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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My Experience at HOFU 2013: With Master Cutter Brian McHardy

HOFU BMH 3This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Hearts on Fire University held in Las Vegas. What is the HOF University? It is an annual conference to which all of the Hearts on Fire retailers are invited to get together to share stories and ideas, as well as learn more about the company and the brand.

What I was looking forward to the most, and also the highlight of my trip, was being able to watch (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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