Facebook fans and Internet clients get the first view of Big Sky Gold’s Holiday Menu, which will be in the mail by next week!
DON’T FORGET TO POST A PICTURE OF A RING, BRACELET, OR OTHER PIECE OF SPECIAL JEWELRY ON BIG SKY GOLD’S FACEBOOK PAGE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR OUR DRAWING FOR THIS FREE YOGO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING:
This .14 carat diamond cut Yogo in an easy-to-size ‘Etruscan Re-vival’ ring. Retail: $999. BIG SKY PRICE: $398.
NEVER ENDING BUFFET OF BRILLIANCE.
Eternity band with bezel set diamonds & prong set Yogos. Size 7! Re- tail: $1399. BIG SKY PRICE: Yikes! This SOLD before my menu was published.
BUILT TO STACK!
The center Yogo ride slightly above the pave bands allowing enough space for tiny bands on both sides! .26 ct. Retail: $1500. BIG SKY PRICE: $695 .
for the finger: this uber modern marquise rides along with your wedding band or accents a pinkie. Retail: $1700. BIG SKY PRICE: $644.
LIKE A THAI PEPPPER!
This tiny Yogo is small but spicy. VERY dark, for a Yogo. From my personal stash…Retail:$899. BIG SKY PRICE: $297.
Flat on top, straight on the sides. Retail $1299. BIG SKY PRICE: $457.
I love wandering through Neiman Marcus when I’m in NYC. Barney’s is, to me, as much an art gallery as a retail outlet. I’ll swing into Lord & Taylor on the excuse that it’s “on the way to the library.”
I love designer jewelry. (Okay, I snarfed two pieces of this collection for myself!).
Why don’t I carry designer jewelry anymore?
The more I learned about my niche in the marketplace, the more I steered clear. My clients have great taste, but you have SHARP PENCILS, and I couldn’t justify the required markups that designer creations command.
That’s why this shipment of MARCO BICEGO is so special. Unlike Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Saks and Marco Bicego flagship boutiques, I am NOT A BICEGO DEALER. Everything here is brand new, crafted in 18 karat white and yellow gold, with genuine sapphires and fine “Collection Quality” diamonds.
All these earrings, rings, necklaces (and the bracelet) are from Marco’s current collection, in locked displays at fine retailers in Europe and the USA.
And it’s all at about HALF of retail. Check out the HUGE IMAGE, below, then call me. 406-453-7300.
Here’s an example: the 36″ long 18 k. yellow gold necklace that the model is wearing on the home page of Marco’s website retails at $4590. From me, $2495.
I just don’t have time to take photos right now, and I can’t hold onto this collection for more than a few days…here’s a link to the website and my ridiculously huge image…
Send her into the stratosphere with this spectacular 3.02 carat G.I.A. certified diamond. It’s a TRIPLE EXCELLENT: the cut grade, symmetry and polish are truly, by the highest standard…excellent.
Why is this diamond different from other G.I.A. certified 3 carat Round Brilliants?
Because it faces up like a G Color, VS2 Clarity diamond. The Rapaport wholesale list price for a 3.02 carat G/VS2 is $75,500. That means, from a posh retailer, you’ll pay about $100,000 for a diamond that looks like this.
From me, this diamond is $31,240. You can pay more than that for a 2 carat diamond of similar quality at a local retailer.
*At 3.02 carats, it’s a hair over 3.00 carats. A 3.00 is in much more danger, with a nasty blow, of needing a recut that could take it down below the “magic number.” (A 2.96 carat is NOT a 3 carat).
*It’s got an excellent cut, excellent polish and excellent symmetry. I mean it.
You pay a lofty premium if you go up one step in the grading system, from “excellent” to “ideal”. This diamond looks ideal, all day long. Take it to your appraiser without the diamond certificate, and he or she will tell you that you have an “ideal cut diamond.” A triple excellent grade saves you money while still putting you in rarified air.
