“Be Prepared . . .for Sensational News”

In the Disney film “The Lion King”, a villainous lion named Scar sings these lines:

Be prepared for the chance of a lifetime.

Be prepared for sensational news.

A shiny new era is tiptoeing nearer.

“Be Prepared” a song written by Elton John & Tim Rice.

That “shiny new era is tiptoeing nearer“. Sturm Brothers’ showroom reopens to the public on Tuesday May 5th. Because the threat of COVID-19 still stalks us all, there will be some new specifics to our reopening. We take the health and safety of our customers’ and our staff very seriously. The security of persons and product are our chief concern. These specifics are:

  1. The staff at Sturm Bros.’ will wear masks and gloves while working with customers during the Phase I of the Return To Work Order.
  2. Only one customer or single set of customers shopping together will be admitted at one time. You will be given a secure, personal shopping experience. More than one customer or sets of customers will be admitted to the Excelsior Springs’ showroom only if the social distancing guide lines can be maintained and all the customers are comfortable.
  3. Our door will remained locked during busines hours. All customers will be identified at the door. If you prefer to wear a mask when shopping, before entering, please lower your mask and be identified by showing your entire face & your state ID. Once you have identified and secured your mask, if you choose to wear one, you’ll be admitted.
  4. Curb-side pick up service continues. Please identify the vehicle color and make at the time of scheduling curbside. Prepayment is encouraged but you may have the correct cash or check payment available curbside. Jewelry repair customers: you must have ID and know your work order number.
  5. Customers with severely compromised immune systems may shop by online chat appointment. You may call to schedule your appointment or click the “Book Now” button on Facebook or Instagram.

“Be prepared for sensational news” Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. Overnight all moms have had to adapt, becoming teachers, social media gurus, infections disease specialists and work-from-home dynamos. Reward mom for her jobs well done with a jewelry gift she’ll cherish for a lifetime. Sturm Bros.’ has hand picked this collection just to you. Your mother is exceptional; her jewelry should be too. Click here, the link will take you to the gift guide. Shop now for best selection.

“Prepare for the chance of a lifetime” Dandelion Fritters. It is a Sturm Bros.’ family tradition to find a new recipe for a foragable food. This years adventure was dandelion fritters. A few helpful hints when making dandelion fritters: 1. pick dandelions free of herbicide. 2. wash thoroughly and dry thoroughly, use a salad spinner if available. 3. The blossoms taste a bit like squash, so these tend to be bland, season with salt liberally.

Burn-out Ovens, Online Jewelry Classes, & Cartoons

Another week of #socialdistance is in the books. The Sturm Bros.’ crew has been busy. We’ve hosted a weekly Jewelry Showcase each Thursday evening at 7PM on FaceBook Live and will continue until we are allowed to open our showroom to the public.

Jordan, the Jeweler, has been moving forward with our ability to cast jewelry pieces in our Excelsior Springs, MO shop.

Jordan has ordered fire bricks for the lining of the oven. A burn-out oven is used to create a mold. Molds are created by pressing a 3D print or a wax carving into a substance that solidifies in the oven’s high temperatures. The heat removes the wax and sets the mold.

photo courtesy of @artandsoulstudioroe

Looking for a handmade gift mom will wear often & cherish. Sign up today for online Basic Jewelry Making. This bracelet is our project of the month.

photo courtesy of Rhonda @artandsoulstudioroe. Rhonda owns and operates this studio where fun and art meet.

Sturm Bros’ new repair campaign.

“Hi, I’m Betty” is a cartoon series created by Sturm Bros.’ to explain the repair process. Betty is a kind-hearted, mild-mannered, lady with a huge problem. Her engagement has lost the center stone. She still has the diamond and we all rejoice for that blessing. Her ring had to be cut from her finger after the diamond dropped out, so her ring is jagged and a bit mangled. What makes her situtation worse? The stay-at-home order is in effect and all the jewelry stores are closed to the public. Betty needs help. Click on Betty’s cartoon above to view the clip.

