Saturday, March 26, 2005

Turquoise Beads and Cabochons

Turquoise literally means Turkish stone. The name developed because this sky-blue gem was brought to Europe via Turkey.

Genuine turquoise cabochons and turquoise beads
set in gold, combined with lapis lazuli, or with sapphires and rubies, or in the shape of large beads on a single strand necklace are perfect complements to spring.

As Judy Gordon, "Today" Style Editor, states in her online column, turquoise and coral are hot cool jewelry accessories for spring, either combined or separately:
Two of the most important fashion colors this season — coral and turquoise — just happen to be as equally essential as jewelry pieces,
emphasizes Gordon.

Vintage Turquoise and Sapphire Brooch: $12,000

Turquoise, Lapis, Ruby 14K Filigree Bangle Bracelet: $450

14mm Turquoise Bead Necklace: $3000.00

Turquoise Brooch in 18K Yellow & White Gold: $350

Vintage Turquoise Clasp on Freshwater Pearl Bracelet: $350

Coral Jewelry For Spring

A recent article by in The Washington Post describes the latest rage: Coral Jewelry or Reef Madness. Journalist Alexandra Peers explains that prices are rising for jewelry featuring this rare organic gem. With a very real concern about the disappearing supply of quality coral, buyers are snapping up jewelry with any and all shades of coral, explained gemologist David Killen. Coral carvings, popular in the 1940s when soldiers brought them home from Europe, are once again desirable.
The article explains that,
... recently, harvesting of coral has been sharply curtailed, giving vintage pieces a particular appeal.
Peers gives this tip for ensuring you buy genuine coral:
How to spot real coral from fake? Real coral has lines underneath that intersect, very much like the grain in ivory. Another "tell": Real coral generally is mounted in silver or gold. Faux isn't.

Vibrant red coral brooches, delicate pink white coral carved earrings, angel skin beads, smooth salmon cabochons are tender organic jewels. Cared for lovingly, coral gems are instant heirlooms.

Genuine Italian coral. Not treated or dyed. As the oceans of the world become increasingly polluted, coral is a disappearing gem. Top quality coral is difficult to find.
Click here to see our entire selection of fine coral jewelry

As always, our prices are a fraction of retail so that your fine jewelry purchase is a luxury piece to bedazzle and very likely, an investment.

Spring Wishes from,

Italian Pink Carved Coral & Diamond Flower Pin/Brooch: $400

Italian Red Carved Coral & 14K Gold Brooch: $225

Italian Red Carved Bird Brooch: $425.00

Italian Red Carved Dolphin Pin: $370.00

Italian Red & Gold Dangle Earrings: $300

Pink Coral & Diamond Pendant: $165

Pink Coral Stud Earrings: $100

Pink Coral & Gold Brooch: $400