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Aquamarine: Teardrops From The Sea

Aquamarine: Teardrops From The Sea

Picture the clearest ocean water on a tropical beach, a mesmerizing blue green of crystal clear fluidity. The most desirable color of aquamarine is a drop of that ocean. The name “aquamarine” is derived from Latin meaning sea water. Ancient sailors were known to wear aquamarine as a talisman for calm waves.

Brazil, the “homeland” of aquamarine, has historically unearthed the highest quality of this light blue beryl gemstone in the world.

Aquamarine and its cousin emerald form large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings weighing several hundred carats. The long crystal formation is why aquamarine’s beauty is optimized when faceted into a “step cut” such as the emerald or baguette cut.

Queen Elizabeth II has an extensive private collection of aquamarine gemstones that were gifted to her from the president and people of Brazil in the 1950’s. It took the Brazilians several years to acquire matching color and quality aquamarine specimens to create the elaborate necklace, earrings, bracelet and large brooch jewelry suite.

Come in to Medlars and see some of our favorite Aquamarine for yourself.

Posted by on 9th March, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: color of the year, fashion, jewelry
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What It's Like To Attend The Tucson GemFair

What It's Like To Attend The Tucson GemFair
Personal Accounts From Medlars' Employee Attendance

"You can only describe it as massive and overwhelming! A gemstone lovers heaven!"
  - Lili Dyer

Vendors come from all over the world bringing beautiful, rare and exotic gems. The show takes over downtown Tucson and spreads out into tent cities along the highway. Motels are booked with rooms rented out as individual vendor showrooms and even a hangar at the Pima Air Base museum housed gemstone vendors this year.

The things you see at the gem fair run the gamut from mastodon tusks, gem roughs and giant geodes displayed in parking lots, to breathtakingly beautiful carved precious gems. Everywhere you go is floor to ceiling with gemstones for sale!

There were booths with so much jewelry piled in trays that you wonder if it’s even real. We saw vendors set up in gorgeous suites with very high-end jewelry and stacks upon stacks of gem trays filled with large emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other precisely faceted colored gems. And, we loved the tables covered in mounds of bounded hanks of pearls and every imaginable color of gem bead sparkling under the lights like delicious hard candy.

Lili attended the first half of the show:

She said, “I spent time talking with a vendor who sells rustic diamonds which are highly included specimens that come in various rich rustic colors of silver grays, yellows, and rusty oranges/reds. These diamonds are incredible for the color trend in bridal, which is flourishing. I think that we will see more of this in the future! I also went to the African goods market which was really interesting for art, giant amber beads and incredible bib necklaces”

Roger attended the latter half of the show:

He said “one of the most interesting gems I found was crystalline structure of thermally oxidized bismuth. It’s very geometrical and colorful. I have a sample at Medlars for anyone who wants to see it in person. I was excited to see jewelry ideas from different countries. One vendor from Bali, Indonesia had a very different approach to wearable art. It was very rustic, yet carefully constructed with quality materials”.

"Anyone who loves colorful gemstones should add this event to their bucket list"
 - Roger Huckabee

Posted by on 9th March, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: jewelry, custom design, color of the year, fashion, gold
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Jewelry Every Woman Should Own

Jewelry Every Woman Should Own

Women often leave hints about the jewelry they want. Some even wish to the jewelry Gods for those perfect diamond earrings or sparkly rings that have caught their eye. While men gifting women jewelry has always been true and constant, we think it’s perfectly fine to purchase a well-deserved gift for yourself, even if it’s “just because”. So, treat yourself for being you!

Here are some jewelry pieces that we think every woman needs in their collection.

Precious Metal Fine Jewelry

White gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and sterling silver are far superior to any type of base metal jewelry. For most people, precious metals will not leave the green discoloration and often allergic reaction that base metal fashion jewelry can cause.

Going one step further, gold and platinum jewelry are a better choice over sterling silver because they don’t tarnish the way sterling silver does. However, even on a budget, sterling silver should always be chosen over base metal jewelry since, unlike base metal fashion jewelry, precious metal jewelry will hold a certain degree of investment value

Solitaire Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are a timeless classic. Diamonds are first choice, but you can’t go wrong with a colored gemstone. Studs are a staple for almost all women whether they wear a little or a lot of jewelry. Many women wear a smaller stud that stays in their second ear piercing and a fashion forward earring in the main ear piercing that coordinates their outfit.

Solitaire Pendant

Birthstones are a great example of something that many people want in their jewelry wardrobe. We are in the age of customization and almost anything is possible, so you don’t have to choose the traditional “mothers ring”. Stackable rings in different colors, gemstone station or lariat necklaces with an “add a stone” bracelet that allows for future gemstones to be added as the family grows.

Line Bracelets or Bangles

Bracelets can define you. Mix and stack them—or not, choose gems, solid metal or both. From flexible line bracelets and bangle to cuffs, you do just about anything and the look is always fresh and fun.  
Colored Gems

Birthstones are a great example of something that many people want in their jewelry wardrobe. We are in the age of customization and almost anything is possible, so you don’t have to choose the traditional “mothers ring”. Stackable rings in different colors, gemstone station or lariat necklaces with an “add a stone” bracelet that allows for future gemstones to be added as the family grows.

