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Make a Statement

Style is an outlet for creative self-expression, and for jewelry there is no piece more impactful than a notable statement necklace. These pieces are all about individualism. They are a reflection of one’s personality and presence. The right statement necklace is designed to engage and delight the wearer, and is also near impossible for others to miss.

Statement necklaces have been gaining momentum in the fashion industry over the last several years. Their recent surge in popularity is no surprise, as history often repeats itself in design and inspiration. Some of the earliest forms of jewelry were statement necklaces made of organic material such as shell or bone beads. From there, gold, diamonds and pearls became the choice selection dating back as early as the 16th century and the original “Pearl Girl,” Queen Elizabeth I.

The 20th century provided plenty of glitz and glamour. After all, who can forget Marilyn Monroe and “Talk to me Harry, tell me all about it”? Her iconic statement necklace in Gentleman Prefer Blondes encouraged women for decades to wear big and bold pieces. Another legendary statement necklace and fashion inspiration for many was Jackie Kennedy and her classic pearl strand. Jackie in her pearls is an image that captured the attention of jewelry lovers not only across the country, but around the world.


Fashion icons or former Wixon employees modeling their favorite statement necklaces?


Today’s statement necklaces pull inspiration from many different eras, yet they all have one thing in common. Their big bold style is attention grabbing glamour at its finest. From chunky diamond encrusted chains, to rich and royal sapphire suites, there is a statement necklace for every person and every fashion point-of-view.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow with these necklaces to help make your sparkling statement a success. One of the most important details is that the necklace should be the main event of any ensemble. The more elaborate the piece, the simpler the attire. With a bevy of wardrobe basics, even the most outrageously ornate necklace can be worn daily either dressed up or down.

With so many gorgeous options available, in a variety of styles, you’re sure to find a piece that speaks to you. A collection can be built to include a stunning diamond collar, a suite of colored gems, big and bold layered pearls or even a simple oversized chunky gold chain. Each style has its own personality, and depending on the wearer, the mood or the day will have a place in any wardrobe. When wearing bolder pieces, it’s important to keep the accompanying accessories a bit more reserved. Classic diamond studs, a beautiful watch or a timeless tennis bracelet will compliment the statement necklace without stealing the show.

Statement necklaces are here to stay. As an integral part of daily fashion, they are being featured dressed up or dressed down. With a multitude of styles to choose from, there is a perfect piece for everyone and every occasion. Unlike other jewelry, these necklaces have inspired and united women to make sparkling silent statements where personality and self-expression reign supreme.

The only question that remains is, what will your piece say?


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Emerald City

There is no gem more mysterious than the enigmatic emerald; this color of paradise has inspired legend and lore for well over 4,000 years. Many of the world’s most powerful men and women have coveted this illustrious beauty for centuries. Emerald’s rich history is woven with powerful tales of desire, greed, reverence and worship. Throughout the ages, this prominent gemstone was celebrated by the Incas and Aztecs and coveted by historical figures such as Queen Cleopatra, King Arthur and Alexander the Great just to name a few.

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Legendary Location

The story of emeralds, according to legend, began thousands of years ago in Colombia. A Goddess named Fura and her husband Tena reigned over Muzo, a source of the world’s most famous emeralds. Fura’s love was sought by many, and eventually she succumbed to temptation. The Gods punished both Fura and Tena for her infidelity and sentenced them to an eternity together by turning them into two mountainous cliffs. From within these depths, Fura’s tears turned into beautiful green emeralds. Today these cliffs rise above the valley of the Minero river, one of the most prized locations of the rare and spectacular Colombian Emeralds.

It’s no surprise that epic tales such as these have made emerald an international superstar. It takes extraordinary conditions for emeralds to form, causing them to be twenty times more rare than diamonds. The most recognized source of this rare gem is Colombia along with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Brazil. The color of Colombian emeralds is in a league of its own. The unique conditions in which they are formed create their prized velvety vibrant green color. They also tend to display a general warmth, or glow, to them that enhances their rich appearance and separates them from other sources.


