Journal

December Birthstone- Blue Zircon

Dec 9, 2017

Although Blue Topaz generally takes the spotlight as the birthstone for December, we like to focus our attention on a more elusive December gemstone, Blue Zircon. Many people remain unaware that this magical gemstone exists, as it is often confused with the man-made stone, cubic zirconia.

Zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone mined from the earth that comes in a wonderful array of colors. Because of its popularity amongst collectors and informed buyers, red zircon can be very expensive, but blue zircon tends to be a more affordable counterpart. Because it is doubly refractive, Zircon has a lot of fire and flash of color, meaning you will see double the facets and double the sparkle! It is also not as prone to inclusions as other gemstones, so the clarity of Zircon is usually excellent. Another interesting fact about zircon is that it sometimes contains small amounts of uranium, causing the gem material to irradiate itself and change its own chemical properties. How cool is that?! And last but not least, Zircon has a hardness on the MOHS scale of between 6 and 7.5 making this gem friendly to wear in a ring, and really well suited for earrings and pendants. We love Blue Zircon and we hope you will find this gemstone as wonderful and interesting as we do. It is the perfect gemstone for the month of December with it’s deep glacier blue color!

Custom blue zircon and diamond snowflake pendant

Blue zircon and diamonds

This Just In

Nov 18, 2017

Meet Sophia- a ring we recently finished! This beauty is make from recycled 14k rose gold, Canadian sourced diamonds, and a pink Beryl center stone (also known as Morganite). This ring is currently available for purchase at our Seattle studio location. Please Contact us to learn more!

In addition to being forever excited about clean and classic design, we are also geeks for science of jewelry. Just incase you are too, here are some fun facts about Beryl and Morganite…

Varieties of Beryl that you might already be familiar with include Emerald and Aquamarine. What causes the difference in color within beryl are trace elements in the gem material such as chromium, as seen in Emerald, or iron, as seen in Aquamarine. In Morganite, the trace element that gives it its peach or pink color is manganese, although some specimens have traces of cesium and lithium as well.

Since its discovery in 1910, Morganite has slowly made its way into the jewelry market. It has not been as heavily sought after as Emerald in the last several decades, thus making this gem fairly new to the market. We want our clients to see the beauty, rarity, and uniqueness of gemstones like Morganite and hope you find this material to be as interesting and beautiful as we do.

Look for this ring in Seattle Bride’s 2018 Spring edition!

Recycled 14K Rose Gold Morganite and Diamond Ring.  #engagementrings www.everlingjewelry.com

Sophia

A Meeting of the Minds

Aug 7, 2017

I’m feeling inspired this morning after meeting with jewelry industry supplier, Stuller Inc. The brand stragagist and their writer and researcher, Karen and Josh, came to the shop today to discuss what their clients need and want. Stuller, for those of you who don’t know is a trade supplier of metals and tools and so much more. I had tons to tell them about Everling’s sustainability standards, why we should all be making huge leaps in changing the industry, and ideals in ethical sourcing. And the best part is that they seemed to be listening. They are on a journey to talk with many more small jewelry stores like Everling during their travels, and I am hopeful that we will be seeing some big changes in the near future from the supply giant!!!

As it stands, we at Everling source all of our metal from Hoover and Strong. This is a company that has long been committed to recycling and ethical sourcing. And while that consistent commitment to the environment deserves loyalty, we can’t ignore that industry-wide changes need to happen. We all need to be on board to make this shift happened and I support any company making big changes that benefit the common good of people, animals, and our environment.

I will say in closing, these changes happen when you the consumer demand them. Keep demanding and refusing to settle for products that don’t benefit the greater good. Here’s to you, the consumer who cares about how goods are sourced and manufactured!

A Recycled Process

Aug 2, 2017

We recently had a client who had came in with a large pile of gold rings and pendants with several miscellaneous diamonds and gems. We pulled out all the stones from their settings and and were left with a pile of gold.

We took this pile to cast a new wide plain band and scatter set her tiny diamonds throughout. We love the way it turned out and are excited to start another project with the other left over gems. Way to be eco friendly and beautiful! #ReLoveYourJewelry!

Client's Scrap Jewelry. #recycledmetals www.everlingjewelry.com

Before: Client’s Scrap Jewelry

Recycled 14k yellow gold band with flush set recycled diamonds. #recycleddiamondring www.everlingjewelry.com

After: Finished band using the client’s diamonds and gold.

Outdoor Month

Jun 30, 2017

So June was (technically at this moment still is) outdoor month, but why confine the outdoors to just one month? Why not all the months? If you are a person who loves the outdoors and thinks natural wonders should be celebrated year round, we have some great options for nature inspired engraving.

Recycled 14K Palladium White Gold Band with an Ocean Waves Engraved Pattern. #weddingrings #designerjewelry www.everlingjewelry.com

Swell

Up-cycled 14K Yellow Gold Band with a Wood Grain Engraved Pattern. #weddingrings #designerjewelry www.everlingjewelry.com

Puck

 

Best of 2017

Jun 4, 2017

At the beginning of every year, Seattle Bride magazine begins their “Best Of” voting. This year, we were nominated for “locally designed wedding jewelry” and “engagement/wedding rings”. After a couple rounds of voting, Everling made it to the finals, and we are so excited to be in the running against some very large jewelry shops in the area! We might be small, but our love for our clients and our commitment to great design has carried us father than we could have imagined. Thank you to all of our clients, fans, and anyone who voted! You can see the finalists here, and the winners will be announced at the end of June. Best of luck to all the finalists out there!