Posted by on 9th March, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: custom design, diamonds, fashion, jewelry, warranty
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Ultra Violet: Color of the Year

Ultra Violet: Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute announced the Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet 18-3838. Ultra violet is purple with a blue undertone. It represents creativity, breaking barriers, a new age of culture and experimentation. Think technological advances, higher social awareness and appreciation for individuality and uniqueness.

Purple passion will be taking over your fashion, your Manic Panic® Ultra Violet hair dye, your nail polish and of course, your jewelry. The sky is the limit - creatively!

Ultra Violet is described as mystical, spiritual, meditative, enigmatic, complex and contemplative; unconventional, inspirational and evocative of artistic brilliance.

Artistic brilliance brings to mind the purple majesty of singer Prince, who passed away too young in 2016. The Pantone Color Institute honored Prince with his own special shade of purple last year, Love Symbol #2. It appears Prince is still inspiring color for 2018 and was recently honored by Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl LII halftime show.

"The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own."  - The Pantone Institute

This year's color invites you to open your horizons, dream and create your future because the future is now. Think of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Space travel becoming available to private citizens and Elon Musk's exploration of the possibility of living on other planets.

Broaden Your Ultra Violet Gemstone Horizon

The most popular purple gemstone is amethyst however there are several other choices for purple gemstones. Sapphire, Garnet, Chalcedony, Iolite, Kunzite, Tanzanite and Spinel are just a few colored gemstones that have exquisite purple varieties. Set in white gold, yellow gold, silver or platinum these high fashion gems are sure to be one of your favorite accessories.

Posted by on 9th February, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
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Is The 1st Place Olympic Medal Pure Gold?

Is The 1st Place Olympic Medal Pure Gold?
Interesting Facts About the Modern Olympic Medals

  • The core composition for all three medals is .999 fine silver.
  • The gold and bronze metals are an overlay of gold and bronze on solid .999 fine silver.
  • The base weight of the gold and silver medals is over 20 troy ounces, the bronze, a little over 17 troy ounces. (1 troy ounce = 1.09714 avoirdupois ounces)
  • The gold metal plating is 1/5 ounce (6.2207 troy grams) of .999 fine gold.
  • The current melt value of a gold medal is around $575.00, the silver medal is around $320.00 and the bronze medal is around $270. (as of February 2018)
  • The 2018 PyeongChang medal designs were created  South Korean designer Lee Suk-Woo and feature a distinct Korean flavor.

We've come a long way from the early Olympic games where the victor of an event was awarded with a “victory wreath” made from olive trees.

Posted by on 3rd February, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: bullion, fashion, precious metals, jewelry
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What Is Jewelry Restoration?

What Is Jewelry Restoration?

You may hear a  jeweler say they can restore your jewelry to its original state, but what does that actually mean? Jewelry restoration is when someone brings in a piece of jewelry that has been extremely worn out over the years or that is critically damaged from accidents unforeseen, and has to be built on from its original piece. An example of a critically damaged item is dropping a ring into a garbage disposal (which is most common) or even running it over with your car.

Restoration can commonly get mistaken for a repair which is just a simple and straightforward fix. This can be retipping the top of your prongs or rebuilding a ring shank that has worn too thin or broken in half.

Here at Medlars, the most common restoration we work on is antique jewelry or family heirlooms. We work with what you have to preserve it back to its original state. Sometimes the jewelry can be so worn or smashed that it has to be completely remade which is then considered a custom design.


This broach came to us with only one section of the design left. We recreated the fan and added 4 sections to restore the broach to it's original design. If you look real close you can see the original fan piece on the right side of the broach.

This ring was cut off of a woman’s hand in the ER.

When Medlars began to repair it we discovered the ring had a great deal of porosity in the metal. Because of that, fixing the ring was not an option.

We duplicated the design and set her diamonds. The new ring appears bigger because it isn’t worn down and softened by the years of wear and tear the original ring had experienced.

This type of damage is commonly seen when someone has stepped on their ring or it was accidentally run over by a car. 

Posted by on 9th January, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: custom design, jewelry repair, jewelry restoration, warranty
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What's Going On With Palladium?

What's Going On With Palladium?

In September 2017 the United States Mint released the first Palladium American Eagle coin which features a high-relief likeness of “Winged Liberty” from the “Mercury Dime”. It was such a hit with consumers that at the time of this writing the Palladium American Eagle is sold out with no indication of their next availability.
To start off with, it's more rare than platinum! It's also the metal that is used to make gold white and is a crucial component of fuel cells and catalytic converters. Palladium is one of six metals in the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) and is known for its purity, high melting points and unique catalytic properties.

Palladium’s Recent History

In 2009, according to, about 45% of the total output of palladium was used by the autocatalyst industry, about 19% by the electronics industry, and about 12% by the jewelry industry ("white gold" is an alloy of gold and palladium). The rest was used in such industries as chemical, dental, investment, and others.

As in most things, supply and demand drive price. Over the past year or so palladium (historically the poor cousin to gold and platinum) has out performed all other the precious metals. Over the past 20 years manufacturers, have slowly shifted to palladium instead of platinum as a cost saver.

This past October palladium’s value shot past platinum, which historically has been roughly twice the cost per ounce of palladium, and looks to be challenging gold. Since both platinum and palladium are metals used in production and for the same types of applications preference for which to use will simply become a price issue. My belief is that manufactures will rotate back and forth, using whichever metal is cheaper. 

Posted by on 5th January, 2018 | Comments | Trackbacks | Permalink
Categories: bullion, investing, palladium, precious metals
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