The Talk Vault

Archive for the ‘Learn About Jewelry’ Category

April 2014 News & Views

Take a look at our April Newsletter. For a PDF file, click here and allow time to download.

2014starnesapr460

The Gem Hunter

Special Event

10/10/13 thru 10/12/13
Oct. 10th- 9AM-6:30PM, 11th – 9AM-5:30PM, 12th-9AM-2PM

gemhunterbookGary Bowersox

Bowersox, author of The Gem Hunter, True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan, has traveled to Afghanistan for over 32 years to discover precious gems and to explore the Afghani culture and customs. He was described as a “modern-day Indiana Jones” by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning, America. He will be presenting a Gem Show with precious jewels that are native to Afghanistan and all around the world.

Go to starnesjewelers.com to print a coupon for a FREE One-carat gem! Choose from one of our show specials: Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Garnet, Lapis, Smoky Quartz, or White Topaz.

Gem Talk

columnlogoWhat’s Old is New

If the fashion runways are any indication, vintage jewelry (particularly Victorian-era style) is making a big splash. For those fortunate enough to already have antique pieces in their collections, this is very good news. They can choose to either wear their old jewelry as is or have it refurbished. Others may want to purchase estate jewelry or transfer gemstones from unused pieces into quality reproductions. This is a particularly good option for those with sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and other colored gemstones who want a quality antique setting befitting the value of their fine gemstones. Art Deco, one of the most popular and enduring of jewelry styles, has given birth to flamboyant and playful motifs that are truly worth exploring.

Come in to STARNES MASTER JEWELERS and shop for one of a kind vintage jewelry at 127 West Main St. Our professional and knowledgeable staff is anxious to work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible. With so many jewelry styles to choose from, you’ll want one of each. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.

P.S. White diamonds set in contrast with black onyx is one of the most defining statements of the Art Deco period.

The Honey-Colored Gemstone

Aside from the fact that they are both regarded as birthstones for the month of November, citrine and topaz have much in common. Citrine has been alternately referred to as “gold topaz,” “Madeira,” or “Spanish topaz,” but it is actually a member of the quartz family. While its name is derived from the yellow color of lemon, citrine is actually a warmer honeyed color that evokes the feeling of the enduring glow of an autumn evening. Whereas other yellow gemstones may have tinges of green, citrine’s color can range from lemon yellow to a honeyed reddish brown. Apart from displaying colors that are very much in fashion, citrine is a durable gemstone that can withstand the knocks of everyday wear.

The fiery, yellow-orange of citrine gives jewelry a striking charm. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St., where our professional staff will work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible. Contact our store at 704-982-1013. Our staff endeavors to make your visits with us enjoyable and relaxing.

P.S. Citrine has been called the “stone of the mind,” with an ability to increase psychic powers.

The Diamond For Romantics

If you are constantly drawn to estate sale jewelry, you should know that a modern diamond with a certain cut can fulfill your romantic vision. The “cushion” cut is an antique cut that essentially combines the Old Mine Cut (popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) with a modern oval cut. Sometimes referred to as the “pillow” cut, it has the sensual shape of its namesake, with rounded corners and puffed sides. While this cut may not be as brilliant as a round brilliant, it may exhibit more fire and has a classic look that stands out in a crowd. The relatively large open facets on cushion-cut diamonds invite the selection of diamonds of high clarity and color.

Tremendously popular over a century ago, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are becoming chic again in modern rings. Attention is often directed towards the cushion cut’s sensual shape and subtle sparkle.  If you are planning to buy a diamond then STARNES MASTER JEWELERS understands its importance and our staff will make your diamond buying a more easy and enjoyable experience. Browse our diamond jewelry selection located at 127 West Main St. or contact our store at 704-982-1013. Symbolize your lasting love and indulge her in dazzling diamonds at fantastic prices!

 

P.S. The cushion cut, the most popular choice for diamonds up until the early 20th century, was the round brilliant of its day and is currently enjoying an upsurge in interest.

Timely Fashion Statements

By some estimates, 92% of Americans own cellphones. Perhaps not so coincidentally, only 42 million Americans purchased wristwatches for themselves in 2011, which is a decrease from the 55 million watches purchased in 2004. It seems that cellphones have somewhat replaced watches as time-telling devices. However, this hardly means that wristwatches are totally out of favor. In fact, watches are again becoming increasingly popular as manufacturers have recently switched from utilitarian watches to watches that make fashion statements. The most popular of these are nostalgia-inducing timepieces that remind people of the watches they used to wear in childhood. From there, interest turns toward vintage and classic timepieces. These new styles are worn to make personal statements, whatever the time.

