SCJ Jewelry Blog

Happy Birthday May Babies!

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Happy Birthday May Babies!

May's birthstone is a lush green Emerald and one of the more expensive gemstones today.  The Emerald is deemed as the "stone of successful love", meaning it opens and nurtures the heart and Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to insure security...

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Happy Birthday April Babies, Meet the Herkimer Diamond

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Happy Birthday April Babies, Meet the Herkimer Diamond

April's traditional birthstone is the Diamond. More economical alternatives are available like a clear quartz or a Herkimer Diamond.  The Herkimer Diamond is not a real diamond per se, it is a double terminated quartz that is found in the dolostone mine in Herkimer, NY. Herkimer diamonds are wondrous specimens, they are double terminated because they have very little contact with their host rock. Herkimers can be eye clear, have water bubbles (enhydro) trapped, or little black carbon deposits. They range in size and no two are ever going to be the same.  In the crystal healing world, Herkimer Diamonds...

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Welcome to SCJ Bold

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Welcome to SCJ Bold

SCJ x Bold is a line of fun and vibrant jewelry. It mixes my minimalist clean line aesthetic with the sleet and fun colors of resin. The result is a line of jewelry that will give the perfect amount of color for any outfit. They are also able to be matched with any piece in our current lineup as well.  Bold was born out of the desire to have a different creative outlet when things got a little hectic. I purchased some resin to make ring cones and trinket dishes but then got the idea to mix it with my...

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Rings for the Alternative Bride

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Rings for the Alternative Bride
Who is an alternative bride you may ask? Well, she is the one to tends to buck tradition when it comes to weddings. She is unique, unexpected and wants to show that on her special day. Maybe she doesn't want a floor length princess gown, and opts for a simple sheath dress. And instead of diamonds, maybe she's into gemstones and their folklore. Or maybe she just wants  something beautiful but more affordable, nothing wrong there. Read more.

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A bit about Precious Metals

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A bit about Precious Metals

When it comes to jewelry making, there are base metals and precious metals. I found that precious metals are the best for my designs as they’re easier to solder, nickel free, and slow to tarnish. You will find argentium sterling silver, gold filled, rose gold filled and solid gold metals in my items.   We all know the value and rarity of solid gold items, but I’ve provided some tidbits about the composition of argentium sterling silver and filled materials below.    Aregentium Sterling Silver is made of 93.5% pure silver and germanium. It is made from reclaimed silver and...

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