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Gemstone Discovery: Rubies

Passion, love, desire, fire, strength are all symbolic words for the ruby. It's that month of the year, where we celebrate the King of Gems! This colored gemstone has a long history and desire in the world. And how could it not with the striking color it exudes.  And why is it that many desire ruby? Let's take a look at the history, lore, and background of rubies to possibly learn why so many people in the world love this gem. 

Rubies are typically mined in Asia. The most renowned and notable rubies are mined in Myanmar, the Himalayas, and Northern Vietnam. Ruby is part of the corundum family, just like sapphires. However, the reason a ruby is not a sapphire is the one element in rubies that make it unique from sapphires: chromium. Corundum in its purest form is clear and transparent. It's the traces of other elements that make the difference. Higher amounts of chromium will produce a more vibrant red in rubies. And the finest rubies found (also most desired) have a pure, vibrant red with a slight purplish red hue. 

Loose Rubies

In sanskirt, ruby is called Ratnaraj which means "King of Gems". Rubies hold the highest price per carat among any other colored gemstone. Not only is it known as the king of gems, but it is believed that it's one of the 12 stones created by God. Early cultures treasured rubies because the color had huge similarities to the blood that flowed through veins which in turn came the belief it had the power of life. 

Ruby & Diamond Dangle Earring

What else is said about ruby? Here are a few more legends and beliefs known throughout history:

  • Hindus created a castes system for the different ruby colors. The Brahmin ruby, the purest and finest color and quality ruby was used among the highest class in Hindu society. It was believed that those possessing the Brahmin ruby had the advantage of perfect safety. 
  • In India, it was believed that those who owned rubies were to live in peace with their enemies.
  • In Burma (Myanmar), which is where most rubies are mined, believed when the warriors carried or had rubies put into their flesh and body, that they were invincible in battles. 
  • Medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee their health, wisdom and success in love
  • Present day, rubies symbolizes passion, love, wealth, and success

There's so much information about a ruby and we just touched on a little bit. We could go on about rubies, but we'll leave you with one more fun fact about ruby. The world's largest and known ruby is 18,696 carats or 8.21 pounds that has a cabochon cut and is known as the 125West Ruby.

World's Largest Ruby 

With such a long history and a lot of meaning behind rubies, it's no wonder it's a desired gemstone by many people from different backgrounds. This beautiful gemstone is also known for being July's birthstone and celebrating the 15th & 40th wedding anniversary. Celebrate your birthday or anniversary with this beautiful gemstone in either a pendant, ring or earring. A great way to symbolize the passion you have for your loved one.

Your Guide to Popular Chains

It's a questioned asked over and over again. What kind of chain is best for a pendant? Or what can I wear every day and know it will be sturdy? Here's our list of 5 popular chains that not only work well with pendants but also hold their strength over time. 

Box Chain

Whether you are wearing a delicate, larger, or intricate pendant; a box chain is by far the most sturdy style of chain for women. This type of chain gives a boxy appearance with squared links. It's available in a variety of thicknesses. There is a shine to the chain and perfect for most women's pendants.

 Box Chain

Wheat Chain

This type of chain are links that are braided or twisted together. Most of the time wheat chains are created using four strands of a precious metal (either gold, silver, or platinum) which are woven or braided together. These chains are usually duller, in look, compared to the box chain. Wheat chains are also great for women's pendants. 

Solid Wheat Chain

Snake Chain 

The name basically states the style of the chain. It has a similar resemblance to snakeskin. Snake chains are usually made up of a lot of rings fitting closely together. These are by far one of the most elegant style of chains. A little more care needs to be given to snake chains so they don't kink, but they are great for most women's pendants and the luster adds more to the piece. 

Snake Chain

Figaro Chain

This style of chain first originated in Italy and supposedly the name was inspired by two operas. It is made up of small and long oval shaped links together. Figaro chains are most commonly used among men's jewelry because of the sturdiness and masculine look. Thinner Figaro chains work great for women's pendants, as well. 

Figaro Chain

Rope Chain

Just like wheat chain, rope chains are made up of strands of precious metals braided and interwoven together to resemble the rope design. There are different types of rope chains such as diamond cut or regular rope chain. They are available in delicate and thick versions perfect both for men and women's jewelry. Rope chains are extremely durable because the strands are interwoven together.  

These are just 5 of the the many chain styles out there and available. There are an array of chain styles that work with any pendants or charm. You need to determine what style will work best for you and your pendants/charms. 

Gemstone Discovery: Alexandrite

"Emerald by day, ruby by night" is what most gem fans call the Alexandrite gemstone because it changes colors with the light around it. If you've ever seen this stone in person, you would know how unbelievably beautiful it is to the eye. There are other color changing gemstones, but this is one that has the most intense transformation. Let's learn a little bit more about the beautiful Alexandrite. 

