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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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» Read about the resurgence of bold gold styles.

» Make a statement with playful organic beads.

» Learn about the allure of a signature color piece.

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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!

The Allure of Aquamarine

For centuries, this timeless gemstone has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Since this gemstone is the color of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. It was long thought that Aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.

Ancient Folklore

The ancient philosopher Pliny described the stone in these words: “The lovely Aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms.”  The very name aquamarine brings to mind the clear blue tint of the sea. The name is derived from two Latin words, aqua meaning water, and marina meaning sea. In ancient times, Romans and Greeks thought the gemstone was favored by their respective Gods of the sea, Neptune and Poseidon. When encountered with any peril at sea, sailors would simply toss their aquamarine amulets into the sea to appease the Gods and ask for safe passage.

Aquamarine’s vitreous luster gives off a mesmerizing glass-like effect. In the middle ages, aquamarines were referred to as ‘magic mirrors’ capable of predicting the future. It was considered an oracle stone and used to make crystal balls for fortune telling. Even kings fell under it’s spell. One of the most famous aquamarines is the Hirsch Aquamarine. This huge 109.92 carat gemstone belonged to the House of Louis XV. It was fashioned into a pendant, crafted out of 18k white gold, and decorated with 118 diamonds. Its serene, cool color is said to calm the wearer.

Legend says Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids.

A Favorite Among Modern Designers

Aquamarine’s azure hue has captured the admiration of the 21st century. Since its color compliments almost every skin and eye color, it makes for the perfect gem to be used in a family heirloom treasured for generations. There is hardly any other gemstone in modern jewelry design which is refined in such a variety of ways as aquamarine. Designers take the world by surprise with ground breaking and modern artistic cuts. Whether it is fashioned as a clear, transparent gem in the classical step cut, or creatively cut in a more modern design, it is always fascinatingly beautiful.

Without a doubt, these creative designer cuts have contributed to the popularity of this gem. The lucid color of aquamarine makes it easy to see inclusions. For this reason, aquamarine should always be of the greatest possible transparency. On the other hand, particularly charming effects can sometimes be achieved in the way the gemstone is cut by bringing the inclusions into play. The light color of aquamarine leaves the gemstone designer free to bring out the brilliance of the gem with fine grooves, notches, curves and edges. In this way, each aquamarine becomes a unique specimen, whose magical attraction no one can resist.


The 1,000-carat Most Precious aquamarine is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

The 10,395-ct. Dom Pedro aquamarine obelisk, by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner, is the world’s largest cut aquamarine.

In 1935, the Brazilian government gifted a 1,847-carat aquamarine, now known as the Roosevelt aquamarine, to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Origin Story

Aquamarine’s parents are magma and rain water. Under the right conditions, when this duo mix together, an aquamarine is born. Iron is the substance which gives aquamarine its color, a color which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea blue. Many aquamarines are greenish when mined and cut, and are heated to enhance their blue color. Heat treated aquamarines become permanently blue as the process removes the unattractive hues leaving behind the gorgeous sea water color.

Most of the raw crystals for the world market come from the gemstone mines of Brazil. The origin affects the nuances of the gem’s color and size. The rare, intense blue aquamarines from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil, which make every gemstone lover’s heart beat faster, are called ‘Santa Maria.’ Similar nuances come from a few gemstone mines in Africa, particularly Mozambique. To distinguish them from the Brazilian ones, these aquamarines have been given the name ‘Santa Maria Africana.’


Classic Characteristics

Color, clarity, cut and carat weight are some of the characteristics that determine the quality and value of the gem. The color tones of aquamarine are subtle and varied, most often exhibiting a beautiful ocean blue color, with subtle hints of green. Their soft luster is a wonderful addition to any natural colored gemstone jewelry collection. The more intense the color of an aquamarine, the more value is put on it. It is a pure, clear blue that continues to epitomize the aquamarine, because it brings out the immaculate transparency and magnificent shine of this gemstone.

