New Lab Created Opal Rings

After years of working with top grade Australian opal in our jewelry, we have decided to expand our options to include lab created opal rings and jewelry.  In recent years top quality natural Australian opal has become harder to obtain and the price has steadily increased to reflect its rarity.  We realize that not everyone has the budget for Australian opal jewelry in 14 karat gold so we have decided to offer laboratory created opal as an affordable alternative in our silver and stainless steel rings and wedding ring sets.  The lab created opal we are using in our lab opal rings is available in a variety of colors and rivals the fire and vibrant colors of natural opal.  Laboratory grown opal has essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as natural opal with the exception of water content.  Natural opal is composed of 5 to 15% water and man-made or synthetic opal contains no water.  Instead the water is replaced with resin which increases the lab created opal’s strength and durability.

We hope that you will be as pleased with the look of this laboratory created opal as we are.  We will be adding more rings with the new lab created opal color choices as soon as possible.  Until then, here are a couple of examples of lab opal colors or you can visit our Flickr photo page for more photos.  Keep in mind that any of our ring designs can be inlaid with the new lab created opal in the color of your choice.

Please visit our websites at www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com or LabOpalJewelry.com for more information or email us with questions at info@HilemanSilverJewelry.com.

Thank you!

John Hileman

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com  and www.TheHilemanCollection.com

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Jewelry Item of the Week: Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

This Week’s Item: Sterling Silver Amethyst, Garnet and Citrine Cuff Bracelet

Amethyst, Citrine and Garnet Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
Amethyst, Citrine and Garnet Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

This week’s jewelry item is a sterling silver cuff bracelet featuring amethyst, garnet and citrine cabochon cut gemstones.   As you will notice this bracelet does not have any of our usual inlay work, just the 3 different cabochon gemstones.  The center stone is an oval 3.8ct. Mozambique garnet cabochon flanked by 4 round glowing yellow citrine cabochons totaling 2.8cts.  The outside edges are adorned by 8 purple amethyst cabochons totaling 1.68cts.  The silver has been oxidized to provide more contrast between the highly polished areas and the darkened recesses in the design detail.  The oxidized silver also gives the bracelet a nice soft antique look.  Many other colored stone choices could be set in this bracelet.  Special orders are welcome!

Here is a little information about the gemstones in this bracelet.  Mozambique garnets are known for their high quality and warm, red colors. Mozambique garnet is a mixture of pyrope and almandine garnet, similar in color to rhodolite garnet, but slightly more red, and darker.  Garnets are often worn to relieve inflammations of the skin and its powers include healing, strength, and protection.  It is also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression.

Citrine is a variety of quartz ranging in color from yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown and reddish-brown.  Citrine is often found in association with amethyst, but it is much rarer than its purple cousin.  Citrine is warming, energizing and imparts a flexibility and openness to new experiences.  It has the power to impart joy to all who behold it and instills a positive attitude.  Gloom and negativity do not exist around the citrine.  Citrine supports generosity, helps you hold onto your wealth and draws all the good things in life to you.

Amethyst boasts the color of royalty, a rich violet-purple and is the most highly prized variety of quartz.  Amethyst is cleansing, both physically and psychologically.  It helps promote internal balance, harmony and stability.  Amethyst also helps sharpen the conscious mind and enhances one’s mental powers.  It is used to improve memory and keeps thoughts in line with life goals.  Amethyst is the stone of pure, true, emotional love.

Special care should be taken when cleaning the stones in this bracelet.  Do not put the bracelet in an ultrasonic cleaner or use a steamer to clean it.  Simply brush the stones with an old toothbrush and a mild soap to remove any dirt or lotions.  Avoid harsh chemicals as well as prolonged exposure to water.  It is very important for citrine and amethyst not to be left in the sun, or to be in situations, where they will be exposed to prolonged sunlight or heat.  Because of sensitivity to heat, the stone?s color could change and fade into a lighter color.  Store the bracelet in a box or soft pouch when not wearing it to avoid being scratched by other items.

We are currently offering this spectacular bracelet at 10% off the regular price of $750.  The special price of $675 is good through Monday September 5, 2011.

Go to our website to view more photos or for purchasing information at http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/Silver-bracelet-with-amethyst-garnet-and-citrine-cabochons-swirlcuffSSGarnCitAmeth.htm.  You don’t need a coupon code, the price will be adjusted in the shopping cart.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or customization requests.

Thank you!

Mark and John

www.HilemanSilverJewelry

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

Artizen Magazine interviews jewelry artist Mark Hileman

Mark Hileman designs Australian opal inlay jewelry in gold and sterling silver

Mark Hileman

Last week Mark Hileman was interviewed by Cindy Marks of Artizen Magazine and we have been waiting (impatiently) for the new issue to hit our inbox.  What a pleasant surprise!  Cindy did a great job sharing Mark’s background and shedding some light on how the jewelry has evolved and grown into what it is today.  The article also includes some nice photos and live links to all of our jewelry and social sites. 

