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Fable Designs

At Amidon Jewelers, we love to add new designers to our fabulous selection of jewelry.  This week, we’re proud to introduce you to Fable Designs.  Specializing in the manufacturing of high-end alternative metal jewelry, their product offerings include jewelry made from Titanium, Tungsten Carbide, Black Zirconium, Black Ceramic and Stainless Steel.

Tungsten Carbide

In its raw form, Tungsten is a steel-gray metal.  Often hard to work, it has the highest melting point of all metals – An astonishing 6,192 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mixed with Carbon, Tungsten Carbide is the only metal that can be permanently polished and scratch-free.  It is 10 times harder than 18K gold, 5 times harder than steel and 4 times harder than Titanium.


Represented by “Ti” on the Periodic Table of Elements, Titanium is the 9th most abundant element in the earth’s crust and the hardest natural metal in the world.  Three times stronger than steel, it is stronger than gold, silver and platinum, and 100% hypo-allergenic.  Surprisingly light-weight, it is also shockingly strong, and more scratch, dent and bend-resistant than both gold and silver.  When oxidized, Titanium offers a range of color selections ranging from blue to purple to black.

Black Zirconium

Initially discovered in 1789 by German chemist, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Zirconium wasn’t prepared in its pure form until 1914.  Represented on the Periodic Table of Elements by “Zr”, it is very difficult to obtain in pure form, and is used widely and mostly in nuclear reactors for fuel rod protection, due to its corrosion resistance.

Black Zirconium is one of the world’s foremost scratch resistant metallic substances.  Black due to elaborate processing, it has a Moh’s rating of 8.2 – 9.2.  In comparison, steel has a rating of 6, and it is second only to diamonds which have a rating of 10.  Interestingly, Zirconium is found in S-type stars and has been identified in the sun and meteorites.

Black Ceramic

Created by combining ceramic with exotic alternative materials like Zirconium as well as specialized bonding agents, Black Ceramic is a superior material which remains polished indefinitely.  Often compared to Tungsten Carbide due to its extreme hardness, it doesn’t scratch, discolor or fade.  Lighter in weight than Tungsten, Black Ceramic is hypo-allergenic and contains no Cobalt.  Unlike Black Tungsten which is black due to a coating, Black Ceramic is black all the way through.  In the event that a Black Ceramic ring did scratch, the scratch would only expose more of the black color underneath.

Offering all of the finishes mentioned above and more, Amidon Jewelers is thrilled to present Fable Designs as one of our esteemed jewelry designers.  As always, our incredible customer service team is available to help you during any stage of your jewelry buying process.

Designer Diamond Engagement Rings Offer Artisan Beauty to Last a Lifetime

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Choosing your diamond engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and one you want to know you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life. There are many options for purchasing a diamond engagement ring, and many-brides-to-be draw inspiration from some of today’s most magnificent diamond engagement ring designers.


An engagement ring from A. Jaffe, for instance, is a finely crafted artisan piece of jewelry in the old school tradition. Fine jewelry artisans create intricate bridal engagement rings, wedding rings and anniversary bands that are recognized for their quality, craftsmanship, and high quality diamonds. A Jaffe uses palladium-based 18k white gold and Platinum 950/ Iridium, the purest of all platinum for their rings settings, guaranteeing a lifetime of wear with no tarnish or color change.


A. Jaffe rings all come with a signature shank designed to insure that every bride’s ring fits properly. Their unique shank design helps prevent the ring from turning on the finger, insuring the most comfortable fit and a lifetime of durability.


Alishan Halebian, another original jewelry artist is a talented self-taught goldsmith whose is a master in his treatment of precious metals. Alishan uses sophisticated techniques to create diamond engagement and wedding rings that seem weightless, while maintaining textures within the precious metals for a truly elegant and inspiring look.Alishan diamond rings


Since he began his jewelry career in 1970, his talent was recognized almost immediately. Alishan started his jewelry career in 1970 and soon thereafter, private clients recognized his artistic talent. The California-based designer is an award winning jewelry designer whose diamond engagement rings and wedding rings are as remarkable for their bold and beautiful use of precious metals as they are for the magnificent diamonds set within.


Maev diamond engagement ringScottish designer and artist MaeVona creates diamond engagement and wedding rings that express her love for details. Inspired by the lines of Celtic artifacts growing up in Scotland, Maeve learned the art of goldsmithing and jewelry design as a teenager, and fine-tuned her craft over the years. An award-winning engagement and wedding ring designer and jeweler, she completed traditional training and earned two degrees in jewelry and goldsmithing from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and a master’s degree from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.


She worked in a family-run retail jewelry store while she was completing her studies, and it was the diamond engagement rings that most influenced her passion. She said she learned to anticipate which designs worked with brides, and she learned to relish the rewards that go with making a bride feel special through the design of her ring.


