Designers I Like… Lusciouss

Jewelry RingWhen I walked into Secret Sapphire for the first time, what immediately caught my eye were the beautiful sterling silver pieces of the Lusciouss collection. They were big, bold pieces but at the same time also delicate-looking and feminine. I could easily imagine them being worn on a casual Sunday to a fancy dinner party and everything in between.

Unlike any of the silver/sterling silver jewelry (more…)

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Get Lucky with the Color of the Year: Emerald Green

EmeraldThe Pantone Color Institute has dubbed Emerald as being the Color of the Year for 2013.

Each year, the color authority surveys color influences around the world through high fashion designers’ collections, films in production, travel destinations, art collections and more. They have unveiled the annual color choice this week, Emerald, describing it as “a lively, radiant, lush green.” It will be (more…)

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Jewelry Trend Spotted: Rutilated Quartz

Scarlett JohanssonRutilated quartz is a type of quartz that has rutile enclosures in the stone. Rutile is a mineral that has a very high refractive index, meaning, that when it is found as an inclusion in other stones it almost always appears in long, thin shoots of color. Rutilus is in fact the Latin word for red; the mineral gained this name because some specimens can be a lovely deep red hue. However, rutile can (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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DMIA Helps to Prevent Synthetics

DiamondThe Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) called upon domestic and international organizations, grading laboratories, governments and law enforcement to join together in a serious and committed effort to prevent the leakage of synthetic, laboratory-grown diamonds into the natural diamond market.

There has been an increase in recorded incidences in the past couple of (more…)

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Worlds Most Expensive Saree

SareeOnce again we are shown that gems are not just made for jewelry. Sarees are and have been a staple look for Indian women throughout the ages. They have dressed them down for everyday wear and dressed them up for special occasions. This intricately hand-woven saree is unique in that it is being entered into the Book of World Records for being the most unique and expensive saree in the world.

The (more…)

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The Star Of India

Star Of IndiaNo, not a famous Bollywood actress. The Star of India is a 563.35 carat star sapphire, among the largest of its kind in the world.

While the size of the gemstone alone is quite impressive, its’ name is derived from the literal meaning – in certain lights, the shape of a star can be seen in its depths. Why are they not well known? It is for the fact that naturally occurring star gemstones are so (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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