This issue of Artizen  includes an article about designer Kat Swank and a great article on beer and cheese pairings as well as some amazing photos by Peter Lockwood.  Check it out when you have a chance.  http://www.artizenmagazine.com/artizen2-2

John Hileman

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

www.AustralianOpalJewelry.com

Hileman Silver Jewelry receives Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award

Hileman Silver Jewelry receives Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award
Sterling silver opal and white sapphire wedding set

Sterling silver opal and white sapphire wedding set

Phoenix, AZ – February 2, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Hileman Silver Jewelry has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Ring Designers!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation. 

Hileman Silver Jewelry stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Hileman Silver Jewelry for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Hileman Silver Jewelry is among the very best Wedding Ring Designers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at www.weddingwire.com/hilemansilverjewelry

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from
wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

Thank you to all of our customers for taking the time to leave valuable positive feedback on your recent purchases.  Without it, this recognition would not be possible.

 

Mark and John Hileman

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

 

Not too late for Christmas orders!!

Australian Opal pendant in sterling silver

Australian opal pendant $130

With Christmas quickly approaching, many people still have not decided what to buy for those on their “nice” list .  Well,  it’s not too late to order Hileman jewelry for that special someone.  Although we usually advise allowing us 2 to 3 weeks for special orders, the holiday season puts the elves here in overdrive so a quicker turn around time is possible.  A suggestion for gifts is to purchase the stock ring to wrap as a gift and return it for one in the correct size later.  Just let us know when ordering that it is a gift purchase and we will extend the return period until after the holidays.

Pendants and earrings are always a great gift choice because you don’t have to worry about getting the finger size correct.  We have pendants available ranging from $130 in sterling silver to $12,800 in gold.  Please contact us to check on availability and delivery time for jewelry orders between now and Christmas.  With several different locations selling our jewelry and less time to update sold inventory, not all jewelry listed is available for immediate purchase.    All of our rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets arrive in a nice presentation box ready for gift wrapping.  Express shipping is available for an additional charge.

Visit our websites and get your stress free shopping done early.

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com  and http://www.etsy.com/shop/thehilemancollection for our silver jewelry.

www.TheHilemanCollection  and http://www.etsy.com/shop/hilemanjewelry for our gold jewelry.

Australian opal cross in 14k gold

Australian opal cross in 14k gold $1580

 Happy Holidays!
Mark and John Hileman

ArtFire Member Curated Collections

There are many tools available to promote your craft on the internet.  A great tool that is available to members of ArtFire is the member curated collection.  These collections are composed of items available for sale on ArtFire from the collection creator and other artisans on ArtFire.  Member curated collections are excellent sources of sales and traffic for all members featured in the collection.

Here are some of the ArtFire Collections I have created.  Please click on the items and explore the artisans’ shops. 

Enjoy!  Thank you for supporting handmade artists!

Have it your way! Semi-custom jewelry by Hileman Silver Jewelry

You have scoured the internet and local jewelry stores looking for that perfect piece of jewelry but just can’t quite seem to find it.  Working with a jeweler to create a “custom” piece of jewelry might seem like too daunting of a task.  The extra time involved and costs incurred to create a custom piece may also be prohibitive if you are short on time or on a limited budget.  What if you could get involved in the design process of your jewelry by  selecting the color of the inlay stones used, as well as the arrangement of the stones, to create a semi-custom piece of jewelry just for you at no additional charge?   Hileman Silver Jewelry will work with you to do just that.  We will guide you through the design process and advise you on which stones are appropriate for your chosen casting style and if any of the stones selected are an upgrade.

All of our sterling silver jewelry is easily customized to our customer’s inlay color choices or arrangement.  Every style ring, pendant, bracelet or earring casting is a blank canvas with almost unlimited choices of colored stones to inlay in the combination of your choice.  If the jewelry piece has a faceted gemstone to accent the inlay and you want to change the color scheme, a different color stone of equal value may be substituted for the original.  Additional charges are only charged if the accent stone or the inlay material is an upgrade to a more expensive stone.

You might notice our style numbers on some of our jewelry descriptions.  The style numbers only designate the casting/mounting used and not the inlay material used or its arrangement.  Here are some examples of our gent’s ring style “M200” and the different inlay color combinations we have done recently.  As you can see the look and feel of the ring changes dramatically with the inlay color and pattern variations.

Here is the M200 ring casting inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal.  This is one of our most popular color combinations for our men’s rings.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Another option available is inlaying the entire ring with all the same material such as all dinosaur bone, lapis or spider web turquoise like these three rings.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with all lapis.

Sterling silver man’s band with blue lapis inlay.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver man's ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

Sterling silver man’s ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

A combination of inlay materials is also an option.  Here are a couple of multi-color examples.Sterling silver ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise, black onyx and lapis.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

Man’s sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

As you can see there are many different colors of stones to choose from and many multicolored combinations.  Let us know your color preferences and we can suggest stones that work well together.  Most semi-custom orders can be completed in 2 to 4 weeks.  In most cases it is easier to discuss and complete these orders by phone to clear up any possible questions or concerns before beginning work on the order or taking payment.  Please visit our website for more information about Hileman Silver Jewelry and see photos of our jewelry.  www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com