Aquamarine grows in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals that on rare occasions can be more than a foot long. These crystals come in sizes from very small to very large—some even up to 100 lbs. Faceted aquamarine is often exceptionally transparent with vitreous luster, so well-cut gems really sparkle. The gem is pleochroic, which means it shows different colors in different crystal directions. Using a dichroscope, you can see aquamarine is near colorless and stronger blue in different crystal directions. Fortunately for aquamarine, the stronger blue color corresponds with the cutting orientation that retains the most weight.

In addition to traditional favorites like diamond, emerald or ruby, aquamarine is one of our most popular and best-known gemstones of the 21st century. The aquamarine is in fact related to the emerald, both belonging to the beryl family. The color of aquamarine, however, is usually more even than that of the emerald. Its azure hue is only one of many distinguishing qualities that demands admiration. Much more often than its famous green cousin, aquamarine is almost entirely free of inclusions.


» Read the story behind aquamarine’s cousin, the epic emerald.

» Browse a sample of our aquamarine jewelry.

» Learn more in our birthstone guide.

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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!

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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» Read about Emerald in our Gemstone Guide

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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!

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.


» Learn more about Opals in our Gemstone Guide

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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!

Horological Artistry

starrynight2Jaeger LeCoultre has been delighting connoisseurs of fine watchmaking since its founding in 1833. The inventive spirit of the founder, Antoine LeCoultre, lives on through the talent and inspiration of the artisans at Jaeger LeCoultre whom create collections that are as surprising as they are sophisticated. A testament to this creative passion is the Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes, which exemplifies the powerful ties cultivated by the manufacture’s rare and exceptional skills. This remarkable creation combines the genius of Van Gogh with the richness of the minute repeater function.

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The inherent appeal of the Master Grande Tradition à Répétition Minutes is magnificently enhanced by the presence of a miniature enamel painting on its dial paying an eloquent tribute to Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône. Stroke by stroke, a master enamellist reproduced the heart of this iconic masterpiece and the magic of Van Gogh’s night sky in minute detail onto the dial. Each color is applied with painstaking detail and must be fired in a kiln and cooled before proceeding. After countless hours of meticulous work, the timeless intensity of the deep, dark colors is sealed by Grand Feu enamel. This time-honored decorative art captures the depth and allure of the full-scale painting on a miniature scale with intense hues. Since each dial is painted by hand, every single dial is unique. By slightly tilting the timepiece under any source of light, a range of color variations and unsuspected nuances are revealed.


Wielding brushes as thin as a needles, enamellists embody the artistry of an expert painter with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.


The intricate dial and impressive movement are housed in a 39mm pink gold case. An optimal choice for case material, pink gold resonates acoustics better than any other metal. The case and bezel have been delicately worked to allow the beauty of the sound and the visual spectacle to develop to its fullest without disturbance. Endowed with major innovations including trebuchet hammers and crystal gongs, the minute repeater produces a pure, rich sound with great intensity. The steady, lingering notes are a delight to the ears. The model is suited for lovers of art and music, and presented in a limited series of 18 pieces. 


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An Old Fashioned Love Affair

OldFashionedLoveAffairAlmost everyone is curious about old jewelry. Perhaps it’s because most people have a piece or two tucked away in a drawer or a locked box. Maybe it is grandmother’s locket, your favorite uncle’s watch or a ring handed down in the family. Discovering our ancestry has fueled this desire to know about our heirlooms.

The history of antique and period jewelry is defined by the styles of each period. These design elements are reflected in jewelry motifs much the same way they were reflected in furniture and other decorative arts. These periods often overlapped or even ran concurrently. Waning jewelry styles in England and the European Continent could still be at their peak in America.

OldFashionedLoveAffair2Most antique and period jewelry was created in four different historical periods: Victorian, Edwardian/Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro. Each period has its own style defined by the people and events of the era.

From Georgian earrings to Art Deco rings and Retro Bracelets, people are discovering that antique and period jewelry have a place in today’s fashion. Although the heirlooms can’t speak, they help us understand and cherish our heritage.


» Did you know we’re always buying vintage jewelry, watches or collectibles?

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» You might also be interested in our collection of vintage and vintage inspired engagement rings.

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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.


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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» Read about Ruby in our Gemstone Guide

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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!