Who can help Betty solve her delemia? Sturm Bros.’ can help Betty. We can help you too. Do you have a broken chain? A ring with a missing stone like Betty? A watch that needs a battery? . We’ll listen to your jewelry problems and we’ll offer a no obligation estimate. If you choose to honor us with your repair, we do all jewelry work in our Excelsior Springs, MO shop.

Follow this link, get started today: https://sturmbrothers.com/index.php/repair-form/

A Brave New World?

Wow!  What a week.  Sturm Bros,’ opened for business on the web & through the mail on Tuesday, March 24th. 

My first morning had me standing on my head.

How do each of you feel?  Are you part of an essential business or are you sheltering in place? Do you work from home now, like I do?

Sturm Brothers’ announced an online learning opportunity.

Basic Jewelry Making 101

The bracelet on the left is a triple link pattern.  This is the first pattern Jordan will teach.  The materials and tools, class times and projects are found on our website.  Click the sample bracelet to the left to register. 

Sturm Brothers’ on Youtube. 

“How to Make Yellow Gold  into White Gold”

Part 1 of a series of videos Jordan has created to take you through the process of realloying gold.

Jewelers School

Friday, April 3, 2020 The Anatomy of a Ring

Lesson Plan Slides & Supply & Directions Worksheet.


Thursday, April 2, 2020 Diamond Grading

Lesson Plans with worksheet


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Trade Articles

Lesson Plan Slides


Worksheet https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KZHi9HJecBZzW6YLJAHAnE75LC6IJL9u

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Precious Metals

Lesson Plan Slide show with a worksheet on page 9.


Friday, March 27, 2020 Friday Fun: Eye Spy

Lesson Plan Slide show only. The slides are the worksheets.


Thursday, March 26, 2020 Writing my Customers

Lesson Plan Slide show only. No worksheets today.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Amethyst

Lesson Plan & Worksheet K-12

Pages 1-7 slides. Page 8 worksheet & instructions.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Math is Golden

Lesson Plan and Worksheet K-12


Fleches d’amour or Cupid’s Darts

“Venus hairstone”, needlestone, “Fleches d’amour” translated Cupid’s Darts, or Sagenitic quartz are all accepted names for the above gemstone. The common name, in the USA however, is rutilated quartz.

A rutilated quartz is a gemstone with golden needle crystals trapped within the primary gem. The above pictured oval gem is copper rutilated. The pinkish streaks seen are veins of copper enclosed in white quartz. This stone hasn’t had any special treatments to bring out its beauty aside from the the typical cut and polish. The straight lines of copper were intriguing.

Rutilation in gems most often looks like a handful of straw or pine needles dropped from a great height. The needling is random in length and direction. The copper forms straight and continuous streaks that run edge to edge creating a rare gem find.

We purchased the oval and two round gems. We plan on creating a custom mounting in rose gold for the oval. Will it be a ring, necklace or a bracelet? Stop by the store and find out.

Fire Opal – Mined in America – Holding Fire in Your Hand.

You can hold “fire” in the palm of your hand and not be burned.  If you hold a Lake County, Fire Opal, that is. Fire opal is a hottest opal in the gem market.   It isn’t your grandmother’s gemstone.

Lake County Fire Opal™ comes from mines in Oregon, very close to the California state line.. The Sunstone Butte Mine is owned by a coupe named  Dave and Tammy, who use mostly hand tools to mine for the Fire Opal.   They have trained their eyes to take advantage of what is termed ‘float.'” There is so much opal in the ground, that erosion exposes the underlying opal and it “floats” to the surface. The slope is covered with opal rough.

Fire opals display an even, saturated burnt-orange color. The color of fire opal is due to fine traces of iron oxide. This variety does not usually contain the flashes of light and color typical of other opal. Typically, transparent opal rough is faceted/ The opaque opal is cut cabochon style. The 4 x 6 fire opal gems featured in our photograph were cut in Germany in an elongated oval shape using  modified brilliant facets.

Lake County Fire Opal hasn’t been enhanced or treated.  The striking orange/yellow color of the gem is as nature created it.  This opal is 5-6.5 on the MOHS hardness scale. Like all opal, fire opal is soft and breaks easily.  Best suited for earrings and pendants, fire opal creates an eye catching ring none the less.

