I can still hear Carol Channing singing that delightful song about A Girl’s Best Friend. Diamonds were immortalized by Divas such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor who delighted in the sparkle and clarity of the gemstone.
Moissanite is a naturally occuring stone, that is available as a manmade gemstone.
It has the hardness of a diamond, the clarity of a diamond, and the refraction of a diamond.
Simply put, Moissanite Sparkles.
Michael Nutter Uses Moissanite NEO in his moissanite jewelry. These gemstones are cut to specifications that parallel the dazzling beauty of diamonds. There are advantages to using moissanite instead of diamonds.
Moissanite is Conflict Free. They are grown and not mined, and their production does not disrupt the environment.
Moissanite comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, as do diamonds, but the price per carat weight is significantly less, and greatly more accessible to the consumer. Why pay more?
Moissanite NEO comes with a warranty certificate, which covers defects in the gemstone for the duration of original ownership. Can you say that about a diamond?
Visit Michael so that you can compare diamond gemstones to moissanite gemstones. You will be amazed at the scintillation and clarity of Moissanite NEO.
The Sapphire is the September Gem Stone , or birth stone.
The Sapphire is a brilliant and and resilient gemstone. It is composed of the mineral corundum, just like the Ruby.
Most people think of the color BLUE when Sapphires are mentioned. And although many sapphires are blue, sapphires also come in yellow, green, purple and orange. Pink sapphires are uncommon but are quite beautiful. Michael recently used a Pink Sapphire in a necklace, pictured above.
Each of the different Sapphire colors result from different minerals that are considered impurities. These trace minerals include iron, magnesium, chromium, titanium and copper.
Sapphires are really hard gem stones. The only harder Gem is the Diamond and Moissanite.
The blue sapphire has been used to represent loyalty, truth and faithfulness. It has been very commonly associated with royalty, perhaps due to its “True Blue” coloration, against which other stones are compared in assessing the depth and quality of their blue color. Perhaps this is from where the “Blue Blood” designation originates? Symbolizing all of those qualities, Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a blue sapphire as her engagement ring. That is a romantic gesture fit for a fairy tale!
While most people think of the sapphire as a romantic gift, the gemstone has been used to enable mystical elements for the bearer. Lore regarding this lustrous stone includes bringing peace, heavenly attributes, and protection from harm to the wearer.
No matter your motivation for acquiring sapphire jewelry , its radiant sparkle is sure to please.
Do you remember when the best part of style was simple refinement?
In Jewelry, the singular image of that refinement, is an elegant Woman, wearing Pearls.
Pearls are Simple and Elegant.
Pearls are organic, and made by nature with a little help from man. Naturally occuring round pearls are rare, so back in the 19th century a technique was developed to help mollusks make pearls.
When you see a strand of round lustrous beautiful pearls, Cultured Pearls are most likely what your are seeing. And, that is what is typically worn now, whether in a necklace, earrings, bracelet or ring. Cultured Pearls take a couple of years to grow, and are grown by a few species of mollusks.
There are a few types of Cultured Pearls:
Freshwater Pearls: The most accessible and affordable Pearls that you can wear. These should be your first thought when considering Pearl Jewelry. They are lustrous and beautiful, and are grown in China mostly these days. They can be had in Round or Rice Shapes. Fresh Water Pearls are also available in a number of colors including white, pink, orange and pastels, and black. Black pearls can be grown in a certain type of mollusk, the black lipped oyster, and are known as Tahitian Pearls. Freshwater pearls are not as large as cultured saltwater pearls, up to about 7 mm in diameter, but are a very good value when pricing your pearl purchase.
Saltwater Pearls – these are usually white or cream in color and round. They can be South Sea Pearls, or Tahitian Pearls which are black.
South Sea Pearls are grown in Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. These pearls are named for the region in which they are grown , the South Seas. Some of these pears can have a golden lustre, and can be some of the largest pearls that you will find. Up to 13 mm in diameter.
Akyoa Pears are reknowned for their lustre and roundness. They can have a golden lustre and have less surface blemishes and a thicker coating or nacre, which gives pearls their lustre. These are grown in Japan, and are very expensive.
A client brought me her Tahitian pearl necklace to restring, long sinuous black opulent forms. what a pleasure it was to work with those smooth glistening shapes. The result was pleasingly simple, and black pearls not too common.
Think about treating yourself or someone special in your life, to a graceful display of elegance.
The natural Pearl.
Rich in Legend and Lore, the peridot gem dates back to early Egyptian writings.
It is known as the “Gem of the Sun” because it is lustrous, Green/Yellow in color, and brilliant. The Egyptians were enthralled with its beauty, and considered its possession protective, as a talisman to ward off evil. It was even thought to glow in the dark!
Earrings are the perfect foil for a beautiful face.
What better way to show off your brilliant smile and sparkling eyes, than a pair of gemstone earrings set in solid gold.
