Like Fred Thomspon says in Die Harder: “Rack ‘em, Stack ‘em, and Pack ‘em”

Summertime BLUES, with or without diamonds. Starting at the top, the .22 ct. oval YOGO is $411, the asymmetrical .15 ct. YOGO Princess with diamonds is $464, the four .10 carat princess YOGO ring with diamonds is $511, and the ‘on pointe’ princess .12 carat YOGO is $314.  All in 14 k. white gold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so you want ALL FOUR??? That adds up to $1700.

I’ll give you $100 off and FREE SIZING for ring sizes 4.5 to 7.5  (a $200 value)

AND  Big Sky Gold will donate $100 to My Neighbor  in Need.

Need another picture ? Oh, twist my finger:

Want one of these rings in rose gold…with diamonds instead of Yogos? Send me an email at bigskygold@ymail.com. and I’ll give you a quote.

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Summertime Sparklers!

#4077: Three Rare ‘scissor cut’ Emerald Cut Yogo Sapphires in a stack ring with tiny diamond accents. Retail: $1000. Big Sky price: $544. Stack with a nine-baguette diamond band #4078, retail: $1800.  BOTH SOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do the TWIST. The great thing about these handcrafted bracelets is that there are gemstones on BOTH SIDES, so they’re never upside down! #4079 is the white gold one with. 67 ctw. of Yogos, and & #4081 is the ROSE GOLD brascelet with just over a half carat of diamonds. $789 each, or $1400 for the pair.

Ten carats of European cut diamonds in platinum…email or call 406-453-7300 for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capture the sun in a white gold swirl ring. This .65 ct. YELLOW SAPPHIRE looks like a 3/4 ct. vivid yellow diamond, and the setting features .75 ctw. in tiny diamonds. Retail is $2200. For $840, you can look like a million bucks.

#4076 Princess Yogo Studs                                I had a pair of these in last Christmas, and they sold lickety-split, so I set up this pair with RARE PRINCESS CUT YOGOS. 1/2 ctw. AAA Yogos.  $442.

 

 

 

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Celebrate Summer in Big Sky Country…

…with a pair of fine Montana sapphire earrings. Big Sky Gold purchased the inventory of a jewelry store that went out of business: though we don’t normally carry Montana sapphires (we’re Yogo fans around here!), Montana sapphires can still be pretty. And at these prices, who can resist?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4056 Just under 1 carat, total weight, these classic-hued Montana sapphires are set in 14 k. yellow gold martini settings. Just right for your summer tan! SOLD Big Sky price: $191. Scroll down, there’s more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4033. Once these 1.53 ctw. Montana sapphires  set into earrings, I had to admit, at first glance they looked like their cousins, the Yogos. Retail: $850. Big Sky price: $484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a few loose Montana sapphires, ranging from just over a carat, down to .40 carats. Call 406-453-7300 for details on the Montana sapphires in this tray. Click on the picture and click again to enlarge the image.

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My Neighbor (a little less) in Need

Claire with Dave, from My Neighbor in Need

Thanks to your purchases from last week’s diamond event, this morning we were able to present a check for $1025 to Dave from My Neighbor in Need. This great program has already fulfilled over 2,500 needs in northcentral Montana…and they just opened up a satellite office in Chinook (someone up there needs a bike helmet: it’s their first need).

Visit  http://www.myneighborinneed.org/ for more information, or give them a call: 406-750-2542.

If you’d like to make an additional donation, here’s their address:

My Neighbor in Need, P.O. Box 1788, Great Falls, MT  59403

 

 

 

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Diamond Week Fundraiser: We’ve Met Our Goal!

Last week’s DIAMOND WEEK FUNDRAISER has brightened up the Big Sky…

AND raised $1,025 for a great local charity, My Neighbor in Need.

Let’s see, we sold two 2 carat diamonds, a 5 carat diamond, a pair of .71 ctw. stud earrings, a 1.30 carat cushion cut, and a 1.25 carat European Cut in a custom platinum ring! Whew!!!

It’s going to be fun to surprise the folks over at My Neighbor in Need, who have no idea that they’re getting a nice check, thanks to you.

Keep checking this webpage, and if you haven’t ‘liked’ Big Sky Gold on Facebook, you’re missing out on some special deals….Seven and a half months remain before I close up shop.  Call 406-453-7300, anytime–or leave a comment below.

 

 

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Diamond Week Continues!

#4061 1.52 E Color, I1 Clarity Radiant Cut in platinum “ribbon” motif ring. Retail $8500. Big Sky price: $4444.

1.25 ct. Center, handcrafted platinum.  Retail $9400. Big Sky price, SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE RING! A 2.13 carat oval J Color, SI3 Clarity diamond, just resting atop this 18 karat white gold baguette behemoth (it’s not set in there–yet). I’m a picky diamond grader; this is a mall’s “H/SI2″. SOLD

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One Week Only: DIAMONDS DIRECT…From One of the World’s Most Respected Cutters & Importers

Our fundraising week for My Neighbor in Need officially starts on Monday, and with a few pre-sales last week, we’re already at $400! Our goal is to hit $1000 in donations by Friday.

For every diamond Big Sky Gold sells before Friday May 9, we’ll donate $100 per carat minimum, to My Neighbor in Need.  This grassroots Great Falls non-profit CUTS through bureaucracy to get help to where it’s needed most: a senior citizen on a limited income needs a new mattress; a working mom with bald tires, a kid who wants to take a swimming class but doesn’t own a suit.

#4045. 1.04 carat F Color, SI2 Clarity Trilliant cut in John Atencio “Prisma” Design. Retail: $8,500. Big Sky price: $4567.

CUT is the most important of the ‘Four C’s', too: we specialize in beautifully cut diamonds. Come see our loose diamond selection, including these lovelies:

Here’s some math that’s easy enough even for MEN to understand: TWO certified two-carat Round Brilliants, ‘Hearts & Arrows’ cut, for about what you’d pay for ONE two carat diamond at the mall…Call for details (on similar matched sets: these two are SOLD.

 

 

This 1.51 carat cushion cut diamond is graced with the finest pedigree in the diamond world, a G.I.A. certificate. Big Sky price: $6360.

Hot off my Chicago goldsmith’s bench! 2.77 ctw. diamond bracelet in a low-riding but luscious revival bracelet….call 406-453-7300 for more details.

 

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It’s Good to Have Friends in Sparkly Places!

DIAMOND EVENT DATES: Thursday, May 1, Friday May 2; Monday-Friday May 5-9

Diamond Days at Big Sky Gold: May 1-2, May 5-9

I’ve been doing business with a certain diamond cutter and importer for the better part of two decades: it’s good to have friends in sparkly places.

My friend’s family has extensive interest and influence in the diamond trade, and although he’s sad that I’m going to close my studio in December, he’s offered me a special chance to work with his incredible inventory while he’s galavanting  around India for ten days.

For every wish that comes true for you, Big Sky Gold will answer a need: every diamond sale from my friend’s inventory will include a donation in your name to My Neighbor in Need–a charity that helps meet the specific needs of our neighbors in northcentral Montana. A student might need shoes, an elderly person could require  an appliance repair, a low-income single mom could be worried about the bald tires on her car.

You’ll sparkle, and Great Falls will be even greater!

http://greatfalls.myneighborinneed.org/

To take advantage of this promotion:

*You must be on my client list (or have a friend or family member who is on the list who will vouch for you and will accompany you to your appointment).

*You need to have an idea what you are ready to buy; my friend’s assistant will be waiting in his office to ship me the diamond of your dreams, but for security reasons, I plan to keep my inventory exposure to a minimum. If you need help narrowing down what might work, just call me at 406-453-7300.

*Appointments MUST be scheduled in that time window (1 May to 9 May, weekdays).

*Three days’ notice is usually required. Call me, leave a comment below, or email bigskygold@ymail.com.

Along with my friend’s loose diamond inventory, I have some great surprises, and treasures I’ve decided to part with…

Check back over the next few days, for specific diamonds. Pictures, certificates, setting ideas,…and a Diamonds by the Yard necklace that you’ll NEVER want to take off.

John Atencio, anyone? This fully restored 1.51 carat certified G Color SI1 Clarity center diamond is set into a luscious 18 k. white gold two piece “Apropos Plus” Atencio design. Retail: $19,000. Big Sky price: $9,434.

