Morena Baccarin Models AGTA Jewelry Design Winners 2013

Earlier in October, the American Gem Trade Association announced the winners of its 2013 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards, which is regarded as North America’s premier colored gemstone jewelry design contest. This year marks its’ 29th anniversary, recognizing jewelry designers working with natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls in fine jewelry.

The competition encompassed many different (more…)

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Find That Perfect Bridal Jewelry in Vancouver: The Premier Jewelry Stores in Vancouver

Ruby RingCongratulations, you are getting married! All of a sudden, it seems like you have a million choices to make. You need to find the perfect dress, the perfect cake and the perfect location. But hold on for a second – what about the perfect bridal jewelry? The perfect jewelry for your wedding should not merely match your wedding dress, it should perfectly enhance everything about your appearance. You (more…)

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Vancouver Jewelry: Fantastic Jewelry Stores in Vancouver

Alexandrite RingVancouver is an international metropolis with a vibrant design community. Many upscale and innovative designers have chosen to set up shop in this community. With the Pacific Ocean in sight, mountains for backdrop and second-to-none architectural standouts around the city, it is truly an inspiration. Jewelry is no exception to this trend. Many fashion-forward individuals go to no end to find that one (more…)

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Russia’s Great Imperial Crown Recreated

CrownThe great imperial crown has been the symbol of power for Russian rulers for more than two centuries and is one of the country’s most admired jewels. Made of fine silver set with 4,936 diamonds totalling 2,858 carats and set with a world record size spinel atop the crown, it is not only a national Russian treasure but also an important world artifact. Jewelers from Smolensk sought to recreate the crown (more…)

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Engagement Ring Styles

diamond ringRegardless of what size, quality, and variety of stones chosen, the ring style is the most important decision to make when considering rings. Apart from showcasing personal style, they may serve accentuate center stones, make a woman’s fingers look slimmer, or complement skin tone. Here are some of the most popular styles and their features:

Solitaire

The most popular for its classic simplicity (more…)

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Trillions of Carats Found in Meteorite Crater

CraterRussian scientists have recently disclosed that they have been sitting on a gigantic deposit of diamonds in Siberia for decades. Estimated to be in the trillions of carats, the deposit has an unusual origin as it is the only known source to be formed by sudden impact.

It is not a coincidence that this deposit of diamond-laden rock is part of an ancient impact crater. The Popigai crater, the seventh (more…)

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Hearts on Fire Sponsors Miss Universe Australia Pageant

Miss AustraliaOne of the world’s most recognized diamond brands, Hearts on Fire, is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant starting in January 2013.

Their partnership will begin with a diamond crown that will be provided for use in the pageant by Hearts on Fire and is currently in the making by a team of designers, headed by Hearts on Fire’s director of design, Illaria Lanzoni. (more…)

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Rare Red Diamond Leads Christie’s December Auction

Red DiamondJust in time for the holiday season, Christie’s is headlined their Magnificent Jewels sale on December 10th with red and green colors. Everyone’s eyes will be on a 3.15 carat round brilliant fancy reddish orange diamond, estimated at $700,000 – $1.2 million.

True red diamonds are the crème de la crème of diamonds – the least naturally occurring color, which means it demands a very high premium. (more…)

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T’is the Season for Red Diamonds

Red DiamondRed diamonds are undeniably the rarest and most valuable of all fancy coloured diamonds. Scientists have not established what causes their color adding to the mystery and allure of the stones. Enhanced red diamonds can easily be distinguished from natural ones due to their blackish overtones as well as their lack of graining and unusual absorption patterns. Less than 20 stones in the world have been (more…)

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Why You Need a Jewelry Appraisal

AppraisalJewelry appraisals are very important if you own any fine jewelry pieces. A proper jewelry appraisal certificate will detail all of the physical features of the piece, and evaluate the metals and stones within it. For diamonds, grading along the 4 C’s – color, cut, clarity, and carat weight – will be included, and colored stones typically include color grade, clarity, and any treatments detected. The (more…)

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Stone Setting Styles

RingSo much goes into an engagement ring, different styles and stones and metals, that you can be overwhelmed by all the choices available. The best thing to do is take it one step at a time. If you already have a stone in mind, this will be a good place to start.

The stone setting is an integral part of any ring design as it will help showcase the main stone and lend character to the ring. All other (more…)

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A Love Affair with Jewellery

EmeraldLegendary actress and movie icon, Elizabeth Taylor’s great enthusiasm for jewellery over the years has made her private collection one of the most sought after estates in recent American history. Her book “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry” is a personal narrative which intertwines stories of her romantic relationships with her passion for collecting jewellery. Taylor’s knowledge of fine (more…)

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What Does Luck Have To Do With It?

Diamond BraceletSotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite autumn sale in Hong Kong brought in about $50 million in sales across 388 lots. There was a diamond-heavy collection of jewels under the hammer as usual, with a large turnout of Asian buyers and private collectors.

The rapidly changing economy of China lends itself to an increasing demand for luxury jewelry. The newly prosperous Chinese buyers see both an (more…)

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Sotheby’s Auctions off Jewels from Legendary Lauders

EvelynJewellery from the collections of beauty moguls Estee Lauder and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lauder will be featured at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction on December 5. The proceeds from the auction are projected to exceed $13 million and will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization founded by Evelyn in 1993. Evelyn also is credited with creating the well-known pink ribbon symbol (more…)

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