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  • In Matters of the Heart, Jessop’s has the Perfect Gift!


    At Jessop’s, we love to help you share your love with loved ones! And we have been doing it for decades. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our seasoned gemstone specialists can help you find the perfect gift to say “You’re special”, “I love you”, or “Will you marry me?”

    Jessop’s has many timeless style choices she will love to wear for a lifetime, such as a pair of diamond stud earrings, a diamonds-by-the-yard necklace, a beautiful gold bracelet or perhaps a pair of gold earrings. Feeling stumped about what to get? Our knowledgeable staff is able to guide you to the perfect gift selection that is just right.

    If it’s time to pop the question on one knee, as diamond experts, we can help you find or create the perfect engagement ring for this most memorable moment that is both beautiful and within your budget.

    Love is in the air and we’re here to help!

  • The Colorful World of Garnets


    Most of the time, when people think of garnets, they think of the color red; however, garnets come in almost every color of the rainbow!

    The name “garnet” came from the Latin word “granatum”, meaning ‘grain’ or ‘seed’. It was thought to be in reference to a pomegranate since small red garnets seemed to resemble the bright red seeds found inside. Garnets are also one of the few untreated gems.


    Historically, garnets have been used as adornments for decorative or ceremonial purposes for thousands of years across many continents and civilizations. The Egyptians, as far back as 3100 B.C., were known to use garnets inlaid in jewelry. During the middle ages, the clergy and the nobility preferred red garnets. Around 1500, the availability of red garnets increased significantly when well-known Bohemian garnet deposit discoveries were made in central Europe. This was the main source of stones used for the jewelry industry in that region through the late Victorian era when the industry reached its highest point in the late 1800’s.


    All the garnet varieties are easiest to consider by thinking of them in terms of color. The most common are:
    1. Pyrope: Deep, rich red to reddish-brown
    2. Tsavorite: Bright green to emerald green
    3. Rhodolite: Purplish-red to rose-color pink
    4. Spessartite: Orange to red-brown

    The most valuable, expensive, and rare garnet and the prize of the green color garnets is the variety called demantoid (meaning diamond-like). It is known for its stunning brilliance and luminosity with colors ranging from yellowish-green to emerald green.

    A fun fact: between 1882 and 1944, Garnet was in the top 1,000 names given to both girls and boys, peaking in popularity during the 1910’s. Garnets are recognized as the birthstone for January and as the 2nd Anniversary gemstone.

    Ranking 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, garnets have fair to good durability and hold up well in all styles of jewelry when treated with proper care. Caution would need to be taken against rough wear or exposure to hard blows. Cleanup is best with warm soapy water and a soft brush.

    View our garnet selection...

  • The Allure of Tanzanite

    Found in only one place in the world, tanzanite is a relatively new identified gemstone and one of the designated birthstones for December. The most common story of its discovery in 1967 involves a Masai tribesman who happened to see a cluster of intense blue, transparent crystals openly exposed and weathered in northern Tanzania. At first, fortune hunters thought new sapphire deposits had been found.

    Tiffany & Co. recognized the beauty and marketability of this new gemstone and jumped at the opportunity to negotiate the deal that would make them its main worldwide distributor. Tiffany & Co. is also credited with naming the gemstone tanzanite after Tanzania, the country it was discovered in and launching an extensive advertising campaign in 1968. This advertising spotlight caused tanzanite to experience a rapid surge in popularity.

    The most ideal color for tanzanite is a pure blue (similar to a fine sapphire) or violet-blue that is medium dark in tone and vivid in saturation. Originally, tanzanite was sought out as a less expensive alternative for sapphire, but over time with increased popularity, it became well-known and appreciated for its own stunning blue, violet-blue, or purplish-blue color and excellent brilliance. It is also known for its transparent, high clarity and possibility for producing larger size cut stones.

    Two things to especially avoid, in caring for tanzanite, are sudden temperature changes and ultrasonic cleaners. Rated 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale, tanzanite has poor to fair toughness and does have a tendency to break when struck. However, with settings designed to protect the stone and precautions taken to wear with care, it can be enjoyed in all types of jewelry.

    View a sampling of our tanzanite selection.

  • Financing Made Easy at Jessop's

    Financing Made Easy at Jessop's

    ** 6 Months – Interest Free!

    Help is on the way for your Jessop's holiday shopping! The American Gem Society Credit Card through Wells Fargo Retail Services offers two financing plans with an easy, convenient, and quick application process. Throughout the year, enjoy benefits on your Jessop Jeweler purchases, such as:

    • No annual fee
    • Quick credit decision
    • Two flexible financing options
    • Convenient monthly payment

    Choose the plan that works best for you - a 6 months Interest Free plan that must be paid in 6 months, or a low interest plan that lets you ‘pay at your own pace’ over the time you need. Details of each plan are available in the store.

    Just visit Jessop's and choose a beautiful piece of jewelry or let us help you with a custom designed piece for that personal touch. Next, a simple credit application is filled out for the payment option that is right for you. Then relax while we go online for Wells Fargo’s quick approval process that takes place on the spot. That’s all there is to it to be on your way to owning the jewelry of your dreams.

  • Box It Up to Go!

    Surprise her with a bit of sparkle this holiday season! A jeweled trinket box makes for a sweet gift by itself or is perfect for hiding that special jewelry purchase inside!

    Is it time to pop the question? Why not present her engagement ring in a special box she will treasure for years to come! Or, perhaps you are looking for a good stocking stuffer.

