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!
Pantone, the unrivaled expert on color and color technology, recently unveiled their selection for the 2017 Color of the Year. Every year, the Pantone Color Institute announces a single color that they feel will represent the mood of the upcoming year. This prophecy strongly influences all aspects of the design world including interior and fashion design. This year’s hue, greenery, has already started to appear in home furnishings, fashion collections, and most importantly jewelry design. This nature-inspired color has already been utilized in a small number of Knox Jewelers’ recent custom ring creations.
Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, had this to say about the selection, “Greenery burst forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” 
Greenery is described as a refreshing and zesty yellow-green hue that brings to mind the first day of spring, when nature’s foliage is all around. It is a life affirming color that makes us long to be immersed in nature. Greenery is also a shade that represents passion and vitality. This intense hue can be found in several gemstone options. Any of the gemstones featured below can be set in your one-of-a-kind creations! Fancy colored sapphire can be found with green coloring in many tints and shades, and is the only gemstone featured below that we recommend for use in engagement rings.
Tourmaline – Sapphire – Peridot – Zircon – Garnet
Let Knox Jewelers help you create your own custom created jewelry with one of your favorite 2017 Pantone colored gemstones! There is an abundance of green-hued gemstone options to serve as inspiration for your next heirloom piece of jewelry. Now is your chance to create a work of art with the colors that represent the year to come.
If you are looking to design a piece that will be cherished for a lifetime by your loved one, we are here to help. Knox Jewelers specializes in unique custom jewelry designs and engagement rings. Greenery inspired gemstones in any shape or size can be added to one of our custom created jewelry designs for a one-of-a-kind look!
Contact Knox Jewelers to find out more about our products or services, including our custom jewelry design. Let us help you to be on-trend with your jewelry in 2017. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our new favorite custom created engagement ring is letting us all see through rose-colored-glasses here at Knox Jewelers. This recent custom creation ran wild with color, pairing a blush center stone within a flattering warm rose gold setting. Glittering bead-set diamonds line the petite band and round halo adding the perfect finishing touch and framing the truly unique center stone. This incredible design features an uncommon and eye-catching round cut morganite at its center. Knox’s ability to bring any dream engagement ring to life is illustrated in this stunning custom piece. A modern update to a classic halo design, Design 3345 is a rosy-hued classic that is sure to be in style for years to come. Knox hand finishes and outstanding craftsmanship will ensure that this rose gold engagement ring will last a lifetime.
Every ring at Knox Jewelers is made by hand from the ground up. We are extremely proud of our in-house design team that works tirelessly to add even the smallest details to your perfect custom engagement ring. We document the creation of our custom piece with jeweler’s eye view production photos, allowing you the chance to see your beautiful ring come to life.
This amazing rose gold, morganite and diamond halo design can be recreated to accommodate any type, shape, or size center stones. Contact Knox Jewelers today to custom tailor this design to your preferred precious metal and central gemstone selection to create your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!