September Birthstone: Sapphire! What is a Sapphire? Few gems have held our attention over millennia as well as sapphire. The pure blue colors and excellent durability make for an exceptional gemstone. However, not all sapphires are blue! They come in every color of the rainbow, except red. All red Corundum gems are considered Rubies. Sapphires of other colors are named “Fancy Sapphires” and they come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and even gray, black and brown! Sapphires get their extraordinary colors from traces of iron, titanium, chromium, and other elements. Physical & Spiritual Healing Properties In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. During the Middle Ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. In other times and places, people instilled sapphires with the power to guard chastity, make peace between enemies, influence spirits, and reveal the secrets of oracles. A stone of prosperity, Sapphire sustains life force and attracts joy and peace. Sapphire helps to open the mind to beauty and intuition. It is a stone of wisdom, with each color containing its own unique energy vibration and information. Physically, Blue Sapphire can assist with healing on a cellular level, blood disorders, eye issues and general stress. Blue Sapphire has been used as an aid to ease depression, anxiety and insomnia. How to care for your Sapphire Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire) is relatively hard—9 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. This makes it a great choice for rings and other mountings subject to daily wear. Stability Corundum is [...]
Jewelry Appraisals Thursday, September 27th! 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!
💫Shop For A Cause! Here at SBJ we are avid animal lovers, as we know many of you are! It is important to us to support local shelters and thank them for their selfless acts of community service and care for creatures of all sizes! 🐭 That's why, from 9/18 - 9/22 we will be donating 10% of every purchase to Peaceable Kingdom Inc.! AND as a thank you for helping us support such a worthy cause, we will extend a 10% discount* to YOU! 💗 Just mention this post! If you can't make it in to shop and still want to help, just click the 'Donate' button on our Facebook! We will also be accepting cash and check donations in the store. Now, a little about our beautiful four-legged models: Lulu (left) is a sweet Yorkie with a flair for sparkles. 🌟 She is the Unofficial God-Daughter of our Social Media Bella Girl, Jen and like her, enjoys spending her days draped in diamonds. #DontWeAll You may recognize the lovely lady on the right! Olive is the Official Susan Bella Mascot/Greeter/Head of Security! Being the daughter of a jewelry store owner definitely has its perks - Olive can play dress up whenever she wants! But her absolute favorite job is being her mom's muse. She takes that position *very* seriously! Most of the day, she can be found laying under Susan's desk providing the perfect soothing balance of gentle snoring for optimum creative energy. We are endlessly grateful for the kind souls we get to share our lives with! *Excludes Pandora
CLOSED Tues. 8/28 - Mon. 9/3 Every year we close for the week of The Great Allentown Fair, so that means that your last chance to pick up repairs, gifts and accessories is by 4pm Saturday! 💎 🇺🇲️ Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend SBJ Friends! We hope you eat, drink, relax and enjoy all the fruits of your labor. You deserve it! We'll be back Tues. 9/4 at 10am and we can't wait to see you! ~ Susan and The Bella Team ~
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 don't miss your opportunity! 610-434-8001 Walk-Ins welcome from 10am - 1pm! Prices start at $135
Join us every Thursday for our weekly Wish List Happy Hour! Have a cocktail, play with fabulous jewelry and enjoy some me time! Take pics of all your faves and then watch for our Flash Sales on Social Media *exclusively* for Wish Lists!* #SBJHappyHour *Flash Sales/Discounts eligible for that day, on In-Stock Wish List items only. Excludes Pandora.
What Is A Peridot? Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral Olivine. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, and iron is the cause of the yellowish green colors. Peridot is named after the French word peritot, meaning gold, because the mineral can vary towards this color. The color range for peridot is narrow, from a brown-green color to yellowish green to pure green. Gem miners find Peridot as irregular nodules (rounded rocks with peridot crystals inside) in some lava flows in the United States, China, and Vietnam and, very rarely, as large crystals lining veins or pockets in certain types of solidified molten rock. Geologists believe both types of deposits relate to the spreading of the sea floor that occurs when the earth’s crust splits, and rocks from its mantle are pushed up to the surface. Sometimes—as in Myanmar— these rocks can be altered, deformed, and incorporated into mountain ranges by later earth movements. Rarely, Peridot can have an extraterrestrial source, being contained in meteorites that have fallen to earth! Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been Peridot. People in medieval times continued to confuse Peridot with emerald. For centuries, people believed the fabulous 200-ct. gems adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral were emeralds. They are, in fact, Peridots. Physical & Spiritual Healing Properties Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits. Peridot has [...]
20% OFF Paris Bracelets! 7/5 - 7/14! Designed as an effortless way to bring color and sparkle to all the facets of your life, the Paris Bracelet collection is handmade in a Paris atelier with couture-quality stretch ribbon and genuine Swarovski® Crystals. Adjustable and water-resistant, each style is available in a rainbow of fashion-forward colors, and constantly launching new options! From the beach, to the office, to girls night out… the look is incredibly versatile, and always super chic. . PANDORA Giveaway! 7/3 - 7/7! *Excludes Shine & Disney Collections
What is a Ruby? Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled red gemstone. In addition to its bright color, it is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes Ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. Transparent Rubies of large sizes are even rarer than Diamonds! A Ruby consists of the mineral corundum, which is colorless, by nature. Chromium is the trace element that causes Ruby’s red color. Gemologists consider it the "rock star" of trace elements! In essence, Ruby is a red Sapphire, since Ruby and Sapphire are identical in all properties except for color. However, because of the special allure and historical significance, Ruby has always been classified as an individual gemstone. The most renowned Rubies, like those from Myanmar, the Himalayas, and northern Vietnam, typically form in marble. They’re found in layers that are distributed irregularly within the surrounding marble. Marble forms as part of the metamorphic (rock-altering) process, when heat and pressure from mountain formation act on existing limestone deposits. In other locations, Rubies can be found in basalt rocks. Rubies from these sources can have higher iron content, which can make the Rubies darker and less intense in color. Higher iron content in the chemical makeup of a Ruby can also mask the red fluorescence, eliminating that extra glow of red color seen in marble-hosted Rubies. Physical & Spiritual Healing Properties Red is the color of our most intense emotions—love and anger, passion and fury. It’s associated with objects of power and desire—like fast cars and red roses. Early cultures treasured Rubies for [...]
We will be closed Wednesday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen at 10am Thursday, July 5th for all of your jewelry needs! We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday! ~Susan & The Bella Team~