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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

One Day Summer Sale Part 2

Natural color pink sapphire earrings







I just finished these earrings up.  They are actually a very emotional pair of earrings for me as they represent something that I don't really want to get into publicly.  I am often moved by events in my life to create some of my pieces and this one was a fairly emotional one. But as it happens they are out just in time for my one day sale this weekend.  If you missed my previous blog article it talks about the sale in more detail so just scroll down one article.  I didn't even realize these were natural color sapphires when I picked them out so it was a nice benefit when I realized it. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

SUMMER SALE!!!!! ONE DAY ONLY!




Ruby ring in white and yellow gold
White quartz and diamond pendant
Afghani tourmalines and diamonds in 18k
Afghani tourmalines in 18k yellow gold

                                                     






I confess.  I've been exceedingly remiss in my writings here. I promise to get back to the sapphire material in a couple of weeks.  But in the meanwhile I wanted to let everyone know that we are having a sale on August 11 in conjunction with the Massachusetts tax free weekend.  In the past we have limited this sale only to existing customers but this year we are opening it up to everyone. Here are the details:   

Don’t miss this annual summer sale event!
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Only*

Don’t miss this annual summer sale event! Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers
Each year in combination with the state’s tax free holiday we offer additional savings on our hand crafted products. Read the sale guidelines below and don’t miss this once a year sale! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 11th between 11am and 5 pm (we are closed on Sundays)!

The following discounts apply to your total (pre-tax) purchase of jewelry or loose gemstones from our display cases:

  • 15% off any case item priced up to $2,499.00
  • 20% 0ff case items priced over $2,500.00
  • 20% off strands of beads and pearls in our cases regardless of price

For example:
Gorgeous earrings that you have been looking at for months….

Regular price $3,100 + 6.25% tax = $3,293.75
Sale Price - $3,100 less 20% and no tax = $2,480.00

*Busy on August 11th? Call or come into the store to select your items in advance of the sale day and we will charge your credit card on August 11th! You can pick them up anytime from 08/11/12 on during regular store hours or we can ship them to you (regular shipping charges apply).

HERE ARE THE RULES

1. Any case item priced up to $2,500 after your discount can be purchased tax free. Case item means you buy the piece you see in the case-no alterations (but we will size a ring purchase).

2. ONLY items sold from our cases are eligible for the discounts.

3. NO CUSTOM WORK DISCOUNTS, however any custom work $2,500 or less ordered and paid for in full on August 11th will still be tax free!

NO RETURNS, REFUNDS OR CREDITS ON ANY SALE ITEMS PURCHASED AT THIS SALE.
NO EXCEPTIONS. FINAL SALE.

Our hours of operation on Saturday August 11th will be 11:00 am – 5:00pm.
We hope you can join us on Saturday, August 11th!  Remember we are closed on Sundays!
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Year of the Sapphire Cinq

I told you I was going to talk about purple sapphires in my next post and this is the beginning of it.  I'm actually going to do two posts on them because I just had this ring of mine come in for a cleaning and I want to talk about this one specifically.

Purple sapphires come in a range of tones of purple ranging from a pinkish purple to a pure purple (what I like to call amethyst colored) to a bluish purple.  Many of the blue/purple sapphires actually exhibit a color change (or as I prefer to refer to it, a color shift) when viewed under different light sources (these are generally the most valuable if the colors are good).  Personally I tend towards the blue/purple sapphires just because I think the color is so interesting.  Either that or the pure purple color tones I find particularly appealing.  I'm less enamored of the pink/purple tones, but that's just a personal thing.  I believe if you want a pink sapphire than get one that screams pink!

Anyway, this ring and stone were purchased from me in 2002.  I believe, if my memory serves me, that the customer had me make up this ring with her diamond in it prior to this and that it was lost.  She decided to use the insurance settlement to get a nice big sapphire instead.  This stone is a 3.85 ct. NATURAL color (*unheated*) bluish purple sapphire.  I sold it to her at the time for $5000 for the stone.  Seven years ago she had me do a new appraisal (at my recommendation since I knew prices had gone up quite a bit) and it appraised out at about $13,000.  Today when she came in for a cleaning she asked for an updated appraisal and the stone is now valued at $20,000.  This is a result of how rare, large, untreated stones have skyrocketed in price in the last decade.  I have talked about this in previous blog posts.

Now before everyone gets too excited, let me throw out a few caveats.   This kind of extreme price increase happened on this stone because of the fact that it is LARGE (almost 4 cts.), UNHEATED and a great color to begin with.  If  you're looking at a stone on your hand that is a half carat sapphire that's pretty ordinary, the value has NOT gone up this much. Also you need to be aware that the appraisal price is a retail replacement price. This is the amount she would need to pay to get an equivalent stone today.  If she wanted to sell the stone, she would get nowhere near this price.  However she would get significantly more than she paid for it back in 2002.  This is actually fairly rare unless you're dealing with exceptional stones and that includes when you're talking about diamonds.

