display lemon-honey, straw-yellow as well as dark red and pink-red. A must see in person.

Topaz is a tremendous gemstone to behold. Topaz comes to you from as far away as Japan, Australia, Scotland and the Ukraine bringing with it brilliance at a very reasonable investment.

Look for Gem Gallerie’s next “Birth Stone of the Month” column where you’ll  discover the alluring nature of December’s birthstone…the Turquoise!

Be sure to visit www.gemgallerie.com now and browse our online jewelry store.

Going to be out and about the Sherwood Park area?

BONUS: Visit the Gem Gallerie, Sherwood Park’s most established jewelry store, and we’ll help ensure the security of your current gemstone with a complimentary inspection.

Why delay another day?

Karen Simmons

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

Author, Perfectly Clear, Buying Diamonds for Pleasure and Profit

Endorsed by Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

P.S. We’ve recently moved to a brand new fun store in the Broadmoor Heritage Plaza!  Come by and pick up a free gift on us!

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

#370, 800 Broadmoor Blvd

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 4Y6

1-780-467-3005

Birthstone of the Month – October

Birthstone of the Month – October

BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

Gem Gallerie Reveals the Mystery and Beauty of Opal

What embodies the richness of an Amethyst, deep green of an Emerald and gentle fire of a Ruby all at once?

Back in the 1300’s it was the most popular gem used for jewelry in Europe.  In 2013, get a glimpse (at the Gem Gallerie) and admire the glamor and everlasting allure of…the Opal!

Throughout the Middle Ages Opal represented hope, innocence, and purity. In addition, the opulent Opal is now widely popular celebrating the 14th wedding anniversary and status as October’s prime birthstone.

Most common is the white Opal, well known for its white or light body color with many colors flashing like a rainbow.

Looking for something a bit different…even trendy?  Ask us about the “chocolate” Opal, formed within layers of volcanic ash.

Fall weather is here. Warm things up with a Fire Opal!  

This unusual Opal, from Mexico, is highly sought after for its intense orange-red color…rare indeed. Good quality Fire Opal can even be transparent and is sure to catch an eye or two. Romance is in the air, especially shortly after sunrise and before sunset…a truly magical moment to wear Fire Opal.

Best of all, you only need a soft cloth to maintain Opal’s opulence. No fuss, just easy care.

As you would figure, the ancients were enamored by Opals. Due to the milky yet flashy color mix of this precious gem, they believed bolts of lightning created Opals from rainbows.

Interestingly enough almost all Black Opal is mined from Australia…specifically from Lightning Ridge. Coincidence? Black Opal is fascinating since it showcases a black, dark blue or green body color with vivid varieties of red, pink and bright green flashing throughout.

Even Louis XIV of France named one of his horse-drawn coaches “Opal.”

Although most opal is rounded, Tourmaline (multitude of colors) can substitute as a more rugged and faceted gem as an October birthstone.

Look for Gem Gallerie’s next “Birth Stone of the Month” column where you’ll  discover the alluring nature of November’s birthstone…the Topaz!

Be sure to visit www.gemgallerie.com now and browse our online jewelry store.

Going to be out and about the Sherwood Park area?

BONUS: Visit the Gem Gallerie, Sherwood Park’s most established jewelry store, and we’ll help ensure the security of your current gemstone with a complimentary inspection.

Why delay another day?

Karen Simmons

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

Author, Perfectly Clear, Buying Diamonds for Pleasure and Profit

Endorsed by Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

P.S. We’ve recently moved to a brand new fun store in the Broadmoor Heritage Plaza!  Come by and pick up a free gift on us!

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

#370, 800 Broadmoor Blvd

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 4Y6

1-780-467-3005

 

Rising Stars – Ari + Sasha

At the top of their game

This power player earned a stellar reputation amongst the affluent crowd and those with an affinity for the best in jewellery.

As a recent keynote speaker for CGA’s annual conference, this industry insider paid his dues as a designer, trade show vendor, and account manager which led to thriving as a gem consultant.

In Switzerland, Hong Kong, Paris, London, Monaco, and beyond, this savvy professional promotes high-end jewellery. Ari “…loves to share his passion for precious gems and incredible Antique Jewelry pieces” declared Geraldine De Poortere (Ralph Lauren). Yes indeed, Ari Goosen is a sought after advisor to top jewellers and collectors around the world.

A Special Key to the Vault

It’s no surprise that Ari’s expertise in fine collectible gems led to launching Ari Goosen Consulting Group (AGCG) and The Vault Luxury Promotions Inc.

AGCG offers industry leading lectures/education, brokerage, and business consulting at the luxury level. Ari’s two decades at specialty vintage jeweller Siegelsons provided a solid spring board for not only AGCG but The Vault, whose “…famed signature event ‘The Vault in the Garden’…” featured one of a kind gems and jewels worth over $100 million. Ever the entrepreneur, Ari made this the “…first and only event of its kind in Canada…” In addition, the event was a “global first” by allowing collectors to purchase their new found treasure directly onsite – fully insured!

Based in Vancouver, Ari’s passion for gems brings out his ever inquisitive and creative character that clients love and respect.

A Rising Star With A Bright Cause

After studying various art genres in Ukraine, it wasn’t until reaching Canada that Sasha ————- found her passion – jewellery design.

For 20 years, Sasha was a goldsmith for renowned jewellers in Vancouver, BC. It took just about two years for Sasha’s Richmond based home based studio to morph into Juvelisto Design (Stevenson Village). This wise move created immediate interest amongst locals and tourists. A growing private clientele was the catalyst behind Juvelisto’s opening its doors. Like a true entrepreneurial spirit, the dedication and perseverance of the talent behind the scenes continues to grow stronger. Sasha’s extraordinary craftsmanship has earned long lasting client relationships.

A Source of Inspirational Passion

Who knows, you might just end up with a new family heirloom like I did!” declares one testimonial on www.juvelisto.com.

Sasha’s custom and handmade creations live up to her jewellery motto – “Be different.” Her unique handcrafting has gained the trust of clients seeking to secure the nostalgia of their family heirloom’s design yet add a bit of modern transformative flair. Nothing but the best springs from Sasha’s one-on-one collaborations with clients.

Sasha takes to heart that every creation has meaning to the client. One design (Mid-century modern) artfully combined a medical device with handpicked material resulting in a very unique and sentimental work of wearable art. This one of a kind inspiration literally grew out of dedication to life itself. Called the Cancer Port Necklace, this special creation features a cancer port as the centerpiece. Working with cancer patients, the client’s custom order came straight from a healer’s heart. Cancer ports deliver treatments directly to the patient’s vein during the chemotherapy cycle. Many patients donate these ports to the hospital after treatment. In honor of this “renewal of life” gesture, the client just had to include the port in a necklace for all to behold.

Juvelisto’s impressive offerings convey Sasha’s respect for the beauty of nature, admiration of art she has witnessed around the world, and love of a craft that is her true passion.