“Love is in Air!” specially when its Valentine’s Day! One of the most awaited day of year. So if you are planning to make this day memorable for your Valentine, we have listed down few ideas on how you can make your partner feel special.
1. Pop the Question – If you are yet to pop the question, this is the right time!! All you need to do is, get down on your knee with a Ring and tell your partner what you feel. Check out Diamond Engagement Rings
2. Unique Gifts – Gift your partner something unique, something that they always wanted or something that they will cherish forever. You can either go for Ring, Bracelet, Watch, Sunglasses, Bag or Teddy accompanied with Greeting Card and box of Chocolates. You can also include a bottle of his/her favorite drink or bouquet of flowers. Browse more Gift Ideas
3. Spend Quality Time – The most Precious gift you can ever give is your “Time” . Take your partner out on a date or relive your first date. Go to place that holds beautiful memories of you two or something similar that sparks up your old memories.
4. Express with a Rose – Rose indicates the sign of Love, especially Red Roses are use to express the feelings between two hearts.
A halo setting features a center stone, which can be either a diamond or a colored stone, encircled by twinkling small diamonds. Halo engagement rings can feature a center diamond of any shape, however round, square, and oval diamonds are the most popular. The outline of small diamonds can also be of any shape but round and square are the most popular.
With so much customization and sparkle, halo engagement rings have become the preferred choice of brides-to-be. The unique thing about halo settings is, a smaller center diamond creates an illusion of a larger size center diamond, adding more sparkle, while a larger center diamond creates a striking balance of being both delicate and bold.
There are endless ways of customizing halo engagement rings. You can add double row of diamonds to add double sparkle; this setting is commonly known as a double halo. Choosing right setting for your halo will make lot of difference in how your ring will look. A prong setting (classic setting) or bezel setting goes well with halo. One of our designs includes pink gold weaving around the center to create an unconventional look. Our split shank halo engagement ring can be customized with two-tone gold to give it a distinct look.
Solitaire rings with a big center rock are every bride-to-be’s fancy but not everyone can have it; a halo engagement ring does the trick and provides a bigger and bolder look with a smaller diamond.
Gold along with Silver and Platinum are trading multiyear lows while we are writing this article. And we always see this as an opportunity for our customers to come by our stores and buy what they have either been planning or have desired to have.
Gold hit its lowest level since February 2010, after a low of $1088 an ounce yellow metal recovered a bit and was trading at $1105 an ounce.
Platinum was even worst hit and sunk below $1000, its lowest in the last six years. Reason sited for this is a perception that supply was increasing while demand was low. At day’s end it was traded at $980.
Silver was trading at $14.83 which is the lowest price for silver in the last six years. Silver seems to have been affected in general by the weakness of precious metal and commodities.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our store. We have a huge selection of bridal rings, engagement rings, earrings, pendants etc.
In June, 720 pieces of counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry were seized by Miami customs officials, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
The jewelry that was seized has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of around $6 million.
CBP officers said they selected the shipment for inspection and noticed that the merchandise was imitation jewelry that “bore a false, non-genuine copyright clearly piratical to the federally recorded copyright.”
In 2014, the watch and jewelry category topped the CBP’s list of most-seized counterfeit items by value. China is the leading source of counterfeits, followed by Hong Kong. If we go by CBP reports, officers seized about $3.4 million worth of counterfeit goods around the country each day in 2014.
This brings us to a million dollar question, where does this counterfeit jewelry get sold? The easiest channel would be online sales. We take great care while selecting the vendors from whom we buy jewelry making sure everything at our store is genuine and guaranteed PURE.
Yes, you read it right just like a leap year we had leap second on June 30th, 2015. June 30th ended day with GMT 23:59:60 odd time adding a second to earth’s atomic time. NASA stated this has been done to cope up with the earth’s rotating speed as its gradually slowing down.
And to your surprise this was not the first time that leap second was added to the world time. In fact it was started back in 1972 & this year was the 26th time that we have adjusted our time with earth’s rotation which is managed by International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) which keeps track of time for the world. The last leap second was added on June 30, 2012. And it had many websites like Reddit, FourSquare, Gawker, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Yelp to collapse. It also had contributed for delay or cancelled flights. Google has been added up a fraction of second from past few years so they don’t face sudden shift of time.
By the year 2100 there would be a time difference of 2 to 3 minutes between earth’s actual rotations to our atomic time if we don’t add a leap second. So to keep our atomic clock synchronizes with the sun this practice has to follow. IERS informs 6 months prior to the time of shift. There is not periodic time regulation shift like leap year it has to be performed whenever the time difference 0.09 sec.
Since January 1972, timekeeping has, been maintained time in accordance with the atomic time scale. The Earth is currently losing about three-thousandths of a second per day, and, atomic clocks are just over six-tenths of a second fast on UTC right now. The addition of the leap second will keep the difference from exceeding nine-tenths of a second.
Leap seconds are inserted, when needed, either on June 30 or at the very end of the year, on Dec. 31.
There are many ways for exploration of the Kimberlite pipes for diamonds, but according to new paper by Mr Stephen E. Haggerty, a rare plant Pendanus candelabrum could serve as a signpost for diamond indicator kimberlite, which might eventually lead to easier and less expensive diamond exploration.
