Are You Looking for a Stunning Citrine Cocktail Ring?

Handmade 14 ct Marquise Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring

The Chic and Fashionable Citrine Cocktail Ring

14 Carat Marquise Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring from John S Brana Handmade Jewelry
14 Carat Marquise Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring from John S Brana Handmade Jewelry

The citrine gem has been highly valued for its color and charm for centuries. Its pleasant golden yellow shade is believed by some to rouse joy and happiness, and it’s certain that having this 14 ct Marquise Cut Citrine Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring on your finger will have your outlook and your outfit looking bright. This splendid ring showcases a genuine citrine gemstone in a traditional marquise cut.

You can find a wide variety of  styles of citrine rings. Some have actually faceted gemstones, while others make a much more delicate impression with their irregular cuts. There are vintage, estate, gothic-medieval, and contemporary citrine rings to pick from, so you will certainly have to invest some time evaluating all the offerings out there.

The diamond-like shape of the gemstone featured in the above ring, along with its many facets, provide a stunning appearance and a wonderful glimmer that incorporates with the deep golden color to create a genuinely amazing silhouette.

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Handmade Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring Featuring Pyrite

Top View of 9 CT Pyrite Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring

 Stunning Pyrite Handmade Sterling Silver Ring

Handmade 9 CT Pyrite Silver Ring
Handmade 9 CT Pyrite Silver Ring

Every person, including you, will be mesmerized by this unique stunning Pyrite Plant Division Ring. A sparkling 9 carat Pyrite cabochon is held in spot by a hand-carved Sterling Silver branch setting, which makes a lovely accent to the style.

The mineral pyrite, or iron pyrite, additionally referred to as fools’s gold, is an iron sulfide with the formula FeS.  This mineral’s metal radiance and pale brass-yellow tone provide it a surface similarity to gold, hence the famous nickname of fool’s gold. The color has additionally caused the labels brass, brazzle, and Brazil, mainly utilized to describe pyrite found in charcoal.

Side View of 9 CT Pyrite Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring
Side View of 9 CT Pyrite Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring

Arsenopyrite has an associated framework with heteroatomic As-S sets instead of homoatomic ones. Marcasite additionally possesses homoatomic anion pairs, however the setup of the steel and diatomic anions is varying from that of pyrite. Regardless of its name a chalcopyrite does not have dianion pairs, yet solitary S2- sulfide anions.

9 CT Pyrite Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring Shank
9 CT Pyrite Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring Shank

Framboidal pyrite is typically found in coastal sediments, as an example marsh dirts, marine and estuarine sediments, and seaside sands. It can also be noted in charcoal along with magmatic and carbonate stones. Various other minerals known to exhibit framboidal structures consist of magnetite, hematite, and greigite. Greigite is thought about an essential precursor of framboidal pyrite formation.

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Looking for A Stunning Rutilated Quartz Cocktail Ring?

Handmade Bronze Rutilated Quartz Ring

One-of-a-kind Rutilated Quartz Cocktail Ring

Handmade Bronze Rutilated Quartz Ring
Handmade Bronze Rutilated Quartz Ring

Don this 17 carat Copper Rutilated Quartz Cocktail Ring, flash it about, and see what takes place! At the center of this sweet, bold, one-of-a-kind handmade copper ring sits a 17 carat Rutilated Bronze Cabochon Gemstone that is held by a hand-carved copper tree setting– a combination that is guaranteed to start up a conversation.

This gorgeous statement ring measures approximately 1 inch in Length x 5/8 inches in Width x 7/16 inches in Height, while the ring shank measures 1/4 inches in Width.  Unfortunately, this one-of-a-kid statement ring is only available in ring size 8.

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Best of 2014 Runner-up for Best Fine Jewelry – John S Brana Handmade Jewelry

San Francisco, CA — Jewelry designer John S. Brana has announced that his eponymous collection of handmade fine jewelry has been selected as a runner-up winner for the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List. This marks his fifth honor in the Best Fine Jewelry category.

The Bay Area A-List is a website that awards Bay Area businesses honors in 168 categories. Winners are determined based on the tabulation of more than 37,000 votes from local residents and industry experts. Winners are given a web page to promote their products and services, and new results are published annually.

In the 2014 Best of the Bay Area A-List Awards, Brana’s designer jewelry collection received Runner-up Award – Best Fine Jewelry, ranking in second place out of 45 local San Francisco handmade jewelry collections in the Fine Jewelry category. His handmade fine jewelry line won Runner-Up awards in 2010 and 2013 and was named a Finalist in the Fine Jewelry category in 2012.

