July’s Birthstone: Ruby

July’s Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby is the birthstone for July and the gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. In Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, meaning the king of gems. Red is the color of our most intense emotions—love and anger, passion and fury. It’s associated with objects of power and desire—like fast cars and red roses. Early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood that flowed through their veins, and believed that rubies held the power of life. Stop in and see a beautiful pair of ruby and diamond halo earrings featured this month of...
Custom design process

Custom design process

Engagement rings—Wedding Bands—Heirloom Design—Milestone Jewelry It all starts with an Idea We begin every design with a conversation. We keep it simple, creative and fun!  We promise great service and creative insight with highest integrity. We design here in Williamsville and manufacture in our very own facility in the heart of NYC allowing us to ensure craftsmanship, quality and great value! Our first priority is to ensure you are educated on what you are buying. Once we know your desires and budget we select your diamond and gemstones keeping quality and value in mind. We want you to have a unique and wonderful experience while getting the absolute most for your money. Mark and Kristin will walk you through the process of selecting your GIA certified diamond or gemstone for your newest creation. If you are providing the gemstones from a piece of jewelry you currently own, we will make sure to reinvent it beautifully. We never purchase gems online based on lab reports alone, and neither should you. We work with cutters and traders themselves, personally selecting and inspect to discover the absolute highest quality diamonds, sapphires, and precious gemstones for our clients – so you don’t have to! Choose from our selection of settings or use them as samples to customize the perfect one-of-a-kind design. Starting completely from scratch is also an option. Often visuals are brought in from your favorite pins or magazines. We never duplicate someone else’s work exactly! We want the finish product unique to you. In addition to serving as the focal point of your ring, settings are intended to secure your gemstone...
Choosing a Diamond

Choosing a Diamond

It’s not something most of us do on a daily basis. Perhaps for most it just maybe once or twice that they really are diving into the world of buying a diamond. When you are about to choose a diamond for a ring or another piece of jewelry, there are some guidelines, that will help you to. Diamond jewelry is everywhere, but choosing the perfect piece for you can be challenging, especially if you’re new to the diamond scene. Whether you are shopping for an engagement ring or a dazzling solitaire pendant, the following guide will help you to begin your search on the right track. The 4 C’s determine the price as well as the quality making it a major factor in choosing your stone. Color You’ll hear the “4cs” discussed a lot as you begin to enter the wide world of diamonds. These famous “Cs” are the four basic categories by which every diamond is measured: color, cut, clarity, and carat. A diamond’s color is measured on a scale of D to Z, with “D” being the most desirable and “Z” the least. In traditional clear diamonds, color is determined by the amount of yellow contained in a stone. The perfect diamond contains no yellow, appearing a clear blue-white in natural light. The more yellow a stone contains, the more affordable it is, with some stones on the lower end of the scale priced at as little as $3/point. Stones in the G-J range are generally a safe bet–both affordable and attractive, particularly when set against yellow gold. If your center stone errs on the lower end...
Alexandrite

Alexandrite

Did you know June’s birthstone Alexandrite, has chameleon-like qualities? It’s often described by gem aficionados as “emerald by day, ruby by night.” It has a phenomenal color change, making the fine material exceptionally rare and valuable. This gemstones color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light. Originally discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains in the 1830s, it’s now found in SriLanka, East Africa, and Brazil. Mohs Hardness scale gives it this rare beauty a 8.5/10 making it a wonderful stone for any custom design at Frederic Owen Fine Jewelry. Information provided by GIA visit www.gia.edu for...
Why GIA?

Why GIA?

Getting engaged is a big deal! Buying a diamond is likely one of the most major purchases you will make. Choosing to learn about the diamond at Frederic Owen Fine Jewelry, assures you education by the highest standards. It’s our duty. What’s so important about diamonds graded by GIA (The Gemological Institute of America)? Diamonds are the most sought-after gems on earth. Each one is unique. And each has specific qualities that establish its value. A GIA Diamond Grading Report gives you clear, comprehensive understanding of those qualities. As creator of the Diamond 4Cs and the International Diamond Grading System™, GIA is not only a global authority, but the world’s trusted source for unbiased assessment. Frederic Owen Fine Jewelry stays true to the world’s foremost authority in diamond grading. Mark is a graduate jeweler gemologist and Kristin is working towards her GJG. Make an appointment to consult and get educated on us today! Check out our page about GIA Certified Diamonds for more...
Getting engaged?

Getting engaged?

At Frederic Owen educating you is paramount. No matter what, we want you to be informed, completely about what you are buying. 5 Important Things to Consider when buying a Diamond Is the diamond you are purchasing GIA certified? Are you purchasing an exceptionally well cut diamond? Is the diamond near colorless or colorless? Has it been selected with the best possible clarity in its classification? Does the shape of the diamond compliment the design of the engagement ring setting? To read more about the diamonds “4 C’s”...