The author of this paper Mr.Haggerty added that the plant only grew along the kimberlite and not over the adjacent ground. Mr Haggerty believes, this knowledge could make diamond exploration in West Africa a lot cheaper and this could dramatically change the exploration dynamics for diamonds.
Kimberlite is an igneous rock, best known for sometimes containing diamonds. Kimberlite pipes are the most important source of mined diamonds today.
Mr. Haggerty was uncomfortable with some press coverage of his paper, including headlines such as “There’s a Plant That Shows You Where Diamonds Are Buried.” He stresses that, finding a kimberlite pipe does not mean you have found a profitable mine. Only 1 percent of kimberlite pipe discoveries result in economic diamond mines.
Even GIA doesn’t have the answer of Mystery Diamond Color. There are around 500 diamonds with uncommon color which is marked as Mystery Diamond by GIA.
The Gemological Institute of America reported that “as many as 500 diamonds may have been subjected to a new mystery color treatment that temporarily improved the stones’ color as much as three grades.”
GIA believes that the treatment temporarily masks diamond’s body color, resulting in a color grade that can be up to three grades higher than it would be normally.
According to spokesperson Stephen Morisseau, GIA first became aware of the tricky treatment after grading some 500 stones submitted by Israeli manufacturers over a series of month.
Mr. Morisseau says that “We reasonably believe these stones were treated in some way” and he also added that “We don’t know what the treatment is, we are actively researching it?”
GIA said in lab alert “We ask anyone who has purchased or holds these diamonds to please resubmit them to any GIA location for review. GIA will expedite the service, and no fee will be assessed.”
L.Y.E Diamonds, E.G.S.D. Diamonds, Romok Abramov, and Yair Matatov these four companies are banned by GIA. After this action by GIA only one company replied which was Romok Abramov? Abramov says ““All the stones mentioned in the GIA report are not mine, I Never saw any of those stones and don’t have any idea if they were treated.”
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses involved and sent statement expressing concern about the incident. The president of WFDB Mr Ernie Blom said that “This is clearly unlawful behavior, we will have no tolerance whatsoever for this type of alleged illegal activity. We are pleased that the GIA publicized this development so that diamantaires can be on their guard.”
Pearls have been around for decades. They are a staple of fashionable women and one of the hallmarks of what is traditionally considered “elegant” and “sophisticated” style. The strand of pearls which were ones defined as classy, are still in fashion? The answer is YES!
Unlike most other gemstones which are mineral, Pearls are organic and are formed by living organisms. A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Though Pearls occur naturally in the wild, their occurrence is very sporadic and limited.
You may find them in form of Fresh water pearls, akoya saltwater pearls and south sea pearls.
Freshwater Pearls – Which are not rarest but they are finest for the collection and preferred by jewelry makers.
Akoya Saltwater Pearls – Have been synonymous with classic beauty and elegance.
South Sea Pearls – The smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the rarest and extraordinary pearls you will find in jewelry.
Cultured freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. Quality of cultured freshwater pearls is evaluated through a grading system of a series of values, based on luster, shape, surface, color and matching. The process begins by choosing a suitable donor mussel and cutting a strip of tissue from the mantle is known as GRAFTING. This strip of tissue is then cut into 3mm squares. These squares are delivered to a technician who performs the operation. Unlike saltwater bead nucleation, this process is not considered difficult, and technicians need only minimum training to perform the operation. After the maximum numbers of grafts have been performed, the mussel is flipped, and the procedure is performed once again on the other valve of the shell.
Freshwater pearl harvests are typically bought while still in the shell. After harvest the pearls are delivered to a first-stage factory, which is responsible for cleaning and sorting the pearls by size and shape. After the pearls are treated, they are drilled and then polished with a mixture of cornmeal and wax.
If you’re looking for the classic set of pearls, look to Saltwater Akoya cultured pearls. These pearls were first to ever be cultured in the early 1900s. For the past 100 years, Akoya pearls have been synonymous with classic beauty and elegance. They are the roundest of all pearl varieties, and are known for their sharp luster and pink overtones.
The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster used in pearl culture today, so Akoya pearls also tend to be small, ranging in size from just 2 mm to about 11 mm in size. The average pearl size is harvested at about 7.5mm in diameter.
Almost all pearls available in the market are cultured. Most natural pearls are odd-shaped because the irritants that caused the oyster to begin creating the pearl are not round. Beautifully round, lustrous natural pearls would cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars a strand.
South Sea Pearls
South Sea cultured pearls are exceptional quality pearls with a whitish, almost silver color. It is much larger than the average pearl. The smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the rarest and extraordinary pearls you will find in jewelry.
South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.
South Sea pearls are among the largest commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. The average size of a South Sea pearl is 13 mm, with most harvests producing a range of sizes from 9 mm to 20 mm. The South Seas lie between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China. These waters are the native habitat of a large oyster known as Pinctada maxima. This oyster grows up to 12 inches in diameter, and can be nucleated with a much larger bead than other saltwater oysters such as the Akoya.
These types of Pearls are very precious and prestigious treasure you can ever give. Visit our store to shop our pearl jewelry or visit us online at classicdesignsjewelry.com
A Russian laboratory-grown diamond manufacturer, New Diamond Technology, is claiming it has produced a 5.11-ct diamond, the largest man-made, polished, near-colorless stone ever produced.