Seattle Bride 2017 Finalist. #seattlebridemagazine www.everlingjewelry.com

Sunset Magazine

May 31, 2017

Looking for a fun read this month? Sunset magazine has an article in their June issue about Seattle designers who are “adorning the Emerald city” – And Everling Jewelry made the cut! We are excited to be included and recognized for the work we are doing to be a part of Seattle’s recycling ethos! Check it out. The name of the article is “Bling Fling”

Sunset Magazine- Everling is part of Shop Seattle

Re-Love Your Broken Chains

Mar 15, 2017

What do you do when your clasp breaks on one of your gold chains? Shove it to the back of your jewelry box? Stick it in a baggy with your other chains that are knotted or that broke a quarter of the way down?

We have a solution for many of your chain woes: Our Apogee necklaces!

We can take the functioning section of your chain, add a shape of your choosing to each side, and on the other half of the necklace, add precious or semi-precious gems. The result is a fun new necklace that moves and rotates with wear to show different angles of the chain and stones.

The necklace shown here is made from a reclaimed broken chain, recycled gold for the circles, and onyx beads. We currently have onyx, opal, and citrine Apogee necklaces in stock, so if you love the idea, but don’t have a way to supply your own chain, we have options you can choose from.

To learn more or have us take a look at your broken chains to see what is possible, please email us to set up an appointment through the Contact page.

Up-cycled 14K Yellow Gold and Onyx Bead Necklace. #fashionjewelry #designerjewelry www.everlingjewelry.com

Apogee- Onyx

 

Burmese Ruby Ban Lifted…Too Soon?

Mar 1, 2017

Burmese rubies are back. Is that a good thing?

Thanks to Hollywood portrayals and activist campaigns, many are familiar with the term “blood diamond,” which refers to human-rights abuses and other serious concerns in the diamond-mining industry.

Fewer people know that U.S. imports of Burmese rubies were banned for years due to similar concerns. And although an executive order signed by President Obama in late 2016 lifted those restrictions, questions remain about whether the sourcing of these gemstones is ethical.

The history of Burmese rubies:

Myanmar, the country formerly (and still commonly) known as Burma, has been a source of rubies for more than 1,500 years, according to the Gemological Institute of America. Burmese rubies, known for their clarity and deep red hue, command premium prices in the marketplace.

However, similar to “blood diamonds,” that beauty historically has come at a steep human price. A 2010 report by the Daily Mail, a UK publication, painted a picture of brutality in the ruby mines of Myanmar including forced labor and systemic human-rights abuses. Profits from these gems funded the military junta that controlled the country at the time.

The U.S. first imposed sanctions in 2003 (and strengthened them in 2008) in response to these abuses, preventing the import of rubies, jade and other items from Myanmar in an effort to defund the regime. By 2010 Myanmar began to gradually liberalize and within the next few years the country had made significant strides toward change. U.S. sanctions were lifted for many items in 2013, although not for rubies and jade, as many mines were still controlled by the military.

The current situation, and Everling’s stance:

Although Obama noted his concern about continuing human-rights abuses, he signed an executive order allowing imports of rubies and jade from Myanmar in October 2016. This decision was based on Burma’s substantial advances to promote democracy in the years following the 2008 legislation prohibiting the import of rubies and jadeite mined or extracted from Burma.

While it appears that Myanmar and its government are continuing to rebuild from decades of suppression and oppression, we still are concerned about current mining practices and conditions, as well as the potential that an influx of money from these gem exports could result in a return to widespread corruption and abuse.

We hope this will be a positive development for the people of Myanmar and the jewelry industry, and will be watching closely as these rubies circulate back into the marketplace. There’s no question that they are of exceptional quality, however, because of Everling’s core commitments, we simply cannot recommend Burmese rubies at this time. We hope that by helping consumers understand the complex issues around gemstone sourcing and production practices, we can move toward more socially and environmentally responsible practices.

Written by Emily Codling for Everling Jewelry

With These Rings

Jul 22, 2016

When couples come into my shop to pick up their wedding bands they are so excited to try them on! But after a minute or two with their new rings, they very gently put them back in their respective boxes- not taking them back out until the day of the wedding. Here is what I tell them. “You might want to practice putting each others bands on before the big day.” Most people don’t think about it, but wedding days are typically hot and stressful, and those two factors weigh in heavily for the swelling of your hands, and thus, ring size. Here is how you can plan your “with these rings” moment, that moment your audience, I’m mean guests, are so happily anticipating. 

1. Stay cool. It might be easier said than done, but keeping your body cool will keep your hands on the smaller side. (I know it is difficult for those in Seattle, but find some air conditioning!) This brings me to my next point.

2. Drink water. Not only should you drink a lot of water the day of (or something with good electrolites like coconut water) but this also means avoiding salt and alcohol. I’m not just talking day of. If you have bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and so on with in a couple days of your wedding day, go easy on the salty foods and alcohol. Or at least be drinking enough water in conjunction to counter the swelling they will cause. 

3. Practice. Practice putting each other’s rings on before the ceremony -maybe at a few different times of day, as your ring size can fluctuate.. A ring typically fits snug enough that it might take a little more of a push to get over the knuckle. So, practice as you approach your wedding day. Anything you practice before the big day will help eliminate that anxiety before your wedding- ring exchange included.

4. Stop. Even if the rings are going on easily in the comfort of your living room, the maneuver I am about to describe might be a technique you want to practice. With heat, nervousness, and swelling, you don’t want to be surprised when it comes time to put your rings on in front of your wedding guests. Practice placing the ring on your partners finger as far as it will go. Usually the knuckle is your biggest stopping point. Partner- lower your hand dicreetly, pop the ring over the knuckle to the back of your finger. Continue on as though it was nothing. It might sound simple, but to make it look smooth, it takes practice!