The World’s Most Valuable Earrings

The most expensive earrings in the world sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels auction last month for $57 million – and they don’t even match!

A stunning pink pear-shaped diamond matched with a flawless blue pear-shaped diamond, both suspended by two beautiful white diamonds, were known as Apollo (blue) and Artemis (pink)—after the twin brother and sister who are among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Continue reading

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Pretty in Pink: Pink Star Diamond Sets New Record

The second time’s the charm for Chinese retail jeweler Chow Tai Fook. The company acquired the Pink Star diamond in a heart-pounding, five-minute bidding war with two other potential buyers earlier this month – the second time this headline-grabbing gemstone … Continue reading

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Spring For Diamonds

For those lucky individuals born in April, the diamond, a symbol of love, is the modern birthstone in the United States, Britain, and India. Traditionally, this gemstone, thought to be a symbol of good luck and protection against misfortune, was chosen for April in old Hindu and ancient Polish calendars and was also the zodiac stone for Aries. Continue reading

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Shopping for Jewelry?
Buyer Beware this Holiday Season

The holiday season is the season of giving, but shoppers need to beware of jewelry scams when choosing a special gift for a loved one. Many buyers full of holiday cheer may overlook important details while getting caught up in … Continue reading

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Will Millennials Still Say ‘I do’ with a Diamond?

“Diamonds are intrinsically worthless, except for the deep psychological need they fill.” –De Beers Chairman Nicky Oppenheimer For some, a diamond is merely a compressed piece of coal that was created roughly 100 miles below the earth’s surface. Others feel … Continue reading

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When Buying Diamonds, There’s an Unnatural Alternative

Part 3 in a three-part series about diamonds. Although synthetic diamonds are created in the lab, they essentially have the same chemical composition and hardness of naturally-formed diamonds. Only a trained diamond grader can tell the difference between a lab-grown … Continue reading

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Simulants: An Alternative to Real Diamonds

Part 2 in a three-part series about diamonds. A simulant is an alternative to a real diamond. It is either a natural or synthetic (lab-created) stone, or multiple stones fused together to resemble a diamond. Simulants are not as durable … Continue reading

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Diamonds: Natural, Simulants and Synthetics

Have you ever shopped for a diamond and found the options to be overwhelming? Well, you’re not alone. There are a variety of natural, simulants, and synthetics to choose from. The qualities of each vary about as much as the price for each option. Continue reading

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Keep the Holiday Jewels Sparkling

During this holiday season, shoppers will be buying more jewelry than at any other time of the year, including Valentine’s Day. According to a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF), 24% of holiday shoppers will buy jewelry for a friend or family member, the highest percent since 2006. Continue reading

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