Jewelry with a Cause: Gumuchian creates awareness for HoneyLove

By Donna Jolly, RJ
American Gem Society

American Gem Society member Gumuchian recently introduced a new collection they hope will help create awareness of the declining honeybee population, which is affecting plant life and food supply worldwide. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the collection – simply named “B” – will be donated to the non-profit, HoneyLove.org, which supports urban beekeeping and home gardens.  According to recent studies, including those by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in every three bites of food consumed in the United States is either directly or indirectly pollinated by bees.

Charm bracelet from Gumuchian's B collection

“I have never been afraid of bees. I think they’re wonderful” said Patricia Gumuchian, who was inspired to design the collection after reading numerous articles about the effects that a declining honeybee population would have on the environment. “I look around our office of women and think about the worker bees – who are the female bees – and how valuable they are to our livelihood. Our family gatherings and holidays largely center on all types of foods. What would happen if these things just went away? The effects could be detrimental. We need to change what’s going on.”

 

Charm from Gumuchian's B Collection charm bracelet

The suite itself will be offered in 18K gold and includes both link and cuff bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, and five different bee-related charms. “Many of our collections are inspired by nature” said Vice President of Sales, Myriam Gumuchian, “but this aspect of nature didn’t just inspire the designs, it also inspired us to be part of something bigger. A productive hive consists of successful teamwork, which we demonstrate daily in our New York office. The ‘B’ collection represents our appreciation of these remarkable creatures and our goal is to bring awareness to this growing problem. If honeybees continue to decline at the rate they are, we are all in big trouble.”

 

For more information about urban beekeeping, visit www.honeylove.org.

Honeycomb and honeybee necklace This rose gold bracelet features a small diamond encrusted honeybee. Diamond and rose gold earrings evocative of honeycombs. Pretty sweet

Show-stopping Sapphire

By Donna Jolly, RJ
American Gem Society

We are always posting photos of beautiful jewelry from members of the American Gem Society on our social networks.  We noticed our online friends really liked this stunning  5.12 carat ceylon sapphire with two oval diamonds from AG Gems. We can see why. This is the type of ring that shy people should not wear, because they will get noticed–from far away! Extroverts, here’s a ring for you. What do you all think?

Ceylon Sapphire from AGS Gems

Ceylon Sapphire from AGS Gems

The Do’s and Don’ts of cleaning your jewelry

We asked our friends at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company to guest blog for us this week on a topic many of us need right about now, especially with summer approaching: cleaning our jewelry. After all, we want our jewels to sparkle in the sun, right? Here are some tips from Jewelers Mutual.

  • DO read the labels on jewelry cleaning supplies. Some chemicals can be damaging to certain metals and gemstones.
  • DON’T clean your jewelry with toothpaste. The abrasives in toothpaste can scratch your stones and bands.
  • DON’T clean your jewelry over the sink or anywhere there is an open drain.
  • DO use warm water, mild dish soap and a soft bristle toothbrush to get in hard to reach areas.
  • DO visit your jeweler at least once a year for a professional cleaning and inspection to restore the brilliance of your jewelry and ensure that it’s in good condition.

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