It was discovered in 1830 in Russia's Ural Mountains and named after the Czar Alexander II. Some of the finest and brilliant colored alexandrites came from the mines in Russia. However, today most alexandrites are mined in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil which tend to be less vibrant color changes compared to those from Russia. Alexandrites mined in these locations tend to be more brownish or purplish red. 

Most natural alexandrites are under 1.0 carats. The largest alexandrite mined to-date is 65.7 carats and was found in Sri Lanka. Russian alexandrites are usually around 30 carats, rarer, and more vibrant in color. 

Alexandrite is a rare color changing variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. In daylight or fluorescent light, the color is more green; while in incandescent light or evening, you will see more brownish-purplish red in the stone The stone has unusual light absorbing properties which is one reason many love the gemstone. 

Along with pearl and moonstone, alexandrite is a June birthstone and used to celebrate a 55th wedding anniversary. Just a few things to know about this beautiful gemstone that works with any piece of jewelry and rarely celebrated among jewelry fanatics. 

Graduation Gift Guide

It's that time of year, lots of new high school and college students graduating and embarking on a new chapter of their life. What better way to celebrate an accomplishment than with a gift they will remember for a long time. Here is our gift guide to a graduation gifts for your graduate! 

Gifts for her

  • Pearls - These are timeless gifts every woman should have in her jewelry collection and are great gifts to congratulate her on achievements. For those graduating college, she will be able to wear them to her next job interview. For the young women graduating high school, it will be a great start to her fine jewelry collection. 

         Pearl Jewelry

  • Personalized Initial or Name Bar - In recent years, personalized necklaces & bracelets are increasing in popularity. There are some great simple styles that she's bound to wear. Something petite and just for her to remember.  

  • Diamond jewelry - Either stud earrings, diamond pendant, or a beautiful heart necklace. Just like pearls, they are a great gift to give on her achievement and to start her fine jewelry collection that she can wear throughout her life. 

     Diamond Stud Earrings  Double Leaf Diamond Necklace

Gifts for him

  • Cuff links - These are great choices for him because he can wear it with his dress shirts which will give him the professional look especially for a college graduate. High school graduates would also appreciate cuff links because he will have them ready when he begins college internships or for potential job interviews. You can add an extra touch by personalizing it with his initials.  

          Engravable Square Cuff links

  • Watches -  Oddly, watches have increased in popularity the past couple years. Many young adults are buying watches as an accessories for their daily wear and as a statement piece. It's a great accessories to wear day in and day out. 
  • Tie clips  - Just like cuff links, tie clips are a great gift to give for your college graduate. It will prepare him for future job interviews or future networking events that he can wear with his suite and tie. 

In the end, any fine jewelry; either personalized or not; will be a great gift to give your graduate. They will appreciate and remember the gift for years to come. And as an extra tip, you can't go wrong with a gift card. They can choose what they want. 

Tips for Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

Getting engaged is a big step in the relationship. It shows a promise for a lifetime of commitment. And with this big step, choosing the right ring is very important. Every person has their own version of what they want to wear for the rest of their lives; or at least until the 10 or 20 year anniversary mark. We have some great tips for finding and buying the perfect engagement ring for your significant other. 

Pinterest, Pinterest, and Pinterest

There are a lot of women who have boards dedicated to jewelry; either ring styles, engagement rings or jewelry. This is a great place to start when figuring out the style your significant other likes. You can see the exact style she is attracted to and may love wearing. 

Pinterest Engagement Ring Board

Determine Her Overall Style

Pay attention to her style day in and day out. Does she wear simple clothes? Contemporary? Trendy? What type of jewelry does she normally wear? Is it simple and classic? Or is there an edge to the jewelry? These are all great indicators for knowing the type of engagement ring she may like. 

Asymmetric Infinity Diamond Engagement Ring 14Kt White Gold Rope Engagement Ring 0.66 Diamond Accent Engagement Ring

Close Friends and Family

Pinterest is the easiest way to figure out the perfect engagement ring, but if she doesn't have a Pinterest account or her style is all over the place on Pinterest, then the best if not safest bet is her close friends and family. They will most likely know exactly what she wants. If they don't, then that's a perfect time to utilize them to find out for you. Family and close friends can go with her shopping and find out what she likes. 

Choose a Solitaire

And if you can't get much information from the above 3 suggested and trying to keep it a surprise, then a classic solitaire ring is the way to go. This allows you to keep it a surprise and you get to choose the diamond you want to give her. Once she says yes, both of you can come in together and select the engagement ring she loves. Sometimes, a classic solitaire is just perfect for the engagement ring. You can't go wrong because it showcases the diamond beautifully. 

