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Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry is the perfect gift for the August woman. Especially when it’s “her” color. Our loose peridot, cut locally in the Berkshires, have very good clarity and a deep lime green color. We have several pieces of peridot jewelry on display in our gallery and on this site. Watch our video below to see more peridot jewelry and loose peridot gemstones.

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Peridot, August Birthstone

Lime green Peridot, the color of late summer, is the birthstone for August. We have many loose Peridot from Arizona and Pakistan, cut locally in the Berkshires. These gemstones are available for purchase by collectors of fine gemstones, or for a custom designed piece of jewelry. Click here to learn more about peridot.

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“Art on the Walls” David Wander, Painter

David is an internationally recognized and collected contemporary tonalist and he is the featured artist for our Summer of 2017 “Art on the Walls.” Learn more about David and see more of his paintings by reading my newsletter.

Why “Art on the Walls” in our jewelry gallery? It is my business philosophy to sponsor art.

I support local artists who have the same need to practice and learn. Their skills require a different medium from mine, mainly paint. However, we have the same motiviation to create. The difference being that my inspiration comes from gemstones and precious metals.

“Art on the Walls” is synonomous to art in the case. The two compliment each other. I work hard to uncover jewelry designers. I am committed to keeping my own workshop going and to keep exposing artists work.

I will continue to find local artists to show seasonally at my gallery. David Wander’s work is here for the summer and will be gone in the fall.

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big3282rs Sapphire Diamond Wedding Set Sapphire ring 1s Sapphire ring 2sThe hardness of sapphire (9 on the mohs scale) and it’s wide variety of colors makes it a most desirable gemstone for jewelry. Blue is the preferred color, however it comes in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.

Kashmir, is considered intensely saturated and velvety. Rare sapphires from Kashmir set the standard for blue.

Royal Blue is the world’s most famous engagement ring: Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire!

Padparadscha is a rare and valuable pinkish orange sapphire. It’s name is derived from the Singhalese word for aquatic lotus blossom, which has an unusual salmon color.

There are a number of processes used to alter the color, clarity, or improve the durability of gems. Heat treatment is the most common alteration in sapphire.

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Pearls of Wisdom


A Quick Guide to Pearl Types

Pearl 2 300099Akoya – Lustrously Delicate. Cultured Pearls farmed in Japanese and Chinese ocean water, created by a type of oyster called Pinctada fucata martensii; The “Akoya Pearl” Oyster. Usually found in sizes of 2 – 8mm with 8 – 10mm considered very large for Akoya pearls. Known for their white to cream coloration, while Japanese value a very slight pink tone. They are valued for their mirror-like luster and depth (orient).

Tahitian – Black and Bold. Cultured pearls farmed in Polynesian ocean water, created by the Pinctada margaritifera oyster or the “black-lip oyster”. These oysters are larger and can produce pearls as large as 16mm though 8 – 10mm is more common. Color ranges from light gray to very dark gray, and can exhibit greens, blues and purples, with the most valued examples showing an “oil slick” type spectrum of colors. These pearls are often called “peacock” color and are among the most prized.

South Seas – The Big Kahuna. Cultured Pearls farmed mostly in Australian ocean waters, but some in other south seas locations such as he Philippines and Fiji. Created by the Pinctada maxima; the “gold-lip oyster” which produce the largest pearls. Typical size is 10 – 12mm but some can be over 20mm. They are often white, but also often come in a golden-yellow color called “golden pearls.” Rarer are the pinks. Australian Farms tend to produce White Pearls, while Golden Pearls most often come from more easterly locations such as the Philippines.

