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  • topaz custom jewelry llyn strong fine art jewelry Topaz Lore and History

    Topaz 10CT STRAW TOPAZ A sterling silver pendant featuring one bezel set square shaped straw topaz on a 16 inch silver chain.  This necklace was designed and made by Sydney Strong.   Topaz is an aluminum silicate containing fluorine and has a chemical formula of Al2(F,OH)2SiO4. It is formed by fluorine-bearing vapours given off during the […]

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  • Custom jewelry, opal, llyn strong fine art jewelry, Greenville SC Opal Gemstone History and Lore

    Moth Brooch and Pendant – deisgned and made by llyn strong   OPAL Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that was synonymous with “precious […]

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  • the history of diamonds llyn strong fine art jewelry Diamond Gemstone History

    Multi-colored diamond strand necklace and 18K white gold ring with rose cut yellow diamond flanked with white diamonds. Designed and made by llyn strong Diamond Gemstone History The diamond is more than just aesthetically beautiful—it’s an enduring symbol of love, romance, and commitment. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word adamas, which translates […]

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  • Peridot Gemstone

    Image Credit – Peridot Gemstone History Peridot is a gemstone with a fascinating history, both in nature and culture. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of peridot from as early as 1500 B.C. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe […]

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  • ruby rubies gemstone history Llyn Strong fine art jewelry Greenville SC Ruby Gemstone History and Symbolism

    Ruby Many cultures have long considered ruby a stone of kings. Not surprisingly, ruby symbolism and lore have many associations with power and wealth. Possessing a ruby purportedly benefited and protected the owner’s estates and assisted in the accumulation of wealth. Notably, this gem would help its owner acquire more gems.   The bright red […]

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  • llyn strong fine art jewelry moonstones greenville sc The History of Moonstones

    Moonstone History Moonstone is best known for its pearly sheen, or schiller effect, where light reflects off of the two types of feldspar that make this stone, orthoclase and albite. These two minerals grow together in alternating layers, and a phenomena named adularescence happens whenever light hits this play of orthoclase and albite. No matter […]

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  • llyn strong fine art jewelry fathers day Greenville SC The History of Father’s Day

    The History of Father’s Day The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, June […]

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  • mothers day llyn strong fine art jewelry greenville sc The History of Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world, and Mother’s Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, May 12, in the United States. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later […]

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  • An Engagement Ring's Tale - llyn strong An Engagement Ring’s Tale

    An Engagement Ring’s Tale Selecting an engagement ring is a long-lasting purchase decision for a couple. One of the first things to consider is selecting the type of stone. Should it be traditional or embrace some¬thing? As it turns out, what Americans think of as traditional when it comes to engagement rings depends on how […]

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  • llyn strong Fine Art Jewelry Doc of Rocks

    The team at llyn strong fine art jewelry would like to invite you to join us for the first of our Facebook Live events. Our goal is to make these as entertaining as they are informative. We welcome your questions and comments as we introduce and discuss various topics with each event. For our opener […]

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  • Paraiba Tourmaline: The Color of Paradise

    Raw columnar and large faceted Paraiba tourmaline: intense blue! (Source) Appearing to glow from within, the Paraiba tourmaline is an incomparable gemstone. Nearly three decades ago, this vivid blue stone captivated the world! This tourmaline quickly became one of the most sought-after gems in history. Biannually, we invite gemstone expert and vendor James Alger to […]

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  • Fine Arts Center Students Visit the llyn strong Studio

    A Glimpse into the Business & Art of Jewelry Making Last month, we were pleased to host Katy Cassel and her two metals classes from the Fine Arts Center (FAC). Twenty art students from Greenville, SC joined llyn in our showroom/gallery to see her finished work and hear her story. She also gave the students a picture […]

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  • Walking Through the Custom Process

    One of the truly unique services offered at llyn strong fine art jewelry is the opportunity to work one on one with llyn or any member of her team in order to create a piece of custom jewelry exactly how you want. Every year we complete over 100 pieces of custom jewelry, each one specially […]

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  • Preview of October’s Opal Show

    Every now and then, at llyn strong fine art jewelry, we like to give one gemstone the attention it deserves and this October we are bringing opals into the spotlight. In conjunction with our opal dealer, Hopkins Opal, we’re planning an educational show for October 26-28 of 2017, where attendees will get the chance to […]

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  • Another form of diamonds… diamond bead strands!

    Here at llyn strong fine art jewelry, we also carry diamonds in another form... diamond bead strands.  We have these in long and short, layered and single, big, small, grey, black, cognac, yellow, rough, faceted.... The strands can be on 18k gold wire or just on a cord with the other diamonds, depending on what [...] Continue Reading
  • Rose cut versus Brilliant cut Gemstones!

    Here at llyn strong fine art jewelry, we specialize in unique, unusual gemstones.  One way to get a unique look is to use a different cut.  Your traditional diamond engagement ring has a brilliant cut diamond.  Although we do plenty of rings with this cut stone, we also specialize in using rose cut gems.  Rose cut [...] Continue Reading
  • Jewelry is even custom made for the Big Screen!’-Mockingjay/ Custom made jewelry is an amazing way to have a piece of unique, personal jewelry.  Have you ever thought about the jewelry in movies? A lot of that is actually custom made for those movies.  The about link goes to an article about jeweler, Dana Schneider.  Schneider is an alumni of Rhode Island School of Design.  She […]

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  • looking for a great ring stone?.. try a sapphire!

    Are you looking for a great ring stone other than a diamond? Try a sapphire! Although sapphires are not quite as durable as a diamond, they are a good second choice.  llyn often recommends sapphires as a more cost effective engagement ring stone or a great way to brighten up a design.  Since sapphires come in [...] Continue Reading
  • our Featured artist… Heather Key Tiller!

    Heather Key Tiller is a jeweler from Charleston, SC.  Above is a selection of some of her jewelry.  This month, her work is featured in our front window.  Her designs are fashionable, affordable and colorful.  Come by to see what we have in stock! Continue Reading
  • Jewelry can be very technical!!!

    As some of you probably know, a lot of the jewelry created at llyn strong fine art jewelry is very technical.  Sometimes, it takes several people's ideas coming together to figure out how to put a piece together.  llyn and Tanya use a laser welder here, which means that they can actually set stones with [...] Continue Reading