Diamonds may be some girls’ best friend, but they’re not for everyone. Yes they’re beautiful, durable, sparkly and timeless, but they’re also rather expensive and perhaps a little too classic, if you’re the kind of lady who wants to wear something different on your ring finger. If you’re on the hunt for a unique engagement
Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries. Its extraordinary color is the standard against which other blue gems—from topaz to tanzanite—are measured. For centuries, sapphire has been associated with royalty and romance. The association was reinforced in 1981, when Britain’s Prince Charles
If you’re shopping for diamonds and have done your 4Cs homework (color, clarity, cut, carat weight), then you already know that diamond color has a lot to do with overall diamond quality. The range of diamond color can be so subtle that your untrained eye may not be able to tell the difference between
1) Understand the 4Cs of Diamond Quality A round brilliant cut diamond with a graphic overlay explaining the 4Cs - color, cut, clarity and carat weight. This basic knowledge will not only unlock the mystery of a diamond’s quality, it will help you understand a diamond’s value and price. Diamond Color In most diamonds, the
Peridot - Healing stress in relationships, lessening anger and jealousy, and slowing aging, the Peridot promotes abundance and prosperity. PERIDOT OVERVIEW Though peridot is widely recognized by its brilliant lime green glow, the origin of this gem’s name is unclear. Most scholars agree that the word “peridot” is derived from the Arabic faridat which means
The word gold, used by itself, means all gold or it can refer to “pure” gold, meaning 24 karat (24K) gold. Because 24K gold is soft, it’s usually mixed with other metal jewelry called alloys to increase its hardness and durability. If a piece of jewelry is not 24 karat gold, the karat quality should
GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA provided the perfect setting on December 10, 1997, to view treasures from the Harry Winston collection. Wizard of Oz fans enjoyed a life-size pair of slippers made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic film, which featured 4600 rubies totaling 1350-cts and 50-cts of diamond trimming.
While fine jewelry is usually high in monetary value, what often makes it exceptional is that it’s steeped in significance. A piece of jewelry frequently has a particular aura that does not fade; it is with it that we mark the milestones of our lives—engagement, marriage, friendships, parenthood, birthdays, travels, traditions, and love. Jewelry, some
An oldie, but goodie!
Alexander the Great commissioned his portrait – in the likeness of a god – to be engraved in stone in the third century BCE, according to jewelry expert Anna M. Miller, author of “Cameos Old and New.” This was the first time a cameo – a three-dimensional figure carved out of stone – was seen