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Hi, I’m artist Patrick Barnes. Welcome to my website showcasing my fine jewelry. Please look around, I’m sure you’ll enjoy what you find here. New information is added every day!

The 4 C’s, Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat of a Diamond Explained

By Kenny | June 14, 2020
Diamond Clarity Explained by Southwest Originals 505-363-7150

The 4 C’s of a diamond are cut, color, clarity, and carat. They are the four primary parts of its attractiveness and composition. The human eye distinguishes an overall equilibrium of its parts and attributes incorporating the 4 C’s as well as other aspects. Quality evaluation of the 4 C’s is done on a graded …

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The Formation of Turquoise in Nature

By Kenny | June 12, 2020

People have made and worn stunning turquoise jewelry for dozens of centuries. Because of its unique color and malleable nature turquoise has mystified us and brought us joy unlike any other stone. It has powerful cultural connections for many groups of people. Over time turquoise has been written about in history, it is part of …

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The Early History of Diamonds

By Kenny | May 11, 2020
The Early History of Diamonds by Southwest Originals Custom Fine Jewelry May 11 2020

From the early part of the 3rd or 4th century BC, India was the only location on earth where diamonds were mined prior to their discovery and subsequent diamond mining in Brazil when they were discovered during the 1700’s. Diamonds were referred to in India as early as the 4th century BC. There were Sansrkit …

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Hand Sanitizer

By Patrick | March 23, 2020
Hand Sanitizer

This is a warning to all that have inlay jewelry, primarily rings. Please take off your jewelry before applying hand sanitizer because the alcohol in the sanitizer will dissolve the epoxy holding the inlay in the jewelry. It can cause the inlay to fall out. Thank you and stay safe during these difficult times. Patrick …

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