The Perfect Match: Your Guide to Matching Jewelry with your Skin Tone
Your skin is beautiful. And what better way to show it off, than to pick the perfect piece of jewelry to accentuate your skin’s undertone. The way jewels and skin tone work together to create a stunning natural palette is a science- one we’re here to break down for you. The first step? Figuring out what skin tone you actually have.
We’ve all been there, at the makeup counter with streaks of ivory, tan, and brown lined up on our wrist to try and pick the perfect blend of foundation. But there’s an easy way to figure out which one of the three main skin tones you fall into, and it can help steer you in the right direction, especially when picking out jewelry and accessories.
Your skin’s tone is an underlying hue. Our skin reacts to all sorts of things, the sun, temperature, activity, foods. But our undertone always remains the same. The three main categories are Warm, Cool, and Neutral. If you’re unsure about which tone you are, it’s all in your veins. Flip your wrist and take a look at the color of your veins. If your veins appear purple or blue, you skin is cool. If they appear green, you are warm. If the tone is rather indecipherable, you most likely are part of the neutral category.
Warm skin tones tan easily, and aren’t likely to burn. People with a warm skin tone tend to have a golden yellow or olive undertone. For that reason, yellow gold is the perfect accent to draw the golden tones from your skin and highlight them. Mixing yellow gold with earth-tone gems is sure to be a perfect combination. Think citrine, peridot, and rubies.
If your skin has a cool undertone, your skin dances with pink and blue blushing hues. You may tend to burn easily in the sun. Silver, platinum, and white gold accentuate the pastel tones in your skin. Paired with blue and purple stones like sapphire, topaz, and rubies adds a unique pop, while subtle stones like pearls and opals create a glossy highlight to your skin.
Neutral skin tones work well with most metals, stones, and combinations. To spice up your neutral tones, look for stones that will bring out your eye color and pop against your skin. While it may seem like neutral skin tones have it made, there is also a selection of metals and stones like oxidized silver, rose gold, and the everlasting diamond that will add a remarkable sparkle to any skin tone.
At Golden Link Fine Jewelry, we are absolutely sure we have the perfect piece of jewelry to compliment your gorgeous skin! Let’s take a look!
Chain Reaction: Guide to Choosing Your Jewelry Chain
It may seem simple, choosing a new jewelry chain for yourself or as a gift for your loved one, but there are so many to choose from! So how do you decide?
Follow this guide to the 5 Chain Customizations to design the perfect piece!
Settle on a Style
Your chain style sets the tone for your whole jewelry piece. If your chain is stand-alone, you’ll want to focus on the design of the chain as a focal point. Does its design allow it to catch and reflect light, resulting in a glorious sparkle? Is it simply a backdrop for a pendant, and is the pendant large, small, intricate or simple? Chains come in a large variety of styles, from the classic anchor, box, and curb styles, to a loop of beads, a cord of leather, or thicker chains that lay flat upon the neck and chest.
Choose a Metal
Our chains are available in in all the standard and trending metals, including platinum, white and yellow gold, sterling silver and rose gold. Depending on the amount of wear the piece will get, choosing the right metal will result in a longer life for your piece due to each metal’s specific strength.
The length of your chain will also depend on the style of the piece. Daintier chains can be layered and longer to add elegance to any outfit. Chunkier chains that may be worn alone will want to be at a length that showcases the piece itself. Chain length typically includes clasp assembly so it’s important to pay attention to the overall look you are seeking. An 18” chain is a standard average length that can showcase a chain and pendant sitting in the middle of the chest. Shorter than that may sit below the collarbone or as a choker. Longer chains can add elegance to a classic simple outfit that backdrops your gorgeous taste in jewels.
A clasp may seem like a small, unseen part of the necklace but your clasp can do much more for a piece. If the necklace is meant for someone with shorter hair, where the chain may show, an intricate toggle or S-hook clasp can add to the overall design. If the wearer may need to put the necklace on themselves, an easy to use clasp that one can use behind their neck without looking may be the right fit!
Popping the Question: How to Find Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing
You've got it all planned out. The photographer has been hired, you've scouted out the perfect location, you've even got your whole romantic speech playing on repeat in your head. Only thing left to do is get the ring, but you have no idea what size ring she needs, and you don't want an ill-fitting ring to ruin the surprise! So... how do you figure out the ring size without giving it all away?
Ask her friends and family! Some of the ladies in her life may already know her ring size, or may have prepared for this moment and asked in advance so when the time comes they'll have the information you need. So before you design an elaborate covert operation to find out... ask her friends and family! If they don't have the answer, you may be able to employ them to borrow one of her rings. That way you can get it sized, and she'll be none the wiser.
Borrow a ring yourself. If you think of it ahead of time, you'll be able to notice which rings she wears on a regular basis. Any old ring won't do, it has to be a ring she wears on her ring finger. A woman's ring finger is most likely a different size than all the rest, so be sure to snag the right one! Once you've got a ring in your possession, your best bet is to bring it to a jeweler like us and have it professionally sized. If that's impossible without her knowing, you can buy a ring sizer yourself to use and put the ring back, or put it on a piece of paper and trace around the middle.
Be direct: Just ask! A lot of times, an engagement is inevitable and you can see it from a mile away! So it may not hurt just to ask your sweetheart what ring size she is. It won't ruin any of the details of the surprise, and you'll be sure that everything will go your way!
No matter what type of person your soon-to-be is, there's always a way to find out what ring size they are. As always, your jeweler will be the most help and have the most accurate advice and information! So if you're getting ready to pop the question, call Golden Link Fine Jewelry to make sure that your proposal is perfect!
Dress For Success! Why You Should Put On Jewelry While Working From Home
We can all admit, that for those first few weeks of being safer-at-home, we wore the fabric thin on those pajama sets and sweatpants. We all put on a nice top for those video conference meetings while kicking our slipper-clad feet beneath the desk. But there’s something to be said for that old saying: Dress For Success. We’ve found some compelling reasons for dressing up while working from home.
Our whole world has been mashed into one setting: home. Sometimes it can be hard to find that line between the sofa we’re binge-watching movies from, and the sofa we’re sitting on with our laptop answering emails. Getting dressed each day can help us clear the fog of our schedules. When we’re wearing clothes we’d normally wear to the office, this tells our brain it’s time to be productive, not lounge on the bed for a few extra hours.
Our appearance has power. Different outfits make us feel motivated or cozy, just like the weather does. Putting on clothes that make us look good, helps us feel good. When we look and feel good, our attitude follows and we project that confidence in what we’re working on.
People Pay attention to details! Especially if you’re used to wearing jewelry, keep it up! Jewelry makes us feel put together and adds a little sparkle to the day. Small details like make up, and jewelry make us happy. It’s a small reminder that not everything has to change when the outside world does. We can create a world full of color, and shiny pieces of the earth that hold memories!
When we’re done with work, feel free to shed the business attire and get comfortable! We need to signal our brain when the workday ends so we can begin to unwind and get ready to recharge. Be sure, especially if you need to leave the house for essentials, that when you get home you thoroughly clean your jewelry. Even if you aren’t leaving, giving your jewelry a good clean regularly keeps bacteria off, and keeps your jewelry sparkling.
All the hand sanitizer, soaps, and lotions we use, especially now, can really harm your gems and make them susceptible to breakage and dulling. Warm water, a few drops of dish soap, and a scrub with a soft brush can recharge your favorite pieces!
So let’s work together, while we’re apart, to bring sunshine to every day. Get up, take a shower, put on a power outfit, grab your favorite piece from Golden Link Fine Jewelry, and let’s get to work!
Green Garnet Envy: Tsavorite Pantone
The sun is finally poking its way through the dense gray sky, giving us a bright new outlook on each morning. What better way to welcome the green lush grass of spring, than with an enviously green tsavorite garnet.
Tsavorite is a young stone discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, its namesake hailing from the Tsavo National Park in Kenya and its home expanding just beyond those borders into Kenya and Madagascar. Geologist Campbell Bridges was the first to lay his hands on this gorgeous green gemstone, but it was Henry B. Platt (former Tiffany & Co. President) who launched a marketing campaign in the early ‘70s that brought tsavorite into the lime-green light.
This gem is remarkably rarer than its glowing green counterpart, emerald. Shining in multiple shades of green, the most sought-after tsavorites exist in a deep, vivid green that balances its hue without stumbling into murkiness. Tsavorites are a tough gem that resists breakage due to being free of inclusions.
Still only found in the Kenya-Tanzania border regions, tsavorites hold their reputation as a high valued stone especially because of their fire. While many stones have a hard time maintaining their brilliance next to a diamond, tsavorites make the perfect partner. They let the diamond shine while remaining equally as brilliant, instead of being overpowered and demeaning the overall appearance of the pair. Tsavorites, while needing care, make a gorgeous addition to any diamond piece.