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Rising high above the valley of the Minero River, the Fura and Tena Crags are the official guardians of Colombia’s emeralds.


The Epic Emerald

Emerald’s impressively rich color is the key trait used to determine value. The most desired hues are green and bluish green that are intense and vivid in saturation. Emeralds are also pleochroic, meaning they can display different colors when observed from different angles. This can create a challenge for gemcutters, who plot every facet and angle with the end result in mind. This isn’t the only challenge gemcutters face. Emeralds are one of the very few gemstones where eye-visible characteristics, known as inclusions, are acceptable. These inclusions are sometimes referenced as jardin, the French word for garden. The description is well-suited, as they can have a moss-like appearance. The jardin will vary depending on the emerald’s country of origin. Some locations, such as Colombia, are more prone to display jardin while others, such as Zambia, are less visible to the eye.

The prices of rare emeralds are starting to soar, much like fine-quality sapphires and rubies. The increased interest and limited availability of this mysterious gem has made it a darling to collectors and connoisseurs worldwide. This rich radiant green gem will continue to capture the imagination, mesmerize the mind and soothe the soul as long as it remains available.


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Kaleidoscope Of Color

In what other gem can you find the crimson fire of a ruby, the Caribbean blue of a Paraiba and the jungle green of an emerald? Opals are a kaleidoscope of color, a painter’s muse, a prismatic explosion of the world’s finest hues. The allure of the gem is impossible to resist, especially for those just discovering its beauty for the first time.

Opal, in its finest form, has a spell-binding power that has ensured its place in history. It has adorned the crowns of kings, inspired famous scholars and captured the attention of the finest jewelry houses since the late 1800s. The rarest and most prized is the elusive black opal.

Black opals aren’t actually black, rather quite far from it. The term black, in relation to opal, derives from the back of the opal which is often dark gray in color. In the finest black opals, the dark backdrop creates the perfect contrast to striking shades of variegated colors, making it the most prismatic of all gemstones.

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Quality Factors

The value of black opals are determined by several key factors, each impacting the color and overall beauty of the gemstone.

Brilliance: The degree of brightness in the color is of the utmost importance. An opal can display the rarest colors but if they aren’t bright and brilliant then the value isn’t as significant.

Body Tone: The degree of darkness to the opal’s body color also impacts its value. The darker the backdrop, the more dramatic the color contrast.

Pattern: The pattern of the displayed colors can vary opal to opal, with the most recognizable patterns being broad flash, block and pinfire.

Color: The colors the opal display’s aid in its rarity, with the rarest color being red.

Thickness and Shape: The primary shape for opals is oval, although pear and free-form shapes are also quite common. The gemcutter’s sole focus is to maximize the rough opal and beautifully showcase the gem’s pattern. Thin slivers of opal aren’t nearly as rare as an opal with a perfectly pitched dome.

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Rare and Precious

Opals are found in only a handful of locations, as the formation process requires very special circumstances. They are comprised of minute uniform spheres of silica and found in sedimentary rock dated back to 115 million years old. The arrangement and size of the spheres is what produces an opal’s stunning pattern of colors.

Over 90% of the world’s opals are found in the remote Australian Outback. Different mines produce different opals. Some specialize in light (or white) opals, where others produce common opal, fire opal and boulder opal. The chief source for supplying the finest black opal is the Lightning Ridge mine, located just north of Sydney, Australia.

A finite supply and unprecedented demand over the last 30 years has caused a tremendous shift in the rarity and availability of black opals. The good fortune of the mine, the weather conditions and floods, and a lack of new discoveries all play a part in the supply of this scarce and spell-binding gem. Attempting to predict the future of the elusive black opal is impossible, but one thing is for certain, this mystifying and mesmerizing gem is a true masterpiece of Mother Nature.


Raw OpalDid you know? Legends say that opals contained lightning and fell from the heavens during thunderstorms. Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. The Romans believed opal to be the most precious and powerful of all as it displays the colors of many gems.


