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Garnet - January Birthstone

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Princess Cut Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here. 

Princess Cut Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here. 

Rhodolite Garnet Solitaire Ring in Matte Sterling Silver available  here . 

Rhodolite Garnet Solitaire Ring in Matte Sterling Silver available here

Emerald Cut Pink Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here . 

Emerald Cut Pink Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here

Cushion Cut Crimson Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available  here . 

Cushion Cut Crimson Garnet Ring in Sterling Silver available here

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

Let's "ring" (no pun intended!) in the New Year and Celebrate with those January babes. Garnet, January's birthstone, comes in some superb and brilliant colors ranging from crimson red, to bright pink (Rhodolite Garnet) to a unique bright green (tsavorite) even being found in orange and rarely, blue tones.  This unique stone ranges from a 6.5 to a 7.5 on the MOHs Scale. It pairs greatly with bright sterling silver as well as gold. Above is a selection of some of our most loved Garnet and Rhodolite Garnet Rings. Looking for something custom for your someone special? Contact us here

For more excellent facts on Garnet check out the GIA Encyclopedia

Blue Topaz - December Birthstone

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Blue Topaz stacking set available  here. 

Blue Topaz stacking set available here. 

Blue Topaz comes in a variety of luscious tones, sweet Sky blue, bright Swiss blue and the deep dark London Blue. These bright and fantastic blues are a favorite of ours here at Madelynn Cassin Designs. We love the brilliant colors and the durability of Topaz, an 8 on the MOHs scale. 

 

For more excellent facts about Topaz and all its varieties check out our tried and true source for Gemstone Facts - the GIA Encyclopedia. 

Citrine - November Birthstone

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This sunny yellow gemstone is the birthstone for November. Natural citrine is a very rare to come by, so most citrine you will find out in the marketplace is actually Purple Amethyst that has been heat treated until it glows the golden yellow we know as citrine. These two stones are both members of the quartz family, having varying levels of oxidation of iron found in the crystal. When heated the iron impurities in the purple amethyst are reduced resulting in the golden orange color. Citrine is a 7 on the MOHs hardness scale and is the most popular yellow gemstone on the market. 

 

Above we have two examples of our own designs that incorporate citrine. Our Trillion Shaped Chevron Band in Sterling Silver available here as well as our Extra Large 9mm Citrine stud earrings available here.

 

For more information about Citrine, check out a few of our information sources and as always the trusty GIA Encyclopedia! 

Keeping Your Piece Bright and Beautiful: Cleaning and Care Tips

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Does your piece lack the luster it once had? Stone look a little cloudy? Even have some interesting gunk building up under that bezel? Fear not! Here are a few quick and easy steps to return that sparkle in your favorite piece!

Simple Steps to Keep Your Ring Clean

1. Keep Those Hands Clean - Every time you wash your hands, take a minute to rinse the back side of your ring (underneath the bezel) this will help to prevent any gunk from starting to build up and cloud your stone. 

2. Need a deeper Clean? Grab your ring, some hot water, and a pinch of Oxyclean. Place your ring in the solution of Oxyclean and hot water for a 15 minutes, this will help to dissolve any built up skin cells, lotion, hand soap and any other things that make be hiding behind your stone! After the 15 minutes is up take a SOFT bristle toothbrush and give the area behind the stone a good scrub, this will help to remove the dissolved debris. Rinse under the faucet and BAM! Look at that puppy sparkle! 

*THINGS TO AVOID*

Chlorine - including any found in hot tubs or pools, Harsh Cleaning Chemicals - they aren't good for you or your jewelry