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Hunting for "Diamonds" in Herkimer

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Hunting for "Diamonds" in Herkimer

I assume you've heard of the Herkimer diamond?  It's actually quartz and but nicknamed "diamond" because of its shape: double terminated (meaning with two points) and with 18 natural facets.  It was discovered in Herkimer County, NY.  The currently open mines are "Ace of Spades" https://www.herkimerdiamond.com/ and "Crystal Grove" https://www.crystalgrove.com/ I'd been wanting to go for some time and so this year when my travel buddy Jochen Hintze from Jentsch Minerals came to exhibit at the Edison Gem show, we decided to tack a short trip onto his stay and headed for St. Johnsville, NY on Monday April 8 for a...

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Diamonds are a Girls....

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Since I deal mainly in untreated gemstones, I have stayed away from using colored diamonds.  Most of them are irradiated and while I make exceptions for heat treatment, irradiation is a no go - it's the reason I don't carry Morganite.

In the last few months, however, I started to increasingly play with natural yellow and pink diamonds, so I thought it might be fun to share some of my insights, and...

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Some Thoughts on the Challenge of Making Custom Quotes

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Now that I have so many gemstones for sale, I get considerably more requests for custom quotes than I did in the past.  And I face new challenges.  I have been thinking that if I share some of these, perhaps I can get some suggestions from you as I develop price lists and a custom form for my new webpage.
               Making a quote minimally involves calculations on the following three factors:
1...

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The Seahorse Ring: A New Design Journey

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Several months ago I took on a project that involved setting a customer’s diamond, an old miner, into a ring completely designed from scratch. My customer, Lynne F. works as a marine biologist in Florida and wanted a motif that involved sea horses. And I wanted to see if I could make this happen. Obviously, there’s nothing out there design wise I could borrow from, and these sea horses would have...

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