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While We Are At Home With Our Children...

While We Are At Home With Our Children...

We are all home bound. Some of us 24/7 and some are still able to work. Some of us are home bound with young children who still need an education. Why not help them learn about the exciting world of gemology? The world of diamonds and other gemstones... Kids think gemstones and jewelry are cool. That's why the Gemological Institute of America has put together a great website

Holy Days During COVID-19

Holy Days During COVID-19

We as a nation and as a world are in the midst of the coronavirus as we approach the start of Passover and Easter. Passover is literally the passing over of a plague. Especially the 10th plague in the Exodus story. So too today, we pray that the coronavirus plague will pass over us, our families and our friends. Passover is a time of transition from slavery to freedom. Now more than ever we are experiencing a period of unprecedented transition. Now is the time to liberate ourselves from the slavery of hate and anger. Now is the time to embrace the freedom of caring, empathy and understanding.

Family & Co. Jewelers is over 80 Years Young…

Family & Co. Jewelers is over 80 Years Young…

Family & Co. Jewelers is; as the name indicates, a family owned business located in Marlton, New Jersey. They are proud to serve the surrounding communities of South Jersey and Philly. Among the prominent designer jewelry lines offered by Family & Co. Jewelers are Verragio, Simon G., Charles Krypell, Scott Kay, Luvente, Facet Barcelona, Honora, and Zeghani.

Musical Monday: Marty Raybon Tells the Story of a Young Couple's 'Cracker Jack Diamond'

Musical Monday: Marty Raybon Tells the Story of a Young Couple's 'Cracker Jack Diamond'

Just like a Cracker Jack Diamond,You never know when your gonna find oneThey found love from that day onThe hand of fate put them together,Their hearts will stay forever youngLike a Cracker Jack Diamond

Advanced Mapping Technology Allows for Online Auction of 'Special Size' Rough Diamonds

Advanced Mapping Technology Allows for Online Auction of 'Special Size' Rough Diamonds

During this COVID-19 crisis things have changed for everyone; including the diamond mining companies. Due to international travel restrictions, diamond mining giant Alrosa is temporarily changing the way it's selling "special size" rough diamonds larger than 10.8 carats. Instead of inviting top diamond buyers to view and bid on individual diamonds at its offices in Russia, the company is encouraging them to stay home.

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

Sparkling with an internal fire all its own, diamond is one of the world’s most sought-after and adored gemstones. Those born in April are lucky enough to call this scintillating gem their birthstone, a symbol of clarity and strength. Diamond is so strong, in fact, that its name comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” The timeless charm of diamond was cherished long before it became the April birthstone, and the places where diamond comes from are as fascinating as the lore that surrounds it. All this information about diamonds applies to mined diamonds as well as grown diamonds. A diamond by any other name still sparkles as bright...

April Birthstone Feature: 'Marquise Diamond Ring' Conveys Art Deco Elegance

April Birthstone Feature: 'Marquise Diamond Ring' Conveys Art Deco Elegance

In honor of April's official birthstone, we take a close look at a diamond ring that is one of the world's most stunning examples of Art Deco jewelry. It is housed in the Gem Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and it is called "The Marquise Diamond Ring." Designed by Cartier during the Art Deco period (1920-1935), The Marquise Diamond Ring is fabricated in platinum and features a 28.3-carat marquise-cut diamond sourced in South Africa.

Television Thursday ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Star Whitney Thore Gets the Sapphire Ring of Her Dreams

Television Thursday ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ Star Whitney Thore Gets the Sapphire Ring of Her Dreams

My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Thore got the ring of her dreams last night during the season six finale on TLC. Boyfriend Chase Severino surprised Thore with a yellow sapphire surrounded by a halo of white diamonds on a split white gold band. Many people are only familiar with blue sapphire. Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow. Ruby is actually red sapphire, although it doesn't go by the sapphire label.

Diamond Ring Rescued From Recycling Plant Symbolizes Message of Hope: 'We Can Beat This'

Diamond Ring Rescued From Recycling Plant Symbolizes Message of Hope: 'We Can Beat This'

Waste management workers in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, pulled the plug on their normal operations a week ago today to help a distraught women whose diamond engagement ring ended up in a 40-ton mountain of paper at the city's recycling center. Using forensic techniques to noodle out where the diamond ring might be in its massive paper recycling system, John Martella, the district manager of GFL Environmental Inc. (also known as Green For Life), and his team were able to locate the ring in less than 30 minutes. Martella told SooToday.com that he believes that the unlikely recovery of such a precious and sentimental diamond ring delivers a message of hope during these uncertain times.

Television Tuesday; Paris in Springtime Was Not in the Cards, So He Brought Paris to Fredericksburg, VA

Television Tuesday; Paris in Springtime Was Not in the Cards, So He Brought Paris to Fredericksburg, VA

Welcome to Television Tuesday, YouTube edition. In Sunday night's inaugural YouTube broadcast of John Krasinski's "Some Good News" — a show dedicated to heartwarming and uplifting stories during these uncertain times — the star of The Office highlighted a couple from Fredericksburg, VA, who got engaged March 21 in front of the Eiffel Tower, sort of. A series of tweets told the story of how McClung surprised his girlfriend, an English teacher from North Stafford High School, with a proposal and an oval brilliant cut solitaire diamond engagement ring. Of course, the tweets from the lovebirds were accompanied by a series of memorable photos.

Musical Monday: Nissan Ad Boosts Visibility of 'Gold,' Andreya Triana's 2015 Release

Musical Monday: Nissan Ad Boosts Visibility of 'Gold,' Andreya Triana's 2015 Release

It all feels like gold, gold to meIt might not be diamonds, but it shines for meIt all feels like gold, gold to meIt ain't lost in silence, it's all good to me Sing itYeah, yeah, goldIt all feels like gold, gold to meIt might not be diamonds, but it shines for me

Tokyo 2020? 2021? Organizers Collect Enough Recycled Metal to Create 5,000 Olympic Medals

Tokyo 2020? 2021? Organizers Collect Enough Recycled Metal to Create 5,000 Olympic Medals

We posted this blog ten months ago. At that time nobody could have predicted what has happened recently. So our recycling story is being recycled... We love a great recycling story! Family & Co. Jewelers has always offered the service of purchasing our client's unwanted jewelry; in doing so we are recycling gold, silver, platinum and diamonds. It took less than two years for the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to collect enough recycled precious metals to create 5,000 gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals. Among the 47,488 tons of donated material were five million cell phones.

You're Scrubbing Your Hands Throughout the Day, But What About Your Jewelry?

You're Scrubbing Your Hands Throughout the Day, But What About Your Jewelry?

Jewelry industry experts offer these DIY tips on how to keep your jewelry hygienic and sparkling for generations to come. The biggest takeaway, you'll learn, is to "be gentle" to the gemstones and precious metals. When all this is over, please bring your jewelry into Family & Co. Jewelers. As always we offer free cleaning and inspection of your jewelry. Even if you do clean your jewelry well, you will still want us to inspect for any weakness or damage. While your diamond is probably insured for loss, it's even better to not lose your diamond.

