New Custom Pieces!

With Spring upon us, we wanted to share the new custom pieces we’ve been working on this Winter. We’ve been so busy that we realized we hadn’t shown you many new pieces in a while. So here is a glimpse of some of our most recent work.

We couldn’t have done it without our amazing clients whose vision make these designs possible. We always love making our customers dreams come true because it pushes our creativity and skills keeping us fresh and on our toes. For example, we worked with Palladium for the first time, which can be a difficult metal to work with. However, it was all worth it! We are so excited about how it came out because of the contrast it created with the yellow gold inlay. Check it out in the album below, we can’t wait to use it again.

Our newest pieces also include fingerprints engraved onto the inside of wedding bands, a fun wedding ring stacking set and a gorgeous sapphire engagement ring. For mother’s and father of another bridal party we created some custom petoskey jewelry for a destination wedding taking place in Traverse City, Michigan. And the Nebula ringwe created as an engagement ring last year now has a wedding ring which was designed to fill it like a puzzle! Wow, we’re even a little impressed with ourselves 🙂 Please visit more of our other our custom wedding bands here.

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Rebecca Zemans News

What a wonderful Autumn we are having in Chicago! I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather as much as I am. I love to see the leaves change and get cozy on my couch with a nice cup of tea after a long day of work.

Because this time of year brings a sense of change and reflection, I decided to dedicate this post to everything that is new at Rebecca Zemans Jewelry.

First and most importantly, we have updated our Etsy Shop! If you are interested in buying jewelry from us, or are way ahead on your Christmas shopping, make sure to check out the jewelry here. Of course if you see something that you like, but you would like to add your own personal touch, then we are, as always, available and more than happy to set up an appointment to meet in person or talk on the phone.

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We also wanted to share with you our most recent custom wedding jewelry. Autumn is a busy time for weddings in the Midwest and we’ve been very lucky to be part of so many!

Also, we are planning on introducing the ENTIRE Rebecca Zemans Team (RZT) to you in a new series of blog posts, because you guys need to know who helps create the magic in the studio, so stay tuned!

Sapphire – Stone of the Month

The sapphire is often referred to as the ruby‘s sister. Why? Because they are both made out of the same material, the mineral corundum. Gemstones that belong to the corundum family, which are the hardest besides diamonds, consist of pure aluminum oxide, which over many years crystallized into beautiful colorless gemstones. Other elements such as iron and chrome are responsible for the sapphire’s beautiful coloring. The word “sapphire” derives from the Latin “saphirus” and the Greek “sapheiros”, meaning “blue.” Although mostly known for its deep blue color, the sapphire can come in many other colors including red, yellow, green and pink.

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The sapphire dates back to 800 B.C. when they were the gems of choice among clergy and royalty of ancient civilizations like Persia. Blue sapphires were believed to reflect heaven and ward off evil, often put into jewelry as a talisman.

Good quality sapphires are rather rare and are only be found in Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Brazil. Since the color of the sapphire is so important, and since the stone shines in different colors from different angles, the cutter needs to make sure to cut this very hard gemstone in the right angle in order to maximize the brilliance and luster.
Even though the sapphire is a rather expensive stone to own, once you own it it will be fairly simple to keep clean and beautiful. Due to its hardness the stone doesn’t easily break, and because of its value and mystery, this beautiful gem can be a wonderful substitute for diamonds in engagement rings. It is also associated with 45th wedding anniversaries.

Photo Credit: Flickr.com – dctim1

Ruby – Stone of the Month

The word ruby comes from the Latin word “ruber” which means red. The ruby is a red variety of the mineral Corundum, which is one of the hardest minerals known to us and is found in metamorphic rock. Unless the gem is the color red, which it gets from traces of chromium, it is considered a sapphire.

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The ruby stands for heat and power and was often used as bullets for blowguns, to heat water or as a cure for indigestion. The ruby, which in Sanskrit is called “ratnaraj” meaning “King of Gemstones”, was in ancient Indian thought to protect against misfortune and bad health, especially against back pain and toenail problems.

This valuable gem’s color is often said to come from an internal flame which represents everlasting love. According to ancient myth, the stone will bring good fortune to its wearer if worn on the left hand, which is why it is a perfect alternative to a diamond for an engagement ring. The ruby, which has been assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto is also often used to celebrate a couple’s 15th and 40th anniversary.

Rubies can come in a variety of colors, ranging from a pinkish-red to a purplish or even brownish red. The color depends on the chromium and iron content of the stone, but the most desirable color  is called “pigeon’s blood”, a pure red with a hint of blue.

A common practice used to increase a ruby’s color and clarity is heat treatment. Another method, used on less valuable stones with surface cracks, is filling the stone with lead glass, which can improve the stone tremendously and make them salable at a more affordable price.

Rubies are found mostly in Southeast Asia, in particular Burma and Thailand are known for their ruby deposits. The rubies found in Burma tend to be the desired “pigeon’s blood” color and often fluoresce so strongly that they seem to glow, the Thai rubies tend to lack that quality and have a more violet or brown tint to them. Although Burma is known for providing the most beautiful rubies, it is important to consider HOW they are found and under what conditions. Burma has been known to use slave & child labor to get the precious gems, which fund the Burmese military. If you are interested in this issue, click here to read a very informative article about the issue. RZJewelry only uses conflict-free rubies, in an effort to improve the environment and enhance human rights.

Credits: Flickr.com – Orbital Joe