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Advanced Mapping Technology Helps Rough Diamond Buyers to Make Informed Decisions

Advanced Mapping Technology Helps Rough Diamond Buyers to Make Informed Decisions

Everyone loves the sparkle and the brilliance of diamonds. But when a diamond comes out of the earth (or out of a lab), it is a rough diamond. It takes a master diamond cutter to unlock the beauty hidden inside the rough diamond. While diamond cutters of 100 years ago were highly skilled, they did not possess the technology of today. And that tech is improving constantly. Please read on... Alrosa is using advanced mapping technology to take the guesswork out of the risky, high-stakes business of rough diamond buying. During its October 2019 trading period, the Russian diamond mining company tested Digital Tenders, a program that provided diamond buyers with a three dimensional scan and detailed analysis of each rough diamond.

'The Du Pont Ruby' and 'The Du Pont Emerald' to Headline Christie's NY Sale Today

'The Du Pont Ruby' and 'The Du Pont Emerald' to Headline Christie's NY Sale Today

Yesterday we blogged about a magnificent diamond auction at Sotheby's in New York. Today we turn our attention to a jewelry, diamond and gemstone auction at Christie's An extraordinary ruby and emerald once owned by philanthropist Jessie Ball du Pont, the wife of American industrialist Alfred Irénée du Pont, highlight two high-profile lots at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York today. "The Du Pont Ruby" is set in an elaborate platinum and 18-karat gold brooch that's expected to sell in the range of $3.5 million and $5.5 million. The cushion mixed-cut Burmese ruby weighing 11.20 carats is mounted in the center of a heart formed by rectangular and trapezoid-shaped emeralds, as well as French, old and marquise-cut diamonds. Dangling at the sides and bottom of the brooch are five natural saltwater pearls.

'The Indian Blue' Diamond Earns Top Billing at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewelry Sale

'The Indian Blue' Diamond Earns Top Billing at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewelry Sale

"The Indian Blue," a 7.55 carat fancy deep grayish-blue diamond, will be the top lot at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale in New York City today. Described as the "property of a distinguished lady," the cushion-cut center stone has a SI2 clarity and is flanked by two shield shaped diamonds in a ring that carries a pre-sale estimate of $6 million to $8 million. Trace amounts of the chemical element boron are responsible for causing the coloration of natural blue diamonds. According to the Museum of Natural History, “less than one boron atom per million carbon atoms is sufficient to produce the blue coloration.” Also scheduled to hit the auction block at Sotheby's today is a ring featuring an ultra-rare 1.38 carat fancy red diamond. Fancy reds so rare that a typical Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender releases only four, or so, per year. Rio Tinto's Argyle Mine in Western Australia, the primary source of red and pink diamonds, is scheduled to cease operations in 2020, so supplies of these beautiful red diamonds are expected to become even more scarce.

Musical Monday: Wedding Ring Tops Andy Williams' 1965 'Christmas Holiday' Gift List

Musical Monday: Wedding Ring Tops Andy Williams' 1965 'Christmas Holiday' Gift List

Turkey's a-cookin' and candy cane sticks,With reindeer and sleigh bells and good old Saint NickTwo kids sneakin' kisses beneath all the mistletoe,As if we didn't know! This year, we shall know a wonderful ChristmasAnd the glow of candlelightLet's have a fling!I'll give you my present, a wedding ring!Hear me sing.

Tanzanite, December's Newest Birthstone

Tanzanite, December's Newest Birthstone

December's birthstones have traditonally included turquoise, blue zircon and blue topaz. Tanzanite, the newest gemstone for December was added in 2002. Between its deep blue color and its limited supply, tanzanite is treasured by many, even if your birthday is not in December. It was in the late 1960s when the marketing team at Tiffany & Co. got its first peek at a stunning new gemstone. The intense blue-violet gem had been discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania by a Maasai tribesman named Jumanne Ngoma. At first glance, the specimens appeared to be sapphires, but the Gemological Institute of America revealed that the crystals were a never-before-seen variety of zoisite.

'Diamond in a Diamond' Joins Alrosa's Collection of Rare Finds... and it is Priceless!

'Diamond in a Diamond' Joins Alrosa's Collection of Rare Finds... and it is Priceless!