The line of designer jewelry made from copper, aluminum, fine silver and gold received the Best Designer Jewelry Award in 2008.  On John S Brana’s Handmade Jewelry profile page of the Bay Area A-List Awards, more than 35 voters are quoted, describing the quality craftsmanship and unique designs of the John S. Brana Jewelry Collection.

John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry is a collection of fine jewelry produced in San Francisco. The pieces in the collection are handcrafted from a variety of precious metals, including fine silver, sterling silver, copper, gold and aluminum. Embellishments like freshwater pearls and faceted gemstones are used in many pieces and are all hand-selected to ensure that every piece is of high quality. Designs are inspired by natural elements from the texture of tree bark to the colors of flowers. Pieces are sold online at

John S. Brana is the artist behind the collection and the owner of the jewelry line. His career began in law and banking, and he formerly served as a Vice-President for Finance for The Charles Schwab Corporation. In 2003, Brana was inspired to leave the corporate world and begin producing his own handmade fine jewelry. The collection debuted in 2004 and is produced at Brana’s San Francisco studio.

John S Brana Handmade Jewelry

1043 Portola Drive
San Francisco, CA 94127

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A Lesson in Cutting Asteriated Gemstones

Asteriated 29 c Sunstone Copper Bark Ring
Asteriated 29 c Sunstone Copper Bark Ring
Asteriated 29 carat Sunstone Copper Bark Ring

Ruby, sapphire, garnet, moonstone, cat’s eye-beryl, quartz, chrysoberyl, eye tourmaline, eastatite, diopside, even opal in rare instances — they all share that magic irony of turning dense rutile impurities into blazing asterism. Yet despite the fact that a dozen or so such materials occur around the world, that the price of good rough varies from a few pennies per gram to over a thousand dollars a gram, few lapidaries know how to cut asteriated materials and fewer still make a specialty of it.

Cutting and polishing asteriated gems are a challenge. Besides that, it’s sort of a way to bring home a touch of India to the folks who may never get to the Asea.  You don’t find many star rubies and sapphires in the Midwest.  However, anyone trained in the basics of lapidary can start cutting star stones right away, since the only real change is knowing how to choose and orient your rough stone.

Bad material won’t star for all your labor, and even the best material can’t star is oriented improperly.  Patience is key.  Don’t hesitate to spend a lot of time in between steps. Recheck your orientation. Rewash your hands and your stones and your dopstick. Your rough stone is eons old and your finished gem will last for eons more, so take your time with it.

Asteriated Moonstone Cabochon
Asteriated Moonstone Cabochon

The first step is selecting good material. To do that, you should go to a good importer or a lapidary supply that specializes in asteriated materials. Most lapidary supply houses only handle mine run material, for the best grades can cost a king’s ransom. Nevertheless, you don’t have to cut rubies like a pro. Star garnet is inexpensive in the four- ray variety, at least, and even the six-ray garnet is nowhere near as expensive as other materials. Even some quartz will star, though often so faintly that such stones are actually backed with mirror to reflect more light up through the stone and make the star more visible.

To select material, you need a refractive liquid such as Refractol, which is a heavy oil about like Motor Honey or STP. Such motor products would also work, but refractive liquids are more colorless.  Be sure that you examine your rough under strong sunlight or under clear, unfrosted light bulbs. Frosted bulbs or florescent lighting tends to wash out the star and make it impossible to judge tough. Strong sunlight is by far the best. Even in a finished stone, a star that looks bright and distinct under unfrosted light will gain new brightness and sharpness when viewed in sunlight. The rays narrow in sunlight, concentrating to their full brilliance.

So take the rough into the sun and go star hunting amid the crystal axis. To do this, you have to understand how the crystal is made, so just imagine that Corundum is aluminum oxide that grows like a six-sides tree, up and out at the same time, so that if you slice across it, you expose growth rings inside, like the growth rings inside a tree, except of course, that the “rings” aren’t circles. They are hexagons, radiating out from the center like a six-sided target. There is your star, radiating out of that center with six rays that go to the middle of each side. Each of those rays continues straight down one side.

7 carat Asteriated Labradorite Hammered Sterling Silver Ring
7 carat Asteriated Labradorite Hammered Sterling Silver Ring

Now if you cut this crystal like a sphere, you would have two stars, on opposite sides, and the rays would extend down like lines of longitude on a globe, radiating from the poles and touching at the equator. Slice along the equator and you have two star cabochons. Slice each one of these in the same direction, regrind, and you would have more star cabochons. But suppose you cut the other way, taking a slice down the side of the crystal, pole to pole. Then, of course, you would have no star, but only the ray that came down that side of the crystal. Cut it so the ray comes straight down the center of the cabochon, and that is how eat’s eye is made, which looks stunning set in a handmade ring setting.