This process is called Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition, where carbon atoms are layered on top of an initial diamond ‘seed,’ fast-tracking a natural process lasting many millennia to a matter of months. And because these stones are lab-made, they’re good for the environment and are free of the ‘blood diamonds’ stigma that’s so tainted their traditionally-mined counterparts.
Diamond Experts familiar with diamond growing, say that it is an impressive achievement, but wondered whether it could be repeatable and also questioned what the stone would fetch commercially.
New Diamond Technology says it has a “new approach” that allows it to produce lab-grown gems with higher colors and clarity from its factories in Russia and Hong Kong. It said that it can produce gems ranging from 4 to 11 carats.
Company President Tamazi Khikhinashvili says that their diamonds are “more affordable” as compared to natural diamonds. He says the company has sold lab-grown gems to customers in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Elizabeth Taylor’s estate is suing Christie’s, the auction house, over the $8.8 sale of the “TajMahal” diamond, a gift to the late actress from Richard Burton on her 40th birthday.
The TajMahal diamond was sold by Christie’s along with the rest of Taylor’s jewels and wardrobe in New York following her death in 2011. The collection, which was dubbed the “Crown Jewels of Hollywood,” broke all expectations and brought in $183.5 million to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
But the trustees of her estate have now filed a complaint alleging breach of contract.They claim the anonymous buyer of the TajMahal diamond returned it months after determining that it actually does not belong to the wife of a 17th century Mughal emperor.
According to the complaint auction house had only stated that the diamond was of Indian origin, but it still agreed to cancel the sale. Christie’s then requested that the estate return the proceeds of the sale.
Christie’s violated its own policies when it rescinded the sale, the trustee’s complaint states. “Despite facing no credible threat of legal liability, Christie’s nonetheless rescinded the sale of the diamond. In doing so, Christie’s not only deviated from its usual business practices and its own established policies, but it violated its obligations to the trust, all in an effort to appease the buyer.”
Taylor’s trustees claimed the auction house also refused to pass on $3 million from the sale of another gem called the Bulgari Ring.They said: “(Christie’s) failed to pay the trust the proceeds from the sale of the Bulgari ring in an attempt to strong arm the trust into returning the proceeds that the trust rightfully received from the sale of the TajMahal diamond.”
In a statement Christie’s said: “Christie’s was pleased to create a landmark auction event on behalf of the Elizabeth Taylor Trust that produced over $183.5 million in proceeds for the beneficiaries of the trust – the friends and family of Elizabeth Taylor.This suit stems from Christie’s seeking the return of a small portion of these proceeds due to the cancellation of a single item from that sale, and Christie’s looks forward to a speedy resolution of this matter.”
It’s hard to argue when Sotheby calls it Ultimate Emerald Cut Diamond with size of 100.2 ct. color D and internally flawless. Sotheby will auction Ultimate Emerald Cut on April 21st at Magnificent Jewels Sale in New York City; not very often we see a diamond of this size being auctioned.
Gary Schuler, head of the Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York said in a statement “The color is whiter than white, it is free of any internal imperfections, and so transparent that I can only compare it to a pool of icy water”. He describes this 100.2 ct. diamond as “the definition of perfection”
Lisa Hubbard, chairman of North & South America for Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, said in a statement “It has everything you could ever want from a diamond. The classic shape begs to be worn, while the quality puts it in an asset class of its own”.
Originally mined by DeBeers in Southern Africa, when found it weighed more than 200 ct. in the rough. It took over one year for current owner to study, cut and polish it. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are Type IIa, and they are the most valuable of all diamonds.
Ultimate Emerald Cut is expected to fetch between $19 million and $25 million. The diamond will be exhibited in Dubai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and Doha, before returning to New York for exhibition in April.
Crater of Diamond State Park is 911 acre Arkansas State Park in Pike County, Arkansas. Out of this 37.5 acre which is world’s only diamond bearing site open to public. More than 75,000 diamonds have been discovered in the field since 1906 which includes worlds only perfect diamond discovered, the Strawn-Wagner Diamond.
It was a lucky day for Mr. Dean Filppula, an offshore steward from Shreveport, LA who visited the park during vacation after a rainstorm. He found “wedge-shaped light yellow stone about the size of an English pea” in the West Drain area of the park. He is calling this 2.01 Ct diamond after his mother’s initials as “Merf Diamond”.
Park interpreter Wayman Cox says Mr. Filppula was at right place at right time. It rained heavily before his visit, which washed loose soil from surface uncovering the large yellow gem. His store is very familiar to many visitors in past who have found diamonds.
Mr. Filppula found his 20th diamond, but it is largest one found so far in 2015. He is planning to sell the diamond.
Kevin Lipton submitted a winning bid of $2,585,000 mid-January for the 1792 penny, one of about only 10 coins that were “experimentally produced” after the U.S. Mint was established.
Lipton, who owns a coin wholesaling business in Beverly Hills,was searching for the penny, called a Birch Cent, since he saw one in 1981 at a New York auction house. The coin was bought by a developer for a mere $200,000.
“It’s like our very first penny,” Lipton said. “It’s such a spectacular coin. It’s so important, so rare.”
The piece features a profile of a female face encircled by the words “Liberty Parent of Science and Industry.” The other side says, “United States of America” and shows the denomination of “One Cent” within a wreath. At the bottom is the fraction “1/100.”