Musical Friday: Neil Diamond's Hand-Washing Parody of 'Sweet Caroline' Is 'So Good'

Musical Friday: Neil Diamond's Hand-Washing Parody of 'Sweet Caroline' Is 'So Good'

Welcome to Musical Friday, we normally do Musical Monday when we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. But we just heard about this song and we didn't want to wait until Monday to post this. Today we bend the rules a bit to include an artist with a gemstone in his name. Performing from his home this past weekend while in self-quarantine, Neil Diamond spun up a few new lines to his universally loved 1969 hit, "Sweet Caroline," to support the international effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Diamond Exploration on Canada's Baffin Island Yields Secrets of a Lost Continent

Diamond Exploration on Canada's Baffin Island Yields Secrets of a Lost Continent

By working with the diamond exploration company, De Beers, the researchers gained access to material sampled from a kimberlite pipe in the southern part of Baffin Island, Canada's largest island and the fifth-largest island in the world. Kimberlite pipes are considered the earth's vertical superhighways because they bring molten material — and diamonds — to the surface from the depths of 150 to 400 kilometers (93 to 248 miles).

Oops! Canadian Mint's New Release Isn't the World's First Diamond-Shaped Coin

Oops! Canadian Mint's New Release Isn't the World's First Diamond-Shaped Coin

Yesterday, we introduced you to the Royal Canadian Mint's three-dimensional, diamond-shaped collectible coin — a .999 fine silver coin adorned with an actual 0.20-carat square-cut diamond. At the time, we reported that the unique offering was the world's first diamond-shaped coin.

Royal Canadian Mint Launches World’s First Diamond-Shaped Collectible Coin

Royal Canadian Mint Launches World’s First Diamond-Shaped Collectible Coin

The premium luxury collectible is packaged in a specially designed Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box. The mirrored bottom reflects light on the angled diamond cuts. Although the engraved face value is $50 CAD (about $37), the coin was priced at 30 times that, or $1,500 CAD ($1,117). This was not a good "investment" in terms of precious metal and diamond content. Time will tell if the coin becomes a highly desired collectable that goes up in value or if the opposite becomes true...

Chicago-Area Nurse Takes Break from Heroic Work to Accept Marriage Proposal

Chicago-Area Nurse Takes Break from Heroic Work to Accept Marriage Proposal

As the clinical leader of Edward Hospital's Pulmonary Medicine Unit in Naperville, IL, Juliette Blondis has been working long, stressful hours treating patients with the COVID-19 virus. This past Thursday — the first day of spring — her boyfriend (now fiance), Bryan Goshorn, surprised the nurse with a marriage proposal on the front lawn outside of her workplace. Bryan took a knee and opened a box with a diamond engagement ring and proposed. Juliette said yes.

Musical Monday: Billie Marten Loves When You Give Her Things, Especially Wedding Rings

Musical Monday: Billie Marten Loves When You Give Her Things, Especially Wedding Rings

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you wonderful songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, British songstress Billie Marten delivers her enchanting acoustic cover of "The Book of Love." At the end of the song, she concludes, "And I / I love it when you give me things / And you / You can give me wedding rings / You can give me... You can give me wedding rings." We think she should first receive a diamond engagement ring as well.

Here's How GE's 'Project Superpressure' Produced the First Lab-Grown Diamond

Here's How GE's 'Project Superpressure' Produced the First Lab-Grown Diamond

Coal is made from carbon, and pure carbon — under the right amount of pressure and heat — can be transformed into a diamond. Family & C. Jewelers has been selling lab grown diamonds for a couple of years now. These are real diamonds and are accompanied by a grading certificate detailing the 4 Cs of the diamond. Of course we continue to sell earth mined diamonds as e have for over 8 decades!

Inspired by a 5th Ave. Window Display, Balanchine's 'Jewels' Hoping To Hit Theaters Apr. 19

Inspired by a 5th Ave. Window Display, Balanchine's 'Jewels' Hoping To Hit Theaters Apr. 19

Captured live from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, George Balanchine's "Jewels" — with three-parts dedicated to emerald, ruby and diamond — is coming to theaters across the ...

Pizza Ring Empowers Aussie Woman to Pop the Question During Soccer Match

Pizza Ring Empowers Aussie Woman to Pop the Question During Soccer Match

Last month we announced that the Australian division of Domino's was giving away a one-of-a-kind, pizza-slice "engagement" ring topped with bubbly diamond “cheese” and ruby “pepperoni.” This past Friday, the lucky winner got down on one knee and proposed to her boyfriend just after he scored a goal in the waning minutes of an Adelaide soccer match. Crafted in 18-karat white and yellow gold, the diamond and ruby ring has a value of AU$9,000, which is equivalent to about US$6,000. The design features a triangular “slice” of yellow gold pizza garnished with three pieces of ruby “pepperoni” of varying sizes and six smaller accent diamonds that look like bubbling cheese.

Coronavirus Fails to Stop Magical Moment Between NC Woman and Her Grandpa

Coronavirus Fails to Stop Magical Moment Between NC Woman and Her Grandpa

I don't know about y'all, but I can really use some "feel good" stories at this difficult time. This story definitely qualifies! The first shot shows Boyd excitedly pointing to her diamond-adorned ring finger as she tries to get her grandpa's attention. The second shot depicts the tender moment when they press their palms together, separated by the pane of glass.

Television Tuesday; Missouri Man Delivers Surprise Proposal to 'Ellen' Superfan With Help From the Host

Television Tuesday; Missouri Man Delivers Surprise Proposal to 'Ellen' Superfan With Help From the Host

Here's how DeGeneres set the stage... "So you have two adorable children. How long have you been married?" DeGeneres asked. "Not married," said Anderson. "We do things backward a little bit, but that's totally fine." At that moment, Wobbe stood up and reached into the front right pocket of his jeans and pulled out a diamond engagement ring.

Musical Monday: Joan Baez Recounts a Call From Bob Dylan in 1975's 'Diamonds & Rust'

Musical Monday: Joan Baez Recounts a Call From Bob Dylan in 1975's 'Diamonds & Rust'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we feature classic songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we present a throwback, folk music legend Joan Baez recounts an unexpected phone call from former lover Bob Dylan in her hauntingly beautiful 1975 ballad, "Diamonds & Rust."

One More Reason for Proposal Procrastinators to Finally Put a Diamond Engagement Ring on It

One More Reason for Proposal Procrastinators to Finally Put a Diamond Engagement Ring on It

For those needing a little more motivation, the calendar is about to deliver another fabulous reason for lovers to take a deep breath, get down on one knee with a diamond ring in hand and change their lives forever. This coming Friday, March 20, is National Proposal Day. Conceived by John Michael O’Loughlin decades ago as a perfect time for procrastinators to finally ask for their partners’ hand in marriage, National Proposal Day has slowly become an accepted part of our holiday lexicon. O’Loughlin was motivated to push for this special day after watching his cousin wait years for a proposal that never came. He felt that a day earmarked for proposals would put a fire under some partners who have waited a bit too long to pop the question.

