Monday, January 15, 2018

It Is "Showtime!"

The holiday season is complete and now as we get a little breather between Christmas and Valentine's Day it's time to think about restocking our inventory.  We have two jewelry shows coming up very soon where we'll see all the popular & latest jewelry styles.

Of course, we always try to listen to you our clients and discern what it is you'd most like to see us carry at The Gold Mine.  Many of you have expressed interest in rose gold jewelry, two stone diamond jewelry and yellow gold...yes, its coming back strong!

As we visit the jewelry show to replinish our inventory, we'll be looking for hot items, the next "Big Thing" along with our list of wants and needs.

Is there something you'd like to see us carry that we currently don't have in stock?  Drop us a line...we'd love to hear from you!  We're always trying to be sensitive to our client's needs.

Have A Blessed Day,

Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine (828) 726-1009

Monday, October 9, 2017


Marriage is one of humanity’s oldest institutions, and symbolizes the love and commitment between two people who wish to stay together for the rest of their lives. Joining together in matrimony is a statement to the world that you consider each other life partners spiritually, physically, and legally for the remainder of your days.
When two people are to be married, tradition dictates that a wedding band is given to symbolize their love and promise to each other – but where did this tradition come from? The more we learn about the history of the wedding band, the more we come to realize just how wonderful it is.
An ancient tradition
Although the tradition of publicly displaying the promise of marriage likely dates back far earlier than we can trace, the first instances of wedding bands date back to Ancient Egypt. It wasn’t until the discovery of metal crafting, however, that they really became popular. We have the Romans to thank for that. They traditionally gave bands of gold or silver to new brides as they crossed the threshold. They believed that the eternity of a circle stood for the never ending love that they had for each other. It really is beautiful to know that you are continuing this age-old tradition when you slip that ring on your loved one’s finger.
Medieval times and later
Fast forward to Medieval Europe, and things begin to become more lavish. The betrothed would exchange gold bands, and would sometimes even add in gem stones. It was also common during later years to give “gimmel” or puzzle rings. These were interlocking bands that the bride and groom would each have separately, and then combine at the ceremony for the wife to wear. Perhaps the most romantic of the bunch was the “poesy” rings trend of the Renaissance. These sterling silver bands were engraved with an expression of love such as a poem – which is a great idea for a custom ring, even today.
Modern innovations
These days, the wedding band is often used in conjunction with an engagement ring, and double-ring ceremonies are common in North America. While it was common only for the bride to have the band in the past, both the bride and groom now receive one in the vast majority of cases. This is mainly due to changing attitudes of equality between the sexes, and marketing campaigns of the early 20th century. These days, rings can come in many different colors and sizes, and metals. The variety of designs and extras that can be easily added to a ring makes now the best time to be buying a wedding band that is truly unique – the days of the wedding band as an afterthought in wedding planning are gone.
It doesn’t matter how people celebrate love between each other, who gives the ring to whom, or how much it costs, the only thing that really matters in the love that is behind it. Throughout history, people have symbolized their promise of eternal love to each other with beautiful wedding bands and rings. We are certain that this wonderful tradition will continue well into the future, too. If you are looking for the perfect wedding band, look no further than the Gold Mine. We can help make your dreams come true.
'til next time,
Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine  828-726-1009

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Although our rings are designed to be long lasting, resistant to damage, and stay shining and brilliant for a lifetime, there are a few things that you should to do to ensure that they maintain their beauty. If you care for your rings properly, you can not only make them look better in the present, but you can ensure that they keep looking good well into the future. You need to make sure to do it right, though. It is important that you learn how to clean your wedding bands and engagement rings.
First, make sure you know what has gotten onto the ring
It is important to know what is on the ring because that could determine the best way to clean it. For example, if there is oil or some other kind of tough material, it is important to take it to a professional that has experience in dealing with this. You want to make sure that it gets done right so that you don’t damage the ring. If it is normal dirt, then you can probably handle it yourself, but it is best to be sure first.
Next, get some water
If your ring has been soiled by normal substances like common dirt, lipstick and the like, then all you need is some warm water and hand or dishwashing soap. Mix it together and soak your ring in it for about half an hour.
After 30 minutes…
After the time is up, take the ring out and gently brush it with an extra-soft tooth brush. Make sure to be gentle but thorough. Clean in the crevices and around the stone, especially in the setting where dirt tends to be stubborn. Do not use household cleaners like bleach – this is very bad for the ring. Once you are done brushing, run it under warm water. Your ring will be as good as new.
The sentimental value of your wedding band or engagement ring make it one of the most valuable things that you could ever own. It would be shame to not take care of it, and even worse to damage it instead. Follows these tips on how to clean your wedding bands and engagement rings, and keep them looking beautiful for a lifetime.
'til next time,
Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine 828-726-1009

