ringsizeWhen you consider the availability of rings online, especially customized rings, it’s no wonder people are skipping the jewelry stores for the huge selection on the Internet marketpace. But, how do you know what your ring size is? Or, what if you want a ring for your pinky, and you have no idea what your pinky size is?

Carved Creations offers a free online ring sizer. Just download the PDF and you’re all set!

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Many thanks to Jewlery guru Maggie MacLean and the entire team at the Jewlery Weblog for their article on the John Christian Company.

A full-page feature about jeweler John Christian can be found in this month’s FORTUNE Small Business! The story, which details the company’s decision to launch a less expensive product line (via Carved Creations), can be previewed below: [Click on the image to enlarge]

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This just in:

President-elect Barack Obama wants to show his thanks to his wife Michelle for her months of support on the campaign trail. And it’s going to cost him $30,000.

According to UK’s Daily Telegraph, Obama will purchase a five-figure Harmony ring made of rhodium – the world’s most expensive metal –and encrusted with diamonds. Italian designer Giovanni Bosco is rushing to complete the ring in time for January’s inauguration.

According to the article, “Only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, mostly in South Africa, and as a result its price is typically around £5,000 an ounce.”

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But hold on just a cotton pickin’ minute. Political Machine is reporting that the story is not true.

happy-holidays-webcopyThe news is in:

Even though prognosticators are calling for a slow shopping season, people are heading out early to find deals in malls and shopping centers.

But, as if you didn’t already know, you can find all those deals without leaving your chair. If you’re looking for unique, high-quality, handcrafted gifts–whether they be rings, bracelets, charm bracelets or personalized engraved crystal–you can always find what you’re looking for at John Christian.

Happy Holidays from all of us!

The families of John Christian and Carved Creations wish you a safe and festive holiday season.

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For combined helpfulness and coolness, it’s hard to beat Apartment Therapy. They have such a great eye for decor and style, and they’re always cognizant of price. It was a real thrill, then, to see their posting on jewelry display.

Here’s one of the examples, from a “cool and kitschy” apartment in Austin:

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And here’s one that uses ice trays!

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See? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a nice (and convenient) place to store your rings, pendants, cuff links and bracelets.