Sterling Canyon Visits Mars and Makes a Splash

Sterling Canyon, the purveyor of fine sterling and gemstone jewelry, has booked a trip to Mars, leaving in the next few weeks.  We plan to take our swimsuits because it has now been reported in the journal Geology, that Mars has vast oceans of water under its surface.  Just as Earth has underground lakes and rivers, so does Mars. 

Unfortunately if one such as us were to drill into the soil and release the water to the surface, it would quickly evaporate because of the low atmospheric pressure.  But alas, Sterling Canyon is bringing along materials to build an indoor pool.  See, we are always thinking.

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Sterling Canyon Exhibits Joan Miro

Sterling Canyon, retailer of fine sterling jewelry offers to you a glimpse of one of the great surrealist artist of the 20th century.  Joan Miro was born in Catlaina district of Spain but studied in Paris.  His Constellation series of paintings, 23 in the collection, of which Sterling Canyon has 4, take the viewer on an incredible journey.














Miro painted these as an escape from the horrors of WWII and the Nazis.  You can visit them at the Joan Miro museum in Barcelona.


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Watch(es) What You Buy on Shop Television

Sterling Canyon reports that Swatch USA has filed suit against a Brooklyn, NY watch company as well as ShopNBC for selling a knockoff counterfit of a well known classic watch.  The Hamilton “Ventura”, owned by Swatch USA is a half-round watch that can be seen being worn in many movies including the Men in Black series.

The president of the Brooklyn based company was even touted as saying on ShopNBC that his watch can be seen worn in the latest Men in Black movie.  He denies any wrongdoing in the lawsuit.  This isn’t the only time these shopping networks have been caught selling cheap imitations and making false claims.  Several months ago, JewelryTV was accused of selling fake gemstones, passing them off as the real thing.  Folks, shop at a legitimate jeweler.  You get what you pay for. 

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Sterling Canyon Apologizes to Two Buck Chuck

Several months ago, Sterling Canyon reported on Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck, their two dollar house wine.  We learned today that a bit of our information was incorrect.  Apparently it came out that we had a little bit too much to drink the day we wrote the article.  But contrare’.  We were perfectly sober.  Today we learned that the infamous Two Buck Chuck is produced by Franzia of California,  not Mondavi Vineyards as we were lead to believe.  Our error is intolerable.  Our burden is overwhelming. 

Therefore, we are re-printing our story about the terrific wine.  Please ignore the errors.  It has come to the attention of Sterling Canyon that “Two Buck Chuck” the terrific wine sold by Trader Joe’s has been selling for ten years strong.  When Trader Joe’s first came to our town, we were informed by Joe’s followers that the best way to test the wine is to buy one bottle for the $2.00, run out to the car and open the bottle and take a taste test.  If it tasted great, go back into the store to buy a case.  We at Sterling Canyon have never purchased a bad bottle of “Two Buck Chuck”.  The wine comes in all sorts of flavors including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel .  But wait, there’s more!  Turns out that the wine is made in California by the Mondavi vineyards.   The wine as we are told is left over from their production of those small bottles of wine you get on airlines and other places.  It is a high quality wine to be sure and Mondavi is a fine vineyard.  Your local sommelier won’t admit it but I’m sure they’ll sneak a bottle or two just for the price.  So put on your favorite Sterling Canyon necklace and pull out a glass and toast to Two Buck Chuck.

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The Right Beer Can Have a Sterling Effect On Your Gal.

Sterling Canyon is a snob when it comes to fine jewelry and to a lesser extent, beer.  We love wine and like beer.  Can the two be compatible in this competitive world we live in.  Certainly it can if the quality and taste is there.   Beer falls into two types.  Not Ales and Lagers, but high beer and low beer.

High beer is the kind you drink with a tie and an education. Types of beer in the class are usually micro-brewed and don’t give you a headache after two drinks.

Low beer you drink with a hole in your shorts and a baseball cap mentality.  Types of beer in this class are brewed in St. Louis and cause you to burp after sniffing it.  This beer you’ll want to drink ice-cold out of a can.

Generally, beer has some rules that everyone should follow but won’t because they tend to be Republicans.

1. Do not drink beer too cold, if you really want to taste it. Let your brew warm up to 45-50º F.

2. Sometimes drinking out of the bottle is the only option – by all means. But in order to enjoy the full character of a beer – color, aroma, head formation and taste – pour it in a glass.

3. Foam mustaches are for the immature, but not necessarily fitting. So stick your fingers in it. Seriously. Fatty acids on your fingers will cut runaway foam. (Budweiser)

4. In order to protect freshness and taste, do not store beer above 80º for an extended period of time.

There you have it.  Beer rules for the wise. To add class, wear amethyst earrings and a silver necklace.



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Sterling Canyon No-Bakes a Blondie

Sterling Canyon, contrary to popular belief can cook.  We jewelers need to eat sometime after treating our customers to silver necklaces and earring sets.  My wife is sensitive to dairy and soy.  Looking for a granola bar without those ingredients is nearly impossible.  We found a no-bake blondie that has neither and looks absolutely yummy.  These are five-minute blondies.


1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
Pulse in food processor ustil coursely ground.
Add 2 tsps vanilla, pinch of sea salt.  Add 3/4 cup pitted dates.
Pulse until well blended.
Transfer to 8 inch square pan and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Wear your favorite Sterling Canyon necklace while eating for a special treat.