*It’s an I Color WITH STRONG BLUE FLORESCENCE. That’s why it faces up like a $100,000 G Color diamond.
*It’s an eye clean SI2 Clarity. Look at the actual image of this diamond, above. Print it out. Now, reduce it and print it out at a life size 9.3 mm. and tell me: you see anything??? Unless you carry a jeweler’s loupe, no one is going to know that you don’t have a VS (or even a VVS!) clarity diamond.
*It’s pedigreed. This is the certification that makes jewelers stand on their hind legs and dance. (Click on the PDF link, please).
Let’s say you have been married 25 years. At $31,240, this diamond costs $1,249 a year…And that $31,000 car in your garage? In fifteen years it will be worth diddly…and in fifteen years, your 3 carat diamond? (Insert confident yet feminine smile here).
Please call me at 406-453-7300 for details–and a special offer on a solitaire to go with this diamond!
With a YOGO SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND RING giveaway, surprise drawings, a charity drive and and ONLINE ONLY specials, this is a very special season at Big Sky Gold & Diamond.
In NINETEEN DAYS, it will be Thanksgiving.
As we contemplate a few inches of snow headed our way in northcentral Montana, we know that Christmas, Channukah, and New Years Eve aren’t far away… along with the closure of Big Sky Gold’s Great Falls showroom.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting our signature Holiday Menu online, section by section, along with special treats JUST FOR MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS and WEB CLIENTS.
Check back soon for the first column of our ‘menu’ AND details about our Holiday giveaways!!!
I hate gent’s diamond rings.
Some of ‘em look like they belong on Elvis impersonators. Others look…well…a little too feminine. If you’re a small fingered guy, a diamond ring can look like a brass knuckle. Jewelers and put the crappiest diamonds in gent’s rings, thinking that, heck, a guy will never notice…
This is the nicest gent’s ring I’ve had in my studio in years and years.
It’s an original Hearts on Fire ring, crafted in platinum. It’s meticulously cast, nice and heavy, and right now it’s a sizeable size 11.
It’s not too wide. It’s not too narrow. It’s not prongy, it’s not perched. IT’S JUST RIGHT.
And the diamonds??? Wowsa.
These three IDEAL CUT SQUARE BRILLIANTS are like little sparkling dice.
Yes, this is an estate ring. If it was brand new, from HOF (Hearts on Fire), it would be close to $8,500.
From me, this like-new beauty is $3,400.
Call me. Come take a look.
ENTER BIG SKY GOLD’S BIGGEST HOLIDAY CONTEST EVER.
ENTER ONLY ON BIG SKY GOLD’s FACEBOOK PAGE!
This last Holiday season with a showroom in Great Falls is…well..bittersweet. I’ll miss the wonderful people I’ve met in the last twenty-two years, and I’ll sure miss spreading all that glittery happiness, in person, across the table.
Life has many gifts to be celebrated, but jewelry tends to be one of our most personal and enduring legacies.
Please post a picture of YOUR special gem, your favorite ring, perhaps something you inherited, along with a sentence or two explaining why it’s special. If you no longer have that piece of jewelry, post a picture of something that reminds you of it…
For each entry I will donate $3.00 to MY NEIGHBOR IN NEED (http://greatfalls.myneighborinneed.org/)...up to (at least) $1,000…I’m putting together a drawing for a VERY SPECIAL GRAND PRIZE, which I will announce in a future Facebook post.
Please LIKE Big Sky Gold on Facebook for updates…and, okay, I admit it, because I want at least 500 fans by Christmas Eve.
I’m not eligible, but here’s one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. It’s a gold nugget in quartz, originally sold from Butte’s famous Hannifin sisters’ jewelry store…it’s in rose gold with Yogos. It’s NOT for sale. Butte’s arbiter of good taste, Randy Scharf, sold this to me about two decades ago. My husband wore it at his son’s wedding, in lieu of a tie!
What’s YOUR talisman, your heirloom, your signature piece?
We call ‘em headlights here at Big Sky Gold.
Great big diamond studs.
Doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing holey jeans or if you are dressed for holy matrimony: when you are sportin’ a pair of FIVE CARAT TOTAL WEIGHT DIAMOND STUDS, heads turn.
If you have two kids, you have an excuse to invest in a family heirloom for each of them. If you don’t have two kids, well… you have two ears, don’t you???
At a posh retail jeweler these certified COLORLESS diamonds would sell for about $60K. Big Sky Price: SOLD.
Oh, did I say that one of them is a certified IDEAL CUT?
Go out into the garage with a calculator…Hmmm…all those toys for boys add up, don’t they?
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
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
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
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
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
.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
Almost 1.00 carat, tw, three matched Leo cut princess diamonds.
Retail: $5,500 Big Sky Gold: $SOLD
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
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
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
2.51 carats of GIA certified Fancy Yellow Diamonds in 18 karat gold drop earrings. Keep the smelling salts handy.
Retail: $38,000 SOLD
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
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.
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
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!
From the Belle Epoque. One full carat, total weight, with a nice .40 ct. center. This is a rare beauty. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
because it looks like the ornate iron gates on Victorian homes. With diamonds and sapphires.
Retail: $799 Big Sky Gold: SOLD
Platinum diamond wreath with painstaking craftsmanship. Not too big. Not too small. Wearable year ’round.
Retail: $5,000 SOLD
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!
—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.
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
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
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
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.
Big Sky price: SOLD
Please call 406-453-7300 or e-mail us at email@example.com for more information or to make an appointment.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING ANY OF THESE DIAMONDS. photos taken under natural light with my iPhone…not retouched or enhanced.
I’m back from an extended trip to New York City, and I’m feeling inspired by a quick trip to Glacier Park. It’s a bit of a late spring up there, and the colors of spring are reflected in the delicate mountain blooms. Put a little sparkle in her eyes this summer. Call 406-453-7300 or e-mail email@example.com for details.
This rare demantoid garnet and diamond pin features four and a half carats of fine gemstones. Crafted in platinum, this czarist-era heirloom is a joy to behold. Retail: $15-20,000. Big Sky price: $SOLD
Montana has a short growing season, so pick your “Ice Flowers” while they are in full bloom. This platinum ring has a 1.30 carat center. 2.75 carats, total weight. Retail: $12,000 range. Big Sky price: $7,944.
This necklace never goes out of style. It boasts a French hallmark, and is totally handcrafted in 18 karat yellow gold. Over 3 carats, 26″ of clean, timeless, elegant style….Hard to believe this necklace was crafted nearly 100 years ago. It looks like it came right out of the pages of Vogue magazine. Retail: $7500. Big Sky price: SOLD
In 2011, I sold a gemmy AGL certified loose Yogo Sapphire cushion cut for just shy of six figures. This cushion cut tips the scales just shy of four carats…and it’s AGL certified UNHEATED, too! The gem is flanked by European cut diamonds, each one over .80 carats (both certified as well). Custom, hand crafted platinum mounting. If it was a Yogo (it’s not) it would retail for over $100,000. From Big Sky Gold & Diamond, the price is $SOLD
This half-carat Princess Cut diamond is set with two round diamonds on a sliding white gold necklace that’s as pretty on a 81-year old neck as it is an 18-year old’s! Retail: $1,800. Big Sky price: SOLD.
I’m going to reward you for paging down! This eye-popping ruby and diamond bracelet is crafted in platinum and eighteen karat gold. If you want to impress a July birthday girl, this would do the trick. Retail: $34,000. Big Sky price: $SOLD
CALL 406-453-7300 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Our spam program died when I was in NYC, so please do NOT leave a comment!!! I have over 16,000 comments to trudge through…
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.
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 email@example.com for details. SOLD!
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: SOLD
Royal Blue Sapphire, fit for a Princess!
In 18 k. yellow and platinum. Retail value, about $24,000.
BIG SKY PRICE: $SOLD
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
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.