Attention March Babies! Your Official Birthstone Is Sea Blue Aquamarine

Attention March Babies! Your Official Birthstone Is Sea Blue Aquamarine

The antique cushion-cut aquamarine seen above possesses the classic, coveted color of a natural aquamarine, according to the Smithsonian. Sourced in Brazil, the 65.44-carat gem was faceted by Insu Kang and gifted to the museum by David Yurman Enterprises LLC in 2015. The exquisite aquamarine is now part of the National Gem Collection in Washington, D.C. In addition to its role as the official March birthstone, aquamarine is also the designated gemstone gift for a couple celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity.

Stanford Scientists Transform Fossil Fuel Molecules Into A Pure Diamond

Stanford Scientists Transform Fossil Fuel Molecules Into A Pure Diamond

Throughout history, diamond has served as a powerful symbol of love, power, and beauty. Natural diamonds form hundreds of miles beneath the Earth's surface, under extreme heat and pressure that causes carbon to crystallize. Those seen above ground were likely propelled upwards through ancient volcanic eruptions. For more than 60 years, scientists have been turning various substances into synthetic diamonds through methods involving massive amounts of energy and time.

Alrosa Unearths a Colorful Surprise at Its New Diamond Mine in Yakutia, Russia

Alrosa Unearths a Colorful Surprise at Its New Diamond Mine in Yakutia, Russia

Prior to the recent discovery, Alrosa's supply of natural-color rough diamonds originated in two locations: just north of Yakutia and in the Arkhangelsk region more than 2,000 miles to the west. Fancy colored diamonds are in short supply and can sell for 10 times as much as equivalent colorless stones. Alrosa is the world's largest diamond supplier by volume, but gem-quality colored diamonds make up less than 0.1% of the company's overall output. The stones are processed at the company's cutting and polishing division, which recently produced such unique pieces as the 20.69-carat fancy vivid yellow "Firebird" and the 14.80-carat fancy vivid purple-pink "Spirit of the Rose."

Short Film Details How Diamond Revenues Empower the People of Botswana

Short Film Details How Diamond Revenues Empower the People of Botswana

Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, described how the people of Botswana are critical stakeholders in the business relationship between the diamond mining company and the government. Masisi also acknowledged that diamonds are a finite resource, so building infrastructure and diversifying is a key to future success. He noted that the distribution of diamond wealth in his country is a "blueprint of excellence."

Class Ring Lost in Maine 47 Years Ago Is Unearthed in Finland — 4,000 Miles Away

Class Ring Lost in Maine 47 Years Ago Is Unearthed in Finland — 4,000 Miles Away

The how and why the high school ring found its way to a Finnish forest is a mystery that may never be solved. "I wish it could talk," the 63-year-old McKenna said of the class ring. "I would love to hear the story of how it got from here to there, and if anyone ever knows what it is, I would love to hear what it is. No judgment, just interest."

March Birthstone: Munsteiner's ‘Dom Pedro’ Is the World's Largest Faceted Aquamarine

March Birthstone: Munsteiner's ‘Dom Pedro’ Is the World's Largest Faceted Aquamarine

Weighing 10,363 carats, the "Dom Pedro" is the largest faceted aquamarine in the world and is the masterwork of Bernd Munsteiner, an Idar-Oberstein based gem ...

Musical Monday: Miami Gleams Like Aquamarine in Lana Del Rey's 'Salvatore'

Musical Monday: Miami Gleams Like Aquamarine in Lana Del Rey's 'Salvatore'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you dreamy songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey takes us on a flyover of Miami and describes the scene as aquamarine in her 2015 love song, "Salvatore."

Alrosa Raises Profile in Color Diamond Market With Sale of 6-Carat Fancy Intense Pink-Purple Diamond

Alrosa Raises Profile in Color Diamond Market With Sale of 6-Carat Fancy Intense Pink-Purple Diamond

The cushion-cut diamond, which was unearthed at Alrosa’s mine in Yakutia, Russia, was subsequently cut and polished by Alrosa's artisans. Alrosa did not disclose the purchase price, but industry insiders report that diamonds with similar characteristics can yield from $1 million to $3 million per carat. That would put the stone's value in the range of $6.2 million to $18.6 million. “Alrosa deposits are known not only for their colorless diamonds, but also for a variety of rough colored diamonds," noted Rebecca Foerster, President of Alrosa USA. "Our cutter’s unique skills allow us to turn them into high-quality diamonds."

On Average, Couples Spent $5,900 on Engagement Rings in 2019, Reports The Knot

On Average, Couples Spent $5,900 on Engagement Rings in 2019, Reports The Knot

Couples spent an average of $5,900 on their diamond engagement rings in 2019, according to The Knot's 13th Annual Real Weddings Study. That amount reflected a budget increase of about 4% compared to 2018. The engagement ring continues to be the second-highest-priced item on the list of all wedding expenses (the venue is #1).

Aquamarine, Not Just For March Anymore

Aquamarine, Not Just For March Anymore

Aquamarine is the birthstone for people born during the month of March; but this beautiful gemstone is so much more then just a birthstone! The seawater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater. Aquamarine belongs to the family of gemstones known as beryl which includes emerald and morganite.

The 4Cs of Diamonds; Diamond Carat Weight

The 4Cs of Diamonds; Diamond Carat Weight

The first item about diamond carats that confuses some novice diamond shoppers is that carat is a unit of weight; not size. So, not all one carat diamonds will appear to be the same size anymore than all men who weigh 200 lbs will be the same height.

Pepsi Is Giving Away a Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring Created From Crystal Pepsi

Pepsi Is Giving Away a Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring Created From Crystal Pepsi

For this promotion, the folks from Pepsi claim to have boiled down Crystal Pepsi "to its most basic carbon form," resulting in a powder that was used to create a lab-grown diamond. Family & Co. Jewelers had been selling lab grown diamonds for two years, ours are grown from a diamond "seed". We also have been selling mined diamonds for eight two years and always will. Set in platinum, the truly one-of-a-kind round brilliant-cut diamond will soon adorn the left hand of the contest winner's significant other, just in time for National Proposal Day, which takes place on March 20. Pepsi says the ring is valued at $3,000.

Air Force Pilot Launches Engagement Ring 17 Miles Into Space as Part of Stellar Marriage Proposal

Air Force Pilot Launches Engagement Ring 17 Miles Into Space as Part of Stellar Marriage Proposal

With the onboard video camera capturing every moment of the journey, the viewer is treated to spectacular images of the"diamond" ring traveling three times as high as the cruising altitude of a 747. (Shippee wisely used a fake ring just in case the mission went awry. We don't think any insurance policy would have honored the claim if a diamond ring disappeared into space...) Lisman didn't know an engagement ring was making the journey. She was under the impression that a medallion commemorating the 13th Bomb Squadron of the United States Air Force was secured in the clip. At the very last moment before launch, and out of Lisman's view, ShIppee replaced the medallion with the ring.

