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Silver Prices: an Update...
There is good news in the silver market (for us at least). Last month I talked about how prices had been rising drastically (22% in March), and the effect this was having on the silver jewelry market. Prices continued upward until April 12th when a huge drop began. Over the course of April we have seen prices fall from the high of $8.29 to the closing today of $6.05 per ounce. This is a 27% drop!

Most of us are breathing a sigh of relief. There are rumors it may surge again, but judging by how short-lived the increase was, I am skeptical. I would expect we will see prices remain in the low $6 range for a while at least. Hopefully the US Dollar will strengthen some more, as this is a determining factor in the precious metals markets.

Regardless, silver is at an acceptable level now, and we will have to keep our fingers crossed it stays in the current range.

Our Tucson Blowout continues, and those costs were locked in before the price increases. We will be adding more goods from our stock to the site in this category shortly, so check back throughout May. Prices for pendants and rings by the gram will remain at 40¢ per gram for a while longer...

We just received some new Amber jewelry in from India. The quality is very nice and the prices are reasonable. We have also added a new stone to our inventory that you may not have seen before. It is called rainbow calcite, and it comes from a mine in Mexico. We bought the rough from a dealer in Tucson, shipped it to India to be cabbed and set, and what you will see on our site is the finished product. This stone is a naturally occurring sedimentary variety that has vivid blues, greens, reds and purples, arranged in layers. Rainbow calcite is a beautiful stone that we predict will sell very well.

In May...
We will be adding some new jewelry from the Tucson show that is still in back stock. Also, our star lamp sale continues: all stars are 20% off for the whole month! Click here to get your discount applied automatically or enter the code star20 in the discount code bas during checkout.

May Birthstone: Emerald
The highest quality emeralds display their beauty in a deep translucent green. Inclusions are common, but nevertheless, in top qualities emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds.

For the Incas and Aztecs in South America, where the finest emeralds are still being found today, it was a holy stone. The oldest sources of emerald known are located near the Red Sea. These mines were already being worked by Egyptian Pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 B.C., and gained fame under the name of "Cleopatra’s Mines,” but had already run out when they were rediscovered.

Many centuries ago in the Vedas, the ancient and sacred writings of Hinduism, stressed the value of the green gemstone and its healing power. It's no surprise then, that the treasure chests of Indian Maharajas and Maharanis contained most wonderful Emeralds.

Light emerald green is the color of life and of eternal spring. Even in ancient Rome green was the color dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Today there are still many cultures and religions where green holds a special position.

Really good quality emeralds are rare, as inclusions frequently spoil the stone. Fine inclusions do not diminish the value: a deep, rich green emerald with inclusions is valued more highly than an inclusion-free stone of paler color.

Emeralds are beryllium aluminum silicates with a hardness of 7.5 to 8. They are related to aquamarine, pale pink morganite, golden heliodor and pale green beryl. Pure beryl is colorless. Trace elements add the color that makes these gemstones pleasing to the eye.

Colombia is still the main country of occurrence for fine Emeralds but emeralds are also found in other places like Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan or Russia.

Their hardness protects emeralds from scratches to some extent, but their brittle structure and many fissures can make cutting, setting and cleaning the stone difficult. Cutting emeralds is always a challenge, even for experienced cutters. Many emeralds today are treated with oils or natural resins. This is customary in the trade, but it means also that the stones can be damaged or dulled through carelessness. For example, they should not be cleaned ultrasonically, and contact with soaps or solvents (even dish soap) should be avoided.

Highlights of the Site
Tucson Blowout continues: high quality, unique silver designs at great prices.
New Handbags: Bright, fun and full of color!
20% off entire stock of star lamps!
Coming Soon: New textiles (curtains, duvet covers, and more).

As always, I wish you a happy, healthy and successful month. Let me know if you have questions or comments.


Mike McGinnis
Whirled Planet


New Items:

Rainbow Calcite Abstract Pendant
New stone we will be doing more with in the future. These are nice sized pendants for just $10.50 each.
Amber Ethnic Earring
Cute design at a nice price. Amber always sells well! Just $6.50

Square Picture Pendant
For months people have been asking if we have something they can put their own pics in: now we do. This is double sided and sell for $7.50

May Special:
Spend $150 and get $7 off toward shipping! 20% off entire stock of star lamps!

Recent Items

Chinese Characters Handbag
Leather purse 8" wide by 10" high w/ 11" strap. Chinese characters bring good fortune: $10.50

Modern Rectangle Purse
Sophisticated look, made of silk w/ neoprene backing, measures 11.5"x 6"x2.5". 4 colors. $7.00

Our Promise:
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!

About Us:
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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