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Antique Engagement Rings

Engagement rings have been a tradition in many parts of the world since Austria’s Archduke Maximillian gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring in 1477. The wealthy classes thought that it was a great idea and soon men all over Europe were presenting their betrothed with diamond rings when they became engaged. However, due to…

The History of Class Rings

Though the most important ring is in a person’s life is a wedding band, there is one another ring which has sentimental value to those who graduate from high school or college. I am of course referring to a class ring. Class rings are common among high school students and graduate students, and since their…

Emeralds- May’s Birthstone

The Emerald, which gets its name from the word “smaragdus” (meaning green in Greek), has been mined since the Egyptians first recognized the stone’s beauty in 1300 BC. Their rich color is one of the main reasons that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra prized her Emeralds more than any other gemstone. Emeralds are seen as a…

Jewelry Trends For 2013

As reported from Tucson, red, pink and lavender spinel colors drew much attention at its 2013 Gem and Mineral Show, although blue sapphires still seem to lead the market. Natural and cultured pearls also attracted the buyers’ attention. The launch of the first Los Angeles Antique, Jewelry and Watch Show, hosted by US Antique Shows,…

Archduke Joseph Diamond Sets Records With Price at Auction

Everyone knows that diamonds are rare, but the very finest diamonds are even more incredibly scarce. Large diamonds with a near perfect standard of color and clarity come on the market once in a blue moon. That was the case on the 13th of November when the stunning 76.02-carat Archduke Joseph Diamond was sold at…

The Cullinan Diamond

There are many large, famous diamonds, but the biggest gem-quality diamond ever found was the Cullinan Diamond that weighed in at 3,106 carats. The stone was discovered by a miner employed by the South African Premier Mine by the name of Thomas Evan Powell in 1905. It was named after the owner of the mine,…

Understanding the Different Types of Pearls

To people who are familiar only with the other-worldly beauty of pearls, the distinction between freshwater, saltwater, and cultured pearls can be a mystery. Many people think that the first two are “real” while cultured pearls are imitations. The fact is that the majority of the pearls sold in fine jewelry stores today are cultured…

The Norwegian Emerald Parure

The Norwegian Emerald Parure is one of the most beautiful and storied pieces of jewelry to have ever stood the test of time. The word parure is a French word that means “adornment”; this usually is used to refer to a set of 3 matching pieces of jewelry. The Norwegian Emerald Parure was originally a…

How to Keep Your Cool While Proposing

Once you have come to the life-altering conclusion that you’ve found the woman of your dreams, it’s a bit daunting to think about the proposal. You want it to be something you’ll both remember for the rest of your lives, and it’s natural to be nervous about it. So how do you keep your cool…

Colored Gemstones: Let Your Jewelry to Make a Unique Statement

Colored gemstones are some of the most beautiful and permanent examples of nature’s breathtaking color schemes. There are several different types of gemstones: Precious, Semi-Precious, and Synthetic. Generally when you say “Precious” gemstones you are referring to diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. All other colored gemstones are referred to as “Semi-Precious”. Synthetic Gemstones have the…