Gemstone Spotlight

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Though garnet offers a vast and diverse array of gemstone varieties, spessartite garnet is a rarity within the mineral family. The elusive orange-red hued garnet is a very brilliant gemstone with a high refractive index. This means light travels through the stone and returns to our eyes very quickly. All garnet varieties hold an average gemstone hardness, 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale. It is not as durable as sapphire or diamonds, so if you choose to set a spessartite garnet into one of our custom ring settings, it would need to be worn with care and might not be suitable for everyday jewelry. However, this deep orange spessartite garnet shown here would make a stunning one-of-a-kind ring hand ring. This garnet options is currently featured on our online gemstone list, and is just waiting to be made into a custom created masterpiece!

More common garnet varieties, such as almandine and pyrope, are popular garnet options and well known for their dark red and brownish tones. Spessartite’s unique orange hue and above average brilliance make it a very special gemstone. The presence of manganese in this garnet variety’s composition is responsible for its dramatic coloring. Spessartite is one of a small group of gemstones, labeled ideochromatic, who are colored by a fundamental element in their chemical composition rather than by impurities.

Before the twenty-first century, spessartite garnet was a rare gemstone, mostly owned by collectors. The availability of the gemstone changed in 1991 when an important find was made in Namibia and again a few years later in Nigeria. More recently beautiful options have been arriving from Mozambique. In today’s market, spessartite is reasonably plentiful, but experts advise that this is likely to be only temporary.

Let us at Knox Jewelers help you design a custom created piece of jewelry holding the beautiful spessartite garnet featured here or any other available option on our gemstone list!

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Emerald Cut Spessartite Garnet

Handcrafted Holiday Gifts from Knox

Time is counting down, and as we near the final days of holiday shopping I am sure a few of you have not crossed that special someone off your list. If you are still at a loss in finding the perfect gift this year, we have a few one-of-a-kind handcrafted pendants and bracelets still dazzling our cases waiting to be paired with the perfect recipient. Give the gift of a luxury custom creation to ensure your gift is unique and will ensure a lifetime of wear.

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Alexandrite Diamond Drop Pendant

Give a truly rare gemstone to illustrate the singularity of your love for one another. Natural alexandrite is scarcely found today. It holds a magical color changing ability, blue-green in daylight and a red hue by low light. We have placed this valuable and rare gemstone in a classic drop pendant paired with diamonds, sure to be in fashion for years to come.

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Midnight Stars Pendant

Inspired from our custom ring design Midnight Stars, this custom pendant is a one-of-a-kind necklace. The lace-like starburst pattern brings to mind and a refined uniqueness. This pendant is sure to dazzle paired with diamond stud earrings or layered with another chain.

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Princess Bezel Solitaire Pendant

Our bezel set princess cut diamond pendant is the definition of classic elegance. Sure to be the perfect gift for someone who likes to wear their jeweler on a daily basis but still make a statement of grace.

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Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Our diamond tennis bracelet can be worn as-is with ten sparkling diamonds set front and center, or it can be considered a work in progress. The remaining links in the bracelet do have to ability to be altered into mountings, and can hold matching diamonds. This flexible bracelet allows you the ability to alter it at your will. Half the bracelet can be set or the entire length can glitter with gemstones.

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Oval Diamond Drop Pendant

Add a little swing to the standard diamond drop pendant! This necklace brings a fresh take on a classic outline with a curving design and an oval cut diamond. Give something out of the ordinary.

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Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Halo Pendant

Only one in 10,000 diamonds has a fancy color. Give a beautiful and rare fancy yellow diamond pendant to tell that someone just how special they are to you! Fancy color diamond adds a unique twist to any custom creation. If yellow is not your color of choice, we have many more colored diamond options available to be used as a dazzling center to any custom ring or pendant.

All of these amazing pieces are handcrafted by our master goldsmiths and are waiting to bejewel the neck or wrist of the deserving partner in your life! These beautiful pendants and bracelet are still available if you are seeking out a one-of-a-kind holiday gift. Knox Jewelers prides itself on our heirloom quality custom created jewelry and we would be honored to help you find exactly the perfect piece to make these holidays one to remember. Contact us today to order any of these treasures in time for  Christmas or New Years!

Where is Zircon Found?

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Tanzania – Large zircon crystals can be found in Tanzania.

Madagascar – The island of Madagascar is rich in many varieties of gemstones including colorful Zircons.

China – Zircons in many hues including oranges and reds can be mined in China.

Myanmar – Mogok, a city in Myanmar, is famous for producing many gemstones including many colors of glittering Zircons.

Cambodia – Cambodia is a leading source of gem-quality Zircon. Much of the material mined here is heat treated to produce the popular blue color of Zircon.

Australia – Amazing rich plum colored Zircon deposits have been found in Australia.

If you are fortunate enough to have a special birthday or anniversary falling within the month of December, let us at Knox Jewelers help you create a custom one-of-a-kind piece featuring a eye-catching colorful zircon. Zircon is known as a gem with incredible brilliance and color flashes of fire. These properties resemble that of natural diamond so closely, they account for centuries of confusion between the two gemstones. Most zircon is often cut into round and oval shapes, as this will maximize this brilliance and light return. Zircon can be found in a large array of colors. Varied tones and shades of yellow, green, red, brown and blue make this mineral a color lover’s dream. The most rare and valuable hues of natural zircon are bright red, blue and green. Blue zircon, the shade used as the December birthstone, was a very popular gemstone in the Victorian era. This favorite gem can be found in estate jewelry from as early as the 1880s.

 Any one of our custom designs can be altered to hold this vibrant birthstone. The possibility are endless considering the number of zircon hues and the available carat sizes. A Knox Jewelers custom created piece, featuring a one-of-a-kind painted zircon is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion falling within the month. Contact us today and let’s get started. We can always search our cutters’ inventory for your perfect gemstone, or we have a selection of incredible zircons in a variety of sizes and cuts already available!