March 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
Even if you live in or are from California, you may not have heard about the state’s official gemstone – Benitoite (buh-nee-toh-ahyt), named after San Benito county– the ONLY place in the world where it is found. It is a stone infinitely rarer than diamonds and one of the most sought-after gems.
So you can imagine that D&H owners Lindsay and Shawn were absolutely blown away when this uncommon, exquisite gemstone crossed their paths. “To say we were thrilled doesn’t cover it. We’ve only seen this gemstone a handful of times. When we saw the quality and size of this Benitoite stone we knew we had to have it and we knew how we would set it,” said Lindsay.
This exceptional Benitoite is set in the Heritage solitaire style, part of D&H’s own Legacy necklace collection. This minimalist design ensures the stone remains the highlight of the piece with an open setting on both sides so the gemstone rests directly against the skin. It is a radiant violet blue and the dispersions – the way the light reflects off the stone – are brilliant.
“Benitoite is something that many people don’t have the opportunity to see in their lifetime,” remarked Shawn, “Don’t miss out on the opportunity to come and see it!”
January 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
For most of us, our jewelry is personal and precious whether it is something we purchased or inherited. In order to ensure lifetimes of wear and enjoyment, D&H is here to assist you in protecting and updating your most precious and sentimental items:
· Repair, check-ups, and cleanings
· Vintage and antique jewelry restoration
· Redesign and repurpose of your current pieces
· Appraisals for insurance
Having insurance can help replace a lost or stolen item, but did you know that some insurance companies cover regular maintenance services such as broken/bent prongs, broken earring backs, and clasp replacement? However, you must get your pieces appraised and insured first! Let D&H deliver a first-rate appraisal, and if you’re searching for a reputable insurance group, we recommend the company we use, Jewelers Mutual. But, other homeowners and renters insurance companies provide some jewelry coverage as well.
And, don’t forget D&H’s staff of designers to help you restore or re-imagine pieces in your current collection. Click to schedule your design consultation appointment.
You can view examples of past custom designs here.
November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Back by popular demand, D&H will host its complimentary appraisal event, October 10-11. Bring in your precious, sentimental jewelry and our experts will spend up to 30 minutes to:
· Provide approximate price valuations
· Conduct thorough check ups
· Recommendations for full insurance appraisals
· Clean up those gems
D&H’s design and repair specialists will be on hand for restoration and re-design consultations. Check out last month’s newsletter for one of our latest re-designed creations.
Dates/Times: Friday October 10th 5PM-8PM, Saturday October 11th 11AM-6PM
Drop-in’s and appointments both welcome. Call or email to reserve your preferred day and time:
September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
D&H Designs New Piece With Family Heirloom
I love the challenge of creating a one-of-a-kind ring that reflects the client’s style and taste. Earlier this year, a client and his mother asked me to help create an engagement ring incorporating a vintage diamond from a ring often worn by his grandmother. The stone was magnificent.
As the three of us started talking about his future fiancé. I discovered that she leads a very active life and therefore would need a bezel design, as opposed to one using prongs, to help ensure the stone’s safety. I knew immediately that because of the diamond’s age, and a few small chips on the stone, that the design must include a partial or full bezel to protect it.
And the Luna Ring was born.
We designed a ring with clean, straight lines coming down from the center diamond with a slight taper to the band. It provides a more delicate and feminine look.
We added a small “window” the same shape as the bottom of the stone, which enables people to see a side view of the diamond. And, to give some extra sparkle, we added two accent stones also from his grandmother’s ring. We “flush set” them on the sides to maintain a smooth look.
Lastly, we wanted the ability to stack a wedding or anniversary band flush against the ring.
As you can see, the resulting piece is stunning, so stunning that we immediately added it to our own Legacy line.
Since designing the first Luna Ring, we have recreated it with slight modifications based on client requests. It has proven to be a versatile ring design, lends itself well to many stones, including different shapes and colors.
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July 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
May 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s not often we get weak kneed over gemstones, but every once in a while something truly extraordinary comes along and makes our collective pulses race. In this case it’s very rare colored blue-green tourmaline beads, known in the gem world as indicolite, mined over thirty years ago in Maine. The Mt. Mica mine was founded in 1821, making it the oldest mine in the United States. It produced very little of this color, which means to have two matched strands is even more rare. These two strands were discovered in a safe that had been locked away for over twenty years. They are still strung on the original thread with their original clasps in tact.
These incredible pink tourmalines, also American mined from the Mt. Mica Mine, are another rare find. Most pink tourmaline has dark spots, or inclusions, but this strand is completely clean. These stones are consistently bright pink, beautifully polished and sparkling. They are also remain on the original thread with their original clasps in tact.
We are looking for the right home for these very special finds. If you are swooning like we are, come see them in person because the photos do not do them justice. We will restring them and customize the clasps for you.