Musical Monday: Marilyn Monroe Is All About the Bling in 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'

Musical Monday: Marilyn Monroe Is All About the Bling in 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'

Welcome to our first Musical Monday of February! Every Monday we bring you songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today is a throwback, back to when Marilyn Monroe lit up the silver screen with her iconic 1953 performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the hit movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Diamonds are a girl's best friend ...Tiffany's... Cartier... Black Star, Frost, GorhamTalk to me, Harry, Winston, tell me all about it!There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyerBut diamonds are a girl's best friend

Here's How a 1950s Brazilian Beauty Queen Is Forever Linked With March's Birthstone

Here's How a 1950s Brazilian Beauty Queen Is Forever Linked With March's Birthstone

Although she eventually earned runner-up status to American Miriam Stevenson, the 18-year-old from the Brazilian state of Bahia would be forever linked to the world of fine jewelry and March's brilliant blue birthstone, the aquamarine. About the same time as Rocha was competing on the world stage, an incredible aquamarine crystal was found on a farm near Teofilo Otoni, Brazil. It weighed approximately 74.5 pounds and the color was so rich, so intense that the Brazilian gem dealers needed to distinguish it from the rest. Gemstone merchants already had names for other varieties of aquamarine, the blue member of the beryl family. The rare, intense blue aquamarines from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil were called “Santa Maria.” Similar-color aquamarines from Mozambique and other countries in Africa were named “Santa Maria Africana.”

Icelandic Hotel Offers One Free Night to Ladies Who 'Take the Lead' on Leap Day

Icelandic Hotel Offers One Free Night to Ladies Who 'Take the Lead' on Leap Day

So this is happening today. Ladies who planned ahead to pop the question today, Leap Day, February 29, received a very tempting offer from Iceland's Hotel Rangá, a luxury countryside resort about an hour's drive from the capital city of Reykjavik. In a 2015 Glamour survey of 500 men, 70% said they would be “psyched” if their female partner popped the question. Exactly 37% agreed that the woman should get down on one knee for the proposal, and 41% said they would expect to receive a diamond ring.

Quartz Gemstones, Including February's Colorful Birthstone...

Quartz Gemstones, Including February's Colorful Birthstone...

Amethyst is the gemstone for the month of February. Amethyst is the purple variety of the gemstone family of quartz gems. As February comes to an end we are writing about some other colors of the gemstone quartz. The pale pink color of quartz, which can range from transparent to translucent, is known as rose quartz. The color is a very pale and delicate powder pink. Transparent rose quartz is very rare, and usually so pale that it does not show very much color at all except in large sizes. Translucent rose quartz is much more readily available, being used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and architectural purposes

Romantic Ways to Propose

Romantic Ways to Propose

Gentlemen; whatever way you go with your proposal; remember a couple of things. First, ask for permission from her father. I don’t care what your ages; respect goes a long way! Secondly, even if you go with an outrageous proposal in front of a stadium full of people; remember the romance! Get down on one knee and speak from the heart.

Choosing Your Diamond Shape

Choosing Your Diamond Shape

When picking out a diamond engagement ring one of the first things to consider is the cut of the center diamond. Diamonds are cut in many shapes; the round brilliant, the cushion, the pear, the marquise, heart shaped, oval and emerald cut. Today we take a closer look at oval and emerald cut diamonds, we hope it will help you choose the perfect cut for your future bride! We will discuss other diamond shapes in other Family & Co. Jewelers blog posts.

Why Do Men Give a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Why Do Men Give a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Over the years, the most popular cut for diamond engagement rings has always been the round brilliant, consisting of 58 facets that divide the stone into a top and bottom half. The round brilliant cut diamond is the only diamond shape that is timeless. All other shapes such as the cushion cut, the princess cut, the emerald cut and the oval cut are subject to changing fashions. Diamond shape tastes do change over time. So if you want a diamond that will never be dated; go with a round brilliant cut diamond. Then her diamond truly will be forever...

Musical Monday: Mumford & Sons' Frontman Paints His Spirit Gold in 2012's 'I Will Wait'

Musical Monday: Mumford & Sons' Frontman Paints His Spirit Gold in 2012's 'I Will Wait'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you blockbuster songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Mumford & Sons' frontman Marcus Mumford paints his spirit gold in the Grammy-nominated 2012 hit, "I Will Wait." Raise my handsPaint my spirit goldAnd bow my headKeep my heart slow

Hardwood Wedding Bands; Perfectly Imperfect

Hardwood Wedding Bands; Perfectly Imperfect

The juxtaposition of loving someone for both inherent beauty and imperfection perfectly represents a hardwood wedding ring. The wood in these rings are natural, rare, imperfect and beautiful, as is the love shared in marriage. The variation in color, character, pattern and quality of the woods make every ring unique, with no two pieces alike. These exotic hardwoods can be designed as inlays or sleeves (inside the wedding band). The Lashbrook wedding band pictured with this blog displays Cocobolo Wood inlaid in a Damascus wedding band. Family & Co. Jewelers proudly represents Lashbrook Designs.

A History of Diamonds

A History of Diamonds

Diamond’s splendor has been appreciated for centuries, but there was not much scientific knowledge about it before the twentieth century. Since then, diamond knowledge has grown steadily, with research by chemists, physicists, geologists, mineralogists, and oceanographers. In the past 50 years alone, scientists have learned a lot about how diamonds form and how they’re transported to the earth’s surface. That knowledge has made it easier to predict locations for new diamond discoveries.

Another Amethyst Blog For February's Birthstone

Another Amethyst Blog For February's Birthstone

Coveted for thousands of years, Amethyst is one of the oldest recorded gemstones. They’ve been recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs and were prized by the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and Hebrews. Colored gemstones were worn and desired long before diamonds. Thousands of years ago, mankind had no way to cut and polish diamonds. Gemstones, especially relatively softer gems like amethyst, were easier to polish.

Amethyst, Much More Than Just a Birthstone

Amethyst, Much More Than Just a Birthstone

Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz family of gemstones. It’s the gemstone that’s most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gems such as sapphire and tanzanite. All other gem quality quartz should not be termed amethyst. One of the biggest examples of a gemstone misnomer today is "green amethyst" which should never be called amethyst.

Musical Monday; Black Diamonds Are the Toughest, Says Pop Diva Janet Jackson, and She's Right

Musical Monday; Black Diamonds Are the Toughest, Says Pop Diva Janet Jackson, and She's Right

Black diamonds have been top of mind last week because Janet Jackson announced on Monday that both her newest studio album and upcoming world tour will be called "Black Diamond." "Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut," Jackson wrote. "I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form. I’m a rock, I have ruff edges but I keep moving forward. I want to show you my strength as well as give you strength." A quick fact-check of Jackson's gemological claims about black diamonds confirms that the 53-year-old singer-songwriter-actress-dancer is right on the mark.

The Four Cs of Diamond Grading

The Four Cs of Diamond Grading

A diamond’s value is often affected by the rarity of one or more of the 4Cs. Colorless diamonds are scarce; most diamonds have tints of yellow or brown. So a colorless diamond rates higher on the color grading scale than a diamond that is light yellow. Value and rarity are related: In this case a colorless diamond is more rare and more valuable than one with a slight yellow color. The same relationship between rarity and value exists for clarity, cut, and carat weight.

