New Chrysoprase and White Sapphire Sterling Silver Ring!

Chrysoprase and White Sapphire Ring

Chrysoprase and White Sapphire Ring

We just finished this beautiful chrysoprase inlay ring with white sapphires set in sterling silver.  Three pieces of apple green chrysoprase are inlaid in each side of this ring with 3 pave` set white sapphires in the center.  The sparkling white sapphires total .09cts. and are in a triangle cluster.  The ring is 5.6mm wide at the top and 3.2mm wide at the bottom (shank).  The handmade chrysoprase ring in the photo is a size 7 1/4.  All other sizes will be special orders and will take about 3 to 4 weeks to complete.  You may customize this ring by substituting other inlay materials or other gemstones in place of the white sapphires.  Additional charges will apply if your choices are an upgrade.  This ring style is a popular choice for those looking for a unique and unusual wedding ring.

Chrysoprase is a rare form of chalcedony or quartz.  Chrysoprase ranges from light to dark green but is most sought after in its striking apple green color.  Chrysoprase is rare due to the fact that it is cryptocrystalline, meaning that instead of being formed by large six sided crystals, the size of the crystals are extremely small and cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification.  Chrysoprase has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s scale and is in the same stone family as agate, carnelian, and onyx.  The best known sources of chrysoprase are Queensland Australia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Arizona, California, and Brazil.

To purchase this ring visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/85035393/chrysoprase-ring-with-white-sapphires-in.

See all our silver jewelry designs at www.HilemanSilverJewelry and our gold Australian opal designs at www.AustralianOpalJewelry.com.

Thank you!

Mark and John

Jewelry Item of the Week: Australian Opal and Sugilite Pendant

This Week’s Item:  Australian Opal and Sugilite Inlay Pendant

Australian opal and sugilite sterling silver inlay pendant
Australian opal and sugilite sterling silver inlay pendant

This week’s item is a large sterling silver pendant inlaid with Australian opal and purple sugilite.   The top piece of inlaid Australian opal fires blues and greens and the other pieces of opal fire red, green, blue orange and yellow.  The sugilite is a deep purple and is very high quality with an excellent polish.  The lower areas of the silver have been oxidized black to accentuate the highly polished details.  The pendant measures 34mm wide and is 63mm long including the hinged bale.  The bale will accomodate most chains and smaller diameter beads.  The pendant is stamped sterling and hand signed “MMH” on the reverse by Mark McBride Hileman.  This style pendant is also available by special order in other inlay colors and without the silver oxidized.    This beautiful piece is currently available at our Etsy shop.  Please go to  http://www.etsy.com/listing/28587677/large-sterling-silver-pendant-inlaid  for more information or to purchase this piece.

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code to get your 10% off discount at check out.

10% off coupon code:  WEEKLYSALE081511

Visit our websites to see all of our handmade jewelry designs in 14k gold and sterling silver.  Keep in mind that if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, we do custom jewelry work as well.

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

Thank you!

John and Mark Hileman

Jewelry Item of the Week: Opal, Topaz and Diamond Pendant

This Week’s Item:  Australian Opal, Blue Topaz and Diamond Pendant

Australian opal inlay pendant with diamonds and blue topaz by Hileman
Australian opal inlay pendant with diamonds and blue topaz by Hileman

This week’s item is one of our show stopper pendants.  This stunning handmade 14 karat gold pendant features a bright blue topaz with Australian opal inlay and diamond accents.  A huge 7.3 carat blue topaz appears to be floating in the center of this eye catching opal inlay pendant.  The blue topaz harmonizes nicely with the 16 pieces of inlaid Australian opal.  Each inlay section of the body of the pendant contains two pieces of inlaid blue green opal with one red piece of opal inlay in the middle.  The hinged bale is also inlaid with four pieces of outstanding blue green and red firing Australian opal.  The remarkable Australian opal inlay will mesmerize you as it flashes different colors of blues, greens, and reds.  The .30 carats of G color VS clarity brilliant round diamonds provide additional sparkle to this statement piece.  This unique opal inlay pendant is stamped 14k gold on the back and is hand signed “MMH” by Mark McBride Hileman for authenticity and added collector value.  For more information about this pendant please visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/48127165/australian-opal-inlay-pendant-with-blue?ref=pr_shop .

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code to get your 10% off discount at check out.

10% off coupon code:  WEEKLYSALE080111

Visit our websites to see all of our handmade jewelry designs in 14k gold and sterling silver

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

Jewelry Item of the Week: Opal, Diamond, Sugilite and Amethyst Ring

This week’s item:  Opal, Diamond, Sugilite and Amethyst Ring

Australian opal inlay ring with sugilite and amethyst accents
Australian opal, sugilite, diamond and amethyst ring in 14k gold