As with most gemstones, we recommend keeping them away from harsh chemicals or activities that could potentially damage the stone. Storing in a soft cloth, and occasionally cleaning with soap and warm water will keep your tsavorite shining. Visit Golden Link Fine Jewelry GLFJ, and we promise you’ll fall in love with tsavorite!
Why Can’t You Be Blue Over Me? Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year & You
No matter how you feel, who you are, or where you live… if you raise your eyes skyward, or look to the horizon, we all see the same thing: blue. Blue skies and blue waves surround us on all sides. Blue instills confidence because it is an everlasting color of the things we rely on to tell us which way is up. Pantone has released the color of 2020 and it does just that: Classic Blue. Pantone says, “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”
Blue can evoke an entire gamut of emotions, from tranquility, to confidence, to dependability. This is why we think that the Blue Zircon stone needs more attention. Zircon often gets confused with diamonds and cubic zirconia, but it has a personality and history all its own.
Zircon is the oldest mineral on the planet, who surprisingly is colorless in its purest state. Blue zircon is even more remarkable than the other colors, because it comes from one. When heat is applied to brown zircon, it transforms into a brilliant blue.
Various attempts at getting zircon the attention it deserves have fallen short. Tiffany’s gem buyer, Gemologist George Kunz, tried to change its monicker to “starlite” but it just wasn’t bright enough, and never caught on.
We’d like to restore the starry brilliance of zircon and bring the classic blue color of the year to life! Wear a blue pendant to instill confidence on an interview. Don a blue bracelet to promote tranquility on your next island vacation. No matter where you go, or what your goal for the day is, make it blue. Make your jeweler Golden Link Fine Jewelry, and be as classic as the color of the year.
When you picture a diamond, you imagine a bright, clear, sparkly stone atop a metal setting that catches the light at every angle and makes a girl smile. Diamonds have always held a notion of class, riches, and love. The clearer the diamond, the less color it has, the more valuable right? Science thinks otherwise…
Fancy colored diamonds are incredibly rare in most colors. Only one in 10,000 diamonds has a fancy color. And that is the only word to describe them…fancy. Fancy diamonds are diamonds that exhibit color beyond the Z range, whereas normal diamonds are graded through a D to Z color scale. Most commonly found in yellows and browns, fancy colored diamonds become rarer in blue, green, pink, and red hues. Most fancy diamonds are muted, although exhibiting obvious color. But every so often, the ground beneath us unearths a vivid, valuable fancy colored diamond that knocks our socks off.
Naturally occurring, these colored diamonds are born when the typical carbon atoms that make up a diamond are replaced in some way. Technically labeled a defect, when there is a replacement or vacancy in the diamond’s structure, the absorption of light and color drastically changes. For example, green diamonds are produced when radiation displaces a carbon atom’s position in the diamond’s crystal structure. How does this naturally occur? This rare phenomenon occurs when diamond deposits neighbor radioactive rocks.
If you were asked to name one fancy colored diamond, you’d no doubt be able to think of one: the Hope Diamond. Looking like it was born in the depths of the ocean, this blue-hued beauty is caused by trace amounts of boron in the diamond’s crystal lattice. When this happens, the diamond absorbs red wavelengths and transmits blue ones that are visible to us.
This scientific surprise gave us famous fancies like the Hope Diamond. Weighing in at 45.55 carats, this dark grayish-blue diamond sits comfortably inside the Smithsonian Institute.
Whatever diamond catches your eye, Golden Link Fine Jewelry is here to fulfill your fancy dreams. With creative colors, cuts, and carats, we’ve got a piece for every style.
Will you marry me? Those four little words sometimes come with four million in carats… Celebrity style can be classic, vintage, or modern, but we can always count on it being interesting and sometimes outrageous. When it comes to engagement rings, our famous friends never disappoint. Let’s find some ‘I do’ inspiration!
Diamonds for Diana: Engagement rings are full of hope and promises, and sometimes a little bit of history. Kate Middleton’s hands don a dose of Diana. Prince William wanted the love and memory of his mother to live on, as he presented to Kate her 12-carat, oval-shaped sapphire safely surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds
Taylor-made: In 1961, Richard Burton popped the question to Elizabeth with a $305,000 ring. Now worth over $1,000,000, this 33 carat diamond was transformed into a necklace. When the rock is too heavy for your own finger… now that’s a diamond ring!
Queen B-Mine: Wearing one of the most expensive engagement rings in the world, Beyoncé’s famous fingers flash with a 20-carat octagon shaped diamond.
Flapper French: Scarlett Johansson’s engagement ring from French journalist Romain Dauriac may not be the most expensive in the world but it certainly is art-deco divine! 3 round diamonds sit atop a large rectangle in her gorgeous Roaring 20s flapper-style setting.
The Eyes Have It: Jason Sudeikis certainly knows how to make a girl blush. He chose Olivia Wilde’s unique Parisian vintage ring (equipped with a large round diamond on a bed of small emeralds) with her gorgeous emerald eyes in mind.
Going Gaga: We all certainly went gaga over Lady Gaga’s heart shaped engagement ring. Uniquely designed, this 10-carat diamond was held together by an “I love S.”
We Love Lucy: “Although Desi later gave me a platinum ring, that little discolored brass ring rested among the diamonds and emeralds in my jewel case for years …” [Source: Lucille Ball. Love, Lucy. 1996. pg. 110] When Desi proposed to Lucy, all the stores were closed. He gave her a small brass ring from Woolworth’s that Lucy treasured forever. Later on, Desi gifted her a 40-carat aquamarine stone with 6 diamonds on each side. Just like Lucy, her story, and her rings are timeless and unique.
What’s your dreamy I do? Most of us won’t be able to fork over a few million, but our diamonds and engagement rings can tell a story that will be worth more than millions. Come to us for your forever.
It’s Raining Gems: Peridot in Hawaii
It’s raining on the Big Island. But this is no ordinary rain.
Hawaii is home to the Kilauea volcano that has been active for quite some time but very recently has shown us its power and beauty. A recent eruption has forced many to evacuate their homes and caused quite an upset on the Big Island. But amidst all the chaos, the earth is showering them with beauty… literally.
Deep beneath the surface of the earth, lives Peridot. Known as olivine, a common mineral before transformed into gem quality, peridot has painted green many of Hawaii’s beaches. Peridot forms so deep within the earth that in order to be mined, it must be forced closer to its surface. Lava forcing its way upward carries the peridot closer to our feet, where It can be manually extracted, or forced above ground by volcanic activity.
What is astonishing about this event, is that the way in which the lava is bursting from the volcano is causing the mineral to be thrust into the air and quickly cooled causing Olivine crystals to separate from the lava and hardened rock. Typically olivine is found buried within the surrounding rock, waiting to be found. But these magnificent bursts of molten lava are essentially raining bright green gemstones for the people of Hawaii to hold in their hands.
Peridot is a universal gem, in every sense of the word. Found in meteorites that have fallen to the earth, and now raining from Hawaii’s molten sky, the bright green shine of peridot makes it a truly amazing gem.
Jewelry isn’t just about fashion. It’s about bringing a bit of the earth closer to home and learning about the powerful ways in which it is introduced to us. Golden Link Fine Jewelry is invested in bringing you high-quality gemstones, and keeping us all a little more down to earth.
Emerald City isn’t Just a Dream
Green is known to be a sign of life. As we peeked out of the dreary grey winter and saw tiny sprouts of green, we felt alive again! Flowers are in full bloom, water flows freely, and life is again given back to the earth. The deep and rich greens of the emerald are no different.
Emeralds have an equally rich history dating back to the Egyptians. Procured from the ancient mines of Egypt, Cleopatra herself shared in our passion of emeralds. They can be seen in many of her royal jewelry pieces. Much like the pyramids, emeralds were made to stand the test of time.
Emeralds made their way overseas, as they were used in religious ceremonies and jewels of many cultures, including the Incas. From hand to hand, and people to people, emeralds were traded and introduced to those whose eyes had never seen them. As European and Asian faces glowed green from the mighty emerald, its use expanded. Prevalent illnesses like malaria and cholera were believed to hold emerald as their cure.
Emeralds were now world travelers, old and new. They joined the ranks as a precious gemstone, among rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. These precious contemporaries of the emerald, sprouted synthetic production in the early 1900s, whereas Carroll Chatham (as we’ve previously explored) grew the first synthetic emerald 28 years later.
Golden Link Fine Jewelry is your one stop emerald shop. Not sure we are telling the truth? According to emerald folklore, you could hold our emeralds to a truth test. Emeralds were believed to reveal the truth (or untruth) of a lover’s oath.