So now you know how to imagine the orientation of a corundum crystal. If you have a nice six-sided crystal, all you have to do is turn it so that you are looking down on a hexagon and you know that you are looking at one of the ends of the crystal, not at one of the six sides. There in the center of each end will be the center of each star, so it’s there that you’ll put your refractive fluid. That is, if you had a nice six-sided crystal.

But suppose that you’re holding a lump of mine run or massive material that’s so broken or rounded that it doesn’t look like any kind of crystal. This is what you are likely to have, but you can orient it easy enough. First, let’s look at outward appearances.

You have a lump of corundum. If it is any shade of red, it is ruby, and if it is any other color from blue to green or yellow or combinations of those colors, then it is sapphire. They are all the same crystal and star the same, so you begin by trying to figure out where the stars lie. If there are any.

Asterism starring is caused by the density of rutile impurities in the stone. The same impurities that spoil clear rubies and sapphires and turn them into ugly junkite useful only as industrial abrasive, those same impurities can become so concentrated that the optics — and the price — of the stone takes a sudden about face. Enough rutile impurities make stars.

So don’t be surprised if your lump of corundum looks foggy and streaked with rutile, for that’s the stuff that stars are made of. Your problem at this point is trying to determine what part of this lump is the end of the crystal. Here’s how you tell.

As you turn your specimen in the sunshine, you see a faint sheen no more impressive than you might see on a piece of roughed up calcite. On ruby, this satiny sheen will be silver on the sides of the crystal, but more golden on either end of the crystal, where the stars lie. On sapphire, the sheen will be black on sides of the crystal, turning to a lighter silver on the ends. Find an “end” and you find the star.

But sometimes color can’t guide you as neatly as that, so just pick the cleanest surface and try your refractive fluid there. And if that isn’t possible, you may have to grind a little window — anyplace, just pick a place, but remember that you’re grinding away carat weight. Grind a window where you won’t lose much and try the refractive fluid.

The fluid comes out thick like ice cream and it will take a second for the nipple on top of the droplet to settle down into a lens. That lens lasts only for an instant, however, because it continues to flatten, so you only get a glimpse of the star or leg. But fluid is cheaper than rough, so just wipe it off and try it again, and again, and again, if you have to.

Asteriated Peach Moonstone Bronze Ring
Asteriated Peach Moonstone Bronze Ring

If you’re lucky, you may see a star right there. If not, you’ll find only one “leg” or ray of a star, but that’s all right. Just mark the directions of that leg, tracing over it with an aluminum pencil (aluminum welding rod ground to a point makes an excellent instrument for this). Once you know the direction of one leg, you can turn the specimen, following the leg in either direction, and grind another window. In this way you can find where the rays intersect and there is your star. Like the roads around Rome, all rays lead to a star.

It is possible to have a crystal broken in such a way that the star occurs only at the edge, so that into cab can be ground with the star in the center — or you may have to grind a very small cab in order to center the star, but that’s bad luck and there’s nothing you can do about that. Except buy another piece instead. Usually you will have the choice of cutting one very deep cab, or of slicing the crystal so that you get two shallower cabs. And here you have to consider the material. For some reason, ruby seems to star more faintly than sapphire, so rubies should be cut deeper in order to allow the extra stone depth to concentrate the asterism. (By contrast, the star in synthetic stones does not shine up from the stone’s depth, but rather moves only across the surface of the gem. This difference is difficult to see at first unless you have a natural and a Linde stone to compare side by side.)

It is also possible to cut a dome that is too deep to aid a star. If the dome is too high, you can actually cut off the rays of the star and reduce it to a shiny spotlight or irregular patch called a “girasol.” Some rough won’t do anything but girasol no matter how it’s cut, so you have to be careful in your choice.

Now it’s time to dop the stone. If you have a small piece and are going to cut only one cab from it, then pick one of the two crystal ends and grind it flat to use as a base on the dopstick. If you have a longer crystal and want two cabs, you’ll have to slice it in two (remember the equator) and each of those sawed surfaces can then be dopped.

The very best way of dopping these stones is to use a brass dopstick and Epoxy. This makes the strongest bond possible, insures that you won’t have to chase your rough around the room, and is very easy to remove. Just heat the dopstick in a small flame and your stone will fall off. Easy.   So dop your stone with Epoxy and you’re ready to start.

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Ten Great Tips For Buying Fine Jewelry

12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring
12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring

You need have a basic knowledge of jewelry before you engage in the purchase or sale of precious pieces. This can make you wonder where to begin.

Knowing what type of jewel you are buying when you purchase jewelry is very important. There are three different types: natural, synthetic and imitation. While both natural and synthetic stones are still real, imitation is just glass or plastic made to look like the natural stone. Natural stones are found in mines, while synthetic stones are produced by machines.

