For anyone who didn’t catch in our newsletter, we now have two Etsy stores: JoopyGemsAmerica and JoopyGemsHongKong. This is something I have had to do for somewhat arcane reasons involving Etsy’s payments system and their inability to change the country bank account on my old Etsy shop. However, it’s also going to be good for UK customers who wish to shop via Etsy rather than our website, as I understand that orders from the US attract a Royal Mail ‘admin fee’, whereas those from Hong Kong do not. The Hong Kong store has a few more and some different items than the US; there are beads and our uniques are obviously different – all of the rose cut freeforms, watermelon tourmalines and uncalibrated mixed cuts. To shop our US Etsy store, click here; to shop our Hong Kong store, click here. We’ve had no end of changes with Etsy, and really I should have made the one mahoosive change a year ago when we opened in the USA but I was trying to save myself from trouble and my customers from becoming confused. Of course I should have known there is no path of least resistance, I quote this to my ten year old at least once a day so really it’s a case of physician, heal thyself and here we are. Finally. No more changes. I promise. Phew!
Winston Churchill said, “I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” I think I’ve quoted this before, and it’s because it always falls into my head when I think of brown anything. But brown is also be supremely elegant; think butter-soft suede boots, conker-coloured leather jackets, chocolate coloured cashmere, all the shades of Autumn. Recently we have introduced a whole new line of brown moonstone; a product I’ve been humming and haa-ing about for a while, and why? Just because there are brighter peacocks out there: I’ve been dazzled by multi-coloured tourmaline; blinded by peridots and amethysts but just now I am appreciating the quiet elegance of this soft milk-chocolate coloured moonstone. We’ve got cabs and rose cuts 6-10mm. I am particularly partial to brown with silver, but below is a fantastic ring by Karin Jamieson, a whopping 34 carats of moonstone set in 18 carat gold; simple and devastatingly elegant. You can browse our brown moonstone at the Hong Kong store here and the USA store here. Prices start from $1.85 for a 6mm cabochon.
Karin Jamieson brown moonstone and 18 carat gold ring
Our September 2017 newsletter is out and we have an absolute treasure trove of new gemstones for you; rainbow moonstone AA rose cuts – for which I’ve been inundated with requests – new opal rose cuts, new turquoise rose cuts, brown moonstone rose cuts, garnet rose cut pears, and so much more. And the best incentive whatsoever to join our email list is a newsletter-only scratchcard discount. We’ve got a number of discounts ranging up to 15%, so everyone is a winner; scratch and see what you’ve won! And if that’s not enough, we’ve got news as well: the introduction of a $3.50 USPS First Class posting option for customers buying from the US store and shipping within the US, and for international customers, the opening of a new Hong Kong Etsy store. So dive in and have a read! Click below for the relevant newsletter! And why not sign up at our websites to make sure you never miss out?!