Topaz: Small Island in the Red Sea

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Topaz is the birthstone for November and it's blue variety is the gem that celebrates a 4th anniversary while Imperial topaz is the gem that high-lites the 23rd anniversary. This is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Akoya Pearls

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It is important to realize that almost all pearls available on the market today are in fact cultured, and that finding saltwater pearls in their natural state is almost unheard of. The difference between natural and cultured pearls focuses on whether the pearl was created spontaneously by nature – without human … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Tahitian Pearls

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Unlike the more common pearl types, Tahitian pearls typically have a much darker body color and they have become some of the most sought-after, and most expensive pearls in the world. Tahitian pearls are known for their amazing iridescent, vibrant, almost metallic colors, and are unique among … [Read more...]

In Depth: Freshwater Pearls

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The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, yet Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya saltwater pearls! Production is so large that even lovely lustrous specimens are affordable, particularly in off-round shapes. For that reason, freshwater cultured pearls are … [Read more...]

How To Untangle A Necklace

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It doesn’t take long for a loose necklace — clasped or unclasped — to wind itself into a snarl of tangles. That’s why we recommend storing your necklaces in a  a purpose-built organizer. That said, if your favorite chain has already turned into a jumbled mess, you can fix it. Here’s how: … [Read more...]

Spotlight: The House of Mouzannar

DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: The House of Mouzannar

Since the 1820s The House of Mouzannar has been established as a leading fine jeweler in the Middle East. In the 1950s the late Aziz Mouzannar and his brother Walid made significant contributions to the transformation of Beirut’s Jeweler’s Souk, positioning it as a main jewelry destination for the entire … [Read more...]

Supercomplication sells for $24M

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The Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch sold today for 23.2 million Swiss francs ($24 million) at Sotheby’s in Geneva. Setting the new record price for any timepiece sold at auction.It has held the record since 1999 when it last sold at Sotheby’s for $11 million. $24 million dollars is the most anyone has … [Read more...]

Buying Jewelry Online

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In today's world, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to buying their diamonds and jewelry. In addition to mall and brick-and-mortar jewelry retailers, you can now conveniently shop from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone, any time you'd like. But when you do decide to do your jewelry … [Read more...]

The History of the Engagement Ring

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The history of the engagement ring and its romantic traditions resonate through time. The Romans first introduced the betrothal ring as a plain, iron hoop. Among the gentry, the iron ring was worn while indoors and replaced with the more valuable gold band when outdoors. As early as the 4th century AD … [Read more...]

Jewelry Stories: Episode 1

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Introducing "Jewelry Stories".... a new segment where people can share their unique, awe-inspiring, heart-warming, and maybe even thought-provoking jewelry stories with our readers from around the globe. THIS MONTH: Shakti Ellenwood tells her heartwarming story about finding her passion as a goldsmith.... … [Read more...]