Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

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 — .

New Website Dedicated to Ring Selfies Provides All the Details So You Can Find Your ‘Ringspiration’

When Apple employee Steven Simon started looking for an engagement ring for his soon-to-be fiancé, Andrea, his online research proved to be more than frustrating. He called it “painful.” Sites, such as Pinterest, had a great selection of engagement photos, but no details. Was he looking at a 1-carat cushion cut or a 1.5-carat round? How would a diamond of that size look on Andrea’s hand? What would be the best precious metal color .

Hey, November Babies! Your Topaz Birthstone Has Been Misunderstood for 2,000 Years

If your birthday falls in November, you can delight in the fact that the much loved — but often misunderstood — topaz is one of your official birthstones. Revered for more than 2,000 years, topaz was referenced in the texts of Roman scholar Pliny the Elder and appeared five times in the King James Bible. Interestingly, the yellow stones mentioned in these ancient writings may not have been topaz at all. You see, before .

Glistening With 4,517 Diamonds, World’s Most Valuable Handbag Is Up for Grabs

Reflecting 8,800 hours of meticulous craftsmanship by 10 artisans, “The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse” incorporates 4,517 diamonds with a total weight of 381.92 carats. The one-of-a-kind masterpiece, which Guinness World Records certified in 2010 as the most valuable handbag in the world, will be offered by Christie’s via its “Private Sales” service. In 2010, the bag was valued at $3.8 million. For this transaction, Christie’s will be brokering a deal between the seller .

17th Century Pink Diamond From the French Crown Jewels Hits the Auction Block at Christie’s Geneva in November

“Le Grand Mazarin,” the legendary 19.07-carat pink diamond that was once part of the French Crown Jewels, is expected to fetch between $6 million and $9 million at Christie’s Geneva on November 14. The magnificent square-cut stone has been in the collection of four kings, four queens, two emperors and two empresses, starting with the Sun King, Louis XIV, in 1661. Le Grand Mazarin was one of the many treasures sold at the famous .