World's Youngest Billionaire Kylie Jenner AKA 'Diamond Finder'

World's Youngest Billionaire Kylie Jenner AKA 'Diamond Finder'

A number of celebrity websites have been revisiting a memorable 2011 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians — the one where a 14-year-old Kylie Jenner rescues her big sister Kim Kardashian West's $75,000 diamond earring from the ocean floor in Bora Bora. "Diamond finder!" Jenner exclaimed.

Pretty in Pink, Fancy Pink Diamonds That Is

Pretty in Pink, Fancy Pink Diamonds That Is

While the overall index for fancy-color diamonds — across all their brilliant hues — increased by 77% from 2009 to 2019, it was the pink diamond category that stood out in the report. Market watchers believe that the strength of the pink-diamond segment is attributed to the expected closure this year of the Argyle Diamond Mine, which has been operating in Western Australia for the past 37 years. “Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine is the first and only ongoing source of rare pink diamonds in history,” said Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds chief executive Arnaud Soirat in 2019. “With the lifecycle of this extraordinary mine approaching its end, we have seen, and continue to see, unstoppable demand for these truly limited-edition diamonds and strong value appreciation.” Two of the world's most famous — and valuable — pink diamonds are The Pink Star and the Pink Legacy

Lucara Adds 549-Carat White Diamond to Its Growing List of Massive Finds

Lucara Adds 549-Carat White Diamond to Its Growing List of Massive Finds

Lucara Diamond Corp. just recovered a 549-carat unbroken white diamond of "exceptional purity" from its Karowe Mine in Botswana — a diamond mine that has earned worldwide recognition for producing the 1,758-carat Sewelô, the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona and the 813-carat Constellation diamond. Those diamonds rank #2, #3 and #8 on the list of the largest rough diamonds of all time. While Lucara didn't announce the value of the rough diamond, we can offer a guess based on the previous sales of similar diamonds.

Valentine's Day, the 2nd Most Popular Time to Pop the Question

Valentine's Day, the 2nd Most Popular Time to Pop the Question

Suitors from coast to coast are breathlessly anticipating Valentine's Day, the calendar's second most popular time to pop the question. Only Christmas Day sees more proposals, according to WeddingWire’s "Newlywed Report.". Most people planning on getting down on one knee this weekend have been planning for a month or more. The best way to purchase an engagement ring is to select the diamond and the engagement ring mounting separately. Of course someone will walk through the doors of Family & Co. Jewelers on the 14th and say "I want to get engaged tonight". And we will make it happen, our jeweler and diamond setter is working extra hours all week!

Domino's Is Giving Away a Pizza Slice Engagement Ring Topped With Diamonds and Rubies

Domino's Is Giving Away a Pizza Slice Engagement Ring Topped With Diamonds and Rubies

Pizza lovers looking to pop the question this Valentine's Day have an opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind, pizza-slice engagement ring topped with bubbly diamond "cheese" and ruby "pepperoni." Which begs the question "Why?". We love diamonds and rubies, and who doesn't love pizza, but this is NOT an engagement ring!

Musical Monday; Flawless like Diamonds. Girl you are Flawless like Diamonds

Musical Monday; Flawless like Diamonds. Girl you are Flawless like Diamonds

Welcome to Musical Monday, when we bring you hot, new songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In Jason Derulo's brand new release, "Diamonds," the singer lavishes praise on his girlfriend with a borrowed phrase from what Ad Age magazine called the best advertising slogan of the 20th century.

Valentine's Day; a Great Day to Pop The Question

Valentine's Day; a Great Day to Pop The Question

For those of you keeping score, the 10th most popular day to deliver a marriage proposal takes place tomorrow, and the second most popular day hits next Thursday. Back in 2014, American Express' Spending & Saving Tracker estimated that six million American couples expected to receive or deliver a diamond engagement ring on Valentine’s Day. Diamond engagement ring season formally runs from Thanksgiving Day to Valentine's Day. The only day to beat out Valentine's Day in popularity is Christmas Day.

Valentine's Day Jewelry Purchases Expected to Surge 48.7% in 2020, Says NRF Survey

Valentine's Day Jewelry Purchases Expected to Surge 48.7% in 2020, Says NRF Survey

Upbeat consumers are expected to set a record for Valentine's Day spending this year, with jewelry related purchases surging an astonishing 48.7%, according to a survey just released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Here at Family & Co. Jewelers, we have seen an increase in diamond engagement ring sales for this year's Valentine's weekend.

Unique Valentine's Day Traditions

Unique Valentine's Day Traditions

According to the history of Valentine's Day, a Roman priest named Saint Valentine married couples during a time when marriage was banned. Since antiquity, young couples have wanted to express affection to one other and commit to a lifetime of love and affection. However, let it never be said that the way love and affection is expressed is synonymous around the world. Here is a look at just a couple of the unique Valentine's traditions around the world.

Newly Released Gold Coin Is So Small It Comes With It's Own Magnifying Lenses and Light

Newly Released Gold Coin Is So Small It Comes With It's Own Magnifying Lenses and Light

We have blogged about very large gold coins before (scroll down for a quick reference to one of those blogs) and we probably will again. Today, we present the opposite, the world's smallest gold coin. Reflecting its efforts to push boundaries, stretch the limits of technology and achieve something unique, Swissmint issued a gold coin so small that neither image on the minted sides can be discerned with the naked eye. Naturally, Swissmint has that covered by providing magnifying lenses and a light with every purchase.

Can Your Favorite Gemstone Scratch the Screen of an iPhone 11? It Sure Can!

Can Your Favorite Gemstone Scratch the Screen of an iPhone 11? It Sure Can!

It's important to note that the Mohs ratings are relative, not linear, meaning that even though diamond is a 10 and talc is a 1, it does not mean that diamond is 10 times harder than talc. In fact, diamond is more than three times harder than the 9-rated corundum, which includes ruby and sapphire. And only a diamond can scratch a diamond. When it comes to picking gemstone jewelry that is likely to be worn every day, such as an engagement ring, consumers are best served with a gemstone that resides on the higher end of the Mohs scale. When soft gems are used in jewelry, they need to be in settings that will protect them, and worn with extreme care.

Original Concept for the NFL's Vince Lombardi Trophy Was Sketched on a Napkin in 1966

Original Concept for the NFL's Vince Lombardi Trophy Was Sketched on a Napkin in 1966

When Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy above his head after last night’s 31-20 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, he was celebrating with a 6.7 pound sterling silver icon whose unique shape was sketched on the back of a cocktail napkin by Tiffany & Co. design chief Oscar Riedener in 1966.

Musical Monday: February's Birthstone Makes a Curious Appearance in Wang Chung's 'Dance Hall Days'

Musical Monday: February's Birthstone Makes a Curious Appearance in Wang Chung's 'Dance Hall Days'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In 1984, British band Wang Chung helped define a generation with its international hit “Dance Hall Days.” The song put a New Wave timestamp on a slew of popular movies and is memorable for lead singer/composer Jack Hues' "hallucinogenic" reference to amethyst and sapphires in the final verse.

