Lost wax casting is a well-known process in the jewelry industry, but Geralyn recently started using a less known type of wax with Japanese origins. Mitsuro-Hikime is unique because it must be warmed slowly with your hands to become malleable. After pulling and folding the wax into itself over and over, much like a taffy machine in the candy shoppe window, it forms unique striations. This wax and technique allow the goldsmith to create flowing sculptural curves with organic, linear texture.
No, we're not talking about birthstones. In fact, our gem this month isn't on the birthstone list at all!
For July we're featuring a gem that doesn't get the spotlight as often as it deserves: sunstone!
We're not sure why sunstones don't get more media attention, but here are our top three reasons they're worthy of your focus:
If you’ve ever searched for handmade fine jewelry, you have likely heard the title gemologist attached to some designers’ and jewelers’ names. But what does that actually mean? How does being a gemologist impact the jewelry itself? And what is the difference between a gemologist and GIA Graduate Gemologist® anyway? Let’s get those questions answered.
In a world where technology is always evolving, people have become accustomed to hyper-personalization in their everyday life. Sure, consumers might think it’s weird when they start getting ads for the exact yard project they were just talking about with their spouse, or when Amazon suggests that it’s time to order more dog food just as they’re running low.
No, we're not talking about birthstones. We're talking about gemstones you can enjoy no matter when you were born! And for our first ever gemstone of the month, we decided on... pearls!