Posted by on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 pm30 2:11pm
Elysium: The Solid Diamond Band
Part of what makes a Diamond so remarkable is that the time and pressure needed to create it transform raw carbon atoms into a brilliant and sparkling gem, one which is harder than any other substance on Earth. It ranks 10 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. The only thing that can scratch a Diamo...
Posted by on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 pm30 2:09pm
The World's Rarest Emerald
The rarest form of Emerald, known as the "Trapiche Emerald", is characterized by star-shaped rays that emanate from the center of the stone in a hexagonal pattern. Although these rays appear much like asterism (as in a star Sapphire), they are not caused by light reflection from inclusions, but...
Posted by on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 pm31 2:45pm
The 4 C's of Diamond Buying
Cut: This is the final shape that the Diamond is given. Miner’s Den has its own proprietary cut we’ve named the Big Bang Diamond. This round cut has more 50% more facets (reflective surfaces) than traditional round Diamonds, sending more light back to your eyes as you look at it. Clarit...
Posted by on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 pm31 2:11pm
Happenings Around the Den: 3D Scanner
Miner’s Den is a leader in the making of custom jewelry. We are always striving to better ourselves in this field and keep up with the latest technologies. Recently, we brought a blue-light 3D scanner on board. This machine can scan any piece of jewelry , even loose gemstones, and upload the i...
Posted by on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 pm28 3:03pm
The World's Largest Heart-Shaped Diamond
Laurence Graff is a world-renowned jeweler and the founder of Graff Diamonds. His company has cut and polished more than half of the 20 largest Diamonds discovered this century. When a 357 carat rough Diamond was mined in Lesotho (a land-locked kingdom encircled by South Africa) back in 2015, Graff ...
Posted by on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 pm28 2:58pm
For the Curious Mind: Gold in the Human Heart
Did you know that the average 150lb. person has .229mg of gold in their body? If you were to refine this gold and form it into a cube, each side would be .22mm wide. The role that this metal played inside our bodies was unknown to scientists for decades after it was discovered to be there. Science h...
Posted by on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 pm28 2:56pm
Trending: Malachite
Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral which forms deep underground in stone fractures and other spaces where chemical precipitation can occur (the creation of a solid from a solution). It is most often found in botryoidal (globular) masses or as stalagmites. Its name is derived from the Greek &ldq...
Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 am31 11:28am
Staff Tip of the Month: Environmentally Safe Ways to Clean Your Jewelry
Test your dish soap first. Some dishwashing liquid in a bowl with warm water makes a great soak for jewelry pieces with softer stones such as Pearls and Turquoise. For a deeper clean, scrub gently with a soft toothbrush or mascara brush; rinse and pat dry. Toothpaste has long been considered a sa...
Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 am31 11:26am
For the Curious Mind: Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber
In 2015, Chinese paleontologist Xing Lida was looking around an Amber market in northern Myanmar when he made an incredible discovery: the tail of a 99 million year old dinosaur trapped in one of the Amber specimens. Roughly the size of a dried apricot, the polished stone was thought by the traders ...
Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 am31 11:23am
Five Fascinating Facts About Engagement Rings
Cavemen would tie cords of braided grass around the waists, wrists, and ankles of their chosen mates to try and tame their wild spirits. Ancient Egyptians began the tradition of wearing wedding rings on the 3rd finger of the left hand. They believed there was a vein that ran from this finger stra...
Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 am31 11:21am
Trending: Cameos
It starts with the petroglyph. Dating to as far back as 15,000 BCE, these were figures carved into rock that depicted an event or provided information. Then, thousands of years later, along came the intaglio: a scene or image carved down into the surface of a stone. Intaglios were used to mark prope...
Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 am31 11:20am
World's Largest: Garnet
In 1885, a large rock was excavated during an underground sewer excavation in New York City. After some cleaning, it was soon discovered that this was no ordinary rock. It was, in fact, a rather large rough Garnet. It weighed approximately 10 lbs. and was 15 inches in diameter. It was named the &ldq...
Posted by Ellen on Monday, December 12th, 2016 pm31 12:33pm
The Big Bang Diamond
 Since the 4th century B.C.E., diamonds have been mined, cut, and polished in India. Each generation of cutters strives to get even more sparkle and brilliance, which they dubbed the “light” or “fire”, from the rough stones. Our “Big Bang Diamond” was created...
Posted by on Friday, December 9th, 2016 pm31 3:56pm
Our customer Catherine Shapiro shared one of her favorite holiday recipes with us this year. These chocolaty caramel bars will have your family asking you for the recipe! Catherine hopes that you and your family gather in the kitchen to make and enjoy these holiday treats!     32 carame...
Posted by on Friday, December 9th, 2016 pm31 3:50pm
For the Curious Mind: Multiple Birthstones
People have been ascribing healing powers and other ominous qualities to gemstones for millennia. Not all cultures have agreed as to what stones denote what powers, either for good or for ill. Some say that the idea of the birthstone started with Aaron’s breastplate (a biblical story) and the ...
Posted by on Friday, December 9th, 2016 pm31 3:18pm
Birthstone of the Month: Blue Zircon and Tanzanite
December is the month with the most birthstones. Its official count is three, although some sources will say that Turquoise is the unofficial stone for this month. This article will focus on the first two to make the cut: Blue Zircon and Tanzanite. (Blue Topaz and Turquoise will have their own separ...
Posted by on Friday, November 11th, 2016 pm30 5:11pm
Happenings at The Den: Small Business Saturday
Happenings at The Den: Small Business Saturday Miner’s Den is delighted to be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2016. Small Business Saturday is a phenomenon that started in 2010 and has been gaining momentum ever since. American Express is a founding partner for the ev...
Posted by on Friday, November 11th, 2016 pm30 4:45pm
Gift Ideas: Engravable Jewelry
Gift Ideas: Engravable Jewelry When you give a gift to someone, you want them to understand how much they mean to you. You want the gift to represent your feelings for them. Whether it’s to your parent, spouse, or child, for any occasion, engraving an item really adds a personal touch. Miner...