The emeralds are greener over at Golden Link Fine Jewelry. Come see for yourself the beautiful things we have created with these gorgeous gemstones. Step alongside Cleopatra, and glow with an emerald green.
The Imperial Pearl: Unmatched Quality of the Deep Blue Sea
Golden Link Fine Jewelry aims to provide you with the highest quality jewelry available. Some time ago we took a journey into the life of the pearl and showed you how a pearl is formed and explored different types of pearls from different depths of our vast oceans. For many years we have been doing business with Imperial Pearl, a business whose quality and excellence has impressed us so much, that we provide you with their pretty pearls.
A family business, run by Banice Bazar, his son Peter, and grandson Josh, Imperial Pearl is the largest independent pearl company in America. Imperial designs have donned the ears and necks of media royalty. Elizabeth Taylor, Loretta Young, Lucille Ball, all women who blazed a trail for women everywhere to seek after fine pearls.
Banice founded the Bazar Group, and saw the potential of pearls when he purchased Imperial in 1977. He established the company’s major role in the pearl market, and certainly rode the wave with success.
Imperial Pearl is focused on quality and care. Taking care to answer their customers common and interesting inquiries…customers have asked if farming pearls hurts the oyster. Imperial makes sure that all pearl farms used take great care in protecting any of the oysters and mussels their pearls are harvested from.
They reassure us, “Oysters & Mussels tend to produce better-and-better quality pearls as they age, so no sensible pearl farmer would want to harm his ‘flock’. In fact, pearls are typically removed in extremely clean conditions using surgical-type equipment to ensure their safety.” (http://www.imperialpearl.com/faqs/)
When you put on a piece of jewelry, you not only appreciate its beauty, but you appreciate its story. Whether an heirloom passed from generation to generation, or a simple bead formed by the power of the ocean’s creatures, you like to know that you have a piece of the earth that was taken from it with great care and concern.
Golden Link Fine Jewelry is here to make sure that you can wear any piece of our jewelry with peace of mind, and with our pearls, a peace of the deep, dark, sea.
Carroll Chatham: King of Color
Some of the most popular gadgets we use every day, and companies who have become household names had their humble beginnings in someone’s garage with an idea. Chatham colored gemstones are no exception.
Rewind to the 1930s, where a young budding chemist named Carroll Chatham transformed his parents’ San Francisco garage into a science laboratory. Disappointed with the efforts of French chemist Henry Moissan to grow diamonds, Chatham took to the gem game himself.
With one minor setback, by way of a neighborhood explosion, Chatham discovered he could safely start with emeralds. To avoid future neighborhood explosions he switched to lower pressure experiments. However, as time passed he needed to focus on his primary education, Chatham left his home, and his experiments, to attend college at the California Institute of Technology. In his absence, his father shut down his lab, with no idea what could be growing inside.
With the power supply eliminated, emerald crystals began to grow. Chatham studied the hows and whys for many years before he figured out how to replicate the earth’s ability to form gemstones: the right temperature, pressure, and chemical makeup for Mother Earth’s time tested recipe. Emeralds were just the beginning. Many other gemstones, including Chatham’s diamond dream, came to fruition as the years passed.
Golden Link Fine Jewelry is your ticket to these beautifully grown Chatham gemstones. Their quality and appearance are just the same as if they grew underground with their natural inspirations. Available in a wide variety of cuts and colors, Chatham stones are grown and cut with precision, ensuring your gemstone is of high, lasting, gorgeous quality that won’t disappoint.
Come feast your eyes on Chatham colors, and experience the wonder of a stunning science, that had its humble beginnings in a California family garage. Let Golden Link Fine Jewelry be part of your beginning, as we help you pick out a glamorous gemstone gift for your special someone this spring.
All that Glitters: What You Never Knew about Gold’s Karats & Colors
From the most ancient of days until now, gold has been sought after just the same. It is written about in fairy tales, has donned the necks of pharaohs, kings, and queens, is stolen from locked vaults, and forged into bands to signify a lasting union.
For such a commodity, it is interesting to note how many different shades and types of gold fly off the shelves every day. What are they, and how are they different from one another?
First, let’s take a second to discuss karats. A karat is a measurement of the ratio of gold to other metals or alloys. 24-karat gold, or pure gold, is gold that is not mixed with any other metals or alloys. Pure gold is very soft, and easy scratched. It is typically used in making bars, and in electronic devices. 18-karat gold is 75%% gold and 25%% other metals making it more durable for fine jewelry. 14-karat gold is roughly 58%% gold and is the most popular for making jewelry in the United States.
Besides the amount of pure gold in a piece, what makes it available in different colors? White gold is alloyed with a metal like palladium, or nickel, and can resist a lot of wear and tear, and every day use. Yellow gold is often mixed with zinc or copper to increase durability but keep that natural golden glow of pure gold. Rose gold, very popular right now, is mixed with high amounts of copper to create a soft and romantically pink hue, that makes it stronger than the other colors.
No matter what your color or karat preference, you can count on your golden jewelry to stand the test of time. Gold never goes out of style, and Golden Link Fine Jewelry is your golden ticket to value! We’ve got everything you could ever want out your precious metal taste. Come by today and see what we’ve got to offer! Make everything you touch turn to gold in your hands, with us.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Jewelry Must-Haves for the Snowy Season
Just because we only get a few days off this month, doesn’t mean we get a day off from finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones! Jewelry never fails. It can be perfectly personalized for the recipient and lasts a lifetime. Now comes the hard part… what’s the best thing to grab this season??
For the ladies: *Bold Color!*
2019 season is here, are you ready to make an entrance?! Bold, bright colors are popping up everywhere, making powerful women all over stand out from the crowd. We’ve got royally deep amethyst diamond combos that will blow any cocktail party out of the water. Regal rubies and stunning emeralds add a touch of elegance to all your cozy winter wear or formal fabrics. Sapphires and tourmalines remind us of the blue skies that are just around the corner and bring life to any snow-day soiree. We’ve got rings, bracelets, drop earrings and stunning studs for the lovely lady in your life.
Our beautiful necklaces and bracelets offer bright pops of tropical color combos, and delightful drop pendants cascading with coordinating colors! Check them out in our gallery!
For the gentlemen: *Wristwear- Watches & Bracelets*
Men’s jewelry continues steadfast in the fashion world, but lately has been making a larger appearance. Bold chains, bracelets, and statement watches are donning the wrists of well-known celebrities, businessmen, and the working man. Give your man something to wear every day that won’t distract, but draw attention to his style! Watches make great useful gifts and bring a flash of yesteryear to modern outfits. We’ve got gorgeous golds mixed with bold blues in our Seiko line!
A classic bracelet can finish off any look in a way that suits his subtle style. We’ve got plenty of sophisticated gold chains to bring a little shine to his eyes and wrists. Some are simple and beautiful, and others ornate and eye-catching. Check them out on our facebook page.
Whoever you are buying for this season (even if it’s just a treat for you) come to Golden Link Fine Jewelry for fantastic ideas, great prices, reliable customer service, and quality products. We won’t let you down, and you’ll be the greatest gift-giver around!
Supreme Citrine: The Affordable Rarity
The snow fell early this year, blanketing our eyes and toes with that beautiful white. But after a short while of enjoying the never-ending sea of snow… we miss one thing. The sun, and how it slowly heats up the leaves into a glowing layer of autumn. The warm yellow hue it casts on our skin, heating up the tar, changing the colors of the evergreen and ever-brown branches.
One way to warm up our winter hearts, is with the amber glow of citrine. From the French “citron” meaning lemon, naturally occurring citrine is rare. Most of what we see on the market comes from the heat treatment of the amethyst stone. But despite how it got to our hands, its warm yellow, orange, or red tones compliment all skin tones.
Citrine has been used for centuries, drawing eyes to its sunlit sides. From daggers and sword handles, to donning the hands of fashion-forward fans of Art Deco during the World Wars, citrine is a long standing favorite.
Citrine is especially popular for its hearty nature. Ranked a 7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, there are few gems that can scratch or damage a citrine stone, which means it will last year after year and never lose its value.
Of course, we couldn’t talk about Citrine without mentioning the other 4 Cs. GIA.edu reminds us:
*Color: *Vivid yellows, reddish oranges, and earth tones are popular with consumers.
*Clarity: *Eye-visible inclusions are not common in citrine. If present, they decrease its value.
*Cut: *Citrine might be carved, custom-cut, or calibrated for jewelry use.
*Carat Weight: *Citrine is available in a wide range of sizes for setting into a variety of jewelry styles.
No matter what the season, citrine is a perfect lemon-colored reminder that the sun is only around the corner. Golden Link Fine Jewelry is here to warm up your winter. Come by today, or check out our website to take a peek at all of our fine pieces!
