2.1 carat Andrea Birthday Diamond found by State Park visitor last week

Brown Diamond

Diamond is the birthstone of the month, and birthday girl Andrea Murphy celebrated her 30th with a trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Within 2 hours of being there she found herself a 2.1 carat brown diamond!

The category of colour is known as ice tea and was found in the East Drain area of the park. According to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks, “Because of their dark (more…)

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Take care of your jewellery when you travel

RingMany of our wedding and engagement ring clients zip off round the world to marry in exotic locations. This makes for an exclusive wedding experience, but while many have considered their flower choices, outfits, invites and the other wedding details, have packed their sunscreen and shades for the weather; many overlook the necessary care requirements for their precious jewellery.

We provide each (more…)

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Oxidized Silver – A Great Look That Is Easy To Maintain

Silver Mens RingsSterling silver is 92.5% silver with metals added such as germanium, zinc and platinum depending on the composition. Silver is coveted for its bright shiny appearance, but we all know how quickly it can tarnish and discolour. A light tarnish turns the surface slightly yellowy and dull while a heavy tarnish turns the metal black.

In recent years, however, it has become popular for jewelry designers (more…)

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Friendship bracelets – a great gift for your right hand man

scott kayWe are all familiar with cotton braided friendship bracelets that were made and traded at school. Though we may not be seen dead in a brightly coloured cotton bracelet now, the idea of a bracelet as a friendship token might still be close to our hearts.

If a ring seems inappropriate, but you want to give something that can be kept close or worn every day, then check out the silver, leather and beaded (more…)

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Designers I Like… Lusciouss

Jewelry RingWhen I walked into Secret Sapphire for the first time, what immediately caught my eye were the beautiful sterling silver pieces of the Lusciouss collection. They were big, bold pieces but at the same time also delicate-looking and feminine. I could easily imagine them being worn on a casual Sunday to a fancy dinner party and everything in between.

Unlike any of the silver/sterling silver jewelry (more…)

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Napoleon and Josephine’s Engagement Ring Auction Sale Smashes Expectations

Napoleons RingNapoleon`s engagement ring went to auction to be timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Josephina’s birthday. It fetched a hefty $949,000 (€730,000) so that after commission and fees the total was $1.17 million! Almost 50 times the original $20,000 estimate! The winning bidder remains anonymous.

Osenat auction house described the the 18th century ring as a “simple” gold band decorated with (more…)

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Diamonds – Birthstone For April

DiamondAries starts at the northern vernal equinox when the days and nights are equal length and marking the time of year that the sun takes over and days are to be longer than the nights in the northern hemisphere for the next half of the year. It is a time of year to celebrate the sun.

For centuries, diamonds have been coveted for their fiery sparkle like the sun, and for this reason, diamond is celebrated (more…)

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5.30ct Fancy Deep Blue Diamond At Auction

Blue DiamondAn exquisite blue diamond ring will lead Bonham’s Fine Jewelry auction on April 24th. The ring dates back to circa 1965, and features a cushion-shaped, fancy deep blue of 5.30 carats set horizontally in a platinum and diamond setting. This masterpiece was crafted by the renowned Italian jeweler Bulgari, whose creations were the epitome of innovation and high-fashion in the 1960’s. It is estimated to (more…)

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The Engagement Ring Of Napoleon To Josephine Up For Auction

Napoleon18th Century French military mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) who is best known for his martial brilliance had a home life that we rarely consider.

He married in 1796 to Josephine de Beauharnais. He was only 26 while she was 32, a widow from the Revolution. He used to send her love letters from battle.

The ring Napoleon gave to Josephine for their engagement is said to be “in good condition” (more…)

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Spring 2013 Colours In Jewellery

SpringColor authority Pantone is forecasting a dominance of bright vivid hot reds and yellows among cool neutral pastel blues and soft greens and purples for spring this year.

The color spectrum gives lots of room to get creative with colored gemstone jewelry. Rich blue and purple jewels, you could stick to silver to shimmer with your neutral tones, or use ruby and yellow gold to add surprise pops of (more…)

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