Rock Hard Designs specializes in helping you feel good about the jewelry you wear

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:53 PM.

•Are the stones and metals ethically sourced? Connect with a jeweler that has the same standards you do and you can be sure to find that their trusted suppliers share the same high standards. Ask for 100 percent recycled silver, gold, or platinum. Ask if your jeweler knows who mines the stones they’re selling.

Next year, local jeweler, Rocky Hard of Rock Hard Designs, will have been in business for 40 years. His stories of adventure, love of history and archeology, and willingness to educate consumers are trumped by only one thing:  the quality craftsmanship that rivals the greatest jewelry houses in the world. Right here, locally in Pensacola and Grayton Beach, masters are creating designs that will be future artifacts.

His passion for adventure travel, gemstones, and handmade jewelry has also shaped the life of his daughter, Mariel Heart. She is a gemologist, jeweler and gem-carver with an accounting degree that hand-makes jewelry for The Heart Department in Nashville, Tenn.  Mariel writes inspiring stories for each limited edition or one-of-a-kind jewel based on the characteristics of the design and stones. The jewelry then becomes an easy daily reminder of where to focus your attention.

Both Rock Hard Designs and The Heart Department produce treasures that you will feel great about wearing. All the precious metals they use are recycled and Certified Green. They work with family-owned mines to reduce exposure to the supply chain. For example, each diamond from S. Muller & Sons is so closely tracked from mine to market that the individual that mined the stone and the cutter of the stone are recorded.

Anything can be empowering depending on how we look at it. Just make sure your investment is doing what you want it to do. Invest in your enjoyment and enjoy your investment.

Rock Hard Designs & The Heart Department will unite for an exclusive two-day show where they will show their work side by side the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at Rock Hard Designs in Grayton Beach. Be there with your heart on your sleeve.

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