Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ruby Red Hot stone

July is warm. I mean really warm. So is July's birthstone, the ruby.

Usually known for it's pink to blood-red color, the ruby is considered one of the 4 precious gemstones, the perfect stone for royalty. The name comes from latin Ruber - no, it doesn't mean rubber, it just means red.

The most beautiful rubies are found in Myanmar (Burma) which is kind of a problem, cause that country is not famous for its democracy or civil rights, and importing them was banned.

Still, the ruby is part of the precious gemstones club (along with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds) and it is pretty hard, a 9 on Mohs scale (the diamond is a 10 which is the maximum on the scale).

Below is one of the wave rings in 18K rose gold and rubies. Who said that pink and rose didn't look good together? It's called a new version of the color blocking (and it looks great in the summer as well)

This one you can buy online here:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Summer is already upon us with warm temperatures and long days. This year flew by really fast and there are so many exciting things that happened at the studio that it’s hard to know where to start.

So, where should I start?...


I moved from Santa Monica, CA to Charlottesville in VA. The jewelry production changed State but everything is still made with my own hands at my studio. I can only add that UPS is one of the best inventions in the world, and everything works smoothly and fast as it did before (and without traffic jams in LA).


On the search for a new studio I found a really cool space that, not only is my studio and my showroom but it also has a small gallery in the front.
Yep, I’ve opened a retail space to display my jewelry which was totally crazy, unexpected and has proven to be extremely fun.


There’s a new leather and a new pearl collection coming up. Don’t worry, the colorful baubles and chunky jewelry pieces are here to stay, but the new pieces are going to be fun.

Pearls are my weakness and leather is just a way to channel that boho chic look that I love. Stay tuned cause they’re gonna be launched in September!


I'm introducing jewelry in de-ox sterling silver which does not oxidize (and yes, still going green and using recycled metals!)

Also, check the new updated site with a lot of one-of-a kind pieces only available at the studio and the new video and trends feature that I'll be adding.


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Friday, July 6, 2012

Was it really 2 months ago?

My last post was 2 months ago? Really?

Oh well, a lot of things happened. The studio is still in the same place, a lot of new one-of-a-kind designs, really hard decisions for my business and a million ideas all at the same time. I also found time to fulfill orders, have my jewelry selling in a new store (Gallery of Jewels in San Francisco) and traveled to Europe with a quick stop in London (dreadful weather & fun) and Lisbon (wonderful weather and fun).

 Now that I'm back I noticed that my site hasn't been updated for ages and decided to change all that. Also decided to try out a video feature on the site and on Facebook. Sometimes it's better to understand how the pieces are really like in real life.

And yes, still a lot more to do but I'll get there. In the meantime follow the updates on the site or on facebook. And stay fresh inside and away from the crazy temperatures around here (which have been in the 100'sF)


Queen Rings (Enhanced) from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry on Vimeo.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Diamonds are a girl's best friend...

You think white, sparkling, very, very brilliant and you got it right: Marylin singing "Diamonds are a girl's best friend". This month's birthstone is no other than the widely advertised and adored diamond.

On the peril of losing many clients and making many enemies I'll write it down anyway: white diamonds are not my favorite gemstone. There, I said it. You can stop reading if you want to.

On the other hand, if you're talking about black diamonds that's a total different subject, I totally love those black beauties (with the fervor people usually have for the white ones). And the yellows? They're nice and probably the most expensive of all.  The reds? Beautiful. The blues? The hue is almost metallic. And the pinks? Probably come from Argyle mine in Australia. And the champagne ones? Look like a nice sunset. And there are many more variations on colors.

Oh and I bet that you know all about the 4 C's (the cut, color, clarity and carats) and I'm pretty sure you know your VS's from your SI's and your D-F from your G-H or worst. But do you know where the word comes from?

Yes, the Greeks called them adámas, that meant unbreakable, since diamonds are one of the toughest materials in the world. But the earliest references to diamonds come from India, where they were traditionally mined and traded. As usual people thought that diamonds brought supernatural powers to the wearer, a lot of abacadabra stuff and (my favorite) that a diamond could only be broken with a goat's blood!

And all of this for a piece of carbon. Yes, the stuff inside pencils - graphite. And did you know your house can burn down and the metal can melt but you'll find your diamond intact after the fire? (this is if you can find it).

And the mystery of the scratched wine glasses is simply that your diamond ring scratches the glass and all the other existing materials.Why? Because it is considered the hardest natural know material in the world. And that is why 80% of the diamonds mined are used for industrial purposes and not on the jewelry market. So next time you see a huge industrial grinder or bur, remember it will have diamonds in it's composition.


Other fun facts? Rose cuts were popular until the 19th century because it was the best cut they knew. It wasn't until 1921 with new technology that the brilliant cut was achieved by a mathematical model.

And as coca-cola invented the modern Santa Claus,  DaBeers invented the concept of the diamond engagement ring with the slogan "a diamond is forever", and that is why today when a couple gets married one of the partners has to give up 3 months of his/her salary to show his/her willingness to commit. 

 I do agree that there's no other stone with the brilliance and sparkle of the diamond. It is indeed a marvelous and beautiful creation of nature. And to finish on a high note I'll skip the whole subject of the DaBeers cartel, the blood diamonds in Africa and don't even get me started on the Kimberley process because that would be the subject of a book with 3 volumes of 1000 pages.

Yes, I still love when the couple get their wedding bands and engagement ring and feel so happy about it. It is something that they will always treasure, wear (hopefully) forever and can pass on to their children. That's what jewelry is about.

And please take all of this with a grain of salt. Keep in mind that I have very strong feelings about diamonds and that my engagement ring had a pearl. Now, I'm an evangelist about pearls (much like normal people are with diamonds), but that's gonna be a subject for another month.

Happy Easter everybody! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cool jewelry packaging...again

Still on the topic of jewelry boxes, these ones are really fun and colorful. 

The creative mind and hands behind them is Peter Owen, a furniture and musical instrument maker. Every single piece is handmade and so pretty!  Aren't these boxes awesome?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Protection against getting drunk? Amethyst is the February birthstone

Let me present you the rich purple parent of quartz gemstones and February birthstones: the amethyst! 

Does the color remind you of something?....yep, red wine! 

(for script reasons forget the green amethysts, they are the result of heat-treated purple amethysts...)

And the name? If  you didn't study ancient Greek it's ok, I'll explain: the Greek word "amethystos" may be translated as "not drunken" and in the ancient times was considered as a strong antidote against drunkenness. 

So forget Guronsan to cure your hangover, just wear an amethyst and learn the hard way...

Story goes (a.k.a story as in Greek mythology) that Dionysus, the god of intoxication and wine, was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos who refused his affections (nothing surprising here). Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste (most likely praying for Dionysus not to rape her as it usually happened in Greek mythology) and Artemis answered, transforming her into a statue of crystalline quartz. Dionysus was so surprised by Amethysto's desire to remain chaste that he poured red wine over the stone as an offering to Artemis, staining the white crystals purple! There you go, here's how quartz got purple.
The true story?  Amethyst is a variety of quartz (true from the story) but it's purple color is due to irradiation and iron impurities in the quartz...

Some centuries later, in the middle ages, popular belief was that amethysts could heal people, protect against tempests, bring good fortune in war and hunt. And even drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect. Miraculous gemstone the amethyst could do anything! But hey, these were the middle ages (also known as the "dark ages") and these guys were known for not knowing much about anything...

And today? Well, it's a pretty cool gemstone. It never prevented me from getting drunk, but then again,  I haven't gotten drunk since I was 18 so you'll never know....