One of These Teams Will Finally See Some New Super Bowl Diamonds After Long Drought

One of These Teams Will Finally See Some New Super Bowl Diamonds After Long Drought

When Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs match up against Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV one week from today in Miami, the teams will be vying for championship diamond bling their franchises haven't seen in a combined 75 years. And the whole world will be watching! If the 49ers prevail in Super Bowl LIV, the team will tie the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories at six. It's our guess that even though 49ers haven't raised a trophy in 25 years, their championship rings should be in the same stratosphere as the ones awarded to the Patriots last year.

Swarovski Introduces Fun, Candy Colored Collection of "Above Ground" Diamonds

Swarovski Introduces Fun, Candy Colored Collection of "Above Ground" Diamonds

All above ground diamonds, including Swarovski Created Diamonds have the same optical, chemical and physical attributes as mined diamonds. Both are 100% carbon and have the same hardness, brilliance and fire as natural mined diamonds. Both lab grown diamonds and earth mined diamonds ARE diamonds. Family & Co. Jewelers has been offering lab grown diamonds side by side with mined diamonds for a couple of years now. We feel that our clients deserve to make an educated choice while diamond shopping. We currently only carry colorless grown diamonds but we are intrigued by these new colors...

Most Sought After Diamonds

Most Sought After Diamonds

Diamonds are a classic jewel that consistently takes a woman’s breath away year after year. No matter what the occasion, a diamond will please. Not all diamonds are created equal, though.

'The Jewelled Tiger' Is Immortalized in Pink Diamonds on The Perth Mint's 3D Coin

'The Jewelled Tiger' Is Immortalized in Pink Diamonds on The Perth Mint's 3D Coin

Crafted in 18 karat rose gold and pavé set with 3 carats of extraordinarily rare Argyle pink diamonds, "The Jewelled Tiger" strikes a menacing pose on the face of The Perth Mint's 2020 limited-edition 3D coin. The coin’s reverse design is rendered In the style of literati painting, with the tiger depicted ascending a rocky outcrop with stylized mountains and foliage in the background. Also included is the Chinese character for "tiger," the inscription "JEWELLED TIGER" and The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mintmark. The obverse features the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the weight and fineness, the "2000 DOLLARS" monetary denomination, "AUSTRALIA," the Queen's name and the year 2020. The Jewelled Tiger coin measures 61 mm (2.4 inches) across and includes 10 ounces of 99.99 fineness yellow gold and .41 ounces of 18-karat rose gold. The base coin alone is worth roughly $15,550 just in gold content. The unique coin will be on display at The Perth Mint shop in East Perth until supplies run out.

Israeli Archaeologists Unearth Potter's 'Piggy Bank' Filled With 1,200 Year Old Gold Coins

Israeli Archaeologists Unearth Potter's 'Piggy Bank' Filled With 1,200 Year Old Gold Coins

Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority have unearthed a clay juglet filled with seven gold coins dating back 12 decades. The find was made near an ancient pottery studio in the city of Yavne, which was well known for its commercial production of ceramic storage jars, pots and bowls. The archaeologists believe the juglet, commonly used as a container for liquids, may have been a potter's personal "piggy bank."

Musical Monday: 'Third Finger, Left Hand,' That's Where He Placed the Wedding Band

Musical Monday: 'Third Finger, Left Hand,' That's Where He Placed the Wedding Band

At last my dreams come trueToday he said "I do"Friends said it couldn't be doneBut all his love I know I've won'Cause third finger, left handThat's where he placed the wedding band

Some More Wedding Traditions

Some More Wedding Traditions

A traditional wedding: Though not religious, the traditional wedding follows certain norms that are common to the religious wedding. This includes the presence of groomsmen, a best man, a maid or matron of honor, bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer. 2.A religious ceremony: American wedding culture still rings true in religious weddings, although the processes for each wedding will rely heavily on the religion. There are Jewish weddings, Christian weddings, Hindu weddings, and many more. Each of these religions has their own customs. It is up to the bride and groom if they wish to follow their traditions literally or make it their own.3.A destination wedding: Destination weddings are fully described by their name. The destination wedding takes place in a separate location from the home of the bride and groom. In these types of weddings, the theme will have a lot of features from the culture of the location. However, at the same time, it’s an opportunity to take wedding traditions in the USA to other destinations. Some destination weddings are small, immediate family only. Others (especially celebrity weddings) can be elaborate affairs with hundreds of guests.

Welcome to Fun Diamond Facts Friday

Welcome to Fun Diamond Facts Friday

April’s birthstone. The hardest natural substance on Earth. More than a billion years old. There’s a wealth of history and knowledge surrounding diamonds. The ever popular diamond is brilliant, glamorous, breathtaking and mysterious. And you’ll add intriguing to the list after you read through these fun facts about diamonds.

We Are Your Diamond Destination!

We Are Your Diamond Destination!

The Four Cs of Diamonds DIAMOND CLARITY - Clarity grades assess the number, size, relief, and position of inclusions and blemishes. While a difference in a diamond's clarity will effect the value; it doesn't always effect the beauty of the diamond. DIAMOND COLOR - The less color, the higher the grade. Even the slightest hint can make a dramatic difference in value. Family & Co. Jewelers recommends diamonds from D (the highest color grade) to I in color; especially for diamond engagement rings.

Garnet, The Official Birth Gemstone For January

Garnet, The Official Birth Gemstone For January

Garnet is an under rated gemstone that comes in almost every color (except blue). Mostly people think of deep red when garnet is mentioned. Coveted by kings and commoners alike for thousands of years, garnet is a versatile gemstone that comes in a wide variety of natural colors, including pink, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, black, brown and deep-red. Garnet varieties commonly seen in jewelry include pyrope, almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, hessonite, rhodolite, tsavorite, spessartine and uvarovite. Garnets achieve their range of color from trace amounts of iron, manganese, calcium or aluminium in their chemical makeup.

Louis Vuitton Purchases The Historic 1,758 Carat 'Sewelô' Diamond From Lucara Diamond Corp.

Louis Vuitton Purchases The Historic 1,758 Carat 'Sewelô' Diamond From Lucara Diamond Corp.

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton, best known for their handbags bearing their LV trademark, has purchased the historic 1,758 carat Sewelô diamond from Lucara in a deal that allows the diamond mining company to retain a 50% interest in the individual polished diamonds that result from the cutting of the massive rpugh diamond. The amount of Louis Vuitton's upfront payment was not disclosed. Louis Vuitton will be working with Antwerp-based diamond manufacturer HB Company to determine the optimal way to divide the tennis ball sized diamond in order to deliver its full potential. According to published reports, the size, shape and quantity of the polished diamonds that Sewelô will yield may take a year to finalize.

Musical Monday: Tim McGraw Sings About a Breakup in ‘Diamond Rings and Old Barstools’

Musical Monday: Tim McGraw Sings About a Breakup in ‘Diamond Rings and Old Barstools’

In the first verse, McGraw sings, “Diamond rings and old barstools / One’s for queens and one’s for fools / One’s the future and one’s the past / One’s forever and one won’t last.” In the chorus, he continues, “I guess some things just don’t mix like you hoped / Like me and you / And diamond rings and old barstools.” Written by Jonathan Singleton, Barry Dean and Luke Laird, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" was released as the fourth and final single from McGraw’s chart-topping Sundown Heaven Town album.