Posted by on Friday, November 11th, 2016 pm30 4:41pm
World’s Largest: Citrine and Topaz
World’s Largest: Citrine and Topaz November is a month with two birthstones: Citrine and Topaz. Considered the “official” birthstone for November, Citrine is a quartz mineral named for its yellowish-orange citrus color. The honey-colored Precious Topaz, a silicate mineral, is the ...
Posted by on Friday, November 4th, 2016 pm30 4:35pm
Many of you are familiar with our Annual Treasure Chest Giveaway. For those of you who don’t know, Miner’s Den holds an Annual Christmas Sale, during which the entire store is 20% off**! Also at this time, there is a Treasure Chest located at the front of the store, filled with Mine...
Posted by on Friday, November 4th, 2016 pm30 4:34pm
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer and its detection. Many people, men and women alike, forget to take the steps to detect breast cancer in its early stages. While this cancer is more prevalent in women (1 in 8 will develop invasive breast canc...
Posted by on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 pm31 2:23pm
Trending: Layering Necklaces
We’ve all seen the ladies on the red carpets with their layered necklaces: Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Beyoncè. They make it look so simple and effortless, but how do they do it? We at Miner’s Den have compiled a list for you to have the same look, without having to hire a person...
Posted by on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 pm31 2:15pm
The History of Sweetest Day
The first Sweetest Day was dreamed up by a group of confectioners from Cleveland, Ohio in 1921. It was created to offer an “opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed”. In its first year, ...
Posted by on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 pm31 4:27pm
New to the Showroom Floor: Rebel Nell
Miner’s Den is proud and honored to be selling Rebel Nell, a unique line of jewelry made right here in Detroit. Rebel Nell was founded with the purpose of employing, educating, and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. Helping women out of homeless shelters and into a life of self-relianc...
Posted by on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 pm31 3:57pm
Birthstone of the Month: The Types of Tourmaline
Tourmaline is a silicate mineral found in granite, marble, and schist formations. Its colors range from the iron-rich black (also called “schorl”) through the lithium-rich blue, green, red, and pink. Pink Tourmaline is the variety most associated with the birth month of October, but Tour...
Posted by on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 pm30 3:24pm
Staff Tip of the Month: The Perfect Watch for Your Lifestyle
Watches can be so much more than fashion accessories. They reflect your personal taste and project the kind of image you want for yourself. Our in-house photographer/art director and video engineer Brian talks about how to choose the watch that’s right for you. “Your choice of watch sho...
Posted by on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 pm30 3:24pm
Introducing Ring Baby
Miner’s Den is proud to introduce Ring Baby, our follow-along custom jewelry process. Ring Baby grants you inside access to see the process through which all of Miner’s Den custom pieces are made, step by step. Maybe you have had some ideas about a custom engagement ring, wedding band, o...
Posted by on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 pm30 3:24pm
Check out this Custom Pendant!!...
Posted by on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 pm30 3:23pm
Happenings Around the Den: Detroit Burger Brawl
Have you been keeping an eye out for Miner’s Den around Detroit? We made an appearance at this year’s annual Detroit Burger Brawl in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The Brawl features area restaurants competing for the coveted title of Detroit’s Best Burger. There were local favori...
Posted by on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 pm30 3:22pm
For the Curious Mind: What Gets Trapped in Amber
Many people think that amber comes from tree sap; however, Amber is fossilized tree resin, not sap. The difference is that sap is the fluid that circulates in the vascular system of a tree, whereas resin is a much more viscous and sticky substance that trees produce in their bark and use as a defens...
Posted by on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 pm30 2:56pm
Trending: Choker Necklaces
As so many fashions do, the choker has seen a return in its acclaim. A choker necklace is a close-fitting necklace worn around the throat. They can be made of a wide array of materials from velvet and ribbon to leather and beads; sometimes they are adorned with pendants. High-end pieces are made fro...
Posted by on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 pm30 2:55pm
The World's Most Expensive Sapphires
The Sapphire, September’s Birthstone, is one of the most popular gems in the world. Its timeless beauty and durability make it one of the most sought after stones at auction. Here are five of the world’s most expensive: The Rockefeller Sapphire: This 62.02 carat Burmese Sapphire sold ...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 3:08pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Packing Your Jewelry for a Move
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you want to make sure that your jewelry arrives at your new home tangle-free and in one piece. The majority of moving companies will not pack your jewelry for you, and many of them will not even transport it on the truck. Regardless of h...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 3:07pm
Trending: Three Stones Gaining in Popularity
Fashions come and go like the tides. Jewelry styles are no different. Gemstones fluctuate in their popularity like songs on the radio. Three stones making a comeback are Watermelon Tourmaline, Aquamarine, and Moonstone. Watermelon Tourmaline: This rare variety of Tourmaline is named for exactly h...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 3:05pm
For the Curious Mind: Dagger Found with King Tut Made of Meteorite
According to a BBC article written in June of 2016, one of the pair of daggers that were entombed with King Tutankhamun more than 3,300 years ago had been forged of iron from a meteorite. The daggers were discovered in 1925 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, found within the mummified pharaoh&r...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 3:01pm
Update: Lesedi La Rona: World's Largest Uncut Diamond Fails to Sell
Mined in November of 2015, the world’s largest uncut Diamond failed to sell at Sotheby’s London auction on June 29th, 2016. Named Lesedi La Rona, the Diamond, weighing an incredible 1,111 carats, is the largest gem-quality Diamond found in more than a century. Rough Diamonds are rarely e...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 2:50pm
Five Fascinating Facts About Peridot
Five Fascinating Facts: Peridot Like Diamond, Peridot is formed deep within the Earth’s crust and is brought to the surface by volcanic activity. The Hawaiians believe Peridot is the tears of the fire goddess Pele, who is the goddess of volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Pe...
