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Choosing Your Jewelry: Gold vs Platinum
May 27, 2016

An important part to picking out your new jewelry piece is understanding what meets your needs. Beautiful, sparkling gemstones and a unique design should be considered for the atheistic of your piece. But the elements of how your jewelry is made is just as important. Different types of metals, such as gold and platinum, are used for various purposes in jewelry making. 


Gold is commonly used for all types of jewelry, although there are multiple types and purities of gold. 14 karat gold, which is 58.3% pure, is the most common because it is the American standard. Although 18 karat gold, which is 75% pure, is used often as well. Because gold is naturally a soft metal, 24 karat gold (the purest form), is not usually used for making jewelry. Although The Gem Gallery does sell 24 karat gold nugget earrings here. 

Multiple colors of gold are available, the most common being yellow, rose, and white. Gold is naturally yellow, but still requires to be mixed with other metals to create an alloy hard enough for everyday wear. The alloy metals in gold can differ, which is a science of itself. A good example of this is rose gold, which is alloyed with copper to get its warm, pink color. Rose gold is more durable because copper is a very tough metal. White gold contains alloy metals that make it’s color similar to white, but never a true white. It always contains hints of yellow because of the natural color of gold. “It’s like mixing paint,” says Jason Baide of The Gem Gallery. You can never get a pure white from a vibrant color. White gold is commonly plated with rhodium, a hard, white metal that has a beautiful mirror finish. Rhodium plated jewelry usually requires more maintenance than other jewelry types. 


Platinum is a naturally true white metal. It is in the same family as rhodium and palladium. Because it has no hints of other colors, it does not require rhodium plating. It is more dense than gold, containing 95% platinum. It also wears slower than gold. When gold gets scratched, it actually looses metal (18 karat gold scratches easier than 14 karat). But when platinum gets scratched, the metal moves and shifts. Overtime, this creates a patina that is desirable by some. Because of platinum’s strength, it holds gemstones better than gold. The prongs are stronger than other metals. Rings often have a gold shank and a platinum head for this purpose. Another advantage of platinum over gold is that it does not contain nickel, so it is hypoallergenic. A major platinum mine is located in Montana! 

Although the price of platinum is currently less than the price of gold, a piece of platinum jewelry will generally be more expensive than the same piece in gold because it will weigh more. Platinum also requires more labor to create a custom piece. It takes 50% longer than gold to polish and work with. That being said, platinum is The Gem Gallery’s goldsmith favorite. Jason Baide says it is “a labor of love.” It engraves well and is an excellent choice for your custom engagement ring! 

Considering the color and durability of your jewelry will help you decide what metal to choose. If you desire a white colored ring that is very durable, platinum is the way to go. But if you want a warm color, such as rose or yellow, 14 karat gold will better fit your needs. Our sales team will be happy to help you decide what type of metal is right for you!

Announcing our Montana Collection Gifts
April 9, 2016

We are excited to announce our new Montana Jewelry Collection! We have some fun gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen. 

Our Maid in Montana collection features pendants and earrings for your bridesmaids...or even yourself! You can have them special made in your choice of 14K gold or sterling silver. They can feature a Montana Yogo Sapphire, a Fancy Montana Sapphire, a Diamond, or no gemstone at all. 

The Men's Collection also comes in a range of options. These awesome cufflinks can be made with the same metal and gemstone options. All the jewelry can be made with a polished or satin finish. 

Our 14K rose gold jewelry is especially an exciting edition to our new collections! Rose gold is one of the top jewelry trends of 2016 and will make a statement at your wedding! 

All purchases of three or more of the same jewelry item will receive a 15% discount! Special orders for your wedding party or event will take about 3-5 weeks. 

Happy New Year! 2016
January 23, 2016

Greetings from The Gem Gallery & Happy New Year! We had our annual holiday Party at Chico Hot Springs, a company tradition! A short drive from Bozeman, Chico has natural hot springs, an award winning restaurant and bar. We had a wonderful dinner, soaked and stayed the night. It was delightful. We wait until after the holidays- working retail and all. The wait was worth it, what a great team!

Our Holiday Open House
December 14, 2015

We had a wonderful turn out for our Open House this year. We had appetizers from Joe's Parkway & custom made chocolates from La Chatelaine Chocolate here in Bozeman. We also served a warm caramel apple cocktail which was very popular! Thanks to everyone who came out and we will announce the winner of the half carat earrings soon! 
Happy Holidays!

Staff Christmas Party
January 3, 2015

The Gem Gallery staff celebrated this weekend with their annual Christmas Party at Chico. We all enjoyed soaking in the hot springs, exchanging white elephant gifts, eating an amazing dinner and dancing to the Kris Clone Band.

Happy 2015!
December 31, 2014

Out with the old, in with the new, may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!!
December 25, 2014

Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Open House Sale
December 14, 2014

Enjoy 10% off select Montana Yogo Sapphire jewelry and 20% off everything else in the store this weekend only!

Shop diamond fashion jewelry, trinket boxes, sterling silver pieces, Fancy Montana Sapphires and much more!

Holiday Open House
December 12, 2014

You are cordially invited to the Gem Gallery Holiday Open House, Friday December 12th through Sunday the 14th.

Come celebrate the holidays with 10% off select Montana Yogo Sapphire jewelry and 20% off everything else in the store.

You can find something special for everyone on your shopping list with prices starting under $100. Shop for great deals on our diamond engagement rings, fashion jewelry, and much more.

Stop by for warm drinks, good food and holiday cheer all weekend long!
Happy holidays and warmest wishes from Don & The Gem Gallery Staff!

16 days left til Christmas
December 9, 2014

The Christmas Countdown continues.... make sure you stop by the Gem Gallery for all of your holidays needs and wants! We will be open on Sunday 12/14 and 12/21 from 11am to 3pm.
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