• llyn as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council!!

    llyn’s Metropolitan Arts Council profiles have arrived! http://www.greenvillearts.com/art-scene/arts-directory/?ci=&page=&q=llyn&x=0&y=0    

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  • Birthstones

    Birthstones are known to bring good luck.  We don't really know where this tradition started but it thought to have started in India or possibly South America. Here is a little poem about October's birthstone, the opal: "October's child is born for woe, And life's vicissitudes must know, But lay an opal on her breast, [...] Continue Reading
  • llyn’s Life Rings

    llyn's Life Rings are a great way to commemorate an event or a length of your life or someone else's life. They are encrusted with symbols, stones and words that represent and are customized to you. Each ring is unique.  It can have as many or as few details as you wish. These rings can [...] Continue Reading
  • AGTA: your source for credible colored gemstone buying

    Did you know that llyn strong is a member of AGTA (American Gem Trade Association)? This means as a buyer, your interests when buying colored gemstones through her are protected. AGTA was founded in 1981 in Tucson by a group of gemstone dealers who were not happy with the local gem show.  They knew that […]

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  • Jewelry in the Greek Tradition

    Have you wondered how the Classical World thought of jewelry and why it is such a significant gift? I have a little insight for you on how Greeks thought of jewelry from Dyfri Williams and Jack Ogden’s book, Greek Gold:  Jewelry of the Classical World.  We mostly hear about gold from the Classical World, although […]

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  • a Happy Customer!

    We received a sweet note in the mail about a custom piece and wanted to share a few words from it!  We really appreciate the great feedback and the thought that went into writing it! In regards to a custom ring llyn made, Brittany Monroe says, “you turned a dream into a beautiful piece of […]

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  • Jewelry Appraisals

    If you are like me, it is probably time to get your jewelry appraised or re-appraised! You want your jewelry appraised for insurance. You also want to reappraise your jewelry every 3 years.  If it is lost or stolen, you want to be sure that you are given today’s value to replace it. If your […]

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  • Cleaning your jewelry

    Today, I want to tell you what we recommend to safely keep your jewelry clean and not broken. We recommend having your jewelry cleaned and stone settings checked every six months.  We can do this for you here.  Just bring in the pieces, and we will check to be sure prongs are not broken and […]

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  • Gemstone Roundtable Summary

    We received beautiful pictures of our Gemstone Roundtable from our friends, Crystal and Keith, at red apple tree photography! I wanted to share a few with you to give you a visual on how our Gemstone Roundtables work.  We will be having another one in the Spring of 2014, so plan ahead if this seems interesting to you! [...] Continue Reading
  • Maintaining your PEARLS…

    Hi everyone! On this beautiful day (llyn’s birthday!), we are going to give you some tips on maintaining your pearls. -Be sure to put your make up and perfume on before you put on your pearls.   Chemicals can be very harmful to pearls over time. -After wearing your pearls, wipe them with a soft, microfiber […]

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  • llyn’s custom jewelry

    Hello! Many of you bought stones at our Gemstone Roundtable, and many others of you are interested in having custom work designed in the future.  In case you are one of these, I want to tell you a little about llyn's custom design process. Custom jewelry is a way to create personal jewelry, which represents you.  It can have symbols, [...] Continue Reading
  • World Record White Diamond Sold!

    Hi everyone! Here is an interesting little CNN segment for you… At $30.6 million, an egg-sized white diamond sold in Hong Kong by Sotheby’s for a record sell! This diamond is the size of an egg and is the largest white diamond ever sold at auction. Previously, the record was held by a pear-shaped white […]

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  • Modullyn System

    Thank you to everyone who came to the Gemstone Roundtable last night and the night before!  We had a blast and hope you did too!  I am very excited to see the beautiful jewelry created with the amazing stones bought. Today, I want to post a WWD article on how modular jewelry has gotten popular. Just [...] Continue Reading
  • Tanzanite

    Today is our second and last day of the Fall 2013 Gemstone Roundtable! Our stone dealer has some gorgeous Tanzanite sitting in our gallery, ready to go to new homes! So, I am going to tell you a little more about it. Tanzanite is a Zoisite Species.  The mineral Zoisite was first found in Austria [...] Continue Reading
  • Zircon

    The gemstone Zircon has been known since antiquity.  It has had various names, but today's name, Zircon, is probably from the Persian word for "golden colored." It is known for its high refractive index and strong dispersion. It is a brittle stone with a hardness of 7, so be careful of knocking its edges. Although [...] Continue Reading
  • Amber

    The fossilized, hardened resin of a pine tree creates the stone, Amber.  It is found mostly in the Baltic, but younger ones have been found in the Dominican Republic. Pieces as large as 22 pounds have been found. Bubbles within Amber can be cleared out by boiling it in rape-seed oil. Insects and plants can [...] Continue Reading
  • Agate

    “Agate” is named after the river Achates in Sicily.  Geodes are often Agates that are completely filled. Agate is a banded chalcedony, which sometimes contains opal.  It’s quartz fibers are vertical to the band’s surface and can be of different colors. It has a hardness of 7. German Agates are often pink, red or brown.  […]

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  • Chalcedony

    Pronounced "kal-ced-ney" "Chalcedony" encompases a variety of gemstones, including agate, petrified wood, chrysophrase, bloodstone, jasper, carnelian, moss agate, onyx and sard.  The Chalcedony that we typically refer to in the gallery, however, is a bluish-white-gray gem.  We have several pieces that have been hand carved by Steve Walters. All Chalcedony is a cyptocrystalline quartz.  It [...] Continue Reading
  • Garnet

    Garnet is another gemstone that comes in a variety of colors and subgroups, although it is usually thought of as red.  This is also January’s birthstone!  The name “Garnet” comes from the Latin word for “grain” because of its round kernel-like crystals similar to those of pomegranates. Pyope Garnets are red/brown.  This was the fashion stone of […]

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  • Moonstone

    In honor of the gorgeous Moonstone jewelry currently in our store, I want to tell you about this gemstone today. Moonstone is from the Feldspar Group, which has two subcategories:  potassium feldspars and plagioclases.  Moonstone falls in the potassium subcategory. It can be colorless, yellow, gray, peach, green, blue or have a pale sheen.  It is known [...] Continue Reading