Rainbow Connection

Opal is known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. The opal acts like a prism, refracting white light which produces a visual rainbow effect. Different types of opals will display color differently. Play-of-color is found in black opals, white opals, Ethiopian opals and boulder opals. On the other hand, fire opals typically only display one dominate color. Opals come in a variety of patterns and a vast arrangement of colors, guaranteeing each gem to be a completely original masterpiece!

black-opalBlack Opals are the most prized of all opals. High quality black opals are very rare and will display a dark background with a bright play-of-color.

white-opalWhite Opals (sometimes referred to as light opals) are the most widely available. These opals feature play-of-color against a colorless to light gray background.

ethiopian-opalEthiopian Opals are newly discovered and highly sought after for their hot neon multi-color pattern, which is typically displayed against a light body color.

Fire OpalFire Opals display a fire-like body color such as yellow, orange or red. This gem often doesn’t feature any play-of-color.

Boulder OpalBoulder Opals are a type of precious opal where the host rock forms naturally as part of the gem. These opals can be black or white depending on the appearance of the stone when viewed from the surface.


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Ravishing Rubies

RavishingRubies2Ruby is one nature’s most marvelous masterpieces. Its place throughout history is deep-rooted and respected. It’s referenced in the Bible, adorned royalty for centuries, and for a period of time rubies were considered to be even more valuable than diamonds. Ruby is a gem of love, energy, passion and power. It is one of the most important colored gemstones on the market, and can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. Once a ruby reaches just one-carat in size, it becomes exponentially more rare and valuable. The color speaks much louder than soft and delicate hued gems, making it a large statement even in subtle sizes.040805_040729

When we look to add a ruby to our collection, color is everything. The finest color of a ruby is described as Pigeon’s Blood, which is a bright and brilliant hued fiery red. Although not the most romantic description, it is actually one recognized around the world for countless years as the standard of perfection.


PigeonWHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW PIGEON’S BLOOD?

It may be time to find a new classification for the finest color of ruby. While fire engine red might be a more modern comparison, it just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…


For centuries, Burma has been known for producing some of the finest rubies available. However, with advancements in mining, other equally stunning rubies are being discovered in Thailand, Africa, Sri Lanka and recently Mozambique. Our collection of rubies is vast and diverse in size and country of origin. When looking at a ruby, it’s easy to see why it’s considered to be the king of gems. The richness of the color, regardless of its origin, is what collectors and gem enthusiast search for and what makes it nearly impossible to resist!

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Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Rare $2,500,000 Pink Diamond

2-5M-PinkDiamondThe Diamond Event at Wixon Jewelers is going on this Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm, showcasing exceptional diamond rings and jewelry featuring rare fancy color diamonds. One of the highlights of this collection is a museum quality diamond ring featuring a GIA-certified natural Fancy Intense Pink diamond. Due to the rarity of this natural pink diamond, this piece is valued at $2,500,000! This may be the only time to see a pink diamond of this kind.

Pink diamonds are rare; in fact they are beyond rare. Out of the 133 million carats of diamonds mined yearly, only a very small percentage are pink. In fact, an entire year’s supply of pink diamonds that weigh over a half-carat could fit in the palm of your hand! With only a few years of supply remaining in major mines, the pink diamond becomes ever more precious as time passes.

Celebrity fascination with fancy colors may account for the sudden spiral in popularity. Historically, celebrities and royalty have worn these unique gemstones, but times are changing and these rare gifts from nature are rapidly gaining popularity for engagement rings. They are prized by all who possess them and revered for their unique provenance, intrinsic beauty and extreme rarity.

Not only will there be an exclusive colored diamond collection, The Diamond Event at Wixon Jewelers will feature some of the world’s top designers and their entire collections brought in for this exclusive event! From luxurious diamond engagement rings to rare one-of-a-kind colored diamond jewelry, there is sure to be something for everyone. See an amazing $2.5 million dollar natural fancy pink diamond ring during The Diamond Event at Wixon Jewelers.


