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New Year

December 31, 2014 2:55:51 AM CST

Happy New Year!
May 2015 bring you happiness and luck, health and wealth! Stay motivated and do your best! May your dreams turn into actions!

Lapidary Arts team

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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2014 10:07:02 PM CST

Merry Christmas! Warmest greetings and brightest smiles from Lapidary Arts Team!

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Christie’s “Fort Knox” robbery

December 18, 2014 2:57:00 AM CST

Alarming news came from London this weekend. Valuable items were stolen in raid on Christie’s “Fort Knox”.
Jewellery and antiques believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been stolen from the world’s top auction house. The items include some rare pieces by the famed house of Fabergé.
The burglary that happened about two weeks ago was captured on CCTV, but no arrests have been made yet.
Details of the burglary as well as the list of items stolen are kept secret. Their estimated value is said to be as much as £1 million.

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Christmas is coming!

December 8, 2014 2:19:09 AM CST

It is time of miracles and magic! Holiday season is upon us!
Every day Christmas gets closer and closer. Christmas spirit is in the air, and every one is merry and full of joy and anticipation!
Homes get decorated with lights and stockings, Christmas trees are getting ready for the big day.

We believe it is the time to decorate oneself, too. And what’s a better decoration than a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of custom-design jewelry?

At Lapidary Arts we are fully prepared for the holidays. We are glad to offer you a wide range of unique extraordinary jewelry with rare natural gemstones. Our custom design jewelry makes a perfect gift for your nearest and dearest and you of course!

Browse our online catalogue or visit our store in Plano to choose the best and catch our Christmas specials!

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Visit our store

November 14, 2014 6:19:53 AM CST

Lapidary Arts Custom Jewelry, as the name suggests, specializes in one-of-a-kind custom-designed jewelry. We have the finest collection of rare and beautiful gemstones found in the Metroplex. Our stock includes diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, opals, pearls, topaz, tanzanite, and many other exotic gems. They come from sources as diverse as Australia, Japan, Colombia, Africa, Russia, and others. Custom jewelry design is made easy with such a wide choice of perfect materials. Our designers and jeweler are well-qualified and have lots of experience in custom design. The Lapidary Arts team works directly with customers to make the perfect jewelry design. That is why each diamond necklace, pair of ruby earring or opal pendant cast in gold is unique. Here you will not find something that is mass produced. Every custom design is different.

We invite you to visit our store and see with your own eyes the beauty of natural gemstones and exclusive jewelry we make.

We are located at 3400 Preston Road Suite 250, Plano, TX 75093. Plano is situated within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area and is among the top ten cities in the USA. We are very close to Dallas as Plano is only 20 miles to the north.

To get to Plano you can take the DART Rail Red Line. The journey takes about 25 minutes. A local day pass is $5.00.

Alternatively, you can travel by car. Just drive along the Preston Road. It should take you about 15 minutes depending on the traffic.

Lapidary Arts offers you a fresh approach to custom jewelry.

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Black Opal Engagement Ring

November 12, 2014 2:01:57 AM CST

Engagement is a very special and exciting moment of your lifetime. Every detail of it should be flawless. And presenting an exquisite engagement ring is without a doubt one of the most important parts of this moment. Engagement ring is a promise of love and happiness, a symbol of faith and devotion.

If you want something really special make an unusual gemstone choice. Don’t settle for traditional diamonds; choose a one-of-a-kind gemstone that attracts universal attention.

Lapidary Arts proudly presents Black Opal Engagement Rings. We carry a wide selection of rare natural black opals. They come directly from Australia. Black opals are the most valuable and widely known type of opal. Black opal is characterized by a dark body tone which can range from dark grey to jet black. Engagement ring with a black opal will definitely stand out and make a person wearing it a truly special one.

Lapidary Arts Custom Jewelry is at your service to help you choose or create the best engagement ring. We are here to assist you at finding the ring your bride-to-be will love! Usually engagement ring is worn continuously, for a long time. So it should fulfill you dreams and whishes while suiting your individual style.

