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Happy President’s Day!

Happy President’s day! We’re celebrating this day with garnet, as a nod to the first, First Lady Martha Washington and her garnet collection, some of which are on display in Mount Vernon. Read More >

Morganite for Valentine’s Day

The closer we get to Valentine’s Day, the pinker the world. Explore the Morganite, a rare light pink to salmon colored beryl named after J.P. Morgan, a famous financier and avid gem collector. George Kunz, a gemologist at Tiffany & Co. suggested the name to honor his friend (and collaborator in collecting gemstones) for his contributions to gemology, the arts and sciences. Read More >

Explore the rare spinel

Intrigued about spinel after watching the BBC documentary The Coronation? For centuries the spinel was considered ruby’s double. It was only recently discovered that the famous “Black Prince Ruby,” set in the Queen’s Imperial State Crown, is a spinel. Now spinel stands on its own and is coveted by lovers of jewelry and serious collectors. The jewel was also added to the Official List of Birthstones in 2016, to be celebrated as August’s birthstone. Stop by our store to explore our spinel rings, necklaces and earrings including this rare Burma spinel ring. Read More >

Art Deco Inspired Diamond and Onyx Statement Ring

Complement your black or white summer looks with a standout Art Deco inspired diamond and onyx ring. The use of onyx goes back to biblical times and derives its name from the Greek word “onux” which means “fingernail.” Ancient Egypt used onyx to make bowls, the Romans carved cameos with it and, during the Victorian era, onyx was worn when Queen Victoria mourned her husband Prince Albert. Onyx was also a very popular stone during the very creative Art Deco era.
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For lovers of Opal

When buying a mysterious opal, Australia’s national gemstone, look for brightness of color(s), transparency, clarity and cut. Read More >

Plique a Jour Enamel Earrings Available Online

Plique a jour stands for “letting in daylight” in French, and refers to the enamel technique used to create these gorgeous hoop earrings. The technique creates enamel that is transparent. It is very hard and time consuming to make. The Plique a jour technique stems from the Byzantine period and became popular again during the Art Nouveau period. Read More >

Traveling with your Jewelry

Tomorrow is one of the biggest travel days of the year. How do you secure your jewelry while you travel? Here are some suggestions.

1. Determine whether this Thanksgiving get together is a casual or formal one. This will help you decide which pieces to bring and which pieces to put in your safe.
2. Make sure the list of jewelry that you own is up to date or take pictures of all your treasures. Just in case something happens, you can compare your pieces with this list.
3. Insure your jewelry.
4. Wear the jewelry you’re taking with you or store them in a carry-on; never check your jewelry.
5. When you arrive at your destination, ask if your host or the hotel has a safe to place your jewelry. Read More >

The Origin of Cuff Links

In the 13th century tailors began to use buttons to fasten clothes. Before that, men used strings, pins and belts to tighten their clothes. Then, in the 17th century, following the renaissance period (which also meant the end of the decorative lacy cuff) sleeve buttons were introduced, which looked like bejeweled buttons. Initially only the wealthier wore the bejeweled buttons, which were joined by a little chain. But at the beginning of the Victorian Era in 1837, these bejeweled buttons became more mainstream. The men’s shirt had evolved and the use of starch increased. Pushing a cuff link through a starched sleeve is easier than pushing a button through it. At the same time, cuff links were also made of more affordable material making it accessible to everyone. In the early 1900s, jewelers like Faberge, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. began creating cuff links as well. When fashion became more casual around the 1930s and the use of starch decreased, the use of cuff links decreased. According to a 1991 New York Times article “cuff links became associated largely with formal wear, both for evening and business.” Cuff links experienced a revival in the late 90s. Now they’re worn by both men and women, in all different types of metal, gemstone and enamel, reflecting the personal style of the person wearing them. Read More >