New Dinosaur Bone Jewelry in More Colors

Dinosaur bone and white sapphire engagement or wedding ring in sterling silver.

Dinosaur bone and white sapphire engagement or wedding ring in sterling silver.

Hileman Silver Jewelry now has more color options available for our dinosaur bone jewelry designs.  We have always had a variety of red dinosaur bone options, but now we have several choices in grays, a white base bone with reddish spots and some yellow with red accents.  We are busy creating new jewelry with these new dinosaur bone colors.  One of our favorite new ring designs is a wedding or engagement ring with a white sapphire in the center and the new white/gray base color gembone with random reddish-orange spots inlaid down the sides.  It is a little more subdued than the bold red dinosaur bone but has a very interesting pattern and makes for a very unique wedding ring.  You can purchase or read more about this new dinosaur bone ring at our Etsy shop.

Gray dinosaur bone and white sapphire ring in sterling silver.

Gray dinosaur bone and white sapphire ring in sterling silver.

A great example of our new gray dinosaur bone with black matrix is this new man’s ring design.  The top of the ring is inlaid with one piece of fossilized dinosaur bone that is slightly raised above the surrounding silver.  The bone is a combination of several shades of gray with very distinctive black webbing running throughout.  Three sparkling white sapphires are channel set on each side of the dinosaur bone center.  This ring will also be available with black diamonds instead of the white sapphires and other materials may be substituted for the gray dinosaur bone.  Look for this ring to be listed soon at both our Etsy shop and our Hileman Silver Jewelry website.

If you are interested in learning more about dinosaur bone and dinosaur bone jewelry, please read our blog page about dinosaur bone.  For detailed information about dinosaur bone, how is it is formed and its metaphysical properties, read this information from BoneMasters.com.

We offer a great collection of dinosaur bone jewelry in a variety of colors and patterns inlaid in sterling silver.  To browse our large selection of dinosaur bone jewelry including rings, wedding ring sets, pendants and earrings please visit our Hileman Silver Jewelry website.  If you would like to see more photos of our dinosaur bone jewelry, please go to our Flickr page and view our “Dinosaur Bone Jewelry Collection“.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updated information about sales, new jewelry designs and special offers.

John and Mark

http://www.HilemanSilverJewelry.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

 

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

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!

White Sapphire Jewelry- An Affordable Diamond Alternative

Most people think of sapphires as being blue, yellow, pink or maybe even orange, but very few people are aware of white sapphire.   A sapphire’s color is determined by the presence of trace amounts of other elements such as chromium, iron and titanium when the crystal was formed.  White sapphires are a pure form of corundum which is not commonly found in nature.  Large white sapphires of high quality are a rare find and are highly prized by collectors.  The best white sapphires are found in Kashmir, followed by stones from Burma and Sri Lanka.    

 

White sapphires make a great alternative to diamonds!

White sapphires are often substituted for diamonds because of their great durability and affordability.  White sapphire is a 9 on the Moh’s hardness scale, exceeded only by diamond at 10.   The durability of the white sapphire makes it a great gemstone for jewelry whether used as a large center stone or smaller accent stones.  When properly cut and polished, a white sapphire’s sparkle can approach that of a diamond at a much more affordable price.   If you are looking for a natural white stone to mimic a diamond, be conflict free and extremely durable with great affordability, then white sapphire is a great option.

White sapphire jewelry examples

We have been using white sapphire in our jewelry for years with great success.  Many of our customers have chosen our white sapphire and Australian opal rings as their wedding rings.  Here are some photos of some of our jewelry designs featuring white sapphires in sterling silver.

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To see more photos, pricing information and read more about Hileman Jewelry please visit our websites Hileman Silver Jewelry and The Hileman Collection.  If you are interested in using white sapphire in your wedding rings please check out our wedding rings featuring white sapphire.   I think you will agree that white sapphires make a beautiful and affordable alternative to expensive diamonds.
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White sapphire jewelry photos on Flickr.com.
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New Dinosaur Bone Ring with Black Diamonds and Black Onyx Accents

Man's sterling silver handmade ring with black diamonds, dinosaur bone inlay and black onyx inlay.

Man’s sterling silver handmade ring with black diamonds, dinosaur bone inlay and black onyx inlay.

We just completed this striking new man’s dinosaur bone ring design featuring black diamonds, dinosaur bone and black onyx set in sterling silver.  This handsome bone ring has 3 round black diamonds weighing .30 carats channel set to one side of the ring, leaving a long section of the ring for inlay.   The black diamonds look great with the inlaid black onyx and dinosaur bone.  The ring is inlaid with 6 pieces of striking red celled dinosaur bone with black matrix. Four sections of black onyx divide up the red dinosaur bone and bring out the black matrix in the gem bone. This handcrafted dinosaur bone inlay ring is 8mm wide and tapers to 4.3mm at the bottom. It is hand signed “MMH” by Mark McBride Hileman and stamped sterling silver. The ring pictured is a size 10 1/4 but is available in other sizes by special order. This design may also be customized by changing the inlay stones or switching the black diamonds to white sapphires, white diamonds or blue sapphires. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for special orders on this ring. Gem dinosaur bone like this is becoming more difficult to find so start your collection today!

For more information, photos and purchasing information please visit http://www.etsy.com/listing/49489605/sterling-silver-black-diamond-ring-with or go to www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com .

Dinosaur Bone Jewelry

If you are anything like me, you probably are not familiar with gem dinosaur bone or dinosaur bone jewelry .  My experience with dinosaur bone began last year when I discovered it on Ebay.  We decided to try inlaying dinosaur bone in our sterling silver jewelry and it was a big hit.  The dinosaur bone we use in our jewelry is usually referred to as “gembone”.  It is actually not bone but is a combination of minerals that replaced the dinosaur bone over time.  Dinosaur bone is found in a rainbow of colors with the webbing color and cell size varying greatly from piece to piece.  The varying cell size and colors create some truly unique patterns and virtually one of a kind pieces of jewelry.  The fossilized dinosaur bone can be composed of many different minerals including agate, jasper and calcite.  The dinosaur bone color is determined by the combination of minerals present when the fossilized bone formed.  Some colors are more rare than others with multicolor cells  in a nice pattern being the most sought after.  High quality dinosaur bone has a hardness of 6-7 on the Moh’s scale and takes a great polish for jewelry.  Top grade gem dinosaur bone is eventually going to become impossible to get because, as you might have guessed, they aren’t making it any more.  Now would be a great time to start your collection of dinosaur bone jewelry.  We have many ring and pendant designs that feature dinosaur bone in several different color combinations.  Visit our website and enter dinosaur bone in the quick search box and check out the jewelry available.  http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/main.sc   

I also have posted a collection of photos of some of our pendants, rings and wedding ring sets inlaid with dinosaur bone on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hilemanjewelry/sets/72157624623420277/ .