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His and Hers Matching Wedding Bands

Found the love of your life? Check! Magical proposal? Check! Wedding date set? Check check! It’s time to pick out your wedding bands, together! If you’re set on getting complementing wedding bands but not sure about your options read below to learn more. Most women in the US prefer wedding bands that sit perfectly flush…

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Peridot: Gem of Prosperity

The word “peridot” comes from the Arabic word “ferdat” which means “gem”. Most gems are formed in the earth’s crust, however the peridot stone is different. They are formed in magma of the mantel of the earth. Approximately 20-55 miles deep. Volcanoes brought them to the surface where we are able to find them. Some…

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The Timeless Elegance of Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

WHAT is and emerald cut? Emerald cuts can be easily identified by their elongated, rectangular form with precisely cut corners. They have small rectangular facets that resemble stairs or steps, differentiating them from the more common brilliant cuts. The emerald cut has 58 facets (25 crown, 8 girdle and 25 pavilion). Though these step cut facets still…

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Ruby: Gem Of Passion

Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colorless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that…

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Jewelry To Wear For The Summer’s Re-Entry

By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE magazine, Guest Editor Achingly slowly but surely, we’re coming out of our collective year-long period of seclusion. After being able to connect only through social media, online meet-ups and tightly controlled pods, we are thrilled to (literally) embrace the people we care about as the worst of a period of loss…

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Pearl: Gem of Purity

Pearls are the only gemstones formed within a living organism, making them the most organic gemstones. Pretty much any shelled mollusk (or clam) can produce a pearl, but just two types of bivalve clams can produce rich creamy-colored, opalescent pearls that are valued in the jewelry industry.  It is a common misconception that pearls can form from a…

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Curved Wedding Bands Are Getting Their Turn in the Spotlight

By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE magazine, Guest Editor The straight and narrow has its appeal, but it can be delightful to be thrown a curve every once in a while, to take a detour from the traditional choice. That’s certainly the case when talking wedding bands. A subtly contoured band has benefits that might be the best fit for…

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Stylishly Studded: Diamond Stud Earrings are Timeless Staples

Do you reach for your ear lobes before leaving the house? Groping in your purse for jingling house keys has been replaced with the assurance of a completed outfit: stud earrings being that staple for many women. The subtle statement of diamond stud earrings gives an air of sophistication and flair without being garish. They…

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Garnet: Gem Of Faith

The garnet gemstone is often associated with its deep red hue, but the most common misconception about garnets is that the gemstone is only produced in an array of reds from rust colored to deep violet-red. In actuality, garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals that come in a rich…

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Amethyst: Gem of Stability

Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. The purple color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple, and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Building Blocks For Her Jewelry Box

By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE Magazine, Guest Editor ’Tis the season for giving thanks to the people who mean the most to us. In a challenging year, which is unlike any in memory, focus on gifts that will make life easier and a little more beautiful, like jewelry essentials she’ll want to turn to every time…

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Blue Topaz: Gem of Harmony

Since the discovery of large topaz deposits in Brazil in the mid-19th century, topaz has become much more affordable and widely available. In the 1960s, processes were developed to turn common colorless topaz blue with irradiation treatment. Topaz is a precious gem that comes in a range of colors. You can find this gem in…

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Beautiful Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings for Every Budget

Engagement ring metals go through trends much like any other commodity, albeit at a slower pace, but every twenty years or so we see a resurgence in popularity of a new (but actually old) metal color.  Before the 90’s yellow gold was definitely all the rage, just look at your mother and grandmother and it’s…

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Halo Engagement Rings: A Brief History

If you look at many of the most popular styles in modern day, they are influenced by jewelry’s past. Such is the case with the highly coveted halo engagement ring, proving the old adage that ‘whatever old is new again.’ Halo rings were first called cluster rings and date back to the Georgian Era (1714-1837).…

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Every Age

This year more than ever, the lucky lady in your life deserves the best. Fine jewelry makes the perfect holiday gift no matter her age. Diamonds, gemstones and precious metals combine for timeless gifts that truly last a lifetime. ‘Tis the season to go big and wow her with the perfect piece this holiday season!…

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