Fine Jewelry Collection
"Elias" Blue Green Dragon Vein, Black Matte Onyx Agate, Black Lava Stone and Rose Gold Plated Spacer
"Sofia" Frosted Blue River Amzonite, White Tridacna, Painted Ceramic and Rose Gold Plated Spacer
This is a beautiful wax seal stamp! It's intricately cut and the wax seal turns out just as pictured. I have a number of stamps and this one is a favorite. The shop owner answers any questions quickly and the shipping was in a reasonable time frame. Your purchase of his items raises funds for people in need. Would buy from this shop again!
Seller is super accommodating. Helped me figure out what I needed. Fast response to messages and fast shipping. I love it. Can’t wait to get these gifts to my sons teachers! Would definitely buy again from his shop!
This kit was Awesome! I will be using them for my wedding invites, and already get compliments on the box, the wax sticks and the Stamp its self. Lovely! Cant wait to send out my invitations and hear what people think!
I could not be happier with my item. We worked together to lay out a letter, and he pulled it together better than I could have imagined. It looks authentically 'old' and is just what we wanted. Overall response time and turn around time are also excellent. Thank you so much!
Wow, My custom letter is beautiful! It looks like it was printed in a computer it is so perfect but you can tell by the detail that it’s hand lettered. He did the job quickly and beautifully and accurately and I cannot express how happy I am with it. If you want a poem or story hand lettered that is suitable for framing or gift giving, look no further.
2019 Thailand Trip
Social Impact Initiative
Our Why - Youth Development through Service & Social Entrepreneurship. We are a team of humanitarians fundraising for local & international projects. A portion of every sale goes toward our projects in 8 different countires where we invest in the development of youth in inpoverish communities. (Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nepal and Peru.)
JANUARY: GARNET BIRTHSTONE
Colors: Black, Dark Blue, Dark Red.
Stones: Garnet, Emerald, Rose Quartz.
The name “garnet” originates from the medieval Latin; granatus, meaning “pomegranate,” in reference to the similarity of the red color. Garnets have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. Necklaces studded with red garnets adorned the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Signet rings in ancient Rome featured garnet intaglios that were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents. The clergy and nobility of the Middle Ages had a preference for red garnets.
Garnet is actually a group of several minerals. Five of these – pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular and andradite – are important as gems. Pyrope and almandine range from purple to red. Spessartine is found in exciting oranges and yellows, while andradite is mostly yellow to green (the gem variety demantoid). Grossular may have the widest range, from colorless through yellow to reddish orange and orangy red, as well as a strong vibrant green called tsavorite.
Colors: Light Blue, Yellow, Purple.
Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Onyx, Moonstone.
The nameamethyst derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness,” a benefit long ascribed to the purple birthstone. Because of its wine-like color, early Greek mythology associated the gem with Bacchus, the god of wine. Amethyst was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted in battle and business affairs. Renaissance Europeans thought it calmed lovers overrun by passion.
Colors" White, Light Blue.
Stones: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal.
Aquamarine’s parents are magma and rain water. When the duo mix together, aquamarine is born. The mineral iron is the Godparent that affects the shade of blue that the gemstone acquires. Heat treated aquamarines become permanently blue as heat removes the unattractive hues leaving behind the gorgeous sea water color.
Romans and Greeks thought that aquamarine was a gemstone favored by their respective Gods of the sea, Neptune and Poseidon. When encountered with any peril at sea, sailors would simply toss their aquamarine amulets into the sea to appease the Gods and ask for safe passage. In the medieval times, aquamarines were referred to as ‘magic mirrors’ capable of predicting the future.
Colors: Yellow, Red and Clear.
Stones: Diamond, Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire.
According to the legend God of Mines ask his courtiers to bring all known gemstones like Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds and found that they are in all colors with different hardness. He crushed one gem of each and combined them together to form the Diamond – gemstone that is pure and colorless and yet shines in all colors when the light strikes it.
