May 2016 Newsletter

- Featured Gemstone-
"Coral" commonly refers to sea animals of the Anthozoa class. They're invertebrate creatures forming colonies of many shapes and structures, at times resembling an underwater garden.   


All beautiful gemstones are not born inside the earth's crust. There are some precious gemstones that surface from within the sea. One such beauty is the coral gemstone. It is a gemstone that evokes a feeling of intense liking due to the intense color it possesses. Since they are formed by living organisms, they fall into the category of organic gemstones . Read More


Coral Lore

According to the ancient Greeks, the hero and demigod Perseus created coral by accident. After he killed the Gorgon Medusa, he placed her head in the ocean while he washed his hands. When he retrieved her head, he saw that the seaweed it had rested on was now dyed red from her blood. Inspired by this legend, the Greek word for coral is "gorgeia.Read More

Coral Keeping & Caring 

Coral is beautiful, but requires precaution to keep it looking its best. Due to its softness, your coral jewelry may be better suited as a necklace or brooch than a piece more prone to bumps like a bracelet or ring. Depending on the species, coral may be on the porous side, making them vulnerable to absorbing unwanted materials.   Read More

- Ask Valentin -

Since 1976 I have been Designing and Creating Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the most talented and educated gemstone cutters throughout the world. The sourcing of these gemstones is one of the many facets in the process of creating and executing Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry. This extensive network enables us to find the desired gemstone whether it is a unique Semi-precious Gemstone, a brilliant Ruby or Sapphire or a diamond no matter the size. We respect any and all requests irrespective of size or budget.
Our in house staff of highly skilled craftspeople; specialists in metal work and wax carving, model makers,  jewelers, setters, polishers, CAD design assistants, stone management specialists and quality control all  contribute in a team effort which affords us the opportunity to manufacture all our work in our own studio/atelier in the heart of New York of which we are most proud. Although many will claim their studio is full service, in reality there are only a few who can complete all the above mentioned aspects in the manufacturing of Fine Hand Crafted Jewelry.
We invite you to contact us with any of your jewelry related questions or requests. In addition to the repairing of your jewelry or the restringing of your pearls, we welcome your thoughts regarding designing new jewelry or updating your older pieces. All inquiries will be acknowledged and answered in a timely manner.

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