Behind the Scenes: Gem Shows

Janice Stiles

About twice a year, I attend gem shows to replenish my gems & pearls. While this process is intensive because I want to be thorough, it is also a lot of fun! Sometimes it's hard to pick just a few—there are so many different displays and so many truly beautiful and unique options to choose from.

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Behind the Scenes: Pendulums & Silver Reticulation

Janice Stiles

I love showcasing my pendulum designs at art shows and galleries—they are so fun to design, and I love exploring the combination of beautiful focal stones and pearls with my silver reticulation technique. If you've been curious about these designs—how they are achieved, why they have the price tag they do, and how I come up with them—I'd love to share some fun details with you. 

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: Zircon & Turquoise

Janice Stiles

Breathtaking and icy, December's blue-hued birthstones align well with the decadence and weather that greet us during the winter holidays. This month, I'll dive into the properties and history of Zircon and Turquoise, two lovely stones I enjoy featuring in unique Tres Elegante Designs jewelry!

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Behind the Scenes: The Versatility of Chains

Janice Stiles

Beginning this season, I am offering adjustable sterling rope chains, so this autumn's versatility will include fresh choices of which length to wear your pendants!

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: Topaz & Citrine

Janice Stiles
This month, I am featuring Topaz and Citrine, the two birthstones traditionally recognized for November! These birthstones are known for their warm, calming energies: Topaz and Citrine are the perfect answer to the mid-autumn blues! 

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: October Pink Tourmaline & Opal

Janice Stiles
The names of this month's birthstones sound as dazzling as they look: Pink Tourmaline and Opal are beautiful choices for any October birthdays on your list! View this collection below...

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: September Sapphire

Janice Stiles
Sapphire, the September birthstone, and one of the “big four” gems has been prized since 800BC! Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. I have created a small sapphire pendant for September, and I especially encourage those of you with loved ones who have September birthdays to consider ordering one!

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Pearl Guide, Pt. 2

Janice Stiles
Historically, pearls have been thought to promote faith, charity and integrity. Pearls have been worn for thousands of years and are one of the most sought-after gems. Pearls are the only gems that are created by a living being: freshwater and saltwater mollusks.

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Birthstone Jewelry Feature: August Peridot

Janice Stiles
Peridot is the modern August birthstone. It’s always green in color but varies depending on its source.  A peridot has never been created in a lab and a real peridot will never change color regardless of lighting.

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Pearl Guide, Pt. 1

Janice Stiles
There are so many beautiful shiny objects called “pearls” these day, but it's easy to tell the real ones from the fake ones. To do so, gently rub the pearl against the front of your tooth; if it feels gritty, then it’s a real pearl, whether cultured or natural. If it feels smooth, then it’s not a real pearl regardless of the description. Be careful to not use the edge of your tooth, as you could scratch the pearl!

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