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Sterling Canyon Buffs for Father’s Day

Sterling Canyon is a history buff, sort of.  We sell new silver jewelry, but we love to know where we came from.  Father’s Day is around the corner and since we explained last month where Mother’s Day came from, it’s only fair to offer a few morsals about Father’s Day.  Legend holds that a church in West Virginia honored 362 men who died in a mining accident in 1908.  Guess what? Everybody heard of the idea and a holiday was quickly born.  But for what?  Commercialism is always a good reason to create and spread the good cheer of Mother’s and Father’s Day.  For those ladies who don’t have a man in their life, buy something for yourself.  Make yourself feel needy in the store.  Or give to your church in honor of the ultimate Father.

(No. Not Charleston Heston)

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Sterling Canyon Explores the Salts of Life

Last time Sterling Canyon was discussing the various salts that are found throughout the world.  Bolivia owns the motherload of the salt we use in our food.  There are many other salts to be sure.  A few stand out and are about to be described here.  According to Smithsonian magazine, the various colors that salt comes in is due to the “dirt” that is in the environment where that particular salt is found.  As described in Smithsonian:

“Himalayan mineral salt; gray salt—sel gris—from Brittany; English Maldon; charcoal-black and brick-red salts from Hawaii; and samples from Trapani, Cyprus and California, Jurassic salt from Utah, and the celebrated fleur de sel—flower of salt—from Ibiza in Spain and the Camargue and Brittany in France. The last is said to be harvested by gatherers—paludiers—who hand-rake at sunset, for a light, airy salt of exceedingly delicate flavor and, like most sea salts, with some 80 minerals intact. 

The Himalayan mineral salt harvested from mountain mines is a favorite, partly for its silvery pink glow, which suggested crushed rose quartz, combined with its mild, fresh salinity.

Color aside, the fleur de sel from Brittany and the Camargue would vie for first place, with its virtually identical, beautifully sparkling, diamond white grains and quintessential sea breeze flavor, with only the least tang of bitterness. The grains are so delicate they are perhaps wasted on the lustiest foods, such as roasted meats and poultry, and more suitable to salads and fish. Fleur de sel from Ibiza was a bit more intensely salty and softer in texture but still quite pleasant.

Sel gris, from Brittany, is almost as delicate as the fleur de sel, but a bit softer in texture. It has just enough mineral underpinnings to make it a more effective seasoning for meats, as it is used by Eli Kaimeh, the chef at Per Se in New York City.

Maldon salt, though beautifully glittering and glassy, had an overpowering bitterness, but the crunchy texture of its large flakes makes it a lovely contrast to paper-thin slices of raw scallops and tuna.

Hawaii’s black and vermilion salts were salty all right, but without special distinction other than their colors.The salts from California and Utah were less distinguished than the others and had slightly more mineral accents but were still preferable to processed table salt.

Trapani salt was especially snowy and fine-grained and would be very good sprinkled on tomatoes or raw cucumbers, as would the larger, slightly duller flakes from Cyprus.

There you go folks!  Sterling Canyon has now provided the basics of salt.  Don’t use it to clean your jewelry.  You’ll ruin both.

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Sterling Canyon Explores Another Gemstone – Salt

Sterling Canyon has always been intrigued with salt.  Dealing with many beautiful gemstones in necklaces and earrings, rocks if you will, doesn’t make salt sound very exciting. But salt comes in many different varieties and colors.  Unlike gemstones, salt or sodium chloride is the only rock humans eat and it comes in a variety of tastes.  Much of today’s salt that is used in cooking comes from the La Paz area of Bolivia.  Salt used in fine cooking should not be confused with table salt.  Different animals entirely. Pictured below is not snow.  It is a salt flat in Bolivia.








This is Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest, starkest salt flats in the world.  The salt here is not granular but flaky and floury soft. As told in Smithsonian magazine this month, Bolivian salt has an intense, deep-sea salty flavor finished with only a slight flush of bitterness on the palate.  The varieties of salt match that of the variety of cheeses, and we will explore those in our next report. 


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Wonder if Mark Twain Discovered Pearls in His Oysters?

Sterling Canyon visited San Francisco a while back searching for the perfect necklaces and earrings, and left its heart their temporarily.  Mark Twain visited San Francisco a while back to escape the Civil War and left a lot of oyster shells in his wake.  Seems that when in San Francisco, Twain bedded down at the Occidental Hotel while reporting for the Washoe newspaper.

It was there that he fell upon the lovely oyster on the half-shell.  But not ordinary oysters.  As Smithsonian magazine reported this month, Eastern oysters, whether briny Long Island or sweet Texas varieties, belong to a single species (Crassostrea virginica) and tend to be large and plump. By comparison, Olympias (Ostrea conchaphila) are small and their flesh maroon or even purple, imparting a distinctive metallic or coppery note on the palate. Many Easterners were aghast. “Could we but once again sit down to a fine dish of fresh, fat ‘Shrewsbury’ oysters, ‘blue pointers,’ ‘Mill pond,’ ‘Barrataria,’ or ‘Cat Islanders,’” moaned an anonymous journalist, “we should be willing to repent all of our sins.”  

If you’ve never tried an oyster, try the Olympias.  They are harvested in seaside farms in northern California and Oregon and are considered a delicacy, at least for Californians.  Sterling Canyon doesn’t like oysters because of the sandy grit in them.  The only oysters we like are the ones that produce lovely pearls.  I think they are even on sale this month, the pearls – not the oysters.

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