Gemstones & Metals
About Our Metals
about our gems
Our gems are made from corundum and spinel. Some of these are pressurized and/or heat-treated to bring out the vibrant colors that you see. Corundum is what mother nature makes natural gems from and so do we!
We only choose materials that have a Mohs scale hardness factor of 7.0 or better for beauty and durability. Be informed and aware of the fact that stones such as opals, moonstones, crystals and the like, are too soft of a material to be cut into a true coffin shape, and made into a ring, as the face area is so large. They will eventually crack, break, flake or pit. We don't want our customers to have to experience that.
Our materials vary from batch to batch, depending on what is available in our quantities and color at the time of purchase. Rest assured that you will receive a high-quality stone that will sparkle for a lifetime of wear.
Our color palette shows the 10ct stone color. Our colors can vary due to two things:
Size of the stone (smaller stones have a smaller surface area; making them lighter). Keep this in mind when ordering the 1ct and 2ct stones specifically.
Lighting (stones have a color difference depending on the lighting method used). Our pictures are taken under fluorescent jewelry store lighting (these variances do not apply to the Ghost or Death gemstones).
All of our silver settings are made from solid USA grade sterling silver (.925). The sterling silver we purchase is AAA grade, meaning it polishes and shines brighter than typical sterling silver.
All of our gold settings are solid USA grade 10k gold. The 10k gold we purchase is AAA grade which is brighter, strong and durable for a lifetime of wear. It is not (and never will be) gold plate.
We have the solution for you! We can cast your design in 14k White Palladium, which contains zero nickel. Please reach out to our Casting Manager, Jeffrey Taylor, listed on our Location page for a quote. Please be advised that 14k Palladium is more expensive than Gold.
what factors go into the price of jewelry?
The more metal used – the higher the price. Thin metal designs cost less than thick metal designs. We created thicker metal designs so the piece will last. This is very important when casting sterling silver, as it is soft and pliable, therefore will bend easy. Our settings are cast as one piece - not spot soldered strips of metal.
The type of metal used - .925 sterling silver is more affordable than gold, especially right now with the volatility in the markets (refer to the Gold Price link above).
Gemstone Type/Grade/Size – All of these factor into the final price. We use the highest quality materials we can obtain that will accept our coffin cut. They are 100% faceted/polished on the top, all sides, and the bottom, making a true coffin shaped "gemstone"…not a "flat bottom", rounded edges or cabochon. Our gemstones shine from all straight, pointed angles of the design, including the bottom! These are called “deep” or “belly cut” stones which means you are getting a lot more stone for your money.
Where it is made - Foreign countries that sell jewelry shipped to the USA cannot be legally bound to what claims they make about the quality of their jewelry, unlike the statutes required of businesses in the USA. This applies to any product, not just jewelry.
Gemstone setting - The tiniest gemstones are the hardest to set, requiring a lot of time for the bench jeweler to complete the item. Every stone we use are prong-set, which means each one has (at least) 4 prongs that close around the gemstone. They are never glued or piggy-backed.
Handcrafted work – Handcrafted work has always been more expensive than mass-produced items. Every one of our designs are handcrafted in the USA from the casting of the metal, to setting the stone(s), to finishing the item, all on demand when you order them. None of this is done by machines. There are no trays of stock sitting around. Never has and never will.
"We are the innovators – not the imitators" - since 1995
If you are near Houston, TX and would like to see our gemstone colors/sizes, see our bench jewelers at work, or inquire about our metals used, please feel free to visit our location