Stack Your Rings

Stacking expresses personality in many different ways, the ring stack you create is determined by individual style and tastes. With multiple rings, you can wear them differently every day.

Brushed yellow gold and diamond stacking rings, paired with white gold and diamond eternity ring, and yellow gold 0.50 carat engagement ring.

Brushed yellow gold and diamond stacking rings, paired with white gold and diamond eternity ring, and yellow gold 0.50 carat engagement ring.

5 ring stack show's 3 different band designs made in platinum and set with diamonds  

5 ring stack show's 3 different band designs made in platinum and set with diamonds

 

 

Choose Your Metal

A monochrome grouping of rings may be the perfect way to start your stack, but with each ring being sculpted and textured differently creating a unique look. Want a bolder look? Try our rings in new and exceptional colors ..... rosewood, sand, gray, green, ivory, red, yellow, and white.

Uniquely colored gold stacking rings

Uniquely colored gold stacking rings

North to South or East to West

The traditional way to stack your ring may be running the length of the finger, but the ideal stack for you may be across the hand or a combination of both.

North to South or East to West stacking rings 

North to South or East to West stacking rings 

Color 

The picture perfect stack for you may be the all white platinum and diamond look. For a more bold look, colored gemstones may add the dazzle that excites you. Deep blue sapphires, hot pink tourmalines, or blood red rubies could be perfect in your new stack.

Hot pink tourmaline with with diamonds in gray gold

Hot pink tourmaline with with diamonds in gray gold

Looking to create your own unique stacking rings? Or to add to an existing set? Stop by our downtown Calgary studio in the East Village. 

More Jewelry Myths & Legends

 

Here are some fascinating myths and legends that may inspire you as you peruse your next jewelry selection:

Turquoise, blue topaz, blue zircon, and other teal colored stones represent a wearer both sophisticated and down to earth.

 



Sailors would have aquamarine with them on trips across the sea, with the hope that Poseidon would spare the ship, and prevent them from drowning should they fall in. 

 



In Hindu and Persian culture, it is believed that one who observes the reflection of the moon in turquoise will be granted luck, wealth, and protection from evil.

Purple lovers who wear amethyst, tanzanite, purple sapphire, and lavender chalcedony are creative and in tune with their spirituality. Amethyst is also an amulet for good luck, and constancy. Also a totem of sobriety, as the amethyst appear to be "stained" by the wine of Bacchus, in olden days, it was a symbol of avoiding intoxication, and the inevitable hangover.

 



Those who enjoy smoky quartz, tiger's eye, and champagne diffused topaz, in the brown colored stone family have a simple elegance and treasure comfort and harmony in their lives.

 



Yellow diamonds, yellow sapphires, topaz, and citrine are symbolic of a wearer with inquiring minds. During the Middle Ages, topaz was used to ward off sadness, bring wisdom, and bestow courage. It was even used to relieve insomnia.

 



Blue stones like sapphire, lapis, aquamarine, and certain types of topaz represent loyalty and communicate a sense of trust and stability. They are dependable and confident, and were in the past, worn by those protected by the wicked. Ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire, which explained why the sky was a reflective blue.

 



Black stones like onyx, black spinel, black diamonds, and certain types of pearls provide an authority to the wearer, and a sense of power and respect.

 



Orange colored stones like carnelian, topaz, citrine, and types of garnet, opal, and sapphires are representative of the adventurer, and successful in business.

 

Jewelry Myths & Legends

Here are some fascinating myths and legends that may inspire you as you peruse your next jewelry selection:

Rumor has it that those who like white or clear colored stones prefer to be straight-forward and no-nonsense. These self-sufficient and assured people tend to love diamonds, white topaz, white sapphires, moonstones, opals, and pearls.

Ancient Romans would put Pearls in their drinks because they believed them to be aphrodisiacs and would facilitate passion.
 

Opal, by legend, were created when the gods threw lightning bolts, trapping them bolts in the ground and becoming stone. 

Diamonds were totems against evil, illness, thieves, dangerous animals, and poison.


Pink colored stones, like sapphires, pink diamonds, morganite, tourmaline, pink spinel, pink mystic topaz, and rhodolite garnet are sensuous and romantic, encouraging sensitivity and the assurance to be bold, talented, gentle, dynamic, and outgoing.

Red colored stones such as red spinel, garnet, and ruby encourage a well-informed zest for life. These stones are prized by those who find themselves competitive, daring, and very energetic. Rubies additionally were used to protect their wearer from misfortune and represent reconciliation. 

Green stones, like emerald, bloodstone, jade, tourmaline, peridot, and chrysoprase are those beloved by social and well-adjusted, kind-hearted and generous partners who honor loyalty and seek balance. Emeralds were thought to have great power, and used in powdered form to aide against epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery, fever, and avert panic. Emerald also is a symbol of precognition.

