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June Birthstones

Pick your poison June babies…Pearls, Alexandrite, Moonstones… Oh My!  That’s right there are three birthstones for the month of June.  Pearls have been used for centuries as decoration and were favorites among the Romans, Chinese and Tudor Period England… in fact the 1500’s were known as the Pearl Age.

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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

The birthstone of March is Aquamarine…a favorite among many, including the William Noble family, aquamarine is derived from Latin meaning water of the sea.

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Designer Spotlight: David Webb

David Webb is known as one of America’s most important jewelers.  Born in Asheville, North Carolina, David Webb began his jewelry career at a very young age as he was born into a family of jewelers.  He apprenticed under his uncle until he decided to pursue his career in New York.  At the age of 16 he arrived in New York City and had immediate success as his work drew attention from many department stores including Bergdorf Goodman.

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Designer Spotlight: Katy Briscoe

Katy Briscoe began her career in jewelry while attending Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!) where she received her degree in Fine Arts.  Katy worked for a small, local jewelry store in Ft. Worth during college and continued in the jewelry industry after graduation.  She worked for small independent jewelers and more internationally recognized outfits such as Fred Joaillier Paris and David Webb.  While at David Webb, Katy decided she wanted to create her own line of jewelry and started making jewelry from home.

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William Noble in February 2013 FD Luxe

William Noble is excited to be featured in the February 2013 issue of FD Luxe.  The Rise and Shine spread features our aquamarine, tourmaline and diamond necklace on page 47 as well as our William Ruser aquamarine and diamond ring on page 61 and finally our pink sapphire and blue sapphire bangles on page 67.

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Designer Spotlight: William Ruser

William Ruser was an American born jeweler best known for his figural jewelry from the 1950’s and 60’s.  After serving in World War II, Ruser and his wife moved to Los Angeles and soon opened a boutique on Rodeo Drive.  His most well-known pieces featured freshwater and baroque pearls which he had purchased in the 1930’s.  He created many animal pieces including swans, hummingbirds, poodles as well as demonic looking cherubs.  Ruser was well known throughout the Hollywood.  Many stars wore his jewelry on screen and off.  One of his most famous customers was Elizabeth Taylor whose jewelry collection was auctioned by Christie’s in 2012; several of Ruser’s pieces were among the record-setting pieces sold.

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Passion, love and power.  With its intense colors and qualities, rubies have inspired mysticism in man since their discovery.  Ruby, the birthstone of July, is said to assure the owner a life lived in peace and concord with all men; neither his land nor his rank will be taken from him, and his house and garden would be saved from damage by tepests. Christians, Jews, Hindu all believed rubies to be the most precious and powerful of the gemstones, calling it the King of Precious Stones.  Other cultures believed rubies to have healing properties.


The ruby is a member of the Corundum family and relies on aluminum and oxygen to create its crystal and chromium and oxygen to give its vibrant red coloring.  Rubies come in a range of hues from purplish red to orangish red.   The color is magnified by the nature of a ruby’s crystal.  The natural fine particles help to scatter light throughout the stone’s facets. Ruby is a hard mineral, rating a 9 on Mohs scale, but must be handled with care as it can be very brittle.  Technology has brought with it treatments of rubies using heat to intensify the color.  Heat-treatment reduces value in the stone.


Rubies are mined all over the world, but mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa. The origin of a ruby affects its characteristics and value.  Burma rubies which are mined in the Myanmar region and Thai rubies are among the most desirable.


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Loyalty, sincerity and faithfulness. Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is the gemstone of the soul and autumn; and in ancient times was said to protect the wearer from envy and attract divine favor.  Bishops have worn sapphires in their ecclesiastical rings since the 12th century and is said to be the stone used for Moses’ tablets.


Interestingly, the sapphire come from the same mineral family of Corundum as the ruby. But unlike the ruby’s one intense red color, sapphires come in colors that span the spectrum.  Fine blue sapphires are among the most ideal and desired.  But sapphires are also found in pink, yellow, green and violet. The combination of iron and titanium is credited for the color of sapphires although there is evidence of other causes.   Sapphires are found in India, Myanmar (Burma),  Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa.  The most desirable origins are Burma, Ceylon and Kashmir as they are known to produce the most beautiful sapphires each with unique attributes.


Sapphire rates a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness and like all gemstones must be handled with care in order to prevent cracking, chipping and shattering.  Technology has brought with it treatments of sapphires using heat to intensify the color.  Heat-treatment reduces value in the stone.

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