Posted by on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 pm31 2:46pm
New Birthstone for August: Spinel
In July of 2016, the Jewelers of America (formerly known as the American National Retail Jewelers Association) and American Gem Trade Association added a new August Birthstone to their list: Spinel. This is only the third update to the list originally conceived in 1912; in 1952 Alexandrite, Citrine,...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:51pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Upcycle That Piece You Don't Wear Anymore
Miner’s Den is home to one of the best design teams in Metro Detroit. While Natalie and Tia have designed some of the most breathtaking and intricate engagement and wedding rings you’ll ever see, they want you to know that they’re more than just bridal designs. They have made custo...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:51pm
The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond: World's Most Expensive Gemstone
On May 18th 2016, the Oppenheimer Blue Diamond became the World’s Most Expensive gemstone. It sold as part of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Collection in Geneva, Switzerland for a record-smashing $57,541,779. That’s almost $4 million per carat! The 14.62ctw Diamond is the Fancy Viv...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:51pm
The Promise of Love
The giving of a ring as a promise of love and fidelity dates back to Roman brides of the 2nd Century BCE. Promise Rings are just that: a ring exchanged between couples as a promise of their commitment to each other, a way to show the outside world that you are together, committed to each other, and ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:50pm
New to the Showroom Floor: Michou
Created by Michele Sonner, the Michou brand name itself is a play on the French phrase “Mon petit chou”, which translates to “My little cream puff”, a childhood nickname. While travelling in Europe, she came across a collection of rings that had been made in Bali using the te...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:50pm
Greenstone: State Gemstone of Michigan
You are already familiar with the Petoskey stone. It is the State Stone of our beloved Michigan. What you may not realize is that we also have a State Gemstone: Greenstone, also known as “Isle Royale Greenstone”. It is so named because it is found, mostly as small pebbles, on the beaches...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:50pm
The Ruby: Magical and Powerful
Red is the color of both passionate love and anger, of seduction and danger. Much of its symbolism comes from past associations with power, magic, and royalty. July’s birthstone, the Ruby, is known for its rich red hues. It is also our sales associate Kyle’s favorite stone. When asked w...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:49pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Jewelry at the Pool or Beach
The time has come, as it does every summer, to make sure that you are caring for your jewelry to the best of your ability. Since you can’t haul the Miner’s Den down to the beach or pool with you, we can address your concerns and answer any questions you might have. By following these rec...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:49pm
Miner's Recommends: Gifts for Grads
Graduation is a time of celebration for both the students and their families. Commencement is so named because it is a beginning, either of one’s college years or lifetime career. Miner’s Den has the perfect gift for your grad. Here are some of our staff favorites: Graduation Charms: ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:49pm
Great Gifts: Father's Day
Maybe your dad taught you how to ride your bike. Maybe he taught you how to throw a football. Whatever your dad has done for you, the time has come to show him how much you appreciate all of it. Miner’s Den has some of the best and most unique gifts for dads. We’re not just a jewelry sto...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:49pm
For the Curious Mind: Where Do Geodes Come From?
You might be familiar with geodes. The word itself comes from the Greek “Geoides”, meaning “earthlike”. Geodes are spherical or oblate rock formations with a hollow cavity lined with crystals or other mineral growth on the inside. When formations such as these are completely ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:49pm
New to the Showroom Floor: The Excalibur Diamond
Miner’s Den has exciting news: We are now the only jeweler in Southeast Michigan to carry created Diamonds! Unlike simulants, such as Cubic Zirconia or Moissanite, created Diamonds are genuine Diamonds. They are physically and chemically the same. The only difference between created Diamonds a...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:48pm
The Pearl: Myths and Legends
Pearls are one of the most ancient of gemstones. They have been utilized as adornments for millennia. The Greeks have been stringing Pearls and wearing strands of them since 5000 B.C.E. Associating the stone with the moon, symbols of purity, and tokens of love, many different peoples have attributed...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:48pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Caring for Your Emeralds
Emeralds are not soft stones, like Opals, nor are they hard stones, like Diamonds. They have a Mohs rating of 7.5-8; however, their natural inclusions make them rather susceptible to breakage when knocked about. Such inclusions are often treated with oil or resin to fill in fissures on the surface. ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:48pm
New to the Showroom Floor: True Romance by Paul Winston
Paul Winston has been in the business of making affordable bridal jewelry with classic style since 1992. Introduced in 2004, the True Romance line by Paul Winston creates unique and distinctive designs for modern brides. These rings are crafted with clean, classic lines for remarkable elegance. Thei...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:48pm
Product Feature of the Month: New Michigan Jewelry
Silver Mist Jewelers, located right here in Michigan, has designed a new line of Michigan jewelry for Miner’s Den. Silver Mist manufactures jewelry for some of the top stores in the nation, including Miner’s Den. With over 30 years of jewelry making experience, you can be sure that each ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:47pm
Stone Highlight of the Month: Home Decor from Tucson
When co-owner Barb attends the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, she doesn’t return with just beautiful jewelry. She also goes to find the best of the unique gifts that the vendors bring. This year was no exception. Barb brought back some amazing pieces that are sure to beautify your home and intri...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:47pm
For the Curious Mind: The Meaning of the Mother's Ring
Many of you may be familiar with the mother’s ring. This is a ring that a woman wears into which the birthstones of her children have been set. The designs of these rings vary widely: some contain the birthstone of the mother and/or father; some are accented with Diamonds or other stones; othe...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:47pm
The Emerald: Should it Even Exist?
The Emerald is a phenomenon of nature. Emerald is a form of the mineral beryl, which in its natural state is clear. The color of the Emerald comes from the introduction of other minerals as the crystals grow, specifically chromium and vanadium. Beryllium, chromium, and vanadium are found in vastly d...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:46pm
Five Fascinating Facts About Diamonds
Did you know: Diamonds are so dense they greatly reduce the speed of light. Light travels through a Diamond at less than half the speed that it travels through the controlled environment of a vacuum. Over 80% of Diamonds are not suitable for use in jewelry. They are employed for industrial uses ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:46pm
Product Feature of the Month: Dazzling Diamonds
Seeing as how April is the Diamond month, Miner’s Den decided to pull out all the stops and throw a 3-day event featuring the gem. Diamonds aren’t just for engagement rings and stud earrings. There are tennis bracelets, fashion rings, hoop and dangle earrings, earring jackets, and pendan...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:46pm
Stone Highlight of the Month: Three More from Tucson
Last month we discussed the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that co-owner Barb attended. She always finds the best that the show has and brings those pieces back to Miner’s Den. This month, we will discuss three more unique stones that you’ll be hard pressed to find at any other jewelry stor...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:46pm
For the Curious Mind: World's 2nd Largest Diamond Going to Auction Uncut
Mined in November of 2015 at the Karowe Mine in Botswana, the world’s second largest diamond ever found will go up for auction later this year. The Vancouver based Lucara Diamond Corporation discovered the stone using new x-ray technology that allows for the recovery of larger Diamonds before ...