Garnet: a Many Colored Gemstone

Garnet: a Many Colored Gemstone

You may be surprised to learn that garnets are found in every color except blue, including brilliant green tsavorite garnet, raspberry pink rhodolite garnet, and orange malaya garnet. Bright red "anthill" garnets are found in Arizona. The Tsars of Russia favored rare green damantoid garnets. Garnets offer enough variety in appearance to suit every taste, as well as an outstanding price range to suit every pocketbook.

St. Louis Blues Mascot Earns First Ever Stanley 'Pup' Championship Collar

St. Louis Blues Mascot Earns First Ever Stanley 'Pup' Championship Collar

Barclay, the adorable four legged mascot of the St. Louis Blues, recently received a Stanley "Pup" Championship collar; complete with the team's famous Blue Note logo rendered in sapphires and karat gold. What? No diamonds? A spokesperson for Purina claimed Barclay is the first dog to ever receive championship jewelry. For Jostens' ring design, the Blue Note logo was rendered with 16 genuine, custom-cut blue sapphires. The number 16 represented the number of victories earned by the Blues on their path to the championship. Jostens reported that each sapphire had to be delicately shaved so each would fit exactly within the logo’s yellow gold outline. And of course, diamonds! But no diamonds for poor Barclay...

Role Reversal: Some Single Ladies Plan to Propose to Their Guys on Leap Day, Feb. 29!

Role Reversal: Some Single Ladies Plan to Propose to Their Guys on Leap Day, Feb. 29!

For more than 1,500 years, February 29 has been reserved for single ladies who have waited far too long for their guys to pop the question. Leap Day, which hits the calendar every four years, is a time when traditional roles are reversed and women are encouraged to pop the question. We like this idea, men deserve diamonds too! On Christmas Day, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn shook up the Internet when she proposed to her NHL pro boyfriend P.K. Subban, stating, "Men deserve engagement rings, too." Vonn's proposal needs an asterisk, however. You see, Subban had already proposed to her in August with an emerald ring (because green is her favorite color).

Swiss Researchers Invent Lightweight 18-Karat Gold That's Mixed With Plastic

Swiss Researchers Invent Lightweight 18-Karat Gold That's Mixed With Plastic

We're not sure how we feel about this. Not all new inventions are a good idea. But we report on stories about precious metal, diamonds and gemstones. We try not to judge. Swiss researchers just unveiled a new type of 18 karat gold that's made from 75% gold and 25% plastic, yielding super-lightweight, malleable material that weighs just 1/10th to 1/5th as much as the traditional alloy. Gold purity is measured by its karatage, with 24 karat gold being 100% pure. Conventional 18 karat yellow gold is made from 75% gold and 25% other materials, such as copper and silver. Popular 14 karat gold is 14/24ths (58.3%) pure gold, and 10 -karat gold is 10/24ths (41.6%) gold. Both 14 karat and 10 karat gold are commonly mixed with silver and copper.

Fairytale Proposal: Animated Couple Star as the Prince and Princess in 'Sleeping Beauty'

Fairytale Proposal: Animated Couple Star as the Prince and Princess in 'Sleeping Beauty'

After the prince awakens the princess, he pulls out an open ring box revealing a glistening diamond engagement ring. The animated Loechler flips the box into the air, and the in-the-flesh version pretends to make the catch. Standing in front of the screen the real Loechler, with the real diamond ring in hand, went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She said "yes."

NYC's Thin Blue Line Saves Another Diamond, Lost From an Engagement Ring

NYC's Thin Blue Line Saves Another Diamond, Lost From an Engagement Ring

A New York newlywed said she was horrified when an heirloom diamond fell out of her engagement ring and disappeared into the underbelly of a newsstand refrigeration unit on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Danielle Gelfand's 1 carat diamond had been in her family for more than 100 years. Using some other specialty equipment, they were able to finally rescue the diamond that has been through so much. Danielle Gelfand told CBS2 that she will be keeping her family's tradition alive by one day passing the diamond engagement ring down to her own daughter. This is why Family & Co. Jewelers always tells our clients; diamonds are forever but mountings are not. Have your jewelry inspected twice a year, especially you diamond jewelry.

Musical Monday: Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Can't Commit in ‘A Diamond and a Tether’

Musical Monday: Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Can't Commit in ‘A Diamond and a Tether’

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you great songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Death Cab for Cutie’s lead vocalist Ben Gibbard confesses to having commitment issues in the group’s 2009 release, “A Diamond and a Tether.” I know you can’t hold out foreverwaiting on a diamond and a tetherfrom a boy who won’t swimbut who will dip his toe injust to keep you here with him. And I know you can’t hold out foreverwaiting on a diamond and a tether

Demantoid Garnet Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of Garnet

Demantoid Garnet Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of Garnet

Demantoid is derived from the Dutch word for diamond, "demant." The stone owes its impressive diamond like brilliance to two main factors: A high refractive index and a high dispersion (its ability to separate light into the spectrum of colors). Demantoid, in fact, boasts the highest dispersion rating of all gemstones, including diamond. Like any gemstone; the gem's color and clarity can vary as seen in the two pictures here. Unlike diamonds, clarity is considered secondary to color in color gemstones.

Many Ladies Are Buying Their Own Diamonds

Many Ladies Are Buying Their Own Diamonds

The demand for diamond jewelry in the U.S. rose 5% in 2018 to $36 billion, representing slightly less than half of worldwide sales for that diamond jewelry. But, beyond the strong sales gains, new research conducted by De Beers reveals that the demand for diamond jewelry as a gift to mark special occasions; including ladies buying diamonds for themselves. We have seen this trend here at Family & Co. Jewelers as well. Not their own diamond engagement rings, at least not often. But ladies, especially hard working ladies earning their own money, are treating themselves to diamond jewelry more often. Especially diamond stud earrings, considered by many to be an essential item in every lady's diamond jewelry wardrobe. We offer both earth mined diamonds as well as above ground, lab grown diamonds. The study also revealed that the total diamond caratage of an average ring increased from 1 carat in 2013 to 1.7 carats in 2018, although center diamonds were trending smaller. This seems to point to brides preferring engagement rings with more elaborate settings including diamond halos.

Tsavorite, A Variety of Garnet, in Honor of January's Birthstone

Tsavorite, A Variety of Garnet, in Honor of January's Birthstone

According to the Smithsonian's official website, tsavorite was first discovered in 1967 in northern Tanzania and again in 1970 in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park by world renowned geologist, Campbell Bridges. In 1971, Bridges was granted a permit to mine the Kenyan deposit, and in 1973, this variety of green garnet was named tsavorite in honor of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, by Henry B. Platt, former president of Tiffany & Co., and Bridges, founder of Tsavorite USA. One year later, Tiffany launched a marketing campaign that brought worldwide recognition to the beautiful green gem.

