Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

Yale’s Peabody Museum Showcases Stunning, Rarely Seen Formations of California Gold

One of the world’s finest collections of California gold made its debut last Saturday at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Conn. The exhibition features 23 natural formations of gold, some of which resemble leaves, coral and skeletons. “The Mockingbird” measures 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 inches and features skeletal octahedral gold crystals stacked on minor quartz crystals. It was discovered at the Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa County, Calif.    Most .

30.62-Carat ‘Blue Heart Diamond’: One of the Most Popular and Prettiest Gems of the Smithsonian

In honor of April’s official birthstone, we turn our attention today to one of the most popular — and prettiest — gems of the Smithsonian. Dubbed the “Blue Heart Diamond,” the 30.62-carat fancy deep-blue sparkler was last owned by socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post and now resides near the Hope Diamond in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals in Washington, D.C. It is believed to be the world’s largest heart-shaped blue .

Gold, Platinum and Diamonds Pelt Siberia’s Coldest City After Plane Spills Its Cargo

Gold, platinum, and diamonds literally rained from the sky over the frigid city of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia last Thursday. The wild display of flying treasure — worth 21 billion rubles or $368 million — was attributed to the failed cargo hatch of a Cold War-era transport plane called the Antonov An-12. The aircraft was carrying gold bars, platinum bars and loose diamonds on behalf of Chukota Mining and Geological Company. About 99% of .

Olympic Athletes are Linked to Diamonds in a Series of Ads Airing during the Winter Games

Olympic athletes are visually and emotionally linked to diamonds in a trio of compelling ads now airing during the coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Conceived by the Diamond Producer’s Association’s ‘Real is a Diamond’ platform in partnership with The NBCU Content Studio, “The Making of a Gem” commercials tell the story of young athletes on the rise. In their own words, athletes representing the sports of snowboarding, women’s ice .

For Sale: 102.34-Carat D-Flawless Diamond Is Largest Round Brilliant in the World

Sotheby’s London Salon is offering for sale the world’s largest D-flawless round brilliant-cut diamond. At 102.34 carats, the impeccable stone is being hailed as the rarest white diamond ever to come to market, and Sotheby’s is confident it will break a world record for the highest price ever paid for a D-flawless. The diamond is expected to fetch more than $34 million. Sotheby’s emphasized that while only seven D-flawless diamonds weighing more than 100 .

McDonald’s Celebrates Big Mac’s 50th and Valentine’s Day With a ‘Bling Mac Ring’ Contest

A seven-tier stackable ring that uses champagne-colored diamonds to represent all-beef patties, tsavorites to depict the lettuce and pickles, and orange sapphires to illustrate the special sauce is the scintillating prize in McDonald’s romantic “Bling Mac Ring” competition. Valued at $12,500, the fanciful ring by New York-based designer Nadine Ghosn will be awarded to the Twitter user who does the best job professing his or her love for any of the three Big Mac .

British Crown Jewels Hidden in a Biscuit Tin

Priceless gems from the British Crown Jewels were hidden from the Nazis in a biscuit tin and buried underground at Windsor Castle during World War II, a BBC documentary revealed last night. Fearing an invasion, King George VI ordered that the most precious jewels — including the Black Prince’s ruby and Saint Edward’s sapphire — be removed from the royal crowns, stashed in a Bath Oliver biscuit tin and buried under a sally port, .
5 Jewelry Resolutions You Need To Keep!

5 Jewelry Resolutions You Need To Keep!

1. Care for your jewelry regularly. Normal wear and tear can wreak havoc on your valuables, so it’s important you care for your jewelry properly. It may be January, but if you have any plans to vacation this winter or live in a warm-weather destination, it’s important you’re careful with heat and light. Over time, some gemstones such as amethyst and topaz can fade or damage with excess exposure. Pearls and ivory tend to .

The Royal, The Romance and The Ring: The Engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Admit it, you love a good fairytale romance.  We certainly do.  Afterall, it’s what we enjoy most about being jewelers–we have the opportunity to provide the extra sparkle for life’s happiest moments, often starting with the proposal and engagement. Anyway, as you probably know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially announced their engagement last week at Kensington Palace.  A short time later, they shared their story in an interview with the BBC.  It’s sweet, and .

Welcome to the ‘Engagement Season’ — the Most Romantic Time of the Year

Thanksgiving Day marked the start of the “engagement season,” a romantic time of the year that stretches all the way to Valentine’s Day. The period accounts for 23% of the calendar, but proudly claims about 40% of all marriage proposals. According to WeddingWire.com, Christmas Day is the most popular day to get engaged, followed by Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. These statistics are affirmed — in a slightly different order — .