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Montana Sapphires

Kirsten Atmekjian - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Montana sapphire geological formationIs it peacock blue? Is it teal blue? It's Montana Sapphire Blue!

Montana is North America's top producer of gem-quality sapphires. In southwestern Montana there is a mountain range known as the "Sapphire Mountains". In addition, the sapphire is one of Montana's state gemstones (a designation it shares with agate).

What's special about Montana sapphires is their colours. Some of the most unusual and beautiful colours of sapphires come from Montana. When you're looking for a unique gemstone, you can't go wrong with a Montana sapphire.

Always a popular gemstone in engagement rings, sapphires are a naturally durable stone, easily lasting a lifetime of wear and tear. While diamonds may be tops on the hardness scale, sapphires and rubies (same mineral, different colours) are just behind them. Of course, you also get the benefit of the sapphire's unique and beautiful colour.

An often overlooked element of gemstones is how and where they were mined. Gemstones are valuable and human greed has led to mining practices harmful to people and the environment. Montana sapphires are considered an ethically superior choice since their supply chain is easy to trace and are guaranteed conflict-free.

High quality sapphires are rarer than similar quality diamonds, so will increase in value over time more than diamonds. But the real reason to consider purchasing a Montana Sapphire for a engagement ring (or any other piece of jewellery), is to enjoy the pure beauty of the stone. Come in and check this one out today!

Montana Sapphire Ring Close Up

Adding Joy to Your New Year

Kirsten Atmekjian - Monday, January 22, 2018
Custom rings on mossy rocks

It's a new year. Welcome to 2018! Have you made any resolutions? If so, I wish you well in keeping them :)

Resolutions are tough to stick with. Researchers have shown that only 8% of resolutions are followed through for an entire year. More surprising is that 25% of new year's resolutions are broken within the first week of the year. Surprised? Personally, I thought it would be much higher.

I don't make New Years resolutions. They seem to be a setup for failure. Instead, I try to focus on decluttering at home.  Decluttering and organizing is trendy again (or did it ever go away?), largely thanks to a best-selling book by Marie Kondo- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing). Marie has an interesting approach - the KonMari Method - to help you decide what to keep: hold an item and ask yourself "Does This Spark Joy?" If it doesn't, discard it. Note that discarding an item doesn't mean putting it in the trash. You can send the vast majority of things you discard to organizations such as Goodwill or Value Village. Most of the time, your discarded items can be lovingly repurposed in someone else's home.  

This got me thinking about how many clients bring in their old jewellery or diamonds to be repurposed in a new custom-designed piece.  We have had the honour of serving thousands of people in this way. It is a beautiful thing to see the looks of joy and happiness on our customers' faces when they see how their old and once-loved jewellery is transformed into something new and joyful.

The value of jewellery given to us by our family and friends is enhanced by our emotional connections. This is also true for the pieces we purchase for ourselves to mark our own milestones and special occasions. Over time, styles and tastes change, but the sentiment we attach to our jewellery doesn't. Taking some of your most precious possessions and creating a new, custom, one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery is a wonderful way to live in the now and enhance the joy you have in life.

Above are a few examples of custom rings that Ken has made recently for customers. It's amazing how he can infuse old gold and diamonds with new vitality. If you'd like to declutter your jewellery box, please come in for a custom consultation. We'd love to have the pleasure of serving you and helping you bring more joy into your life.

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