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49-Carat ‘Whitney Flame Topaz’ at the Smithsonian Museum

by Henry Elfering |

A gem you really have to see to believe it. The color and beauty of this gemstone is astounding, making it a gem that is probably one of the finest in the world. It is truly one of Mother Earth’s treasures. Unearthed from the topaz mines in Ouro Preto in Brazil where 1 to 2 percent of all imperial topaz are...


by Henry Elfering |

Rather than talking about a particular jewelry trend in this blog, I am reminded of the seasonal changes taking place now that the end of October is fast approaching. The first week of November has always been a time of festivals and celebrations marking the end of the harvest and beginning of winter. The end of harvest marked the end...

What Are The Dog Days of Summer

by Henry Elfering |

Wikipedia explains historically this is the period following the rising of the dog star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology ascribes to late summer as a time of heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, mad dogs and bad luck. For many of us, the phrase conjures up images of dogs lying about the devastatingly steamy summer lawn panting. I thought it interesting...

What's Your Story?

by Henry Elfering |

Engagement rings with todays perspective—a personal design and story that will last forever!

One, Two, or Three!

by Henry Elfering |

Lucky Gemini, you have a choice of 3 gemstones­—Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone. June is one of the only two months that has three birthstones. Choose between a creamy-colored pearl or opalescent moonstone to the rare color-changing Alexandrite, a gem that mimics your changing personality. First up, Pearls, shown above are a pair of earrings I created using South Sea Pearls....

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