Michael Barin

Fine Jewelry for the Environmentally Conscience Connoisseur

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Lapis Lazuli

A rock has several minerals. Lapis lazuli is a rock, which means this ancient gem contains three minerals in varying amounts: lazurite, calcite, and pyrite. Sometimes, it also contains one or more of the following: diopside, amphibole, feldspar, and mica. Although lapis is usually described as indigo, royal, midnight, or marine blue, lapis lazuli’s signature hue is a slightly greenish blue to violetish blue and very deep in color. The combination of different minerals in the aggregate determines the color. For example, lazurite is responsible for producing royal blue lapis, while the mineral called afghanite creates a pale blue shade. Lapis is mined in several areas. The traditional source of the finest lapis lazuli is in the mountains of Afghanistan. Other major sources are Chile and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. The lapis mines that were producing in 700 B.C. are still producing today. They are, in fact, the world’s oldest known commercial gemstone sources. Typically, lapis used in jewelry has been cut into cabochons, beads, inlays, and tablets. But it's use has never been limited to only jewelry. It’s also a popular carving material. Lapis has been fashioned into practical objects, such as, game boards, bowls, dagger handles, hair combs, and amulets.

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Edwardian Emerald Necklace

18 Karat Yellow Gold, 1.14 CT Center Oval Cabochon Emerald, 2.22 CT Round Brilliant and Rose Cut Diamonds, and Silver Patina. Inspired by the Edwardian Era, a time when fine jewelry was a crucial component of every outfit, pieces were created to compliment the silk and lace worn by royalty. Understated and delicately feminine, this piece exhibits striking detail and painstaking attention to detail. The round brilliant cut diamonds are set in silver boasting a black, antique finish. Each diamond is meticulously set with a foil backing to ensure that it shines in contrast to the antique finish. Measurements: Chain Length: 16in (18 Karat Yellow Gold) Pendant Length: 2.25in Pendant Width: 1.25in
 

Silver Patina Diamond Necklace

 18 Karat Yellow Gold, 0.73 CT Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds, 0.28 CT Rose Cut Center Diamond, and Silver Patina. Inspired by the Edwardian Era, a time when fine jewelry was a crucial component of every outfit, pieces were created to compliment the silk and lace worn by royalty. Understated and delicately feminine, this piece exhibits striking detail and painstaking attention to detail. The round brilliant cut diamonds are set in silver boasting a black, antique finish. Each diamond is meticulously set with a foil backing to ensure that it shines in contrast to the antique finish. Measurements: Chain Length: 16in (18 Karat Yellow Gold) Pendant Length: 2.75in Pendant Width: 1in

Organic Silver Three Stranded Necklace

18 Karat Yellow Gold and Organic Silver 3 stranded Necklace. The muted tones of the 18 Karat Gold and Patina Silver remain traditional while seamlessly translating into the modern world. Although simple and understated, this necklace does not lack in craftsmanship - the delicately, hand crafted clasp creates a depth and texture that is evocative of opulence and romance. A matching 18 Karat Yellow Gold and Organic Silver three strand bracelet is available to complete the set.
 

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Pearl Necklace

This 19" strand is composed of natural Tahitian pearls that have been hand-selected for their unique shape and iridescent color. No detail is missed - the hand-made while gold clasp is adorned with a carat of striking, white diamonds. The average size of each pearl is about 17 mm. Due to their naturally dark color, Tahitian pearls have become some of the most sought after, expensive pearls in the world. Unlike black freshwater and akoya pearls, which are irradiated or dyed, Tahitian pearls obtain their look naturally and can be found in an incredible array of iridescent color. Due to their vast color range, matching these pearls into a perfect, finished strand is an enormous task requiring thousands of loose pearls. Pearls are one of the first gems adorned by women and have been used as decorative items as far back as the 5th century BC. Over time, pearls became a status symbol personifying wisdom, power and wealth, and happen to be the only gemstones made by a living organism. When a foreign substance passes through the organism of a mollusk and irritates the mantle, the mollusk begins to coat the irritant with a substance called nacre. Layers of nacre eventually form a pearl ranging in a variety of colors and shapes. Round pearls are the most expensive and uncommon, followed by baroque pearls, which are irregular and uniquely shaped.

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Pearl Necklace

This 17.5" strand is composed of natural Tahitian pearls that have been hand-selected for their unique shape and iridescent color. No detail is missed - the hand-made while gold clasp is adorned with 1.57 Ct of striking, white diamonds. Due to their naturally dark color, Tahitian pearls have become some of the most sought after, expensive pearls in the world. Unlike black freshwater and akoya pearls, which are irradiated or dyed, Tahitian pearls obtain their look naturally and can be found in an incredible array of iridescent color. Due to their vast color range, matching these pearls into a perfect, finished strand is an enormous task requiring Pearls are one of the first gems adorned by women and have been used as decorative items as far back as the 5th century BC. Over time, pearls became a status symbol personifying wisdom, power and wealth, and happen to be the only gemstones made by a living organism. When a foreign substance passes through the organism of a mollusk and irritates the mantle, the mollusk begins to coat the irritant with a substance called nacre. Layers of nacre eventually form a pearl ranging in a variety of colors and shapes. Round pearls are the most expensive and uncommon, followed by baroque pearls, which are irregular and uniquely shaped.
 

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Organic Silver Opal Necklace

Often compared to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks, Opals have a rich history due to their striking color pattern. Regarded to be the luckiest of gemstones because it can portray all colors, in Ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope and was named "opalus," synonymous with "precious stone." Arabic legend says the stone descended to Earth from a foreign galaxy in a flurry of lightning and storm. When wearing this ring on your finger, you can't help but marvel at the unique, kaleidoscopic patterns and if you look close enough, you can even see a glimmer of the legendary faraway galaxies. The pendant features a 12.28 Ct Lightening Ridge Opal accented with 18/20 Karat Yellow Gold and Organic Silver. The beads composing the 20" chain are Natural Malachite and perfectly complement the lush, green tones of the Opal pendant. Malachite is considered to be a protection stone, absorbing negative energy and pollutants from the body and the surrounding environment.
 

Organic Silver Necklace

This stunning necklace features a fully-functioning moving Pendulum accent that is framed in a ring of Organic Silver and 1 carat of Ideal Cut Diamonds. The Pendulum drop is rich, 18 Karat Yellow Gold that perfectly complement the rustic, Organic Silver. The pendant hangs from a hand-forged, Organic Silver 30" chain. Organic Silver is created without the addition of any alloys that could compromise the strength or quality of the metal.
 

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