Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

2,100-Year-Old Fashionista’s Blinged-Out ‘iPhone Case’ Puts Yours to Shame

Archaeologists exploring Russia’s “Atlantis” have discovered a gem-adorned 2,137-year-old “iPhone case” buried in the grave of a young fashionista who scientists have nicknamed Natasha. The unusual rectangular object is made from the black gemstone jet and is inlaid with an array of contrasting precious gemstones, including turquoise, carnelian and mother-of-pearl. It is also decorated with ancient Chinese wuzhu coins, which helped the dating process. Natasha’s remains and her blinged-out accessory were excavated from the .

Google Celebrates 80th Anniv. of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ With Ruby Slipper Surprise

A couple of Sundays ago marked the 80th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz,” and to celebrate the occasion, Google unveiled a special animated search results page complete with dream-sequence rotating screens, clicking ruby slippers and a flying farmhouse. Those who Googled the term “The Wizard of Oz” saw a results page that, at first glance, looked pretty standard. It including the movie title, the year/category/runtime of the production, related images and .

Everybody’s Buzzing About the Yellow Diamond Lady Gaga Wore at the Oscars

Lady Gaga may have scored an Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday night, but what had everybody buzzing was her red carpet reveal of “The Tiffany Diamond,” one of the largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds in the world. The extraordinary 128.54-carat cushion-cut sparkler, which normally resides on the main floor of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, has been worn by only three women during its 142-year history. The gem made its first .

Canada’s Diavik Mine Yields 552-Carat Yellow Diamond, the Largest Ever Found in North America

Last October, in Canada’s frozen Northwest Territories, just 135 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Diavik mine unexpectedly yielded a 552-carat fancy yellow diamond. It is the largest of its kind ever discovered in North America. Canadian mines are known to produce high-quality diamonds but not particularly large ones, making this finding quite remarkable. The quarter-pound gem-quality stone, which is the size of a chicken egg, is nearly three times heavier than the .

Emerald Ring That Survived the Sinking of the Titanic Is Featured on BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’

An emerald engagement ring that survived the fateful final voyage of the Titanic in 1912 made a surprise appearance on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow this past Sunday. The ring, which features an emerald center stone flanked by smaller emeralds and diamonds in a platinum setting, was owned by the guest’s grandmother, who was newly married and only 18 years old at the time. Her grandmother managed to board a lifeboat and escape the sinking ship, .

Pinkish-Orange ‘Living Coral’ — Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019

“Living Coral,” a pinkish-orange hue that embraces us with warmth and embodies our desire for playful expression, has been named Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. Among the gemstones exhibiting Pantone’s vibrant, yet mellow, seaborne color are spinel, morganite, padparadscha sapphire and precious coral. Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, said the Color Institute selected Living Coral to counter the effects of digital technology and social media that are “increasingly embedding into daily life.” “We .

Welcome to ‘Engagement Season’ When Nearly 40% of All Marriage Proposals Take Place

Welcome to “engagement season,” the magical time between Thanksgiving Day and Valentine’s Day when nearly 40% of all marriage proposals take place. According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, Christmas Day is the most popular day of the year to pop the question, followed by Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Interestingly, the WeddingWire survey of 18,000 U.S. newlyweds married in 2017 reveals a dramatic spike in proposals during the .

Graff Unveils First 67 Diamonds Cut From the 1,109-Carat Lesedi La Rona

e evolution of the incredible 1,109-carat diamond “rock”, Lesedi La Rona, continues. We first blogged about it shortly after its discovery, three years ago in November 2015.  Since that time, it has made our blog again and again as its story was written:  February, May, and June 2016. Then on June 29, 2016, the totally unexpected happened: Lesedi La Rona failed to meet its reserve price and went unsold at auction.  Our last blog about this .