It is believed that Diamonds thanks to its hardness bring strength and invincibility, courage and fortitude. Through the history, it was refereed to those gems as “Stones of Invincibility”. IT provided protection, wealth and abundance to wearers life.
Because of its rarity, people used it as a symbol for innocence and purity, fidelity, love and faithfulness. This stone encourages trust as well. Considering all those positive traits of this stone, it is obvious why it was selected as engagement ring gemstone, wedding ring and symbol for love.
Fact 2: Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that Diamonds are tears of their Gods. The name derives from Greek word “adamas” that means indestructible or invincible.
Colors: Yellow, Red, Green.
Stones: Emerald, Sapphire, Agate, Chrysoprase, Beryl.
The oldest emeralds are about 2.97 billion years old.The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt around 1500 BC.One of Cleopatra's favorite stones was emerald, and her passion for the stone was well documented.Emeralds were discovered in South America in the 16th century by the Spanish. They were used by the Incas well before this discovery.The Spanish traded emeralds across Europe and Asia for precious metals, which opened up the emerald trade to the rest of the world. Emeralds were first discovered in North America in the Yukon Territory in 1997, though large emerald deposits in the United States and further north are very rare. Synthetic sapphire and ruby were created in 1907, but synthetic emeralds were not created until 1935 when American chemist Carroll Chatham successfully grew his first 1-carat Chatham emerald. This stone is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute.
Colors: Light Blue, White and Cream.
Stones: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite, Agate, Opal.
French mineralist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld discovered alexandrite in the Ural mountains of Russia in 1834. However, some accounts suggest the stone was found as early as the late 1700s.When Nordenskiöld first found alexandrite in Russia, he thought the stone was an emerald.The gem was named after Russian Czar, Alexander II, who was assassinated in 1881.Even though this gemstone doesn't have a very long history, it has been strongly associated with good fortune and is said to enhance creativity and focus.The mines in the Ural region of Russia no longer produce large amounts of gem-quality alexandrite.Alexandrite is now mined in parts of Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka although the gem is still extremely rare and valuable.
Colors: Green, Russet, Red.
Stones: Ruby, Carnelian.
The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens which means red. Rubies are found in shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red. The red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium. Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 15th or 40th anniversaries. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds.
Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia and the USA. The majority of rubies for sale at Israel-Diamonds originate in Myanmar, Thailand and other locations in Asia.
Colors: Orange, Red, Light Green.
Stones: Sardonyx, Peridot, Diamond, Jade, Sapphire.
Peridot is a French word that is derived from the Arabic word "faridat" meaning gem. The use of peridot in jewelry and other applications dates as far back as the ancient Egyptians from around 1500 B.C., making it one of the oldest gemstones. Egyptians referred to these green jewels as "gems of the sun." Back then the stones were mined on the Egyptian island Topazios which is now known as Zeberget. The stones were only mined at nighttime because it was believed they were not easily seen in daylight. Mining at night was also likely a result of the island being infested with snakes.
Throughout history, peridot jewels have been confused with emeralds. It was thought for a long time that the very large peridot jewels weighing more than 200 carats each adorning the Shrine of the Three Kings at the Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. Likewise, many people now believe that Cleopatra's famous "emerald" jewels were in fact peridot. Peridot has also been mistakenly referred to throughout history as topaz. It is believed that Napoleon gave Josephine a peridot jewel as a symbol of his love for her.
According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with sardonyx since 1912.
Colors: Brown, Deep Blue.
Stones: Sapphire, Agate, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, Chrsolite.
Sapphires have been treasured as some of the most precious gemstones for thousands of years. Popular in ancient Roman, ancient Persia, and throughout the Middle Ages. Sapphires get their colors from trace elements in the mineral corundum. Classic blue sapphires contain iron and titanium, and trace elements of chromium can turn corundum pink, while more chromium turns it into a ruby.
