Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

Now Celebrating 67 Years in Business!

It’s January; seasonal cold temperatures and snow have finally arrived in western Pennsylvania. And with 2016 underway, Moses Jewelers proudly celebrates 67 in business. From that tiny first storefront (only 12 X 15 feet total size) in Lyndora, PA to our current two Pennsylvania locations in Butler (Clearview Mall) and Seven Fields (on Route 228 next to TABLE86 by Hines Ward),     knowledge, trust, highest quality customer service and a passion for what .

‘Year of the Ruby’ Produces Another Record Breaker for Christie’s Hong Kong

Rare Gemstone Update:  You may remember we blogged about this spectacular ruby back in early November.  CLICK HERE for that post. The Crimson Flame, a 15-carat pigeon’s blood Burmese ruby, set a new record on Tuesday December 1, 2015, when it sold for $18 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong. The gem established a new per-carat price record for a ruby at $1.2 million. Proclaiming 2015 as the “Year of the .

Petra Recovers 23.16-Carat Bubblegum Pink Diamond From Famous Williamson Mine in Tanzania

Since 1940, the Williamson Mine in Tanzania has been one of the world’s few sources of gem-quality “bubblegum” pink diamonds. Late in November 2015, the mine’s owner, Petra Diamonds, announced that it recovered an extremely rare 23.16-carat pink diamond of exceptional color and clarity. The mining company described the gem as its most significant recovery from the mine to date and will offer it for sale in Antwerp next month as part of Petra’s .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY December Babies — World’s Largest Faceted Blue Topaz

Weighing 8,225 carats, the “Marbella” is the world’s largest faceted blue topaz and the most extraordinary example of December’s official birthstone. The grapefruit-sized specimen was purchased at the Tucson Gem Shows by the Spanish government in 2000 and added to its Programa Royal Collections museum, home to one of the world’s finest selections of precious stones. The Marbella was originally called “Topaz Azul” (Blue Topaz, in Spanish), but was renamed “Marbella” in 2010 upon .

Music Tribute and More: ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ — Especially When They Weigh 1,111 Carats!

Occasionally, we offer up a musical tribute blog entry that is somehow related to gems or jewelry.  Today, we celebrate the amazing discovery of a 1,111-carat rough diamond — the largest gem-quality diamond recovered in more than 100 years — with the most iconic “diamond” song of all time, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Joining us in this tribute to the amazing gem is the equally spectacular Marilyn Monroe. But first, here’s the scoop about the .

Blue Moon Diamond Sells for $48.5M, Smashing All-Time Price Record at Sotheby’s Geneva

We’ve blogged about this ultra-rare diamond since it was unveiled to the world in the rough back in January 2014.  For a truly amazing video of the cutting process for the gem, CLICK HERE.  Speculation surrounding the value of this diamond set the gem world abuzz and we again blogged  back in September 2015 about its much-anticipated auction. Now all the speculation and anticipation is over. The results are in! The much-ballyhooed Blue Moon .

15-Carat ‘Crimson Flame’ Ruby Is the Star of Upcoming Christie’s Hong Kong Auction

Billed as the most important pigeon’s blood ruby to be offered at auction in Asia, the 15.04-carat “Crimson Flame” is the star of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale, which will take place in Hong Kong on December 1. The auction house expects the gem to fetch between $10.1 million and $15.5 million. The cushion-shaped ruby is mounted in a white gold ring that features a dramatic surround of smaller cushion-shaped white diamonds. A report by .

$2M ‘Fireworks’ Fantasy Bra Features Spiraling Blasts of Diamonds, Sapphires, Topaz and Quartz

Victoria’s Secret just unveiled the latest interpretation of its famous jewel-encrusted Fantasy Bra. The 2015 edition is valued at $2 million and features spiraling blasts of gemstones on both the bra and detachable belt. Among the 6,500 glistening gemstones are diamonds, yellow sapphires, blue topaz and pink quartz — all set in 18-karat gold. The total weight of the gemstones is 1,364 carats (more than a half pound). Lily Aldridge will be modeling the .

American Golden Topaz is a Stellar Example of November’s Official Birthstone

The colossal cushion-cut specimen you see here is the American Golden Topaz, the third-largest faceted gemstone in the world and a stellar example of November’s official birthstone. Sourced in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and tipping the scales at a whopping 22,892 carats (10.09 lbs), the American Golden Topaz was cut by Leon Agee over a period of two years in the late 1980s from a 26-pound stream-rounded cobble owned by Drs. Marie L. and Edgar .

Clouds of Diamond Dust Could Counter the Effects of Global Warming, Say Harvard Scientists

Harvard scientists believe that spraying clouds of diamond dust into the atmosphere could be an effective way to cool the planet and counter the effects of climate change. This large-scale manipulation of the earth’s climate is called “geoengineering.” The idea is based on climate data collected after Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991. The 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide that were blasted into the sky by the volcano effectively redirected some .