Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer; the beginning of cookouts, swimming pools, and summer getaways. But before you jump in the pool, slather on sunscreen or head to the beach, it never hurts to know where dangers can lurk. If you’re not careful, summer can take a toll on your jewelry. The only surefire way to guarantee not losing or damaging your jewelry this summer is to simply take it off and leave it at home. Insuring your precious jewelry is recommended. Family & Co. Jewelers can expertly appraise your jewelry (no charge on items purchased from us) and also recommend a very good insurance company that only insures fine jewelry.
Petra named the gem "Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine" to honor its connection to one of the world's oldest and most prolific sources of majestic diamonds. “The Cullinan Diamond Mine has produced some of the most iconic diamonds the world has ever seen and, as a key client of Petra Diamonds, we are honored to have the opportunity to polish the Legacy of the Cullian Diamond Mine,” Discovered in 1905, the Cullinan Diamond was segmented into nine major finished stones, each of which was given the name Cullinan and a Roman numeral. Two of the gems are part of the British Crown Jewels — the Great Star of Africa (Cullinan I) at 530.4 carats and the Second Star of Africa (Cullinan II) at 317.4 carats.
An art deco-style emerald necklace from the collection of American socialite Helene Beaumont and a 36.57 carat near-flawless diamond shared the spotlight at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva last week. These top two items sold for $3.6 million and $5 million, respectively, accounting for more than 20% of the auction's total sales of $41.8 million. In all, 448 lots were offered.
Actress Hilary Duff earned almost two million likes after revealing her stunning cushion cut diamond engagement ring on Instagram earlier this month. The general consensus is that the diamond is an elongated cushion cut — the popular pillow shape with rounded corners. Size estimates ranged from 3 to 4 carats. The clarity is assumed to be VS1 or higher with a G color grading. The minimalist white gold or platinum setting sports a split shank, and all these characteristics combine to put the ring's value somewhere in the range of $40,000 to $100,000.