Jayelay JLA Jewelers
Westmoreland ~ Made in USA ~ New Hampshire
Each piece is handmade by Andrea & Jim Lorette.  They create hand forged jewelry made of genuine solid metals, real gemstones, and other natural materials. Their castings are derived from their original carvings, treasures found in nature, or objects from ancient times. They make their own tools and use
fold forming and anticlastic techniques in their designs.

 

 

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Birth Stones - the most common (traditional & alternative)

January - Garnet, Rose Quartz

February - Amethyst, Onyx, Bloodstone

March - Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade

April - Diamond, Opal, Quartz

May - Emerald, Agate, Chrysoprase

June - Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

July - Ruby, Carnelian

August - Peridot, Sardonyx

September - Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli

October - Opal, Pink Tourmaline, Jasper, Rose Zircon

November - Yellow Topaz, Citrine

December - Blue Topaz, Blue Zircon, Turquoise, Tanzanite


 

United States Geological Symbols

Alabama - gemstone is Star Blue Quartz, mineral is Hematite, rock is Marble

Alaska - gemstone is Jade, mineral is Gold

Arizona - gemstone is Turquoise, mineral is Fire Agate

Arkansas - gem is Diamond, mineral is Quartz Crystal, rock is Bauxite

California - gemstone is Benitoite, mineral is Gold, rock is Serpentine

Colorado - gemstone is Aquamarine, mineral is Rhodochrosite, rock is Yule Marble

Connecticut - mineral is Garnet

Delaware - mineral is Sillimanite

Florida - gem is Moonstone, stone is Agatized Coral

Georgia - mineral is Staurolite, gem is Quartz

Hawaii - gem is Black Coral

Idaho - gem is Star Garnet

Illinois - mineral is Fluorite

Indiana - stone is Limestone

Iowa - rock is Geode

Kansas -

Kentucky - gemstone is Freshwater Pearl, rock is Kentucky Agate

Louisiana - gemstone is Agate

Maine - gemstone is Tourmaline

Maryland - gem is Patuxent River Stone

Massachusetts - gem is Rhodonite, mineral is Babingtonite, rock is Roxbury Puddingstone

Michigan  - gem is Chorastrolite, stone is Petoskey Stone

Minnesota - gemstone is Lake Superior Agate

Mississippi - stone is Petrified Wood

Missouri - mineral is Galena

Montana - gemstones are Sapphire and Montana Agate

Nebraska - gemstone is Blue Agate (Blue Chalcedony), rock is Prairie Agate

Nevada - gemstone is Virgin Valley Black Fire Opal, semi-precious gem is Turquoise, metal is Silver, rock is Sandstone

New Hampshire - gem is Smokey Quartz, mineral is Beryl, rock is Granite

New Jersey -

New Mexico - gem is Turquoise

New York - gem is Wine-Red Garnet

North Carolina - precious stone is Emerald, rock is Granite

North Dakota -

Ohio - gemstone is Ohio Flint

Oklahoma - crystal is Selenite, rock is Rose Rock (Barite Rose)

Oregon - gemstone is Oregon Sunstone, rock is Thunder-Egg (Geode)

Pennsylvania -

Rhode Island - mineral is Bowenite, rock is Cumberlandite

South Carolina - gemstone is Amethyst, stone is Blue Granite

South Dakota - mineral is Rose Quartz, gemstone is Fairburn Agate

Tennessee - gem is Tennessee Pearl, rock is Limestone, stone is Agate

Texas - gemstone is Texas Blue Topaz

Utah - gem is Topaz, mineral is Copper

Vermont - gem is Grossular Garnet, rocks are Granite, Marble, and Slate

Virginia -

Washington - gem is Petrified Wood

West Virginia - gem is Chalcedony

Wisconsin - mineral is Galena, rock is Red Granite

Wyoming - gemstone is Jade

 

 
 

Tips

A helpful guide when choosing necklace length


 

Jewelry Care Tips


Throughout history people have adorned themselves and made gifts of precious metals and stones in order to beautify the human figure, to symbolize relationship, show power and prestige, for healing properties, to acquire as an investment, or just for plain joy. All these reasons come down to two things; the feelings derived and the statement jewelry makes for you when wearing it.

Whatever the reasons maybe, enjoying your jewelry to the fullest begins with proper care. We want you to feel and look great while wearing your jewelry, so here are a few easy tips to keep your jewelry looking its best for you.