According to the Reporters, Lipton’s bid is the most money ever paid for a one-cent coin. “They are a great store value, and will only be worth more in the future,” He said about his purchase. “They are literally Mona Lisas of our coinage.”
Lipton’s 1792 “Wright Quarter” is special because it’s America’s first quarter and because the only other example known to exist is in the Smithsonian. It features a beautifully executed profile of a woman with the word “Liberty” written atop and the date below. The reverse side has an eagle standing on a globe with the words “United States of America” surrounding it. The coin was designed by Joseph Wright only one year before his death.
Jewelry worn by famous peoples has always been mesmerizing. So this time in honor of President’s Day that we celebrated recently, we thought why not come up with jewels worn by first ladies of past and present. After all we all can take a few lessons in style, or at the very least marvel at.
Stock up on those pearls, you can always count on the classics.—Mother’s Day is coming!
A copy of Mrs. Roosevelt’s flowery diamond statement necklace is on display (both the original and reproduction made by Harry Winston)
There was something to please everyone, and most definitely a jewel or two (or three) to lust after. Stock up on those designs. We don’t have it in stock but we can definitely make a similar jewelry for you. Visit us today.
Love is in the air and we are hoping you all are up and prepared with surprise for the special person in your life. BUT if not then you surely do not have much time on hand….
Day after tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! (Dun dun dun….) And you have nothing to show for it.
Well, panic no more my fellow procrastinators! We have some wonderful sparkling gifts waiting at our store just for you. Our jewelry will let your partner know it’s true love.
If your partner has a birthday this month, don’t forget you can score extra points with the vibrant violet February birthstone, amethyst. You can buy loose gem now which can later be mounted to favorite jewelry.
Diamond Earrings with hint of love!
We have many more Valentine’s jewelry and other gifting options available at store. Our staff will help you pick the perfect gift for you. Hurry! Visit us today you have only couple of days left.
Yes, it’s true! According to a survey last year, jewelry was among the first items discounted in the weeks leading up to February. Naturally, this year you can expect more jewelry deals with the first Valentine’s Day sales appearing this week. Keeping this in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of our favorite gift ideas for the special guy or gal in your life. From Diamonds to Watches and everything in between, we have gifts they’ll be sure to love.
1) Show your Infinite Love with this beautiful Diamond Pendant. 2) Give her some sweet eye candy. 3) As the saying goes, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, you can never go wrong with these. 4) Red Hot!
5) Does your guy love watches? Give him a timepiece that will last a lifetime. 6) Gifting something special doesn’t mean buying jewelry every time. It sometimes mean living the old memories all again. If your better half has a favorite jewelry or watch that needs to be fixed, bring it to us.
7) Last but not least, Chocolates & Wine!
No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate and wine. Adding a bouquet of red roses will add even more romance in the air.
If planned right, you can have a successful Valentine’s Day without going over budget. Check out our website or stop by at store for special Valentine’s Offer.
Maybe you have an idea or design in mind for a ring that you want. We would love to make it for you, and who knows, it could also go viral in this age of internet and social media. We are a full service store and can handle any level of complex designs when it comes to custom work so drop by our store with your ideas and see how we work with you to bring your dream idea to real world.
If we go by what A-listers donned at Golden Globe 2015, statement earrings is what many celebrities opted to pair with designer gowns. Jewel creations were from world’s best jewelry houses and they dazzled the red carpet. We might have missed few in our list below but here is what we liked.
|It was no surprise; Lorde pop star from New Zealand wore huge 100 cts. t.w. Platinum and Diamond Cleopatra-style bib necklace, she even had seven platinum and colorless diamond rings, all from Neil Lane.|
Mrs. Amal Clooney had elegant diamond drop earrings by Harry Winston. Though there was a letdown that we felt which were white gloves that she had on.
Naomi Watts chose a 77-carat bold diamond Serpenti high necklace by Bulgari, complimenting high jewelry with rings and clutch bag.
|Salma Hayek had stunning feather earrings and bracelets by Boucheron while Catherine Zeta-Jones had perfect red carpet moment with a strapless red Angel Sanchez gown paired with elegant H Stern earrings.|
Laura Prepon, dazzled in custom made Christian Siriano long sleeve gown paired with Simon G necklace and earrings.
Gina Rodriguez looked gorgeous in a strapless Badgley Mischka dress paired dangling Chopard earrings. Amy Adams wore classic diamond jewelry by Tiffany & Co whereas Diane Kruger chose diamond jewelry by Kwiat and Marina B
The price of gold is likely to fall for a 2nd year in a row, the first time since 1998. At the beginning of 2014 Gold was around $1,201 an ounce; and it will be trading below that mark by the end of the year. At the time of the publishing of this article gold will be trading around $1185 an ounce, which is lower than where it started.
The good sign is the U.S economy is strengthening and analysts are seeing this as the reason for the fall in gold price. At one point in 2014 gold was near $1400 an ounce, but the price fluctuated often so we refer to it as a Roller Coaster.
It wasn’t a terrible year for gold when we compare it to 2013 when we saw around a 28% decline in price. The decline was sharp, sudden and the first since beginning its bull run in 2000.
Predictions for next year are coming in mixed. Most of them saying it will stay flat or have modest gain. Some even say that gold will dramatically fall, possibly even lower than $1000 an ounce. We will wait and watch and keep you all updated.
