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Blue Diamonds for the One You Love

Blue Diamonds for the One You Love



Introducing Blue Diamonds!  Natural ones are rare and expensive like the "Royal Blue Diamond" ring above.

Maria-Tina has sourced some "enhanced" blue diamonds which are much more reasonable!  She's in love with their bright colors and sparkle like the color of the Greek Island seas.

Diamond, a symbol of clarity, resiliance and new beginnings, is the perfect stone to give to the people you love. Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, an engagement or just because, the Greek Island House team is happy to provide these unique sparkling blue diamonds to help you send your love in a very special way.

Take a look below at Maria-Tina's most recent hand made custom pieces, a 14k rose gold engagement ring and 14k & 18k lovely mini spiral rings featuring only the best, hand selected Blue Diamonds. 

To start your own custom piece, call, text or write Maria-Tina directly at  415-299-1442,

There's still time to order for Greek Easter (May 1) and Mother's Day (May 8) 2016

Maria-Tina Minoan Blue Diamond Jewelry

" Poseidon's Daughter's Ring"
.32 carats tw, and 14k rose gold starting at $3,500.



"Poseidon's Daughter Collection", .08 carats tw, and 18k gold, $850.

"Poseidon's Daughter Collection", .06 carats tw, and 14k gold, $550.

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3 Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry

1. JEWELER’S HALLMARK - Good jewelers leave their mark; they want people to know they created the jewelry you’re wearing. Look for a mark on the back or inside of your jewelry with the jeweler’s name or a branded symbol. This will tell you who made the piece and if it’s really worth the price.

2. METAL CONTENT - “Hallmark” or "Quality Mark" is the official term to describe the mark on the back or inside of your jewelry with numbers like: 16k, 18k, 22k, or 24k indicating the metal content of your jewelry. If you see 22k or a lower number followed by "k" on your jewelry, it has 92% or less gold and 8% or more other metal. Pure Gold is more durable when mixed with other metals. A 24k on the back of your jewelry indicates solid gold. This pure gold is more expensive but can be easier to scratch, so choose the metal that works better for you.
2. PLATING – Some gold jewelry isn’t solid. At department stores and big box retailers much of the gold colored jewelry is only plated with gold. These plated pieces are actually made of less expensive metals such as copper and silver, reducing the value of the piece and causing metal allergies in those with metal sensitivity. However, Vermeil, sterling silver jewelry that has been plated with gold can be a great, more price conscious alternative to solid gold jewelry. Maria-Tina make extremely high quality Vermeil jewelry with solid sterling silver, triple dipped in 24 karat gold. Shop Maria-Tina's vermeil jewelry here. 


HAND HAMMERED – hammering makes the metal in your jewelry solid and more dense by actually condensing molecules, and getting rid of air pockets in the metal. Many of Maria-Tina’s pieces have been hand hammered, so you get more metal for your money.  All pieces are made in San Francisco and

Marin Co. USA - we love to support our Local Small Businesses.

CASTINGS – Cast pieces are used by jewelers to reduce costs and production times but they can mean a compromise on quality. Most jewelry is cast. During production, metal is poured into a mold which may form tiny pockets of air that makes the jewelry lighter. To detect if a piece was cast, look along the sides of the jewelry for ridges or seams. The better the jewelry, the less you can see. The majority of Maria-Tina’s jewelry is hand fabricated (sculpted by hand). Some pieces have been cast by hand using the lost wax method with the utmost attention to detail. Unlike commercial castings, Maria-Tina’s are made from originals maintaining the integrity of the design.

MIX & MATCH – Inspired by the art of Ancient Greece, Maria-Tina’s jewelry can be mixed and matched with other pieces to create a unique and inspiring look every time. No matter what metal or stone, all of Maria-Tina’s designs have a cohesive style that can stand alone or be combined for a statement look. There are unlimited options, pairing Maria-Tina’s ancient look with modern pieces gives your outfit an air of old world sophistication like the eclectic architecture of Athens, Paris and London!

Whatever jewelry you buy, we wish you radiance and happiness and a little bit of OPA from Maria-Tina and the Greek Island House Team!
Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry Images from top:
• "Large Byzantine Cross" - Hand fabricated, hand hammered 22 karat gold tanzanite, sapphire, amethyst, diamonds, gold granulation and stamped with Minoan symbols of life and nature.
• "Circle of Life Wedding Ring" - Hand fabricated, hand alloyed and hand hammered 22 karat gold
•  "Four Corners Byzantine Cross" pendant hand cast using the ancient technique of lost wax method from original, hand fabricated, hand stamped piece, © 2015 Maria-Tina Karamanlakis
If you enjoyed hearing what we have to say about Gold check out our guide on How to Buy Silver Jewelry.

Whatever jewelry you buy we wish you radiance and happiness and a little bit of OPA from Maria-Tina and the Greek Island House Team!

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Autumn Is Upon Us

The sounds of fall surround me as I write this blog today, the crisp wind whips around the chimney from Richardson's Bay, Canada Geese honk as they glide in formation just a foot above the water and the crunch of dried leaves rings through my mind as I forget for a moment that I am in California and not in a dense deciduous forest back east. Fall is upon us now and I can't help but let my mind wonder from these iconic autumnal sounds into the a world of tweed and velvet, mink and cashmere, into a world no farther away than the nearest Bloomingdales. Here are some couture inspirations drawn from Valentino's current collection that in my opinion are all missing something very important...... a piece of Maria-Tina Minoan Jewelry of course!
by Carolyn Neer
Valentino Couture Fall 2013 
Valentino Couture Fall 2013
Here are our suggestions to the design team at Valentino. 
Petite Spiral Stackable Ring featured in 22 karat hand alloyed gold $795
Also available in 18 karat gold starting at $595. Add something sparkly like a Diamond, Ruby, or Sapphire for an additional fee.
Garnet Necklace
Maria-Tina Signature clasp in 22 karat hand alloyed gold, faceted hand cut rhodalite garnets, approximately 20"      $1,585
Call Maria-Tina now to schedule your own concierge jewelry experience this holiday season.   
Thanks so much!  OPA!

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Better than a Bouquet for Mother's Day

Mother's love is like a flower that never wilts in the sun...

who's petals don't blow away in the wind....

Mother's love is the never-ending spring gives us life 

This love is always and so it shall be cherished

-Carolyn Neer

Celebrate your Mom this Mother's Day with the only flower that will last as long as her love. This beautiful new Daisy Cocktail Ring by Maria-Tina Karamalakis is the perfect way to say I love you. 

Available in 24 karat gold vermeil, sterling silver, or ancient bronze with 8 faceted diamonds, this statement ring will make this Mother's Day one she'll never forget. It even looks great with jeans!

Celebrate Mom with us! Send in pictures of you and your mom this Mother's Day and we will share them on Facebook. 


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