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Commemorate A Holiday Season Like No Other...

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one of a kind scrimshaw necklace

No matter where you’re celebrating this holiday season, HBJ has something for everyone in your life to help you show them how singular they are. New one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, and earrings are as intricate as they are beautiful—just like your relationships and connections. 

 

(Left) Grand Emerald Vanity RingAsymmetrical, 14k gold prongs grasp the mossy emerald, highlighting its unique facets and naturalistic shape. (Right) Guillemot Variscite Figurehead Cameo Earrings. Named for the slight and sly seabird: drop earrings composed of decadent variscite feature striking inclusions that offset the luxe 18k Ladies Cameo that adorn them.

 

Emerald Earrings

Eucalyptus Emerald Vanity Earrings. Striated emerald drop-earrings evoke the tranquil beauty of a Eucalyptus tree.

Scrimshaw Necklace

Touch the Spindle Scrimshaw Variscite Necklace. A famed fairytale comes to life in this variscite necklace: contrasting fine metals and the stark contrast of the India ink and the gemstone evoke the good vs. evil powers at play in Sleeping Beauty.

Emerald and Tourmaline Earrings

Emerald and Tourmaline Deco Vanity Earrings. Carved emerald petals bloom above rich, elegant drops of tourmaline—inspired by the Art Deco era, these verdant drops possess a myriad of lush hues and old-world elegance.

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How It Was Made | An Engagement Story

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Unbeknownst to me, a random Saturday in October would become one of my favorite days of my life. It started out like any other weekend—a few errands, cleaning the apartment—but then John suggested a spontaneous trip to visit his old family farm. Though this land is no longer in the family, it is still John’s favorite place in the world: a reminder of childhood summers with his grandparents, swimming in Apple Lake (pond), and glorious Mother Nature.

It was a perfect fall day and we—including Beryl—savored the crisp air and surrounding beauty. Upon the request of a selfie in front of the water from his sister, John insisted we set up the camera on a timer.

The first one we waived our arms like maniacs.
The second one was blurry.
For the third one, I accidentally set it up as a video and swore as I went to change it back to camera mode.
Then the fourth one was a closeup of grass, as the camera got knocked over by Beryl.

At this point, I was over it—I told John we both hated selfies so let's just use the blurry one—but he asked for just one more so he could send his family the photo they asked for.

I set up the timer. I ran back to stand by John. The timer counted down.
3... 2...
John got down on one knee. I was confused. As it dawned on me what he was doing, I yelled "WHAT."

John was convinced I knew everything that was going on: that the phone call he made that morning was actually to my parents, that his mom's jewelry shopping query was a distraction, that his sister's request was a rouse, that the diamond I fell in love with in February that my diamond dealer told me was sold had actually sold to John. But I knew none of it! So for the first few seconds John was on his knee I just kept saying, "wait, WHAT"
I did say "yes," eventually!

Upon our return home, I had this gorgeous 3.06ct antique European cut diamond, and I could do anything I wanted with it! I was both the client and the maker. I started working on the ring at 6 am Monday morning, called in every favor I could, bombarded my caster with notes, emails, and phone calls begging him to rush it, and was finished a week and a half later—a record!
The diamond bounced rainbows and dancing light across my studio while I began to work on its forever home, my engagement ring.
I knew I wanted a hefty gold ring, but the diamond was so glorious I didn't want the setting to take away from the magic and history of the stone. I decided to keep the ring simple and add some tiny, hand-carved silver barnacles to the edges of the setting. As though the ring grew up in the ocean, floating through rough and calm seas, surfacing at just the right moment.
                                                                                      
How I made my ring:
We are both so excited for this new chapter of our lives! The outpouring of love and support during this enchanting time has been nothing short of extraordinary—we have both never felt so loved, by each other and our families, friends, and HBJ community. 
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October Birthstone | The Opal