Happy Gold Buying
Sotheby’s auction creates a new global record for highest price of any blue diamond as well as set a record for price-per-carat for any diamond; $3.3 million per carat. A presale estimated $10 to $15 million and ended up at a whopping total amount of $32,645,000 after intense bidding from prospective buyers. The gem eventually went to a Hong Kong private collector’s inventory. Hong Kong collectors are constantly active in the world jewelry market.
The vivid blue diamond is of 9.75 carat with exceptional purity of the blue with no other colors. It also has the very high clarity compared to all other blue diamonds which contain imperfections due to crystal formation.
The gem belonged to the collection of heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who died earlier this year. She was the widow of philanthropist and horse breeder Paul Mellon. Sotheby’s New York continues the auctions of the Mellon Collection through Sunday.
The Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch breaks its own previous record of $11 million at Sotheby’s in Geneva, setting the new record price of $24 million.
“The Swiss masterpieces of watchmaking are now considered by investors and collectors as real pieces of art, like paintings or sculptures,” Jean-Claude Biver, director of timepieces for Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, said before the sale.
The Supercomplication has been called the holy grail of watches, in part because of its fabled and quite complicated history. It was created as the result of a 1925 “contest” between two watch collectors, New York City banking magnate Henry Graves Jr. and automaker James Ward Packard, to see who could create the most complicated watch. Eight years later Patek Philippe, delivered the final product. The Supercomplication is still considered the most complicated watch in the world ever built by hand.
To surpass James Ward Packard, an Ohio-based auto manufacturer who had been buying complicated pieces from Patek Philippe for years, Henry Graves Jr. paid $15,000 for the watch and is often credited with keeping the Swiss watchmaker in business during the Great Depression.
The 14k gold watch comprises 900 individual parts that comes in at over 1.5 inches thick, it weighs more than one pound and boasts 24 complications (features other than time), including a perpetual calendar that extends to the year 2100, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, a stopwatch for hours and minutes, an alarm, a map of the sky over Graves’ New York City apartment, playing the melody of the Westminster chimes. The original watchmaker even made a note to point out that the Tiffany bag it was shipped in was a bit too tight and could accidentally activate the buttons.
The timepiece “is a real triumph of physics and micro-engineering and mathematics,” said author Stacy Perman. “Every function, every feature, had to work independently and work together. The tiniest error impacts everything. It’s like extremely complicated three-dimensional chess.”
November’s primary birthstone, has one of the most confusing histories. The name is thought to have come from an island, Topazos, in the Red Sea, where both Topaz and Citrine were found. Since the two gems were alike in color they were often mixed up.
It’s known for its alleged healing properties. Topaz is reputed to increase understanding, strengthen breathing, prevent colds, enhance creativity, bring relaxation, control angry passions, restore energy, and aid in tissue regeneration.
Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz, with the color ranging from a pale yellow to golden, through bright orange to a dark reddish-brown orange (called “madeira).
Precious Metals have been used to create beautiful pieces of jewelry that makes a perfect gift for you and your loved ones. But have you ever thought about what makes them so precious that we love to keep them with us forever? Let’s take a look.
White gold is a sought after precious metal for engagement rings, both due to its beauty and because it is a less expensive alternative to platinum. This precious metal is beloved for its gleaming white finish that makes diamonds truly dazzle. White gold is the most popular precious metal for engagement ring settings because it beautifully complements the shiny white sparkle of the center diamond. White gold is available in up to 21 karats however, most engagement rings are 14k or 18k. This gorgeous precious metal also looks lovely against any colored gemstone. White gold bridal jewelry has become increasingly popular nowadays.
The everlasting popularity of platinum is due to its purity, color, strength and prestige. As gorgeous as platinum is, it’s not all about looks. Many of us veer towards this metal because of its hardness and resistance to tarnishing, making it a practical and glamorous metal for everyday jewelry. Platinum is a great choice for engagement rings and wedding bands as well because the color won’t fade or change. Its incredible density and weight make it more durable than other metals and provides assurance in value. Platinum holds precious stones firmly and securely. But, platinum does not wear away and decrease its volume, unlike other metals. Over time, platinum develops a natural patina that many people prefer over a higher polished appearance. Platinum is the rarest and most expensive of the popular precious metals.
Yellow Gold is known for its beauty and versatility, gold is the classic setting for most jewelry. Unlike some metals, gold retains a beautiful luster. The ‘original’ gold, and many still feel the best, is yellow gold. It’s normally an alloy including silver, copper and zinc to strengthen the metal and enhance the yellow sheen. It is the metal of choice of traditionalists, by people preferring the warmer color with their skin tone, and for its contrast with precious stones and other metals. Yellow gold is historically the most popular choice for wedding bands and other jewelry.
Rose gold, also known as pink or red gold, was very popular in Russia at the beginning of the 19th Century. It is a gold and copper alloy that is increasing in popularity now as well and is commonly used for rings, pendants and bracelets amongst other jewelry pieces. The difference between red, rose, and pink gold is the copper content. With higher copper content, the red coloration grows stronger. Pink gold has the least amount of copper and subsequently the lowest amount of coloration in the gold; this is followed by rose gold and then red gold with the highest copper content. The most common karat of rose gold is 14k, but it can go up to 22k which is also known as crown gold.
October has two birthstones; Tourmaline which is a favourite gemstone for many because it’s available in a rainbow of beautiful colors and Opal which are truly unique as each gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, which means to see a change (of color).” Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background.