Gems and Their Hardness Rating

When you visit Davidson & Co, you will find an informative staff knowledgeable about the type of gemstones we offer and their characteristics. The "hardness rating" of a gemstone is very important and has an effect when creating jewelry, especially rings. The durability of a gemstone is important. For example, some rings, like wedding rings, are worn everyday. This makes them vulnerable to thumps and knocks that can be hazardous to a gemstone. Some gemstones are stout enough to be placed in a ring that can be worn day-to-day, other gems are best for rings worn on an infrequent basis, and there are some gems that are not fit to be used in rings at all! 

Gems and their Hardness Rating

One vital factor in measuring gemstone resilience is hardness. In gemology, a stone's hardness is gauged on a scale called the Mohs Scale, which allocates minerals a hardness rating between 1 for the softest and 10 for the hardest stones. The Mohs Scale was created in 1822, by a German mineralogist named Frederick Mohs. It characterizes hardness depending on the gem's scratch-resistance, in which a harder stone will scrape a malleable one, but not in reverse. 

Diamonds are rated the hardest with 10, sapphires and rubies follow with 9, spinel, emerald, and topaz 8, quartz, tourmaline, and garnet 7. The supplest stones are talc-1, gympsum-2, calcite-3, and fluorite-4. The margin between harder and softer gemstones is usually given a Mohs rating of 7. Gems with a solidity of 7 or higher is best for rings, hardness ratings below 7 are not. 

Is the Moh's System still Relevant Today?

The Moh's system, which determines the hardness rating of a gemstone, is somewhat simplistic in the eyes of today's gemologist. For instance, for a wedding or engagement ring intended to be worn everyday a hardness rating of 8 to 10 is advised. However, other factors are relevant as well. Take emeralds, they are characteristically heavy with various minute interior fractures. Therefore, in spite of its hardness rating of 8, emeralds are not considered tough enough for daily wear.

Moreover, Mohs scale is a "relative-scale" not an absolute one. It only demonstrates which gem is harder than another one, a comparative concept. Prior to any scientific equipment being used to examine minerals optically, mineralogists relied unswervingly on the Mohs Scale scratch-test much more than they do today. At present, with more advanced technology, the scratch assessment method for hardness is hardly utilized because of its vague testing of hardness and the likelihood of impairing the specimen being tested. 

At Davidson & Co, we use the latest and best hardness rating methods to determine the strength of any of the gemstones we offer. This way, we ensure that our customers are satisfied with their jewelry purchase.

Types of Silver

While silver is significantly less valuable than gold, it is like gold in that it is a very soft precious metal. Pure silver is generally too soft to be used for jewelry, flatware or decorations. It is therefore usually combined with an alloy to strengthen it before being crafted into anything. Like gold, silver is graded by how pure it is, with .999 FS (fine silver) being the most valuable. The numbers refer to there being 999 parts of pure silver per thousand parts.


Pure or fine silver can be used to make jewelry, and it can sometimes be used for silverplating. To qualify as pure silver, the silver must make up at least 99.9 percent of the metal. Despite its value and shining beauty, pure silver is notoriously difficult to work with. It also tarnishes when exposed to hydrogen sulfide or ozone.

Sterling silver is the most popular type of silver for making jewelry. It is 92.5 percent pure silver, and the other 7.5 percent is an alloy. Most of the time, sterling silver is made with copper, but it can be made with nickel or other metals. The alloy strengthens the silver and makes it less likely to tarnish. Sterling silver melts at a lower temperature than fine silver does and is thus easier to work with. As sterling silver dates back to the 10th century, it is one of the most ancient alloys still being used. It has often been used to make coins as well as jewelry. Sterling silver pieces will often be stamped with a 925.

Coin silver is usually 90 percent pure silver and 10 percent copper. It has the smallest amount of silver in a metal that can legally be marketed as silver in the United States. Coin silver is occasionally used to make fashion jewelry.

Electrum is a naturally occurring mix of gold and silver that was used to make jewelry and coins in ancient times but is rarely used today. Silver makes up about 40 to 60 percent of the metal, and its color varies from silvery white to light gold. People who collect ancient jewelry make a note of the silver/gold ratio in electrum, for it can indicate the item’s history.

Silverplating involves coating a base metal with a layer of silver. The two most frequently used methods are filling and electroplating. Filling or rolling involves bonding the silver to the base metal by heating it. In electroplating, the craftsman uses electricity to permanently bond the silver to a base metal. Electroplated items are often described as silver plate. Both filled and electroplated items will have stamps denoting the type of silver, e.g. 925 for sterling silver.

Nickel silver or German silver isn’t silver. It’s actually any of several alloys made from copper, zinc and nickel to mimic the color and luster of silver. It is used to make costume jewelry – and it should be plainly marked as a nickel alloy for many people are allergic to nickel.