The Importance of Lab-Grown Diamond Education for Retail Professionals

I stand by this statement: Professionals in the jewelry industry need to understand laboratory-grown diamonds. Whether they sell them or not. But where is the accurate information? Most online resources are perpetuating the dissemination of misinformation to achieve sales, whether it’s for the benefit of the mined or lab-grown industry. A couple of years ago, […]

3 Tips for Selling Jade

Why Jade? Selling jade is selling an experience, an enigma, and a story. It’s no wonder jade is referred to as “the inscrutable gem.” Anyone who sees it loves it, but not everyone is comfortable selling it. This is understandable, as the culture and history associated with jade is not always known but is nonetheless […]

Testing Your Jade Roller At Home

REAL OR FAKE Are Jade Rollers made from REAL Jade?! To anyone who knows how rare and valuable jade can be, it’s probably no surprise that most jade rollers found in stores are actually quartz or some other simulant. I’ve scoured the internet for information regarding the authenticity of jade rollers and predominantly found erroneous […]

Does Jade Change Color?

Many people believe that natural, untreated jadeite can change color over time. Typically attributed to the health or integrity of the wearer, it’s alleged color fading is sometimes even called the “miracle of jade.” Why an irreversible color change (undoubtedly less desirable than it’s original green) would be an attractive quality is beyond me. Thankfully, […]

Ashley Linden on Her New Jewelry Line “Pink”

Ashley Linden is a store owner, designer and jeweler, and president of AJA (Arkansas Jewelers Association.) She kindly took time to talk with me in this interview about her career, her new line “Pink,” and the upcoming 2021 AJA Convention this September! Watch the video above or on YouTube and check out the highlights below […]

Interview with Julia Griffith of The Gem Academy

Gemology is a fascinating science, and staying up to date on gemstones and their technologies is an important part of being in the jewelry industry.  For this blog post, I wanted to highlight Julia Griffith, a gemologist and content creator well known from her experience as an instructor at Gem-A, The Gemmological Association of Great […]

Luxury Menswear with Seth Box

Seth Box. A Sartorial Man. In an effort to connect the world of luxury menswear and fine jewelry, the JOTT blog is giving you a peek into the world of men’s fashion with Seth Box, a professional from the renowned men’s boutique Hubbard Clothing Co.  The jewelry and luxury menswear worlds both focus on similar core principles: Bespoke pieces […]

Ice Jade: Bridal Jewelry’s Best Kept Secret

When discussing diamond-alternatives in engagement rings, the same fabulous stones tend to be mentioned: Sapphire, Ruby, and Alexandrite. Gemologists, jewelers, and salespeople have developed this well-thought recommendation based on the hardness and toughness of these stones. While I love seeing brides flaunt all the colors of corundum and the ever-alluring alexandrite, there is one stone that is […]

Designer Highlight : Eleux Jewelry

If you’re not following @eleuxjewelry on Instagram, then what are you doing with your life? This beautiful, young designer is making a name for herself in the world of fashion earrings.  Aria at Eleux Jewelry focuses on utilizing unusual gemstones like fossilized coral, opalized wood, boulder opal, and many other unique stones as well as fine gemstones such as […]