Sunday, December 15, 2013

Zircon





Zircon, one of the Birthstones for December, is the oldest known mineral on the planet, dating back 4.4 Billion years. While the most popular color of Zircon is currently a turquoise-blue, Zircon can be found in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and white. Because of its brilliance and fire, the colorless variety of Zircon has been commonly mistaken for diamonds throughout history. Because of the similarity in name and appearance, there is also often confusion between natural Zircon and synthetic Cubic Zirconia. Zircon exhibits double-refraction on the facets of a cut stone, and rainbow-colored fire is often visible. Zircon is mainly found in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, SriLanka, and Myanmar. Throughout the Middle Ages, Zircon was believed to promote riches, honor, wisdom, sound sleep, and to drive away evil spirits.



The Gem Collection will have some beautiful Zircon on display for our upcoming Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show on October 11-12. Don't miss this chance to view this amazing gemstone with your own eyes.

The following videos from GIA display some beautiful Zircon gemstones.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ricky Frank Jewelry Designer


Ricky Frank Jewelry

Ricky Frank is a fine jewelry designer known for his intricate and beautiful enamel jewelry. Each piece of Ricky Frank jewelry is a unique, hand-crafted masterpiece that glows and comes alive as every angle of light draws out waves of vibrant colors. His pieces often contain stories inspired by the challenges and triumphs of life. These miniature mosaics of dancing light and vibrant color dazzle the eyes and inspire the imagination.
Ricky Frank Jewelry
After thirty five years of experience, Ricky Frank has mastered a unique enamel technique that allows him to create these brilliant pieces of art. He uses a very difficult process that requires a great deal of time, patience, and care. He layers intricate designs onto the metal and works them into intricate patterns on its surface. He then paints brilliantly colored enamel powders to create the glowing portraits on each piece. He melts layers of glass onto the surface and fires it between ten and fifteen times until the enamel achieves the perfect finish. The enamel is then smoothed and polished until it shines like a gemstone. Many Ricky Frank pieces are adorned with exquisite jewels to accent the priceless work of art in the enamel. 


Ricky Frank started working with enamels on pennies when he was a child as a very short-lived hobby, but he instead pursued a graduate degree in sport psychology, peak performance, and creativity. He worked as a soccer coach for some time, but later returned to his passion for creating beautiful artwork and started his business in enamel jewelry design. He now applies his passion for human development and psychology to create intricate wearable works of art that symbolize and inspire the emotions of the human spirit.
To view more Ricky Frank Jewelry online, please visit our Ricky Frank Jewelry gallery.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tanzanite

Tallahassee Tanzanite Jewelry


Tanzanite, one of the Birthstones of December, is a beautiful and unique gemstone that can appear to change color from light blue to deep purple depending on the angle of lighting. This ability to change colors based on the angle of light is called pleochroism.
Tallahassee Tanzanite Jewelry


Tanzanite gets its name from Tanzania, the East African country where it was discovered in the 1960’s. Tanzania is the only known place in the entire world where Tanzanite can be found. Tanzanite is extremely rare because the supply is often limited by civil unrest and extreme weather conditions that hinder commercial mining in Tanzania. Tanzanite comes from crystals composed of the mineral, Zoisite. While Tanzanite is a relative newcomer to the gem industry, it has risen in popularity to rival some of the more well-known gemstones. Tanzanite is now considered one of the birthstones for the month of December and the gem for a 24th anniversary.



The Gem Collection will have some beautiful Tanzanite on display for our upcoming Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show on October 11-12. Don't miss this chance to view this amazing gemstone with your own eyes.

This video from GIA shows some of the color changes visible in Tanzanite as it catches different angles of light.