“Blue Giant of the Orient” world’s largest Sapphire

blue sapphire To commemorate the September birthstone of Sapphire we would like to bring attention to the great “Blue Giant of the Orient” a gem that is the largest faceted blue sapphire in the world. The stone is a cornflower hued cushion cut gem at 486.52 carats set in a platinum brooch with a pave-set diamond halo. Very little is known about the gemstone which was out of public eye for about 100 years.

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Christie’s First Summer Jewels Online Auction

Christie’s, renowned international auction house of fine goods, announced their first online-only jewelry auction “Summer Jewels” starting July 17th to the 26th. The auction will include over 100 lots of jewels from contemporary designers, with estimates ranging from $1,000 – $50,000 USD. This new venture by Christie’s aims to provide accessible, unique, high quality jewelry; compared to some of Christie’s (more…)

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Why jewelry makes the perfect gift

BoxThere are many ways to make our loved ones feel special. Birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrations are often times what we mark with extra memorable gifts. Why does jewellery make the perfect choice?

Jewellery is a symbol of beauty and adornment. It can be worn every day long after the romantic getaway or candlelit dinner is over as a reminder of that special occasion, of those heartfelt feelings (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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What Goes Into Custom Made Jewelry?

You may have heard of celebrities collaborating with jewelers to custom design anything from engagement rings to anniversary gifts to red carpet adornments. Their designs are generally very elaborate, exclusive, and expensive! However, custom made jewelry isn’t only for the rich and famous. Here we include a breakdown of the process and what you can expect.

One of the main benefits of custom made (more…)

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Gem-Encrusted Butterflies in LA Museum

ButterflySixteen butterfly brooches are currently being held on display in an exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Each is lavishly decorated in a combination of semi-precious and precious gemstones and set in 18 karat gold; some included materials are Columbian emeralds, Baja pearls, and garnets.

One notable piece is a brooch that holds 34.67 carats of benitoite, California’s state gemstone. (more…)

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Hooker Emerald

EmeraldThe Hooker Emerald is well-known for its exceptional quality for an emerald of its size. Weighing in at 75.47 carats, it has a prized vivid green hue, good transparency, and is relatively free of inclusions – something very rare for emeralds as a whole.

Its origins trace back to the 16th century, where it was extracted from an unidentified mine in Colombia. The rough stone was sent to Europe to (more…)

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2012 Spring/Summer Jewelry Trends

BroochSpring is in the air and this season’s jewelry options are all about bright color, glamour, and sparkle! This year’s fashion direction combines form with function. To capture an easygoing yet glamorous look, opt for long, linear necklaces and earrings, or bold gold statement pieces.

This Season’s Most Wanted List:

Flower patterns are a timeless addition to your collection – and what better way (more…)

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