Els for Autism and Breitling

Breitling is sponsoring the Els for Autism Golf Challenge this year to support the fight against autism.  For every 88 children, 1 child is affected by autism. To help build awareness, Breitling has created a special limited edition timepiece, based on the Breitling Chronomat 44 watch and featuring Caliber 01, to benefit the Els for Autism foundation. In total, there are only 88 limited editions and with every purchased limited edition, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation.

To support both Breitling and the Els for Autism foundation, Brown & Co. Jewelers has two of the limited edition chronographs, one at each location. When purchasing this special timepiece, not only will 20% of the proceeds be donated to the foundation, but the recipient will also qualify for a chance to play at the 2013 Els for Austism Golf Challenge. The challenge is the largest international charity-driven amateur golf tournament in history and is led by Breitling enthusiast and World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els. This particular watch features Caliber 01, the exclusive 100% in-house chronograph movement created by Breitling and backed by its exclusive five-year warranty.

The Els for Autism Foundation was founded by World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els and wife Liezl Els in 2009. For the past three years, the Els family has been projecting their efforts into The Els Center of Excellence. The Center is a 26-acre facility that provides the best practices for the autistic in education and therapy through an e-learning platform.

First Birthstone of the New Year

Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

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Make Her Dazzle

Gifts that sparkle and dazzle will make her beam with happiness this holiday! Here are a few popular jewelry pieces she will love:

IPPOLITA Bangles

Wear one or stack multiple bangles together. IPPOLITA bangles are versatile and can be worn for any occasion. Available in yellow gold and sterling silver. Bangles start at $250.

Forevermark Round Halo Pave Diamond Ring

Find Forevermark diamonds at Brown & Co, a responsibly sourced diamond, in this popular round halo pave ring style. Each Forevermark diamond comes with a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds can carry the Forevermark promise. 1 carat total weight diamond rings available at $5,900 or $133/month.

TAG Heuer Ladies Aquaracer

If she prefers timepieces over bracelets on her wrist, the TAG Heuer Ladies Aquaracer with diamonds on the dial will suit her well. Also available with a black dial. Ladies Aquaracers start at $1,700.

Simon G Necklace & Earrings

Mix things up with two-tone jewelry by Simon G. Two-tone jewelry has been making a comeback into fashion and fully completes an outfit. Earrings, $3,960. Necklace, $2,750.

Blue Topaz: The December Birthstone

Blue topaz is rare to find naturally. Generally, topaz is colorless and treated to obtain a rich blue hue. The treatment includes irradiating and then heating the colorless topaz. Most colorless topaz is mined out of Brazil and Sri Lanka with minor sources in Australia, Madagascar, Mexico, and the United States.

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Citrine Beauty

Happy Spring from Brown & Company- we wanted to share our latest project with you!

Our Roswell custom design team has entered a beautiful one of a kind 19 karat yellow gold Citrine and brown diamond pendant into the Georgia Jeweler’s Association Design Competition!  We’re all about teamwork here at Brown & Company and once again it has paid off.

Neale Simpson, Claudia DiTondo, and Tai Nguyen worked together in order to complete this unique piece. Claudia began the design process by coming up with a layout inspired from the beautiful 9.65 carat checker board cut Citrine. Tai then took Claudia’s rough design and perfected it in our state of the art CAD system.  Lastly, Neale finished up the piece by bezel setting the brown diamonds and Citrine. The result was a beautiful, sleek, fashion forward piece that will be sought after for years to come.

The design will be judged by a panel of qualified members of the jewelry industry and art community on March 18th based on: creative use of materials, contemporary design, wearability, originality, and fashion merit.  We wish our custom design team the best of luck! Also, keep a look out for this special pendant for sale in Brown & Company soon!

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Cutting Edge

Brown & Co’s very own custom design teams featured in last week’s North Fulton Neighbor Newspaper! The teams at both stores are filled with extremely creative talent with each designer having unique experience both nationally and internationally.

Read it for yourself!