2376Freshwater Pearls – Affordable Elegance. Cultured mostly in Chinese freshwater rivers and lakes. Some are cultured in Japan and other locations. Generally created by freshwater mussels. Freshwater pearls were cultured in Japan starting in the early 1900’s, but production was limited peaking at 6 tons in 1971, before pollution wiped out most Japanese production. Large-scale freshwater pearl farming started in the 1970’s and 80’s with current production levels over 1500 tons annually. Freshwater pearl culturing is advancing rapidly. Pearls produced early on were mostly rice-grain shaped. Later a “potato” oval shape was produced, and more recently near round and round pearls are being produced. Freshwater pearls have been increasing in size as cultivation techniques improve. Today, they rival Tahitian and South-Sea pearls in size and examples of 12mm and larger are beginning to appear. Freshwater pearls, while beautiful. typically do not achieve quite the same luster or roundness as saltwater pearls, and prices are thus more affordable.6435

Pearls crop super smKeshi Pearls are small non-nucleated pearls typically formed as by-products of pearl cultivation. They are always baroque or unusual shaped and found in wide range of pastel colors.

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Jewelry artist John Kennedy, “Cylettes Jewelry” Saturday Aug 22

A simple cylinder of color, not traditionally set but constructed like a master craftsman’s dowel joint, inside the design of one of John Kennedy’s Aperture settings is mesmerizing. Light plays within his Cylettes cut gemstones in a non traditional way. The gems have no facets and they are not cabochons or crystals; they are different. The design is clean, classic, sophisticated and yet simple. It is remarkable innovative, so instinctive that it looks like it should have always been this way.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Kennedy had no formal training as a jewelry designer. Self-taught as a bench jeweler as well as designer, his creativity was not stifled by rules of what one can and cannot do in the traditional sense of design. Lack of formal training, combined with his endless imagination, presented a myriad of challenges.

Kennedy began his first collection with cylindrical shapes indifferent metals creating uniquely linear designs. To add color, John began brushing platinum bars and using colored gold to contrast the white and yellow gold he used in his settings. After painstakingly producing a few sample pieces he was awarded a place in the Intergold Design Competition. It was not long after that he began to see his linear designs showing up in other manufacturers’ catalogs.

Undeterred, he continued to push his imagination to higher levels; now on a quest to add more color and light to his collection. He felt limited by his materials and began to design pieces incorporating colored gemstones. His idea seemed simple, however issues soon arose. How do you cut a gemstone into a cylinder, not just a tube, but a perfectly calibrated cylinder? And once you have those cylinders, how do you set them?

Once the design goal was clear, the next challenge was to find a gem cutter who could supply him with the materials. He had found a gem cutter in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, but the quality, uniformity and calibration was not consistent enough for Kennedy’s designs. He scraped together enough material to create his collection in time for the 1992 New York Jewelers of America show, where his creations were enthusiastically embraced.

Kennedy continued his quest for a gem cutter. Finally, nearly 5 years after his quest began, while exhibiting his work at the Tucson Gem Show, he met Wolfgang Heringer, a 15th generation gem cutter also from Idar-Oberstein, Germany, who uttered the words Kennedy longed to hear, “I can do this.

For the first time since he started hic concept of Cylettes, Kennedy now had a reliable source for perfectly cut and calibrated gemstones.

Today, Kennedy’s Cylettes are praised amongst both his peers as well as his clients. Preferring to remain hands on in his operations, insisting on quality over quantity, his biggest problem these days is keeping up with the growing demand. Considering the road he has traveled, this is a problem he should wear as a badge of accomplishment.

When you’re at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshires, be sure to visit our gallery of hand made fine jewelry, antique and estate jewelry, and fine gemstones.


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“Art on the Walls” Julio Granda

Paintings by Julio Granda. Currently showing, through October. Julio’s style has evolved over the long span of his career. This summer you will find Julio’s style full of crunchy paint and colors depicting Seascapes and Berkshire landscapes. His new series of “Pallet Scrapings” leads to Julio’s next artistic adventure. When in Lenox this summer, in the Berkshires, visiting Tanglewood or any of our wonderful venues, please come take a look and celebrate the work oIMG_0047 smf Julio Granda.0076 sm