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Voyagers Tip of the Month

As the seasons change, and we enjoy the varying colors
and beauty that Autumn has to offer, so too, we can enjoy the range of colors in Tourmalines, the October Birthstone
   

The name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese words 'tura mali'. In translation, this means something like 'stone with mixed colors'.  There are Tourmalines from red to green and from blue to yellow, they often have two or more colors. 

Tourmalines are found almost all over the world. There are major deposits in Brazil, Sri Lanka and South and south-west Africa and they are also found in the USA, mainly in California and Maine. Although there are plenty of gemstone deposits which contain tourmalines, good quality and fine colors are often not discovered among them. For this reason, the price range of tourmalines is almost as broad as that of its color.

This gemstone has excellent wearing qualities, is easy to look after and almost every one is unique.

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.....                                    
                                     
Opals are another birthstone for October
click here to learn about proper care for Opals.
                     

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

Wait until after applying makeup, perfume and hair pray 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 thoroughly 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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