There are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring that feels personal and unique. But it pays to look at the designers who devote a lifetime of artistry to creating some of the world’s most spectacular diamond engagement rings and wedding rings.





Yellow Gold, White Gold, or Platinum for Your Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings?

bride wearing diamond ringsWhen it comes to choosing between gold and platinum for your diamond engagement ring setting and your wedding rings, many soon-to-be brides and grooms aren’t sure if they should be choosing one precious metal over the other. Gold and platinum are the two precious metals used most often in diamond and gemstone jewelry, particularly bridal jewelry.


Platinum is morePLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING expensive than gold because it’s rarer.  Additionally, precious metals are bought and sold by weight, and platinum is almost twice as heavy as gold. In the U.S., most platinum jewelry settings are 95 percent pure, while 14 karat gold is only 58.5 percent pure. Platinum is more expensive per ounce than gold, and it’s also more difficult for a jeweler to work with, which also increases its cost.


DIAMOND AND PLATINUM WEDDING BANDIn platinum’s defense, it’s stronger, longer wearing, and more durable than gold. Platinum never needs plating to retain its original white color.


Gold is a softer metal than platinum; in fact 24 karat gold, which is pure gold, is rarely used in fine jewelry because it’s just too soft. 14 karat and 18 karat gold are most often used; 18 karat gold is 18/24ths or 75 percent pure gold, and 14 karat gold, the standard alloy for fine jewelry in the U.S., is 14/24ths or 58.5 percent pure gold. Yellow gold is bright, sunny yellow metal that polishes easily. Yellow gold is beginning to make a comeback after taking a back seat to white gold and platinum over the past 20 years.


White gold is held to the same karat rating and contains the same gold content as yellow gold. Jewelers add certain alloys to yellow gold to turn it white, or almost white. Most white-gold alloys must be plated withyellow gold diamond engagement ring rhodium (a member of the platinum group of metals) to gain a bright white appearance. With a ring that experiences a lot of wear and tear, the plating begins to wear off after about a year, so the re-plating becomes necessary periodically to keep most white gold jewelry looking its best.


Some jewelers today are using white gold alloys that have a natural white color with no yellow in them. These newer alloys don’t need to be maintained with rhodium plating, and give a color very similar to platinum. If you find a jeweler who uses this type of alloy, you can avoid one of the major negative aspects of having a white gold setting instead of platinum. Check with your jeweler to see if they use these new types of alloys in their custom designs, or if the manufacturers they purchase from use them if you’re buying a preset diamond engagement ring ring.


Platinum is a true white-colored precious metal, and a favorite for many because it will last longer that gold and never needs plating to retain its bright white appearance. Platinum is stronger and denser, but slightly softer on the surface than gold.


Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold, but recently the price per ounce of both gold and platinum is much closer than it used to be.


When you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you probably will need to decide whether you want a gold or platinum setting, especially if you are designing your own engagement ring. Many preset diamond engagement rings only come in gold or platinum, so the choice may not be yours to make with a preset.


white gold diamond engagement ringKeep in mind too that although gold and platinum are the most common and popular choices in precious metals available, there are other options such as tungsten, silver, palladium and titanium. These metals are more readily found in men’s rings and other jewelry, so you probably will not run into any of these options in your search for a diamond engagement ring and matching or complimentary wedding band.


Gowhite gold wedding bandld, both white and yellow, is the most popular metal choice for diamond engagement rings and other jewelry. Gold is rich, shiny, and easily polished. When you’re considering gold for your rings, your first thought will go to color –white gold or yellow gold? For some women, they know in advance which color they want, but for others the decision isn’t so easy. Believe it or not, some diamonds and gemstones look better in yellow gold, and others look better in white gold. Also, you want to be sure the gold you choose works with your skin tone. Ultimately, you should pick yellow gold or white gold because you love it. It can boil down to personal taste, and you should always go with the one that appeals the most to you.


If you prefer the look of white gold, you may need to decide between it and platinum to get the ring that most closely suits your lifestyle. As mentioned earlier, white gold can wear down and needs occasional re-plating. But because it is so soft, scratches to both white and yellow gold can easily be polished out.


Since platinum is so hard, it doesn’t scratch like gold but it can get pits, which can be very noticeable and can create a patina – a dull, uneven appearance. Pits in platinum can be polished out by a jeweler, but polishing platinum is much more difficult than polishing gold. Keep in mind too that the weight of platinum may or may not be desirable to the wearer – some women like the feel of platinum’s heaviness, while others do not. Weight should be a major consideration in which precious metal to choose for your diamond engagement ring and wedding band.


Regardless of whether you choose gold or platinum, either metal will provide you with a beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band that can last you a lifetime with just a bit of maintenance along the way. Have fun choosing the beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band you’ve always dreamed of, and you will enjoy them for a lifetime.