Introducing our luxurious collection of gemstone jewelry, where each piece is meticulously crafted to showcase the natural beauty and vibrant colors of our exquisite gemstones. From dazzling gemstone cocktail rings and elegant gemstone rings to statement-making large faceted gemstone rings, our unique designs are perfect for those seeking a touch of sophistication and glamour. Adorn yourself with our exquisite beaded gemstone necklaces, featuring carefully selected beads that complement the vibrant hues of the gemstones. Complete your look with our enchanting gemstone pendants, designed to captivate and inspire with their intricate details and alluring charm.
Experience the enchanting world of our gemstone jewelry, where elegance meets allure, and color meets radiance. Adorn yourself with sophistication and sparkle, and find the perfect piece to express your unique style and enhance your natural beauty. Unleash your inner radiance and let our jewelry illuminate your path.
November 15, 2010
August 17, 2010
There are two types of pearls, saltwater and freshwater. Jewelers, such as John S. Brana, use the freshwater variety which comes in a greater number of shapes and sizes. One of the most appealing types is the Keishi pearl which comes in a fantastic array of irregular, but natural-looking shapes. These gems add a very unique appearance to any jewelry that they are added to. Because none of them look alike, they can be used to create necklaces or earrings which are one-of-a-kind works of art. This adds to their overall appeal and makes them highly sought after.
For some examples of how pearls are used within jewelry, have a look at the collection of items from John S. Brana with pieces such as fine silver earrings containing garnets and pearls, and necklaces made of amethyst and Keishi pearls.
June 20, 2010
Pearls have been a prized element for jewelry for thousands of years. Although the most expensive pearls earn their price for their regular shape, even lustre and smooth surface many “inferior” pearl shapes are now becoming popular for their unique appearance and striking style that they can add to handmade jewelry. Pearls are produced by mollusks when a small irritant such as a grain of sand gets inside its shell. The mollusk feels this as an irritant and coats the particle with a lustrous substance known as "nacre". Pearls tend to take on the shape of the original particle, which is why perfectly round natural pearls are so rare and valuable.
Keishi pearls are formed when the mollusk rejects the irritant before the cultivating process is completed but still produces the nacre in a freeform shape. They can also be formed alongside a cultured pearl in the mollusk. Originally cultivated by Japanese pearl harvesters in the 1920s, keishi pearls were once considered a by-product or a "mistake" since the irritant was expelled before a round pearl could be produced. But there’s no mistaking the reasons why keishi pearls have become so popular in modern jewelry making. Since they are made entirely of nacre, they have a beautiful shimmer and luster and come in a variety of naturally organic shapes, colors and sizes.