AZGem Gems
February 2012


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The World's Most Useful
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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Silver and Colored Gemstone Jewelry  


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Silver and colored gemstone jewelry has hit the big time… again. As with the weather, this jewelry combination will get hot – and then cool down. A look back at both the recent and ancient history of jewelry shows us that this shiny metal never goes out of style.

Silver and colored gemstone jewelry is versatile, durable, and beautiful. Those are good attributes for any genre of personal accessories, but especially so for jewelry.

Manufacturers have switched much of their production to silver. Consumer demand, fueled by affordability, is a primary reason.


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silver and colored gemstone jewelry


Designers often produce their jewelry pieces in silver. Today’s studio artists produce many beautifully styled and wrought pieces working in silver.

Native American jewelry artisans In Arizona and neighboring states produce beautiful, fashionable, quality jewelry… in both modern and classic designs.

I have referenced silver jewelry in these newsletters numerous times. The frequency of these references has increased, seemingly with the steady and tremendous increase in gold prices.

Some of those newsletters include:

October 2011 - Jewelry Fashion Trends For 2012

September 2011 - Jewelry Making With Affordable Metal Alloys

February 2011 - Southwestern Jewelry Is Coming

July 2010 - American Jewelry History

April 2009 - Lapis Lazuli Makes Great Jewelry

September 2008 - Silver Jewelry With Gemstones

February 2008 - Jewelry Metals

October 2005 - Jewelry Precious Metal - Silver

December 1999 - Chlorine Attack!

For your convenience I will repeat some of the most pertinent information in this article.

Gemstones add beautiful color to sterling jewelry. Blue, purple, red, green, yellow, and other colors of gems compliment silver very well.



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 silver and colored gemstone pendant


Silver and colored gemstone jewelry care is not difficult. As with other jewelry metals, avoid:

Immersing your sterling pieces in household cleaning chemicals

Wearing your jewelry in swimming pools and other chlorine environments

Jewelry pieces rubbing together… see Create A Jewelry Storage Drawer

But you should clean your jewelry pieces more than occasionally. A good quality silver cleaning solution, made for dipping jewelry into works fine for smaller pieces.

Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful high-quality silver jewelry.

Silver and colored gemstone jewelry is today’s affordable fine jewelry.


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Photo Information

Top - Amethyst oval in Sterling ring

Next - Artisan designer piece in Sterling

Next - Sterling silver cross with colored gemstones

Next - Sterling silver bracelet with colored gemstones

Next - Sterling silver starburst pendant showing colored gemstone compatibility - vendor's photo

Lower -Gem Special Offer - Amethyst Cushion with excellent color

Next - World's largest emerald?

Next - Dealer Product Image - Chrome Diopside and White Topaz Ring in Sterling

Last - Dealer Program Image - Pink Spinel and Sterling Earrings


Site Build It!


A Google search using keywords such as sterling silver jewelry or gemstone silver jewelry can return some very interesting information and websites.




Gem Offer


amethyst cushion shape gem


Here is this month's special gem deal. I have a good selection of AMETHYST gems in inventory. A variety of colors, shapes, and sizes are available... but only this one with the specifications listed below.

Gem:     Amethyst

Color:     Excellent amethyst purple

Shape:   Cushion

Size:       9.92 carats, 14.3 mm x 14.1 mm x 8.8 mm

Price:      $80.00

Send me an email (with anti-spam) and tell me that you want this fine gem.

We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.



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Gem Industry News


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World’s Largest Emerald... Or Not


JCK Online and other news sources are reporting that The “world’s largest emerald” may not be all emerald. The 57,500-carat stone is quite possibly a mix of emerald and colorless beryl… whereas emerald is beryl containing and deriving its color from chromium or vanadium.

This stone has been dyed so it’s possible that at least part of it could be dyed white beryl.

“I’m positive it contains emerald but I’m not sure how much of it is emerald,” said Jeff Nechka, the gemologist who appraised the stone. He is the proprietor of Premier Gems, located in Calgary, Alberta.

The "world's largest emerald" was scheduled to be sold at auction on January 28th. However the stone did not sell... and then the owner was arrested in Kelowna, B.C., in connection with alleged multiple fraud offences that took place in Ontario, and are thought to not be connected with the emerald.



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Jewelry Dealers


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Tucson Gem Shows Time


By the time you read this, we will be at the Tucson Gem Shows. We will be visiting some old friends and meeting new ones. .. and we'll do a little business along the way.

While we will visit almost every booth at the AGTA and GJX shows, we will also visit friends at other shows during the Jump Start, along I-10, off Palo Verde Road, and other locations in buildings, tents, and vacant lots.

If you are attending, send us an email... maybe we can get together over some good Mexican Food.

Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.


SBI Video Tour!


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Jewelry Dealers Program


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Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?

Do you enjoy talking with friends and friends of friends?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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