The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower. Traditionally from Sri Lanka, these gemstones are sifted from Sri Lankan rivers.
The word sapphire is derived from the Latin and Greek words for “blue”: sapphirus and sappheiros, which may have originally referred to another type of blue stone called Lapis Lazuli.
Colors: Orange, Red, Light Green
Stones: Sardonyx, Peridot, Diamon, Jade, Sapphire.
Metaphysically opal symbolises purity and hope. It has been regarded as a protective stone, as it keeps the wearer from harm. Opal is a great gift for your loved ones born this month. The beautiful opal is formed from rain, many believe it is formed when water from rain seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal. Opal has been found on Mars! It is one of only a handful of gemstones that have ever been discovered outside of our planet (the other gemstone being Peridot that’s found from outer space).
Opallios is the Greek word for Opals meaning To see a change of colour. The Roman word for Opal is Opalus meaning precious stone. The ancient Greeks believed that opals were formed from the tears of joy wept by Zeus when he defeated the titans, and that the opal bestowed prophetic powers.
The ancient Romans considered it a symbol of hope and good fortune. A roman scholar in 75AD summed up our beautiful opal saying: “Some opal carry such a play within them that they equal the deepest and richest colors of painters. Others…simulate the flaming fire of burning sulphur and even the bright blaze of burning oil.” He marveled that this kaleidoscopic gem encompassed the red of ruby, the green of emerald, the yellow of topaz, the blue of sapphire, and the purple of amethyst.” This is why Opal is commonly called the Queen of Gemstones.
Colors: Dark Blue, Red, Yellow.
Stones: Citrine, Yellow Topaz, Pearl, Topaz, Diamond.
Legend has it that the term ‘Topaz’ comes from a small island in the Red Sea called Topazos. Golden stones found here by the Romans were named Topazos. However, they were not Topaz; they were Peridot gemstones. At present, the same island is called Zabargad which now means Peridot in Arabic.
Red-colored Topaz is highly valuable due to its rarity. Known as Imperial Topaz, this gemstone has most of the red coloring at the top and bottom of the gemstone.And the middle part of the gemstone has an orange color with pink undertones. Less than 1% of all Topaz gems exhibit this color.Imperial Topaz, named after the Russian Czars of the 18th and 19th centuries, was widely used in the Imperial Jewels of Russia.With a rank of 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, the Topaz gem is a durable and hard gemstone that makes the perfect choice for everyday jewelry. But, it does require proper care to avoid chipping and cracking.In ancient times, Greeks believed that this gemstone could increase the strength of the wearer and provide much-needed help during hardships.Ancient Greeks also used the stone to make the wearer invisible. And as per the Egyptians, wearing this gemstone as an amulet could help in protecting them from injury. Whereas, Romans used the stone to improve the eyesight. Many people think of Topaz as a light brown gemstone that is inexpensive and found in abundance. But, that’s not really the case. Topaz gemstones also come in high-quality varieties that demand great prices in the gem market.The gemstone is associated with faithfulness, friendship, devotion and commitment, which makes it a perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary.
DECEMBER: BLUE TOPAZ
Colors: Indigo, Green, Greenish Blue.
Stones: Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Ruby.
Topaz is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals (Mohs hardness of 8) and is the hardest of any silicate mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency and variety of colors means that it has acquired wide use in jewellery as a cut gemstone as well as for intaglios and other gemstone carvings.
Topaz grows as a crystal mineral in various granite rocks, and in lava flows.
Topaz in its natural state is a golden brown to yellow. A variety of impurities and treatments may make topaz wine red, pale gray, reddish-orange, pale green, or pink (rare), and opaque to translucent/transparent.
The name “topaz” is derived from the Greek topazos, “to seek,” which was the name of an island in the Red Sea that was difficult to find and from which a yellow stone (now believed to be chrysolite: yellowish olivine) was mined in ancient times.