 

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Sparkle This Spring!

Radiant cut diamonds are a personal favorite, because they are:

*More durable than Princess Cuts, with clipped corners that withstand strong blows and the setter’s hammer.

*Usually priced lower than Princess Cuts, which are in higher demand.

*Timeless. The popularity of Princess Cuts could be transient; the Radiant, a modern twist of the “Modified Square Brilliant” will endure. Want proof? Go look at the Sotheby’s and Christie’s jewelry auctions. The auctions are redolent with Radiants.

*Bright! Some light return studies demonstrate that the light reflection and refraction rival the modern Round Brilliant.

My 3.01 carat Radiant Cut is stunning. True, the EGL diamond consult calls it a G/VVS2, and by G.I.A. standards, it’s probably an I/VS1 or VS2. If you are looking for a stellar pedigree, this is probably not your diamond.

If you seek the most beautiful diamond for your dollar, something unusual and cut and polished to perfection, close your eyes and picture this gem on your finger.

SOLD.

 

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Side Dishes From Our Annual Holiday Menu

 

SOFIA D. CLASSICS!

These studs have character.

Almost 1.00 ct. in diamonds & nearly 1.50 carats in sapphires.  Each one of these sapphires had to be custom cut to fit into the designer settings. Their color is much more open and vibrant in person. In platinum.  Retail: $14,735  Big Sky Gold: $3,980

 


READY…SET…

I’ve sold dozens of two carat diamonds in North central Montana.  If you’d like to rest yours in this amazing ring (currently set with a cubic zirconia) give me a call. Fits an 8 mm. gemstone… Hey, if you want the CX, it’s free…Retail: $ 3,200  Big Sky Gold: $1,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 24 K. GOLD BRACELET

The ancient technique, seen here in two rows around every diamond, is called granulation.  Tiny raised beads of gold are hand applied. This Egyptian technique was lost for centuries, and re-discovered with the unearthing of King Tut’s tomb.

With 1.50 carats, total weight in diamonds.  Retail: $6,955  Big Sky Gold: $3,157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER BLOOMS!

Two sapphires totaling 1.35 carats and 2.20 carats in diamonds, in swinging leverbacks.  Perfect for that “updo.” Retail: $8,250  Big Sky Gold: $3,887

 

 

 

 DIAMOND/YOGO/DIAMOND

In a channel set ring, this .31 carat yogo sapphire center carries the lead, with two princess cuts=.34 ctw.  Retail: $2,395  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

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Appetizers From Our Annual Holiday Menu

 

 

YOURS FOR INFINITY…

Delicate diamond encrusted necklace, crafted in 14 karat white gold.  Retail:$895  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

A VINTAGE SWEETIE…

That makes a great promise ring or avant garde stacker (I have more).  Retail:$549  Big Sky Gold: $98

 

 

 

 

SWEET SUITE FOR YOUR PRINCESS.

Diamond dangle earrings and matching articulated pendant in a 14 k. white gold, with chain. Retail:$999   Big Sky Gold:SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL STUDS.

I have three or four pairs of small studs — perfect for ‘second holes’ and those moments when a spark is enough.  Big Sky Gold: Price varies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALWAYS IN GOOD TASTE.

A special 1/5 carat diamond with a double-cut pavilion, a platinum chain & white gold bezel.  Retail:$995  Big Sky Gold:SOLD

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A Little Taste from the Holiday Menu… Call 406-453-7300 or e-mail bigskygold@ymail.com

A SPARKLING WINTER FLOWER.

A custom “postmodern” ring with a Natural Fancy Yellow Diamond center.  1.56 ctw.  14 karat.  Retail:$6750   Big Sky Gold: $2,244

 

 

 

 

A HALO FOR YOUR ANGEL.

A real antique–A European cut diamond in a delicate halo setting. 3/4 ct. center.  Matching bands available (I like one on each side, nestled under the halo. Retail:$4,000  Big Sky Gold:$1,957

 

 

FOR THE DAPPER GENT.

A solid gold Cartier Tank, from an estate.  At a fraction of retail, with a full one year warranty.  RARE original 18 k. gold mesh bracelet.  Retail:$13,200  Big Sky Gold:SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

DIAMOND BRACELETS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE.

A classic in any woman’s jewelry wardrobe.  This one’s not only feminine– its stout and perfect for layering.  Retail$8,000  Big Sky Gold:$3,414

TOGETHER…OR NOT!

This three-stone ring is a keeper — 1.50 ctw. with the band.  Price as a set, for noW, though either ring would make a lovely gift.  Retail:$3,599  Big Sky Gold:$1,577

 

 

 

WITH THIS RING…

Colorless diamond in an 18 karat white gold duo, featuring micropave and a split shank with a matching band.  Center is a .83 carat E Color, SI1 Clarity princess cut. By itself, this diamond would sell for nearly $4000. Retail:$5,995  Big Sky Gold:$2,772

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Did Santa Leave Some Shekels in Your Stocking?

.63 CTW. DIAMOND EARRINGS

These are nice enough to take out and set into a ring.  H/SI1.  Retail: $1,599  Big Sky Gold: $811

 

 

 

THE 60-YEAR OLD VIRGIN

This “Jabel” setting from the 1950′s had never been set with gemstones.  With rare emerald cut Yogo Sapphires.  Retail: $3,499  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH FASHION/LOW PRICE

Tri-tone, Italian made bracelet.  Yellow, white and rose gold.  Retail: $2,000  Big Sky Gold:SOLD

TANZANITE TWO TONE BRACELET

Smooth, substantial and clean.  Retail: $2,997  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

PEARS THAT ARE LUSCIOUS ALL YEAR!

With a tiny diamond to light up the pearshape Yogo sapphires.  These look great with a floppy sweatshirt or a strapless gown.  Retail: $1,699  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEY LEO!

Almost 1.00 carat, tw, three matched Leo cut princess diamonds.  Retail: $5,500  Big Sky Gold: $SOLD

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Entrees For the Hearty (and Savvy) Part 2

GIVE HER “THE BLUES”

This 1.11 carat oval Yogo sapphire puts most other oval Yogos to shame. The outline!  The Fire! Call a retail jeweler to get a comparison price.  Retail: $15,817  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILIGREE AT ITS FINEST.

Crafted with loving care over a hundred years ago, this ring is the perfect accompaniment to an elegant evening, or a centerpiece for the serious collector.  Retail: $6,000  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVER 23 CARATS OF DIAMONDS.

In this classic three-prong necklace…crafted in the USA to lay perfectly on a woman’s  neck.  If you only buy one fine necklace EVER, this should be the one.  Retail: $86,500  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

NEVER MIND THE MISTLETOE.

2.51 carats of GIA certified Fancy Yellow Diamonds in 18 karat gold drop earrings.  Keep the smelling salts handy.  Retail: $38,000  SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINAL VERA WANG!

A full 2.5 carats in “red carpet worthy” bezel earrings.  The diamonds are all colorless and at least VS Clarity.  You gotta see these!  Retail: (no kidding) $10,000  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORGET THE OFFSHORE ACCOUNT.

An entire fortune in one ring.  Liquidate the 401 K, sell the house, get a new identity and live off the auction proceeds from this ring for years to come.  1.94 certified blue diamond center.  Retail: Ask Mr. Bond, James Bond.  Call for Big Sky Gold Price. This item has sold. Please call for current inventory of natural fancy color diamonds.

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Preserves: Vintage & Antique Treats

IF YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS…

I’ll give you $50 off the purchase price!  It’s a perfect example , with seed pearls, green gold, enamel and of course, tassels!  Retail: $2,995  Big Sky Gold: $877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANCY YELLOW DIAMOND

In what jewelers call a “correct” Art Deco ring, crafted in platinum.  Two carats, total weight.  Retail: $9,200  Big Sky Gold: $4,175 SOLD!

