Custom Designed Fine Jewelry, Rare Gemstones, and Fine Art Gallery

Custom Designed Fine Jewelry & Art Gallery

Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery is filled with one-of-a-kind, hand fabricated, custom designed jewelry. We also have a collection of gemstones available that can be the perfect addition to your jewelry masterpiece, 

Michael, a master-trained goldsmith, has more than just the experience, skill and training in hand crafting jewelry, he integrates his passion for creating jewelry with your ideas and visions

GARNET- JANUARY BIRTHSTONE

GARNET

January Birthstone

This gem is available in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian Demantoid and African Tsavorite. We also see it appearing in the oranges and browns of Spessartite and Hessonite from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of Rhododendron.

Legend says Garnets light up the night and protect their owners from nightmares. Garnets have long been carried by travelers to protect against accidents far from home. Garnet is the birthstone for January but with its stunning variety of colors and its mystical powers it has been given as a gift for all occasions for centuries.

The folklore on garnet is extensive. Legend has it that the garnet can bring peace, prosperity and good health to the home. Some even called it the “Gem of Faith,” and it’s believed that to those who wear it and do good, more good will come. (Conversely, it was also said to bring very bad fortune to those who commit bad acts while wearing it.

The garnet also symbolized deep and lasting friendship. With that legend in mind, give a garnet to someone whose friendship you deeply value.

No matter why or how you wear garnet, this beautiful gemstone is perfect for those who share January birthdays and get to start each New Year with a sense of goodwill, happiness, and purpose.

If you’re looking to purchase a garnet for yourself or a loved one, it is a great way to celebrate friendship, toast a 2nd wedding anniversary or recognize the wearer’s January birthday.

Remember, garnets commonly come in a wide spectrum of reds, but can also be green, pink, colorless or blue. The price of the piece will likely increase for more rare colors like green or blue.

Garnets can also be judged along some of the same parameters as diamonds, with clarity and cut affecting the beauty and value of the stone.

It should be noted that some garnets have inclusions that are part of the beauty of the overall stone (like “horsetails” in Demantoid garnets, or Hessonite garnets which sometimes have a “turbulent” look). So you may discover that you like the unique look these inclusions bring to the piece.

Try to find a cut that spreads light evenly over the surface of the gemstone. This will help to bring out the overall beauty and color of the garnet.

No matter which stone or piece you choose, remember that the garnet is known for its durability and richness of color, so your investment will not only have great emotional value but could be a piece that stands the test of time.

December Birthstones

Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise.

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As shown in the photo above, each carries a unique blue tone making it a perfect birthstone for December winters. 

TURQUOISE

Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones, treasured by both the pharaohs of Egypt and the Native Americans. It is currently a very popular blue gemstone, available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and tones of blue, but rarely in pure blue. Tanzanite almost always displays its signature overtones of purple. Tanzanite also comes in extremely rare and highly collectible fancy colors: golden, green, lilac and peacock (blue and green).

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TANZANITE

Tanzanite can only be found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a unique color--a velvety blue with a rich overtone of purple.

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ZIRCON

Zircon can be found in a variety of colors--beautiful earth tones of green, dark red, yellow, brown and orange--but the most popular colors are the blue and bright Caribbean Sea colors.In the Middle Ages, Zircon was thought by some to aid in resting, bringing prosperity and promoting both honor and wisdom in its owner.

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October Birthstones

Tourmaline & Opal


Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a birthstone of October, along with opal, and is a truly special gem. Tourmaline is known as the gem of love and commitment. It also symbolizes wisdom, strength of mind and eloquence. It can  increase flexibility, happiness, hope, objectivity, compassion and serenity. It also enhances tolerance and understanding. Tourmaline is also a very protecting stone. It is called the Poet’s Stone.

Tourmaline is often associated with the heart chakra, particularly watermelon tourmaline, where it opens one to accept love. It’s easy to understand why people so easily confuse tourmaline with other gems:

Very few gems match tourmaline’s dazzling range of colors. From rich reds to pastel pinks and peach colors, intense emerald greens to vivid yellows and deep blues, the breadth of this gem’s color range is unrivalled. Brazilian discoveries in the 1980s and 1990s heightened tourmaline’s appeal by bringing intense new hues to the marketplace.

 

Opals

Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that was synonymous with “precious stone.”

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Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.

Opal is considered an October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors. Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.

 

Stop by and see our collection of opals, tourmalines, and many more!

 

A Father's Love & Luck Of An Opal

A father’s love knows no bounds. This Australian black opal ring in 18k royal yellow gold was designed for a daughter needing a little extra luck and after weeks of perfecting, it is finally ready to be shipped out! Highly prized by kings, emperors, and maharajas, the opal is as timeless as timeless can be, and is often referred to as the “Queen of Gems.” This particular piece showcases bright flashes of blue and green and is set in a bezel with diamonds peeking out from either side. Truly a ring fit for any queen!

A Colorful Love

He said his heart was the color purple. 
She said her heart was the color pink. 
They wanted a custom designed ring to represent their colorful hearts and signify the 30 years of love and happiness they shared. Unsure of exactly where to start or what they wanted, they just started looking at our loose gemstone collection. They knew the moment they saw the raspberry trillion cut tourmaline that it was the perfect gemstone! The raspberry color of the stone simply fused the color of their hearts perfectly together. 
Once deciding on the tourmaline, the process started and Michael went to work on his bench. Working many late nights and with an injured thumb from a previous custom project, he sketched, designed, and hand fabricated a one of a kind ring that he hoped would be a worthy representation of these wonderful people and their beautiful love story.

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It was such fun yesterday to see their eyes light up when Michael showed them the finished ring. With big smiles and excitement, they promptly turned and gave Michael a huge hug. While talking with her, I giggled noticing she couldn't hold eye contact with me for more than a minute because she kept looking down to admire her ring! The emotional reaction people show when first seeing their finished piece is truly incredible. I have tried to hold back my tears but I have yet to succeed. Every client and each piece Michael designs for them is personal and close to our hearts. I am so grateful for these moments and amazed at Michael’s ability to join his artistic skill with the clients visions and ideas. Every piece is designed with passion around the client's story. That is what makes it so special and why it means so much!