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As the seasons change, and we enjoy the varying colors
and beauty that Autumn has to offer, so too, we can enjoy the birthstones of October.

Tourmaline,
is the birthstone for October. 
Opals are also the Birthstone for October,
click here to learn about proper care for Opals.

Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the center of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow.

Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone.  These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized.  One multi-color variety is known as watermelon tourmaline, and features green, pink, and white color bands; to resemble its namesake. There are tourmalines which change their color when the light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat's eye. No two tourmaline are exactly alike. Tourmaline is found in many localities including Brazil, Afghanistan, East Africa, and the USA.
 

      
 

Whether you like the warm elegance of Yellow Gold
prefer the cool allure of White Gold or Platinum
 combine them both with a bi-color jewelry design... 

Traditional or Contemporary...
Dramatic or Understated.....                                    
                                                           Opal alternate October
birthstone


Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Remount and Redesign 

- Unique and Custom creations are Voyagers specialty -  
unlike most jewelers, we do all work in house and are able to work with existing pieces to  make them "new" again from a good cleaning and polishing  to adding stones or reusing a part of the old design to create a new piece. This ability to create brand new from scratch, innovative designs, to reusing and redesigning existing pieces allows Voyagers to be your personal and full service jewelers.  We do free estimates for any design.

           

As always, we recommend that you regularly have your jewelry checked & inspected.   We can do that while you wait ... as well as keep your jewelry sparkling & clean.....
After cleaning, we will check for any missing stones;  inspect each stone for tightness; and  look for chips, nicks and breakage.
Prongs, shanks and mountings will be inspected for wear and cracks.
If repairs are needed, we will make suggestions and discuss possible options with you.

Click here for more information on having your jewelry repaired.

Click here for more information on having jewelry designed

Caring for Opals

All of Nature’s splendor seems to be reflected in the opulence of fine Opals: fire and light, all the colors of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of origin. Almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.
Opals contain varying amounts of water and may easily become brittle; also they are highly sensitive to changes in temperature. Thus if stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, Opals will show cracks and the play of color will become paler. Therefore, Opal jewelry should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.
 

Other tips to opal care:

Wait until after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray to put on the jewelry. As a rule put opals on last when dressing and take them off first when undressing.

Protect your opals from rubbing against harder gems / surfaces; Make sure you remove your ring before physical activities like gardening and sports. Also, do not immerse the gem in liquid chemical solutions, like dishwater. Opals are porous and absorb liquids.

To clean your opals use a soft cloth or brush, a mild detergent, and room temperature water. Then rinse the jewels to remove any residue. Clean doublets and triplets with the same method, but do not soak them. Soaking can dissolve the glue holding the layers together.

For storage, keep opal jewelry wrapped in a soft cloth and protected from abrasive objects; however, if you live in a very dry climate, or keep them in a dehumidified room, some precautions are necessary. Keeping them in a tight plastic bag, with a damp piece of cotton or fabric will prevent dehydration.
 

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