 

 

 

PLATINUM DOME RING

From the Belle Epoque.  One full carat, total weight, with a nice .40 ct. center.  This is a rare beauty.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

IT’S CALLED A ‘GATE’ BRACELET…

because it looks like the ornate iron gates on Victorian homes.  With diamonds and sapphires.  Retail: $799 Big Sky Gold: SOLD

FROM OUR COVER

Platinum diamond wreath with painstaking craftsmanship.  Not too big.  Not too small.  Wearable year ’round.  Retail: $5,000  SOLD

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She’ll Be Your Valentine…

A Lovely Rose Gold, White Gold and Diamond Heart, soooo much prettier in person. Retail: $999. Big Sky price: SOLD

Colombian emerald, platinum and diamond revival ring–for the hand of feminine authority. Retail: $7999. Big Sky price: $SOLD

 

 

 

 

Not Your Grandmother’s Heart Necklace! 14 k. rose gold, of course. Retail: $1299. Big Sky price: SOLD

Classic, Clean, Diminutive: A Perfect Gift. 14 k. white gold. Retail: $629. Big Sky price: $SOLD

Magic Mushroom Ring! Center is a 2.22 carat diamond, surrounded by 1 carat total weight in small accent diamonds. Retail: $29,500. Big Sky price: $SOLD

Late Art Deco Asymmetrical Diamond Ring. 1.58 carats, total weight with a .75 carat center diamond. The Real McCoy. Retail: $4500. Big Sky price: SOLD.

15-carat Aquamarine with amazing color. Platinum pave, 1.50 carats, total weight. This ring fills a niche, and it takes up all the real estate between your knuckle and the base of your finger. Retail: $15,000. Big Sky price: SOLD!

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Welcome to Big Sky Gold

OUR VALENTINE FACEBOOK PRIZE
One-Fifth Carat Diamond Necklace, $795 Retail Value.

Big Sky Gold’s Mascot, Ezz Butt, Under My Desk

Just before Valentine’s Day, Big Sky Gold will give away this classic diamond necklace (above) to a special friend who posts a picture of his or her favorite companion animal on Big Sky Gold’s FACEBOOK page.

We’ll donate $2 per entry to a local charity, Pet Paw See. This volunteer group helps to place abandoned, neglected and stray animals into “furrever homes.” If your picture depicts a rescued animal, I will double our donation, up to a $500 total donation to Pet Paw See.

Just go to https://www.facebook.com/BigSkyGold ,  click “Like” Big Sky Gold, and post your picture on our wall. That’s all there is to it.

Good luck in our drawing… and, next time you schedule an appointment, say hi to Ezz Butt, our nine-year-old rescue cat! Several times a week, she’ll run outside, jump in our minivan and wait to be driven to the office.

Animal lovers SHINE at Big Sky Gold!

 

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It’s Award Season! How About a Red-Carpet Worthy Ring of Your Own?

#3954. A modern, two piece wedding set features a .52 carat center diamond, VS Clarity, nice I Color, set into a diamond-accented ‘euroshank’ wedding set, 1.25 carats, total weight. Retail: $5000. Big Sky price:SOLD

Wow! a 4.02 carat EGL USA certified Radiant Cut Diamond, I color, SI1 Clarity, in a gorgeous simple diamond accent solitaire. Retail is about $63,000. Big Sky Gold: SOLD!

An original “halo” ring from the 1960′s! NOT your modern mass-made imitation. This ring features an ideal cut .70 carat VS1/H to I center with a total of 1.36 carats, total weight. Lovingly restored. Retail: $5900. Big Sky price:SOLD

Go out into the garage. Look at that SUV! What about that snowmobile, and the hunting equipment? That boat? The trailer? Tell him it’s your turn: this 2.97 carat certified solitaire will be clicking up value after his toys are in the scrap heap. Retail: $31,500. Big Sky price: SOLD

It makes me sad when people think that we’re more expensive than other jewelers! Here’s a great example of a unique wedding set that will make retailers scratch their heads. This platinum Jeff Cooper signed wedding set with almost 1 carat total weight in fine VVS-VS D-F diamonds lists for over $9000 at retail. The center diamond, a 1.02 carat colorless, certified Radiant Cut, would retail at nearly $7000. That’s $16,000 retail. At Big Sky Gold? This set is $7000, complete.

This is a very sweet antique wedding set with a .63 carat European Cut, VS2 Clarity, J Color center diamond. Retail is nearly $2000. A modest engagement ring doesn’t have to be boring! Big Sky price: $920. SOLD

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Here Come the Brides!

—ARE YOU A FAN OF BIG SKY GOLD’S FACEBOOK PAGE??? WE’RE GIVING AWAY A TAHTIAN PEARL NECKLACE  AND MAKING A DONATION TO CASA CAN (http://casacangreatfalls.squarespace.com/)

Though weddings are wonderful any time of year, many Montana couples choose to have their ceremonies when there’s less chance of being snowed out…from mid-June until early October.

If you are planning a ceremony,  celebrating an anniversary, or you’d like something special for the bride in your life, take a peek at these lovely jewelry accents.

Signed Sapphire (YOGO??) Bracelet from the 1940′s (3958)

 

This signed bracelet was lovingly crafted in platinum in the 1940′s, with six natural sapphires that, though they are uncertified, could very well be Yogos…It’s definitely something OLD, and something BLUE…and, dear Mother of the Bride or Groom, you can purchase this for yourself and loan it out for the ceremony! That makes it something borrowed, too.

Retail: $5000. Big Sky price: SOLD

 

For Your Princess… (3850)

 

Here’s a classic wedding set that’s flattering on most hands: the center is over .80 carats, and the white gold split shank engagement ring is very wearable–it’s not ‘perched’ like many modified cathedral settings can be.

Retail: $4000. Big Sky price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

Airy Pear (#3927)

 

If the bridal gown has a deep V-neck, or it’s clean and simple, a statement necklace like this could be the accent that lights up her smile.

The center is a .93 ct. pear shape diamond, and the total weight of the pendant is 1.25 carats.

Most wedding jewelry is fake. It’s meant to be worn once. By the fifth anniversary is broken, lost or forgotten. This necklace is a family heirloom that’s actually wearable, for generations to come.

Retail: $4500. Big Sky price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Pearl Drop Earrings (3943)

Gorgeous Pearl Drop Earrings 

Lovely pearl earrings…with diamond accents. Antique revival look, with millegrained edges.

Imagine these on your wedding day: they’re perfect for any white or eggshell gown. And after the ceremony, if you’d rather make TWO PENDANTS–one for you, and one for your maid-of-honor or new mother-in-law, that’s easy.

Retail: $975.

Big Sky price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

Please call 406-453-7300 or e-mail us at bigskygold@ymail.com for more information or to make an appointment.

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BLUFFY DIAMONDS!

 

They’re all over a carat, they are all PRETTY, and they’re all UNDER $3000!

  • The first diamond is a 1.03 carat RADIANT CUT, measuring 6.68 x 5.63 x 3.25 mm. It’s an I Color and an SI3 Clarity. Retail is about $5000. From BIG SKY GOLD, SOLD
  • Below that is a 1.20 carat OVAL BRILLIANT CUT, measuring 8.35 x 5.47 x 3.65 mm. It’s a very pleasant I1 Clarity, H Color, and would sell from a mall jeweler for abou $6000. From BIG SKY GOLD, SOLD
  • Third in line is a rare RECTANGULAR PRINCESS CUT.  A full 1.50 carat diamond, I1 Clarity, J Color, with dimensions of 6.87 x 5.43 x 4.45 mm., this diamond would retail for about $7500. BIG SKY GOLD, SOLD!
  • Fourth? Our bluffy 1.00 carat ROUND BRILLIANT. A prongable I1 Clarity, H Color, measuring 6.52 – 6.33 x 3.86 mm. This is a diamond that a chain store would set into a solitaire and mark at $6999. BIG SKY GOLD, SOLD
  • I can’t believe this one. I mean, really. Helllooo? Anyone awake out there?  Direct from my Israeli cutter, the prize of the parcel that I hand-picked in New York City, a 1.00 carat FANCY YELLOW HEART SHAPE DIAMOND, SI3 Clarity. It would make the perfect necklace, set into a custom yellow gold bezel. 7.66 x 7.40 x 2.83 mm. (it looks like a 1.33 carat!) Retail on these diamonds can be silly. Maybe $5000? More??? BIG SKY GOLD: SOLD
  • I’m a sucker for trilliants. This 1.00 carat is a G Color, SI3 Clarity diamond that faces up a tad darker in this picture–partly due to the angle at which it rests, and partly due to some darker ‘twinning wisps’. Measuring 8.29 x 8.38 x 8.27 mm., tip to tip, with a depth of 3.01 mm., this would set up beautifully. Retail is $4500. BIG SKY GOLD: SOLD
  • The last diamond is a natural FANCY YELLOWISH BROWN CUSHION CUT, 1.34 carats, with a VS2 Clarity. It would sell at a mall store for somewhere around $4800-$5500. BIG SKY PRICE: $SOLD                    PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT bigskygold@ymail.com IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING ANY OF THESE DIAMONDS.  photos taken under natural light with my iPhone…not retouched or enhanced.

