Littman's History

Since 1984 the Littman Family has owned this beautiful building on the main street, a promise and a gentleman's handshake not to change the facade of this Kaya Grandi monument, it became a dream come true; a fine jewelry store serving the Bonairean community, the mind set on offering a quality piece of jewelry and timepiece at a reasonable price is still to this day the foundation of our success. “You have been given one life, dream as to live forever..”

A handwritten signature of Steven and Esther

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does gold tarnish?

    Yes – gold can tarnish. Jewelry made from legal gold, which is 10K, 12K, 14K and 18K can tarnish, but since it is a solid metal and not a coating of gold, it can be polished to restore its original luster. The higher the karat value, the less likely the piece will tarnish. It is unusual for a 14K or 18K piece of jewelry to tarnish. Since gold is alloyed, or combined with other metals to make it stronger, such as silver, copper, nickel, and zinc, these other metals cause the gold to tarnish. The jewelry can tarnish due to several factors such as perfume, perspiration, soap, chemicals, and body chemistry.

  • What is the difference between Gold filled and Gold plated?

    A gold plated piece has a very thin layer of gold on the outside which is bonded to another metal such as white metal, silver, or copper. The layer of gold is not regulated by the government and is so thin, it can easily rub, chip, or flake off. It can also tarnish, unlike a gold filled piece of jewelry.

  • What are the Acceptable Stamps for Gold?

    All gold is required to be stamped to indicate the karat value of the piece. It is acceptable for the karat to be indicated by a capital K or ct. Below are examples of acceptable stamps for gold:

    14K or 14ct

    18K or 18ct

  • What is a birthstone?

    A birthstone is a gemstone that represents a person’s period of birth that is usually the month or zodiac sign. Birthstones are often worn as jewelry or as a pendant necklace. It is believed that the origination of assigning a birthstone for each month dates back to a breastplate that Aaron, the older brother of Moses, wore, which represented the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In biblical times, people wore the gemstone assigned to month that the stone represented as a talisman.

  • What is an Alloy?

    An alloy is a metal made by combining two or more metals to give it greater strength. Pure gold, like 24K gold, is too soft to be used in jewelry, so it must be combined with another metal to give it strength. The most common metals alloyed with gold are silver, copper, and zinc to strengthen the gold. Copper turns the alloy pink and creates rose gold. Silver or palladium added to gold creates white gold. The percent of gold used in the alloy determines the karat value.

  • What is my Birthstone?

    January: Garnet

    February: Amethyst

    March: Aquamarine

    April: Diamond

    May: Emerald

    June: Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone

    July: Ruby

    August: Peridot

    September: Sapphire

    October: Opal

    November: Topaz, Citrine

    December: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon

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