3.37 Carat ‘Purple Orchid’ Diamond

Dubbed the “Purple Orchid”, this cushion cut fancy intense pinkish-purple natural diamond is an extraordinary gem by any standards, and is also one of the largest purple diamonds in the world. At 3.37 carats and with VS2 clarity, it is a truly rare find.

Natural purple diamonds are split into two categories: violet diamonds, which are less rare and lean towards blue-grey on the color spectrum, and (more…)

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Japanese Jeweler Creates Gold Godzilla Statue Worth $1.5M for 60th Anniversary

gold godzillaIt has been 60 years since one of the most recognizable movie monsters hit the big screen, and a Japanese jeweler has chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Godzilla in a big way.

To honor the “king of monsters”, fine jeweler Ginza Tanaka has created a replica made of 24-karat gold worth over $1.5 million. At just over 23cm tall, it weighs an almost surprising 15 kilos – until you realize that (more…)

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How to Choose a Mens Tungsten Band

Here at Secret Sapphire, we have one of the largest collections of men’s contemporary metal bands in Vancouver: tungsten, white tungsten, cobalt, titanium, and ceramic. Whether you are looking for a simple style or an interesting style, a wedding band or a fun right hand ring, you should consider contemporary metals for their highly scratch-resistant properties and very affordable prices!

Without (more…)

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Ophir Gem Collection Achieves Nine Guinness World Records

ophir sapphireNine gems from the Ophir Collection of Impressively Large and Unusual Gem Specimens have been recognized by Guinness World Records for being the largest faceted gemstones in their class. The most valuable of the nine include a 31,308-carat oval blue sapphire, a 5,905-carat brown sapphire, and a 508.06-carat tanzanite.

The Delaware, New Jersey based collection also boasts record holders of a 65.22-carat serendibite, (more…)

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One of Seven “Lost” Imperial Faberge Eggs Found at Flea Market

faberge eggOne man’s trash turned out to be Russia’s priceless treasure.

An unidentified man made the deal of a lifetime when he picked up a genuine Faberge egg at a flea market in a small town in the U.S. Midwest for $14,000.

During one of his routine trips to the local flea market, he spied a small golden ornament on a vendor’s overcrowded table. It was barely three inches long, with an elaborately designed (more…)

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Dynamic Duo of Jewels Once Owned by Pope Paul VI Auction for $1.9 Million

pope paul viTwo extremely rare papal treasures once owned by Pope Paul VI have resurfaced recently and are up for auction at New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques. Together, the diamond and emerald cross and diamond halo ring share a combined estimate of over $1.9 million.

The duo was famously donated by the Pope to the United Nations in 1965, in hopes that the proceeds would help aid humanitarian efforts. Two (more…)

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10 Olympic Athletes Received a Commemorative Meteorite-Embedded Medal at Sochi 2014

sochi winter

On February 15th, in addition to taking home the Sochi 2014 gold medal for first place in their respective events, all 10 winners also received a special hand-engraved medal embedded with a fragment of Chelyabinsk meteorite.

This day marked the one year anniversary of when a 7,000-tonne, 17 metre meteor flew across the Russian sky and crashed down close to the city of Chelyabinsk with the force (more…)

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A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Ilaria Lanzoni

ilaria lanzoniAt Hearts on Fire University 2013, I also had the pleasure of meeting Ilaria Lanzoni, the creative mind behind the Hearts on Fire jewelry collections. Ilaria is the first jewelry designer to work with Hearts on Fire, joining on as the Director of Design in early 2012 with 17 years of design expertise under her belt. Since then, she has created four spectacular collections: Copley, Illa, Lorelei, and (more…)

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