I don't ever sell or recommend jewelry or gems as an investment vehicle. But every once in awhile it can happen that you make a good purchase.  It's a good reason to always buy the best possible quality available and as large a piece as you can afford.

More on purple sapphires in my next article. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Year of the Sapphire 4

THIS IS NOT A SAPPHIRE!
         Today's sapphire colors are my absolute least favorite colors of sapphire.  I'm talking about green sapphires and yellow sapphires. Least favorite???  Why would a green color and a yellow color sapphire not be just as attractive as the other colors?  Allow me to explain (as you knew I would anyway!).

Let's tackle the yellow issue first.   I'm not a big fan of any yellow colored stones.  I like to use a very rich colored yellow gold in all of my work and yellow stones just get lost in it.  Sometimes it's almost like there isn't a stone there.  If I'm using platinum (which is somewhat preferable) and the stone isn't a distinctively bright yellow then it just kind of looks pale and ashen.   Since I generally prefer working in yellow gold, yellow colored stones just don't cut it for me.  But this is me personally.  If you like yellow, then there are lots of dark yellow sapphires out there with your name on them.

And then there are green sapphires.  So when someone has heard that sapphires come in a green color, they invariably imagine they are going to see green sapphires that look like the emerald in the ring pictured above.  But the problem is that you won't ever see any green sapphire that even remotely approaches the green colors in emeralds or tourmalines.  Most greens have a heavy blue modifying color in them or a yellowish modifying color in them.  This invariably makes them look muddy. Now admittedly some people like the kind of off-lime, muddy color of these stones  (I know this because I've sold them) but I just can't bring myself to love them.  In all of my years as a jeweler I have only bought ONE green sapphire of any size for my stock (although I have bought parcels of small, mixed color sapphires that have had greens in them because when you are buying parcels of stones, and getting the discounts that go along with buying quantities of gems, you have to take whatever is in the parcel---if you start pulling out the ugly ones you don't like the price goes up significantly).  I bought the stone because I actually found it somewhat appealing and people were always asking me about the color of green sapphires so I figured I would have one in stock.  I did sell it so maybe my own prejudices are getting in the way of what I want to sell, but as you know, I am quite fussy about what I am purveying to my customers.

So the takeaway here is that, yes you can get sapphires in these colors (and I'm happy to try and get the best examples of them available) but they aren't going to be the best colors of sapphires.  Not at all like the purple sapphires I sell which will be the next topic in my blog, hopefully next week.

PLEASE NOTE: I sold the emerald to a customer for the ring above.  As anyone who has been reading my blog for awhile knows I always tell people not to put emeralds in rings.  ALWAYS.  The next time this customer comes in my shop I'll take another picture so you can see the big chunk of the stone that she whacked out of the dead center of it. 



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Year of the Sapphire III

Orange sapphire and diamond ring
As I mentioned before sapphires come in a wide variety of colors.  One of my favorite ones is orange.  Orange sapphires can vary in tone from a very brownish orange to a very reddish orange.  Often when I buy parcels of orange sapphires there are some in the parcels that are more brandy colored than orange but they tend to be quite attractive too.  The most well known type of orange sapphire is called a padparadscha sapphire.  It can also be one of the most expensive sapphires on the market.

A padparadscha sapphire has to be an intense reddish or pinkish orange in color and they are truly exceedingly rare.  Unfortunately as with most things in this day of Internet shopping, there are seemingly an unbelievable number of these stones available for sale all the time.  However virtually all of the stones sold as padparadscha sapphires on line are truly not.  They rarely have the actual combination of pink/red and orange necessary to fall into this category.  Are they orange sapphires?  Usually.  Are they padparadscha?  No.  And if you're buying one for a couple of hundred dollars I can assure you that they are nowhere near the real thing.

One of the best stories about padparadscha is an old one.  Quite a few years ago (this is more like a number of decades ago) the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) was writing an article for their magazine about padparadscha sapphires.  As it happened the LA County Museum, which has an amazing gemstone collection, had at the time what was considered the perfect padparadscha sapphire in terms of color.  I can't remember how big it was but it was a stunning stone and well known in the trade at the time.  The GIA asked if it could borrow the stone to photograph and study it as part of the article.  When they got it into their gem labs, however, they discovered that it was actually a synthetic sapphire!  No one had realized or spotted this before (and again the LA County Museum had gemologists on staff)!  The thing to take out of this is it's always important to implicitly trust your sources because you never know what you might be getting when you don't.

Next week I think I'll talk about green sapphires (well after I talk about Valentine's Day which is fast approaching!)