14Kt White Gold Round Solitaire Engagement Ring Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring Platinum Princess Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring

These are just some of the many tips to picking out the perfect engagement ring for your significant other. Pay attention she will always give subtle clues and it will be easy picking the right one. Shop our wide selection of engagement rings with different diamond shapes and ring styles. 

Gemstone Discovery: Emerald

The allure & beauty behind emerald is desired by many, most notably Cleopatra. She had a passion and obsession for emeralds. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt. Another notable emerald lover was Elizabeth Taylor and her passion grew while filming Cleopatra. This beautiful green gem is also May's birthstone. We're going to take some time to discover some fun facts about emeralds. 

Emeralds are mined around the world and the first known mine was in Egypt (as mentioned above). Today, emeralds are mined in Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and most notably Colombia. This green gemstone is a variety of beryl and the most famous of the beryl family. Most emeralds have a lot of inclusions and flaws. It is a brittle gemstone and can scratch/chip easily. The hardness of emerald on the Mohs scale is 7.5 to 8; softer than a sapphire. Emerald comes from the ancient Greek word "smaragdus" which means green. The cut of the emerald is usually a step, trapezoid, or rectangular cut because of the natural gem shape and to enhance the green color. 

Some myths and beliefs behind emerald include: 

  • Changes color if a lover is unfaithful
  • Green color is known to relieve stress & eye strain
  • When placed under tongue, the person could foresee the future
  • Reveals truth & protected against evil spells
  • It was believed to cure diseases like cholera & malaria

Aside from the myths and beliefs of emeralds, it is the perfect gemstone for May because of all the beautiful spring green colors blooming. Emerald is also a gift you can give for the 20th or 35th wedding anniversaries.

    

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

A mother is the woman who has given so much to her children without any question. She is the definition of unconditional love. Not only do we express our gratitude to our moms throughout the year but we can celebrate it fully on Mother's Day! Just as she has given so much to you, she deserves the very best and we're excited about the great gift ideas to give to your mom this year. Here are our top 5 choice for the perfect Mother's Day gift: 

1. Posh Mommy Jewelry: We're so in love with this jewelry collection. They are simple, cute, and modern version of family jewelry. You can get engravable pendants, discs, and necklaces that are small or large. You can stack the discs together or have all the children on one pendant. Posh Mommy Jewelry gives the option of adding birthstones, children's names, and birthdays. The perfect gift for a mom. 

  

2. Designer Sterling Silver Jewelry: If you're not interested in personalized jewelry, then this is a great choice for your mom. You are able to select designs that will match your mom's style. We love Frederic Duclos Sterling Silver line. They're unique yet classic. It's something she can wear on a daily basis. 

3. Pearls: Every woman and mom needs pearls in her jewelry set. Whether it be pearl earrings, pendants, or pearl strands. It's a necessary piece of jewelry and she will thank you for giving it to her to add to her collection. 

Freshwater Pearl & Diamond EarringSterling Silver Freshwater Cultured Pearl BraceletSouth Sea & Black Tahitian Pearl Pendant

4. Heart Pendants: These symbolize the love you have for her. You can add birthstones, engrave them, or get something simple. Heart jewelry can be worn every day. 

Sterling Silver Triple Bangle BraceletPetite Diamond Heart Necklace

5. Mother's ring, pendants, and bracelets: Our final choice for Mother's Day gifts is the classic mother's ring, pendants, or bracelets. Just as with Posh Mommy, you can place the birthstones of each child in the pendant or do the whole family birthstone. 

You still have a few days to get a great Mother's Day gift that your mom will appreciate. 

First Communion Gift Ideas

Easter has just passed and we know most young children in the church will receive their first communion the last weekend of April or first week of May. During this time, many family members and close friends will get a gift to mark this ceremonial moment in a child's life. Some will get a nice frame, biblical book, prayer plaques/cubes or other gifts. One gift option which we find will last with the child is jewelry (crosses, rosaries, or engraved bracelets). Gifts ranging from $20 and up. Here are some gift ideas to give for a first communion for both boys and girls: 

Cross with a Heart

This is a great gift to give to a young girl. It's cute and classic. She'll definitely enjoy wearing it. The rose and white gold combination is gaining in popularity; adding a little pink to her jewelry. 

       

Rosary Bracelets

Both boys and girls can wear a rosary bracelet. This is another great option because it will be on their wrist. A great reminder to an important moment in their life. They are also reasonably priced compared to other communion gifts in jewelry. Most are sterling silver bracelets. 