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“In the Opal, you shall see the burning fire of the Carbuncle or Ruby, the glorious purple of the Amethyst, the green sea of the Emerald and all glittering together, mixed after an incredible manner. Some Opals carry such resplendent luster with them that they are able to match the bravest and richest colors of painters: others represent the flaming fire of brimstone, yea, and the bright blaze of burning oil." —Pliny the Elder

 

From the top: HBJ's Opal Cameo Ring features 2ct Lightning Ridge Australian Opal, HBJ's Ghostberry Opal Branch Waiting Ring features a 6.72ct Mintabie, Australian opal + 0.11ct diamond, HBJ's Sisters of the Dioscuri Opal + Diamond Cameo Ring features a 2.05ct Lightning Ridge opal + 0.02ct diamond 

Iridescent play-of-color, a limitless spectrum of galactic hues, and organically refined splendor—these are just a few of HBJ’s favorite things about October's birthstone. Opals possess every color found in Mother Nature’s palette; you don’t have to look too closely to see that each cut of this spellbinding gemstone holds all the world’s colors and wonders inside. Hannah Blount Jewelry’s handmade and one-of-a-kind opal jewelry lets these gemstones shine with luxe diamond accents, sharp prong settings in a variety of fine metals, and alongside hand-wrought branches and oceanic accents. 

HBJ's Midnight Opal Vanity Ring features a Lightning Ridge, Australian opal, cut by Loren at Ancients17. Approximately 8x10mm.

THE METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF OPALS

Opals are not only beautiful, they were traditionally considered to be one of the luckiest gemstones from ancient Roman scholars to the Aztecs of Mexico. Opals are sometimes called 'the Eye Stone', as the ancient Greeks believed those who wore them would receive the gift of second sight. Upon the publication of Sir Walter Scott's novel Anne of Geierstein, opals developed a reputation as bad luck in many European cultures and still carries the superstition today (to some, certainly not at HBJ!). Reputation aside, the metaphysical properties of opals are nothing but positive. In general, opals are known to evoke optimism, enhance creativity, and promote a sense of calm; they're excellent for meditation work to ease stress and depression. There are so many types of opals that their metaphysical purposes vary. Opals that contain fire or play of color are known to stimulate the emotional body and are considered an amplifier stone, unlike the common opal which is a stabilizer.

 HBJ's Aequorin Opal + Diamond Branch Waiting Necklace features 12.6ct Lightning Ridge Australian opal+ 0.04ct diamond. The Eggplant Opal Branch Waiting Ring features a 0.75ct Lightning Ridge, Australian opal + 0.04ct diamond.


HOW TO CARE FOR OPAL JEWELRY

Opals come in many colors and varieties; they are relatively soft as they're made up of about 10% water and come in at 5 to 6.5 on the MOHS scale. Opals are fragile like glass, so be extra careful to avoid abrasive surfaces, and avoid knocking your opal ring against hard surfaces. Extreme temperature shifts can cause cracks, so take care when wearing your opal jewelry. To keep your opal clean, use warm water with mild soap and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Hannah Blount Jewelry does not recommend using an ultrasonic cleaner or, especially, a steam cleaner.  

 
HBJ's Tiny Spearmint Opal Branch Waiting Studs features 1ct Lightning Ridge opal studs.

ETHIOPIAN & AUSTRALIAN OPALS

Ethiopian Welo opals are beautiful but temperamental: while they are renowned for their iridescence and flashes of heat, many Ethiopian Welo opals are hydrophane opals and will dull in the presence of too much sunlight or too much water. 

HBJ loves this magical gemstone as no one opal is alike: from the ancient and stunning Lightning Ridge opals of Australia to temperamental Welo opals and decadent Peruvian opals. 

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Raffle for Change | Supporting Higher Heights for America

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I have joined forces with Rachel Atherley, Sophie Hughes, Karin Jacobson and Emille Shapiro to hold a raffle benefiting Higher Heights for America

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In Honor of George Floyd

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Hannah Blount Jewelry stands in solidarity with George Floyd's family, the protestors of his murder, and with the countless victims of police violence throughout the United States.

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