Green with Emerald Envy

The month of May brings blooming flowers and warm weather, which is why the vibrant green color of an emerald represents the month as its birthstone. 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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The Beauty of Bakelite Jewelry

Springtime brings a renewed interest in bold jewelry styles, which often includes antiques. The materials from yesteryear can be different and collectible – and Bakelite is one such example that is beloved for its vintage and colorful style.

Bakelite, which was invented in 1907, was a popular material for jewelry during the 1930s and early 1940s. It is a type of plastic made of phenol and formaldehyde, and is often referred to as a resin. Unlike other types of plastic, Bakelite was formed into shapes, and not poured into molds.
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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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What to Know Before Buying Jewelry Online

As the broader retail industry continues to experience an uptick in e-commerce sales, the jewelry segment is no exception. In fact, by 2020, online fine jewelry and fashion jewelry sales will capture 10% and 15% of the market, respectively. While … Continue reading

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March Birthstones: The Color of Sun and Sea

March offers two beautiful gemstones to symbolize your birth month: bloodstone is the traditional stone, while aquamarine is the modern stone representing the month of March.

Bloodstone is also known as “heliotrope” in Greek, which means “sun turning or turning to the sun,” which seems fitting for the first month of spring. Bloodstone is a dark-green stone sprinkled with red dots from iron oxide. It’s part of the Chalcedony family and comes in many shapes and cuts including emerald, oval, and cushion. The largest source of bloodstone deposits is in India.
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Jewelry: A Surprisingly Large, and Vulnerable, Pocket of Wealth

So, what can high-net-worth (HNW) individuals do to protect their fine jewelry? To start, take the time to learn proper jewelry safety and care. For example, while it may be tempting to store jewelry in the bedroom, the safest place is in a secure home safe (or even better, a bank vault). The same goes when traveling. If staying at a hotel, always store jewelry in the hotel’s main vault—not in the room’s safe. Additionally, never wear your valuable jewels while lounging at the pool or at the local beach. Continue reading

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The Reintroduction of Burmese Gemstones

Glittery, glamorous, and gorgeous. Myanmar, formerly Burma, has the world’s most beautiful, well-known rubies and jade. Its breathtaking rubies have strong fluorescence, clarity, hue, and a rich pigeon blood color. The unparalleled beauty makes them one of the most sought-after … Continue reading

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Four Tips for Protecting Your Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Jewelry Purchase

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, roughly half of all shoppers are just starting to search for what to buy their loved ones this holiday (another 10% will wait until February 13!). For many, jewelry will be their go-to gift of choice.

But as the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold. Especially if you’re one of the last-minute shoppers looking to make a quick jewelry purchase, failure to ask the right questions or do the appropriate pre-purchase research could invite a wide range of risks. Continue reading

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Amethyst: “All-healer”

Part of a series of articles about birthstones. If you were born in February, you are blessed with amethyst as your birthstone. Amethysts are also recognized as the stone of St. Valentine and symbol of faithful love, so I couldn’t … Continue reading

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