Friday, September 22, 2017


Women tend to focus a lot of attention on their engagement ring, from its conception and design right through to the final product. And while some men do get excited about wedding jewelry, many might be overwhelmed by the choices they have to make that come with shopping for wedding band.
Fear not, here are some tips for choosing or creating the perfect wedding band while keeping the latest trends in mind.
Platinum is one of the best choices when it comes to picking a base metal for a wedding band. It is the strongest and most durable metal available. It also has a beautiful look to it, and right now a matte finish is one of the most popular ways to wear it. The matte finish subdues some of the metallic shine to give it a nice toned-down colour and texture.
Many of our men’s wedding bands are offered in Platinum so you can choose to have one of our classic wedding band styles like the WB-6901SP – which displays a unique milgrain outline that accents a brushed centre – in a stylish and modern metal like such as platinum.
Sticking to Something Traditional
If you like to keep it plain and simple – we totally get it. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a ring that will transcend time because it’s rooted in tradition.
When it comes to choosing a traditional ring, the type of metal and the thickness of the ring are the two things to think about. The traditional choice of metal would be yellow gold, but do you want a white gold ring or perhaps rose gold? Do you prefer a thinner cut to a ring or do you like the look of a denser piece?
We have a beautiful selection of wedding bands of all kinds to guide your decision.
We want you to have a happy wedding and that starts with making the right choices when it comes to one of the most important symbol of marriage and love – the ring.
'til next time,
Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Three Misconceptions About Buying Engagement Rings

Marriage is one of the beautiful things in life. Nothing rivals seeing two people in love forever joining together in holy matrimony. But nobody ever said it was easy! Working up the courage to ask is just the beginning. There’s a lot of planning, budgeting, adjusting your original plans when things change and actually managing all of the major issues in the process. Buying an engagement ring is just one of many tasks on your plate. There’s a lot of misinformation out there so we thought we’d clear up 3 misconceptions about buying engagement weddings rings to help you along.
It’s very complicated
The selection at The Gold Mine is vast. We have many different types of rings and with all types of colors and styles in our catalog – and it might be overwhelming to first-time buyers. In fact, getting an engagement ring with our store is actually easy. All you need to do is talk to your partner, and then talk to the store nearest you. They will walk you through the process and even make recommendations. Find the right size, pick your favorite color, and voila! At the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong with any of our beautiful rings.
Custom is too expensive
There are plenty of companies out there that might overcharge for customization, but getting a custom ring is less expensive than you might think. Technology has come a long way and the craft has been honed by experts around the world. You should never go into the process blind, though. Ask us for advice. Try on some of our rings to get a feel, and search our collections for something to your liking. Who knows, you might find one here that you like and not need the customization after all.
You can’t find good rings at affordable prices
There are many persistent myths in the jewelry world: you need to spend several months’ pay on a ring, you need to buy a ring with a large stone, or that you can’t possibly find a good ring at an affordable price. That’s all false. The right ring for you is not a matter of price but of fit. You need to find the right ring for your partner and not worry about what other people say about spending money.
Buying a ring doesn’t have to be a stressful process. We deal with plenty of couples that are anxious for their big day, but want to find the right ring first. Finding the right engagement ring will help make the whole process a lot easier – feel free to contact us for more information!
See ya,
Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Green is the color of Spring and has long symbolized love and rebirth. As the gem of Venus, it was also considered to aid in fertility. In addition, it was believed that wearing an Emerald would improve one’s memory and intelligence, enabling one to think clearly. Cleopatra, Egypt’s  female monarch was famous for wearing Emeralds. The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable the gemstone. To clean your emerald, use room temperature running water and a soft toothbrush with mild soap. Do not clean an emerald in ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners or acetone. 

Many of you know about my family's connection to the Hiddenite emerald mines in nearby Alexander County.  Emeralds have always been fascinating to me as they seem to be to many others.  Let me invite you to stop by our shop today..take a look at this stunningly beautiful gemstone in the many rings, earrings, pendants & bracelets we'll be glad you did!

'til next time,

Bill Warren, Owner/Gemologist
The Gold Mine

Monday, April 3, 2017


Here at The Gold Mine, we are happy to continue the tradition of giving finely-made, breathtakingly-beautiful rings as gifts at many of life’s special occasions. This is a major purchase, though, so we want to make sure that you are as well-informed as possible before you make that selection. Modern-style or contemporary rings are different than their older counterparts, and knowing what the term means will help you make the perfect selection. Let’s cover it in-depth so you know what you are getting in to.
What does contemporary mean?
When dealing with jewelry, something that is contemporary means something that was made in the style of more recent times. This includes everything from material and color to look and feel. While an older ring might be made to fit the ideals of the time, so too does a contemporary ring reflect current values. That is why we are beginning to see new metals, more diverse colors, and different weights becoming popular.
What do they look like?
While a vintage ring might be large and bulky, a modern ring will usually be sleek and light. This is due to a more minimalistic modern style, and our movement away from past aesthetics. Contemporary rings will usually have minimal decoration and a smaller stone at the top; not only that, but metals such as titanium and cobalt are becoming popular instead of traditional silver and gold. What we are beginning to see is a trend toward shiny and sleek rather than large and elegant.
Who wears it best?
A contemporary style ring is best for the person who enjoys making a quiet fashion statement, or one who prefers to be minimalistic. They fit best on the hand of someone who values shine and feel rather in-your-face beauty. Lightweight and stylish, a contemporary ring might go best with a young, trendy couple or with someone doesn’t like to make a lot of noise in a social setting.
Modern or contemporary rings are very different than their old-fashioned counterparts. They differ in nearly every area. That doesn’t mean one is better or worse than the other, it just means that different styles will fit different kinds of people. Now that you know what it means and who it works best on, stop by to see the Gold Mine's vast collection to see if you find the right fit.

'til next time,
Bill Warren, DDJ (Doctor of Dynamic Jewelry) & Owner
The Gold Mine