It’s been around for over three decades, yet few may be aware of the raw talent that exudes from behind the store doors of Brown & Company Jewelers. Numbered at eight between both locations, the custom design team, staffed with international designers and jewelers, has fashioned and produced pieces that are close to the heart, touching, and meaningful to each of their clients.

At the Roswell store, you will find head designer and shop manager Neale Simpson who is originally from Zimbabwe and began his passion in the jewelry industry in South Africa. There he trained for five years before running his own jewelry manufacturing business of twelve years before moving to the States. This year marks his thirtieth year in the industry.

Designed for Ludacris’s private birthday party

Alongside Neale is Alma McAuley, born in the Netherlands and specializing in engraving. Alma trained and mastered her skills beginning in 1975 between the Netherlands and Jamaica. She had the chance to work with the best master jewelers in a small village in the Netherlands, Leusden, and after five years of refining her skills with them, Alma moved to the States and has been with the company for twelve years.

German born and trained, Claudia DiTondo works with the Roswell team as well. After training in Nuremburg, Germany and Dothan, Alabama, Claudia completed her Masters with a jewelry designing focus in Wuerzburg, Germany in 2003. Since 2009, Claudia has been designing for the company and creating beautiful and masterfully crafted pieces.

Recently joining the well rounded Roswell staff are two of the younger designers at the company,

Tai Nguyen and Stephen Ho. Tai was born in Vietnam and first began his apprenticeship at a local Atlanta shop, and now is refining his CAD (Computer Aided Design) and machine operation skills under the guidance of Neale.

Stephen grew up in Atlanta and his interests in the jewelry industry peaked at a young age through his family. He is now on his eighth year in the industry and specializes in stone setting and jewelry and watch repairs.

The talent continues at the company’s newer location in Buckhead. David Carrin, who has been with the company six years, heads up this shop, designing as well as doing complex custom fabrication. Beginning in 1997 as a bench jeweler at a local Atlanta company, David worked alongside Simpson in Roswell for four years perfecting his bench skills before moving to the Buckhead store when it opened in 2009.

Designed by Neale Simpson

The team working with David includes Jennifer Maxwell and Tonya Stocks. Jennifer first discovered her love of jewelry while at the University of Georgia. Since then she has completed her GIA (Gemological Institute ofAmerica) Design certification, and worked in the industry for five years in New York City, from the Gemstone Purchasing department at David Yurman, to the Product Development team at Tiffany & Co.

Tonya recently joined the Buckhead team with sixteen years of experience. She first began in 1995 at Stewart’s International School for Jewelers and since worked for three fine jewelers in Georgia, with oneenabling her to travel throughout the States as well as lead trainings and demonstrations for aspiring jewelers.

At Brown & Co., every step of the design process is completed in-house — from the first client and designer meeting, to the wax and casting, to the stone setting and finishing. The designers provide sketches of several ideas for whatever your expectations are –transforming an old piece of jewelry, creating a modern look, or starting from scratch. Many designs are made through CAD and, if technology cannot do the job, designs will be created by hand. Roswell’s head designer and shop manager, Neale Simpson, says, “If we can’t do it, then it’s not possible.”

Amethyst is for February

Amethyst is in the quartz species and was a prized gem until it was discovered in abundance in South America.  Until the end of the 19th century, Amethyst was commonly found in Russia.  Today, the 2 major amethyst sources are Africa and South America.  75% of commercial quality amethyst comes from Brazil where the rough is larger in size but paler in color. The majority of fine quality amethyst is sourced from Africa.

Stephen Webster Aquarius Astroball

At the Buckhead store, $650

Amethyst is found in a variety of hues from strongly saturated violetish purple to reddish purple in the finer quality stone and grayish violet in the commercial grade stones.  In the trade, there are 4 amethyst grades; AAA (vivid color), AA or A (medium-dark color), B (medium color), and C (light color).  Grade B represents the majority of the amethyst market.

The most common treatment used for amethyst is heat treatment.  The heat treatment has 3 possible outcomes.  First, it can lighten the color of a dark amethyst.  Second, it can remove brownish tints.  And lastly, the heating process can make a light purple amethyst turn yellow or green with no detectible signs of treatment.

 

Provided by our gemologist in Buckhead, Tori Ross