Time for Your Checkup: How Jewelry Can Affect Your Health
Jewelry isn’t just a fashion statement. Like anything we put IN our body, the things we put ON our body can have a bearing on our overall health. A study conducted by the Ecology Center in what most costume or fashion jewelry is made of, has produced alarming data- many pieces are full of unsafe chemicals like chromium. Different harmful chemicals found in these pieces of costume jewelry have been known to cause physical reactions. Some are found to be carcinogens, and some are found to affect the development of the brain. This poses a special hazard for children who may play with, or accidentally ingest pieces of this contaminated jewelry.
“While metals do not pose a risk by simply wearing the items, if they are consumed they can be deadly, according to Spaeth. (Dr. Kenneth R. Spaeth, director of the occupational and environmental medicine center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.) Because they are cheaply made, they can easily chip, scratch or break. ‘When pieces are small enough to fit in (a child's) mouth, the likelihood of ingestion increases dramatically,’ he said.
More importantly, Spaeth said, the brominated flame retardants, which are usually sprayed on, can come off in someone's hands and be absorbed in the skin or inhaled. This chemical compound has been known to disrupt hormonal balances and may cause a number of other known health effects.”
Golden Link Fine Jewelry only deals with high-quality jewelry that not only looks spectacular but keeps you feeling healthy and happy! Interestingly enough, one of the most common metals used in jewelry has been found to be an aid in cancer research: gold!
Scientists are developing devices that allow tiny nanoparticles of gold to be inserted into living things, and watching their affect on cancer cells. “Scientists at Edinburgh University have just completed a study which shows the precious metal increased the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells.” (independent.co.uk) “Gold is a safe chemical element and has the ability to accelerate, or catalyse, chemical reactions.”
Gold avoids interaction with most compounds, and does not corrode, so when it enters the body it causes no harm. smithsonian.com comments, “Oncologists are now injecting cancer patients with ultra-tiny, gold-wrapped spheres. The nano¬particles, each smaller than a red blood cell, accumulate in a tumor after slipping out of the bloodstream through little holes in the tumor’s rapidly growing vessels. Once there, the gold waits—until an oncologist blasts it with near-infrared light.” These gold nanoparticles absorb the infrared light, and convert it to heat, raising the temperature of the cancer cell causing it to disintegrate.
Gold is specifically being used in the treatment of prostate cancer. “Gold coils are being used to target radiotherapy more accurately, intensifying the effect of the treatment on the prostate and preventing damage to nearby organs such as the bowel or bladder.
Gold is used because it shows up on scans and few people are allergic to it. Once fitted, the coils stay in the prostate for life.”
This new development is a giant step forward in cancer research. By being able to target cancer cells and reduce the risk of damaging side effects, it gives patients hope of better results and higher survival rates.
We are proud to provide our families, friends, and loyal customers with the best jewelry! Every little effort counts to keep our loved ones healthy! And always remember we aren’t just a jewelry business, we are a family business! Join ours today and come to see what we have to offer! Spread the happy and healthy thoughts we cultivate here, with a gift for your special someone. Give them the best! And don’t forget a little piece of happiness for yourself, we’ve got it all!
Copper Traces From Far-Off Places: The Paraiba Tourmaline
Brilliant Brazilian blues and greens, the Paraiba Tourmaline sits in a rare class all its own. Spanning across oceans that can’t match its neon hues, this rare gem is highly sought-after all over the world.
Who was the fortunate soul who first laid eyes on this grand gem? Imagine the dark tunnels of the Mina da Batalha, where prospector Heitor Dimas Barbosa dared to dig and dream. In 1981, the hunt for Tourmaline began. Born from a hunch, Barbosa found the first of this electric gem. Traces of manganese and copper give rise to the tourmaline’s neon glow, making it rarer than diamonds, and going for a pretty penny for an authentic one.
Since Barbosa’s adventures in the 1980s, the Paraiba Tourmaline, named after its Brazilian birthplace, has been found in Nigeria and Mozambique. In amongst your readings of the Paraiba gem, you’ll find musings of Pangea peppered throughout. According to many scientists, the evidence of the Paraiba gem on both the South American and African continents, points to a time when the two were connected.
Also, known as cuprian elbaite, this October birthstone is the perfect stone to stand out from the crowd. As fall sets in, bringing its warm reds and golds, don a pop of color with a brilliant tourmaline piece from Golden Link Fine Jewelry.
The Paraiba Tourmaline is a great way to hold a piece of the world in your hands. Many of us have the travel bug, but maybe not the time or funds to hop a plane to Brazil… Jewelry is a great substitute! Travel the world with Golden Link! The dynamic greens of the ocean, swirled with the magnetic blues of the clear sky births a beautiful one-of-a-kind stone, that can make you feel far away with a glance. Take a peek at our collection!
Girls & Their Pearls
You’ve often heard people say, “The world is your oyster!” Have you ever thought about the world inside the oyster? Being among the birthplaces and homes of the pearl, we have at our disposal a variety of beautiful pearls in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Before we dive into the undersea library of pearls, let’s take a look at how a pearl is formed before it presents itself for the taking:
Rarely are natural pearls found, so the pearl industry is comprised of cultured, or harvested pearls. In order to do so, tissue or bead is inserted into the mollusk to kickstart the pearl growth. Many types of cultured pearls are available today, though not all raised mollusks produce a pearl. According to the American Gem Society, “Over 10,000 pearls may be sorted before a 16” single strand of beautifully matched pearls is assembled.”
You’ll often see a woman playing with her pearls as she thinks, or twisting her pearl studs while intently reading a book, but how often do we truly ponder over the types of pearls that roll through our fingers?
When we think of the “classic” pearl, we’re really talking about the Akoya Japanese pearl. Born in the Akoya oyster, in the waters of Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Australia, the Akoya pearl is round, bright, shiny, and of neutral tone. Akoya is the perfect compliment to every skin tone and every outfit.
A much sought-after pearl is the Chinese Fresh Water Cultured Pearl. Most Chinese pearls come from the “three-cornered shell” mussel, producing beautifully hued, often baroque pearls. Ranging from blush pinks to auburn reds and browns, the Chinese Fresh Water Pearl is our versatile little friend for every occasion.
The Tahitian pearl is famous for its commonly dark and mysterious hue. From the islands of French Polynesia, inside the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, the Tahitian black pearl produces an extensive variety of rich undertones, large sizes, and a shiny surface. The darker the pearl, the more valuable it is.
All in the family, the South Sea Pearl surpasses its relatives in size and price. The Pinctada Maxima oyster, evident in its name, produces larger pearls that are often difficult to cultivate, but beautiful in their white or honey color.
As in most markets, the high demand and cost of pearls produced an imitation pearl market. The treatment of such imitation pearls makes them hard to differentiate from cultured and natural pearls. Imitation pearls can be manufactured from glass beads, plastic, or real mollusk shells.
A famous manufactured pearl, known as the Majorica pearl, is made of a glass nucleus dipped into a mother-of-pearl mixture (small marine animal particles) and then polished and shined. The appeal of imitation pearls comes from their resistance to wear. Heat, skin, cold, makeup, etc can slowly wear on a real pearl, whereas the smooth hard surface of the imitation pearl acts as a stronger protection.
To know that such a thing of beauty is formed from what a mollusk considers an intruder or an irritant, makes the pearl that much more special, and special enough to produce an entire market of look-a-likes! Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, or in our case… the middle of a mollusk. Golden Link Fine Jewelry can pair you with the perfect pearl!
This is a Man’s World (too!): Jewelry For Men Made Easy…
Jewelry is a funny thing. All the clichés, commercials, and sayings are geared toward women.
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
“You never really know a woman until you’ve seen her jewelry.”
“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”
While all of that is true…
Men have been wearing jewelry for centuries! On and off screen, men of Hollywood have always been spotted with their favorite pieces. From our favorite ring-powered superheroes and swash-buckling pirates, to timeless crooners, and crown-donning nobles, to surfers, businessmen, college alumni, you name it! Men’s jewelry has long been a part of the fashion and everyday world.
As with anything related to the runway… there are opinions and guidelines for everything. We thought it would be fun to take a look at the most popular ways men are wearing jewelry today. Clean, crisp and classy, a great piece can really finish an outfit, and punctuate an attitude.
Cufflinks, watches, bracelets, necklaces, wedding bands, the list never ends. Jewelry with a personality is always a yes. Pins and rings from a special time in your life are a great conversation starter and a shout out to your personal history. Signet rings are all over the map, vintage (or vintage-looking) but never outdated. A true eye catching piece that ties together style with a story.