Rich ‘buff top’ rhodolite garnet earrings and diamond cut rhodolite matching pendant, set in 14 k. yellow gold.
Retail: $450. Big Sky Gold: $167
Peridot trilliant “Christmas trees’ for her ears and neck. From an estate, with filigree settings.
Retail :$499. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
Delicate white gold diamond stud earrings that go with every outfit in her closet. Gorgeous little diamonds, too.
Retail: $450. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
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: SOLD
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
Diamond bracelet in 14 k. yellow gold, 1 ctw., with detachable jacket.
Estate. $1299, at retail. Big Sky Gold: $580
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: SOLD
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: SOLD
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: SOLD
Just in time for your ceremony. From the 1930’s, a 1.03 carat Diamond in 14 k.
Retail: $5995. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
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
Okay, maybe it’s too small for Heidi Klum, but it’ll melt your ice princess.
Retail: $3975. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
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:SOLD
For the picky eater. .73 carat VS-clarity center diamond. This ring that will have her eating out of Your hand…
See something you like? Call us at 406-453-7300, or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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 email@example.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
Lovely .33 ct. Yogo on a 1/4 ctw. diamond necklace with chain.
Retail: $1399. Big Sky Gold: SOLD
Served warm…Circle pearls have character And are from an environmentally friendly source.
Retail: $700. Big Sky Gold: $388
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
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.
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
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: SOLD
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
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: SOLD
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: SOLD
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: SOLD
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
G.I.A. Certified E Color, VS Clarity 1.00 carat Marquise diamond set in a luscious platinum ring. Retail is over $13,500.
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
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
SEVEN carats, total weight. Appraised at $24,550. Platinum and 18 k. Don’t drool on this one!
Big Sky Gold: SOLD
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
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…
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.
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
…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: SOLD
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: SOLD
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
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: SOLD
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.
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.
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
…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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
(Next course, below…please page down.)
…and she’ll need smelling salts. 7.16 ctw. of fine, matched Yogo Sapphires. Retail: $6600. BIG SKY PRICE: SOLD!
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 email@example.com for more details, or to see what else we have to offer.
Keep checking! We’ll post more eye candy later this week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please obtain frankincense and myrrh from other sources.
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.
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
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.
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.
If Tennyson’s words or the lovely moment captured in the photograph motivates you, please page down…
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…
…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
NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S PEARLS
A PLATINUM DIAMOND BRACELET… followed by WEARABLE ART
A COMMITMENT RING…WITHOUT THE FINANCIAL COMMITTMENT
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.
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!
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 email@example.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.
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.
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:
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.
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
As of August 12, just the bottom two Yogo Stackers are available.
No worries! I’m putting together three more to replace the two I’ve sold! They should be in my office in plenty of time for SEPTEMBER, which is, as every jewelry fan knows, Sapphire Month.
Looking for a Tahitian Pearl necklace? A pair of diamond studs? An engagement ring? Anniversary band? Yogo Sapphire stack rings? South Sea pearl pendant? Rolex President? Big diamond?
Much of our inventory, at any point in time, is being shown at jewelry stores. We’re happy to fly it back for you. Please call 406-453-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your appointment in our Great Falls studio, which closes permanently on Christmas Eve, 2014.
Until then, we are THE SOURCE for fine jewelry for our neighbors and friends in Northcentral Montana!
Scroll down to see a bit of what Big Sky Gold has to offer!
I hate websites with music, so just pause here and got to YouTube and play the guitar licks from AC/DC’s “The Jack” as you scroll down…slowly…
If you’ve visited our Great Falls studio, you’ve probably heard the saying, “Every Montana woman deserves a Yogo Sapphire.” If you can’t afford to buy one, maybe you can WIN OUR YOGO SAPPHIRE BRACELET (see below). Hey, if you just want a small one, I have some very reasonably priced ones, just email me at email@example.com.
Montana’s untreated, unheated, globally respected blue corundum is the uncontested “Crown Jewel of the Treasure State.”