Through time and nature’s heating and moulding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. When these particles are closely packed in spherical arrangements and in regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.
It is used in rings, necklaces and diadems; the smaller specimens for mounting snuff-boxes, rings, etc. and is believed to have the power of strengthening the eye.
Tourmaline, being available in a wide variety of colors, is one of the favourite gemstone among jewelry designer, and gem collectors over the world. It is ideally suited to almost anyone’s taste.
Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized.
Tourmaline improves sleep; harmonize state of the endocrine and immune systems.
Black tourmaline is also indicated in the treatment of neurotic disorders. Green tourmaline restores nerves after stressful situations. Red tourmaline, especially rubellites, reduced metabolism, improve complexion, improve blood circulation and improves circulatory system. Watermelon tourmaline combines the properties and pink, and green of their fellows.
A precious pink argyle and white diamond ring worth more than half a million dollars was stolen during a jewellery auction in Alexandria on Saturday.
According to NSW Police, ring was snatched from a display counter at Theodore Bruce Auctions and Valuers in Alexandria between 12.30pm and 1.25pm on Saturday. A store employee at the auction house discovered the ring missing and contacted police.
Identifying a suspect will be difficult as about 100 people were inside the Ralph Street centre when the ring was stolen.
Officers have not been able to acquire CCTV footage of the robbery. Each of the diamonds in the ring is laser-inscribed with a serial number, said the police statement, which asks anyone with information to contact the department.
Petra Diamonds have unearthed an exceptional 232.08 carat white diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa which is expected to fetch between $10 million and $16 million.
The stone is a D colour Type II diamond with size of a strawberry and no measurable nitrogen impurities. “The diamond is practically see-through, so it is very likely to produce a flawless stone,” says Petra spokesperson Cathy Malins.
It has not been determined when the stone will be sold but the timing expected is in the second quarter of this financial year.
When hearing the word Sapphire,we immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “Sapphire” in Greek refers to blue. For centuries, the Sapphire has been referred to as the ultimate blue gemstone.
Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the middle ages and is believed to protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Since Ancient times the Blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust which makes them one of the most popular engagement gemstones today.Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.
Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow. Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known by their color (pink sapphire, green sapphire).
Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish or violet blue and various shades of pure blue. They are found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are rare. The purer the blue color of the Sapphire, the greater the price. However, many people find that the darker hues of Sapphire can be just as appealing.
September, being the best time to buy Sapphires, we offer you 30% OFF on all Sapphire Jewelry!
Those born under Peridot may bewitch others!
Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone. This gemstone is said to represent beauty, mystery, passion, and even enchantment. It can also enhance forward thinking; channeling both justice and power. It was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature.
Since ancient times, Peridot was referred to as the symbol of the sun. The Greeks believed that it brought royal dignity upon its wearer and is said to have been first mentioned in the will of a bishop.
Peridot has been known to have healing effect on the gall bladder and liver. It is a protector against negative emotions when used in a necklace. Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.
Most peridot formed deep inside the earth and were delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Some also came to earth in meteorites, but this extraterrestrial Peridot is extremely rare and not likely to be seen in a retail jewelry store.
Peridot is a gem variety from the olivine mineral group. The bottle green color is called Peridot. Yellowish green is chrysolite. Olive green is olivine. Sources of Peridot include: St. John’s Island (Egypt), United States (Arizona and Hawaii), Myanmar, Burma, Australia, Norway, South Africa and Brazil.
Some of the finest Peridot stones are called “evening emeralds” because they appear greener under artificial light.
“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”
Ruby represents the sun which is the heart of our universe as well as of human persona. They arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and its intense red color is said to bring success in love. There’s no better way to demonstrate your love than by giving a ruby.
When worn it renders a bold & courageous persona to the individual. It’s a variety of the gem species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means it’s durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value.
April is Month of Diamonds; it’s the traditional birthstone of those who were born in this month. Though its composition is very simple, but it’s the hardest natural substance on the planet. They are so strong they can only be cut or polished by another diamond, and should always stored separately, as they can damage other jewelry.
Diamonds are believed to enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. It brings balance, clarity and abundance to those who wear it. They are typically colorless, but yellow, brown, green, gray, black, pink, blue, red, and purple stones are also available.
Diamonds can be gifted all year round, but have special importance when you gift them to April born. They are available in different shapes, size and color.
“Big girls need big diamonds.”
― Elizabeth Taylor
Yes! That’s true. Whether it’s a simple pair of diamond earrings, pendants, bracelet or an engagement ring. It’s always precious and will definitely bring smile on her face.
The stunning American singer stepped at the 56th Annual Grammy awards in an attractive white lace gown designed by Michael Costello, but it was the accessories of diamonds that she wore which was worth of $10 million owned the red carpet for her and made her the center of attraction at the award function.
The jewelry designed by Lorraine Schwartz outfitted Beyonce with sparkling cocktail rings on each finger of her right hand including a ruby ring on her finger to match her nail polish and on the other hand she added a Diamond- shaped cocktail ring to go with her 18-carat emerald-cut diamond wedding ring presented by her husband, Jay –Z also designed by Schwartz.
Schwartz was very happy and delighted that the 32-year old singer had chosen her jewelry for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Jewelry Designer also posted on her Instagram page with a photo of herself and Beyonce which read, “My muse, my friend, my bling queen – my true gem.”
