The ring- Born From the Stars

A few years ago and during a really difficult time in our lives Ben came home excited to give me a present that he found  on the school playground. “It’s a crystal mom!” I looked at it and instantly I took a second look. Bless his  little heart, he brought something he thought was pretty to give his mom and right away I knew he had found something very precious and possibly quite valuable. After calling the school -to make sure no one reported losing something- I took the ring to three different jewelers to find out what the gem was. It was gorgeous and the first two jewelers could not tell me what it was. The third confirmed that it was indeed a loose Moissanite gemstone. I knew at that moment, if I ever remarried it would be a Moissy ring for me.

ring2(My first Moissy from Ben)

I plan on making a necklace out of Ben’s gift and keeping it as a reminder of my son’s love and his giving heart.

I told Greg the story and explained why this was precious to me and it became precious to him too. The five stones in my engagement/wedding ring represents the five of us. I knew that I wanted an unconventional ring (think Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring.) Choosing Moissanite was an easy choice that reflects an experience that’s personal, and it really showcases our love.And in keeping with my unconventional ring ideas, I am opting out of getting a wedding band. My 5-stone Moissy set in white gold is plenty sparkle for my finger 🙂 Anything else will be too much. This week we check out rings for the handsome groom…I’m excited to see what he decides to get. He has a few awesome and unconventional ideas of his own 🙂 I love you Gregory (he reads my posts)

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 7.26.54 AMMy 2.8 carat Moissanite ring is  the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! The center stone is a 2.10 oval cut Charles & Colvard Near-Colorless moissy and the side stones are round brilliant cut Forever Classic™ Moissy Created by Charles & Colvard.

Born From the Stars

It’s literally out of this world…Ben was right, he did bring me a crystal.

ring(The night Greg proposed)

If you’re considering getting Moissanite…. a few fun facts:

The World’s Most Brilliant Gem

With a refractive index of 2.65-2.69, Moissanite exhibits more brilliance than diamond. And thanks to a dispersion that has 2.4 times the fire of diamond, Moissanite bends light into mesmerizing rainbow flashes of fire… more than twice as much as diamond, ruby, emerald, or sapphire. By day and by night, Moissanite’s conspicuous brilliance is spectacular.

Natural silicon carbide is impossibly rare on Earth; in fact, it first gained fame when tiny particles were discovered by the Nobel Prize-winning French chemist Dr. Henri Moissan at the site of a massive meteorite strike in Arizona. This intriguing new stone was named Moissanite in his honor, and Moissan spent the rest of his life attempting to re-create this rare mineral, which is among the hardest materials on Earth.

Many years later in a research laboratory in central North Carolina, scientists perfected and patented the innovative process that creates silicon carbide crystals, for Charles & Colvard®, with such purity that it rivals any earthly gemstone for fire and brilliance. In these gems, which are more durable than diamond, sapphire, ruby, or emerald, this fire and brilliance will last forever.

In nature, silicon carbide is created over millennia by a combination of extreme heat and pressure. Our researchers recreate those conditions in a controlled, profoundly accelerated process which produces durable, super-hard crystals with a minimum of ecological impact…and absolutely no mining.



Not my step heart, my whole heart

I love getting a little peek into the lives of my customers. The items I make play a small part of their story- birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, milestones of all kinds AND…. my personal favorite…proposals!

I was extra excited and moved to tears when one of my customers graciously sent me photos of how she and her fiancé used a set of proposal props from my shop. Jennifer is a beautiful and excited bride- to -be…she’s also the future stepmom of two gorgeous boys (pictured below). Jennifer mentioned that although the photos weren’t picture perfect they were better than picture perfect to her. I absolutely agree . Those boys couldn’t take a bad photo if they tried. I also agree with her philosophy, picture perfect is boring.

Sometimes life goes better than we can ever plan or imagine. The picture in our mind can limit us. Being as open-hearted and relaxed as Jennifer is can only allow for more love and happiness to flow, not just in her life but to the ones she impacts and influences. Those boys are blessed..all three!

I wanted to share in hopes of inspiring you because I was inspired by this beautiful family. Jennifer was kind enough to share a few words about what this new role means to her.

Jennifer writes:

You know what’s better than perfectly staged pictures of two healthy, active, curious, one year olds? Knowing that before long I officially get to be stepmom to these cuties, and this hot guy’s wifey. Love my little family! When I came into their life they were not even two months old, I knew all three of them had my heart. Not my step heart, my whole heart. I used to pray and pray for twins. God has a funny way of answering prayers. I’m so blessed. What happens in reality is almost always better than what you pictured. It’s like God knows what’s best or something crazy like that.- Jennifer V.

icm_fullxfull.68802679_cko0v2kh43cwowokgcws icm_fullxfull.68802677_lhjsj6r2daoccck08sk8  Look at that cutie,all tuckered out!