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Just because…

October 27, 2014 2:41:31 AM CDT

…it’s holiday season!
We are fast approaching the most wonderful and most favorite season for everyone. With Halloween right behind the corner and Thanksgiving not long after it, it is high time to start thinking about gifts and presents for your dearest and nearest. And of course you should remember about Christmas and New Year!
At Lapidary Arts we are fully prepared for the holidays. We are glad to offer you a wide range of one-of-a-kind jewelry with rare natural gemstones. Our custom design jewelry makes a perfect gift for those who are so special to you. Browse our online catalogue or visit our store in Plano to choose the best and catch our great deals!

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Opal show

October 23, 2014 5:38:25 PM CDT

Lapidary Arts cordially invites you to our Australian OPAL trunk show and sale Friday, October 24 11am-6pm and Saturday October 25 11am-3pm.

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Royal Jewels

October 17, 2014 4:02:11 AM CDT

Today, we are starting a new series on the most wonderful, most outstanding jewelry items – the ones owned by the Royals.

For thousands of years, ruby has been one of the most valuable gemstones in the world. Its magnificent color and unique brilliance explain its popularity. Additionally, ruby is a very rare gemstone, especially in its finest qualities.

That’s the reason why ruby is a symbol of beauty and wealth and is so closely associated with royalty.

One of the most beautiful ruby parures belonged to a Russian princess and Duchess of Edinburgh Marie Alexandrovna. Designed and created by the Court Jeweller to the Russian Tsar Carl Edvard Bolin, it was a bridal gift from Tsar Alexander II to his only beloved daughter.

The parure consisted of a floral motif tiara, a devant de corsage and a magnificent necklace. The latter included 28 large deep red rubies of 61 ca and diamonds of 82 ca. The Duchess of Edinburgh wore her rubies for Tsar Nicholas II coronation festivities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The necklace was sold for $2,000,000 at Christies in 1994. The tiara’s fate was much less fortunate as the beautiful decoration was divided into pieces by its latest owners.

Another amazing ruby parure belonged to the Greek Royal family.  It consisted of a tiara with olive fruits and leaves design, a pair of pendant earrings, a necklace and two brooches. The rubies in the parure are of a dark pinkish red color.

We at Lapidary Arts love rubies! We carry only natural stones and have a variety of beautiful rubies in stock. Visit our store or browse our online catalog to find your perfect ruby ring or bracelet. Make yourself a royal gift!

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Gemstone Fairytales

September 30, 2014 1:20:03 PM CDT

Gemstones have long become part of folklore. Lots of interesting myths, legends and tales involve precious gemstones all around the world.

There is one Ural fairy tale known as "Silver Hoof".

It involves a mysterious deer who had a silver hoof on his right front leg. Whenever the deer stomps with this hoof, sparks fly and a gemstone is made, two stomps produce 2 gemstones, if Silver Hoof paws the ground a multitude of sparks fly and produce a cascade of many different colored gemstones.

Blue sparks make Sapphires, Red sparks make Rubies, white sparks make Diamonds.

The fairy tale involves a poor orphan girl Daryonka and her cat, who are adopted by an old hunter named Kokovanya. One night when the old man is away and Daryonka is alone, Silver Hoof arrives and plays around excitedly, running and stomping and so covering the old hunters lodge with many gemstones. Kokovanya returns in time to see Silver Hoof and starts picking up the gems in his hat. The price to pay for all the riches is that Silver Hoof takes away Daryonka's beloved cat. All that remained the next day, to show that Silver Hoof had been there, were green gemstones.
Both the old hunter and the orphan girl were now rich but Daryonka missed her cat terribly. They never saw Silver Hoof ever again.

In India, a violent ancient fable tells about how gemstones were created.
A Demon God Vala had overthrown Indra the God of Thunder and subdued all the other Demi-Gods. But he was tricked into playing the part of a sacrifice in a mock ritual. Once they had him helpless, the other Gods killed him and chopped his body parts into different pieces. When his body parts fell to earth they became gemstones.

Drops of his blood became rubies, his skin, yellow sapphires, his eyes, blue sapphires and his bones shattered and became diamonds. Vala's teeth fell into the oceans and landed on oysters where they became pearls. His intestines were thrown into the sea and became coral. Vala's bright green bile became emeralds and his fat, jade or quartz.

The significance of the story is sometimes given a medicinal explanation as gemstones are often used for healing.

The famous Tales of The Arabian Nights also have a few stories involving gemstones.

 

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