We blogged at an earlier date about this rare diamond duo. Russia’s Alrosa diamond mining company announced Thursday that the curious "diamond in a diamond" revealed on social media in early September has been added to its collection of rare finds and is not for sale, which is why we say "priceless". In early September, Alrosa surprised its Instagram followers with a video that seemed to show a tiny rough diamond moving freely in the cavity of a larger one. The caption read, “A diamond in a diamond? We couldn’t help but share this very special find with you.” At the time, Alrosa wasn’t quite sure what to make of the phenomenon. Nobody at the mining company had ever seen anything like it. Five weeks later, Alrosa scientists confirmed that both the host and smaller crystal were diamonds. They named the double-diamond “Matryoshka” because its strange configuration is reminiscent of the popular Russian nesting dolls. The specimen, which weighs only 0.62 carats, was discovered in Yakutia at Alrosa's Nyurba mining and processing division. Matryoshka joins Alrosa's ever-growing collection of diamond wonders. These include crystals that resemble a soccer ball, a Valentine heart, a skull and a fish. Interestingly, some of Alrosa's most unusually shaped diamonds have come to light at the most opportune times.

Holiday Proposal Suggestions

Holiday Proposal Suggestions

December 2018 has set records for the number of diamond and other gemstone (morganite is a new favorite) engagement rings we have crafted for our clientele. Love is definitely in the air! The holidays does bring out the romance in us all. Is it the mistletoe? The gatherings of family and friends? Perhaps the eggnog? Whatever the reason or reasons it certainly is a time of the year when many more men bend a knee and ask for her hand in marriage. So here are some festive marriage proposal ideas that we love.

Tree Topper's Three Million Swarovski Crystals Come to Life at Rockefeller Center

Tree Topper's Three Million Swarovski Crystals Come to Life at Rockefeller Center

Not exactly jewelry related but we found this interesting and thought you might as well. Adorned with three million Swarovski crystals, the almost half ton star atop the 77-foot-tall Norway spruce at New York's Rockefeller Center will come to life tonight during the tree lighting ceremony that will be broadcast on NBC. The mammoth star, which has a diameter of 9 feet 4 inches, was lifted to the top of the tree by crane operators on November 13, just three days after the tree arrived from Orange County, N.Y. Each of the 70 rays of the Swarovski Star is designed to glow from within, with the light refracted by the crystal surface, creating a sparkling effect. The tree was a donated by Carol Schultz, who said it originally lived in a pot on her coffee table before it was big enough to be planted in her garden in 1959. Holiday season 2019 marks the second time the current star has ascended to the top of the Rockefeller Center tree.

We are in the Midst of Engagement Season!

We are in the Midst of Engagement Season!

Thanksgiving Day marked the start of the "engagement season," a very romantic time that stretches all the way to Valentine's Day. The period accounts for 23% of the calendar, but proudly claims about 40% of all marriage proposals. There’s a very good chance that somebody in your Facebook world will be changing his or her relationship status from “in a relationship” to “engaged” in the near future; some of them with the assistance of Family & Co. Jewelers.

Musical Monday: Dean Martin Has a Band of Gold, But No 'Wedding Bells' in His Future

Musical Monday: Dean Martin Has a Band of Gold, But No 'Wedding Bells' in His Future

I planned a little cottage in the valleyAnd I even bought a little band of goldI thought someday I'd place it on your fingerBut now the future looks so dark and cold Wedding bells are ringing in the chapelThat should be ringing out for you and meDown the aisle with someone else you're walkin'So wedding bells will never ring for me

A Christmas Tree of Gold

A Christmas Tree of Gold

This is a repost of a blog that we wrote in December of 2018. Munich based gold dealer Pro Aurum unveiled Europe's most expensive Christmas tree, a pyramid shaped showstopper decorated with 2,018 solid gold coins and topped by a massive 20 ounce coin set into a golden star. In total, the .9999 fine gold weighs 63 kilograms (about 2,222 ounces), placing the precious metal value at almost three million.