Stylish wedding bands are a must! Plain gold rings are a thing of the past. Textured metals make a great statement, and are a fun way to show how special that day was to you. Weddings aren’t just about the bride anymore!
Practical, and distinguished, watches bring class to the office and keep it there. Every time you glance at your watch, you can bet everyone else’s eyes will follow!
The possibilities are endless! Pair any of these pieces for a pulled together look. Matching metals and clean lines bring your style to the next level. We’ve got it all, for every taste. Whatever it may be, wear it with confidence, and don’t forget to tell everyone where you found it: Golden Link Fine Jewelry.
If the Crown Jewels Fit…
Feel Like Royalty With Golden Link Fine Jewelry.
Every little girl dreams of what her wedding will be like, of being a princess or a queen, and loves to wear a crown. As the Royal Wedding flooded our feeds, and magazines, and screens, we all watched in anticipation. Soaking in the details and diamonds.
Let’s not forget that every royal wedding holds a value far beyond dresses and flowers, one of tradition and history- one that includes Britain’s most valuable royal treasures: the Crown Jewels.
Under lock and key in the Jewel House at the Tower of London, the Crown Jewels hold almost 24,000 precious stones in its over 140 pieces. The oldest piece is the coronation spoon, used in the anointing of Supreme Governor of the Church of England in the 12th century.
Since then, the collection has slowly been built to include: St. Edward’s Crown, used for the formal coronation of monarchs.
The Imperial State Crown: The Cullinan II diamond sits at its center, remaining one of the largest diamonds in the world.
The Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross, housing the Cullinan I diamond. This diamond, otherwise named the Star of Africa, is the largest colorless cut diamond in the world.
In 1907 the original uncut Cullinan stone was acquired by Edward VII. Thereafter it was cut into nine major stones, the other seven being privately owned by the Queen.
Interestingly enough, “they [the Crown Jewels] are not insured, because of their priceless nature.”
Along with the heavy weight of responsibility that comes with wearing the crown, a bit of comedy comes as well, as most royalty comments on how physically heavy the crowns actually are. King George V is noted as saying, “Rather tired after wearing my crown for three and a half hours. It hurt my head, as it is pretty heavy.” Of course, “There are some disadvantages to crowns but otherwise they are quite important things.” - Queen Elizabeth
Surely, many were eagerly awaiting Meghan Markle’s choice of jewelry and whether it would include something from the precious collection. She did not disappoint. Stepping out in the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, made in 1932, she was simply stunning. It had graced the heads of Queen
Mary, Princess Marina, and Princess Margaret. Paired with Cartier diamond stud earrings, a simple diamond bracelet, and a wedding band of Welsh gold, she was a vision in family tradition. As for the most special piece, her engagement ring houses two stones from Harry’s late mother, Princess
Diana’s, personal collection
Sometimes it may feel like a far-fetched dream to be a princess, or a queen, or a duchess. But with Golden Link Fine Jewelry, you can feel like royalty every day. Our collection is fit for the queen you know you are. Don’t wait another second! Visit us today and build up your own royal collection!
Ooh Baby! Push Present 101
There’s no arguing that being a mama is a full time job, one whose hard work often goes unnoticed in small ways. Moms everywhere agree that bringing a new baby into the world is reward enough for all the late sleepless nights, temper tantrums, and diaper changes… but a thoughtful gift is always appreciated. A little while back Push Presents came on the scene. Of course, everyone has an opinion. Serena Williams sparked an interesting Vogue article where two moms shared their opinions…
“I see my gift as my husband being spontaneous, creative and thoughtful. Who can argue with that?…
For me, the art was in the giving of the present. My husband caught me blissfully unaware and had left the present at the end of our daughter’s cot with a note ‘To dear Mummy, from Nancy.’”
“Push presents feel like just another marketing ploy, like baby showers, hen parties and Valentine’s Day…
…do I deserve a present for delivering two small humans? In an ideal world, yes…Am I speaking with a tinge of jealousy? Absolutely. A small part of me did hope that my husband would surprise me and buy me a push present out of the blue, just because he was proud of me. But I have to remember, the real push present was welcoming our healthy children into the world.”
Whether we’re behind push presents 100%% or a little iffy on the name or reason why… we can all get behind a thoughtful gift for the loving, caring women in our lives who bravely bring new life into this world. A little thoughtfulness can go a long way! Why not come to Golden Link Fine Jewelry and give it a go!
Struggling for ideas? Charm bracelets with a charm for each baby make a great memento that can be added to for years to come. Initial pendents, birth stones, whatever special token you think your special someone would love, we’ve got you covered.
When History Makes an Appearance: The Cameo
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” - a remark of Rose Bertin, upon the queen’s approval of a dress she had refashioned for Marie Antoinette.
We’ve all heard the phrase “history repeats itself," especially lately when everything in fashion seems to be “vintage” or decade-chic with a twist. And we’re loving it!
The quiet survivor of fashion history seems to be the Cameo. Whether it’s sitting in a museum, or comfortably in our grandmother’s jewelry chest, we’ve all seen a cameo. But now, we’re starting to pull them out of the past, and wear them around town.
Each cameo is a personalized work of art, a beautifully detailed depiction of something meaningful to the wearer. With delicacy and precision, these beautiful pieces were carved. How?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art comments, “Ancient methods of hardstone engraving <https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/engr/hd_engr.html> were based on principles still in play today. The pieces were worked by manipulating various drills (in antiquity made of relatively soft metal, eventually replaced by iron) against them. The actual cutting was accomplished not with the point of the drill itself but by using the drill to rub powders into the stone. At all times the stones must have been gripped fixedly to prevent their shattering. When magnifying glasses were introduced into the art is unclear; today they would be virtually indispensable.
“To engrave is. . To decorate a surface with furrows,” Victorian critic John Ruskin states, and “cameos . . . Are miniature sculptures, not engravings.” The three-dimensionality of cameos, which are usually quite tiny, is attained through intensely concentrated work at close range. Cameos were, and still are, especially prized when the artist manipulated the strata of the stone in relation to the design, exploring the stone’s depths to enhance its visual impact.
This was often achieved by playing a pale layer against a dark ground, achieving a strong contrast. Gradually, depending on the complexity of the stone itself, more bands of color were engaged in the design, sometimes even prompting the inclusion of hints of landscape <https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/lafr/hd_lafr.html>."
The fashion industry, and people, in general, are starting to realize what great craftsmanship lies in the past, and are bringing it back to life. If looking at cameos in a museum, or in a celebrity’s wardrobe isn’t enough for you, come to Golden Link Fine Jewelry and we’ll help you find the perfect piece to make a cameo in your collection!
Pick Your Purple: Amethyst!
Purple is the perfect color for transitions from our chilly winter into a hopeful spring. The color of those first crocuses that pop up, telling us the sun is eager to warm everything up! Pantone certainly agrees with their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet.
“A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”
No wonder, this is the color of Amethyst. A member of the mineral quartz family, amethyst casts a wide range of purple hues, each as beautiful as the next. Amethyst has a long and rich history, symbolizing wealth, love, happiness, humility, and sincerity.
Being the birthstone for February is a perfect match for amethyst, our multifaceted, great for any season gem. Golden Link Fine Jewelry can match you with your very own amethyst. Keep it to remind yourself that spring is near! Or give it to a loved one to remind them what they mean to you.
In a variety of colors, deep purple, lilac, lavender, mauve, amethyst is a versatile stone suited for any style. Check out our collection online at jewelrypeabody.com or come down to our brick and mortar shop to see the gems for yourself! We’d love to help you pick your purple; we’ve got a great selection to choose from! Make your February and 2018 memorable with us at Golden Link Fine Jewelry.
New Year: New Gem!;
New years are for wishing well, new goals, and new looks! What better way to start the New Year than to give a loved one (or yourself!) a beautiful new piece of Garnet. And to top it off, this gorgeous red gem is the official birthstone for January.
Garnet, is the perfect way to say, let’s start this year off right! But what has been said about garnets? The American Gem Society tells us “The folklore on garnet is extensive. Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. Some even called it the “Gem of Faith,” and it’s believed that to those who wear it and do good, more good will come. The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship.”(https://www.americangemsociety.org/page/januarybirthstone)
If that isn’t enough, the Gemological Institute of America adds that garnet “adorned the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs…and in ancient Rome, signet rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.”
Not only do garnets have a rich and interesting history, their appearance and structure are equally so. “Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems,” the GIA continues, “Demantoid is a rare and famous green garnet, spessartine (also called spessarite) is an orange garnet, and rhodolite is a beautiful purple-red garnet. Garnets can even exhibit the color-change phenomenon similar to the rare gemstone alexandrite.