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SEPTEMBER IS SAPPHIRE MONTH AT BIG SKY GOLD & DIAMOND BROKERS

Got a little case of the end-of-summer blues? Then it’s time to hop aboard the Yogo Train to celebrate Sapphire Month. If anybody asks “What’s the occasion?” tell ‘em that Claire told you that EVERY MONTANA WOMAN DESERVES A  YOGO SAPPHIRE.

Please email us directly at bigskygold@ymail.com.

Here’s a selection from our inventory of Yogo Sapphires. Do some comparison shopping; you’ll buy from Big Sky!

Yogo .40 ct. Round Brilliant AAA

Retail: $990. Big Sky Price: $488.

Yogo .42 Round Brilliant AA+

Retail: $987. Big Sky Price: $480.

Yogo .45 Princess Violet

Retail: $1231. Big Sky price SOLD

Yogo .53 Marquise AAA

Retail: $1921. Big Sky price: $971.

Yogo .71 MQ Violet/Blue

Retail: $3321. Big Sky Price: $1610.

Yogo Marquise 1.13 ct. AAA Violet

List: $6441. Retail: $16100. Big Sky Price: SOLD

 

Yogo 1.57 ct. Oval AA+

List: $12,246. Retail: $31,792. Big Sky price: $15,896.

These are cash/wire transfer prices. Prepaid orders only, please. Please e-mail us directly at bigskygold@ymail.com with any questions, or to get ideas for mountings.  

Thank you!

Claire

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Yogo Jewelry for Sapphire Month!

Here’s a selection of finished Yogo Sapphire Jewelry from our collection at Big Sky Gold. The dime is on the pad to give you an idea of scale. Click on the picture to enlarge.

It’s the middle of September, which means that Sapphire Month is half over. Here’s a picture of some Yogo Sapphire jewelry from our inventory at Big Sky Gold. Scroll down for descriptions.  If you see something in the picture that isn’t described below, it’s already been sold.

Perfect for two sisters, best friends, or a mother and daughter! Although they are stacked in the picture, they are identical. The idea was to put together something for sisters, best friends, mother-daughter, etc. Each 14 k. white gold necklace is 18″ long, and features a .21 carat FINE Princess cut Yogo. Retail on the pair is $1895; Both SOLD

A classic! .83 AAA Yogo Marquise in a platinum baguette ring. Engagement ring? Anniversary gift? Just because you deserve it??? Retail? $7000+. Big Sky price: $3968.

Small huggie-style (they look like endless small hoops in the ears) earrings, 14 k. white gold, with 2 = .51 ctw. Marquise Yogos and tiny diamonds (.05 ctw.). Diminutive, casual. Retail: $1250. Big Sky price: $592. There’s time to make a matching necklace for the Holidays!

 

 

72 carat, total weight, I-J/ SI1-SI2 Round Brilliant Cut diamonds, 2 = .22 ctw. Princess cut Yogos, in 14 k. white gold oval leverbacks (not the old fashioned clunky leverbacks–these are quite delicate). Retail: $2350. Big Sky price: $1377

 

Super fine Oval Yogos (2=.58 ctw) set with tiny diamond tops (2=.06 ctw), dangling from 14 k. white gold oval leverbacks (see below). Retail: $1000. Big Sky price: $568.

1.20 ctw. Yogo bracelet, in 14 k. white gold, 7″, nicely matched Yogos and a stout setting. Retail: $1999. Big Sky price: SOLD.

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Big Sky Gold Luxe

We’ll throw in a package of smelling salts (if the pharmacist at Walgreen’s doesn’t think I’m nuts for asking for a 19th century remedy), with any purchase from our Luxe Collection.

No other jeweler in Montana knows more about Natural Fancy Color Diamonds than our expert at Big Sky Gold. Before you venture into the most concentrated form of wealth on the planet, please take a moment to have a complimentary consultation with Claire.

This ring, featured on the cover of our 2013 Holiday menu, features Natural Fancy Blue, Orange, and Pink diamonds. Please call 406-453-7300 or send us an email at bigskygold@ymail.com for details. SALE PENDING

 

 

Forget the garland.

Wrap her in 63” of diamonds & platinum.  Sixteen carats, total weight.  Diamonds-by-the-Yard are always in style.  Retail?$40,000.

BIG SKY PRICE:  $21,277.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Blue Sapphire, fit for a Princess!

In 18 k. yellow and platinum.  Retail value, about $24,000.

BIG SKY PRICE:  $12,360.

 

 

 

 

Our Signature Ring.

Hand engraved platinum with a 1.95 carat, VS1 Clarity center, 2.57 carats, total weight. The perfect design for an active Montana woman. At a retail jeweler, this would be $21,000.

BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD

 

When you’re ready to commit to a fine time-piece,

please contact us with the model number. Big Sky Gold offers fully warrantied watches like this NEW Girard Perregaux, listed at $33,400.

BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

 

 

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Appetizers: $160 to $580: A Colorful Tray of Holiday Hors D’oeuvres

HOLIDAY RED…

Rich ‘buff top’ rhodolite garnet earrings and diamond cut rhodolite matching pendant, set in 14 k. yellow gold.

Retail: $450.  Big Sky Gold: $167

 

 

 

 

 

 

…AND GREEN!

Peridot trilliant “Christmas trees’ for her ears and neck. From an estate, with filigree settings.

Retail :$499.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERFECT PAISLEY

Delicate white gold diamond stud earrings that go with every outfit in her closet. Gorgeous little diamonds, too.

Retail: $450.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

FINGER? PINKY? TOE? NAPKIN RING?

This sweet estate band is nicely made, but quite small. Just under a size 5, for me, it’s a pinky ring.

Retail: $699.  Big Sky Gold: $289

 

 

 

EVEN IF SHE DOESN’T LIKE OYSTERS,

She’ll LOVE the Tahitian Pearl necklace. Set in a nitrile necklace with white pearls on the ends. Easy on, easy off, perfect for your Winter getaway!

Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

REMOVABLE DINNER JACKET

Diamond bracelet in 14 k. yellow gold, 1 ctw., with detachable jacket.

Estate. $1299, at retail.  Big Sky Gold: $580

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CURE FOR THE HOLIDAY BLUES…

Sweet as blueberries, the perfect Yogos for weekends in jeans, multiple piercings. Split the pair for your gents .28 ctw.

(I have several more pairs…call for availability).

Retail: $699.  Big Sky Gold: $292

 

SPARKLING SPAHGETTI!!!

New yellow gold chains, from a store closure. Twelve percent over melt. With Gold at $1344, oz. prices start at $40!

Big Sky Gold: $40-$600

 

 

 

 

STACK THESE LIKE PANCAKES!

This 14 k. rose gold ring is made from a CAD Design. Available in white and yellow gold, too. Buy two and wear them on each side of a solitaire.

Retail: $600. Matching necklace, too!  Big Sky Gold: $333

 

 

 

 

 

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Romantic Fare for Your Unforgettable Holiday Proposal

Happy Holidays…and Here Comes the Bride! 

There are a few weeks left before all the family celebrations… Now is the perfect time to pop the question. 

LIKE BEYONCE SAYS…

Put a ring on it.  Spiffy 3/4 carat European Cut set in 3/4 ctw. ring.Retail: $3475.  Big Sky Gold: $1811

 

 

LATE ART DECO…

Just in time for your ceremony.  From the 1930’s, a 1.03 carat Diamond in 14 k.

Retail: $5995.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

PUT THIS ON HER ICE CREAM

sundae at Dante’s in Great Falls. If you propose at Dante’s with this ring, take a picture. Bring us the bill: dinner for two is on Big Sky Gold. Platinum.

Retail: $7200.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

FOR YOUR ICE PRINCESS…

Okay, maybe it’s too small for Heidi Klum, but it’ll  melt your ice princess.