Turquoise and Other Gems for December

Turquoise and Other Gems for December

Turquoise is one of the accepted birthstone for December and is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage. Other accepted birthstones for December are blue zircon (not recommended due to its softness), blue topaz and tanzanite. Colors in turquoise range from sky blue (most desirable color) to blue green and apple green. The name means "Turkish stone" because the trade route that brought it to Europe used to come via Turkey. The best qualities are found in northeast Iran (Persian turquoise). However, the United States southwest is now the world leader in production.

Buying Survey: 23% of All Consumers Have Jewelry on Their Holiday Wish Lists

Buying Survey: 23% of All Consumers Have Jewelry on Their Holiday Wish Lists

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., the start of a five-day retail feeding frenzy that will see 165.3 million shoppers doing their very best to score great deals and check off as many items as possible on their holiday lists. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the jewelry category is a top-six pick for 2019. We were proudly closed yesterday so that all of our employees could relax with their families, which means many of us employees hanging out with each other. We are named Family & Co. Jewelers for a reason! We are of course open today and will be open every day through December 24th. Almost a quarter of people want jewelry! We suspect that if they surveyed only women it would be over half! We further suspect that if they surveyed only women in a relationship it would be over 90%!

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

When Angelo and Louise Calapristi opened up a watch and jewelry repair shop in 1937, they could never have envisioned what Family & Co. Jewelers has become today. At this special time of year, we want to share our gratitude with our customers who have made our success possible. We are thankful for everyone who has helped make Family & Co. Jewelers a premier fine jewelry store.

Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Could Fetch More Than $1 Million at Online Auction

Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Could Fetch More Than $1 Million at Online Auction

Not exactly a jewelry post, a golden piece of history! One of four gold medals won by American Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympic Games in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany is up for grabs at an online auction taking place now through December 7. The opening bid at GoldinAuctions.com is $250,000, but recent history tells us this very special piece of sports memorabilia could sell for $1 million or more. Incidentally, 1936 is just one year before our family jewelery business was born!

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.

Musical Monday: Dion's 'Prima Donna' Wears Charms, Diamonds and Pearls Galore

Musical Monday: Dion's 'Prima Donna' Wears Charms, Diamonds and Pearls Galore

She always wears charms, diamonds, pearls galore,She buys them at the 5 and 10 cents store.She wants to be just like Zsa Zsa Gabor,Even though she's the girl next door.She always wears charms, diamonds, pearls galore,She buys them at the 5 and 10 cents store.She wants to be just like Zsa Zsa Gabor,Even though she's Donna next door.

A Good Samaritan Looks For, Finds, Returns a Diamond Bridal Set

A Good Samaritan Looks For, Finds, Returns a Diamond Bridal Set

Coloradan Claire Land and her step-daughter were on a Make-a-Wish vacation to Disney World and Central Florida when the unthinkable happened. As they prepared to bask in the sun at beautiful Cocoa Beach, Land took off her wedding ring to apply some sunscreen. Moments later, the ring was gone. After four tedious hours, The Ring Finder finally heard a faint ping on his headphones; a glimmering hope that something metallic was in the sand. He dug down about 10 inches and scooped out Land's diamond engagement ring and wedding band combo.

The Many Colors of Topaz

The Many Colors of Topaz

The lore, magic and romance of topaz goes back many thousands of years. It holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of curative powers. The Greeks felt it gave them strength. In addition, it supposedly cooled tempers, restored sanity, cured asthma, relieved insomnia and even warded off sudden death. Topaz is said to make its wearer invisible in time of emergency. It proved the loyalty of associates by changing color in the presence of poison.

20 Plus Carat Blue Diamond From Celebrated Cullinan Diamond Mine Sells for $14.9 Million

20 Plus Carat Blue Diamond From Celebrated Cullinan Diamond Mine Sells for $14.9 Million

We have been blogging about fancy color diamonds a lot lately, in fact just yesterday we wrote about the sale of a natural fancy blue diamond at Christie's which sold last week for $11,600,000. The exceptional 20.08 carat blue diamond recovered in September from the celebrated Cullinan Mine in South Africa was sold last week for $14.9 million, or $742,000 per carat. Mine owner Petra Diamonds Ltd. described the buyer as "a leading diamond company that wishes to remain anonymous," but that cloak of secrecy certainly will be lifted once the rough diamond is transformed into a polished diamond. A three dimensional mapping of the rough diamond will likely be conducted to determine the size and shape of the diamond that it will yield. We're guessing that polished diamond will weigh about 8 plus carats and be worth $25 million or more. Here's why...

