Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at Irvine Gold Mine and Anaheim Hills Jewelry and Coin


Frank Rubio has over 35 years of experience with jewelry and precious stones. He’s an excellent expert designer who taught design at the Gemological Institute of America, and in just two weeks he went from student to instructor. Frank’s skillful design spectrum consists from classical to contemporary jewelry pieces. Frank has an impressive design background he’s worked for the Royal Family of Belgium, the elite of Mexico, Hollywood’s rich and famous, and exclusive galleries worldwide. His triumph over jewelry enlightened him to give back and in 2006, he headed to Mexico City as a volunteer and missionary to attend Bible College. He established Rubio Ministries and served in small churches and orphanages, while furthering his research and education in jewelry. When Frank isn’t in the midst of creating unique pieces he applies his creative talent to woodworking. We are so lucky to have Frank Rubio be a part of our team at Irvine Gold Mine. Come meet Frank and be impressed by his work!


December’s here and the birthstone for this month is Blue Topaz . Blue topaz looks spectacular set in rings and bracelets. They are a great gift for the holidays, and symbolizes eternal love and faithfulness.  Here at Gold Mine we carry these really neat stones set in gorgeous settings. Get to know the stone by reading these facts:

The Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and to make its wearer invisible while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight. The Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect them from injury.

Topaz was also said to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.

The most famous topaz is actually a colorless topaz that was originally thought to be a diamond. It is a 1680 carat stone known as the “Braganza Diamond” set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels.


When you think of an engagement rings you envision a princess cut diamond with a halo surrounding this gorgeous ideal ring. But have you ever thought of the uncommon engagement ring that is everything but a traditional? According to JCK, “Uncommon engagement rings are no longer all that uncommon. We’re talking about the proliferation of bridal styles featuring colored gems, bands with open space, black and brown diamonds, and rough rocks, all in endless combinations and stone arrangements”. It is interesting to think outside the box. p74 JCK0815_VLT_Pattersonp74 JCK0815_VLT_Yasuko


The birthstone for this month is Topaz. Topaz comes in yellow, brown, honey, green, blue, red, pink and sometimes no color at all, Topaz has a mass appeal. – See more. imperial-topaz-earringsThanksgiving is coming up so time to dazzle in your fall hues. It is important to consider these type of fall colors to go with outfits and enjoy during the holidays. Here is an example of few of the pieces we have. They are statement pieces, and the ideal gift.We have payment options for you , and we always here to help you pick that perfect piece!










If you were in the market for a watch in 1880, would you know where
to get one? You would go to a store, right?   Well, of course you could
do that, but if you wanted one that was cheaper and a bit better than
most of the store watches, you went to the train station!

Sound a bit funny?

Well, for about 500 towns across the northern United States, that’s
where the best watches were found.  Why were the best watches found at
the train station?

The railroad company wasn’t selling the watches, not at all.

The telegraph operator was.

Most of the time the telegraph operator was located in the railroad
station because the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks from
town to town.

It was usually the shortest distance and the right-of-ways had already
been secured for the rail line.  Most of the station agents were also
skilled telegraph operators and that was the primary way that they
communicated with the railroad.

They would know when trains left the previous station and when they
were due at their next station.  And it was the telegraph operator who
had the watches.

As a matter of fact, they sold more of them than almost all the stores
combined for a period of about 9 years.

This was all arranged by “Richard”, who was a telegraph operator
himself.  He was on duty in the North Redwood, Minnesota train station
one day when a load of watches arrived from the East.  It was a huge
crate of pocket watches.

No one ever came to claim them.

So Richard sent a telegram to the manufacturer and asked them what
they wanted to do with the watches.  The manufacturer didn’t want to
pay the freight back, so they wired Richard to see if he could sell them.

So Richard did.

He sent a wire to every agent in the system asking them if they wanted
a cheap, but good, pocket watch.

He sold the entire case in less than two days and at a handsome profit.

That started it all.

He ordered more watches from the watch company and encouraged the
telegraph operators to set up a display case in the station offering
high quality watches for a cheap price to all the travelers.

It worked!

It didn’t take long for the word to spread and, before long, people
other than travelers came to the train station to buy watches.
Richard became so busy that he had to hire a professional watch maker
to help him with the orders.

That was Alvah.

And the rest is history as they say.  The business took off and soon
expanded to many other lines of dry goods.  Richard and Alvah left the
train station and moved their company to Chicago — and it’s still there.

YES, IT’S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT that for a while in the 1880’s, the
biggest watch retailer in the country was at the train station.  It
all started with a telegraph operator: Richard Sears and his partner
Alvah Roebuck!

As described in JCK, an opal whose swirling kaleidoscope of colors has earned it the designation “the finest opal ever,” is being displayed publicly for the first time at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, part of an exhibit on the native gemstone that kicked off in September. This opal is 72 ct, and is considered to be the best opal in the world, even though almost every opal is unique and could be named the “best opal”. Overall it is one spectacular gem stone. fc2fc5ab27f444bff3467e9c44945d85 (1)


Happy Birthday to all in October. Just to let you know the the birthstones for October are Tourmaline and Opal. Two beautiful and spectacular stones that make great pieces of jewelry, and will catch everyone’s attention.  Tourmaline, comes in many shapes and colors, as well as opal.  Tourmaline means mixed stone, which includes, Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet: See more mint-tourmaline-ring_040855_1



Marilyn Monroe sang in the classic 1953 romantic comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,  “A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend…” But there are many aspects that come to play when finding a great piece of jewelry, but these pieces are just spectacular anyone would fall in love with them. Above is an infograph indicating the most expensive necklaces that are known all over the world.



This necklace in ­platinum with 52.5 cts. t.w. diamonds on ribbon scroll motif with brilliant-cut and baguette ­diamonds, and 7.04 ct. pear-shape diamond pendant framed by six other diamonds of similar shape. According to JCK,  this 1950’s diamond necklace, which sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite sale in Hong Kong on April 6 for $1.7 million. Although the piece lacks the colored stones and yellow gold that would become Bulgari’s signature, its monochromatic palette, symmetrical lines, and big stones were spectacularly on-trend.