It is that time of the year again when you are scratching your head looking for a secret Santa gift. And icing on the Christmas cake would be your ability to buy secret Santa gifts for someone you care. Secret Santa gifts should be chosen keeping the preferences in mind. Following are the 5 best secret Santa gifts:
1) Coco Diamonds
Diamonds for Christmas make a wonderful gift, specially when it is a coco diamond. Honestly, one can never have enough of Chocolates and Diamonds and the joy on receiving them would be worth the effort.
2) Wrapping and stacking bracelets
These are a huge trend right known and with so many colors, textures and styles, there’s definitely something for everyone! Pairing up simple white gold bracelet with a yellow gold one, or pairing it up with a watch or alternatively adding a dainty bracelet for delicate charm will do.
3) Diamond Ring
Diamonds are forever and thus is Symbol of Love.
If you are planning to propose her this Christmas, then you need to make a right move now by selecting a Perfect Diamond Ring for her and she is bound to say ‘YES’
A perfect gift for all Occasion, it is indeed the safest bet. If you are a last minute shopper and don’t find an option, then you can always turn to Watches. All you need to know is the other person’s choice and you are ready with a great Gift.
5) Birthstone Jewelry
Everyone have a birthday, and there’s a birthstone for the month they were born. This makes birthstone jewelry grab place in our list. A simple pendant and earring set can do all magic..
A rare 19th century 55-carat diamond, once part of the Russian Crown Jewels has gone on temporary view at New York’s American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. The Diamond gets its name from the Kimberley mine in South Africa where it was found before 1868. It has also been described as a “cape diamond,” an Old World term meaning “deep color.”
The Kimberley Diamond went through a number of transformations during its 145-year history. It was cut from a 490-carat crystal into a 70-carat gem in 1921. The original diamond was fairly large, but there aren’t many descriptions of it, so its history isn’t well-known.
To improve its brilliance and proportions, the diamond was re-cut to its present form in 1958 by renowned New York City Fifth Avenue jewelers the Baumgold Bros. The rectangular diamond is about 1.25 inches in length and virtually flawless.by renowned New York City Fifth Avenue jewelers the Baumgold Bros. – See more at:-http://www.peleddiamonds.com/blog/dazzling-colored-diamond-on-display-in-nyc/#sthash.i7xYx6zL.dpuf
The diamond was then sold to Bruce F. Stuart, great-grandson of Carnation Company founder Elbridge Amos Stuart, in 1971. Over the years, the precious diamond was transferred to the Bruce F. Stuart Trust, which still owns it. The stone is on loan from the Bruce F. Stuart Trust, said exhibit curator George Harlow.
Human body has 0.2 milligrams of gold
Average human body has 0.2 milligrams of gold.
The metal gold needs no introduction to you. It is a chemical element with atomic number 79.It is one of the highly sought after metal thanks to its use in coinage jewelry and so on it has been widely used as a vehicle for monetary exchange.
Gold is present in human body. It is a fact, an average human body (having 70kg weight) consist of about 0.2 mg of gold or 0.000021 pounds of gold.
Is there any function for gold in our body? Yes it has, gold plays a role in the maintenance of joins and also helps in transmitting electrical signals throughout the body.
The amount of gold present is very minute when compared to other elements like Oxygen (65Kg), Carbon (16Kg) etc
Chuck Hull in 1984 created first working 3D printer. It‘s a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. Imagine a machine that could disassemble old unwanted objects, and use the materials to print new objects — all in the comfort of your own home. Though the technology is 30 years old, it has now come into light due to falling price of the printer.
Recently people began to use 3D printers for creating anything they like, this includes iPad stands, guitars , board games, shoes and clothes, jewelry, even guns. You just need to design the product you want on computer and just print it in 3-D printer. You can refer below video on how 3D Printing works by Marina Mellinas.
It’s still rather niche, but 3D printers just got backing from one of the biggest vanity items around – jewelry.
Making jewelry with a 3D printer is important to the overall 3D printer ecosystem. The main benefit of manufacturing jewelry through 3D printing is that companies can make custom jewelry for clients for low cost.
Jewelry with minute and filigree designs require a workshop where liquefied metal are pored into molds and costs Dollars$$$, whereas the same piece of jewelry can be prepared with comparatively low cost using these printers. Although the resulting pieces often appear to be complex, the process of their creation did not need to be time-consuming.
The use of 3-D printing to make really precise, miniature pieces of items in jewelry, and availability of mass production, may also drive up interest for 3D printing among the average consumer thus leading to even faster adoption.
3D- Printing technology have also proved as boon for fashion lovers, it helps designers turn intangible ideas into tangible attire by giving them a means to create their dreams.
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen debuted two 3D-printed outfits, a dress and cape/skirt combo in Paris Fashion Week this year. She did it in 2010 and again in 2011.
Not only fashion and Jewelry industry, 3D- Printing is spreading it’s roots in almost every field and the day is not far when it will become hard to imagine what else is 3-D printing good for !
DIAMONDS don’t just come in all shapes and sizes: they come in a rainbow of colors,
The world’s third largest miner behind Japan and the United States, Rio Tinto’s Argyle Pink Diamonds surprised the gem world when they announced about their entire collection of 64 red, pink, dark gray-blue, orangy-pink and purple-colored diamonds, including three certified natural fancy red diamonds found in Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.