Retail: $3975.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

HAUTE CUISINE

This Jeff Cooper “Nikole” setting sells for $7000 WITHOUT the center. In our ring,  the center is a certified, F color radiant cut.

Retail: $15,000.  Big Sky Gold: $7531

 

 

A HALO FOR YOUR ANGEL

For the picky eater. .73 carat VS-clarity  center diamond. This ring that will have her eating out of Your hand…

SOLD 

 

 

See something you like? Call us at 406-453-7300, or shoot us an email at bigskygold@ymail.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

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Side Dishes From Our Holiday Menu

Seven inches of the white stuff last week, a skiff on Sunday…Mother Nature is reminding us that the Holidays are coming!!!

In the coming weeks, we’ll post our entire Holiday Menu, section by section.

Want a copy delivered to your home or office? Just call 406-453-7300, or email me at bigskygold@ymail.com.  Already on our mailing list? Look for your menu  in the mailbox around Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

BETTER THAN BUBBLY!

This Yogo sapphire bracelet rides low and comfy!  No prongs to catch. 3.42 ctw.

Retail: $6000.  Big Sky Gold: $SOLD


 

YOGO ON A STICK

Lovely .33 ct. Yogo on a 1/4 ctw. diamond necklace with chain.

Retail: $1399.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH SEA PEARL EARRINGS

Served warm…Circle pearls have character And are from an environmentally friendly source.

Retail: $700.  Big Sky Gold: $388

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRUMKAKE FOR THE FINGER!

Who needs powdered sugar when your finger Is sprinkled with crystallized carbon 3/4 ctw. 14 k yellow gold, VS Clarity!

Retail:$1500.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

THESE STUDS ARE WELL MOUNTED

Give her a pair of diamond sparklers this Holiday season and watch her work up an Appetite. Big Sky Gold serves ‘em up from 1/4 Ctw. to over 5 carats, total weight.

Big Sky Gold: From $222 and up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOFIA D DIAMOND & SAPPHIRE EARRINGS

Perfectly plated, calorie-free eye candy. Custom calibrated cut sapphires and two diamonds that  Total 1.62 carats.

Retail $8,000.  Big Sky Gold: $SOLD

Keep checking! We’ll post more calorie-free treats soon.

 

 

 

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Entrees for the Hand that Serves the Holiday Table… and for the Woman Who’s Served!

SWALLOW THIS ONE, WHOLE.

Served rare…there are so few Yogo Sapphires over a carat…This one tilts the scales at 1.57 carats. Would you like a ring or a pendant with that?

Retail: $23,650.  Big Sky Gold: $SOLD

 

 

 

 

ANNIE OAKLEY WOULD HAVE LOVED IT.

This is the perfect ring for a sharp-shootin’ Montana gal. The center diamond is a 1.64 carat old European cut. Sapphires, diamonds, filigree. In platinum, of course. If you see this at a retailer, it’ll be $20K

Big Sky Gold: $10,650

 

 

 

FROM ACROSS THE ROOM…

These Faberge style earrings will light up your Face like the headlights on a Rolls Royce. 3.18 Carats of VS clarity diamonds.

Retail: $13,900.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

CHARLES KRYPELL! 

Red carpet worthy. 21.62 carats, mostly VVS Clarity, F-G Color diamonds. Nearly an inch Wide. 83 grams. Stunning.

Retail: $67,420.  Big Sky Gold: $26,442

 

 

 

 

DON’T SHAKE YOUR FINGER

Unless you really mean it. When you are totin’ a 3.57 caliber—oops, I mean carat—diamond, people are going to take you seriously. Platinum. Vintage.

Retail: $40,000.  Big Sky Gold: $24,212

 

 

 

THE TIFFANY & CO. of PHILADELPHIA

This magnificent pendant is from J.E. Caldwell, a respected Philadelphia jeweler since 1839. Fine VS Clarity, G Color Diamonds in platinum.

Independently appraised at $13,000.  Big Sky Gold: $6579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUCKY 7!!! THIS CUSTOM PLATINUM

Euro-shank with pave diamonds features a certified 2.28 carat center, G/VS, and an independent Appraisal for over $53,000.

Big Sky Gold: $SOLD

 

 

 

 

FOR THE DISCRIMINATING PALATE

G.I.A. Certified E Color, VS Clarity 1.00 carat Marquise diamond set in a luscious platinum ring. Retail is over $13,500.

SOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FANCY FEAST.

Antique platinum filigree: look at this craftsmanship. Center is a .60 VS2 Clarity H Color European cut diamond. 1.10 carats, total weight.

Rings like this can sell upwards of $7,000 at retail…Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

RARE and WELL DONE…AT THE SAME TIME.

You’ll Yogo bracelets, now and then, but mine are a cut above. Personally matched and Set. 14 k. white gold.

Retail: $ 6500.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

TWO TONE DIAMOND NECKLACE

SEVEN carats, total weight. Appraised at $24,550. Platinum and 18 k. Don’t drool on this one!

Big Sky Gold: $9848

 

 

 

 

 

YOU MIGHT WANT TO STORE THIS IN THE FREEZER.

Beside the ice cubes, next to the Hagen Das. 6.50 carats, total weight, in 18 k. white gold.

Retail, about $9000.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Can Resist Holiday Desserts… from Big Sky Gold’s Calorie-Free Menu?

This is the last of my “MENU” posts! Our entire Holiday Menu is now ONLINE. I’ve got some lovely jewelry that didn’t make it to the studio by press time. I’ll feature some incredible bargains on beautiful, unique gifts in the coming days. Please check back or call 406-453-7300 to inquire about specific items.  

Also, I’ll try to update the website daily so you’ll know which heirlooms have sold. So far, my clientele has racked up a dinner tab over $45,000 from this year’s menu. Say goodbye to the 1.57 carat Yogo, the 2.28 carat ring, and more…

Claire

 

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA…(Above)

…and these grey Tahitian pearls. Seriously, Meryl Streep wore a strand like this in the movie. You buy these and I’ll buy you a download of the movie where Meryl Streep wears these.

Retail: $6750.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD.

SLINKY S-LINK BRACELET

Four carats of diamonds, protected and enhanced by a classic s-link in 14 k. yellow gold. Like new, estate.

Retail: $5,000.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOGOS & DIAMONDS

…are like ice cream and hot fudge sauce—one enhances the beauty of the other. This pair of dainty dangles features .72 ctw. in diamonds, .22 ctw. in Yogos.

Retail: $2600.  Big Sky Gold: $1080.

 

 

 

 

TWO BLUEBERRIES AND A PLUM

from the same tree! An amazing rare violet Yogo, set with two blue sisters. .85 carats. t.w.

Retail is about $3000.  Big Sky Gold: $1377.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE TWO OF THESE…

Yogo Princess Cut studs and call to thank me after Christmas morning.  Sweet spready blues in 14 karat white gold.

Retail: $1299.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

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Pry Open the Preserves…Antique Jewelry from Big Sky Gold’s Holiday Menu

When we are long gone, there are a few things that generations to come will remember us by…

Your family photos. Grandma’s stuffing recipe. Aunt Judy’s ring.

When we are long gone, these are a few things that generations to come will remember. This jewelry has passed the test of time.

If you have a favorite piece, pull it out of your jewel box this Holiday Season. WEAR IT. It will have more meaning if it becomes ‘a part of you.’

If you are looking for an heirloom, please consider something from our collection. Here’s a smattering of what we have on hand at Big Sky Gold.

ART DECO… Cluster dome ring, lovingly crafted in Platinum. All diamonds VS/G-H or better. 1.50 carats!

Appraised in Florida, $6550.  Big Sky Gold: $1733.

 

 

 

LUCK O’ THE IRISH!

Even if she never gets to kiss the Blarney Stone, this is sure to get YOU kissed! Opals and diamonds–the energy of the moon and the sun, in one vintage necklace. A full carat of VS/H+ diamonds.

Retail: $3395.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD.

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH-END VINTAGE CLIPS

Get creative. These 1940’s clips can be worn on non-pierced ears, on the shoulders Of a Hattie Carnegie, or even on SHOES. Akoya pearls!!!

Retail: $1950.  Big Sky Gold: $644.

 

 

 

 

 

ROSIE THE RIVETER,EAT YOUR HEART OUT. 