    New styles are just in, beautifully enameled and accented with Swarovski crystals she is sure to love.

    Come see us this holiday season and let Jessop’s box it up for you!

  • Platinum vs. White Gold

    One of the most often asked questions when looking to purchase bridal rings in a white metal color, is whether to go with platinum or white gold. While both are an excellent choice, there are some distinct differences to consider.

    Platinum - Precious natural white metal
    White Gold - Precious yellow metal, mixed with alloys and a rhodium plated finish to achieve its white appearance


    Platinum - Stronger and more durable than gold; however, platinum is softer and scratches easier than gold

    When platinum scratches, no platinum is lost, but rather shifts or moves

    White Gold - Strong and durable, but less so than platinum

    Scratches less than platinum, but if it scratches, some gold is lost


    Platinum - 20 times more rare than gold
    White Gold - More abundant than platinum


    Platinum - More valuble than gold; therefore, the price is higher

    Platinum is 90-95% pure

    White Gold - Less costly than platinum, which is 90-95% pure

    14K gold is 58.5% pure gold
    18K gold is 75% pure gold


    Platinum - Over time, shifting metal from scratches will give a worn or patina finish to the metal that many like. Platinum may need reinforcing, but white gold will need it sooner. Polishing will restore its brighter white appearance
    White Gold - Over time with wear, white gold may need the rhodium plated finish redone to keep its bright white appearance. Thinning metal in the band or prongs may also need reinforcing


    Platinum - More dense and heavier than gold


    White Gold - Lighter than platinum

    White gold is mixed with nickel, which some individuals may not be able to tolerate

  • Topaz - A 2000 Year Old History

    In antiquity, all yellow and brown gemstones (and even some green ones) were called “topaz”. Topaz was used as far back as Egyptian times. The Sun God, Ra, was thought to have been responsible for giving topaz its golden colors. In reality, topaz occurs in transparent yellow, yellow to orange brown, light to medium red, light blue, and very light green and pink. The term “smoky topaz” is a common misnomer for transparent brown stones which are actually smoky quartz.

    When pink topaz was first discovered in Russia in the 19th century, ownership was restricted to the czar and his family; hence, it became known as “Imperial” topaz. This refers to sherry-red, deep pink or reddish-orange stones. These are the most prized and expensive colors of topaz. Some flesh and salmon colored topaz (which comes only from Brazil) can be heated to a deep, permanent pink. This is a rare color and is priced accordingly.

    Next in value are the less intense (but still beautiful) shades of peach, orange and deep golden topaz. These stones are referred to as “precious” topaz. As the color becomes yellower and browner, the price drops.

    Blue topaz has become one of the top two or three selling non-traditional colored stones. It actually starts out colorless and the blue is achieved by irradiating the stone. This gamma and electron treatment does not make the stones radioactive; the color is then made stable through heating. In contrast, stones which have been reactor treated do become radioactive, but U.S. law requires they be quarantined until the radioactive readings are negligible. There are only two U.S. facilities licensed to treat topaz. The treatment process is a lengthy one with the minimum turnaround time generally about six months.

    Topaz is relatively hard at 8 on the Mohs scale, but its toughness is poor and should be handled with care. The prime source of topaz is Brazil, but it is also found in Mexico (lower quality brownish-yellow), Sri Lanka, South Africa (blue), and Russia.

    All in all, topaz gives those with a November birthday some truly lovely colors to choose from for their birthstone!

    View topaz jewelry from our Jessop's Collection

  • Warm Up to Citrine

    Bring some warmth and vitality to your jewelry collection with the beautiful gemstone, citrine quartz. As one of the designated birthstones for November, citrine is known for its pretty, golden shades ranging from pale, pastel yellow to dark brownish orange. The name citrine comes from the Greek work for ‘citron’, a citrus fruit that is lemon yellow in color and correlates to the yellow color tones popular in this gemstone.

    Did you know that amethyst and citrine are part of the quartz family? Natural citrine is mostly pale yellow and rare to find in nature. Because of this, it is common practice for purple amethyst or smoky quartz (that has been graded to be of a lesser color value) to be heat-treated, producing the beautiful, warm color variations of citrine. Known as the “healing quartz”, citrine is thought to bring health, healing, and abundance to the wearer.

    What is the most valued color of citrine? Citrine that is an intense yellow to reddish orange color and void of brownish tints is the most desirable. It should also be transparent and free of visible inclusions.

    View our citrine selection

  • Fall in Love with Autumn Colored Jewelry

    Fall is here and fall colors can be found everywhere, including Jessop’s. These unique pieces combine beautiful autumn colored gemstones with eye-catching results.

    Handcrafted ring, by our in-house goldsmith, features a center rectangular cushion-cut spessartite garnet accented on each side by trillion-cut chrome diopside gemstones and set in 18K yellow gold.

    From our estate collection, this 14K yellow gold straight line bracelet features alternating square-cut green tourmaline and citrine - the designated birthstones of October and November.

    Whatever color you like, Jessop’s has a wide selection of colored gemstones to choose from. Stop by our store to see all of our spectacular pieces up close or visit our website sampling at Diamonds Colored Gems.

  • Spectacular Colored Gemstone Event

    20% Off All Jewelry Purchases (Selected items excluded)

    Thru Friday, October 16th
    9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    - Please call for Saturday Appointment -


    Please join us as we unveil our stunning new collections of spectacular jewels!
    Because of the success of our Grand Inventory Reduction Sale last winter, we were able to make room in our showcases for new and exciting pieces sure to please!

    ** Mention this offer when you visit **

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