Our top 10 tips to help keep your jewelry looking great.

1. REMOVE jewelry BEFORE swimming or showering. If possible, try to avoid soaking jewelry in either fresh or salt water, or exposure to soaps, chlorine, or bleach. Soaps can leave a film on gold jewelry, making it look dull and dingy. Chlorine in pools, hot tubs, and cleaning supplies can diminish a stone's natural color.

2. When dressing and undressing, jewelry should be the LAST ITEM ON and the FIRST ITEM OFF. This will help prevent jewelry from getting caught on fabric which could cause damage to either the fabric or jewelry.

3. REMOVE jewelry BEFORE playing sports, performing physical activities, or doing chores (house and yard work). During most sport activities jewelry gets caught easily and things happen fast sometimes causing damage or breakage. While gardening, soil is abrasive and could cause scratches, and rings may get lost in the soil or inside a glove. Take rings off when doing dishes. Some household cleaning chemicals can damage fine jewelry and many plumbers have retrieved rings from drain pipes.

4. PUT jewelry ON AFTER applying cosmetics, perfume, cologne, hair products, oils, and lotions to minimize its contact with jewelry. Doing so will help reduce silver tarnishing, help protect pearl luster, and help keep gemstones sparkling.

5. AVOID excessive exposure to wide CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE, and if possible, store jewelry at room temperature. FINISH blow drying hair BEFORE putting jewelry on. Some stones like fluorite and natural materials such as pearls are sensitive, and become brittle and can fracture if exposed to heat.

6. REMOVE jewelry BEFORE going to bed. Jewelry can easily get caught on linens bending metal and loosening stones.

7. General CLEANING: Gently rub soiled surfaces with a soft dry cloth. For deeper cleaning a soft cloth wet with warm water can be rubbed gently on soiled areas. There are a variety of solutions available that can be helpful for cleaning tarnished or dirty jewelry. Before using them, please read the warnings and follow the instructions on the label. Stones and metals react differently with certain cleaners and can affect the outcome dramatically. Cleaners can affect stones differently because some stones are more porous than others. Because of this porosity, some cleaners may alter the color of some stones or cause a mild degradation of the surface, creating a dulling affect to the stone. Metals are also reactive to some chemicals, and can affect surface texture and shine. These effects can be avoided or greatly reduced by simply reading and following the directions thoroughly before using a cleaner.

8. PEARLS: Retaining pearl luster is key. The nacre, the wonderful natural luster finish on pearls that allows them to reflect light and seemingly glow, is very sensitive to chemicals, acids, and texture. To preserve the natural luster of your pearls a few easy habits go a long way. Put pearl jewelry on AFTER blow drying hair, applying lotions, oils, perfumes, colognes, hair and cosmetic products to reduce their contact with the pearls. Wiping pearls down with a soft cloth after taking them off will help retain their beauty. The ingredients in beauty products and natural chemicals in perspiration need to be wiped off the surface of the pearls to help retain their luster. Pearls were formed in water and still have some water content in them. Keeping them away from excessive heat will prevent them from drying out, becoming brittle, and breaking. The nacre on a pearls surface scratches very easily. Storing them in a soft cloth pouch or hanging them to prevent scratching is ideal to help keep them looking their best.

9. SILVER: Silver is a natural metal that oxidizes when it comes in contact with certain sulfurs and acids (from different sources). Some foods can cause silver to tarnish if they are on or around it, onions, eggs and mayonnaise are examples. The off gassing of sulfur dioxide produced by using natural gas to heat or cook causes silver to tarnish much faster than it normally would. Periodically rubbing a polishing cloth over silver will help keep it nice and shiny. To remove dirt or sticky substances, use a soft cloth wet with water, dry thoroughly, then gently rub with a polishing cloth. Once dry and clean store, in a small sealed plastic bag.

10. STORAGE: Avoid temperature fluctuations and movement. Wipe jewelry with a soft dry cloth after wearing to remove dirt, oils, and perspiration so that it is both clean and dry before storing. Store jewelry individually in soft pouches or compartments. Don't jumble jewelry in one container, necklaces can get tangled and jewelry can get scratched easily. Storing silver in small plastic bags works well for minimizing tarnish. A soft cloth pouch is ideal for storing pearl jewelry.

With proper care, your jewelry will retain its beauty and value. We want you to enjoy your jewelry today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.