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Facts About Choker Necklaces

After a long history dating back through ancient civilizations, choker necklaces have re-emerged as an on-trend accessory. Read on to learn about the history of chokers, why we’re glad they’re back, and styles to choose now that look better than ever. According to historians, choker necklaces have been around for thousands of years. Evidence indicates…

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Diamond: Gem of Strength

Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut and polished are one of the many reasons it is so desirable. Though diamonds are…

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How to Care for Your Pearl Ring

A pearl ring is a beautiful investment that can be passed down as a precious family heirloom. But pearls are very fragile and can be easily damaged, causing them to lose their luster and color. However with good care you keep your pearl ring looking beautiful. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and…

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The Significance and History of Yellow Gold

Style: NK6320Y4JJJ There is an Old Italian proverb that holds true even today, “Where gold speaks every tongue is silent.” Few metals that have held such a fascination for humans throughout history like yellow gold. No one knows for sure when the first human discovered this precious metal, but there have been particles of gold…

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How to Clean Gold Necklaces and Other Jewelry

Overtime, gold necklaces can develop a buildup of film from the natural oil of the skin, perfume, soap and other products. This may cause the piece to appear like it lost its luster. Proper care and cleaning of your gold necklace will help it stay sparkling. Cleaning a gold necklace is rather easy to do.…

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Fun Facts About Gold

When you think of jewelry, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is gold. Gold is one of the more recognizable metals because of its significant impact on the course of human history and the huge effect on the shaping of culture and science. Due to its malleability and shininess, the metal has been…

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Emerald: Gem of Rebirth – Update

Made famous by the great Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor, the emerald gemstone has been thought to signify eternal youth, rebirth, wisdom and growth granting the wearer good fortune and immortality. Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus” which literally means “green.” The soothing yet intense green color can range from a light green to a bold…

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Garnet: Gem of Faith

Garnet [gahr-nit] 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…

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Another Gemstone of Your Own

Did you know that you have more than one birthstone?  Though a committee selected by the National Association of Jewelers created the traditional monthly birthstone list just over a century ago, another system was devised centuries earlier based on ancient Hebrew mythological interpretations of the signs of the Zodiac, which can be found in the book…

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Opal: Gem of Luck

Legends has it that opals fell from the sky in bolts of lightning. While others speculate the creator came to earth on a rainbow, leaving these colorful stones where his feet touched the ground. Writers have compared the gemstone to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the…

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Pearly White Gold

The Birth of White Gold In 1915, the initial commercial patent for white gold was issued by a German chemist, Karl Gustav Paul Richter of Pforzheim, Germany. Prior to the introduction of white gold, platinum was generally used to craft decorations and jewelry pieces. It was normally sought after to create these masterpieces as a…

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Peridot: Gem of Prosperity

The Word “peridot” come 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 mile deep. Volcanoes brought them to the surface were we are able to find them. Some…

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Topaz: Gem of Comfort

Fiery Orange. Honey Yellow. Champagne Orange. Smokey Brown. These are just some of the common warm hues that people associate with topaz. However, the most popular to date and well known is the yellow topaz gem. Throughout most of history, all yellow gems were thought to be topaz, and all topaz were considered to be…

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What is a Real Pearl?

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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What is Aquamarine: Gem of Tranquility

What is Aquamarine? The spiritual meaning behind the name “aquamarine” is self-explanatory. The gemstone’s sparkling ocean-like color contributes to its name which derives from two Latin words: aqua meaning “water,” and marina meaning “of the sea.”  Its hypnotizing clear, blue color seemingly cools the temper granting the wearer the utmost serenity and sensibility. Aquamarine – March…

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A Brief History of Platinum

Derived from the Spanish word “platina” which means “little silver,” platinum is among the purest and rarest precious metals on Earth with a rich history. Check out a brief timeline below. 1557: Italian physician Julius Caesar Scaliger was the first to mention platinum in his writings. When he initially stumbled upon the foreign metal, it…

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Full Cut Diamonds Vs. Single Cut Diamonds

The cut of a diamond greatly impacts the sparkle, brilliance, and beauty of a diamond, making it one of the biggest factors in determining the price of a diamond. Round diamonds are usually cut single or full. Diamonds that are not round, come in a variety of different shapes called ‘fancy cuts’ and have a varying number of facets. The single cut and full cut in round diamonds refer to the faceting of the diamond, especially in smaller sizes that are most often used as accents in engagement rings or in fine fashion jewelry that do not have center stones. The different characteristics of each cut affect the price of the diamond jewelry you are looking to purchase.

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91>19™ | A Bracelet for Uncertain Times

During these uncertain times, many of us find comfort in the message of Psalm-91. As a sign of faith, strength, and positivity, we have created a special 91>19™ bracelet since all of us need more faith than fear during these trying times. The psalm is seen as a source of comfort in times of suffering…

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The Ethics and Transparency of Man-Made Diamonds

The Ethics and Transparency of Manmade Diamonds By Bill Boyajian Tweet Growth in the production of synthetic diamonds in recent years has heralded new considerations for an industry focused primarily on selling natural, mined diamonds. At least one synthetic diamond company, Diamond Foundry, also supported by movie star Leonardo DiCaprio, is claiming that manmade diamonds are a more…

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Safeguarding the Public Trust in Diamonds

Safeguarding the Public Trust in Diamonds By Bill Boyajian Tweet This recent series on synthetic diamonds was designed to introduce these products to the consuming public, and to identify the ethical issues surrounding accurate promotion and representation of them. In a world focused on transparency, social responsibility, and truth in advertising, it is vital that…

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