All garnets have essentially the same crystal structure, but they vary in chemical composition. There are more than twenty garnet categories, called species, but only five are commercially important as gems.” Read more about this stunning gem here: https://www.gia.edu/garnet-description
This month is a perfect time to pick the perfect gem for your special someone. Golden Link Fine Jewelry can lead you down the right path to our gorgeous garnets, including the Spessartine, noted for its bright orangey yellow to yellowish orange color.
In our opinion, the gift-giving season never ends! Make one of your& resolutions to come down to Golden Link Fine Jewelry and take a look at all of our beautiful gem collections. Start the year off the right way, with us and with a new garnet to wear!
The Timeless Time Keeper
It’s that time again… everyone’s talking about watches!! With the new year approaching, all the major fashion labels are throwing in their two cents about which watch is the best! You can get your hands on a beautiful timepiece from Golden Link Fine Jewelry.
The perfect gift for man or woman, husband or wife, mom or dad, teacher, sibling, you name it! Function meets fashion with a wristwatch.
There’s no better feeling than holding time in our hands when it seems like these days we have less and less of it. But when exactly did wearing a bracelet with a clock become the thing to do?
The New York Times asked that exact question back in 2013… “The evolution of the gentleman’s pocket watch into the ubiquitous wristwatch had its roots in the wars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. World War I was the seminal moment when the wristwatch became both a strategic military tool and a manly fashion accessory… Historians say that the idea of strapping little clocks to soldier’s wrists probably was conceived during the Boer War or perhaps in the German navy shortly before — there are some historical accounts of Napoleon’s being frustrated by having to constantly open his pocket watch during battle — but most agree that World War I secured the wristwatch’s place, both in military history and at the pinnacle of men’s jewelry.”
The Atlantic comments, “The wristwatch nevertheless remained largely a woman’s accoutrement, though one whose universal utility presaged broader popularity. “The wrist watch ... is now the fashion of the hour,” *The New York Times* breathlessly reported http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9F07E0D7113AE633A25755C0A9669D946396D6CF from Paris in 1912. “It is worn over here by women who have to work as well as those who play.” Not only that, but “it is the most useful piece of jewelry that has been invented for many decades. … The watch hidden away in the belt, or turned face downward on the bust, or swinging loose from a chatelaine pin, was an ornament but not always a help. As it was usually under one’s furs or topcoat in Winter, it was better to guess the time than to try to prove it.”
In their Man’s Guide to Wristwatches, artofmanliness.com makes a good point as to why they make a perfect gift: “Wristwatches not only look good, but they feel good too. Because of their historic associations with war and adventurous pursuits like racing, flying, and diving, no male accessory is quite as romantic and evocative as the watch. Not only do these associations signal things to others, but they signal things to yourself as well, about who you’d like to be and what you’d like to be doing.” Read the rest of the article here: https://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/09/28/mans-guide-wristwatches-history-wear-one/ to learn more about the wristwatch’s history and influence on society.
No matter who you are, a watch is a symbol of history, a symbol of status and fashion, a timeless timekeeper. Perfect for the working man or woman, the fashionable, the ones who want to preserve a bit of the good ol’ days instead of checking their smartphones, and everyone else. Start the year off on time, come to Golden Link and spend some time looking for the perfect watch, for your loved ones, and for yourself.
Great Gems of Fire
MEXICAN FIRE OPAL
Fire has long been a sign of discovery, romance, and warmth. Why not carry the feeling with you, in the form of a luminous Mexican Fire Opal? Golden Link Fine Jewelry, once again, is at your service.
The word opal itself is derived from a Greek word meaning to see a change in color.
“Called vitzitziltecpal (hummingbird stone) by the Aztecs and quetzalitzlipyollitli (after the strikingly colorful bird, the quetzal) by the Mayans, fire opal was utilized by the Aztecs and Mayans for both ritualistic and ornamental purposes. With the onset of the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica in 1519…the fire opal was totally ignored...and all of the original mining locations were eventually “lost.” It was not until the mid-1800s that this gemstone was “rediscovered” in the mines of Queretaro, Mexico. Formed in volcanoes, silica-rich lava seeped into the gas cavities and under intense heat and pressure formed this beautiful gem.
“Fire opals are mined in open pits in ancient volcanic lava flows. The mined opals in Queretaro are embedded in a matrix of rhyolite, specifically cantera. Cantera is the quarried pink rock that many of Mexico’s colonial buildings were fabricated from.
During sunrise and sunset, the most romantic parts of the day, that most inhabit our social media feeds, is when your fire opal will look its best, surrounded by the colors it contains and exaggerates. The more brilliant orange and red color, the higher the value.
A delicate gemstone, fire opal has a high water content, and like the love it often is a symbol of, must be taken care of and protected. Want to keep your fire opal in tip-top condition? Due to its tendency to dry and crack, place a moist cotton ball inside a sealed bag with your opal to prevent drying. With just warm water, and sweeping away any dust from the surface of your opal, you can keep it looking fiery brand new.
Mexican fire opals are meant to be seen and worn, and remind us never to let our sense of love, beauty, and adventure die out. Visit Golden Link Fine Jewelry soon to find your fire.
Trapped Beauty: Amber
The bright glow of amber has long been a thing of beauty in the eyes and around the necks of humans for countless years. From pendants to rooms with walls of pure amber, this humble gem is long sought after by many and the star of what has been coined the “Eighth Wonder of the World”: The Amber Room in St. Petersburg.
Construction of this wonder began in 1701 originally in Charlottenburg Palace. It was designed by German sculptor Schlüter, and produced by Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram for the King of Prussia. Peter the Great was presented the room as a gift, creating a Prussian-Russian alliance against Sweden.
18 large boxes, 180 square feet, and six tons of amber, worth $142 million. No wonder, in 1941, when German soldiers began to loot various art treasures, there were drastic attempts to disassemble and hide the Amber Room. “When the dry amber began to crumble, the officials instead tried hiding the room behind the thin wallpaper. But the ruse didn’t fool the German soldiers, who tore down the Amber Room within 36 hours, packed it up in 27 crates and shipped it to Königsberg, Germany. The room was reinstalled in Königsberg’s castle museum on the Baltic Coast. The museum's director, Alfred Rohde, was an amber aficionado and studied the room's panel history while it was on display for the next two years. In late 1943, with the end of the war in sight, Rohde was advised to dismantle the Amber Room and crate it away. In August of the following year, allied bombing raids destroyed the city and turned the castle museum into ruins. And with that, the trail of the Amber Room was lost.”
For a gem who had no defense against its robbery, how interesting amber owes its very existence to the defense mechanisms of the tree. The sticky resin seals and sterilizes punctured or infected bark, trapping organisms who happen to be walking by. Without those imprisoned creatures, amber would have barely any value! Watch how amber forms here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/fossils/Amber#p00ckj8s.
With its translucent, golden sun glow, amber complements any tone and color. Come visit our collection at Golden Link Fine Jewelry, to find your piece of nature, history and wonder: amber.
More Than Hues of Blues
“I never met a color I didn’t like.” -Dale Chihuly.
Neither has the sapphire.
No doubt if someone told you to say the first word that comes to mind after hearing the word “sapphire” your first thought would be “blue.” But if someone told you to describe love as a color, what would you say? Sapphires, often walking hand in hand with romance, run the gamut when it comes to color. Believe it or not, “sapphire” is from the corundum mineral family and the term can refer to any of the corundum that are not rubies.
The “fancy sapphire” (any sapphire with a color other than blue) live in a wide range of colors- yellow, pink, white, green, purple, orange, black, and most hues in between. How do these sapphires contain such a variety of colors? It’s all up to the color-causing trace elements found inside. Iron and titanium are responsible for the blue hues, while chromium incites reds and pinks.
Special sapphires have a classification all their own. The Kashmir Sapphire named after the province in India where it is found, holds an intense blue hue, considered the finest color of sapphire. The Padparadschah Sapphire, found in Sri Lanka and named after the lotus blossom, encapsulates the warm pink-orange glow of the sun’s descent.
Sapphires have a special ability: the star effect (or asterism.) Seen in any color variety of sapphire, this six-ray star pattern across the surface is a result of white light reflecting from extremely fine needle shaped inclusions. When a gemstone is cabochon cut (shaped and polished) this beautiful phenomenon appears.
Diamonds have always been a girl's best friend, and probably always will be. No girl will ever deny a chance to extend her diamond collection. A man saves for months to pick just the right one, the perfect size, shape, and sparkle to represent how much he loves her and knows her. Suddenly she joins the ranks of the diamond holders, and can't wait to show it off.
But there's a new friend in town: Moissanite. A friend that's just as beautiful, but a little kinder on the bank account. To the naked eye, diamonds and moissanite are virtually interchangeable. So what's the difference?
