Notes From The Road
We often get questions about our hallmark. Customers want to know what it looks like, what it means, and where it is found on our jewelry.
A hallmark, or stamp, is very specific to a jeweler designer. Think of it as the designer’s signature--it identifies the piece as being made by them. It's not only our hallmark, but also our trademark.
Welcome, Turquoise Hounds! We want to introduce a fabulous webby and colorful Chinese turquoise: Hubei.
The northwestern portion of Hubei Province in China provides a variety of green and blue turquoise. The deposits were discovered while looking for iron ore. This region yields the richest iron deposits, providing the green turquoise with its color. Blue turquoise is found within the same region, and in appearance it is often compared to turquoise from the renowned Nevada mines. Some of it is on par with the coveted robin’s egg blue Persian turquoise.
The name rhodochrosite originates from the Greek language meaning “rose-colored.” You can easily recognize it by its white agate-like banding known as the bacon strip affect. This banding is how you can differentiate it from rhodonite, which contains black inclusions. Because these two minerals sound similar, they’re easily confused.