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June Birthstone: PEARL!

What Is A Pearl? Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water, such as sand. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is manually inserted into the mollusk to start the process. For both, the quality of the nacre dictates thequality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value. Luster results from reflection of light rays off the pearl’s surface, and from concentric inner layers of nacre, like light bouncing off a convex mirror. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen. Misshapen pearls are called baroque pearls. Four Major Pearl Types Akoya—This type is most familiar to many jewelry customers. Japan and China both produce saltwater Akoya cultured pearls. South Sea—Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are leading sources of these saltwater cultured pearls. Tahitian—Cultivated primarily around the islands of French Polynesia (the most familiar of these is Tahiti), these saltwater cultured pearls usually range from white to black. Freshwater—These are usually cultured in freshwater lakes and ponds. They’re produced in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. China and the US are the leading sources. Imitation Pearls Imitation pearls are usually a coated glass bead. Most have a high luster, but not the depth of luster seen on high quality cultured pearls. It's possible to separate an imitation from a cultured or natural pearl but it can be a challenge, as many pearls undergo treatments to either enhance their [...]

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Jewelry Appraisals 6/21!

Jewelry Appraisals Thursday, June 21st! Jane Chaikowsky is an Independent Jewelry Appraiser who is Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America, an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Master Gemologist Appraiser® (MGA) of the American Society of Appraisers and Certified Senior Member (CSM) of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, assuring an unbiased opinion of value. Jane can appraise your jewelry while you watch using portable gemological laboratory equipment. 🔬   Jane only visits our store about once a month so be sure to call and schedule your appointment! 610-434-8001   You can also drop off your jewelry the day before if you are unable to make it in on Thursday!

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Military & Veteran Discount!

Military & Veteran Discount! We would like to thank our brave Military Service members for your willingness to serve, your bravery and all of the sacrifices you have made for the country we cherish. In honor of you, we are proud to announce we now have permanent Military Discount of 15% OFF any regularly priced, in-stock item and an additional 5% OFF of clearance and sale items!* With gratitude, ~Susan and The Bella Team~ *Excludes Pandora

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Military & Veteran Discount!

Our Annual Spring Clearance Event Starts TODAY!!

Spring Clearance Event Starts TODAY! 🎉Today is the day!!!  Our Spring Clearance Event starts 💫NOW💫!!! 🤩 😱 20% - 40% OFF* on all Sterling Silver and Fine Jewelry! Don't miss out on the best deals of the season! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ We are open until 7pm tonight! 🙌 #SusanBellaJewelry#SpringClearanceEvent#SALE#ShopSmall#ShopLocal *Excludes Pandora & Diamond Solitaires

By |May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Annual Spring Clearance Event Starts TODAY!!

May Birthstone: Emerald!

What Is An Emerald? Emeralds are gem-quality specimens of the beryl mineral family with a rich, distinctly green color. They are found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in a small number of locations worldwide. Igneous - formed from the solidification of molten rock material Metamorphic - modified by heat, pressure, and chemical processes, usually while buried deep below Earth's surface Sedimentary - formed by the accumulation of sediments  For over 5000 years, Emeralds have been one of the most desirable and valuable colored stones. Ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, and South America independently discovered Emeralds and made them a gemstone of highest esteem. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine Emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a Diamond.  Today, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire form the "big three" of colored stones. The "big three" generate more economic activity than all other colored stones combined. What Makes An Emerald Green? The name Emerald comes from the Greek word which literally means green stone. So, to be an Emerald, a specimen must have a distinctly green color that falls in the range from bluish green to green to slightly yellowish green. Perhaps the most important, however, the specimen must also have a rich color. Beryl, the mineral of which Emerald is a variety, is colorless and known as "goshenite." Trace amounts of chromium or vanadium in the mineral, is the key to developing it’s rich, green color. Trace amounts of iron, however, will tint the Emerald a bluish green or a yellowish green color depending upon its oxidation state. Stones with weak saturation or light tone should be called "Green Beryl." If the beryl's color is greenish blue then it is an "Aquamarine." If it is greenish yellow [...]

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Best of the Valley 2018!!

THANK YOU!!! SBJ Friends, we are so excited to announce that we were named Lehigh Valley Style's "Best Place To Buy Fine Jewelry in the Lehigh Valley 2018"!! We truly value each and every one of you! This would have never been possible without your loyalty and patronage.  ~ Susan & The Bella Team

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