7 Carat Natural Fancy Deep Blue Diamond Ring Earns Top Lot Status at Christie's Geneva

7 Carat Natural Fancy Deep Blue Diamond Ring Earns Top Lot Status at Christie's Geneva

With a selling price of $11.6 million, a spectacular 7.03 carat fancy deep blue diamond ring earned top lot status at Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva last week. Designed by London based luxury jeweler Moussaieff, the platinum ring features an eight sided rectangular cut (emerald cut) center stone flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds. Christie's had estimated the ring would sell in the range of $10 million to $14 million. The blue diamond boasts a clarity rating of VVS2 and a purity classification of Type IIb, an ultra-pure grade that accounts for only 0.1% of all natural diamonds.

Another November Birthstone; At 19,747 Carats, This Gem Is the Smithsonian's Largest Faceted Citrine

Another November Birthstone; At 19,747 Carats, This Gem Is the Smithsonian's Largest Faceted Citrine

Quartz, which is composed of silicon and oxygen, is colorless in its pure state. The Greeks referred to the material as "krystallos," or "ice." But when trace amounts of impurities invade its chemical structure, nature yields a wide range of brilliant hues. Citrine is colored by impurities of iron and is a close cousin to other popular quartz family members, including amethyst, green quartz (sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst), rose quartz and tiger's eye. As the American Gem Society reports, citrine's durability makes it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry. With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, citrine is very resistant to scratches and everyday wear. Darker color citrine is complimented nicely by white, brilliant diamonds.

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.

Musical Monday: Mario's New Love Deserves a Fistful of Diamonds, Handful of Rings

Musical Monday: Mario's New Love Deserves a Fistful of Diamonds, Handful of Rings

If I was ya man (baby you)Never worry bout (what I do)I'd be coming home (back to you)Every night, doin' you rightYou're the type of woman (deserves good thangs)Fistful of diamonds (handful of rings)Baby you're a star (I just want to show you, you are)

Millennials Are Purchasing Diamonds, Duh!!!!

Millennials Are Purchasing Diamonds, Duh!!!!

A major chunk of these diamond purchases, of course, come from diamond engagement rings. The De Beers Diamond Insight Report found that the majority of millennials' engagement and wedding rings include only diamonds, even while non-traditional, unique gemstones grow in popularity. Of these diamond only rings, more than 40 percent of them reportedly feature a round cut center diamond. Second most popular, at 22 percent, are princess cut diamonds, while cushion cut diamonds come in third at 11 percent. Moving up quickly in popularity are oval diamonds and pear shaped diamonds. Please remember that if you want a timeless diamond; a round brilliant cut diamond is the only diamond to purchase.

Is There a Difference Between Earth Mined and Lab Grown Diamonds?

Is There a Difference Between Earth Mined and Lab Grown Diamonds?

First thing I want to say, the purpose of this blog is not to promote one type of diamond over another. At Family & Co. Jewelers we sell both earth mined diamonds (we’ve been selling these for over 80 years!) as well as above ground diamonds (we’ve been selling these for about two years). Without mined diamonds, lab grown diamonds would not exist. It’s an amazing scientific accomplishment to have been able to replicate the growth process of mined diamonds. If mined diamonds didn’t exist, above ground diamonds would also not exist. The questions people always ask go something like “Are lab grown diamonds real?” “Is there a difference between mined and grown diamonds?” “Will my diamond keep its value?” “What quality are grown diamonds?”

This Gigantic, New Confection Features 3,500 Carats of Faceted Bling

This Gigantic, New Confection Features 3,500 Carats of Faceted Bling

We regularly blog about precious gemstones and diamonds but every once in awhile we like to blog about the fun side of "jewelry". Perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the "engagement season," the Bazooka candy company has introduced a gigantic version of its popular Ring Pop, the colorful confection that looks like a faceted gemstone. While the conventional Ring Pop weighs 40 grams and is equivalent to a 200-carat gemstone, the new Giant Ring Pop weighs 700 grams, or 3,500 carats. Engagement season runs from Thanksgiving Day thru Valentine's Day. To put this into real jewelry perspective, the Giant Ring Pop outweighs the Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found. That famous diamond was unearthed in South Africa in 1905 and tipped the scales at 3,106 carats.

