Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

August Babies: This One’s for You — Hawaii’s Amazing Green Beach!

Imagine walking barefoot on a blanket of sparkling green sand that owes its astounding color to olivine crystals eroded from an ancient volcanic formation and delivered to the shore by ocean waves. Mahana Beach on Hawaii’s Papakolea coast is one of only three green sand beaches in the world. The beach sand on the Big Island’s undeveloped southern tip is rich in the mineral olivine (Gem-quality olivine is known as peridot, the August birthstone). .

Ultra-Rare 2.11-Carat Fancy Red Diamond Headlines 2017 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

An ultra-rare, 2.11-carat, fancy red diamond known as the Argyle Everglow headlines the 2017 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender – an annual showcase of the rarest diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Western Australia. The Argyle Everglow, which earned a grade of fancy red VS2 from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is the largest fancy red diamond ever to appear at an Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. One gem expert told CNN that he .

Is Your Jewelry Safe on Vacation?

You’re going on vacation and you want to take along some favorite jewelry pieces. Your best bet is to resist the temptation and leave your more expensive jewelry at home. But if you can’t manage that for whatever reason, always put it your carry-on personal item when flying, rather than in your checked luggage.  Use these additional suggestions to keep your pieces safe while you travel. If a two-key control safety deposit box is available at the hotel, use .

Rose Gold Is a Rising Star, But How Does the Precious Metal Get Its Blush?

It’s been a symbol of “tech luxury” since the Apple Watch arrived in 2014 and the metal of choice for Pinterest’s most-pinned engagement ring style of 2017. It’s a material that conveys opulence, elegance, and its warm glow complements any skin tone. The summer sensation that’s grabbing all the headlines is rose gold. If you’re wondering how a precious metal like gold can become pink, we have the answer. Rose gold earns its blush .

Marvel at These Massive Chocolate Geodes Filled With Gem-Like Candy Crystals

In a video that’s currently tearing up the internet, Culinary Institute of America student Alex O’Brien Yeatts redefines the term “rock candy” as he takes a hammer and cleaver to a giant chocolate geode. After five powerful hits, the boulder-like object cracks in half to reveal a gorgeous formation of sugar crystals that could easily be mistaken for amethysts. Yeatts worked with fellow student Abby Lee Wilcox on a six-month school project to create a .

Last Day to See Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Is April 23; Conservation Care to Take One Year

The the iconic Ruby Slippers made famous by Judy Garland in the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, have intrigued generations of fans.  We are among them, previously blogging about their Kickstarter campaign.  We even made a very special surprise gift featuring the slippers.  CLICK HERE for more on that stunning ONE Custom Design piece. If you want to see the slippers now, time is running out.  In less than two weeks, they will be pulled from .

Back on the Block: 59.60-Carat ‘Pink Star’ Looks to Regain the Title of Priciest Diamond Ever

All eyes will be on the stunning 59.60-carat “Pink Star” diamond when it returns to the big stage at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Tuesday, April 4. If all goes as planned, the largest internally flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will regain its title as the world’s most valuable gem. The hammer price is expected to exceed $60 million. Back in November of 2013, the same .

Named After a Perfume, 1,000-Carat ‘Most Precious’ Aquamarine Resides at the Smithsonian

“Most Precious” is one of the world’s most beautiful examples of March’s official birthstone. Presented as part of the National Gem and Mineral collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., the rectangular-cut aquamarine from Brazil weighs a startling 1,000-carats and evokes the clear blue hue of a tranquil sea. A gift of Dr. W. Langer and Evyan Perfumes, Inc., “Most Precious” takes its name from the perfume that was .

Arkansas-Sourced ‘Esperanza’ Diamond Heads to the Auction Block March 21

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Americana. The 4.64-carat D-flawless “Esperanza” diamond, which was found by Bobbie Oskarson in 2015 at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., will be offered for sale at Skinner’s fine jewelry auction in Boston on March 21. Esperanza carries a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 and is the top lot in a show that will include more than 500 items. What’s amazing about “Esperanza” .

German Archaeologists Find a Hoard of 2,600-Year-Old Gold Jewelry in the Tomb of ‘The Lady’

German archaeologists have discovered a hoard of elaborately crafted gold jewelry among other precious items in the 2,600-year-old tomb of a high-ranking Bronze Age woman known as “The Lady.” About 30 years old at the time of her death, the Celtic woman died in 583 B.C. and was buried in a wooden chamber filled with golden brooches, gold strip earrings, bronze and amber jewelry, as well as textiles and furs. The findings are published .