The Aztec culture held that a stone with this fire and beauty had to have originated in the seas of Paradise. You too could hold “fire’ in the palm of your hand.  Stop in our showroom and see for yourself.  Your jewelry adventure awaits at Sturm Brothers’

What’s in a name? Gemstone Shapes and Cuts

Did you know?  Gemstone’s shape isn’t the same as a gemstone’s cut.  Really? Really.


These are gemstone shapes. 1.  round, 2. oval, 3. marquise,or navett , 4.  emerald  and  5.  pear, tear drop or pendeloque.

Let’s name a gemstone.  Most gemstones have two names, a first name which is the shape and the last name which reflects the cut.  The shape of the gem reflects the shadow it leaves.  A round gems casts a round shadow and an oval gem an oval shadow. The second name reflects the cut.  The cut of a gem is the pattern surface facets or the lack of facets altogether.

 This is drawing of a round, brilliant cut gemstone.  The brilliant cut is a round cut of 58 facets, mathematically devised to produce the greatest brilliance.  Other round gems could have rose, old European, mine or cabochon cuts.  So these gems would be called round rose cut or round cabochon.


This picture depicts an oval shaped gemstone with a brilliant oval cut. Because the same term describes both the cut and the shape, we would not call it an oval oval, we just call this an oval.  There are other cuts and treatments for ovals such as oval cabochons or oval checkerboard cuts.

 Just as the oval drawing above, this drawing pictures a marquise shaped gem with a brilliant marquise cut. A marquise is an oval shape gemstone cut with pointed ends.  And just as the oval above, wouldn’t call this a marquise, marquise but just a marquise.

 The pear shape is most often cut with the brilliant pear cut.  This drawing depicts an pear shape and a pear cut, so we call it a pear. 

 This drawing’s title is a bit confusing.  This is a emerald shaped gem with mixed cut.  Most emerald shaped gemstones have an emerald step cut.  There are 58 facets in a typical emerald-step-cut gem. The drawing to the left depicts an emerald stone with a cut that is a mix between a traditional step cut and a brilliant cut, hence the name mixed cut,  The name of this gem: emerald, mixed cut.


If you’re finding these terms, shapes, cuts and details fascinating, drop by the Sturm Brothers youtube page or follow us on instagram @sturmbrothers or on facebook @sturmbros.,  What would you like to learn about next?  The jewelry world is full of unique terms and topics.  It is our favorite subject, so we’re happy to oblige.


It’s Rainin’ Men . . . . ‘s Jewelry, Hallelujah!

Men’s fashion designer jewelry has arrived in the showcases @ Sturm Brothers’.

INOX creates accented stainless steel jewelry.  Collectible, stack-able, and functional, these pieces are built for the rugged demands of every day wear.  Each is an original design of wearable art with a one year warranty.  INOX takes its brand name from the jewelry term, inoxidizable.

Inoxidizable:  metal that will not tarnish or corrode. All INOX metal jewelry designs can be worn in the ocean and the swimming pool, because INOX metals will not react with salt or chlorine.

Some jewelry is accented with wood, leather and rubber. The colors, red, blue, gold, rose gold, and copper are created by IP plating.  IP plating of stainless steel is more durable than a traditional plating method.  Traditional plating is layered over the stainless steel in a dipping process.  IP stands for ionized plating.  Ionized plating is much more like a staining process.  The stainless steel is placed in a vacuum and ions of gold or enamel are injected into the vacuum chamber.  The stainless steel absorbs the ionized plating solution. This absorption of the color is much more durable and will not flake.

Stop in an see us.  Contact us on facebook, instagram or by email.

Until next time.   –the Sturm Bros staff 🙂


Phoenix 2019- Laughing and Learning


Before the sun was up, the Sturm Bros.’ Design Team, was in the air and on our way to Phoenix,AZ. Twice a year, we attend the Independent Jewelers Organization Conference, to keep our motivation high, our skills sharp and our showcases full of extraordinary jewelry and gemstones. We had a view of Downtown Phoenix and the picturesque mountains in the distance. A wonderful breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and some stimulating conversation with our table mates, jewelers from Tahoe and Arkansas, we then headed to training seminars. We studied the legal issues surrounding the growing market of Lab-grown diamonds, body language, and new marketing techniques. Our break for lunch was long enough to set outside and soak up a little sun. We returned to seminars in the afternoon about the similarities of baby boomers and millennials .