20.69 Carat 'Firebird' Is Latest Fancy Yellow Diamond to Pass Through House of Graff

20.69 Carat 'Firebird' Is Latest Fancy Yellow Diamond to Pass Through House of Graff

Alrosa's 20.69 carat "Firebird" is the latest fancy yellow diamond to pass through the House of Graff, the London based luxury jewelry firm run by billionaire Laurence Graff. Over the course of his career, the 81 year old Graff has been associated with some of the world's largest and most valuable yellow diamonds. Graded by the Gemological Institute of America as a fancy vivid yellow diamond with VS1 clarity, the stone was cut from the "Stravinsky," a 34.17 carat diamond crystal bearing rare honey-yellow overtones and exceptional clarity. It had been unearthed in 2017 at Alrosa's Ebelyah mine in Yakutia and was the largest yellow rough diamond extracted in Russia that year.

Amazing Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry from the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Amazing Diamond and Gemstone Jewelry from the Golden Globes Red Carpet

The first big awards show of the year is a wrap and the tide has turned in the new decade. While earrings have been dominant on the red carpet for years, the necklace is now back in the mix. There were lots of classic diamonds and some adventurous colorful looks. These stars were draped in so many diamonds that their bling deserved this blog. See our descriptions of our favorite bejeweled looks below.

Actor Wilmer Valderrama Proposes to Model Amanda Pacheco With a Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Actor Wilmer Valderrama Proposes to Model Amanda Pacheco With a Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Many brides prefer fancy shapes because they add a sense of personality to their rings and because they tend to look larger than round diamonds of equal carat weight, giving the fancies more bang for the buck. Fancy shape diamonds of the same carat weight, clarity and color are also priced less than round diamonds. The only downside to fancy shaped diamonds is that trends change. A round brilliant cut diamond is the only shape that is timeless and will never go out of fashion.

Musical Monday: Eric Clapton Sings of Lessons Learned in 'Diamonds Made From Rain'

Musical Monday: Eric Clapton Sings of Lessons Learned in 'Diamonds Made From Rain'

That everything is shown to meI let it wash over meLike diamonds made of rainYou can find joy inside the pain Everything that I've enduredFor the wisdom of a pearlI wouldn't change a thingYou can make diamonds from the rain

Stackable bands were the Little Black Dress of Wedding Bands in 2019

Stackable bands were the Little Black Dress of Wedding Bands in 2019

Stackable bands make for a more modern looking set rather than the traditional matching wedding band. Keep the engagement ring trends going into 2019 by mixing metals between your engagement ring and wedding band. Add a ruby and diamond stackable band to a white gold solitaire for a look that is one of a kind. In 2019, our brides are breaking fashion rules and we are totally here for it.

Engraved Jewelry Dating Back to  1,500 BC Unlocks Secrets About Life in Ancient Greece

Engraved Jewelry Dating Back to 1,500 BC Unlocks Secrets About Life in Ancient Greece

Archaeologists with the University of Cincinnati have unearthed two Bronze Age tombs containing a trove of engraved jewelry that help tell the story of life along the Mediterranean roughly 3,500 years ago. The two beehive-shaped tombs are located in Pylos, Greece, just a stone's throw from the grave of the “Griffin Warrior,” a powerful Greek figure whose precious jewelry, weapons and grooming supplies were discovered by the same team in 2015. The researchers were surprised to find that the princely tombs were littered with gold flakes, indicating that gold leaf once adorned the stone walls. One of the most fascinating jewelry items pulled from the site was a gold ring depicting two bulls flanked by sheaves of grain, specifically barley.

Our Annual Blog About Pantone’s Color of the Year And How It Relates to Gemstones

Our Annual Blog About Pantone’s Color of the Year And How It Relates to Gemstones

Suggestive of the sky at dusk, "Classic Blue" has been named Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. Consumers looking to match their jewelry wardrobes to Pantone’s calm, confident, enduring shade of blue will likely consider blue sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli and kyanite.

Year in Review: These Are the Diamonds That Rocked Our World in 2019

Year in Review: These Are the Diamonds That Rocked Our World in 2019

Welcome to 2020 and welcome to our year end review of the rough diamonds that rocked our world in 2019. We have blogged about most of these diamonds already but we love these diamonds so much that we just had to write about them again! Each is unique in its own way and has a fascinating story to tell. Also famous for producing many of the world's largest rough diamonds, including the 3,106 carat Cullinan, the Cullinan mine in South Africa is still going strong after 117 years. In March, Petra Diamonds reported that it had unearthed a D color, Type IIa rough diamond weighing 425 carats. Type IIa gems are the purest of all diamonds because they are composed solely of carbon with virtually no trace elements in the crystal lattice. Lab grown diamonds are also Type IIa diamonds.

Newest Tournament of Roses Queen Wears Crown Adorned With 600 Akoya Pearls

Newest Tournament of Roses Queen Wears Crown Adorned With 600 Akoya Pearls

When the newly crowned Rose Queen, Camille Kennedy, leads the 131st edition of the Tournament of Roses Parade tomorrow, New Year’s Day, in Pasadena, Calif., she will be wearing a special headpiece adorned with 600 Japanese Akoya cultured pearls, 10 Australian South Sea cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. Designed by Mikimoto, the crown took about a year to fabricate and is valued at $400,000. Kennedy will be donning the impressive three pound crown, while her six princesses will be wearing simpler Mikimoto designed cultured pearl tiaras valued at only $90,000 each. Mikimoto Kōkichi is credited with creating the first cultured pearl in the late 1800s and subsequently starting the cultured pearl industry.

Musical Monday: Meat Loaf Says His Ex-Girlfriend Was ‘Looking for a Ruby in a Mountain of Rocks’

Musical Monday: Meat Loaf Says His Ex-Girlfriend Was ‘Looking for a Ruby in a Mountain of Rocks’

And all I can do is keep on telling youI want you, I need youBut there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love youNow don’t be sad’Cause two out of three ain’t badNow don’t be sad’Cause two out of three ain’t badYou’ll never find your gold on a sandy beachYou’ll never drill for oil on a city streetI know you’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocksBut there ain’t no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottomOf a Cracker Jack box

Why the Holidays Are the Best Time to Propose

Why the Holidays Are the Best Time to Propose

From the moment the first unmistakably cool breeze rustles the just-turning leaves, you can feel the magic of the holiday season in the air. Why not capitalize on the beauty of the holidays to arrange your perfect proposal? Whether you choose Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or another holiday in between, you can't go wrong with proposing during the holidays. We promise it will create a magical moment that she'll never forget. The Incomparable Holiday Atmosphere During the holidays, everyday locales take on their own magical aura. For some, that means sparkling lights and tinsel. For others, it's a cozy fireplace with hot mulled wine near at hand. Either way, holiday proposals are packed with opportunity; the beautifully-decorated interiors and atmosphere of romance during the holidays is one you just couldn't recreate in the same way at any other time of year.

Looking For a Fun and Educational Family Trip?

Looking For a Fun and Educational Family Trip?

The MMGM also celebrates Maine's rich mining tradition. Exhibited are several historic mineral collections, including the Perham Collection, which has been on view in Maine for 90 years. In addition, many of Maine’s most celebrated specimens of tourmaline, beryl and other native gems are presented along with captivating narratives from the earliest days of gem exploration through today. Among the highlights are a 1,450-carat smoky quartz (the largest cut gemstone from Maine) and a Tiffany necklace highlighting a Maine tourmaline.

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