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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Sotheby’s Auction Features Legendary Jewels from Brooke Astor

RingsSotheby’s recent auction featured jewellery from the collection of philanthropist and legendary New York society figure, Brooke Astor. Jewels from the estate garnered over $18 million and showcased stunning emerald and diamonds from Mrs. Astor’s personal collection.

One of the biggest sales of the auction was Astor’s 22.84 carat platinum, emerald and diamond engagement ring designed by Van Cleef (more…)

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Staple Diamond Jewelry

Diamond StudsFor women, every piece of clothing we own is put into one of two categories: staples, and non-staples. Staples are typically high-quality pieces that can be worn again and again through each season, versus non-staples that are in trend for a season or two. The staple items are usually in neutral colors like black, beige, tan, and white because they go with anything and are always in style. More money (more…)

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Opals For Spring!

OpalsOpals are one of the most versatile gemstones out there. They come in many colors: clear through white, gray, black, red, orange, green, blue, magenta, pink, brown and varying hues in between. Opals come in variations of optical density as well, from completely opaque to semi-transparent.

The majority of opals come from Australia, which produces about 97% of the world’s opal supply. Unlike many (more…)

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, But…

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend But…

The surge in popularity of diamonds began in the 1940s with the famous DeBeers campaign “A Diamond is Forever.” This marketing campaign changed the course of the diamond industry forever. After the 1950s demand for diamonds skyrocketed and have stayed there since. Previous to this time, diamond rings were rarely used in engagement rings and jewelry alike, as (more…)

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