Many people are familiar with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) "4-C's", which stand for CUT, COLOR, CLARITY, and CARAT-WEIGHT of diamonds. The most important of these is CUT, which evaluates the quality of the proportioning, facet arrangement, and polish of a diamond. Certain combinations of critical angles in the upper and lower portions of the diamond significantly enhance the brilliance, "fire", and brightness of it. A recent selection of a particular diamond by a client prompted me to write this blog, to draw attention to the fact that diamonds can be highly desirable, astoundingly beautiful, and very affordable in color ranges oftentimes overlooked. Simply stated...a diamond doesn't "check its brilliance at the door" just because it may possess a slightly tinted color! The diamonds in the picture are all Ideal-Cut, and have color range of "K" to "L". These exhibit maximum fire and brilliance, while offering the option of a larger, internally cleaner (higher clarity), and less expensive(!) alternative. You should see them in person! As I pondered the beloved 4-C's grading scale, the term "alphabet soup" wouldn't let me go! We tend to get so wrapped up into notions like "I want only D to G color, VS-1 clarity", or "I want a one-carat" size, while not understanding that many times some "lab" graded a diamond a "G" while a stricter lab (such as GIA or AGS) might have graded it a "J" or "K"! It literally becomes an "alphabet soup bowl" of scrambled up information, letters and numbers. Our desire is to assist you in finding the perfect diamond for you and your beloved. A diamond is so beautiful and meaningful; a keepsake to be cherished...come in and see for yourself. Whether it is "D", "G", "I", "L", or "Z", they all are special! ~Del
WOW!!! The recent Holiday season was highlighted by our supportive and loyal clients responding to the opportunity to make a difference in many lives. The annual "DONATE and SAVE, GIVE and RECEIVE" event was a wonderful success! Over $5,300.00 was raised to help several very deserving charities!!! In addition to that, our clients and their friends purchased jewelry at enormous savings. WE ALL THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS EVENT, AND FOR MAKING IT A HUGE SUCCESS (AGAIN)! It's mid-January now, and we're planning on introducing other creative opportunities for you. Hope to see you soon at ESPECIALLY JEWELRY! Happy New Year! Del, Julie, Robin, Joyce, and Jon
At this particular time of the year, it seems as though we may tend to more carefully ponder the truly important things in life...it's my hope that we realize that the most important "things" aren't things! Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, members of our communities...other people are most important! At this time of year, we take a moment to express to you, our ESPECIALLY JEWELRY FAMILY, our grateful appreciation for your support. You're a blessing to us! Since it's humble beginning, this store was never the "household word" type of store; there was no way to "buy" enough advertising, no way to "dominate" the market area. You know what? The relationships built on real-life interaction have always been far more appealing, enduring, satisfying, and real. It's our prayer that you will pause, reflect, and be grateful for those around you. A simple smile, a gesture of good will goes a long way--especially now. It's our commitment to you to always extend a warm welcome, and to serve you in any way possible. Merry Christmas to you all! --Del
You'll often hear us express our gratitude for the opportunity to serve you...it truly is a pleasure. In recent days, we've been asked to "hand make" a few jewels for special gifts; this privilege is one for which we're especially grateful. A few of them are featured on this blog page. Seeing a piece "come to life" at the bench is something that brings great enjoyment. Many times, a simple sketch on paper launches the process that culminates in the finishing of a wearable piece of art. When the client comes to see it for the first time in real life, we all celebrate! What struck me so vividly when sitting down to write this blog was the thought of the human connection--the personal connection to you, our friends, and to the jewelry itself.
In this high-tech, modern, sophisticated, overly busy era in which we live, there's a truly refreshing personal experience that can be shared, as together we conceive the jewelry design that best expresses your idea of the perfect gift. Each week, we help people with bespoke pieces that cost between twenty dollars and several thousand dollars. Be assured that we are here to provide the best quality, value, and service -- regardless of the budget you've chosen. We encourage you to come in and share your needs and ideas with us! You're always welcome to come in and actually see, feel, and wear the jewelry--with no hype or pressure to buy! We promise to consistently provide the absolute best combination of beauty and value that can be found. Looking forward to seeing you soon! ~Del
Hand-forged Sterling Silver pendant with diamond accent. Hammered and textured.
Hand-made pendant in 14K yellow gold, set with near-colorless and natural brown diamonds. A South Sea cultured pearl dangles below.
14K yellow gold concave disc pendant, hammered and textured, set with near-colorless and natural brown diamonds. (We make many variations on this design!)