Key West Jeweler: Jewelry

David Brian Jewelers, in Key West, Florida, offers the most beautiful, quality gems found the world over. Because David Brian Jewelers buys stones in the rough, direct from the source, and then cuts them according to their own one of a kind shapes, specification,  and faceting angles, they can offer extremely fine qualities that most people have never seen before, at a price that only David Brian Jewelers can offer. David Brian Jewelers eliminates the middlemen, from rough rocks all the way to the beautifully designed and finished jewelry.

No middle man means better prices on the finest quality gems you will ever see. Let’s face it, we all love to buy Jewelry while we’re on Vacation!

David Brian Jewelers has two stores in Key West. Both are located in the heart of Old Town, conveniently located for all visitors to this little paradise.



There’s something about purchasing sparkly gems in exotic locations as keepsakes that excites us. Who doesn’t want to store that memory forever with Silver, Gold, Diamonds and Gemstones? I love just thinking about it! And, Key West has top quality jewelers with great deals on quality jewelery pieces and gemstones;

You may not know it, but that 14kt Gold you bought in the Carribean, may not be real 14kt Gold! Yes, that’s right! The good ole USA keeps Gold standardized and regulated so that if an item is marked 14kt Gold, the Gold in that item is at least 14kt Gold OR higher! Whatever it’s stamped, it is! BUT, out of the states, there is no regulation. It may be marked 10kt, or 14kt or 18kt, but that may not mean squat. It could be what’s marked, but chances are good, it’s not. Usually it’s lower Gold content. Which means, if you’re allergic to anything less than 14kt Gold, (which a lot of people are) then that Jewelry may cause rashes and allergic reactions! You have to be careful and concerned. Buyer beware!

Let’s talk about Gemstones! Gems sold outside US borders are often low quality. The only good thing about that is that they usually will be cheap! A lot of Gems will be sold with tons of inclusions in them, they may be chipped or cracked, and their colors are normally very pale or light in hue. All not good! And, just because the salesperson is calling it an “Emerald“, you still have to question it. Is it truly an Emerald? It could be a Green Tourmaline!!! How do you know? My suggestion: Learn about Gems before you buy them. Microscope them at the store. Look for Inclusions, Scratches, Nicks or Chips. And if they have an Appraisal with it or a Certificate, all the better!

Also do remember the rule of thumb when it comes to buying Gemstones… The darker the Color, the better! (In most cases!) Granted, you don’t want to get a Gem to be so dark it looks black, but a deep, vibrant and rich color is awesome!

One of the biggest sellers out of the country are Tanzanites. Tanzanites are a big concern because a lot of Tanzanites are sold being very pale and light in hue. Not good! They may be sold cheaply, but beware! Cruise Ships are great for these kinds of stones. If it’s a pale or light Tanzanite, it’s not desirable! Select Tanzanites that are Dark and a Deep Blue-Violet in hue.


Plus, don’t forget to barter! A lot of shop owners are willing to wheel-and-deal on their goods. They know tourists love a great deal so that price tag may be just a starting point! It never hurts to try.

Lastly, if you are vacationing in a Hot Climate like the Florida Keys, when you get back to the States, (or where ever you’re going) chances are good that that Ring won’t fit anymore! It’ll be too big! In warmer temperatures your fingers will become swollen (Usually about 1/2 size bigger), so once you get back home, that Ring will need to be sized down… And Sizings could add another $20 – $30 onto the price of that Ring. If it’s a Sterling Silver Ring that cost you $15, then that’s not such a great deal after all.







Agate (Chalcedony)
red-banded agate that is also known as sard or sardonyx

Alexandrite (Chrysoberyl)
faceted alexandrite displaying the color change effect

Amber (Amber)
amber specimen
unpolished amber with insect
another specimen of amber containing an insect
amber fluorescence

Amethyst (Quartz)
amethyst crystals
rough specimen
amethyst geode

Ametrine (Quartz)
faceted ametrine

Apatite (Apatite)
apatite crystals

Aquamarine (Beryl)
faceted aquamarine

Aventurine (Chalcedony)
polished aventurine nugget

azurite crystals
azurite geode

Benitoite (Benitoite)
benitoite crystals in their matrix

Beryl (Beryl)
electron micrograph of hexagonal beryl crystal

Bloodstone (Chalcedony)
polished bloodstone nugget

Carnelian (Chalcedony)
carnelian specimen


Chrome Diopside (Diopside)

Chrysoberyl (Chrysoberyl)
faceted chrysoberyl
cymophane or catseye chrysoberyl

Chrysoprase (Chalcedony)

polished chrysocolla nugget

Citrine (Quartz)
faceted citrine

Diamond (Diamond)
rough octohedral diamond crystal
cut diamonds

Emerald (Beryl)
858-carat Galacha Emerald
uncut emerald crystal
uncut Colombian emerald crystals

blue fluorite crystals
reddish-orange fluorite crystals

Garnet (Almandine, Andratite, Grossularite, Pyrope, Spessartine, Uvarovite)
garnet crystals with quartz
faceted garnet

Heliodore (Beryl)
heliodore crystal

Heliotrope (Chalcedony)
polished heliotrope

rough hematite specimen

Hessonite (Grossularite)

Hiddenite (Spodumene)
hiddenite from Hiddenite, NC

Iolite (Cordierite)
faceted iolite

Jade (Jadeite or Nephrite)

Jasper (Chalcedony)
polished orbicular jasper

Kunzite (Spodumene)

kyanite crystals


Lapis Lazuli (Lazurite)

Malachite (Malachite)
polished malachite nugget

Moonstone (Albite, Microcline Feldspar, Orthoclase, Plagioclase)

Morganite (Beryl)
uncut morganite crystal

Onyx (Chalcedony)

Opal (Opal)
rough opal from Nevada
massive opal from Queensland, Australia
polished Australian opal
veins of opal in iron-rich rock

black pearl and the mollusk shell
round white pearls

Peridot (Olivine)
rough peridot

Quartz (Quartz)
quartz crystals
smoky quartz crystals

Rhodochrosite (Rhodochrosite)

Rhodolite (Almandine-Pyrope Garnet)

Rock Crystal (Quartz)
quartz crystals

Rose Quartz (Quartz)
rough rose quartz

Ruby (Corundum)
faceted ruby
rough ruby

Sapphire (Corundum)
faceted sapphire with diamonds
star sapphire
Star of India

Sard (Chalcedony)
red-banded agate that is also known as sard or sardonyx

red-banded agate that is also known as sard or sardonyx

Sinhalite (Sinhalite)

Sodalite (Sodalite)
rough sodalite specimen

Spinel (Spinel)
spinel crystals

Sugilite (Sugilite)
polished sugilite nugget

Sunstone (Oligoclase Feldspar)
polished sunstone nugget

Tanzanite (Zoisite)
faceted tanzanite

Titanite (Sphene)

Topaz (Topaz)
topaz crystals
red topaz crystal
colorless topaz crystal point

Tourmaline (Tourmaline)
tri-color tourmaline crystals with quartz
Emerald Cut Green Tourmaline


Turquoise (Turquoise)
polished turquoise nugget

Zircon (Zircon)

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