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Black owned businesses to throw your money at for Juneteenth (and all year round)

Since Juneteenth became a national holiday in 2021, we’ve seen a rush by corporations to capitalize on the holiday. On June 19th 1865 the last enslaved peoples of Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom, marking the end of slavery. For over 150 years Juneteenth has been a celebration by and for the Black community in America. While it’s wonderful that Juneteenth is finally getting the recognition it deserves, it’s important to make sure that in our celebration of the holiday we continue to uplift and support the Black community. 

 So we’re celebrating this Juneteenth by highlighting some of our favorite Black owned businesses. 

 BLK MKT Vintage: https://www.blkmktvintage.com/

Juneteenth Apparel: https://juneteenthapparel.com/shop/ 

We Celebrate Black: https://wecelebrateblack.com/      

Avalah: 

Bespeckled Beauties: Salt and Pepper Diamonds

Three rows of salt and pepper diamonds of various shapes and cuts in a white box

 

It’s no secret that we here at Automic Gold have a love for salt and pepper diamonds (just take a look at our insta feed 😉.) There’s something so unique and wonderful about these beauties that we’re all simply obsessed. So what exactly makes salt and pepper diamonds so special? 


They’re a stone that doesn’t conform to what is traditionally seen as perfect and are instead praised for their individuality. They’re durable, gorgeous, and affordable. To sum it up, salt and pepper diamonds are perfectly imperfect. 


So let’s do a deep dive into these ethereal gems.


Salt and pepper diamonds, sometimes referred to as “galaxy” diamonds, are diamonds with...

The 4 Day Work Week

 

Luna the dachshund sitting at the Automic Gold shipping desk

 

It’s not a secret that we live in a society of morbid capitalism. Companies seem to only value the bottom line, without a care for how they get there or who got them there. Similarly, it has become the societal standard for employees to devalue themselves. Judging and grading their worth, on both a professional and personal level, by how hard they can push their limits and churn out results. The covid-19 pandemic has forced both companies and workers alike to re-evaluate their priorities and re-work the system. Being forced to work from home greatly disrupted what little work-life balance most employees had, with a large number of employees across the nation underreporting their work hours while working considerably longer shifts. With most companies returning to the office with their employees already in the...

Jewelry Care Guide

Gold jewelry is the perfect fusion of mother nature's beauty with human creativity and craftsmanship. In order to keep our jewelry as sparkly as it's meant to be, here are some tips on how to clean and care for your pieces:


Plain Gold Jewelry:

Automic gold jewelry is made with solid 14 karat gold that isn’t afraid of water or chemicals and could be kept on 24/7. 

Cleaning your solid gold jewelry is super simple:

Using either a soft brush or a soft cloth, gently scrub your jewelry with mild soap and water

For tough messes, you can soak your plain gold jewelry overnight in a cup of soapy water.


Gold and Diamonds:

Diamonds are tough babes, literally. Diamond is THE hardest mineral on earth and can only be scratched by another diamond. Working out, hanging out, washing your hands or...

Meet our Pride Employees!

 This week we asked our LGBT+ Founder & employees what pride means them. See what they said below!

Hi, My name is AL and my pronouns are They/Them.

I’m the founder of Automic Gold and I am the designer behind all the jewelry you see.

I identify as a leather dyke, as a non binary, and as a queer person. I really like June month because it feels for me like a gay Christmas. I’m not religious, I don't celebrate Christmas. So during Christmas, it feels like I’m missing out on something. But during pride it feels like the best holiday for me and my chosen family.

I love to celebrate, I love to go to protests. I like to get our voices amplified and I like to push gay agenda farther and farther.

 

My name...

Queer POC owned businesses to throw your money at

Here is queer POC owned businesses to throw your money at and I marked with 💜 my personal favorites:

 

Clothing:

https://www.stuzoclothing.com/ 💜
http://rebirthgarments.com/ 
https://www.jagandco.com/

https://www.atribecalledqueer.com/
https://www.blkmktvintage.com/ 
https://hautebutch.com/ 💜
https://www.krisharring.com/
http://www.shedoeshim.com/ 💜
https://byegender.com/
https://www.pyramidseven.com/ 
https://www.splendidrain.co/💜

 

Miscellaneous: 
https://www.biancadesigns.co/ 
https://www.showandtelloakland.com/
https://shopenby.com/ 💜


Understanding Opals

Opals are beautiful, colorful, and precious in more ways than one. They also come from all over the world, with the majority of stones coming out of Australia, followed by Ethiopia. Even though all opals have the same general chemical framework, the origin of the stone matters. At Automic Gold, we only use ethically mined Australian opals for our jewelry because they are non-porous, can get wet, and are stronger than opals from other sources.

But what exactly IS an Opal?

 

Opals are a gorgeous natural gemstone beloved for their play-of-color and iridescence and are made of hydrous silicon dioxide. Opals are a fascinating stone in that they technically don’t have a definitive chemical composition. The chemical makeup of opal changes from stone to stone because the amount of water in each stone varies. The internal structure of opals is regularly packed microscopic silica spheres that reflect and refract light...

THE GREAT DEBATE: NATURAL DIAMONDS VS. LAB-MADE

It may strike you as an overused cliche, but there is truth in the timeless sentiment that “diamonds are forever.”  Or at least, they should be. In an age of increasing mechanical reproduction, we find ourselves constantly fielding questions about the merits of natural diamonds vs. those that are lab-made. Here at Automic Gold we also see a lot of misinformation on this topic. As your trusted jeweler, I want to provide some answers about the contentious natural diamond vs. lab-made debate. 

 

PRICING

I will employ an easy to understand metaphor to illustrate my point on the topic of pricing. Say someone likes the look of a designer leather bag, but the price is well above their budget. They see a knock-off version of the bag, which looks pretty similar to the real thing and made out of the same quality leather -...

How To Find Your Right Size

Here is an easy guide to finding what your size is for your future rings, bracelets, and anklets.
How to find your ring size:
Make sure to tighten the sizer after your knuckle for a more accurate size.
For the double digits on the ring sizer, here is a break down:
 
How to find your bracelet size:
Once you measure the size of your wrist, measure it again, but add a finger in place to get the new size. This way, your bracelet won't be too tight or too loose.
...

Lovely Luna

Ever wondered about the pup that makes an appearance on Automic Gold? Well, her name is Luna and she's the one that runs the show.

Even though she stands a few inches off the ground, don't be fooled by her loud roar of protection. This 15 pound, mini dachshund is ready for anything that comes her way.

At only 2 years old, this NYC based pup likes to lounge in her jammies and snack all day. When she's not in her PJ's she loves to put on a doggy fashion show. Timid at first, but once you get to know her, she's as sweet as can be!

For more adorable photos of Luna, follow @AutomicGold on Instagram!


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