Celebrate Your Love ! Valentine Style

Valentines Day

Way back when, those pesky Roman men had very strange ideas of romance.

There used to be a festival between February 13 and 15, every year, called Lupercalia. During that festival apparently, men could obtain a woman as a mate, by lottery. Honest, I am not making this up.

And, It seems that emperor Claudius II executed 2 men both named Valentine, on February 14, a year or so apart from each other.  During Lupercalia.

The Catholic Church took note, and commemorated the brutal event by canonizing St Valentine. The feast of St Valentine is February 14.

So, Now we have Valentine’s Day.

And thankfully, you dont get given away in a lottery, and you dont sacrifice your life for your faith.

What is contemporary tradition for Valentine’s Day, is charitable, endearing and romantic. Thank goodness!

Celebrate your passion and love. Express your truest sense of emotion, from your heart. Be creative and bold.

Make this Valentine’s Day a Lasting Memory.

Heart Pendant
Diamond Bracelet
Stunning array of diamonds in white gold
Solitaire diamond pendant
Solitaire Diamond Pendant in gold

 

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Sapphires Sparkle in September

Saphire Pendant

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!

Logan Saphire

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.

Pendant with pink saphire in diamond pave by Michael Nutter

Read More about Sapphires at

GIA.edu

The Natural Sapphire Co

GemstoneSocietyOfAmerica

 

Pearls. Bluejeans to Formal.

Pearl Pin

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.

South sea Pearl with diamonds in yellow Gold by Michael Nutter
Pear EarRings
Pearl Earrings, the June Birthstone by Michael Nutter
Pearl Pendant
A single South Sea Pearl is embraced by wings of gold by Michael Nutter
Emerald Pendant
The pendant is an exceptional piece, with a large center emerald, surrounded by diamonds and a single ruby that sits in its crown on a strand of Pearls by Michael Nutter
South Sea Pearl Pin
South Sea Pearls adorn this 18 kt white gold pin with diamonds by Michael Nutter
Pearl Pendant
A single beautiful Pearl, set with diamonds by Michael Nutter

Read More About Pearls

Famous Pearls

GIA.edu

American Gem Society

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Peridot Earrings

Peridot is the August Birthstone

Rich in Legend and Lore, the peridot gem dates back to early Egyptian writings.

 

Peridot Earring in White Gold
Earrings made with your own birthstone, set in solid gold. Peridot gemstone shown in white gold by Michael Nutter

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!

Aqumarine Ring with Peridot
Birthstone Ring, Aquamarine with Peridot in solid gold by Michael Nutter

Read More About Peridot

GIA.edu

American Gem Society

Wikipedia

GemSelect

Earrings Make the Perfect Gift

Diamond Earrings

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!

 

 

Garnet Earrings, The January Birthstone
Tourmalene Earrings, The June Birthstone
Peridot Earrings, The August Birthstone
Peridot Earring in White Gold
Earrings made with your own birthstone, set in solid gold. Peridot gemstone shown in white gold
Pear EarRings
Pearl Earrings, the June Birthstone by Michael Nutter
Diamond Earrings
Diamond Earrings, the April Birthstone by Michael Nutter
Diamond and Saphire earrings
Saphire Earrings, the September Birthstone by Michael Nutter

Symbolizing … youth, beauty, vigor and resilience! Choose your birthstone to create earrings in your own style.

Come see Michael today!

Read About the History of Earrings

Wikipedia

LoveToKnow

Treat your August Sweetheart to Peridot, the August Birthstone!

 

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.

 

Sardonyx
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.