Every companion animal deserves a loving home, too. There are lots of worthy local organizations, as well as individuals who do everything from take in a lonely stray, call to report animal cruelty, or adopt an unwanted dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, ferret, fish, reptile, mule or amphibian from an Animal Shelter, a kindly veterinarian, the alley behind their house, or from a neighbor in dire need.
Okay, we’re cat people around our house–but I have great affection for all animals (don’t you think that, as a general rule, animals are less annoying than people?) Through life’s unique twists and turns, we can count on our animal companions to offer us moments of joy and comfort. To me, this bracelet, with its hand crafted 14 karat white gold links, symbolizes those twists and turns, and the Yogo sapphires are always there like our dogs and cats and horses and peregrine falcons, whether things in our lives are right side up or upside down–and even when it’s impossible to know the difference!
To win this lovely bracelet, all you have to do is POST A PICTURE of your favorite animal on Big Sky Gold’s Facebook page. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, please–unless you schedule an appointment for this month, in which case you can double your odds (I’ll add your name twice to our hat). For every entry I get on Facebook’s BIG SKY GOLD page, I will add $2.50 to our donation to PET PAW SEE, a Great Falls nonprofit that fosters and helps to adopt out unwanted animals.http://montanapets.org/pps/. We will donate up to $1000 to Pet Paw See!
Since I’ve started this contest a week later than I had planned, it will go through October 8th. Grab your smartphone and take a picture of that smart animal of yours, and post it on Big Sky Gold’s Facebook page before you forget. THANKS.
PROTECT YOUR JEWELRY COLLECTION…and add to it for FREE, if you are the lucky winner of this bracelet…
How big is your computer screen?
If you have an iPad, you might be able to print the picture of the bracelet out, life size, to see how lovely it is. The hand-twisted wire links, the DOUBLE SIDED bezeled Yogo Sapphires, the sturdy, graceful lobster closure…
Just log onto Big Sky Gold’s Facebook page and post a picture of your favorite companion animal–that’s your entry into the contest AND it’s a $2.50 donation to Pet Paw See, a great group of volunteers who help homeless animals.
Big Sky Gold will donate up to $1000 before our drawing on October 9th. One entry per person, please…unless you schedule a September appointment with Big Sky Gold: everyone on Big Sky Gold’s appointment calendar this month gets an automatic extra entry into the drawing.
You may yet find this lovely bauble on your wrist next month. In the meantime, keep all your jewelry safe and well-cared for! My insurer, Jeweler’s Mutual, also offers competitive individual policies directly to clients of Big Sky Gold. They sent out a brochure recently with some great tips for jewelry care.
- Get checkups. At least once a year, take your jewelry to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They’ll check for loose settings, worn prongs and other potential problems. Ask for tips on how to clean your jewelry at home between visits.
- Clean regularly. Clean your jewelry at home to avoid dirt buildup that can increase wear, but use precaution. It is always best to use warm water and a baby soft tooth brush. Stay away from sinks and drains–and harsh chemicals.
- Don’t wait. If you see a loose stone or a prong that is worn or catches on fabric, it could lead to a lost stone. Take the piece to your jeweler and have it checked immediately.
- Store gently. When you’re not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. Never hang necklaces as that can cause them to stretch. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other, which can cause damage.
- Go easy. Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip if struck at the right angle. Don’t risk a damaged engagement ring. For any potentially high-impact activity, store your ring safely on the sidelines.
- Insure it. Be sure to get jewelry insurance with coverage that’s right for you, so if you do experience theft, loss or damage, you’re covered. Your peace of mind is worth it.
- Don’t take that ring into the pool or hot tub, please. Chlorine compounds and gold don’t mix! Salt water can damage some jewelry, too. Wet hands are slippery hands, and big waves can suck necklaces off your neck and into the drink..
- Consider keeping jewelry in memorable but unlikely places. Jewelry boxes are targets for thieves.
- When traveling, take extra care. You might forget to lock the room safe: leave that precious heirloom at home, or have the concierge lock it in the hotel safe.
