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Rule Breaker, Dream Maker

RuleBreakerRules are made to be broken, aren’t they? Chances are your mother wore her same simply lovely band for decades without giving a new piece a second thought. The sentiment behind the jewel hasn’t changed but our options certainly have evolved.

Upgrading an original center diamond, wearing an engagement ring without a wedding band, or even choosing a larger diamond to be worn on the right hand instead of the left are all new outlooks for today’s women that were once considered “against the rules.” Other exciting options include fancy shapes and colors, or perhaps forgoing a traditional ring and wearing an eternity band that costs more than a two-carat diamond. Monumental anniversaries, milestone life moments, new love or simply a wish for a fresh design to celebrate a new chapter in life—jewelry commemorates all of those occasions and then some. Whether it’s redesigning a beloved original or choosing the piece you’ve always dreamed of wearing, it’s okay to break the rules and let a little new sparkle celebrate the sentiment!

Break the Rules:

LARGER DIAMONDS ON THE RIGHT HAND: After years together, changing an original engagement ring can be impossible to imagine. Choose to celebrate long-term love with a larger diamond on the right hand instead!
366712-1FANCY SHAPES IN FANCY COLORS: New shapes and colors of diamonds are creating a blingy buzz for many. Gone are the days of limited options; there are now a variety of shapes in a rainbow of hues to suit women of all ages.
Fancy Color Diamond RingDIAMOND ETERNITY BANDS: Effortless doesn’t always have to be understated. Large and luxurious diamond eternity bands are quickly becoming a stunning alternative to the conventional engagement ring.
072315-1CENTER DIAMOND UPGRADES: The evolution of a wedding ring over a lifetime often involves upgrading the original piece. Resetting the original diamond, trading it in or using it as part of a new design are all modern ways to commemorate the past while celebrating the future!
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From Dreams to Reality

Our custom design studio has become the ultimate destination for Minnesotans to transform the style of their most treasured jewelry pieces. The capabilities of our highly-skilled designers and goldsmiths range from simple restorations to elaborate and extensive complete redesigns. If you have a vision of something you would like to create, we have the in-house expertise to bring your dream into reality. Our goldsmiths are truly local artisans at work, with the ability to craft the most complicated and intricate custom jewelry designs from a single sketch. Our experts can suggest ideas, provide sketches, create wax molds and finish custom pieces for new designs or loved family heirlooms.

Our goldsmiths view each piece as a labor of love. The time and care given during our custom process is reflected in every finished detail. As life progresses, your personal style and desires evolve, and so too should your jewelry collection. Let us help you create the piece you’ve always dreamed of!


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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: 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.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL BLUE

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

RESPONSIBLY SOURCED

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.

OUR LATEST CREATION

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!

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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This amazing Emerald pendant is the definition of true luxury. Handcrafted in platinum, the pendant features a stunning rich green Columbian 4.02ct Emerald and a 1.08ct pear shape diamond (SI2-G). Emeralds, the gems of Venus, so she’s sure to feel like a goddess every time she wears them.

Emerald & Diamond Penant

Handcrafted in platinum, this Ruby ring features a rare oval 3.05ct, natural Burma Ruby with an oval diamond and two rows of round brilliant cut diamonds on each side (GRS Certified Ruby, 1.04tdw). Throughout history, the Ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone. Even diamonds are considered common in comparison to the supreme beauty and value of this glowing red gem. Being the gem of desire, passion, courage, and emotion, it is a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Burma Ruby Gemstone Ring with Oval and Round Diamonds Set in Platinum


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