The "Crisis In Melee"

An article put out by Rapaport this week states that melee suppliers are currently dealing with an alarming crisis. Although melee supply continues to be high, demand has declined. According to Rappaport, that is due to three factors: Indian manufacturers' difficulty with obtaining funding, undisclosed synthetics within 'natural melee' supplies, and the fact that traders are allowed to order by millimeter instead of by carat.

The article states, " Some retailers are shying away from natural melee because of the threat of undisclosed synthetics. In addition, there is a small but growing preference to use better-quality lab-grown melee rather than lower-quality natural stones that cost the same."

It is important to understand why our diamonds are not susceptible to some of the issues that certain manufacturers face. With the help of the M-Screen, we ensure that all of our stones are natural polished stones. We believe the cut is the most important C of the 4C's and that is why all of our stones, including those that are 1.00 mm are proven to be AGS 0 with Hearts and Arrows in all our color and clarities from VVS to I1. A true rarity within the world of melee. 

To read more regarding the article, please refer to the link below.

Actual 1.40mm AGS 000 with Perfect Hearts and Arrows.

Actual 1.40mm AGS 000 with Perfect Hearts and Arrows.

For information on our guaranteed 100% natural diamonds, watch this informative video on the M-Screen.

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Jewelry Without Compromise

My goal in this industry is to flip the expectations when it comes to jewelry. So much information and details are purposefully or accidentally skipped over when selling jewelry. This is where my passion takes flight. I believe that jewelry is not something that is just sold. Too many stores do not give it the appreciation it deserves. Jewelry is a way to celebrate important moments in life and to express yourself. Just like your relationship, you get out what you put in. This is why I always begin with the finest quality goods as possible. Before any decisions are made, I educate you to make sure you thoroughly understand the product and are confident it will genuinely embody the feelings you have. There is no detail left untouched. Even our smallest of diamonds are precision cut to have perfected proportions and light performance, all the way down to 0.6mm diameters. You do not make compromises when it comes to loving each other, and we should not either when celebrating your most precious moments. 

Forever Springtime: The Story of Our Signature Bluebonnets

Spring is arriving in Austin, and with it, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, Indian blankets and other Texas wildflowers covering the Austin roadsides and prairies. At Kirk Root Designs, we’ve always drawn inspiration from Texas for our custom jewelry pieces and wildflowers hold a particularly special place for us. Since 1986, the Bluebonnet Pendant has been our signature design and a customer favorite. It remains one of our favorites as well, so much so that it inspired us to create an Wildflower Collection of handmade Texas wildflower pieces. We’re incredibly proud to carry on our father’s legacy as the original creator of the Texas Wildflower Collection.

The Story of Our Signature Bluebonnets

In the mid-80s, our father was an up-and-coming jeweler in Texas, looking to make a name. He had already distinguished himself by becoming the youngest ever master appraiser at age 22, but as he launched his own custom jewelry store he knew that he needed a signature piece. Inspired by the springtime bluebonnets that surrounded him, Kirk set out to create a statement piece that captured not only the beauty of Texas bluebonnets, but also the sentiment that surrounds them – the springtime joy that heralds long days and warm nights of lounging at Zilker Park, cooling off in Barton Creek and chowing down on tacos. In order to capture the brilliance of the bluebonnets, Kirk opted to use diamond cut blue sapphires, green gold, and tsavorite green garnets, with diamonds running up the stem for an extra sparkle. He knew he had a hit when he finished his first prototype and laid it in the showcase, only to have his mother (our grandmother) grab it, put it on and refuse to take it off.

What Makes Our Bluebonnets So Special?

Unsurprisingly, Kirk’s one-of-a-kind design has inspired many imitators and knockoffs, but no other jeweler can match the love and craftsmanship that we put into our pieces.

  • We hand-pick and hand-set our diamond cut blue sapphires.
  • No one was diamond cutting sapphires when we started making these pieces in the 80s, so each sapphire is custom cut just for these pieces.
  • We use tsavorite green garnet instead of emeralds because garnet is more durable and gives off a shine that truly does justice to the bluebonnet.
  • We buy hundreds of carats of garnets and sapphires and choose only the top 10% for our wildflower pieces.
  • Genuine Wildflower Collection pieces will always carry the Kirk Root Designs stamp.