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    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Peridot – August’s Birthstone

    Ranging from grassy green to yellowish green, peridot is the captivating birthstone of August. For thousands of years, peridot’s unique green hues have been treasured—and often mistaken for other gems! Today, we’ll learn a little bit about where peridot comes from, what makes it special, and how to care for it. From the Sky to the Earth Peridot is found across the world in places like China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Vietnam, and here the United States. Arizona is the main source in America, but Hawaii is home to the famous “Peridot Beach,” which awes visitors with its luminous green sands. Most of these peridot deposits were formed under extreme conditions…

  • effy & levian rings
    About SJR,  Designers,  Events

    Effy + Le Vian: Two Day Designer Event!

    We’re so excited to announce our upcoming Two Day Designer Event featuring Effy & Le Vian! In addition to awesome sales on our current collection, we’re bringing in designer pieces that will ONLY be available during this event! For your convenience, this exclusive event will be hosted at each of our showrooms on different days, giving you double the time to shop & save! Hendersonville August 14-15 1050 Glenbrook Way, Suite 400Hendersonville, TN 37075 Brentwood August 21-22 782 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 104Brentwood, TN 37027 If you aren’t familiar with these amazing designers, you should check out our spotlight posts on Effy and Le Vian for a little background on…

  • a pile of scrap metal and gems
    About SJR,  Watch & Jewelry Repair

    Turn Something Old Into Something New!

    One of our favorite ways to serve our customers is custom design. You can come to us with a fully formed design (complete with sketches and reference pictures!) or simply come with an idea—but did you know that you can come with materials too? That’s right—we can take your old, worn out jewelry and make something brand new! Gather your scraps Taking the center stone from a dated piece of jewelry is probably the most common re-purposing we see, but so many other possibilities exist. Tangled gold chains, broken rings, and earrings featuring tiny accent stones can be repurposed too. Not only is this a great way to recycle materials,…

  • rolex lying on various strap options
    Designers,  Watch & Jewelry Repair,  Watches

    Choose Your Style: Luxury Everest Bands

    Switching out your watch band is a great way to refresh your favorite timepiece, but not all watch bands are equal. If you’ve invested in a luxury timepiece, why should you settle for an ordinary replacement strap? Instead, we suggest Everest watch bands—the perfect way to pair luxury with luxury. Swiss-Made to Perfection Luxury watches like Rolex, Tudor and Panerai are known for their craftsmanship and unrivaled style. But when it comes to attaching a new band, those exact qualities can make a good fit challenging—and that’s where Everest’s custom-fit watch bands come in! Everest follows three cornerstones when it comes to creating Swiss-made aftermarket bands: 1) Aesthetically, the band…

  • two rubies
    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Ruby: July’s Birthstone

    If you were born in July, your birthstone is one of the longest-loved gemstones of all: the ruby. Named for its gorgeous red hues—the latin word for red was ruber—this gem has been treasured for thousands of years. Let’s take a look at why it was deemed so special and why it continues to captivate today! The King of Precious Stones All across the world, references to rubies can be found dating back millennia. In ancient India, rubies were known as “the king of precious stones.” In the Bible, rubies were associated with wisdom and beauty. To others, these fiery stones were believed to bring peace and even rebirth its…

  • alexandrite and black pearl
    Birthstones,  Education,  Gemstones

    Pearl & Alexandrite – June’s Birthstones

    June babies are lucky enough to get two very unique birthstones to choose from: pearl & alexandrite! You’ve probably seen a pearl before, but you may not have seen an alexandrite up close and personal. Let’s take a look at these gorgeous stones and see which one you would choose (or, why not choose both?)! Pearl Unlike most gemstones, pearls actually grow within a living organism! When some type of irritant—like a piece of sand—enters the shell of an oyster, a pearl can begin to form. Layer by layer, the oyster covers this irritant with nacre, which is the iridescent material pearls are famous for. Since this is actually quite…

  • Hamilton watch
    Designers,  Watches

    Hamilton: American Spirit, Swiss Precision

    One of our favorite watch lines comes from Hamilton, a company born and raised in the United States. All the way back in 1892, the Hamilton Watch Company opened its first factory in Pennsylvania. Ever since, they’ve created unique, versatile watches using their distinctive blend of Swiss precision and American spirit. From the Railroad to the Sky For Hamilton, it all started with the railroad. As American companies were building tracks further and further across the country, synchronizing the timing of all those trains became absolutely critical. The solution? Hamilton’s supremely accurate watches. With precise train departures and arrivals, Hamilton watches helped prevent and reduce the number of accidents across…

  • two emeralds
    Birthstones,  Education

    Emerald – May’s Birthstone

    Emerald has long been treasured for its unique and beautiful green hue. Indeed, the name “emerald” comes from the Greek word smaragdus meaning “green gem”. Today, we’ll take a look at this captivating stone and see why it makes the perfect gift for May babies! Ancient & Royal Did you know Cleopatra had an affinity for emeralds? In fact, she’s only one of many royals throughout history who fell in love with this fascinating gem. From the Inca emperors to the monarchs of Spain, emeralds have been the focal point of royal regalia for centuries. Like many gems, emeralds were long believed to endow their wearer with special protection or…

  • pear shaped fancy color diamond and princess cut diamond
    Birthstones,  Diamonds,  Education

    Diamond – April’s Birthstone

    The birthstone for April babies is probably the best known gemstone of all time: diamond. Let’s take a look at what makes this timeless stone such a classic–plus a perfect gift! A Tough Treasure There’s no denying that diamonds are uniquely beautiful. No matter a diamond’s hue–ranging from fancy color to nearly colorless—no other gem sparkles quite like a diamond. While that fact alone makes diamonds an obvious choice for jewelry-making, it’s far from all this wonderful stone has to offer! In fact, probably the best known quality of a diamond is its unsurpassed hardness, reigning at the very top of the Mohs scale (a perfect 10). For this reason,…

  • close up of abalone shell
    Education,  Gemstones,  Miscellaneous

    Abalone – Treasure from the Sea

    If you’re no stranger to fine jewelry, you’ve probably seen a classic strand of pearls or a beautiful watch with a mother-of-pearl dial, but have you come across a piece featuring abalone? You may already know that mother-of-pearl is derived from the nacre of mollusks (the highly iridescent inner layer of the shell). Abalone is actually a specific type of mother-of-pearl, derived solely from the group of sea snails known commonly by the same name. While other mollusks typically produce a milky nacre, abalone snails produce a darker material with more dramatic colors. These snails are found in seas around the world, including off the coast of California! Sadly, many…