Posted by on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 pm31 4:44pm
On March 24th, Miner’s Den lead designer and staff manager Natalie paid a visit to the kids of the Latchkey Program at Pierce School in Birmingham. She went there to discuss the different kinds of fossils and specimens that Miner’s Den has, such as Orthoceras, Megalodon teeth, Mastodon b...
Posted by on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 pm30 5:07pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Caring for Costume Jewelry
Just because a piece of jewelry wasn’t expensive doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be properly cleaned and maintained. Costume jewelry accessories are just as important to your wardrobe as your precious gemstones and gold. Caring for them accordingly is easy if you know the basics. Keep...
Posted by on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 pm31 2:41pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Great Gifts for Kids
In case you weren’t aware, Miner’s Den sells more than just jewelry. We have bookends, decorative crystals and geodes, Amethyst and Citrine cathedrals, and so much more. Our gift ideas go beyond things for your home, however; Miner’s Den also carries gifts for children unlike anyth...
Posted by on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 pm31 2:38pm
Product Feature of the Month: Miner's Den Watch Brands
March 13th is when we turn our clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Miner’s Den is known for free watch batteries (with a $5 minimum donation to local charities), but you may not know that we will also re-set your watch for you for summertime. In the spirit of all things timely, we are featu...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 pm31 3:29pm
New to the Showroom Floor: The Tucson Collection
The first two weeks in February mean only one thing in Tucson: The Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase. Every year, co-owner Barb travels west to find the best the vendors there have to offer. She always brings back the most beautiful and marvelous pieces. This year, there are rings and pendants made ...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 pm31 3:27pm
For the Curious Mind: World's Largest Star Sapphire Found
The world’s largest star Sapphire was mined in Sri Lanka last August (2015). The name of the town in which it was found, Ratnapura, literally translates to “City of Gems”. Ratnapura has a long-established industry of gem-mining, including Tourmaline, Moonstone, Topaz, and, of cours...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 pm31 3:25pm
Birthstone of the Month: Aquamarine
The name Aquamarine translates from the Latin “aqua marina” into “water of the sea”, a reference to its ocean-like color and sparkle. Aquamarine is the blue gemstone variety of the mineral beryl. Other well-known beryl gems include Morganite and Emerald. The color of the Aqua...
Posted by on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 pm31 3:24pm
Wedding Dates to Avoid?
Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding can tell you that it’s not easy, even with a wedding planner. Trying to coordinate all the little details to make your day special is quite an undertaking. Even the simplest wedding requires a well thought-out plan. The biggest decision is usually the ...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:09pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Keeping Jewelry Proportional
No matter what you’re wearing or when you wear it, your jewelry should be in proportion to both your facial features and your body frame. Dressy, professional, or casual, for a wedding, an afternoon movie, or a meeting with a client, everything we do can and should be complemented by our jewel...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:09pm
Happenings Around The Den: Cub Scouts' Visit
Last month, Miner’s Den was proud to host Cub Scout Pack #1082 out of Berkley. The boys came in to the store to learn about gemstones and rocks. Carol showed them the store, leading them on the grand tour and answering their inquiries. From our high-end jewelry in the back to the “museum...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:09pm
Stone Highlight of the Month: Love Stones
All types of stones and crystals are thought to have healing properties. They are believed to contain the abilities to not only heal physical injury, but emotional as well. As this is the month in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Miner’s Den wanted to share with you the properties of ...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:09pm
Product Feature of the Month: Complete Bridal Sets Under $2000
Miner’s Den carries a large selection of engagement rings and wedding bands. We now carry complete sets for under $2000. That’s the engagement ring, with center Diamond, and matching Diamond wedding band for less than $2000. These engagement rings feature the halo style, ...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:08pm
For the Curious Mind: The History of the Heart Symbol
The first known representation of the heart shape as a symbol of romantic love comes from a miniature (an illustration in an ancient or medieval text) in a manuscript written circa 1250 CE. (Any earlier instances of the geometric shape itself were used to represent foliage (like ivy or fig leaves) r...
Posted by on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 pm29 12:08pm
Birthstone of the Month: Amethyst
The name for “Amethyst” comes from the Greek “a” (not) and “methystos” (intoxicated), a reference to the belief that the stone would keep its owner from becomingdrunk. Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz, the color coming from natural irradiation, iron impuriti...
Posted by on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 pm29 12:08pm
Birthstone of the Month: Garnet
Garnet is a silicate mineral mined all over the world, from the U.S. to Australia. Its name is derived from the 14th century Middle English word “gernet”, meaning “dark red”, which in turn came from the Latin “granatus” and the Greek “granatum”, meanin...
Posted by on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 pm31 1:54pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Wearing Rings When It's Cold
Now that the weather has turned, it’s important to take care of your jewelry accordingly. Just as rings can feel a little tight when your fingers expand slightly in the warm summer months, rings can feel loose in the cold winter months, when your fingers contract. You don’t nec...
Posted by on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 pm31 1:44pm
Engagement Styles To Buy
Miner’s Den has all of your engagement ring and wedding band needs covered. We carry several well-known, well-made brands. We also have our own exclusive designs and in-house design team to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your forever ring. There are four types of engagement rings that we car...