- Don’t store your jewelry beside drains, grates, car vents, etc.
- Pearls are especially vulnerable: LAST ON, FIRST OFF!
- If you wear mineral makeup, the powder base can buff out microscopic layers of gold. Black fingers or black necklines? Check your powder.
- If you want to buy a safe, CALL ME. I can aim you away from ‘silly safes’…If your jewelry collection adds up to a big chunk of change, ask your safe seller about a TRTL30X6. If (s)he shrugs, call me. (sometimes jewelers sell old safes and I can save you a bundle on a safe that a banker would envy).
- Check your insurance policy. Some policies do not cover ‘mysterious disappearance.’ Some people think their homeowner’s policy will cover lost, stolen or damaged jewelry…most often you have to “schedule” an item of high value (often above $1500). ASK YOUR INSURER before you have a loss.
- WEAR YOUR JEWELRY. It’s not happy being locked away for months–or years–at a time. You want your heirlooms to be associated with you, right? Unless your family and friends see you wearing your treasured pieces, I believe they worn’t carry your aura. Wear it, gift it, or sell it!
- If you intend to give a piece of jewelry to a charity or loved one, be sure it’s in good repair!
It was a bittersweet moment when I found a parcel of small marquise shaped Yogos tucked in my offsite vault: they were left behind by Mike Roberts, the fellow who revitalized the old Vortex Yogo mine.
A couple of years before Mike had his tragic accident, I flew in some bigwigs from back East. The goal was to impress them with the depth and beauty of the Yogo sapphire deposit. To do that, we nearly buried my little Great Falls studio in blue rocks. My cases were brimming, and the buyers were impressed.
The organization and cleanup afterwards was rushed. In our haste, I missed this parcel of marquises…so in honor of Mike, I’m going to sell them at a deep discount.
I’m not taking appointments to show these. They are what they are. The Yogos measure approximately 4 x 2 millimeters each, I’ll match them up in pairs, and set them in MADE IN THE USA 14 k. rhodium plated white gold settings with 14 k. post and clutch backs.
Retail is about $320.00 a pair. YOUR COST IS $144 a pair (plus shipping at cost). THESE ARE SMALL EARRINGS! They’re larger than a flaxseed, but not by a whole bunch. Like if the flaxseed was on steriods…
Your granddaughter’s first earrings. Something blue for the bride. “Honey, I’ve gone hunting–but I left you these.” A donation to your church raffle. For those SECOND HOLES, the September baby or the graduate who would appreciate a touch of Montana when she’s off to college next year.
YOU MUST ORDER THESE VIA EMAIL. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for payment information. I’m confident I can set up ten pairs, but that’s probably all I’m going to be able to match up from this lot.
Here are a pair set up, with some other small Yogo sapphire studs. They’re the third pair down…
There’s a little over a week left in Sapphire Month at Big Sky Gold.
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Yogos are served up front and center, and we still have some Montana sapphires, loose and set into earrings and rings.
We love sapphires even when they sing harmony–and most especially, when they’re in classic, wearable rings like these.
FOR THE NIBBLER. Despite being set into an original antique ring, the tiny calibrated “peak” sapphires in the first ring (on the left) are likely to be…synthetic! The first synthetic sapphires, when they came out at the turn of the 20th century, were so popular that they often displaced the real McCoy (and they wreaked havoc with the natural sapphire market when it came to watch workings, too). In early 14 k. white gold, the center of this diamond ring is a tad over 1/3 carat. It sings perfect ‘harmony’ on that naked pinky of yours. Retail: $1000. Big Sky price: $427.
THE PICKY EATER, Do you have an eye for antiques and hands that are into EVERYTHING??? This center ring is one of the most wearable antique styles I’ve had in my studio. The center is a 3/4 carat European cut, and the ring is crafted in 18 karat white gold. I still wouldn’t recommend it for hard wear, but this ring isn’t the catchy, prongy type. Tagged $8150. Your cost, $4849.
