Category Archives: Precious Stones

Following the Runway Jewelry Trends of 2014

As models walked fiercely down the catwalks this past fall in New York, Paris and Milan, designers gave us a preview of the newest jewelry trends to kick off the 2014 spring season. Here are the jewelry crazes of the season … Continue reading

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Start the New Year with a Garnet

Start 2014 off with a symbol of commitment, friendship and positive energy with the garnet gemstone. The six families of garnets are silicate materials of different chemical composition, although they retain a similar physical appearance. Garnets range in hardness from a 6.5 to … Continue reading

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The Mystery Behind a Black Diamond

Be spooked by the intensity of a black diamond this year and enchant your jewelry collection with a true gemstone rarity. Similar to white diamonds, black diamonds are crystallized carbon and are evaluated by the 4 Cs: color, carat, cut … Continue reading

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November’s Birthstone – Citrine or Topaz?

It’s a battle of the orange gemstones! Orange topaz, known as “precious topaz” is considered to be the original November birthstone, though citrine has rapidly grown into a popular modern alternative.

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Changing Colors for October’s Opal Birthstone

A change of season calls for a change of colors with October’s opal birthstone. Opals, classified as precious gemstones and sedimentary stones, are formations of non-crystalline silica gel. Known mostly for their often brilliant color display, no two opals are … Continue reading

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On Bended Knee for the Perfect Proposal

It’s the moment that many people dream about their whole lives—that moment that their soul mate will drop to one knee to propose marriage. But how did the tradition of proposing on bended knee come to be? Though the origin … Continue reading

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The History Behind a Fabergé Egg

It’s more than just a colorful Easter egg. For nearly 130 years, the world has been mesmerized by the beauty and history hidden behind the famed Fabergé egg. Often dressed in gold and adorned with diamonds and gemstones, Fabergé eggs … Continue reading

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The Formation of Pearls

Pearls are a true wonder of nature and the result of a clever self-defensive mechanism employed by some types of mollusks, which we generally name “pearl oysters.” Most natural pearls form when an irritant – such as a parasite or … Continue reading

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The Roaring Twenties

With The Great Gatsby on the silver screen, fashions of the “Roaring Twenties” are in the spotlight. Many people are curious about the fashion and jewelry styles of this exciting era. Art Deco style dominated designs of the 1920s in … Continue reading

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It’s FALL!

Can you believe it’s already October?  Oh my goodness, where has this year gone?  Are you ready for all of fall’s hot jewelry trends?  Yellow gold is pulling ahead in the race and making a comeback.  Long chains, stackable bangle … Continue reading

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