Gems are the icing on my cake of life!

Photo courtesy of  Intricate Icings Cake Design,   Photo by: Ali and Garret

Photo courtesy of Intricate Icings Cake Design, 

Photo by: Ali and Garret

Gems are the icing on my cake of life!  This month, Ann Elizabeth Jewelry is celebrating 12 years in business!  I am so proud of the business I have created.  I thank my clients for letting me add color and sparkle to life stories through my jewelry designs.  And, as a plus for me, clients have become my friends!  Every day, I am blessed to do a "job" that makes me smile, brings excitement with each project and gives me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and fabulous people.  My world of jewelry is a dream-come-true for me.  Owning my own business has taught me so much about myself.  I am grateful to be able to design beautiful jewelry.  I look forward to many more years of creating amazing pieces for special people.

Let's CONNECT and start a new jewelry journey together! 

You have a choice for August birthstones… which will it be?

Photo courtesy of Luis Miguel Howard

Photo courtesy of Luis Miguel Howard

     In ancient times, people believed gemstones had amazing powers such as luck, health and prosperity.  Certain gemstones became associated with each month, called birthstones, and had special meanings and historical significance.  Over time, these changed and today’s list differs from those of ancient times.  Most months only have a single birthstone, but some months have multiple birthstones.  The months that have more than one birthstone are June, AUGUST, October, November and December.


     As described in a previous blog post, peridot is an August birthstone.  Another gemstone for August is spinel.  However, most people are not as familiar with it.  Spinel comes in a range of different colors -orange to vivid red, vibrant pink, and shades of blue, violet, and purple.  The most desirable colors are red, blue and pink.  Some red spinel color can rival the vivid red of a ruby!  Some historical gemstones which were thought to be ruby have proved to be red spinel. The famous Black Prince Ruby is actually one of the world's largest red spinels. With an irregular cabochon cut, it weighs 170 carats and is set into the Imperial State Crown of England. Spinel deserves to be recognized as a gemstone that is worthy of appreciation in its own right. 


Gemstones are rated on the Mohs hardness scale making certain stones better for everyday wear than others.  Spinel is a durable stone, rating 8 on the Mohs scale, making it a great choice for jewelry. When I taught gemology students about spinel, one of the first inclusions I had them look for is the octahedral crystal… exciting discoveries for them!  

The picture shown is the inside of a spinel seen in my microscope at 40x.  It is an octahedral crystal which looks like two pyramids with their bases touching.  This is a diagnostic inclusion that helps a gemologist, along with other factors, identify a gemstone as being natural spinel.  Spinel’s characteristic crystal shape is also a octahedron and these well-formed crystals are highly sought after by collectors.  Inclusions can add to the character of the stones.

So there you have it!  If you were not a fan of peridot as your August birthstone, you have now been introduced to another amazing August birthstone ~ beautiful spinel! 

Let’s START your design with spinel! 



Good-bye, July ~~ Hello, AUGUST!

August Birthstone - Peridot 

   As much as I love diamonds... I am fascinated by colored stones which are unique and beautiful! Stones are found all around the world in different types of deposits. Do you know what makes the difference between emerald, jade, peridot or tsavorite garnet? They are all green, but their chemical compositions and crystal structures are much different! As a gemologist (or, also lovingly referred to as a Gem Geek), I appreciate how these differences in formation and elements cause the beautiful display of colors. 


   The picture above shows an array of green-colored gemstones. The birthstone for August is peridot (per-i-doh). This beautiful green gemstone is colored by the element iron which is in its chemical composition. Peridot stones can range from yellowish green to greenish yellow. However, the most sought after hue is a pure green without any yellow or brown modifying hues. 

   The finest and largest peridot come from Myanmar; commercial grade peridot is mined in the United States and China. Most peridot is very clean of inclusions. However, peridot is known for unique inclusions that are identified in gemology as "lily-pads". These inclusions are partially-healed tension halos surrounding a crystal. 

  Peridot is a softer gem and rates 6.5 to 6 out of 10 on the Moh's hardness scale. One thing to keep in mind when wearing peridot is that it is sensitive to temperature changes and chemicals. As with many colored stones, knowing how to care for a gem is important for keeping its beauty alive! 


Inclusion photo credit: Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones - E.J. GUBELIN + J.I.KOIVULA

Sparklers ✨ 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

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    As we celebrate Independence Day, I am thankful that I can follow my dream of designing jewelry!  I am also proud that Ann Elizabeth Jewelry is made in the United States and that each piece is hand-crafted.  Fortunately, I have enjoyed the freedom to turn my passion for art into a business as well as to having the opportunity to grow my brand.   

    The holiday sparklers and bursts of fireworks remind me of the “oohs and aahs” I hear when my clients first see the jewelry that I’ve created... just for them.  I love designing new pieces of jewelry and also creating custom re-designs of heirloom pieces.  

    Let’s chat about your jewelry!  Do you have a special occasion for yourself or others?  Do you have family jewelry that could use a new look?  Let’s bring more sparkle to your life!  

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Something old into something new ~ Heirloom Redesign

     Was a piece of jewelry passed down to you from your mother or grandmother or another family member?  Does seeing it in your jewelry box bring fond memories?  Maybe those memories are of your mom putting on her special necklace or a reminder of your grandmother who always wore her favorite pearls.  Why aren’t you or another family member wearing it?  Is it because the piece has been worn down, is broken or is it just not the style for today’s fashion?

     I love redesigning jewelry so that you can have your own special piece… but, one with family history.  I find that every piece of jewelry has a story and also creates a story.  We can restore, repair or redesign your jewelry!  

     One of my clients sent me her mother’s diamond cocktail watch.  My client never wore it but loved the memory of it being her mother’s.  I designed a white gold, bangle bracelet using the diamond band of the watch.  She loves it!  The bangle is oval in shape and custom-sized to her wrist.  

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Bringing new life to something old, bringing beautiful memories to your mind again… that’s what we can do!

Let's work together to get your valued jewelry out of your jewelry box and onto you! 

Psst... I have some secrets!

   What secret?  Happy ANNiversary to Ann Elizabeth Jewelry!  I am proudly celebrating 11 years in business!  I vividly remember walking through the steps of starting my own business and was more than excited.  I felt a sense of independence, pride in my hard work, and passion for my designs. 

   Why has this been a secret?  After I began Ann Elizabeth Jewelry, I was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - as a Gemology instructor at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, California.  I spent an incredible eight years teaching Gemology to students from all over the world.  Although I continued to do custom designs, Ann Elizabeth Jewelry had to take a back seat.  

   Last year, when our family moved to Boise, Idaho, Ann Elizabeth Jewelry once again could be a priority!  I will be sharing more about my business and the amazing pieces we can design or re-design.  As I believe, every piece of jewelry tells a personal story. 

   And the next BIG secret is... Since I am celebrating, I want to share my excitement with YOU by offering a special gift!  How do you win this giveaway?  Please follow my jewelry journey by joining my mailing list below now and sharing my business with friends!  You will all be entered to win my ANNiversary gift giveaway ~~ to be announced on October 15, 2017! 


That magical night, 11 years ago, celebrating being the owner of

Ann Elizabeth Jewelry!

Following our dreams from the ocean to the mountains.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

My boys.  My loves.  Walking off into the sunset towards "a beautiful life" in Boise, Idaho. 

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