11 Valentines Jewelry Gift Ideas under $550

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we compiled some sweet and simple fine jewelry gifts that won’t break the bank! Most of these are available in rose gold as well as the traditional white and yellow, which adds that nice warm touch that will certainly give her the fuzzies.

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14K Diamond ‘XO’ Necklace or Earrings

X marks the spot with this classy combo – its’ accent diamonds add (more…)

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“Blue Belle of Asia” 392-Carat Sapphire Shatters World Record

blue belleExcited bidders at Christie’s Geneva saw the price for the stunning 392-carat, cornflower blue sapphire skyrocket – pushing past its pre-sale estimate of $6.9 – $9.9million – to a record breaking $17.7 million. The cushion cut stone also holds another record, for being the fourth largest faceted blue sapphire.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewelry Department, proclaimed that the (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!

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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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Christie’s Auction House Crowns new Record-Holding Gems

BlueChristie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva last week crowned new record-holders in numerous categories, including blue diamonds, pink diamonds, blue-green diamonds, pink sapphires and color-change alexandrite’s.

The showstopper of the auction was an incredible flawless fancy vivid blue diamond dubbed “The Blue”, weighing in at an impressive 13.22 carats. This pear-shaped gem is billed as the largest (more…)

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April Fools! 50-Carat Real Gemstone Lollipops Part of Chupa Chups Joke Campaign

chupa chupsChupa Chups had pulled a Willy Wonka on us when the confectionary company announced that they had released just five 50-carat precious gemstone “lollipops” into 150 countries worldwide. The announcement incited a frenzy across the globe as candy lovers searched for one of five real gemstone prizes –blue sapphire, ruby, emerald, diamond, and black pearl – disguised as an original Chupa Chups lollipop (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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The Votes are In: 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid

ColorPantone’s pick of the year is Radiant Orchid, a hot pink infused shade of purple. Following this year’s Emerald Green, it seems that the trend is towards bright, jewel-toned colors. In fact, the two are color-wheel opposites. When paired together, they create a nice complementary contrast, which means you can take all of the emerald green in your current wardrobe and wear it again this year!

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“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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