The largest of three Argyle ‘Phoenix’ red diamond, is one of the world’s rarest gems weighted 1.56-carat and can pare several million dollars.
“Since mining began in 1983 only six diamonds certified as Fancy Red by the Gemological Institute of America have been presented for sale at the annual tender,” Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson said.
“This is the largest red that has ever come from the Argyle diamond mine, To have three of these red diamonds on one tender is a very special moment in time.” said Josephine Johnson, manager of Argyle Pink Diamonds during a private viewing at a Sydney hotel May 17, 2013
These diamonds are included in 2013 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender – the first time in the 30-year history of the exclusive sale that it has included three red stones.
Tender viewing of this year’s collection will be held in Perth and Hong Kong, with previews in Sydney, New York and Tokyo. Bidding for the diamonds opens in August and closes in October.
He’s no doubt the person you look up to in the family. A father leads by example and make sure you learn from his mistakes.
Dads can get a little “comfortable,” to put it kindly. Some prefer the same haircut for thirty years; others can’t let go of that old college sweatshirt. This Father’s Day, you can give him some gentle upgrades that he’ll be sure to appreciate: a hearty-yet-sophisticated dinner and a cozy-yet-stylish gift to wear.
You have a few weeks to get your needles working and to practice your culinary techniques, so get started now! When it comes choosing a Father’s Day gift, dads can be difficult to shop for and require days devoted to thinking of some clever and unexpected Father’s Day gift ideas. If you are planning to ask dad what he wants for Father’s Day, the most likely the responses you’ll get are “I don’t need anything” or “I have everything I want.” so that is not a very good Idea and better drop it off..
Need some suggestions? We’ve come up with fun picks that will show him he’s Number 1 on June 17.
The Adventure Lover :-
Camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting are the activities you will find the outdoorsman father doing on the weekend. He treks away from the beaten path to interact with nature. The outdoorsman dad needs a Father’s Day gift to take with him into the wilderness.
Below are few Gifts Tips that are perfectly made for him.
- Trek Shoes
- Victoria NX knives
- Tool Kit
- Fishing Equipments
- Mobile and Camera Covers
The Corporate Maverick:-
Does he run with the bulls or hibernate with the bears of Wall Street and spends long hours at the office and regularly goes to important business meetings?
If so, we have a great selection of Father’s Day gifts for your dad,
- Tie Pins
- I Phone Charger
- I Phone Doc
- Mobile Covers
- Leather Belt
The Sports Lover:-
Does your father have a special corner for Sports and Enjoy Playing whenever he gets time. Then below are ideal gifts that you can give him.
- Golf Kit
- Sport Bags
- Sports Shoes
- Mobile and Camera Covers
- His favourite cologne
Other Gift Ideas:-
- Shaving Kit
- Pair of Clothes
- Engraved Bracelet
- Money Clips
- Chocolate Box
- Personalized Photo Frames
Collect pictures of him (school days, graduation, office picnics, excursions, family outings or even pictures of some of the best things you did together). Make a collage and gift him the same for Father’s Day. He will be overwhelmed
She gave birth to you. When you came to this world she gave you happiness, love and care. She is the source of Love. Her blood turned into milk to feed you when you were crying in hunger. She has the most beautiful voice, that made you happy and see wonderful dreams when you go to sleep by listening to her beautiful lullabies.
She is none other than our MOTHER.
“M” – for Million things she gave us.
“O” – means just that she grows Old.
“T” – for Tears she shed to save us.
“H” – for her heart of purest gold!
“E” – for her Eyes that love-light shining.
“R” – means right and Right she’ll always be..
Mother’s Day, is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society that is observed in different forms throughout the world.
The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914
Anna’s mother Ann Jarvis had founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve sanitary and health conditions. Their Clubs also treated wounds, fed, and clothed both Union and Confederate soldiers with neutrality. On May 12, 1907, two years after her mother’s death, Anna held a memorial to her mother and thereafter embarked upon a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914. The International Mother’s Day Shrine was established in Grafton to commemorate her accomplishment. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Mothers have the most challenging and the most rewarding job in the world. It’s almost a full time job that starts right from the existence of child inside her. It takes real commitment and hard work to be a mother. Being a homemaker, she handle raising children, by starting out in the morning to feed a child and throughout the day handle the children; feeding them, giving them naps, cleaning up their messes, teaching them how to read, write, do math, and other life skills.
Mother is an inseparable and important part of life. She is a teacher to teach ethics and values of life, She is a friend to whom we can turn any time and share all our feelings with a trust that she will back-stab us, She is also a good Advisor because, she is one who teach us not to give up when things get hard and also punish on wrong doing, but will not anyone else harm her Baby.
To be a mother means commitment and sacrifice, the greatest of commitment and sacrifice. Being a mother and homemaker is the greatest and noblest thing that any woman can do. They are energetic and strong woman who has given us the right direction of life. She has a kindly heart to tolerate our mistakes and give us endless love but ask for nothing in return.
She, in real sense is our SUPERMAN.
There are no words in the world that can describe her or everything that she has done for us. But we can definitely try to thank her. We cannot do it by giving her gifts, money, land or anything, the only way to thank her is to give her love, care and happiness.
Whether she’s your own mom, the mom of your children, or just a mom you love and admire, be sure to tell her how important she is to you with a meaningful Mother’s Day gift.