Alexandrite Facts!

alexandrite

SELL WITH A STORY: ALEXANDRITE

missing imageBy gemstone standards, alexandrite is a newcomer. What does it matter that it was formed 2 billion years ago? It didn’t exist for us until 1833, when emerald miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains found what looked like an emerald — but not quite. Count Lev Alekseevich Perovski, who managed the Imperial family’s estates (i.e. the mines), was a gemstone connoisseur and sent the “emerald” specimen to the famous Finnish mineralogist, Nils Gustav Nordenskjold (1792-1866).

The Double Take

Nordenskjold quickly realized the Perovski’s specimen was too hard to be emerald. That evening, he looked at it again and was astonished to see it was red like a ruby. After further studying its properties, he named it “diaphanite” which means “two unseen and shown” in reference to the color change. Continue reading

CUSTOM DESIGN

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

YES, we do custom jewelry design!

Thinking about creating something unique? How about remaking something old? The Dazzling Duo specializes in custom design! Take a look at our NEW custom design area! Bring your ideas or let us show you ours and create a one of a kind piece that you have always dreamed of. You may use your own stones or start from scratch!  Capture- custom corner

DIY- Clean your jewelry at home!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

jewelry cleanertoothbrush1: JEWELRY CLEANER- You can find this at any local jewelry store! We have it priced at $3.00 per bottle (it will last FOREVER). Ours comes with its own mini brush, but i always suggest a regular tooth brush since it works a little bit better!

2: TOOTHBRUSH- It will scrub away all the lotion, dirt and everything else that sits in your jewelry!

Let your piece soak in the solution as desired.  Ten minutes should do the trick! After it soaks take it out and brush it very gently with the toothbrush. Brush the stones and even the metal for the most shine and sparkle!

After it has been brushed, place it back into the solution to make sure that all of the leftover dirt has been removed! Let it soak for another five minutes to ensure that everything is out of the ring! Remove the ring and wipe it off with a soft cloth! Your ring should be extra sparkly.

DONT’S:

do not use toothpaste!

do not replace this method with getting your jewelry checked and cleaned professionally.

do not soak sterling silver- it will tarnish.

DO:

use this as a secondary cleaning method, with also getting your jewelry checked and cleaned at least twice a year by professionals.

use on gold, platinum and lightly brush silver.

Get Schooled

GemstonesWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LESSER-KNOWN GEMSTONES

TANZANITE

missing imageFound in Tanzania just thirty short years ago, this stone is one of the newest additions to the birthstone calendar. It has been said that this gem was discovered when a strike of lighting caught a field on fire. As the fire died down cattle herders noticed that the zoiscite crystals that were once brown now had a deep blue/purple tone.

Continue reading

Yellow Gold is Making a Comeback

2cb9d6d1-4d65-496d-b958-a44500dbb9a0af869b85-9b04-4268-a32a-a4bf00fe8f43bbdd1fe4-d35e-4127-aec8-a4c100b158d43e4941d0-d77e-4f3e-9ffd-a4270098df75-1Yellow gold started making a re-appearance in high fashion the last five years, but it’s starting to make its way into the mainstream and is really giving white gold a run for its money. We’re not seeing a return of the 1990s big, loud “bling-y” way; this style is more of a classic and romantic look from the 1930s Art Deco style – lots of linear lines and shapes that give a bigger look without taking a bite out of your wallet.

Continue reading

Wedding Wednesday!

GETTING ENGAGED?

tom wagnerEvery so often when I sell an engagement ring men (and women) always seem to need a little bit of help when it comes to asking the bride/groom-to-be to put a ring on it. Some men like creativity, classic, humorous, or even something so unique and out of the ordinary. Every couple is different, and in saying that I decided to create a series here on my blog.

Every Wednesday I will be posting one proposal idea for everyone to read, comment and enjoy. Hopefully in doing this mini series here, I will be able to help the people who need a little extra help with proposing….without them having to pay big bucks to sit and chat with someone about it on the phone (some charge by the hour!!!). Of course I will take suggestions and also would love comments on what you would like to see next week!!

Continue reading