The classic pendant passes the test of time!

PendantRegardless of what outfit you’re wearing, pendant necklaces look great! Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, a pendant is the perfect piece to finish off a look. Not only are they a timeless piece of jewelry, but they also make the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or for any special occasion. They are can be worn for any event as they add a delicate, feminine look to any (more…)

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Art Deco Jewelry

Diamond BroochVintage looking jewelry pieces are becoming an increasing trend, from those looking for something out of the ordinary or are just charmed by the old world elegance. However, within the term “vintage jewelry” there are subdivisions based on time periods: from Edwardian to Early Victorian, and Art Nouveau to Art Deco.

Some of the most beautiful and treasured pieces come from the Art Deco era, which (more…)

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Mystic Topaz

TopazMystic topaz is a type of topaz that has been permanently treated and can show all the colors of the rainbow. This is achieved through a chemical process that coats the surface of the stone with an iridescent reflective coating. Typically, you can see yellow, purple, blue, green, pink and red hues or a combination of these. Common names include mystic fire topaz, titanium topaz, and rainbow topaz.

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Diamond Jubilee

Crown JewelsThis year marks the diamond jubilee, or 60th anniversary, of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. To celebrate this event, there is an exhibit at Buckingham Palace of some of her diamond jewelry. The exhibit contains 10,000 diamonds encrusted on various jewelry and weaponry. Most of the jewelry at the exhibit is the Queen’s personal collection. Monarchs have always found that diamonds represent wealth and influence (more…)

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Jewelry Trend Spotted: Rutilated Quartz

Scarlett JohanssonRutilated quartz is a type of quartz that has rutile enclosures in the stone. Rutile is a mineral that has a very high refractive index, meaning, that when it is found as an inclusion in other stones it almost always appears in long, thin shoots of color. Rutilus is in fact the Latin word for red; the mineral gained this name because some specimens can be a lovely deep red hue. However, rutile can (more…)

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White Gold vs. Yellow Gold

GoldGold has always been a popular metal for jewelry, especially for wedding and engagement rings. Both white and yellow gold have a classic look that will never fade. In the recent years there hasn’t been much of a debate between yellow and white gold, as the popular choice has been white gold. However, many people do not know what the difference is between the two other than, of course, their colour.Yellow Gold Ring

There (more…)

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Promise Rings

Promise RingPromise rings are an age old tradition of exchanging rings with a loved one to show your commitment to each other. The ring symbolizes a promise between two people. This promise is commonly for a future wedding or engagement, but can also be for friendship, purity or religion.Promise Ring

These rings date all the way back to the late 16th century. In this time period, when a man intended to get married but (more…)

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Spotlighting New Jewelry Designer: Liv Haley!

Camron DiazJA New York is marking 35 years since the creation of their New Designer Gallery by showcasing twelve of the best emerging designers that have made their mark on the industry in a (relatively) short period of time. These chosen designer’s collections will be on display in New York at the Jacob Javits Center from July 29 – 31.

Liv Haley is among one of the chosen designers, and they are no stranger (more…)

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Gemstone and Diamond Facials

Gemstone TherapyThe newest trend to hit the skin care market is gemstone facials! These luxurious treatments are said to hydrate dry, tired skin and restore radiance.

The selected stone is ground to a micro-fine powder and added along with a special mixture of vitamin rich oils and aromatherapy essences. The concoction is then applied directly to the face, where it works its magic.

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The Aurora Pyramid of Hope

DiamondsThe single most comprehensive natural color diamond collection in the world, the Aurora Pyramid of Hope features 295 diamonds, all uniformly displayed equidistant from each other in the form of a triangular “pyramid” shape.

The collection was put together in the 1980’s and 1990’s by two men: Harry Rodman, a veteran gold refiner from the Bronx, and Alan Bronstein, a diamond dealer from New Jersey. (more…)

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The Stone of Heaven

JadeJadeJade is and has always been an extremely precious stone to people everywhere. Tribes in Central America considered jade as holy and used it to adorn royalty. In Chinese culture, jade is used as a status symbol to show ones worth. This precious stone is traditionally known as a light green coloured. However, it can actually come in a variety of colours including black, white, orange, blue, lavender (more…)

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Elvis Presley’s Watch Sells for Record-Breaking $52,500

Elvis WatchThe man, the legend – it seems as if everybody wants a piece of him. An Omega Constellation watch that belonged to the late Elvis Presley sold for $52,500 at auction to an anonymous bidder on June 12.

It was among one of the notable lots in Antiquorum’s Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces auction (Part 2) in New York City. The bidding was heated and quickly rose from the presale estimate of (more…)

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