Boy's Rosary BraceletGirl's Rosary Bracelet

Classic Cross Pendant

You can't go wrong with the classic cross. This is a gift they can wear the rest of their lives. It's great because it's simple and meaningful. You can get classic crosses in sterling silver, white gold, or yellow gold. It's a versatile gift. 

Crucifix Crosses

If you're looking for a gift for a boy receiving a communion, it's common to give a crucifix. As with a classic cross, this will be with him or her for a lifetime. It's something they can wear all the time. 

Diamond Crosses

These crosses are great for young girls. It's something sparkly and pretty for them to wear. It most likely will be her first real piece of jewelry to wear and with diamonds. These are great to give and petite so it will be perfect to wear in honor of a memorable moment. 

Rose Gold Diamond Cross

Engravable Cross Necklace

Just like a diamond cross, this is a great gift to give a young girl. You can engrave her name and communion date for something she can cherish the rest of her life. 

Engravable Diamond Cross Necklace

Shop the selection either online or in store. They're great gifts that can last a lifetime and are memorable. 

Color: The Second Most Important Factor in Diamonds

A few weeks back we wrote about the importance of cut and how it brings out the most brilliance in a diamond. Now, we're back to help explain another factor in diamonds. Color! This is the second most important factor to focus on when looking at diamonds. Color enhances the brilliance of the diamond. There are a few things to know about color; such as the color scale, pricing, and fluorescence. Let's begin! 

Diamond color refers mainly to whether the diamond is colorless or light yellow and brown. This is the range for what is defined as "white" diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created a standard color scale that they follow (and jewelers follow) when grading a diamond. The range goes from colorless to light yellow and brown. GIA uses an alphabet grading system that starts at D (colorless) and ends at Z (light yellow and brown). 

Diamond Education

Colorless diamonds are the most rare which makes them the most valuable and desired. You can have the same type of diamond in terms of cut, clarity and size and still have a drastic difference in price based on the color. The more the diamond is colorless the higher the price and more rare. 

Another factor that influence diamond color is fluorescence which is commonly found in most diamonds. Fluorescence is a natural aspect in a diamond. To the naked eye, you will not see it but under UV light the fluorescence comes out. If you put it under a black light, the diamond lights up and you'll see the fluorescence.

Blue is the most common fluorescence found in diamonds. With diamonds that are more yellow, a blue fluorescence could help enhance the color and make it more colorless under the sunlight. Yellow, orange, white, and other color fluorescence are more rare in diamonds. Sometimes too much fluorescence can cause the diamond to look cloudy or milky, which decreases it's value.  

Finally, please keep in mind that fancy color diamonds are in a different category and we will get to that later. These are the factors to keep in mind when looking at diamond color and shopping for a diamond; especially if you want a white diamond. First, focus on cut then color. This will give off the most brilliance, sparkle, and shine in a diamond. 

Women's Wedding Band Trend 2017

We wrote about men's wedding band trend of 2017 a couple weeks ago and now ladies its your turn. As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, wedding season is underway and last until about end of October. Couples are getting married, renewing vows, or getting engaged. And with that comes looking for the perfect wedding band to match her engagement ring. Here are the top 5 women's wedding bands for 2017

Pavé Diamond Ring

With halos and vintage rings still popular as engagement rings, a matching pavé diamond band is perfect for any style including solitaires. Pavé settings mean the diamonds are set closely together with minimal metals showing. You can also choose to wear these rings without the engagement ring while you're traveling, working out, etc. 

Diamond Eternity Ring  Pave Set 14K Gold

Stackable Rings

These gained a lot of popularity at the end of 2016 and into 2017. Stackables allow you to stack a couple wedding rings with your engagement ring. They are usually paired with solitaires or classic engagement rings. But you can definitely add them to any style of engagement ring. 

                     

Rose Gold Rings

Like stackables, rose gold gained popularity in 2016 and into 2017. Matching your solitaire white gold or platinum engagement ring with rose gold creates a beautiful combination. Rose gold is the "new" gold that many women love. It has an amazing contrast to their white gold engagement ring. Something unique! 

        

Vintage Inspired 

These are rings that remind women of an another time. Generally, vintage inspired rings include a lot of milgrain and hand etching in the design. There's a feel of the 1920s or 1930s era. Vintage inspired wedding rings go great with vintage inspired engagement rings. They're perfect to wear alone as well or solder with your engagement ring. 

Platinum Plain Bands

You can't go wrong with platinum wedding bands. They're timeless, they last a long time, and wear beautifully. Platinum bands can come with diamonds or without. If you want something durable, platinum is the way to go. These type of wedding rings are generally solder with the engagement ring to create a set. 

Platinum Diamond Eternity BandComfort Fit Plain Wedding RingPlatinum Flat comfort fit 3mm Wide Wedding Ring