In addition to standard earring styles, Michael also makes custom earring jackets. Earring jackets are a unique and easy way to complement your wardrobe with a variety of styles that you can change every day.
Whether your earring selection is a colored gemstone, or a diamond, Michael has a pair that is perfect for you!
Symbolizing … youth, beauty, vigor and resilience! Choose your birthstone to create earrings in your own style.
You have been looking everywhere at engagement rings. And you feel like you keep seeing the same rings again and again.
It can be frustrating.
There is a way that you can express your personality, taste and sense of style when choosing your engagement ring!
Michael talks about designs with his clients, and then creates rings here in Gig Harbor. The process takes 4 to 6 weeks, usually, from start to finish.
The first step in the process of creating your ring, is when you stop in to chat with Michael about what you want in your ring. He can show you examples of different styles, make drawings for you, and build some examples for you to see. It is a fun and exciting, creative process.
After you choose a design that you love, then Michael will make it so you can try it on, get a feel for it, and decide about how to perfect the ring. Custom anything is rare these days, Except at Michael Nutter Jeweler, where it happens every day!
Let Michael create a custom ring just for you! The end result is worth the wait!
If you were born in August, you are lucky! There are two birthstones from which to choose: Peridot and Sardonyx.
Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties. It can protect against nightmares, bring the wearer physical power, gives influence over others, and provides a year of good fortune. Since peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the earth, it can be brought to the surface by volcanic activity, and in Hawaii, Legends have it that peridots are the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes. Very strong stuff indeed.
Peridot also is mined in Arizona , China, Myanmar, and Pakistan. There are a variety of colors to choose from: yellow-green to brown, with the brighter greens being most popular. It is the only gemstone that can be found with a lime green to olive color. Michael has peridots in lustrous bright greens, in rings and earrings.
You may not have heard of Sardonyx before, but it is a type of onyx and has beautiful layers of reddish-brown and white stripes. The ancient Romans and Greeks carried talismans of sardonyx into battle engraved with images of their favorite heroes. They believed that this would make them victorious in battle.
Sardonyx is also used to create cameos (carved raised images) and intaglios (the opposite of cameos). When you see a cameo that has red and white, it is Sardonyx. Perhaps carrying a Sardonyx cameo will provide victory in love?
Sardonyx is found just about anywhere, but is commonly mined in India, and also is mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.
We are pleased to help when you need jewelry repairs.
The following story is unfortunately common. And we are here to help.
Your fiancee surprised you with a Diamond Engagement ring, which was purchased at a local Big Box store, or online.
You were of course THRILLED, and now your Diamond Engagement ring is one year old.
You look down at your ring finger, and to your horror you see that the diamond is missing!
It may surprise you to know, that this happens often.
And it is very very frustrating.
With the advent of internet jewelry shopping, some Big Box stores selling jewelry, and jewelry being sourced from low quality jewelry makers, there is an unfortunate trend toward the sale and marketing of low quality jewelry. And, low quality does NOT always mean low COST!
Low quality jewelry has poorly made or poorly designed rings , clasps for bracelets and necklaces, and mountings for gemstones. Design and manufacturing deficiencies cause breakage due to normal wear and tear, much sooner than if the product is made with good quality design and craftmanship. Your valued jewelry should be of lasting quality.
So what should you look for when shopping for jewelry? Low quality rings are usually hollowed out on the inside of the ring, in order to decrease the amount of the gold or platinum used. Some rings are also made very very thin. When the ring does not have sufficient density of material, it becomes brittle, cracks, and breaks. Thin material is maleable and will not stand up to the stresses of normal wear and will fail. Also, over time, you may need to have your ring sized! If the construction of the ring is thin or brittle, a simple resizing may become expensive if it needs to be corrected by using a laser.
Gemstones fall out of rings with hollowed cores more often than when set in a solid gold setting. Thin gemstone mounts and those with prongs are likely to fail, causing the gemstone to fall out. In addition, mass produced jewelry will not stand up to your daily routine due to the production process and poor quality control. You deserve jewelry that is high in quality materials and design.
The mounting for gemstones is critical for longevity. Michael designs mountings that will maintain the setting, and he inspects every setting and tests it for integrity.
Come to Michael Nutter Jeweler – Gig Harbor for the quality workmanship that you deserve. Whether for a new purchase or for a repair you wont be disappointed!
The two of you hiked through morning mist to see a fiery sunrise, and lunched at a sublime alpine lake. After a brisk and invigorating swim, you set back to the city, where you enjoy a simple meal overlooking the lake. And then he turns to you, a twinkle in his eye, and hands you a small box.
Memorable moments are what Michael Nutter Jeweler is all about. And those moments are captured forever, alive and sparkling in Michael’s workmanship.
Whether you are looking for an anniversary gift, an engagement ring, a maternity ring, or a commemorative piece to remember a loved one, Michael provides you with unmatched quality and service. Come see what Michael can make for you.