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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 .

163-Carat D-Flawless Diamond Is the Largest Ever to Appear at Auction

On November 14, Christie’s Geneva will offer for sale the largest D-flawless diamond to ever hit the auction block. The 163.41-carat emerald-cut diamond was cut from a 404.20-carat rough named “4 de Fevereiro,” which was discovered at Angola’s Lulo mine in February 2016. It was bought by de Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi and unveiled to clients at the company’s annual party during the 2016 Cannes film festival in May, according to Town & Country. .

Graff’s $53M Purchase Reunites 1,109-Carat Lesedi La Rona With Her 373-Carat Sibling

British billionaire and diamantaire Laurence Graff recently paid $53 million for the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in more than a century. Graff’s purchase marks the poignant reunion of two of the world’s largest and most high-profile diamonds. You see, Graff had already paid $17.5 million for the 373.72-carat “chunk” that fractured from her sibling during the mining process. Lucara Diamond Corp. and Graff closed the deal with a .

Pittsburgh Penguins Celebrate Back-to-Back Stanley Cups With Eye-Popping Championship Rings

Emblazoned with 394 hand-set diamonds weighing a total of 9.25 carats, the eye-popping Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup ring commemorates the team’s impressive back-to-back championships. It was the first time in 19 years that a National Hockey League team has accomplished that feat. The face of the ring features the iconic Penguins logo rendered in diamonds atop a 14-karat yellow gold triangle set with 10 canary yellow diamonds. Mounted on the penguin’s torso is .

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). .