The Smithsonian's National Gem Collection Welcomes the Vibrant Red 'Whitney Flame Topaz'

The Smithsonian's National Gem Collection Welcomes the Vibrant Red 'Whitney Flame Topaz'

Christened the "Whitney Flame Topaz," this gem is described by Smithsonian curators as one of the finest examples of imperial topaz in the world. Imperial, or "precious," topaz is typically golden-orange in color, but the vivid red hue of the Whitney Flame is even rarer and more highly prized.

Another Topaz Blog in Honor of November

Another Topaz Blog in Honor of November

Interestingly, the yellow stones mentioned in these ancient writings may not have been topaz at all. You see, before 1950, most "gem experts" shared the misconception that all yellow gems were topaz and that all topaz was yellow. The same mistakes have been made through out history concerning other gemstones. The most notably was a "ruby" in England's crown jewels that is actually a red spinel. Now we know that these assumptions weren't true. Topaz can be seen in a wide array of warm colors, including brownish-yellow, orange-yellow and reddish brown. It’s also found in white, pale green, blue, gold and pink. Many yellow stones, we've since learned, are part of other mineral families, such as citrine (the other November birthstone), which happens to be a variety of quartz.

Another Wonderful Story About First Responders Coming "To The Rescue"

Another Wonderful Story About First Responders Coming "To The Rescue"

Patty Shales lost her home and nearly all her possessions in a brutal wildfire that swept through her Brentwood, Calif., neighborhood last month. Yet, despite the tragedy, Shales told reporters last week that she still feels blessed, and her reason focuses squarely on two cherished pieces of diamond jewelry that somehow survived the devastation. Like many people, Shales and her family barely escaped the fast moving blaze, leaving their home of 43 years with only the clothes on their backs. When they returned to the scene days later to survey the damage, everything they owned was reduced to ash, except for a jewelry box that contained her late mother's diamond engagement ring and wedding band.

Musical monday: Rachael Price Sings, 'If You're Married, Baby, Wear a Wedding Band'

Musical monday: Rachael Price Sings, 'If You're Married, Baby, Wear a Wedding Band'

If you're married, wear a wedding bandThere's no need for you to whisper in my earWhen you can say it with your handIf you're gonna go breakin' my heartThere's no need for you to let it lingerWhen you can say it with your fingerIf you're married, baby, wear a wedding band

Study: Couples Leave Little to Chance When Choosing Engagement Rings

Study: Couples Leave Little to Chance When Choosing Engagement Rings

Couples are leaving very little to chance when it comes to choosing diamond engagement rings, according to The Knot's 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which synthesized the buying habits of more than 21,000 recently engaged or married couples. The most popular center stones are diamonds at 83%, other precious stones at 10% and colored diamonds at 3%. The most popular "other" precious stones are moissanite (which has nearly doubled in popularity since 2017) at 19%, sapphire at 18%, morganite at 12% and aquamarine at 6%. They did not distinguish between earth mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds, for good reason. A diamond is a diamond, regardless of it's origin.

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.

Did Neanderthals Share Eagle Talon Styling With Homo Sapiens Almost 40,000 Years Ago?

Did Neanderthals Share Eagle Talon Styling With Homo Sapiens Almost 40,000 Years Ago?

Family & Co. Jewelers loves blogging about the latest trends in jewelry and diamonds. But ever once in awhile we like to look at the history of jewelry. Researchers exploring an ancient cave in Spain have found what they believe is “the last necklace made by the Neanderthals.” The carved eagle talon was dated to 39,000 years ago, which is about the time when Neanderthals crossed paths with Homo sapiens and then became extinct.

GIA Commits $1.3 Million to Extend Reach of Artisanal Mining Education Project

GIA Commits $1.3 Million to Extend Reach of Artisanal Mining Education Project

Building on the success of a pilot project that gave small-scale miners in Tanzania new tools to evaluate the quality of rough diamond s and gemstones, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is committing $1,300,000 to extend the program into Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia. While there has been negative press concerning diamonds and diamond miners, this goes to show us that diamond and gemstone mining can have a positive effect on people's lives around the world.

