Once again, it is time for the sale of the season.
Twice a year we offer our 20% discount on nearly everything on the
site. The discount
applies to new products and even those already on sale. The only
things not included in the sale are the pendants and rings by the
gram at their lowest price level (40¢ per gram), and our bulk
cords sold by the 100 pcs. Take
advantage of the deals, as this sale happens only twice peryear.
It will be going on all month.
some great new textiles since our last email. Click here
for the up close and personal. These are all 20% off, even though
they are new arrivals!
The silver price
is still fluctuating between about $5.75 and $6 per oz...
We'll be closed
on July 5th for the Independence Day holiday.
a medium to dark red jewel, has been considered the most valuable
member of the mineral species corundum (aluminum oxide) for thousands
of years. All other colors of corundum are, by definition, called
"sapphire." A bright "fire engine red" color, designated by the
term "Burmese" (since the color is more prevalent there, and was
first found in that area) is considered the world's finest.
Ruby was said
to be the most precious of the twelve stones God created when he
created all things and this "lord of gems" was placed on Aaron's
neck by God's command. In the Indian Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj,
or "king of precious stones" and ratnanayaka, "most precious of
The ruby mines
of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are older than history: stone age and
bronze age mining tools have been found in the mining area of Mogok.
Rubies from the legendary mines in Mogok often have a pure red color,
which is described as "pigeon's blood," although that term is more
a romantic description than actual trade reference.
Rubies are often
heat treated at the mine to enhance their appearance. Heating the
stone improves clarity and minimizes brown and purple tones. With
a hardness of 9, ruby is considered to be one of the most durable
of gemstones other than diamond.
for fine rubies is really only limited by the tiny supply available,
new finds are always exciting news. The most recent news is an exciting
new mining area in Myanmar called Mong Hsu. This deposit is producing
large quantities of commercial quality "Burma" ruby and
also significant quantities of fine quality "Burma" ruby,
particularly in sizes up to a carat.
The new deposit
has also affected the world capital of the ruby business: Thailand.
Many of the ruby traders and cutters from Chanthaburi and Bo Rai
(in Thailand) have moved to Mae Sai in Thailand. In Tachilek in
Myanmar, across the border from Mae Sai, a flourishing trade in
Mong Hsu ruby has transformed a village into a prosperous town.
Most Mong Hsu ruby is cut and marketed in Thailand.
of the Site
Arrivals section has all the latest goodies.
Textiles from India.
Calcite: A rainbow full of color!
Jewelry: Trendy bright colors for summer.
Lots of new CLOSEOUTS!!!!
Collection: Classic art in sterling silver.
Coming Soon: New textiles (curtains, duvet covers, and more).
Be sure to stock
up during our 20% off sale!
One of three shapes in this new collection. Matching earrings
also available. Just $3.00
of the masterpiece collection, these come as a set or separately.
Silver with resin coated image. Earrings: $8.25, Pendant:
Spend $200 and get 20% off!
More New Items
Dramatic curtains come in either Burgundy or Sage Green.
Has the look of raw silk, but is actually durable polyester.
Rich looking polyester cushions come in Burgundy or Sage
Green. They have a beaded detail and are filled with lightweight
synthetic fill. $11.50
Beautiful tapestry style wrap in assorted colors: $7.50.
You may return any item for any reason.
We have a no-questions-asked policy. If you get something
you don't like, for any reason, just send it back!
All our silver jewelry is guaranteed sterling (at
least 92.5% silver), and whenever possible each piece is
stamped to indicate this. All our stones are genuine.
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