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Lapis Lazuli

The Wall Street Journal recently pointed out that ancient lapis is having a modern moment. Lapis means simply stone in Latin. The blue stone (Lapis Lazuli) was found in Afghanistan mines more than 6000 years ago and Afghanistan is still the main producer of Lapis today. Lapis is used in jewelry and for carving objects and was coveted by the ancient Greek, Egyptian, Persian and Mesopotamian civilizations. In ancient Egypt, the color blue represented royalty, which made lapis a very important stone during that time. For instance, lapis was found in one of the greatest archeological finds, King Tut’s tomb. The eyes of his mask are decorated with the deep blue lapis. Read More >


The Most Valuable Ruby in the World

For many years, one of the finest rubies in the world was the Alan Caplan ruby, named after a famous geologist and mineralogist who bought the ruby during the 1960s. The ruby is also known as the Mogok ruby because that is where it originated. It’s a 15.97 carat ruby and it was bought by Graff in 1988, who paid a record-breaking price of $227,301 per carat. Since then a number of rubies have surpassed that record and since 2015, the Sunrise Ruby, a 25.59 carat Burmese ruby, is the most valuable ruby in the world. It was auctioned for $30,335,698, which is an unprecedented $1.1 million per carat. Read More >


A Brief History of Spinel

Spinel has an interesting history. For centuries, spinel was often mistaken for a ruby. For instance, it was only recently discovered that the famous Black Prince Ruby set into the Imperial State Crown of the United Kingdom is actually spinel. But now, spinel is very much appreciated among serious jewelry collectors and dealers. Not only for its color, which ranges from red, pink, purple and even bright blue, but also for its hardness and brilliance. Spinel is extremely rare. Ironically, even more rare than ruby. Like rubies, spinel is also found in Myanmar as well as Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Madagaskar. Read More >


Pavé Diamonds

Pavé diamonds are diamonds that are set very close together on the surface of a piece of jewelry. The word “pavé” means “paved” in French, as if to say that the surface of a piece of jewelry is paved with diamonds. The result is limitless sparkle. Read More >


Tennis Bracelets to Celebrate the New Year

The tennis bracelet was made popular by tennis star Chris Evert who played the 1987 US Open with a thin diamond bracelet. During the tennis match she lost the bracelet and stopped playing so that she could search for it. The search was televised and voila, the “tennis” bracelet was born. Read More >


Estate Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are becoming more and more about personal style and individuality than anything else, as we discussed in an earlier blog post. A diamond represents eternity, so it’s no wonder that the appeal of a rare, and one of a kind estate engagement ring is also on the rise. Not only are they appealing for their beauty and uniqueness, an estate piece also has a history of love. And just like many things in life, whatever has been out of style for generations is now back in style, making estate pieces even more attractive to those with a vintage taste.


What Engagement Ring Style is She?

Valentine’s is inching closer and closer and you may be ready to take the next step. We see more and more that the future bride is looking for something that reflects her personal style. That’s why it is important to choose a piece that speaks to her personality. Here are a couple of hints to get you and your future bride closer to this important decision, (choosing the engagement ring that is.) Read More >


Enamel Jewelry

Enamel jewelry has been around for centuries. Enamel, which is powdered glass fused by high heat on top a piece of metal, is very beautiful, but also very difficult to work with.

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