Posted by on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 pm31 1:35pm
Miner's Den Offers Wells Fargo Financing
Did you know that Miner’s Den offers 12-month interest-free financing?The Wells Fargo kiosk is located just inside our front door, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the store. It’s a non-invasive application process, and you can enter all the required information in just a f...
Posted by on Friday, January 8th, 2016 pm31 3:06pm
New to the Showroom Floor: National Jewelers and Facet Barcelona
National Jewelers was started in 1981 with the understanding that bridal jewelry is eternal. The rings you choose will adorn your hands forever. National Jewelers focuses on creating designs of lasting quality and comfort. Their commitment to quality has sustained their growth and success. Their stu...
Posted by on Friday, January 8th, 2016 pm31 12:31pm
Trending: The Perks of Social Media
Several social media sites have been increasing their following over the last decade: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter notably. These sites provide great “places” to catch up with friends and family across the miles. Not only that, but they also represent new ways to do business. You no ...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 pm30 3:19pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Ostbye Top Ten Gifts
In a stressful time of year, we want to make choosing the best gift and easy decision. This holiday season we are featuring the top ten gifts in our store from a high quality designer. These gifts feature something for everyone including necklaces, rings, and earrings. We are excited to feature thes...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 pm30 3:16pm
Miner's Recommends...Engraving Tips and Ideas
The earliest instance of mankind engraving objects (as possessions) has been evidenced by engraved ostrich shells used as water containers 60,000 years ago. The ancient Chinese would cut patterns into wood blocks and use those blocks to make prints. Egyptians etched hieroglyphs onto their pottery an...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 pm30 3:14pm
Rego Manufacturing has been designing and producing fine jewelry for over 40 years. Family owned and operated, Rego was founded by Ray and Claudia Kincaid in 1973. After 16 years on the road as a retail salesman and consultant, Ray founded the company with the desire to craft jewelry that stands the...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 pm30 3:13pm
When it comes to rings for the wedding, it seems that the brides usually get to have all the sparkle and dazzle, and the grooms are relegated to wearing plain bands. Even if these bands are made with an alternative metal, like tungsten or titanium, they tend to be simple in their design. Over the la...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 pm30 3:11pm
Birthstone of the Month: Citrine and Precious Topaz
November is yet another month that has more than one birthstone. Citrine is the better known, “official” birthstone, and Topaz is the other. While topaz comes in a diverse array of colors, the warm orange-colored Precious Topaz is the stone given to represent the birth month of November,...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 pm31 2:03pm
The Denver Fossil and Mineral Show 2015
Every autumn, Martin Zinn Expositions brings the Mineral, Fossil, and Gems show to Denver. With 10 separate shows and 900 vendors and exhibitions throughout the Mile-High City, this extravaganza offers exceptional specimens ranging in price from $1 to $1 million dollars. These vendors come from all ...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 pm31 2:19pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Stone Polishing
Rock collecting as a hobby is enjoyable for people of all ages. An inexpensive way to get out and experience nature, it’s also a great means to teach your children or grandchildren about science. The best way to bring out a stone’s natural beauty is to polish it. There is more than one w...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 pm31 2:05pm
For the Curious Mind: Mammoth Skeleton Found in Michigan
On Monday, September 28, 2015, in a soy bean field near Chelsea, Michigan, two neighboring farmers were digging when they made a fantastic discovery: the skeletal remains of a woolly mammoth. The men, Trent Satterthwaite and James Bristle, were working in Bristle’s field, digging in order to c...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 pm31 2:02pm
What Your Engagement Ring Says About You
The type of ring that you wear for your engagement says a lot about the type of personality you have. Are you edgy or more traditional? Will your wedding be classic or unconventional? This month, we explore the most popular shapes and what they mean. Round: Thoughtful and dependable, you have an el...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 pm31 1:57pm
Kelim
A kelim is a tapestry or woven rug with geometric designs, traditionally made in the Turkey and other Asian countries. Turkish native Meral Sartekin moved to Switzerland to study business and while there met and married her husband, Halil, who also hailed from Turkey. They couple ran a boutique spec...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 pm31 1:55pm
Birthstone of the Month: Opal and Pink Tourmaline
October is another month known for having more than one birthstone. The Opal is the traditional, customary birthstone. Tourmaline is the other, and although it comes in a wide variety of colors, pink is the color most commonly associated with birthstones for October.Most sources agree that the word ...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:49pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Solutions to the Spinning Ring
 If you’ve ever used tape or a Band-Aid to keep your ring from either falling off or just spinning around on your finger, we would like to offer you some better solutions. Some of these are permanent, while some are temporary. Our staff at Miner’s Den can help you determine which is...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:31pm
Miner's Recommends...Insurance
Did you know that your homeowner’s insurance may not cover your jewelry? There may be limits to your replacement costs of which you are unaware. Your policy may cover theft, but not a flood or even fire. The cost to insure your jewelry through your homeowner’s insurance may be greater th...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:25pm
For the Curious Mind: Tolbachik Diamonds
In a frozen lava flow on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, a new kind of diamond has been discovered. Named for the volcano near which they were found, Tolbachik diamonds have unique geological and mineralogical characteristics that make them different from any other type of diamon...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:17pm
Product Feature: Citizen
Founded in 1930, Citizen Watch Company integrates a comprehensive manufacturing process from creating the individual components inside the watch to the watch’s final assembly. They take an artisan’s approach to watch making, pushing forward the boundaries of their technical knowledge and...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:15pm
Stone Highlight of the Month: Petoskey
Named the Michigan state stone in 1965, the Petoskey is both a rock and a fossil. It is a fossilized rugose coral, with the scientific name of Hexagonaria Percarinata. Rugose corals have wrinkled walls, and the distinguishing features of Petoskey fossils are the hexagon shape with lines radiating ou...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 pm30 4:09pm
Birthstone of the Month: Sapphire
The word sapphire comes from the Greek “sappheiros”, meaning “blue stone”. Sapphire is the gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, wherein the trace elements present during its formation give it its color: iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium create blue, yellow,...
