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3-50-68-1: Lottery Picks, or…?

What’s with the numbers?  NO, we’re not sending tips for the Lottery –  Megabucks, Powerball, and such!  But the numbers do have to do with money.  Money, as in keeping the local economy vibrant, with strong community support.   Here’s the “low-down” on those...
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An Earful of Curves

Perhaps you heard the upstairs tapping and the “ping-ping” of hammers when you last visited.  Vladimir created these delicious dimensional curves (photo at right) upstairs, just the other day.  They taper, flare, twist and spiral, reflecting light every which-way.  We heard a lot of hammering during their creation. Vlad started with a length of heavy gold wire, tapering for grace...
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Natural Spinel – from Reds to Rainbows

Ever hear of the Black Prince’s Ruby?  Few precious stones have such a long and storied history as this one, a large, semi-polished, crimson orb that today sits on the front of Britain’s Imperial State Crown.  SURPRISE!  It turns out that the historic red gem is a natural Spinel.  Read its history.  No wonder the confusion occurred.  Spinel frequently occurs in the same regions...
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Creating a Wax Model

Here’s a glimpse of some of Jim’s handiwork.  Master model maker, sculptor, and designer are a few of the roles he plays in the workshop every day.  In addition to artistic flair, engineering plays a crucial role.  Frequently a jewelry creation is designed to highlight and securely hold a special gem.    The quartz crystal featured in this pendant design offers many a challenge:...
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Emerald? Guess again!

Emeralds? No! Emerald Green may be Pantone Color of the Year, but take a look at this green:  it’s Maine Tourmaline! Vladimir just put the finishing  touches on this Pendant-Earring set, hand fabricated at his upstairs workbench.  The bright green Maine Tourmaline perches center-stage, bezel-set in 14K yellow gold, to announce the imminent Spring.  Diamonds - fully-cut round...
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Upstaging the Hope Diamond

As March hovers at February’s doorstep, here’s the mother of all March’s birthstones – the Dom Pedro.  This beauty is giving the Hope Diamond “the Blues!”  The 10,363 carat  Aquamarine beryl, from the same gem family as Emerald beryl, is causing quite a stir at the Smithsonian, and beyond. The Hope, long the undisputed star of the Smithsonian, is being...
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