Wow.  Two bezel-set diamonds in a wearable, flashy ring from the 1940’s. Over a carat, total weight. Lovingly restored by my custom goldsmith.

Retail: $3200.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

HOLD THAT CAVIAR SPOON

…with the hand that wears this ring. Pass the truffles, please. 1.37 carat center.

Independently appraised at $15,865.  Big Sky Gold: SOLD

 

 

 

MORE ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE JEWELRY BELOW…PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.

Please call us at 406-453-7300 or email bigskygold@ymail.com.

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Yogo Sapphires–from Big Sky Gold’s Holiday Menu!

YOGO, SPARKLY SIDE UP, WITH TWO DIAMOND SLICES ON THE SIDES.

A luscious .77 carat AAA quality  (finest) Yogo, .26 ctw. of VS clarity diamond trilliants. This ring will never go out of style. Retail: $8K.

BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD.

 

 

 

 

 

(BELOW) NEW PICTURE SOON! THE PHOTO OF THIS RING’S  SISTER WAS MISTAKENLY POSTED. Scroll up to DESSERTS to se the oval version of this ring…

BETCHA CAN’T EAT JUST ONE

Three Marquise Yogos, served across the finger, .54 carats, total weight…low profile.  This one is meant for an active gal who wants a big look without a lot of weight on the finger. Retail $2100.

BIG SKY PRICE: $980.

 

 

 

NOUVELLE CUISINE EARRINGS

These dainty Yogo ovals, .58 ctw., are served with appetizer-sized diamonds on my favorite mini-oval leverback earrings. Retail is over $1000!

BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD

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LAY THIS BRACELET ACROSS HER PLATE

…and she’ll need smelling                                                                                                         salts. 7.16 ctw. of fine, matched Yogo Sapphires.  Retail: $6600. BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD!

 

“LORD HELP THE MISTER, WHO COMES BETWEEN ME & MY SISTER.”

Identical necklaces for sisters, mother and daughter or best friends. Tell me the name of the Holiday movie where these lyrics were sung— and when you buy these two necklaces, you’ll get $50 off! Retail: $1875.

BIG SKY PRICE: BOTH SOLD

 

 

 

 

FINALLY, FROM OUR A LA CARTE MENU…

Loose Yogo sapphires, from $200 and up, gift boxed, to be set into a pendant, ring, bracelet or earrings (or a navel ring?) Give her one of Montana’s ‘crown jewels’ and let’s design something special. A BIG SKY GOLD EXCLUSIVE.

CALL 406-453-7300 for your appointment, or e-mail us at bigskygold@ymail.com for more details, or to see what else we have to offer.

 

 

 

Keep checking! We’ll post more eye candy later this week.

 

 

 

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Too Late to Hang This Ice from a Lovely Neck…all three are sold. I have more! Please call.

 

Three necklaces for the lovely woman in your life, all set in 14 karat white gold 

The 1.26 carat pearshape diamond is big enough for a partridge! It’s an F Color, and this crystal is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It’s got exceptional fire. Retail is about $9,000. I selected this diamond from a parcel that had just cleared customs from Israel. SOLD.

Below the pear is a heart shape diamond necklace. This is perfect for a daughter, niece, college sweetheart, sister or mom. The .30 carat H Color, SI2 Clarity diamond is nicely cut. Retail is about $8000. BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD

The modern necklace on the bottom is stout yet feminine. Yes, the diamond is small–only .15 carats, but the impact is timeless.  Retail: $750. BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD

As usual, these are one-of-a-kind. Call 406-453-7300 or email bigskygold@ymail.com if you are interested in putting a diamond necklace under your tree this Christmas…and, especially if you are in Montana, stay warm!

Don’t forget to “like” Big Sky Gold on Facebook and enter our drawing for a $1,000 gift basket.  Scroll down for details.

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_ _ _ _, Frankincense and Myrrh

Dear Wise Men:

Please obtain frankincense and myrrh from other sources. 

For gold, we got you covered.

Shown: 1/10 oz. Australian Koala, 1/2 oz. US Gold Eagle, 1 oz. South African Kruggerand, 1 oz. US Gold Eagle, 1/4 oz. US Gold Eagle.

5 to 8% above spot price (fractionals are higher) + $50 for the coin frame. Necklaces for sale at 12% over melt. Lowest price in the lower 48. Supply of these necklaces is limited to items shown. Investment value, at this price is unlimited.

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Merry Christmas & See You Next Year!

Remember huddling around the neighbor’s color television set to watch an Andy Williams special? When every store in town closed for Christmas? The year Uncle Wilbur brought that bleached blonde strumpet to Christmas dinner?

I’m old enough to remember when Grandma had too much hard cider and danced on the coffee table on New Year’s Eve (and later on, the time she took a bite of some strange brownies  left by a tie-dyed neighbor– and did the same thing).

Regardless of your religious beliefs, it’s great to have a time of year to draw closer together, laugh at old memories and make some new ones.

To that end, Big Sky Gold & Diamond will be CLOSED from Dec 24 until after New Year’s. This year I’m having some minor foot surgery so I’m not back in until about January 15th.

Pull out a jigsaw puzzle, make hot cocoa from scratch, fall asleep counting your blessings. Pull out an old photo album. Have a good laugh. Have a good cry. Pray for peace, and the strength to understand other points of view.

Best wishes for a sparkling 2014.

Claire & Tom

 

 

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A New Year…Time for New Beginnings..and Maybe a Ring?

I can’t stop at putting away the Christmas ornaments: after a season of celebration and clutter, I’m reorganizing and looking forward to new beginnings.

(from femmetales.com)

I’m not alone. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had quite a few inquiries from people who are looking for engagement rings. “Can we schedule an appointment?”

Let’s talk first, okay?

I’ll do my best to help you select the right ring–even if it’s not from Big Sky Gold.  

Some couples don’t want diamonds. That’s okay, but there are good reasons to set a diamond into a ring that you’ll wear for the rest of your life (or until you trade it back to me for a bigger one!).

Diamonds are 40 TIMES harder than the next hardest gemstones, rubies and sapphires. For a lifetime of hard wear, nothing beats a diamond. They also go with every color in the rainbow–and should you find yourself without a sherpa in Nepal, a diamond always has cash value (hopefully enough to buy that Eurail pass to Paris).

I remember one embarrassing moment with an engaged couple a few years ago: he came in thinking  of buying a half-carat, and she was thinking nothing under three carats! They worked it out and came back later, but you’re better off hashing out diamond size and  budget before you go ring-hunting. Hint: if you aren’t ready to talk about budgeting, maybe you should wait on the ring :)

A gorgeous 1.15 carat certified “D” Color diamond wedding set, brand new for 2014. SOLD!

The more modest your budget, the more you should spend on the center diamond. If you have a $2000 budget, and you want a hand engraved platinum setting, you’ll be lucky to have $500 left for the engine once you have blown your money on the chassis. 

Keep in mind that, although diamond are usually NOT a great investment,  when purchased wisely (from someone like me) they are a good cash asset. The setting? Unless it says “Bulgari” or “Webb” it’s likely to be worth the weight of the metal on the scale and a fraction the wholesale list price of the tiny diamonds (I’ve recently held a $15,000 semi-mount that was worth $800 in cash).

My promise: I won’t sell you a ring that goes ‘putt-putt.’

That isn’t to say that we don’t stock some reasonably priced wedding rings (generally our engagement rings start at $1500 and go up from there).

Feeling klutzy? Avoid perched rings and high settings.

Once you set a budget, think about  lifestyle. Do you work with your hands? Are you klutzy? Will you remember to take off that antique filigree ring before you go heli-skiing? Unlike a lot of jewelers who’ll sell you a ring you’ll learn to dislike, I’ll ask about your livelihood and your pastimes and try to match you up with a ring that you will love more and more as the years go by. 

Generally speaking, this means a serious sit-down before you spend your budget on this year’s fad…and sometimes, it means lobbying for a diamond or ring shape that looks better on your shorter fingers or longer hands, too.

“Okay, NOW can I schedule my appointment?”

Uh… we’re close.