Posted by Ellen on Friday, August 7th, 2015 pm31 2:41pm
Falling Stars
In July, our designer Natalie was tasked with the project of creating star pendants for our customer Matt Hendrickson to give to his wife Jennifer, their two and a half year old daughter, and their soon-to-be-born daughter (due August 28th). They were to be made of white gold and have diamonds set i...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 pm31 4:00pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Choosing the Right Chain
Most of the time when you buy a pendant, it comes with a chain. This is a chain that either the manufacturer or the seller (as on eBay) has paired with it. Maybe it’s too short or too long. Maybe it’s not your style: you don’t like rope chains or snake chains. Maybe it’s a pe...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 pm31 3:57pm
Trending: Alternative Engagement Rings
Lots of modern couples are moving toward non-traditional weddings. They’ll get married on the beach, in an historical home, or even at the ball park. However, before the wedding comes the engagement. These are also moving toward having an unusual ring presented at the time of the proposal, not...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 pm31 3:54pm
Happenings Around The Den: August 2015 Edition
On August 22nd of this year, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will finally have the wedding of their dreams. These ladies are one of the couples who brought the issue of same-sex marriage before The Supreme Court of the United States. On June 26th The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision against the ba...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 pm31 3:49pm
Two Detroit Originals: The Dream Cruise and Fordite
On the third Saturday in August, Woodward Avenue hosts the world’s largest one-day automotive event: The Woodward Dream Cruise. August 15th of this year marks the 20th Anniversary, when roughly a million people will descend upon the stretch of road that runs between Ferndale and Pontiac as the...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 pm31 3:44pm
Birthstone of the Month: Peridot
The origin of the name “peridot” is uncertain. One possibility is that it is derived from the Arabic word “faridat”, meaning gem, but the Oxford English dictionary says otherwise, claiming it is an alteration of the Latin “paederot”, a kind of opal. Peridot is the...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 2:08pm
Our staff at Miner’s Den endeavors to give you the best in-store experience we possibly can. We are constantly trying to improve not only that experience, but also ourselves. We want to hear what you have to say! We would love to hear what you have encountered as our customer. Did one of our s...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 2:03pm
Staff Tip: Vacation Jewelry
Here at Miner’s Den, we want you to love all of your jewelry, even if it didn’t come from us. We understand the desire to wear it all the time. We also understand how difficult it is to leave your favorite pieces behind when you leave town, especially if we’re talking about your we...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 2:01pm
For the Curious Mind: The Golden Empress
Laurence Graff OBE was born in England in 1938. When he was 15, he left school and began working in a jewelry store. Though he started out as clean-up boy, he soon began an apprenticeship and chose to work independently when the shop went out of business. In 1960, he founded his company, Graff Diamo...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 1:57pm
Miner's Recommends...
Many couples choose to get married in the summer, and we here at Miner’s Den have several choices for couples to give as gifts to the members of their wedding parties. We carry several lines of affordable jewelry for the ladies of the party, and we also have great gifts for the men: watches, m...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 1:49pm
Product Feature: Lafonn
For over 30 years, Lafonn has been designing and creating affordable, well-made jewelry. The name Lafonn is inspired from the Gaelic word for everlasting desire. Lafonn strives to create lasting jewelry “for every woman of every age”. Their pieces are skillfully crafted in sterling silve...
Posted by Ellen on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 pm31 1:46pm
Birthstone of the Month: Ruby
The word ruby comes from the Latin “ruber”, meaning red. It is a variety of the mineral corundum, as is sapphire. With rubies, the primary hue of the corundum gem must be red; all other hues of the gem species corundum are classified as sapphires (gems known as red sapphires have most li...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 4:31pm
 Big Bang Flame Pendant
Last month, we introduced you to our exclusive Big Bang Diamond. It was created by the son of a stone cutter who sought to create a diamond with more radiance and brilliance. The Big Bang Diamond has 50% more facets than a traditional round cut diamond, pulling in more light and creating more sparkl...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 3:00pm
Staff Tip of the Month: Removing Rings in the Heat
This month we are continuing with our recommendations about your jewelry and the summertime. Perhaps you were unaware of the fact that your fingers change sizes with heat and cold. On an average day, your finger ring size can fluctuate approximately 0.7mm from morning to night; even more so in extre...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 2:47pm
Stone Highlight of the Month: Meteorite
Using meteorites and their fragments for jewelry and adornment is nothing new. Meteoroids have been breaking the atmosphere and impacting the surface of our planet since its formation over 4 billion years ago. Ancient peoples would either witness them hitting the ground or find them under the soil w...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 2:39pm
Happenings Around The Den
We love to share our good news with you! We have all sorts of fun activities that we participate in behind the scenes that we rarely get the chance to talk about with our customers. This last month we had some great things happen both for our store, and for morale. Last fall, we began carrying the n...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 2:34pm
Happy Father's Day From The Miner's Den!
This month, we celebrate our fathers on Father’s Day. The third Sunday every June is marked as the day that we traditionally honor all that our dads do for us. Miner’s Den has a wide variety of gifts for men that go beyond the conventional necktie. We carry Citizen and Bering watches for...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 pm30 2:13pm
Birthstone of the Month: Pearl and Alexandrite
If you are lucky enough to have been born in June, then you probably already know that there are two traditional birthstones for your month. The Pearl is the more conventional, more commonly known birthstone. Alexandrite is the lesser known, and interestingly enough more valuable, birthstone for thi...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 pm31 1:23pm
Happy Mother's Day from The Miner's Den
On the second Sunday of every May, we celebrate our mothers on Mother’s Day. Here at Miner’s Den, we carry several different varieties of gifts that are sure to bring a smile to your mom’s face. We have, of course, several different styles of mothers’ rings that we can make f...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 pm31 1:22pm
Jackie's Staff Tip: How Swimming Can Damage Your Jewelry
With the end of May comes Memorial Day Weekend, the time of year when most pools are filled and opened for use. It is also the time of year to warn against wearing your jewelry in the pool (or even when using chlorine bleach in the laundry). There is a chemical reaction that takes place between chlo...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 pm31 1:19pm
On April 28, Sotheby’s Auction House of New York held its Magnificent Jewels auction: a 350 piece collection that raised over $65 million, a record for the NY auction house. The collection included some Art Deco pieces made by Cartier and a collection of Kashmir sapphire jewelry. However, the ...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 pm31 1:17pm
Three More Stones From Tuscon
Three More From Tuscon We are continuing to highlight the unusual stones that came to us via the Arizona Gem and Mineral Show. This month we will give a comprehensive overview of three more, considering their visual qualities and healing properties. Brecciated Mookaite The name “Mookaite&rdquo...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 pm31 1:10pm
Birthstone of the Month: Emerald
The word “emerald” originated from the Greek “smaragdos”, meaning “green” or “green gem”. That term evolved through the Latin “smaragdus” and “esmaralda” to the Middle English “emeraude” to its modern day pronunciati...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:37pm
The Final Step of a Custom Ring: Stone Setting
Step 7: Stone Setting We have reached the final stage in the creation of custom jewelry. Once the ring has been thoroughly cleaned and given its pre-polish (under where the stones are placed), it is ready for the stones to be set. After the stones for any piece have been sorted to match color and br...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:36pm
Sharon's Staff Tip: How to clean ALL jewelry!