OR THE THE GAL WHO PREFERS TURDUCKEN. Take a one-carat diamond, add a couple of ELECTRIC BLUE sapphire trilliants on the side, totaling well over a carat. Sprinkle with as much sparkle as you can fit on an 18 karat white gold dish! This ring is high-grade premium eye candy, at a price that will make the competition eat crow. Tagged $10,560. Big Sky price: $5512.
As usual, these rings are ONE OF A KIND. Please call or email soon for your appointment. email@example.com
A fellow hung up on me when I asked a personal question this morning. I get it that. Jewelry stores don’t ask such things, but because of the unique security concerns for my business, and the nature of being a “personal jeweler” I don’t let anyone in my door unless I know them.
I’m not your ordinary jeweler.
I may not even be the best jeweler for you.
Since I announced that I was CLOSING the doors to my bricks and mortar store in Great Falls at Christmas, I’ve been very busy with a lot of referrals, family and friends, and a few people who’ve stumbled onto Big Sky Gold on the ‘net. I need to know who you are, not just to protect myself, but also to learn what will work best for you: if you’re in the medical field, you’ll want something glove-friendly; if you have a newborn, you don’t want dangly earrings. If you’re from Texas, I’ll show you a diamond on stilts!
“Can I schedule an appointment for Thursday?” Maybe. Because Big Sky Gold is a legitimate wholesaler, most of our inventory is not under our roof: it’s out at jewelry stores! If you want an engagement ring or a pair of studs, chances are we’ll have it (if not, we’ll have a friend who’ll fly it in for you). You can’t just ‘stop by’ and expect to be wowed. We need to prepare a presentation for you.
And in return, you need to be ready to buy when you come in…I’m not asking for a guaranteed sale, just preparedness that if I show you a ring that “talks to you” that you’re flush enough to lay down cash. Please do not ask for weekend appointments.
Will you take payments? No. Never. I may be a jeweler, but I’m also a bona fide Jewish Mother. Get a loan for education, for your home, for a business–not for jewelry. If you can’t afford to pay cash, lower your budget. From me, your dollar will go surprisingly far.
The time to comparison shop is before you buy.
That’s another reason I need a few days: I like to prepare a written proposal, so you can take it with you to comparison shop.
“Do you promise to be the absolute cheapest? Nope. We’ll be among the lowest priced fine jewelers you can find–either in person OR online, but if the primary variable for your purchase is finding the cheapest ring, I’m not your gal. I have standards of quality; I’m classically trained. I won’t sell anything I wouldn’t wear myself. Also, if I’m bringing in something I don’t own, I’ll show you my invoice, and share with you what I expect in commission. I try hard to sell you something that fits your lifestyle, not just your budget. Some jewelers will let you walk out of the store with the wrong ring. I won’t.
Do you sell $500 engagement rings? I specialize in diamonds of a carat or more…sometimes MUCH more. I carry a few engagement rings at $1500-$2000, but the bottom line for engagement rings tends to go up from there. This is an era of niche marketing, and big rocks at small prices have been my niche. Big Sky Gold stocks gift items starting at about $400.
Can I just come to browse? I’m sorry, but I need some guidance. Looking for an anniversary gift? A pair of studs? A strand of Tahitian pearls? I’ll need to know your style, your budget and your timetable, and then I’ll schedule. Big Sky Gold has never been set up for browsing.
Will you reset my diamond? Will you evaluate the collection I inherited? In this last three months of my bricks and mortar business, I don’t have time–unless we’ve made arrangements prior to September 2014.
Can you refer me to someone who take over for you? Not yet. I’m asked that every day. I plan to maintain an online presence for at least a year, mainly to sell the bling I’m sitting on at the end of this year, but also to handle high-end, unique ONLINE requests that allow me the freedom of mobility that I crave.
My studio will cease to exist, and for security reasons, I will never show jewelry in my home.
Since I announced my imminent closure, people in the jewelry industry have loaded up my cases, and promise to continue to do so until my doors close.