We stopped by WCCO with our incredible pink diamond ring. The look on Kylie’s face when she slips it on her finger is priceless…


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Custom Creation: Cabochon Tanzanite Pendant

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Tanzanite is one of the world’s newest gemstones, as most gems have been around for hundreds and thousands of years. Its discovery in the late 1960’s turned the gem and jewelry world on its feet and, within a short amount of time, catapulted it to incredible popularity on the American market and was named as the birthstone of December. It is so passionately celebrated that it can actually rival the big three (Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald) in popularity. That being said, it is also one of the rarest gemstones out there as its availability is quite limited. Tanzanite is only found in one location in the entire world; Tanzania, Africa. Once their sources are depleted, the gem will no longer be mined.

A RARE, ENCHANTING COLOR

The most highly-prized color of Tanzanite varies from a pure rich blue to an intense violet-blue, which can sometimes be compared to the color of Sapphire. This color of Tanzanite is our primary focus at Wixon Jewelers. The most common association of Tanzanite is more of a light lavender bluish purple color. In this shade the gem is more readily available, but not nearly as prized as it is in its finest color.It takes an incredibly skilled gem cutter to fully bring out the maximum beauty and color of the Tanzanite, especially in the prized pure rich blue hue, as they often have to sacrifice weight. Without a doubt it’s worth the sacrifice, as the result can be so breathtaking.

AN IMPRESSIVE, UNIQUE CUT

Our newest Wixon custom pendantCustom Designed Pendant with Tanzanite Gemstone is a perfect example of an extraordinary Tanzanite in so many ways. Most impressive is the size and color. Dan and Hope Wixon acquired this 40.46 carat Tanzanite at the Tucson Gem Show and entrusted one of our goldsmiths to custom design the perfect pendant that would showcase the true beauty and uniqueness of the gem.

Not only does the sheer size of the gem set it apart, but also the cabochon cut. A cabochon cut is nearly facetless, which allows the pure rich blue color of the gem to shine through. In order for a cutter to choose this particular cut, the gem has to be superior in so many ways.

A DELICATE, CUSTOM DESIGN

To showcase its unique beauty, the pedant design mimics the curves of the gem and accents it with almost two carats worth of diamonds set in platinum. The side profile features delicate, hand-crafted filigree and diamond detail—a wonderful blend of classic with just a touch of contemporary. A Tanzanite such as this is truly a marvel of nature, and with its limited availability not one to miss!

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Custom Creation: Burmese Ruby Ring

red-hot-rubyRuby is one of nature’s most marvelous masterpieces.  Its place throughout history is deep-rooted and respected.  It’s referenced in the bible, adorned royalty for centuries, and for a period of time was considered to be even more valuable than diamonds.  Ruby is a gem of love, energy, passion, and power.

RARE & VALUABLE

It is one of the most important colored gemstones on the market, and can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone.  Once a Ruby reaches even only one carat in size, it becomes exponentially more rare and valuable.  Those that love big and large statement pieces will be hard-pressed to achieve the look with a Ruby.  Its color speaks much louder than soft and delicate hued gems, still making a large statement in more subtle size.

IMPORTANCE OF COLOR

When we look to add a Ruby to our collection, the color is everything.  The finest color of a Ruby is described as “pigeon’s blood”, which is a bright and brilliant hued fiery red.  Although not the most romantic description, it is actually one recognized around the world for countless years as the standard of perfection.  For centuries, Burma has been known for producing the finest rubies available with other sources coming from Thailand, Africa and Ceylon.

OUR NEWEST ADDITION

Our most recent addition to our Wixon Custom collection is a stunning 4.03 carat certified Burmese cushion cut Ruby ring.  When looking at this gem, it’s easy to see why Ruby is considered the king of gems.  A color as strong as this truly is a power statement.  Set entirely in platinum, it’s also a ring design that is meant to last generations.  The center gem is beautifully paired with two matched pear shape diamonds.  The pear shape is soft, feminine, and the perfect complement to the passionate Ruby. Burma Ruby Ring

What’s most impressive about this piece is the sheer size and color of the Ruby.  When a one carat is considered above average, a four carat becomes incredibly difficult to obtain.  The richness of the color of this Ruby is what collectors and gem enthusiasts search for, and what makes this ring nearly impossible to resist!