Arkansas Woman Captures 3.29 Carat 'Illusive Dream' at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Arkansas Woman Captures 3.29 Carat 'Illusive Dream' at Crater of Diamonds State Park

We have blogged about the Crater of Diamonds State Park in the past, and probably will again. There's something fascinating about the fact that anybody can prospect for diamonds and many people continue to discover diamonds there. After many years of searching, 65-year-old Pat Choate finally captured her "Illusive Dream" last Tuesday at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. The 3.29 carat brandy-colored diamond is the third largest diamond discovered this year at the 37½-acre search field, which is actually the eroded surface of an ancient diamond bearing kimberlite pipe. Amateur miners get to keep what they find at the only diamond site in the world that’s open to the general public.

Smithsonian Adds 55 Carat 'Kimberley Diamond' to the National Gem Collection

Smithsonian Adds 55 Carat 'Kimberley Diamond' to the National Gem Collection

The 55.08 carat, champagne colored "Kimberley Diamond" is the newest member of the National Gem Collection. The emerald cut gem was donated to the Smithsonian by philanthropist Bruce Stuart and went on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., late last month. The Kimberley Diamond has been a "rock" star throughout its history. The Smithsonian noted that the Kimberley was one of the most recognizable diamonds in the world from the 1940s through the 1960s, as it appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and popular TV shows, such as It Takes a Thief and Ironside. The diamond was cut from a 490 carat rough diamond crystal discovered at the Kimberley Mine in South Africa in 1921. If you have never visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., we highly suggest that you do. It's an experience that you will treasure, pun intended.

A Special November Musical Monday in Honor of Topaz

A Special November Musical Monday in Honor of Topaz

TopazOur hearts are traveling faster,Faster than the speed of loveStraight through a tear in the cloudsUp to the heavens aboveTopazOur thoughts are traveling fasterMoving beyond the heavens aboveDeep forests by the seaSkyscrapers are winkingSome hills are never seenThe universe is expandingTopaz

Tampa Man Digs Through 10 Tons of Trash to Rescue Wife's Diamond Engagement Ring

Tampa Man Digs Through 10 Tons of Trash to Rescue Wife's Diamond Engagement Ring

A Tampa man successfully dug through 10 tons of rotting trash to rescue his wife's diamond engagement ring that had been accidentally thrown away and carted off to the city landfill this past Monday morning. Sara E. Petro took to Facebook to praise the efforts of her husband, Fadi, and a bunch of helpers from the city's Waste Management - Southeast Landfill team. "It's a really rough day, but there is a happy ending," wrote Sara on Facebook. "This morning I realized my engagement ring was missing. After frantically tearing my house apart and searching to no avail, I realized that I must have accidentally thrown it away with a pile of trash as I was cleaning last night." "As you can probably imagine," she continued, "my level of hysteria was through the roof." Her husband, however, was calm as could be. He tracked down a supervisor at the city's Waste Management facility and explained that he needed to find a single bag that contained the precious jewelry.

In Honor of November's Birthstone; Let's All Take A Trip To Topaz Mountain

In Honor of November's Birthstone; Let's All Take A Trip To Topaz Mountain

The property that Topaz Mountain Adventures has leased from the state of Utah is adjacent to free public lands also used for prospecting. The difference is that the public lands are very hard to work. The $30 tours at Topaz Mountain Adventures run for four hours and prospectors can expect to leave the site with a handful of nice specimens, according to Pyne. Tool rentals are available and the staff is happy to assist visitors in identifying what they've found. According to Pyne, it's not uncommon for a visitor to return to Topaz Mountain Adventures for more easily accessible gemstones after working a full day at a free public site and coming up empty.

Halloweddings...

Halloweddings...

Reminiscent of a haunted house, Erin and Eric's handcrafted Halloween wedding featured various stages and setups to build anticipation as the evening progressed. The ceremony began on the outdoor lawn before guests retreated inside The Cooper House for an eerie dinner beneath dangling witches hats. After dinner, everyone was ushered into the old general store on property for a hauntingly good time at the reception.