We have started a new weekly feature in our blog where we spotlight one of our jewelry designs and place it on sale for one week.  This week we are focusing on one of our most popular rings designs.  This 14k gold ring showcases all of the attributes Hileman jewelry is known for- bold design, incredible opal, flawless inlay work and precision diamond setting.  The center stone is a beautiful 2.5 carat cushion cut Amethyst with a checkerboard pattern on top.  Both sides of the ring are inlaid with Australian opal and gem grade sugilite.  The incredible Australian opal inlay fires a rainbow of colors and looks great with the sugilite and Amethyst.  The 40 pave` set diamonds add just the right amount of sparkle and flash to bring all the design elements together in one stunning package.  If you like to stand out in a crowd, then this ring is what you have been looking for.  Whether you choose to wear this opal ring design as a wedding ring, engagement ring or cocktail ring it is sure to be an attention getter.  For more information about this opal and amethyst ring or to purchase it online visit our Etsy shop at  http://www.etsy.com/listing/45681360/australian-opal-inlay-ring-with-sugilite .   And most importantly, if you choose to purchase the ring don’t forget to enter the coupon code below to get 10% off this incredible ring!

10% off coupon code:  WEEKLYSALE072511

Visit our websites to see all of our handmade jewelry designs in 14k gold and sterling silver

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

New Turquoise and Spiderweb Turquoise Jewelry

We have been busy creating  new sterling silver jewelry with our newly acquired turquoise and just received another shipment of outstanding turquoise to work with.  One batch is a very nice spiderweb turquoise in bright  blue with a very tight black matrix.  The webbing is formed when iron oxide fills the cracks and voids in the turquoise.  In spider web turquoise the webbing follows no set pattern or strand width, ranging in color from reddish-brown to black.  We have inlaid the new spiderweb turquoise with several complimentary stones including plain turquoise, dinosaur bone, Australian opal and our new “birdseye” turquoise.  See the new turquoise ring!
Spiderweb Turquoise Rough

Spiderweb Turquoise Rough

The other batch is birdseye turquoise.  “Birdseye” turquoise is usually light blue with darker blue matrix circling some of the light blue areas.  The pattern created by the two colors resembles the eye of a bird.  The birdseye  is a little more subtle than the bold spiderweb turquoise.  Here is a photo of a few pieces of rough birdseye.  You can see the beautiful birdseye pattern even in the rough pieces.

Birdseye turquoise rough

Birdseye turquoise rough

 

 

Want to learn more about turquoise?  Here is a link to some general information about turquoise, turquoise mines and turquoise jewelry care.   Visit our website for pricing and availability on our newest turquoise jewelry. www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

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Holiday discount coupons for Hileman Jewelry

Amethyst sterling silver ring with sugilite and nambulite inlay.Great news!  For a limited time, we are offering discount coupons for both our silver and gold jewelry.  The discount is available on all Hileman jewelry currently listed on our two Etsy.com shops.  The discount on all our sterling silver jewelry is 10% off and is available November 24th through December 1st.  To use your silver jewelry discount coupon, visit our shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/thehilemancollection , select the item you wish to purchase and enter coupon code E10Silver1.  The 10% will be deducted from your total.

If you are interested in our 14k gold Australian opal jewelry, visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/HilemanJewelry and use coupon code E20Gold1 at checkout.  We are able to offer a 20% off discount on our gold jewelry.  This coupon is also valid November 24th through December 1st.  Savings on our gold jewelry ranges from a minimum of $316 up to $2560!  The discount only applies to items currently for sale and does not apply to custom orders.

Hopefully these discounts will get your holiday shopping rolling early!  If you want updates on future offers please follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Happy Holidays!

Mark and John

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com or http://www.TheHilemanCollection.com

Australian Opal Wedding Ring Set With Diamonds

Opal wedding ring set in 14k gold by Hileman

Australian opal and diamond wedding ring set in 14k gold

We just completed this Australian opal his and her wedding ring set. The opal is set in 14k gold and accented by sparkling white diamonds.  Beautiful blue-green Australian opal inlay surrounds two round brilliant cut round diamonds in each of these unique inlay wedding bands.  If you are looking for non-traditional wedding rings, then these opal rings are perfect for you.

His handcrafted wedding ring has 6 pieces of Australian opal inlay accented by 2 channel set diamonds totaling .15 carats.  The channel set diamonds are VS clarity and G color.  His ring is 6mm wide and is a size 10 1/2.  The ring is available in other ring sizes or 14k white gold by special order in 3 to 4 weeks.  It is hand signed “MMH” by Mark McBride Hileman on the inside of the ring.

Her handmade 14k gold and diamond ring band is also inlaid with 6 pieces of Australian opal.  The Australian opal inlay in her ring is a perfect match to the opal in his ring.  Her opal inlay ring features two brilliant round diamonds totaling .10cts.  The channel set diamonds are VS clarity and G color.  The opal inlay band measures 5.5mm wide at the top and is a size 6 1/4. It is available in other sizes and 14k white gold by special order in 2 to 3 weeks. The ring is hand signed “MMH” on the inside by Mark McBride Hileman and stamped 14k gold.  Either ring may be purchased separately or the set may be composed of  his and his or hers and hers by special request.  For more information about this opal wedding set or to purchase the rings, please visit our Etsy shop or contact us.

If gold is outside of your budget, take a look at this similar his and hers wedding set in sterling silver with white sapphires and Australian opal inlay.