Make sure that you learn about the jeweler’s insurance policy prior to making any purchases. If you can get insurance, you know that you will be covered if something happens to your jewelry. Some stores even insure jewelry against loss or theft.

Make sure you organize your jewelry properly. Keep pieces separately by using compartments, boxes, hooks and holders. Don’t throw piles into a box. This can damage fragile jewelry, and make it difficult to find the necklace you want because it’s tangled with other pieces.

TIP! Having a good eye to catch the details, and a magnet, are key when you are considering the purchase of any type of sterling silver jewelry. Precious metals, like sterling silver, will not be attracted to the magnet.
12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring
12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring – Side View

If you are interested in collecting costume jewelry, be sure to stay conscious of the condition. This type of jewelry can be extremely expensive and makes an incredible investment. However, this type of piece can have a lot of wear and tear, which wouldn’t be worth your money or time. An item in good condition holds its value better in the long run.

When you are buying new jewelry, think about the stones you want to get. Try to select stones that are an extension of your individuality and that enhance the tone of your skin. Choosing neutral colors can help them match anything you wear. As long as you’re spending money, it makes more sense to purchase something that is functional as well as beautiful.

Costume Jewelry

When you purchase jewelery ensure you know what you are buying. Gemstones now come in natural as well as synthetic and imitation types. Natural and synthetic gems are real stones, but imitation is just plastic colored to look like the real thing. A natural stone is mined from the earth, and a synthetic is a lab-created gem.


Costume jewelry has different, specific care requirements. Costume jewelry is generally bound by glue rather than settings and is therefore, a lot more fragile. Don’t submerge costume jewelry in water or clean it with abrasives. The best way to care for your jewelry is to use one damp cloth to wipe it followed by a dry one to dry it. Done regularly, this process will keep your costume jewelry looking great.

Investigate your gemstone to determine if it has been treated before you purchase it, and what type of treatment it had. Different care is required for different treatments. You don’t want to clean them with a type of solution that could strip the treatment or damage the gem.

Buy jewelry on sale whenever possible. Jewelry sales offer big savings. You will find advertisements for the sales in a variety of media mediums including on the net, in newspapers, and also in the stores themselves. Consider buying something that is out of style to get a better deal.

Keep your jewelry from getting tarnished to preserve its best appearance. Remove your jewelry if you plan on spending time in or near water. Many metals can become tarnished, rusty or dull when exposed to water too often. Clear nail polish, applied in a thin coat, can give jewelry some added protection.

TIP! Going through a day wearing the jewelry will let you get familiar with how it hangs and whether or not it will be comfortable. You will also find out if your creation is durable enough.
12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring - Top
12 CT Bronze Rutilated Quartz Sterling Silver Tree Branch Ring – Top

If you are trying to sell jewelry online, it is important to post ample photographs from many angles so that each piece is presented in a pleasing and accurate way. As the potential buyer cannot physically touch the piece, this is important so that the jewelry is presented in its best light. Take professional-looking pictures of your pieces and let people know you can send more pictures upon request.

You can have a more beautiful diamond if it is cut correctly, as opposed to a diamond of a bigger size. Also, bear in mind the style of the intended recipient.

This applies to dry and steam-filled saunas. The high heat and humidity in these areas can significantly damage your jewelry.

Taking proper care of your jewelry requires careful consideration. Take into account that different types of material takes different types of care, like stones and metals. What is beneficial to one stone or setting may hurt another. Ask a jeweler when you do not know how to take care of your jewelry.

TIP! See if your gem has had any treatments prior to buying, and if so, which treatments. You will have to treat different gemstones with different kinds of care.

To keep your necklaces tangle-free, look for pretty, embellished robe hooks. Install the hooks in a row on a wall or closet door, and use them to organize your necklaces by style, color, length or any other system that works for you. This organizational tip can help you from getting a tangled mess of necklaces in your jewelry box.

If you are considering a fine piece of real gold jewelry, you should be prepared to pay a high price. If nothing else but gold will do, then you can save a little by buying fewer karats. Gold that is deemed 18 karats contains at least 75 percent pure gold, and many consider this to be the best quality and value for the price.

Learning how to make informed decisions on the buying and selling of jewelry takes time and effort. Keep all the tips fresh in your mind, and you will find success.

It is possible to remove the knots from jewelry that has become tangled. Instead of giving up a knotted chain as hopeless, try using plastic wrap and some clear oil. Place your jewelry on the plastic wrap and add a little baby oil. Untangle it with some needles. Once it’s untangled, use dish soap to wash the necklace and pat it dry.

TIP! Think about the outfits you will wear it with when you buy a piece of jewelry. There is no need to purchase a large amount of jewelry that you never plan on wearing.
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