Think about the shape of diamond you might like, and perhaps about the alloy that you’d prefer. Hopefully these links to a couple of my hubpages blogs will work: http://baizblogger.hubpages.com/hub/Platinum-vs-White-Gold-The-Battle-of-Precious-Jewelry-Metals and http://baizblogger.hubpages.com/hub/Diamond-Shapes. (You might have to copy and paste these into your browser).

Now you are a savvy consumer, ready to discuss a major purchase with a jewelry professional! Call me at 406-453-7300 to set up an appointment.

As a wholesaler, I don’t keep a big inventory at my studio: a lot of my jewelry and loose diamonds are at retail stores throughout the inland Northwest.  Give me a few days’ notice to round up my best ideas and options for you.

It’s January 9th and I am out of the office for at least another week. I had double bunion surgery (both feet) Tuesday and I’m not putting weight on them until Dr. Fisher says it’s okay. I’m scheduling appointments for the last week in January…No worries: I’m confident they’ll be a few blingy Big Sky Gold brides-to-be by Valentine’s Day!

Questions? Call 406-453-7300 or shoot us an email at bigskygold@ymail.com.

 

 

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Bad Rocks, Cash Assets, and Diamonds That Go Moo

If, ten years ago, you bought a well-cut 4.00 carat F Color, VVS2 Clarity round brilliant cut diamond,  the wholesale list price of your diamond has gone up 170%.

If you bought that diamond from me, and you want to sell it, call me: we’ll both make money.

Choosing the best diamond is like selecting real estate…if you’re in a good neighborhood (on the Rapaport Price Sheet) you’ll do okay. If you bought an “over-improved” property, say a nicely cut G Color, Flawless .38 carat round brilliant diamond, over that same ten year period, you lost 22% of your money.

I’ve been a jeweler for over twenty years, and I have the courage to tell most of my clients that many diamonds are a lousy investment. When purchased wisely, a diamond can be a solid cash asset. What does that mean? After a decade of enjoying it, you should be close to breaking even.

Which diamonds are BAD PURCHASES? What’s a good CASH ASSET DIAMOND? And what variables turn a tiny piece of compressed carbon into a CASH COW? I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions for each of these categories.

First, take a cursory look at this chart, and page down. You can spend more time playing with numbers later.

Rapaport “Ten Year Price Performance” Chart

BAD ROCKS

Diamonds may be very pretty, and they might make her heart go pitter-patter. But if you are an accountant or a budding venture capital gal, there are reasons to avoid a bad day at Black Rock.

Even though they might be pretty, Small rocks are bad rocks. No one cares if you have a certified, colorless, flawless .18 carat diamond. Or a .35 carat. It hurts to say this, but a fine .80 pointer is just no great shakes. You are better off, if you have a limited budget, to go for something you can see without squinting, and not worry that you won’t get your $500 to $2500 back. In the jewelry biz, remember: the lower the price, the higher the profit margin.

Retail rocks. If you are working with a budget under $3000, for goodness sake, look for someone like me. Small diamonds have very high markups at retail, and since their re-sale value is so low, dealers like me tend to have more than our share of .40 pointers that we’d like to sell at a fraction of retail. They may not make you money, but you won’t be out $2500 for a forty pointer.

Rocks with “iffy” certificates. I don’t want people to sue me, so I won’t list them here. Let’s just say that, despite real issues, G.I.A. certificates are still the standard of the gem trade. EGL USA certs are reliable, though less stringent than G.I.A. Remember that EGL is a franchise, and the offshore EGL certificates don’t carry the cache of domestic EGLs. (I’m being nice; I didn’t even mention IGI).

ANY DIAMOND that requires a payment plan.

Diamonds that are already set--especially those diamonds that are set in fancy settings with lots of whoop-de-dos, halos, etc. Settings can distract you from the quality of the center diamond. Don’t fall in love with the chassis and wind up with a diamond that goes “putt-putt.”

Special deals “just for you.” Don’t fall for a lousy certificate, a bad cut, or some fast-talking jeweler. I lost a sale to an old high school classmate of mine when he was on vacation in a warm climate. “The jeweler liked us so much,” he gushed, “he sold it to us at 25% of the price on the tag. He told us he lost money on the sale!”

Uh huh, sure he did.

If you are dealing with a legitimate dealer, he or she can liquidate items INSTANTLY, for cash, at below wholesale values. Why would a stranger give you a ‘special deal’? I do give my local clients extra consideration out of loyalty, and because they are my only advertising… but I don’t lose money on a sale.

 

CASH ASSET DIAMONDS 

Chances are, if you are still reading this post, this is your neighborhood. High five!!!

A diamond that’s a cash asset is:

____ AT LEAST ONE CARAT in weight. (The bigger the better…look at the chart).

____IS NICELY CUT.

____is TOTALLY EYE CLEAN.

____FACES white (unless it’s certified ‘Fancy’)

____is CERTIFIED by a legitimate company OR has been honestly assessed by your jeweler. “Look, I know this says F/VS1 EGL, but in my opinion, it’s an H,   SI1.

____Is priced within reason of the Rapaport Price List (published weekly). A huge discount might mean you are looking at an estate diamond (used) or that the diamond is not of the standard reflected by “Rap.”

____is probably a round brilliant. Rounds appreciate faster and are less likely to be damaged by everyday wear.

DO NOT EXPECT TO MAKE MONEY on a cash asset diamond. DO NOT EXPECT TO BREAK EVEN for five, ten, or even fifteen years! But as you carefully wear and totally enjoy your diamond, you should feel confident that in a couple of decades, when that snowmobile you just bought for $8,000 is no more than scrap metal over at the Filipowitz Brothers Metal Yard, that this diamond is just starting to hit its stride.

If your budget is between $6,000 and $12,000, please don’t settle for a bad rock. You deserve a cash asset.

 

HOW TO BUY A DIAMOND THAT SAYS “MOO.”

1.Set aside some real money. $25K is a nice start. $50K is better. $100K, as long as it does not exceed 5% of your net worth will give you a private, portable asset that should make you, your Sweetheart (and your heirs) happy.

2. Interview a jeweler before you look for a diamond. Talk to more than one. Be sure your jeweler of choice is globally connected, credentialed, experienced, and… here’s the kicker…tell him or her you want to see the invoice(s) on your purchases. Negotiate a fair percentage of profit for this professional, based in part on the complexity and availability of the gemstone portfolio that works best for you. (Keep in mind that shipping/courier charges can be substantial). If you elect to have me (or someone like me) represent you at an auction, be prepared for a tutorial and a dose of patience.

3. When the jeweler points her index finger and says,”Get out of my studio”, offer to wire funds IN ADVANCE, if they will agree to a contract.

4. Decide TOGETHER whether you are looking at one rock, several diamonds, or a selection of natural fancy color. Discuss whether you’ll want wearable diamonds or something that’s best kept in a vault. Agree that the balance of your contract will be refunded or conveyed in precious metals, at a standard profit margin of 3%.

If you have chosen your expert jeweler wisely, you will save money with this strategy.  Most jewelers don’t keep $200,000 diamonds in the showcases: it’s just too much of a liability; it’s smarter, instead of having a jeweler ship in diamonds “on memo”, to commit to a diamond investment with a seasoned professional who is capable of negotiating a cash deal. Everyone will cut their profit margin on a sure thing–of course, confirmation of the certificate and, in the case of Fancy Color,personal inspection are critical, along with a Rapaport and auction search (like real estate comparables).

5. In your contract, specify a completion date for your transaction. Give your broker time to find a great deal but don’t let her play the float with your funds.

6. Be prepared to hold your sparkling investment for at least 3-5 years to a decade. (Now you can look at the price performance chart, above).

Asas soon as Martin Rapaport complains that I published his chart “intended solely for the (diamond) trade”, I might have to take it off the Internet.  If you email me, I’ll email you a scanned copy for  your records. I also have price performance charts for 1 year, 5 years, 20 years, etc…as well as price performance data on various color/clarity/carat weight combinations.

Call me about converting your wheat crop into a cash cow, and I’ll share all my data (including my invoices) with you. 406-453-7300.

Claire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Little Late Season Ice…Something to Fight the Winter Blues, and…Scroll Down for C-O-L-O-R

For the blushing bride, or the Butte copper lover: #4042, 1.07 carat Round Brilliant in Rose and White Gold Designer Wedding Set .  2 carats, total weight. Retail is $10,000. Who said saving money isn’t romantic??? From Big Sky Gold via a Montana jewelry store client of mine, this ring is …SOLD.