Another Opal Blog in Honor of October

Another Opal Blog in Honor of October

Opal is often referred to as the Queen of Gems. It boasts every color of the visible spectrum, from deepest and clearest blues and greens to rippling golden orange. Opal's hues also range from delicate pink and violet to rich turquoise, shocking vermilion, carmine and fuchsia. An opal may contain any or all of these colors, arrayed in wondrous patterns. Opal experts have given these patterns names, such as harlequin, pinfire, Chinese writing, flower garden, mackerel sky, flagstone and rolling flash. Opal is a birthstone for October that is popular with many people regardless of their birthday.

'Opal Peacock' Brooch Showcases One of the Finest Examples of the beauty of Opals

'Opal Peacock' Brooch Showcases One of the Finest Examples of the beauty of Opals

These opals consist of transparent spheres of silica that are tightly packed. The voids among the spheres contain only air or water. In gem quality opal, the silica spheres are uniform in size and are stacked into an orderly arrangement, which gives the structure the ability to break visible white light into separate colors.

Musical Monday; Drawing by 3 Year Old Julian Lennon Inspires The Beatles' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

Musical Monday; Drawing by 3 Year Old Julian Lennon Inspires The Beatles' 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you fantastic songs (some old, some new) with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we deliver the inside scoop on one of the most famous — and controversial — diamond songs of all time. It's been over 50 years since The Beatles released "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," Lucy in the sky with diamondsLucy in the sky with diamondsLucy in the sky with diamonds

8 Millennium Old 'Abu Dhabi Pearl' to Make World Debut at UAE's Louvre Outpost

8 Millennium Old 'Abu Dhabi Pearl' to Make World Debut at UAE's Louvre Outpost

The 8,000 year old "Abu Dhabi Pearl" will be making its world debut on October 30 at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the new UAE outpost of the famous Paris museum. The natural pearl; which is said to be the world's oldest; will headline a special exhibition called “10,000 Years of Luxury.” "Natural" pearl means that the pearl occured by "accident", man did not insert a shell bead to create the pearl.

Sports Saturday; Emblazoned With 650 Diamonds, Raptors' NBA Championship Rings Set a New Record

Sports Saturday; Emblazoned With 650 Diamonds, Raptors' NBA Championship Rings Set a New Record

Welcome to Sports Saturday! The Toronto Raptors celebrated their first ever NBA championship on Tuesday night with gigantic 14 karat yellow gold rings emblazoned with 650 diamonds weighing 14 carats. The number of diamonds and the total carat weight are records for a championship ring in any sport. The ring also set a new record for the largest single diamond in any professional championship ring. A 1.25-carat round diamond replaces the basketball in the ring's representation of the Larry O’Brien trophy. Encircling the outer edge of the ring is a row of 16 genuine natural rubies along with the jersey numbers of the team roster. The rubies and numbers are situated below a graceful cascade of diamonds.

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.

Can You Have Too Many Diamonds in a Ring?

Can You Have Too Many Diamonds in a Ring?

We usually say that you can never have too many diamonds. However, it truly is possible to have too many diamonds in a ring! The workmanship is beautiful, but jewelry should be wearable artwork. These three rings are hardly wearable. But they did set world records. The 7,777 diamond "Lotus Temple Ring" recently earned a Guinness World Record for the most diamonds set in a single ring, overtaking the 6,690 diamond "Lotus Ring," which had earned the same honor in July of 2018. Valued at $4.9 million, the amazing bauble was designed by Mumbai-based Lakshikaa Jewels and inspired by the famous Lotus Temple in Delhi. The lotus flower is a sacred symbol in several of India’s religions, imbuing the design with a sense of unity. A team of 12 crafters and one jeweler/designer worked 18 months to complete the project. The Lotus Temple Ring features brilliant-cut, natural diamonds set in 18-karat white and rose gold.

We Love a Good Love Story With a Happy Ending...

We Love a Good Love Story With a Happy Ending...

"When he asked me to marry him, I said yes straightaway," Judith told ABC. "I thought after 60 years, it was about time she had it back — and it fitted," Susans said. The ring still fit after sixty years? To us that's the most amazing pice of this love story. The couple officially tied the knot last weekend in an intimate ceremony attended by family and close friends. And this past weekend, Beston proudly wore her old/new bridal jewelry as she and Susans participated in their 60th Golden Graduates Reunion.

