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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sturm Bros.’ does Slow Fashion

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….

Fall Fashion Trend – the Layered Look

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…

A Diamond Training Day – Bringing world class knowledge to Excelsior Springs, MO.

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,…