 

Over 2 and a half carats of natural sapphires 
and a quarter carat of diamonds in platinum 
demi-hoop earrngs that hug the ears, just so.
Retail: $5,800. Big Sky Price $1986.

 

#4043: For a woman who  GETS TO THE POINT. 1.53 carats, total weight, trilliant shape diamonds, G Color, SI1 Clarity, in 14 k. white gold (these also make great side diamonds with a big rock in between!)  Retail: $8,800. BIG SKY PRICE: $3989.

 

 

 

 

#4041: A suite of Princess Cut Yogo Sapphires and Diamonds…ready for your neck and ears to move right in! HOT OFF THE JEWELER’S BENCH. Page up to NEW Yogo Sapphire Jewelry page for pricing & details!

 

 

 

 

 

#4028…A six carat, concave cut Morganite, with diamonds in a modern pendant. This one ain’t dainty: it’s over an inch long!  Retail: about  $1000. Big Sky price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a jewelry store closing–Montana sapphires, spessartine, zircon, morganite, tourmaline, citrine…and more. At prices that will ASTONISH . (click to enlarge)

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SIGNED, Sealed and (Just Let Me know) Delivered?

Clever designer diamond earrings with white sapphires and removable citrine dangles. Paolo Costagli. New. Retail: $4,100. Big Sky price: SOLD

Matching Paolo Costalgi necklace, sold separately. $1350 retail; $890,Big Sky Price: SOLD

Signed Sophia D, calibrated sapphire and diamond ring. with a 1.20 carat center, .71 carats in sapphires, and .68 ctw. in the LOW, clean setting. Big Sky price: $SOLD

One more from Paolo, please…1.50 carats of pink sapphire and 7.50 carats of peridot: perfect for Spring! Retail: $2,100. Big Sky Price:

 

Roberto Coin signed two-tone 18 k. bracelet. New, tagged over $2200. Big Sky price: $1,310.

Jeff Cooper Wedding set with a Collection Color 1 carat Radiant Cut center. 18 k. white gold. Retail: $15,000. Big Sky price, the set, SOLD

 

 

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In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…

What shines the most? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the diamond! My client J.D. Arnold, popped the question on April 6th. Yep, this is what it’s all about.

If Tennyson’s words or the lovely moment captured in the photograph motivates you, please page down…

#4047 Emerald Cut Diamond and Yogo Sapphire Ritani Ring, in platinum. 1.04 carat center, I/VS, .76 ctw. Yogo Sapphires, size 5 (sizable). Retail:$11,000. BIG SKY PRICE: $5,987.

 

When is a TRIPLE ZERO a TRIPLE HERO??? When it’s an A.G.S. certified Ideal Cut, Ideal Polish, Ideal Symmetry .52 carat E Color VVS2 Clarity diamond in an 18 karat white gold, princess cut accent ring. For the finger that prefers the rarefied air to the big splash. Retail: $7000. Big Sky price: $2983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3955. Put on those nylon stockings…the ones with the seams up the back… and don this 1.30 carat classic solitaire from the 1940′s. SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4048. The symbolism is perfect for a love that’s lovelier, the second time around…this Yogo sapphire came in, all bashed and bruised. After recutting, it tipped the scale at exactly 1.00 carat. This Yogo deserves a second chance at a happy life on your finger, in the company of two 1/3 carat diamonds in platinum. Retail: $15,000. Big Sky Price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3991. Just because you have a modest budget doesn’t mean you can’t give her a one-of-a-kind engagement ring! Uber-hip ‘across the finger marquise diamond retails at about $3500. From Big Sky Gold, $1690.

If you paged down this far, take a guess at where I photographed the banner for this post…POST IT AS A COMMENT, BELOW. If you are the first to guess correctly, I’ll buy you and a companion a drink, and I’ll make a donation to The Great Falls Food Bank in your name…

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A magnificent necklace at an unbelievable price…

In daylight, this 3.20 carat certified natural ‘color change’ Madagascar sapphire is a bright royal blue; in the evening, under incandescent light, it’s violet, for sure! Set in platinum with a tiny VS clarity, G Color diamond halo (.18 ctw.) and a platinum chain. Wholesale comparables (not including the $2200 setting) run between $8000 and $11K. FROM BIG SKY GOLD, this ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME necklace is yours for $4328.

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The Blue Box…from Big Sky Gold

Estate Tiffany & Co. hallmarked platinum band in original box with blue packer! On the Tiffany & Co. website at $1750. Our price, $750 plus sizing (it’s about a 6 3/4 right now). Hurry up on this one…it’s a steal!

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The Well-Appointed 21st Century Jewel Box…

…features updates on the timeless classics, commemorations of life’s milestones, and wearable art. If you are in a committed relationship, a ring is the perfect symbol…and if you happen to be from Montana, it also features a Yogo Sapphire.

OUR TAKE ON THE TIMELESS CLASSICS

DIAMOND STUDS…

Perfect for your princess! .76 ctw. VS Clarity, G and H Color. Nicer quality than most people put in their engagement rings! $1452, set in 14 k. white gold. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S PEARLS

This Paspaley Pearl Strand retails for over $24,000. From Big Sky Gold, $11,484. Graduated South Sea Pearls, sustainably harvested, from 11 to 14 mm. The unique clasp is actually a double-drilled pearl–which can be swapped out for a diamond-encrusted ball!

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike its prong-set cousins, this bracelet will not snag on every little thing. It rides low and clean, and will layer beautifully with a watch (and ride solo with a great tan). If you are sensitive to white gold alloys or you work in a hair salon or other chemical-exposure occupation, platinum is the ticket! Call for special pricing.

These earrings are the harmonic convergence of art, mathematics and value. Six precision-set citrine, tiny diamonds and white sapphires. The artist’s name is Paolo Costagli. Look! The citrines are removable. Let’s design something unique to expand the look. New. Retail: $4,100. Big Sky price: SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PLATINUM DIAMOND BRACELET… followed by WEARABLE ART

 

#4055 The best bluffy engagement ring at Big Sky Gold. She wants a one-carat in white gold micro-pave? You’ve been to the mall, where these rings run between $8,000-$10,000? How about $2890 for this 1.18 carat I1/K (a mall jewelers’ grade would be SI3/J) Round Brilliant, complete with 18 karat white gold .66 ctw. diamond ring? The kicker is that the size must be darn close. This estate setting is about a size 6 1/2…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMITMENT RING…WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL COMMITTMENT

 

 

YOGO SAPPHIRES

Call or email us at bigskygold@ymail.com, and we’ll do our best to find you one of these rare treasures…and our best simply can’t be beat!

Check out our Yogo Sapphire Jewelry Gallery–the link is on Big Sky Gold’s home page. In the meantime, here’s a favorite: Emerald Cut Diamond and Yogo Sapphire Ritani Ring, in platinum. 1.04 carat center, I/VS, .76 ctw. Yogo Sapphires, size 5 (sizable). Retail:$11,000. BIG SKY PRICE: $5,987.

 

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FOR EXISTING CLIENTS ONLY–ONE WEEK ONLY!—BIG DIAMONDS from BIG SKY GOLD

You’ve always wanted a big diamond…but heck, there’s that new truck…the roof needs work…the stock market has ratcheted up…shouldn’t I just put away my money for my kids?

Sure. It’s all important.

There are good reasons to buy an heirloom, too.

3 ctw. bezel set studs: SOLD

A family’s treasures are its mini-museum: we remember cultures and individuals by the timeless things: the art, the jewelry. And with interest rates so low, why not pull stale funds out of a CD and quietly transfer them to a diamond or two?

Heirlooms should carry your energies and traditions: the more years you have it on your finger, your ears or your neck, the more of YOU it reflects.

***PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS ONLY OPEN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY ON MY CLIENT LIST (UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO COME TO MY STUDIO WITH YOUR FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER). ***

Email me your wish list: I can pick and choose the diamonds that I want to show, from the impressive inventory of a global diamond player. While he’s galavanting around India, he’s given me carte blanche to show qualified clients exactly what they’re asking for–at prices that will curdle the competition.

Quality, selection, value, and professionalism: get them all at once from Big Sky Gold.

I’ll firm up the dates after I log in your special requests.

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