We have brought on a new cleaning product here at The Miner’s Den. Lavish is a non-toxic, non-abrasive, and bio-degradable foam that cleans all your jewelry, from costume pieces to gold and diamonds, and without leaving a residue. It even works on your most delicate items that you would normal...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:35pm
Freshen Up Your Look For Spring
Spring is a time of growth and renewal. We carry several lines of jewelry that evoke thoughts of sunshine and beauty. As the weather outside grows warmer, sleeves get shorter and necklines grow deeper. Why not add some sparkle to your wardrobe with some pieces from us? Frederick Duclos creates stunn...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:34pm
More on Stones from Tuscon
Last month, we reported on co-owner Barb attending the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show in Arizona. In that article, we touched on some of the unusual specimens that she brought back with her. This month, we will look at those in depth, discussing their visual qualities and healing properties.   Cin...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:33pm
Birthstone of the Month: Diamond
The word “diamond” is derived from the Greek “adámas”, meaning “unbreakable”or “unconqueraqble”. Diamonds are most often found in yellow and brown, with the colorless diamond that we most often find in jewelry being the third most naturally occu...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 pm30 3:23pm
Introducing: Lashbrook
There is a new line of wedding bands at Miner’s Den! We are proud to be carrying Lashbrook, an exciting brand that goes beyond the traditional gold and even the usual alternative metals. Founded in 2000, Lashbrook practices lean manufacturing, putting them on the leading edge of manufacturing ...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 pm31 1:19pm
Tucson Gem Show
At the beginning of every year, Tuscon, Arizona hosts the Arizona Gem and Mineral Show. This year, we sent co-owner Barb out into the desert to see what they had to offer. In addition to going to acquire the fossils and stones that we regularly carry in our store, Barb attends the show with our cust...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 pm31 1:18pm
Step 5: Investment Casting Last month we finished our custom piece with the customer approving of the wax once it was exactly right. Now it’s time for the jeweler to do what is known as a lost wax, or “investment” casting. The wax mold is prepared by attaching a “sprue”...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 pm31 1:15pm
March 20 marks the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox and the beginning of Spring. With day and night the same length, a sense of equality and balance comes to mind, as well as a sense of new beginnings and fertility with the passing of winter. Here is a collection of stones that encapsulate the qualities o...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 pm31 1:09pm
  In the summer of 2014, a part-time prospector, working only with a metal detector, discovered a chunk of pure gold in Butte County, CA. It was declared by Kagin’s Inc. of California to be the second-largest piece still in existence. The nugget (if one could call it that) is said to wei...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 pm31 1:07pm
  Part of what is so captivating about Celtic Knots is their mystery. Depending on the person and the cultural area from which they come, their meanings can differ greatly. Even the most well-known knot, the Trinity Knot (or Triquetra: Latin for three-cornered), has many interpretations. Thoug...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 pm28 12:41pm
    Step 3: Deciding What Method to Use to Create a Wax MoldLast month we looked at the first two steps of a custom design process at The Miner’s Den. Weare picking up at the point where a wax mold of the agreed upon design must be created. Thereare two possible options, depending on...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 pm31 4:04pm
Have you heard of niobium? To begin, it is an alternative metal used in jewelry and other industries that has developed something of a cult following. Niobium was initially discovered in 1801 by English chemist Charles Hatchett. A mineral sample was sent to the British Museum from the United States ...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 pm31 4:03pm
The term druzy refers to tiny quartz micro-crystals that form on the surface of a stone or permeate the stone itself. Some common minerals that are naturally formed this way are agate, jasper, chrysocolla, malachite, hematite, garnet, and black garnet. Druzy quartz is known to be a soothing and calm...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 pm31 3:28pm
Amethyst (purple quartz) is a stone with an instantly memorable anecdote as to how the name was derived. The name Amethyst comes from the Greek word ametusthos, which translates to “not intoxicated.” For this to make sense one must look to the Greek myth from which it was derived. Legend...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 pm31 3:12pm
  Contrary to some beliefs, Valentine’s Day has a very old history. While the exact origins of the day are difficult to pin down, it is generally accepted by historians that the holiday has Roman roots. Ancient Rome celebrated the festival of Lupercalia which was a fertility festival ann...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 pm31 2:09pm
    When looking at your jewelry box, determining which pieces to appraise can seem daunting. We always recommend that you bring your pieces to us so that we can give guidance as to which pieces should be insured and which pieces don’t need to be insured. As a general rule, we recom...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:55pm
  At Miner’s Den we have a highly skilled team of custom designers that do anything from engagement rings and wedding bands to funky and contemporary statement pieces. My name is Ellen and I am the inventory specialist on staff. I have a dilemma with a wedding band and I have turned to T...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:46pm
The term garnet is derived from two potential sources: one possibility is that is comes from the Medieval Latin word, “granatum,” which is an adjective referencing the most famous color associated with garnet: dark red. It is suggested that this term could have been mined from the word &...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:26pm
As many of you already know, here at The Miner’s Den we have several designers to create a custom, one-of-a-kind piece for you. However, what you may not know is that we also have our own line of jewelry, from mother’s rings and pendants to out of the ordinary designs with everything fro...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:21pm
  Have you ever had a stone fall out of your ring? Are you worried that someday this might happen? The best way to prevent any stones from falling out is to clean your ring on a regular basis. Luckily for you, we clean jewelry for free! First, we check all the prongs to ensure that they are se...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:16pm
