Sunday, February 4, 2018

Amethysts For February Birthstones

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Hi Everyone!
Amethyst is the Birthstone of February.
Amethyst is a Purple, Lavender, or Violet Quartz Gemstone.
Custom Gem Cutter has many faceted Amethysts available for sale on Custom Gem Cutter

Take a look at the Amethysts for sale on Custom Gem Cutter!

Ametrine 7.43cts

Amethyst 2.25cts

Amethyst 3.78cts

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

5.60ct Afgan Ruby, Oval Brilliant Cut By Matt

This is the most beautiful Ruby we have ever seen! This stone started at 19 ct, with a few problems with cracks and inclusions. It is now, 5.60 ct and VVS to IF with one tiny fracture that is only seen with a 10x loupe. 
This stone is a Custom Cut Gem from Custom Gem Cutter. You can see more Custom Cut Gems on

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Oregon Sunstones ~ Beautiful Gems

Hi, Sweet Friends!

Today we are pleased to have Matt A. Dunkle here from Custom Gem Cutter to talk to us about these beautiful Oregon Sunstones!

CJ: Hi, Matt. You cut so many gemstones, what makes Oregon Sunstone any different from, say a piece of quartz?

Matt: Quartz is "tougher", but Sunstone is finickier. What I mean is that Sunstone, as a feldspar, has a cleavage problem that often crops up while cutting and polishing the stone that presents certain problems. It can be a bear.
CJ: Does Oregon Sunstone come from only one mine in Oregon?

Matt: Sunstone, from Oregon, comes from many mines in Oregon, but specifically it is found in Harney County, Oregon and in eastern Lake County, north of Plush, Oregon.
CJ: What are the colors these stones can be found in?

Matt: Oregon Sunstone is basically a clear (white) to straw yellow colored stone. It also may sometimes contain small platelets of copper "inclusions" that give the stone a "sheen" often seen in cabbed stones.  Red Sunstones has copper "coloring" spots (an infusion of copper ions into the crystal lattice of the stone) that can give the stone a red coloration.  Reddish orange, salmon-pink, and even green are all colors found in Oregon Sunstone.
CJ: How long have they found Sunstone in Oregon?

Matt: Actual mining has been occuring at least from the 1960's.
CJ: If I were to make a piece of jewelry, what would be the piece to do it in? What is the hardness?

Matt: Ideally, pendants and earrings are the best. To a lesser degree, rings, but becareful because the hardness is midrange, stones set into rings are more prone to being scratched.
The hardness of Sunstone is 6.5-7.2 .
CJ: I like the multi colors that the Sunstone is in. What do you like about it?

Matt: My preference in color is reds and greens, although some of the salmon-pink colors are nice too. What I try to avoid is any occurrence of the copper "shiller" inclusions
CJ: Is there anything else that we should know about Sunstone from Oregon?

Matt: Red Sunstone also occurs in bi-colors of red and green. Oregon Red Sunstone prices can vary from $20/ct. upwards of $2500/ct., depending on the colors, and size, and quality of the stone.
CJ:Thank you Matt A. Dunkle for dropping in to do this quick interview. We love your cut stones and jewelry. What is the next project you have lined up for your customers?
Matt: I'm actually working on Sapphires and would be more than happy to chat with you again soon on these beautiful beauties!

Again, it is a pleasure to have you here with us today!
I hope you all learned a little bit about Oregon Sunstone that you didn't already know!

 Our Sponsor: Matt A. Dunkle of Custom Gem Cutter

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Christmas CandlelightMay God's Light shine upon you always!

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Merry Christmas to you and your family from CJD.Sign & Matt A. Dunkle

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ouray Silversmiths

Hi Everyone,
  The mural painted above is of ancient craftsmen working in a jewelry shop and looks awesome behind the counter. Ouray Silversmiths were originally located in Ouray, Colorado, and are also located in Montrose, Colorado.
Ouray Silversmiths are a full service jewelry shop.

They specialize in Handmade Jewelry in Silver & Gold.
A beautiful Aspen Wedding Ring
Hand Artisan Silver & Gold Jewelry are on display with Southwestern artifacts.
 Ouray Silversmiths Website Link Below:

Aspen Branch Cuff w/Copper

 The handcrafted display cases add to the Southwestern flair!

Columbine Stud (Post) Earrings

Our Store:
| 312 E. Main, Montrose, CO Phone# 970-240-0060

Open · 10:00AM - 6:00AM

Come on in the shop or

The photos in this article were taken at Ouray Silversmiths Montrose Shop.
Step back in time with Ouray Silversmiths

Victorian Concho with Pearl Drops

Ouray Silversmiths offer a wide range of jewelry items that include Wedding Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Men's Jewelry, Rings & Earrings.
This outstanding Elk Ring is centered with a cabbed Ivory Elk Tooth! Amazing!
Each display has the Western theme with a variety of jewelry pieces.
There are bracelets and watches, earrings and necklaces all made by hand.
Unique Heart Necklaces make Great Gift Ideas!

Handmade Columbine Flower & Aspen Leaf Jewelry

Silver & Gold Bracelets  sit along side this Beautiful Silver Ornate Cross Necklace.

Handcrafted Original Men's Rings

Elk Story Ring with 18k Yellow Gold Moon

Ouray Silversmiths carry unique knives and gift ideas for the whole family!
If you are interested in Birthstones, a handcrafted original piece can be special order made just for you!
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We hope you enjoyed the tour of Ouray Silversmiths in Montrose, Colorado! Do check out their website HERE:
and their FaceBook Page HERE:

We had a great time photographing all the beautiful jewelry and neat handcrafted items at Ouray Silversmiths! Thank you for having us!