Your wristwatch says a lot about you. This is one item of jewelry that you will see on men and women, young and old, and you will observe that each person expresses his or her true style with these timepieces. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.  This is the place to mark the meaningful moments of your life!

P.S. Some of the most popular styles among today’s fashion wristwatches are sporty watches with citrus-colored dials and bands.

Common Sense

Quartz may be the most common mineral on earth, comprising roughly 12 percent of the earth’s crust, but that doesn’t mean that “rutilated” quartz jewelry does not provide one of the smartest looks in women’s jewelry. These clear stones with reddish-khaki (rutile comes from the Latin word “rutilus,” meaning “red”) flecks of color stand out beautifully against bright white, all black, bold prints, or sherbert pastels. The striking stones with needle-like inclusions have been around for centuries with names ranging from “Cupid’s darts” to “Venus hair stone,” serving as the inspiration for jewelry that has always drawn keen interest. Today’s rutilated quartz pieces include bold bangles, lovely earrings, cocktail rings, and necklaces. Who knew that quartz could be so gorgeous?

The breathtaking beauty of golden Rutile appears frozen in quartz, making it an inviting gemstone whose warmth inspires creativity. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.

P.S. Rutiles are needle-like mineral deposits embedded in gemstones. Those found in quartz are typically composed of titanium dioxide, which ranges in color from light to dark reddish-brown.

Simply Beautiful

When a certain young, billionaire, Internet social-network mogul decided to give his fiancée a beautifully tasteful ruby engagement ring, many mistook its simplicity for frugality. After all, as the media wags surmised, wouldn’t a diamond be more appropriately expensive? The short answer is no. The fact is that high-quality rubies can be far more rare and valuable than most diamonds. As far as the 2.75- to 3-carat ruby in question, if it’s of high-quality Burmese pedigree, it could easily be worth up to $100,000. Furthermore, the medical-school-graduate recipient of the ruby in question is of Asian descent. Her culture places high emotional value on rubies for their unparalleled red color. Rubies also symbolize wisdom. We agree with the wise choice!

The intense reds of a ruby ring burn with an undying passion making it a beautiful and lavish gift that will never be forgotten. STARNES MASTER JEWELERS is located at 127 West Main St. where our professional staff will work with you to make sure you have the best buying experience possible. Contact our store at 704-982-1013. We will make your visits enjoyable and relaxing.

P.S. The ideal color for a ruby is an intense, rich crimson without being too light or too dark.

The Radiant Look

By combining the sophisticated shape of an emerald-cut diamond with the brilliance of a round-cut diamond, a radiant-cut diamond provides the best characteristics of both. The traditional step-cut design of an emerald-cut diamond may appear lackluster to some, but a radiant-cut diamond puts its 70 facets to use to create great sparkle. Whereas the emerald cut displays long, trim lines, the radiant cut exhibits faceted fire, with its “kaleidoscopic” effect producing more “points of light” reflected within the diamond. Radiant-cut diamonds are also less likely to show internal flaws, although the “Four C’s” of diamond buying (Carat, Cut, Color, and Clarity) still apply. Radiant-cut diamonds are currently very popular choices for engagement rings, either as solitaires or with accent stones.

Radiant cut diamond rings are a brilliant selection for those who want a chic combination of the brilliant and emerald cuts. Browse our diamond jewelry selection located at 127 West Main St. or contact STARNES MASTER JEWELERS at 704-982-1013. Symbolize your lasting love and indulge her in dazzling jewelry at fantastic prices!

P.S. The radiant-cut diamond is either a square or rectangular gemstone with cut corners.

Playing With Fire

Opal, the modern birthstone for October, owes its variable interplay of internal colors to its unique composition of silica (a form of quartz) and water (6%-10%). As light passes through the spheres of silica, it “refracts,” resulting in the remarkable play of rainbow colors for which the opal is renown. Opals with a black or dark gray background provide the most brilliant displays of colors. Black opal with red, orange, and violet flashes tends to be the most desirable. White or milky opals show more diffuse colors. About 95% of the world’s precious opal comes from Australia. Perhaps the most famous of the Australian Opal Fields is Lightning Ridge, where the desirable black opal is mainly found.

Delight in the beauty of STARNES MASTER JEWELER’S jewelry collection and give the gift of birthstones.  This is the place to mark the meaningful moments of your life! Our store is located at 127 West Main St. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.  You can put your mind at ease when you buy from Starnes.

P.S. Opal is a relatively delicate gemstone that should never be cleaned in a sonic cleaner.