  As many know Miner’s Den has a donation program for replacing batteries in watches. The donation money is filtered to local charities and we are happy to highlight some of the donations that were made throughout 2014. Here is a list of just a few places your charity went to: Troy Coope...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 pm31 4:12pm
Amber is fossilized tree resin, not sap. The difference is that sap is the fluid that circulates in the vascular system of a tree, whereas resin is a much more viscous and sticky substance that trees use as a defense mechanism. For example, when a woodpecker tries to peck a hole into bark, a tree em...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 am31 11:55am
Turquoise: Something exclusive to turquoise that must immediately be stated is that it is considered to be possibly the oldest stone in the history of man. The name turquoise comes from the French “pierre turquoise” meaning “Turkish stone.” This is because the trade routes th...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 am31 11:45am
Blue Zircon: The name zircon is most likely derived from the Persian word zargun which means “gold colored.” Zircon comes in a cornucopia of colors including blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, clear, and red, with red having the distinction of being the rarest and therefore most sought ...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 am31 11:18am
We have a new line of unusual semi-precious gemstones including lepidolite, phosphosiderite, copper calcite, carnelian, mookaite, bumble bee jasper, sponge coral, amazonite and rhodocrosite all set in distinctive sterling silver setting. Lepidolite: A lovely purple stone, lepidolite is known as a tr...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 am31 10:52am
New this month we are carrying jewelry by Lisa Christina Designs. Lisa Christina comes from a background of having owned a retail store for 20 years. She now designs jewelry and operates out of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. She is known for her luxurious sterling silver designs featuring uniquely faceted...
Posted by Ellen on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 am31 10:34am
For the Curious Mind: In Angola’s Catoca diamond mine- the fourth largest in the world- the tracks of a gigantic mystery mammal have been found. The mammal dates back to the Early Cretaceous period. Members from the PaleoAngola Project- a program that examines vertebrate paleontology in Angola...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 6:06pm
  The wearing of charms began in ancient times, with the belief that amulets could ward off evil spirits and bad luck. The first such talismans were made of shells and bones; shell adornments from the continent of Africa have been dated as far back as 75,000 years, while carved Mammoth tusk fo...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 4:46pm
Handy Staff Tip by Carol Shepard:Cleaning silver plate      If your silver plated items have a sticky price tag on them, remove the sticker as soon as possible to prevent the sticky scum from ruining the silver finish. Soak the item in water to soften the tag and then gently peel off ...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 3:20pm
We are thrilled to be able to offer a slew of Leland Blue jewelry straight from Leland, Michigan. Absolutely exclusive to Michigan, Leland Blue is quite the fascinating stone; it is not only beautiful, but it can also perhaps be thought of as a relic from an old world that no longer exists. From 187...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 12:58pm
We are happy to highlight our new bridal line, Naledi. In July 2013 Antwerp based Belgium designer Laurence Bruyninckx was appointed head designer for the collection, and has developed exquisite designs for the contemporary bride. We have just received one of their kiosks where rings can be tried on...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 12:38pm
 Miner’s Den is delighted to be participating in Small Business Saturday on November 29, 2014 as part of the Shop Small movement. Small Business Saturday is a phenomenon that started in 2010 and has been picking up steam ever since. American Express is a founding partner for the event an...
Posted by Ellen on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 pm30 12:13pm
November Birthstone: TopazThe word “topaz” comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire”. Pure topaz is a colorless stone. Red- the most valuable and rare topaz- and some pink topaz get their colors from chromium that is substituted for aluminum in the crystals; most others deriv...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 pm31 4:56pm
For the Curious Mind:An astonishing blue diamond weighing 122.52 carats (about the size of a strawberry) was found in South Africa this summer by Jersey-based Petra Diamonds mining firm. It was found in their Cullinan mine, the most illustrious diamond mine in the world known for producing mammoth f...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 pm31 4:31pm
Miner's Den was glad to co-sponsor  Stagecrafters presentation of the classic kooky musical comedy My Fair Lady at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak, which ran from September into early October.   On the stage now is Tribes! Check out stagecrafter's website for more information!   &nb...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 pm31 4:28pm
We are pleased to offer of two new lines for fall that feature the season’s top trends, specifically crystal flower “modern fairytale” pieces and gold and silver chunky chain jewelry.             Our Mariana line offers crystal flower necklaces as wel...
Posted by Ellen on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 pm31 4:14pm
    Many notable specimens and rocks have been added to our collection for autumn, including blue and green calcite, celestite, chrysanthemum stones, lepidolite, semi-precious stone massage wands, and more. We are also happy to announce the arrival of chlorastrolite jewelry; it is the Mich...
Posted by Ellen on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 pm31 4:41pm
  Opal- The term opal is adapted from the Latin opalus but is believed to originate from the Sanskrit upala meaning “precious stone. At some point in history opal had a fall from grace after being linked with a series of misfortunes and strange fatalities, but its much coveted status has...
Posted by Ellen on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 pm31 4:16pm
        Pink Tourmaline The name Tourmaline is derived from an ancient Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) word turmali meaning “a mixed color precious stone” or turamali meaning “something from the earth.” While tourmaline is known for coming in an assortment of ...
Posted by Ellen on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 pm31 3:09pm
      Come Join us for 20% Off Our Entire Estate Jewelry Collection Tuesday September 30th- October 4th We have a huge selection of gold and silver estate in stock and on sale!As always come see us for free ring cleaning and free watch battery replacement ($5 dona...