Slow Fashion is a little sister of the Slow Food Movement. Both movements have similar premises, encouraging consumers to buy better quality less often, with an eye towards ethical production. Slow Fashion is at the center of Sturm Bros.’ creative process and business model.
The full name of the little store in Historic Downtown Excelsior Springs, MO is Sturm Brothers’ Custom Design and Fine Jewelry. Our middle name is Custom Design and custom is at the heart of the slow fashion movement.
Slow Fashionistas shop their closets, their mother’s closets and even their sisters before they purchase. Their eye is trained to what suits their tastes, color palettes and life styles. Trends don’t rule a Slow Fashionista; it adds spice to an already beautiful wardrobe. Inheriting three well worn rings from Aunt Lucy bring joy to these ladies. Why? Sturm Brothers’ Custom Design use creativity and craftsmanship to turn those three beloved rings into a new-to-her jewelry piece that the Slow Fashionista will wear for her lifetime.
After melting the precious metals, the jeweler shapes the band.
This ring has two bands.
The next step is to solder the two bands together and shape the boxes that holds the unique stone.
The beautiful new ring emerges from the “found” and inherited items.
The perfectly layered look can be effortless for all. One this fall’s biggest trends are layered necklaces. Choosing the right lengths of chain — puzzling? Getting the chains to rest photo perfect around your neck all day — near impossible? Not with a Layered Duo necklace, one piece of jewelry perfectly matched for length and style and attached so that each chain lays perfectly…all day. Metal color options include white, yellow and rose gold and sterling silver. Starting at a collectible price of $85
Improving our skills. Diamond Clarity Grading Class. Bringing world class knowledge to Historic Downtown Excelsior Springs.
Part of the Sturm Bros.’ summer break was a class headed by the Gemological Institute of America. Diamond grading consists of the 4 C’s – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. On a bright, clear day in Cleveland the fellas honed their skills in clarity identification during a two hour, hands-on lab.
Diamond clarity is ranked F (flawless) to I (flaws visible by the naked eye). The grades in between are IF, VVS, VS and SI. Each of these grades requires magnification of 10x. I explain these clarity grades like this : IF means internally flawless, VVS means very, very slight inclusions, VS means very slight inclusion and SI stands for slight inclusion.
Numbers are added to each of these grades except for F and IF, because if you’re a flawless diamond there is nothing left to say. So, SI1 is better than SI2. I1 is better than I2 and so on. Many grading houses have begun to add an SI3 but the GIA doesn’t accept this category of clarity. If a diamond is SI3 then by GIA standards it is an I1.
Inclusions are birth marks for diamonds. These birth marks are left behind from trapped air bubbles, carbon, and fissures. Air bubbles are pretty easy to recognize because they look like the bubbles in a carbonated beverage. Carbon is blackish, coal piece left suspended in the diamond like a tiny chocolate chip in a cookie. Fissures look like miniature canyons running through the diamond.