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find  the perfect piece of jewelry  to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store.

Custom Creation: Watermelon Tourmaline

BiColor Watermelon TourmalineSummer has arrived and with that in mind, there are all sorts of great gems to celebrate the season. One of my personal favorites that truly captures the spirit of summer is our custom designed and hand-crafted bi-color Tourmaline pendant. It’s one of the most original and interesting gemstones in the world.

THE GEMSTONE

Aptly nicknamed Watermelon Tourmaline, this gem perfectly mimics the interior of summer’s most well loved fruit. The top of the gem showcases a bright and juicy fuchsia finish, and from there a sliver of silvery peachy pink following by a perfect end note of a rich green. The formation process of the gem is what gives it such a unique multi-color hue. The major sources are Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Afghanistan and even the USA. This 12 carat Watermelon Tourmaline is much more glamorous to wear than the typical seasonal treat!

Bi-Color Watermelon Tourmaline PendantTHE DESIGN

The setting itself is a small work of art and was custom designed by our in-house jewelry designers. The attention to detail that went into crafting this piece is obvious upon close inspection. During the initial design process, we knew we wanted to highlight the intense color of the Watermelon Tourmaline. By setting a gorgeous and shimmery small pink Tourmaline above the main gem, it visually draws the eye up to the top portion of the gem.

Setting it in both rose and white gold is the perfect contrasting color mix to compliment such a complex gem! The ideal finishing touches are the filigree details that wrap around the entire parameter of the pendant. With a pendant like this, summer can be celebrated all year long!

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find  the perfect piece of jewelry  to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store.

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These earrings feature two radiant cut natural fancy intense yellow diamonds totaling 21.15 carats (GIA certified). Naturally occurring colored diamonds, such as these, are very rare and therefore command top dollar.

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During our Diamond Designer Event we’ll have on display exceptional diamond rings and jewelry featuring rare fancy color diamonds.

Colored diamonds are taking the fashion world by storm. They are perfect for anyone who loves the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond, and are dazzled by the alluring hues of colored gemstones like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. During our Diamond Designer Event you’ll see some of the world’s rarest natural colored diamonds making this the perfect opportunity to jump on the “bling” wagon.

Celebrity fascination with fancy colors may account for the sudden spiral in popularity. Historically, celebrities, royalty, and other aristocrats have worn these unique gemstones, but times are changing and these rare gifts from nature are rapidly gaining popularity for engagement rings. While there is certainly no denying the appeal of colored diamonds as adornments and status symbols. The underlying message of colored diamonds is… natural colored diamonds are an incomparable and timeless investment.

Not only will there be an exclusive colored diamond collection, the Diamond Designer Event also features some of the world’s top designers and their entire collections brought in for this exclusive event! Our designer jewelry collections feature world renowned designers JB Star, A. Jaffe, and Mark Patterson. From luxurious diamond engagement rings to rare one-of-a-kind colored diamond jewelry there is sure to be something for everyone.

Diamond Designer Event | April 20-21 | 10a-5p

150-Carat All Diamond Ring

Switzerland’s Shawish Jewelry has created the world’s first diamond ring. Very impressive! Considering that the entire ring is carved from a single diamond, whereas most other diamond rings are composed of a precious-metal band with a diamond centerpiece.

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The ring was created by Shawish’s president and CEO Mohamed Shawesh using lasers along with traditional diamond cutting and polishing techniques. It took a full year to carve the ring, which has been copyrighted and is expected to sell for $70 million.

This jaw-dropping, awe inspiring, 150-carat ring runs laps around some other famous diamond competitors, including Beyoncé’s 18-carat engagement ring from Jay-Z and the even better known 30-carat ring given to the late Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton.


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