Sunday morning started early with a Church service, continental breakfast and opening session. Our key note speaker was Mark Shulman, a professional drummer, author, and speaker. Currently, Mark plays for Pink. He has drummed for Cher and Billy Idol in his long career. The Sturm Brothers, Jordan and Joseph, had an opportunity for a press photo. Mark emphasized the need for an extraordinary attitude to be successful, “Attitudes guides your destiny.” We ate lunch at TGI Friday’s, which was located inside the Arizona Diamond Backs’ stadium. #baseballdiamonds We sat by the window and watched them prepare the field for baseball season. Sunday was opening day for the buying room. The buying room is an expansive room the size of a football field. We walked and looked for the rest of the day. Our evening ended soaking our feet and bodies in the hot tub under a clear Arizona sky.


These pictures don’t do the buying room floor justice. This place is awash with chatter and clamor. It’s a sea of diamonds, gold and just plain old, “Wow!”


Meet Yosef, our diamond dealer. Yosef purchased new cuff links just for the show, two carrot cuff links. we enjoyed the pun. Yosef sells diamonds of all shapes and sizes. All of his diamonds are earth mined diamonds. Some might be heat/pressure treated but these beauties are dug from the earth. Diamonds come in sizes so small they’re called flea flickers because breathing on them can knock them to the floor and much, much larger like the one pictured with my thumb. Yes, that is an earth mined diamond as large as my thumb. It was over 4 carats. The weight of a carob seed was the original measure for 1 carat of diamond weight. Now, jewelers use .20 grams as the standard weight of 1 carat. #loosediamonds

Below are the men’s jewelry brands we investigated before we left Phoenix. Inox is a preeminent men’s line. Sturm Bros.’ will be expanding their showcase collection over the summer. Inox jewelry is stainless steel, silver and gold with elements of wood, Italian rubber, and enameled elements mixed in. The entire collection is rugged, masculine, and built for real-life wear. The last photo is taken inside the TGI Friday’s before we boarded the light rail back to the airport. We left in the dark and we returned in the dark, for it was after midnight when we boarded the shuttle in Kansas City. #inoxjewelry

I encourage you to look back in every week or so for additional blog posts about our trip. Later posts will be full of details about diamond, gems and jewelry in general. I might even share my experiences with packing cubes. Like the look of what we do? Stop in; we’d be happy to show you around and let you experience jewelry the way we do jewelry.

Until next time. —The Sturm Bros.’ Team

Just our kinda of Chocolate – Chocolate colored gems – Smoky Quartz

Downtown Excelsior Springs, MO merchants are gearing up for the 2019 Chocolate Tour.  400 ticket holding chocolate lovers will fill downtown eating, drinking, smelling and completely basking in the glory that is chocolate.  At Sturm Bros.’ we love chocolate too, chocolate colored gems that is.  This year Sturm Bros.’ will give each ticket holder a genuine 3 mm smoky quartz gemstone.

Smoky quartz is also known as cairngorm after the Scottish mountains where it was first discovered, the Cairngorm Mountains.  Smoky quartz is the national gem of Scotland.  The color range of this gemstone is from smoky-yellow to nearly black.  The nearly black variety of smoky quartz is called morion and was a standard in Scottish mourning jewelry. There is a connection between the amount of radiation in the surrounding rock masses and the intensity and deepness of the color of smoky quartz.

Smoky quartz can be found all over the world with deposits in Sri Lanka, Spain, Switzerland, and the US.  Maine, New Hampshire and the Pike’s Peak region of Colorado each have deposits of smoky quartz. Quartz is the most common single mineral in the earth’s crust and is found in igneous, sedimentary,  and metamorphic rock.  It is usually the last major mineral to crystallize in the molten rock as it cools. Gem quality quartz occurs most commonly in vein or geode deposits.

Extremely facet-able and occurring in a rainbow of colors, quartz is an amazing and versatile gem for jewelry.  Imagination and quartz –nearly limitless.