"Diamonds have been known in India for millennia, having been treasured in their use in religious icons. Diamonds are formed when carbon is exposed to high pressure at a comparatively low-temperature range. They are only found in the lithospheric mantle below stable continental plates and at the site of meteor strikes. Moissanite is named after French chemist Henri Moissan, who discovered the rare mineral in a meteor crater. Moissanite occurs as an inclusion in other minerals. It is found only in the upper mantle rock of the earth and at the site of a meteor strike."
Diffen.com has constructed an easy to follow comparison page between Moissanite and Diamonds, equipped with facts, charts, and videos explaining the differences. Brilliance, hardness, crystal shape, electrical and thermal conductivity, and cost are all examined. <http://www.diffen.com/difference/Diamond_vs_Moissanite>
Whether you'd prefer to stick to tradition with genuine diamonds, or would like to know more about the rising popularity of the Moissanite gemstone, Golden Link Fine Jewelry is here to lead the way. We provide our customers with the best quality jewelry and information about all our pieces. As always we have our finger on the pulse of what is trending in the jewelry world. Pay us a visit to see our beautiful collections in person, and keep checking back on our blog regularly, for interesting and informative new articles and videos.
The Valley of Rubies
There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like Golden Link Fine Jewelry, and there is no gem like the Ruby. Rich in history, lure, significance, and symbolism, the Ruby, which received its name from the Latin word 'ruber' meaning red, has remained one of the most desired gems.
Perhaps even more interesting than the reasons we've donned rubies for centuries is where they came and still come from. The Valley of Rubies: Mogok.
Located in Myanmar (Burma) Mogok. Until recently, this location has been off limits to foreigners. However, because of Myanmar's government loosening restrictions, the Gemological Institute of America was able to get an inside look at the Ruby's home, and the people who mine them. GIA has put together a 3 part expedition series, you can find it at https://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research-expedition-to-the- valley-of-rubies-part-1
"In 1915, G.F. Kunz reported hearing a legend about how rubies originated in Mogok. The legend goes that around 2,000 years ago a serpent laid three eggs. The first egg bore the King of Bagan, the second egg bore an Emperor of China, and from the third egg came the rubies found in the ruby mines of Mogok." Among the legends of the Ruby, lies the facts about how they are formed "primarily by metamorphic events- the conditions that form mountain ranges- with rocks altered by both regional and local heat and pressure...The chance that a fine ruby will form is also dependent on slow cooling and enough time and space for the crystal to grow-rare combinations indeed."
As a sign of wealth, luck, and love, the Ruby makes a perfect gift for any loved one, or for your own collection.
Dive deeper into the valleys of Mogok, and the history of the Ruby, July's birthstone, before visiting Golden Link Fine Jewelry to find a Ruby of your very own.
How to Start Shopping for the Perfect Engagement Ring!
There are few things in life that a girl thinks about more than her wedding day. What fun it is to picture the cascading flower colors, the long white train of a lace dream dress, and of course... that little ring she’ll wear on her finger for all time. But, no pressure... Right? Nowadays, with the inventions of websites that let us save every single one of our conflicting preferences into pretty little folders, it’s nearly impossible to tell who this job is more stressful for, the girl wearing the ring, or the man choosing it!
Not to worry though... there are a myriad of places and people here to help. Now, the list of things to think about is anything but short, but lucky for us the Huffington Post, tied with The Knot, have put together “10 Things No One Tells You About Shopping For An Engagement Ring.” This daunting task is no small feat, choosing one piece of jewelry for the one person you love most, and hoping you get it right.
There are thousands of lists, dos and don’ts, charts, and diagrams, but what we forget to think about is what will actually be swirling around in our heads. Who do we talk to? What is an inclusion? Does she even like gold? What size is her finger? Can I even afford the perfect ring? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-knot/10-things-no-one-tells-yo_1_b_4482716.html has done the heavy lifting for us. Glance over this list of advice, take a breath and continue the search. Stop by Golden Link Fine Jewelry, where I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with the selection, and be able to pick out the ring that’s just right for your special someone.
“Know her ring size. If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweler can use these measurements to identify her approximate ring size.” They make it easy to keep your engagement a wonderful secret until it’s time, arming you with all the information you’ll need, and ways to get it without ruining the surprise. Here you’ll also find descriptions of each type of setting, and links to the 4Cs of diamond quality if that’s what she prefers.
Use these guides and Golden Link to make asking, “Will You Marry Me?” a piece of cake, preferably one with little replicas of you and your beloved perched on top.
Every Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained and Accessorized!
By Estee Claire - 1/1/0001
*White Tie, Black Tie, Formal, Festive...figuring out what clothes to wear is just the first step. How to accessorize can make the difference between off-kilter and appropriate flair.*
*When the invitation reads:*
* White Tie :* Think White House State dinners…the most prescribed of them all! Men are expected to wear a tuxedo with tails, a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, patent leather shoes, and sometimes even gloves. For women, formal, floor length gowns are expected—in solid colors. The best accessories are elegant yet conservative; classic stud earrings, a slender tennis bracelet (real-deal or convincing look-a-likes), or a solitaire pendant for her, and for him black or gold cuff links and tux-studs. A word to the wise, watches are considered poor form, though a pocket watch that can be discreetly tucked away might be kind of spiffy.
*Black Tie :* Indicates an evening event. Women may wear full or mid-length dresses in solid colors or subtle prints, and men should wear a tux with a black bow tie. Go elegant but understated with accessories. Complement dress necklines with sophisticated gold necklaces and dressy hairstyles with chandelier earrings. The debate over watches with a tux can be quite contentious, but general consensus is that it’s OK if you stick to a conservative black strap with a slender face and metal details that match your cufflinks.
*Formal or Black Tie Optional : *Offers an excuse to get dressed up but leaves room for personal taste and expression. For her—an LBD with a sleek geometric necklace and matching earrings, for him a dark suit (not necessarily black) and cuff links with his monogram or striking mother-of-pearl details.
*Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual :*Whatever you might wear to a really nice restaurant, but it if you are not sure what that means it’s probably best to err on the side of “over-dressed” by accessorizing with something that will get noticed! Light-catching hammered silver is a good neutral for an LBD or a flouncy dress, while striking black cable can add texture to a dark suit.
*Festive Attire : *Often used on invitations for events during the holiday season, ‘festive’ is a euphemism for sparkle. Her outfit might have sequins or metallic fabrics that can be complimented with a stack of glittering bracelets or blingy in-and-out hoops. He can go for bright colors or a jazzy tie, accented with ‘something blue’ cuff links or one of our new gold link bracelets.
*Rustic, Barn, Beach or Outdoor-Setting : *Usually means a laid-back event (forego the tie and maybe stick to these kinds of heels...). Depending on the attending crowd, outfits may lean towards ‘preppy,’ ‘southwest flair,’ or ‘tropical whites.’ Über cool organic-material accessories will fit in well—how about a necklace with big baroque pearls or handful of fancy pearl rings for her, and braided leather or wood-inlay for him.
We often think of world wonders in well-known lists, and often of massive proportion: pyramids, temples, gardens. However, not to be overlooked, is the alexandrite gemstone. Certainly a wonder, in a category all its own.
Alexandrite, named after Czar Alexander II of Russia, was discovered in Russia's Ural Mountains in the year 1830 and has survived as one of the world's most unique gems.
Really, a two-in-one stone, alexandrite is the "very rare color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl." Green in sunlight, and red in the lamplight, this rare gem makes the perfect day to night accessory, with no effort at all.
As if that were not enough, some alexandrite stones carry another phenomenon: the cat's eye. The Gemological Institute of America is a phenomenon in itself: providing a stunning visual and verbal description of alexandrite, its history, qualities, and even famous alexandrite stones. Equipped with photos, www.gia.edu/alexandrite#gem-overview is the perfect place to learn more.
Among many useful galleries, learn how to care for and clean alexandrite, the factors that make this gem so desirable, the in-depth history and lore behind the stone. Alexandrite has a one of a kind story, that only adds to the rarity and beauty of it.
Once you're thoroughly familiar with the stone, head on over to Golden Link, where you can find the perfect cut for you. Golden Link cares about providing you with fascinating pieces, rich in meaning and splendor, that remind you of earth's wonderment every time you look at them. Alexandrite is a perfect example of just that, certainly, a piece containing the stone will be something to show off and talk about.
Day to night, green to red, alexandrite is a lovely gem for all occasions, all seasons, and all people. "Emerald by day, ruby by night," adorn yourself with the gorgeous alexandrite.
*The Claddagh Ring *
Few pieces of jewelry transcend any condition of the heart, and move with love as it changes form.
