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Special Gifts should be treasured forever… December 21, 2014

Filed under: About Special Things Antique Jewelry,Gemstones — vapspecialthings @ 4:16 pm
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You cut the Thanksgiving meal short so you could hit the super sales at the big box stores then, you got up at day break, or before, to get crushed in the “Black Friday Stampede” for crazy priced deals for stuff on your gift list, only to find out they were already gone or you had to fight to get one.

Don’t you just love Holiday shopping like this? It really brings home the meaning of the Holiday Season?

The question is, did you really get the Special Gift for the Special People in your life? A gift that will be remembered, adored, treasured and used forever and, will the recipients’ thoughts of you giving it, come rushing to their mind each time they see it, hold it or wear it?

If not, perhaps you might want to consider a gift that has stood the test of time rather than a current fad or “flavor-of-the-month” “special gift”.

At Special Things we offer Special Gifts that will be treasured forever, just as they were for decades or centuries before. They were hand crafted by jewelry artisans long ago, using their skills to make one-of-a-kind Special Gifts. Today, there is no “one-of-a-kind jewelry” that the average person can afford, if you see something today that’s special to you, you’ll see it again in other stores and after the Holidays; being worn by lots of others.

The misconception is that Antique Jewelry is more expensive than modern jewelry… it’s not! In most cases it actually costs less than modern, mass produced jewelry and, rather than being made by a machine without human hands, antique jewelry is an appreciating, one-of-a-kind treasure with a story, that will be remembered and cherished forever.

So, if all I’ve said makes you think you may not have found the really Special Gift for the Special People in your life, here’s a Special Deal just for the Holidays. Purchase a Special Things Gift Card and I’ll discount the amount of the purchase price (any amount) 25%. That means if you purchase a $200 gift card your cost is just $150, you can use it immediately to purchase your really Special Gift for Someone Special or give it as a gift so your Special Someone can select a gift they adore.

There’s still time for you to select your wonderful, one-of-a-kind, gift, just come visit Special Things Antique Jewelry, 7529 US Hwy 64 (Stage Road), Memphis, TN 38133 (across from the old Brother plant). We’re open Monday thru Saturday 9:30AM to 5:30PM, if you need a special appointment please call (901) 388-4000 or email us at

I look forward to seeing you and telling you the story about a gift that will be remembered forever.

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays,


Special Things Antique Jewelry

Special Gifts that will be treasured forever

Special Gifts that will be treasured forever

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AQUAMARINE March 7, 2014

Filed under: Gemstones — vapspecialthings @ 8:30 am
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Aquamarine, the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912, is a variety of Beryl that is transparent and of various shades of blue and blue-green; almost all the specimens of the preferable sky-blue in color are (since 1920) the result of heat treatment applied to greenish or yellow-brown beryls. The stones are dichroic, and are usually cut as a brilliant or step cut. They resemble the Emerald (the chemical composition is identical, as is the hexagonal crystal form) but the stones are paler and, being less rare, are much less valuable. They also resemble euclase and blue Topaz, from all of which (as well as from glass imitations and synthetic gemstones) they can readily be distinguished. Aquamarines on the market today are usually faceted, but when cut as a cabochon, they may display a cat’s eye effect known as asterism. 

Aquamarine Cat Eye

There are many sources, but Brazil has produced the finest and some very large specimens, e.g. one found in 1919 weighing 243 Lb. Some ancient aquamarines were engraved with portraits, e.g. one with a portrait of Julia, daughter of the Roman Emperor Titus. The synthetic stone resembling aquamarine is the blue Synthetic Spinel.

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.

A legend says that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness. 

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AMETHYST February 17, 2014

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Traditionally February’s birthstone, Amethyst is a variety of Quartz that is transparent and crystalline, usually deep purple to pale bluish-violet; the hues are sometimes mingled in the same stone, owing to irregular color zoning, and some show patches of yellow. Other colors are reddish-mauve (Siberian stones), reddish-violet (Uruguayan stones) or grey-mauve (Mexican stones).

Specimens containing inclusions of goethite or other fibrous minerals are polished as cats eye’s. Amethysts have been set in globular or pear-shaped pendants and as pierced beads for necklaces and ear-drops. Some large stones have been embellished by having set into them a design of small diamonds.

Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems.

For centuries, people have believed this mystical stone possesses healing power: The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication, while medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle in the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. Beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.

In the 19th century, the color of amethyst was attributed to the presence of manganese. However, since it is capable of being greatly altered and even discharged by heat, the color was believed by some authorities to be from an organic source. Ferric thiocyanate has been suggested, and sulfur was said to have been detected in the mineral.

When natural amethysts (not the variety from Madagascar) are heated, the color changes to pale yellow (sometimes then mistaken for Citrine, but distinguishable by its dichroism); when the heat is increased, it changes to dark yellow or reddish-brown and, when increased further, to milky white. Some Brazilian amethysts when heated change color to green.

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