You could almost call these opal rings one of a kind pieces because opal forms under such unique conditions, it is nearly impossible to find two opals exactly the same- even from the same opal mine.  Opal is the only gemstone known to man to have the natural ability to diffract light.  An opal’s color is created when the voids between the particles split light entering the stone.  The size and alignment of the spheres and voids, as well as the light source, determines the colors produced.  To view an opal’s color play at its best, the light source must be coming over your shoulder.  An opal’s color can cover the full spectrum of the rainbow. The opal in this wedding ring set is high quality genuine Australian opal, not lab grown synthetic opal.

Check out more of our 14k gold Australian opal inlay jewelry at www.AustralianOpalJewelry.com or our sterling silver opal inlay jewelry at www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com.

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Australian opal inlay jewelry is our specialty!

Australian opal inlay pendant with blue topaz and diamondsWe spend a lot time and effort promoting our sterling silver jewelry and sometimes neglect giving our gold jewelry equal time in the spot light.  Actually, it is our incredible Australian opal inlay jewelry designs that the Hileman name is known for in the jewelry industry.   Hileman jewelry is recognized for the unsurpassed quality of the Australian opal and the superior craftsmanship used in creating our bold inlay jewelry designs.  Our opal inlay jewelry can be found in the jewelry boxes of celebrities, CEO’s and opal jewelry collectors around the world.

This remarkable opal pendant is a great example of our top of the line opal and outstanding workmanship.  This handmade pendant is inlaid with the finest crystal opal Australia has to offer. The pendant’s opal inlay alternates between bright blue green opal sections and red multicolor sections of opal. Opal of this quality is quite rare and is becoming harder to obtain at any price, making this pendant a real collector’s piece. The center stone is a spectacular 13.25 carat shell fantasy cut Swiss blue topaz. The faceting on the topaz is very unique. The top is slightly domed with only one facet with the bottom has all the facets and notches to create the pattern viewed from the top. The opal inlay and topaz are accented by 28 pave` set diamonds. The diamonds are VS clarity and G/H color and have a total weight of .60 carats.

Take a closer look at this amazing opal pendant at http://www.etsy.com/listing/58803270/australian-opal-inlay-pendant-with-topaz or visit our opal jewelry website at TheHilemanCollection.com .

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Hileman Silver Jewelry is now on Bonanza.com!

Amethyst sterling silver ring with sugilite and nambulite inlay.On September 21, 2010, 1000 Markets was acquired by Bonanza.  Bonanza  is an online marketplace with more than 2 million visitors per month and 3.5 million products listed for sale.  We will be transferring our shop and all of our jewelry listings at 1000 Markets over to our new Bonanza shop as quickly as possible. Our new Bonanza “booth” will have some interesting new features, including the ability for shoppers to have real time chat with the the artist, rate an item and post the item to most social sites.   We currently have about 75 pieces of jewelry on the site and will be adding more every day.  Come by and check out our new booth and add us to your favorites. http://www.bonanza.com/booths/hilemansilverjewelry

Interested in making some extra income?

Bonanza also offers an affiliate program where you are paid for every sale you refer from your blog or website.  Hileman Silver Jewelry is paying a 4% commission on all sales generated by our affiliate program.  To be eligible you have to go to Bonanza.com and register so you receive credit and payment for all referrals to our jewelry page.  To find out more go to the Bonanza Affiliates Program page and read all the details.

John Hileman

www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

www.TheHilemanCollection.com

Fossilized Red Horn Coral Jewelry

A few weeks ago we purchased some fossilized red horn coral from a local gem dealer.  He had acquired a nice quantity of the coral and thought it would be perfect for our inlay jewelry.  We had never heard of red horn coral, but the nice range of red to pink colors and the dealer’s assurance that it would take a nice polish persuaded us to give it a try.  Here is our first piece of jewelry utilizing the fossilized red horn coral.  The coral we inlaid in this silver ring is a nice red-orange color with great depth.  Fossilized horn coral is fairly hard and does indeed take a great polish.  Check out the ring!   http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/Red-horn-fossil-coral-inlay-sterling-silver-ring-W106ssRedHornCoralOnyx.htm

Red fossilized horn coral ring in sterling silver

Red fossilized horn coral and black onyx inlay ring in sterling silver

This red horn coral is from Utah and is about 390 million years old.  A great inland sea once covered Utah and much of the western United States.  As the earth evolved, the inland sea receded and sediments covered the coral reefs.  Over time the structure of the ancient horn coral was fossilized and replaced by agate.  The fossilized red horn coral is also known as rugosa coral.   I will spare you the details but if you would like to read a more detailed description of  horn coral go to http://www.palaeos.org/Rugosa.

Red fossilized horn coral rough

Red fossilized horn coral rough

Here is a photo of some of the fossilized red horn coral rough we purchased.  It is an interesting stone to cut and work with.  It requires some thought and patience in cutting to maximize the yield and retain the beautiful pattern, but I think the resulting piece is worth it.  Look for more red horn coral jewelry coming soon!

http://www.hilemansilverjewelry.com

Note:  This is not living coral from our current coral reefs in our oceans.  This coral died hundreds of millions of years ago and is found in the Utah desert.