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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Hello Yellow

The yellow diamond craze is increasing at a frantic rate. Never before have jewelry lovers been so fascinated by fancy colored diamonds. The focus on celebrity culture and the exposure associated with it is credited for bringing yellow diamonds to the forefront. These colored beauties are striking chords with women of all ages and style preferences. Yellow diamonds are not just a passing trend, but a new cornerstone in the dazzling world of gems.

Naturally Unique

One of the most intriguing features about yellow diamonds is that no two look alike. Each diamond has its own unique beauty and distinct hue. Natural fancy yellow diamonds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, shades and colors. While the rich and pure shades are the most coveted, softer and lighter have their own subtle allure.181713-1The most important thing when buying yellow diamonds is the actual color. The stronger the color, the more valuable they become. Diamonds graded Intense and Vivid command top dollar. There are many color names associated with yellow diamonds, and the grading terms referenced for them are different than for traditional white diamond. The four most commonly referred terms are Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid. The visual difference between Fancy Light yellow and Fancy Vivid yellow can be an extraordinary range in color. When searching for the finest yellow diamonds, seek to find pure yellow without any modifying colors. The most gorgeous yellow diamonds have a certain sizzle thanks to their extraordinary color that just cannot be replicated with white diamonds.

A Cut Above the Rest

Yellow diamonds are cut to maximize color, where white diamonds are cut for brilliance. It’s quite rare to find a yellow diamond cut in the round shape, as that shape can lessen the overall color. The most popular yellow diamond shapes are cushion and radiant. Equally important is how well cut that particular shape is. Yellow diamonds that are exceptionally well cut skillfully display their color, where poorly cut diamonds miss the mark visually.

Fancy Colored Engagement RingsThey are also becoming a gorgeous alternative option to the classic and traditional white diamond engagement ring. More brides are exploring new ring options than ever before. There is no gem more resilient to wear than a diamond. For those who crave a pop of color, this unique beauty is the perfect substitute for the traditional choice. Its bright and lively color is expressive and unique. It’s also a premium option for a right-hand ring, not to mention necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Experience first-hand the magnetism of this yellow stunner!


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Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. There is nobody more passionate about diamonds, gems and jewelry than Jessica! 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: Ceylon Sapphire Ring

Custom Sapphire Ring by Wixon Jewelers

Since Ancient times, Sapphires have been regarded as the ultimate blue gemstone. The very name in Latin, “Sapphiru,” means blue. Sapphires are the birthstone for September and are the traditional gift for the 45th Wedding Anniversary. No need to wait 45 years or be born in September to wear this gemstone. A gift of a Sapphire is said to represent a promise of honesty, loyalty and trust.


Sapphires are found in many parts of the world, including Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). You don’t need to get your passport ready, some of the most prized Sapphires can be found right here at Wixon Jewelers!

Sapphires come in a variety of colors ranging from deep velvety blue, to crisp cornflower blue, to fancy Sapphires which come in a rainbow of colors. Rich, velvety violet-blue Sapphires are the most sought after. Their true beauty is unparalleled. Each Sapphire’s hue is individual and nuanced; no two are alike.

Colors of Sapphires - Pink Green Yellow Orange and BLue


For centuries, the island of Sri Lanka has been a key source for a variety of gemstones, including Sapphires. Mining on this small island is still done by hand using simple tools such as picks, shovels and baskets. Though quite time consuming, this method preserves the safety of the miners and environment.


The newest addition to the Wixon Custom collection is this 10-carat Ceylon Sapphire Ring design marries exceptional, hand matched gemstones with exquisite craftsmanship in a classic design that showcases the finest blue Sapphire Sri Lanka has to offer.

Custom Blue Sapphire Ring

Set in a gleaming platinum ring designed to raise the gems above the finger, this 10.13 square step-cut Ceylon Sapphire is presented among two perfectly matched colorless step-cut trapezoid diamonds. Its deep intense blue color combined with its striking luster suggests the cutter was a true master of their craft.


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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her weekly column, Ask Amy. Her impeccable taste helps to select beautiful, current yet timeless looks for our clients in harmony with their own personal style. She believes that jewelry should have a story to tell about the person who wears it and is delighted to commemorate life’s celebrations. If you have a question, just Ask Amy!

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