July 19, 2017

Emerald–Loved More Than Any Other Gemstone?

Jen Bellefleur, Owner, New Gild Jewelers

Imagine my profound joy the first time I saw a really fantastic emerald–a deep, chrome tourmaline colored gemstone of several carats, with virtually no inclusions and a classic “emerald” step cut, my fascination was almost unimaginable. I know people are “my people” in terms of generation when they remember the... Read More

June 16, 2017

Diamonds Reveal Secrets Deep Within the Earth

Irene Brassil

Let’s talk diamonds. Ever wondered if there was more to diamonds that their breathtaking sparkle? Diamonds take not just millions, but billions of years to form. They don’t start out perfectly shaped and sparkly, either. This formation process happens very slowly due to extremely high temperatures and pressures from within the Earth’s... Read More

June 9, 2017

When Do Ideas Come to You?

Susie Crouse, artist

I remember as a kid lying on my back on the grass watching the clouds roll by.  My imagination would go crazy creating all sorts of objects and animals coming to life in the clouds.  Depending on the breeze, it might take awhile for an image to appear to me.... Read More

June 2, 2017

Uncovering Lost Treausures

Irene Brassil, artist

Walking along the shores of Lake Superior, the views are spectacular. The last time I drove up north, I was blessed with the perfect array of weather patterns. The first day was so sunny that the lake sparkled endlessly. It was hard to tell whether you were looking at the... Read More

May 25, 2017


Gina Mount, artist

For me, the best parts of May are the budding spring flowers, perfect weather for a walk around the lake, and… Art-A-Whirl! For a whole weekend, artists of Northeast Minneapolis gather to showcase thousands of pieces of art for anyone to come and see. From pottery and blown glass to... Read More

May 3, 2017

Why I Love Japanese Akoya Keshi Pearls

Tamara Grabinger, artist

I have such a passion for gems and pearls…sometimes, I simply sit with my favorites in front of me and let the gems and pearls guide my hands.  Some of my most beautiful work features Akoya Keshi, so let’s talk about what they are and why I love them and... Read More

April 24, 2017

Our Grand Opening

Jen Bellefleur

We are working diligently to get everything beautiful and sparkly for our GRAND OPENING on Saturday, April 29th! We hope you’ll join us on our celebration day from 10 am to 7 pm. We’ll have coffee for the early birds kindly donated by local and amazing coffee shop, “Coffee &... Read More

April 20, 2017

Designing Custom Jewelry For Couples…

Jen Bellefleur

I’ve learned so much about love from designing custom jewelry for couples. I always ask couples how they met, how long they’ve been together, what they do for a living. Being fifty years old and married before internet dating became a “thing,” in fact, the internet wasn’t even a thing;... Read More