Rich in history and significance, the claddagh ring holds in its small hands, a heart full of centuries of tradition, and an old tale of love and patience. Heavy with meaning in each turn, the claddagh is a symbol of friendship, hope, loyalty and commitment.
Stemming from the shores of Claddagh, a small fishing village outside of Galway, Ireland, the tale of the Claddagh ring has been carried across oceans and time. It has been said that Richard Joyce, a young man captured by pirates and ripped away from the woman he loved, crafted the Claddagh ring, bearing his own initials, as a symbol of their steadfast togetherness until they were reunited.
Perhaps our stories aren't quite as resplendent with adventure and heartache, but the meaning of the Claddagh is not lost on us. Therein lies a meaning for all of us, in the way the Claddagh sits.
Golden Link is your ticket to bringing a token of the past, into your personal present. To give to the one you love, to symbolize the state of your own heart, or simply because they are beautiful pieces of art, steeped in old Irish tradition.
Claddagh rings have stood the test of time, slightly changing in form as the rest of the world stamped its individuality on the original. There is a Claddagh ring design for every personality, and Golden Link can help you find the ring after your own heart, or for the one whose heart you are after.
PRECIOUS METALS LIKE GOLD, & STURDY METALS LIKE STERLING SILVER: MAKE A TRENDY STATEMENT WHILE RETAINING ALL THEIR VALUE!
Seems like everything we get from our parents and grandparents lasts forever. Furniture, cars, sage advice, jewelry...
But today, as we look around our rooms, apartments, our worlds... what is it we would keep? Today's mindset is all about what's new. Use it until a better one comes out, and toss the old one like we never liked it anyway.
Wouldn't it be nice to have something worth keeping? Something worth giving to our daughters that will last for ages; through a time when most things aren't built for remembering
A lot of the jewelry out there is made of material that won't last. Wouldn't you agree that jewelry that isn't well made, usually looks it? What we wear makes a statement about us. What statement are you making? Wouldn't you want your jewelry to show that you're here to stay, and you're worth keeping?
With precious metals like gold, and sturdy metals like sterling silver, you can be trendy, and your jewelry will retain its value.
Alldaychic.com has gathered 10 reasons why your jewelry might look cheap, and what to look for when purchasing jewelry. Once you know how to shop smart, come to Golden Link where we can certainly give you what you're looking for. Trendy, beautiful, long lasting jewelry.
If chosen carefully, jewelry can be an investment. Just as one treasures a favorite painting, or a worn first edition novel, jewelry can retain its value: both monetarily and sentimentally.
Golden Link is here to provide you with beautiful, well-made jewelry that will retain its style, and value. So while trends blow in and out, and as we throw away gadgets that become obsolete in weeks, we can rest assured that our jewelry will make a statement: it's here to stay, and so are we.
Thank you for a great year everyone, we have put together a fun little look at some of the popular pieces we had throughout 2016.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, NEW COLOR
This time of year we all are thinking about who we can be, how we can be happy, what we can do to make our lives even better than the year before.
2017 gives us all a chance to reflect and refresh. And what better way to do that, than with Pantone's new color of the year: Greenery.
This bright, springtime color is an escape from the day's chaos. A reminder to stop, take a breath, and peer at the nature around us. With Golden Link, you can take a piece of that nature with you. Golden Link carries a variety of pieces to fit your taste. So when you're stuck at the office, or inside during a blizzard, you can look down at your jewelry and be reminded of the sunny days to come.
Stop by https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017 to see what they have to say about Greenery, and why they chose it as the color of 2017. They've created a visual description of all that Greenery encompasses, and why we can feel good about being a part of it.
Green not your color? Pantone has taken the time to take "nature's neutral" and pair it with a handful of color palettes to mix and match. So no matter what your favorite color, or favorite season, you can be a part of the fresh new year!
With today's world buzzing around us, and time slipping by, we often forget to remember the moments of our day worth keeping. To take in the changing colors of the trees, or study the snowflakes as they fall to see how they differ from the others. Now we can have a reminder on our fingers or around our necks. To stop, and be a part of the nature we so often take for granted. This is a year for change.
Take a peek around Golden Link today and find your new piece of jewelry, and the new 2017 you!
THE CHARM BRACELET: TIMELESSLY CHARMING US: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE.
*"When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed, she can forget that part of her. That's charm."* -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
To own a piece of history is one thing. To own a piece of the world, a tradition passed through the ages, that is uniquely personal all at the same time, is a whole different story. A story of your life. All contained in one small loop of sweet sounding charms that remind you of who you are, where you've been, who you love, and what you dream of.
Charm bracelets are a time withstanding trend that we never tire of. Neon colors, favorite animals, initials, you name it... we all remember our childhood charms and the sound they'd make dangling against our school desks as we scribbled out notes. But what about now?
Golden Link is here to remind you why you love charm bracelets, and here to supply you with what you need to update your wrists. Beautiful bracelets, charms, and beads to represent the road you've taken until now, and the future you are building toward. Whether it's classic, handblown glass, colorful beads of art, your favorite time of year, your children's birthstones, or your dream vacation, Golden Link has an affordable, wide variety to choose from.
Our charms change with us. There's a charm for every occasion, every person, and every lovable thing in our lives. Your charms should bring a smile to your face, as you trace them with your fingers, holding each one, as it holds a part of you. To help you decide where to start, Eat Love Savor travels with us through the history of the charm bracelet, helping us understand why it has lasted, and evolved on our wrists over countless years. Click the link below to read the fascinating story of the charm bracelet! http://eatlovesavor.com/the-charm-bracelet-charming-us-throughout-the-ages/#
Tell the story of your life, with Golden Link. Let us help you wear who you are, while you charm everyone who passes by.
Golden Link Fine Jewelry would like to wish everyone a happy & healthy holiday. We are grateful for your loyal support all these years. We will continue to bring you the finest customer service and the fairest prices in a warm and family like atmosphere. We value each and everyone of our customers.
We take pride in both our customer service and the work we do. Whether you need a repair, to restore a family heirloom, redesign a piece of jewelry that just isn’t your style, or create something entirely new…we will work with you to make sure the piece fits your needs. All of our work is done in-house by Haviv who is known throughout the community for his exceptional craftsmanship and integrity.
Thank you again we appreciate each and everyone of our customers and look forward to serving you long into the future.
Signed, sealed, delivered... the signet ring is yours. According to GQ Magazine, "Signet Rings Are Back!" Most of us have one lying in a jewelry box, generations old. Some of us can remember the light reflecting off the hunk of gold that held onto our grandfather's pinky finger as he told stories from before our time. But signet rings date much further back than even our great grandparents. The Antique Jewelry University has put together a simple, brief, visual history of the signet ring. It shows how these rings have changed both in style and function from the Mesopotamian Era, until today. Scroll through the history of the signet ring, as you see it evolve from the signature of kings, to the "mark of the gentleman." http://university.langantiques.com/index.php/Signet_Ring
Today, where and how you wear the ring is a matter of personal preference. Just know they are back and popularly worn by men, and women, all around the world. Golden Link Fine Jewelry will help you personalize a ring tailored to your style, that will live on for generations! When you're ready, simply come in with the crest or symbol you’d like engraved, and we will work with you to determine, the rest: whether you want an oval, round, cushion, or squared face! Don’t have a crest or symbol, don’t worry anyone can create one and have their own custom designed ring. Come in and explore the age-old options with us!
THE STORY BEHIND THE OPAL
It is easy for us, peering into glass cases, pointing out our favorite combination of iridescent opals. Golden Link certainly gives us an abundance to choose from, but any opal you decide to take home was a hard earned, precious, find for the one who found it. National Geographic does us a favor, by taking us to Coober Pedy, Australia - the opal capital of the world. Coober Pedy is where opals become a livelihood, and every tiny piece can make or break someone's day, even year. Follow these passionate miners underground. See how the earth produces these beautiful gems, and what it takes to get them from deep below our feet, to the tips of our fingers.
"The pearl is the queen of gems, and the gem of queens." -anonymous
From Empress Marie-Louise of France and Philip Henry Hope, to Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, the pearl has been a coveted and treasured gem since long ago. But long before a pearl can sit comfortably on the neck of a queen, it humbly begins inside its own natural jewelry box- the mollusk.
Although pearls do form on their own, human intervention has produced many of the cultured pearls we see and wear today. Freshwater pearls, like the ones available at Golden Link, are produced in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
What's the difference between natural and cultured pearls? How can I tell a genuine pearl from an imitation? What does the surface, shape, and color of my pearl tell me about where it came from, or how valuable it really is? The Gemological Institute of America can answer all of these questions and much more. So, before you choose which one of our gorgeous pearl pieces you'd like for your collection, take a peek into the life of a pearl...from mollusk to matching sets.