East Valley Tribune Chandler 10-13-2019

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Mesa jeweler warns not all diamonds are your friend using a DiaTrue CS, a machine that detects the origin of almost all types of diamonds. “It’s the responsibility of an ethical, quality jeweler to make sure their clients are getting what they pay for,” said Nelson.

BY JORDAN HOUSTON Tribune Staff Writer


n the last five years, the quality of labmade diamonds has skyrocketed to the point where they are now commonplace in rings, necklaces and earrings – sometimes unbeknownst to their buyers. In the name of transparency, a Mesa jeweler is doing his part to ensure his clients know exactly what they are paying for. David Nelson, who has been in the industry since he was 15, opened Nelson Estate Jewelers with his wife several years ago. The company is a full-service jewelry store that buys, sells and repairs “valuables” – including estate jewelry. Now, the store is setting itself apart by

David Nelson and his wife Aubrey inspect diamonds at his Mesa shop. (Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer)

“I think that it has to be something that is on the forefront of every reputable jeweler’s mind,” he continued. To use the OGI Systems device, Nelson places a ring setting or parcel of a stone onto a plate that is then inserted into the machine. The $6,000 device will detect which diamonds are natural and which are not, depending on how the light interacts with the properties of the stone. “It takes a bunch of pictures and reads how the optical properties work,” said Nelson. “When dealing with lab-made diamonds, they are grown differently than a natural diamond,” he added. “So, they

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These entrepreneurs have services, will travel This bus is loaded with exhibits that give kids a hands-on field trip experience without having to be piled into a bus of their own and driven to a museum or other place of interest.

Chandler optician Michael Garcia has van to help him provide eye examinations and new glasses and contact lenses. (Pablo Robles/Staff Photographer)

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Chandler couple delivers Chandler business brings field trips to local schools eyecare to workplace TRIBUNE NEWS STAFF


ield trips typically involve students getting out of school and going to a museum, planetarium, or historical

site. But Christine Cohen of Chandler has found a way to reverse this concept by bringing the field trip to schools. She and her husband, Steve, bought a school bus a couple years ago and revamped it to serve as a mobile learning center.

Inside their bus are several work stations that provide hands-on activities related to Arizona history. There’s a station involving lemons to represent the state’s citrus industry. Another one has cow figurines to symbolize Arizona’s abundance of cattle ranchers. In the early years of statehood, Arizona’s economy was dominated by cotton, copper, cattle, citrus, and the climate – otherwise known as the five C’s.

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un intended, but Michael Garcia knows a business need when he sees one. The Chandler optician has launched a business that helps busy people get glasses without going out of their way or interrupting their busy schedule at work. He brings everything to them – including the optometrists, the equipment and a vast array of frames. A licensed optician since 2001, Garcia

teamed up with optometrists Dr. Kerri Luce and Dr. John Riley and optician Joy Perluisi to form Sight on Site Mobile Eye Care. Garcia said he has been an optician for too long to not bring a little bit of mobility to his profession. “I have realized the convenience Mobile Eye Care offers is much needed because people delay getting eye exams. Even when they know they need to get an updated prescription, they put it off un-

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