Right now, I have the BEST SELECTION OF 1 carat+ ENGAGEMENT RINGS THAT I’VE HAD IN THE LAST THREE YEARS! I’ll post more pictures soon, I promise.
ARE YOU MY CLIENT?
If you have the patience for some invasive questions, if you are willing to wait a few days to come in, if you are ready to pay cash and you have a good idea of what you are looking to buy–and if you can come in on a weekday–please give Big Sky Gold a chance. Call anytime, 406-453-7300: we have a 24/7 message machine.
I don’t ask for a guarantee that you’ll buy from me, but — until Christmas, if you can come into my Great Falls studio, I’ll do what I can to make the competition shrug and sigh.
THANKS. We’re truly grateful for your business and your trust.
Getting down on one knee? Now, THAT’S romantic…
Getting knocked over by an overpriced engagement ring, uh…not so much.
Whether you are looking for a big solitaire, a classic baguette-accented ring, something from the estate case, Yogo sapphire side stones, or maybe a ‘three stone’ eye-opener, Big Sky Gold will not only protect your finances, we’ll make sure the ring you select is the best choice for your partner’s lifestyle.
Here are some amazing options, with the retail tags still intact. Don’t worry–those aren’t MY prices!
From our estate case, something to make her heart flutter…
It could be that special ring you’ve always wanted.
The earrings Audrey Hepburn wore….
Oh, yeah. Now I remember. It’s the big bracelet that you were SURE you were going to inherit, the one that wound up on your cousin’s wrist after all.
The money you cashed in from that CD that is earning diddly, waiting to be invested in a portable, tangible, beautiful, private asset: a natural color diamond.
This is your last chance…
for that amazing Alexandrite.
If you are not already a client of Big Sky Gold, please disregard this message.
I’m going on a mission, and I ain’t taking marching orders from strangers. If you know me, you know I won’t sell you anything that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, your budget, your portfolio…or your neck, finger, wrist, or that erotically placed piercing. And if you are looking for something exotic, if I’m not an expert, I have a cadre of friends in NYC who will point me in the right direction, and sic me on the finest goods with the sharpest pencil imaginable.
I’ll be visiting the finest gemstone dealers, the most respected antique experts, and a couple of guys who’ve emptied their vests for me, right there on an oak table on 47th Street, and said, “Claire, take your pick.”
If your name is in my client file, I will take your wish list, with my trained eye and decades of experience, and be sure that this upcoming Holiday season will come with good old fashioned smelling salts.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (sorry, WordPress is NOT letting me hyperlink this!) or call me at 406-453-7300 and leave a message, 24/7. I’ll get back to you. We’ll narrow it down.
I already have three requests on my list, but I have room for maybe four or five more…
Before I close my by-appointment studio in Great Falls, I’d love to get the chance to be your family jeweler…one more time…WITH FEELING!!!
DIAMOND GRADING REPORT
|Measurements||11.84 x 8.51 x 4.49 mm|
|Carat Weight||3.10 carat|
|Clarity Characteristics||Twinning Wisp, Crystal, Indented Natural|
- GIA REPORT NUMBER
- DATE OF ISSUE
Final call: No More Repairs after FRIDAY!!!
Wow, we’re working on custom platinum rings for a 5 carat diamond, a three carat diamond, a spectacular necklace for a 2 carat pear shape diamond…and a half dozen other projects.
It’s time to take the stiletto out of my goldsmith’s lower back, and maybe sheath the whip.
IF YOU BOUGHT YOUR RING, ETC. FROM ME, and if it needs repair, please call me NOW 406-453-7300. Leave a message if I can’t answer. As of MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, I am no longer guaranteeing that I’ll take repairs.
Every day people ask me where they should go for specific services after my bricks & mortar studio closes on Christmas Eve. Early in 2015 I will send out a mass email to let people know the best routes for care and maintenance of their fine jewelry.
Please email me so I can include you in that list! My email is email@example.com.