Opal and Tourmaline; October's Birthstones

Opal and Tourmaline; October's Birthstones

Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity through the ages. In the Middle Ages, young, fair-haired girls wore opals in their hair to protect its lovely blond color. Medieval writers believed opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose. It was also said to have a beneficial effect on eyesight. It was thought to banish evil spirits and favor children, the theater, amusements, friendships and feelings.

We Love Gold But We Don't Know How We Feel About This....

We Love Gold But We Don't Know How We Feel About This....

"The Royal Mint is constantly innovating, and as the UK’s leading precious metals solutions provider, we are hugely excited to launch the solid gold Raris card in acknowledgement of growing consumer demands for unique and luxury payments cards," noted Anne Jessopp, CEO at The Royal Mint. CNN reported that the Royal Mint's initial run will consist of 50 Raris cards with the same design. New card designs and additional runs will follow as the product gains traction. (If it gains traction) When CNN asked Mastercard spokesman James Thorpe why anyone might want to invest in an 18 karat gold payment card, he said, "If you want something that is unique in this world, there are very few things. But this is a remarkable and valuable product." Who else wants to wait for a platinum card?

Why Princess Diana's Engagement Ring Choice Displeased the British Royal Family

Why Princess Diana's Engagement Ring Choice Displeased the British Royal Family

Way back in February of 1981, Prince Charles proposed to the then 20 year old Lady Diana with a big blue sapphire and diamond ring that the future princess got to pick out herself. According to the editors of Vogue, some members of the British royal family fumed at Diana's choice; not because it featured an unconventional center stone, but because it was a stock item from the Garrard catalog. So, in the lead-up to their engagement, the then 32 year old Prince Charles presented his bride-to-be with a bunch of design options from Garrard. Her favorite was an 18 karat white gold ring set with a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 round white diamonds. In Diana's eyes, the ring was perfect

Musical Monday: Rihanna and Boyfriend Are Yellow Diamonds in the 2011 Hit, 'We Found Love'

Musical Monday: Rihanna and Boyfriend Are Yellow Diamonds in the 2011 Hit, 'We Found Love'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, Barbadian singer ...

October's Gemstone of the Month

October's Gemstone of the Month

October has two accepted birthstones; tourmaline and opal. If you missed our earlier blogs about these gems you might want to scroll back and read them. Today's blog is about opal, specifically black opal. Lightning Ridge, a small outback town in New South Wales, is the only place in Australia, and one of the few places in the world, where the highly prized black opal is found. Opals with a vivid play-of-color and a black or dark body color are classified as black opals.As one of October’s official birthstones, the precious opal is universally loved because it can present all the colors of the rainbow. Each opal is truly unique and more than 95% of the world's fine opals are sourced in Australia. Other varieties include white opals, boulder opals, crystal opals and fire opals.

Neon Blue Paraiba Tourmaline Is the Most Prized Variety of October's Birthstone

Neon Blue Paraiba Tourmaline Is the Most Prized Variety of October's Birthstone

Tourmaline comes in a wide variety of fiery, vibrant hues, such as red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink and purple. October's birthstone is even available in bi-color and tri-color versions. But, the most coveted tourmaline of all is the neon blue variety that was originally unearthed in Paraiba, Brazil, in 1987. The name “tourmaline” is derived from the Singhalese words “tura mali,” which mean “stone with mixed colors.” Many gemstone "families" (sapphire and garnet being the most notable) naturally occur in a variety of colors. Most people tend to think of only one color, blue sapphire, brownish red garnet, green tourmaline, etc.

Sports Saturday; St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup Rings Sparkle With Diamonds and Sapphires

Sports Saturday; St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup Rings Sparkle With Diamonds and Sapphires

Founded in 1967, the St. Louis Blues and their fans waited 52 years to raise the Stanley Cup. Designed by Jostens, the ring face features the Blues' distinctive Blue Note logo rendered with 16 genuine, custom cut blue sapphires. The number 16 represents 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. The Blue Note logo sits atop the Stanley Cup, rendered with 45 pavé-set diamonds. To the left and right of the Cup are 30 more diamonds for a total of 75, a number representing the goals scored by the Blues during the 2019 postseason. The words "STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS" in raised gold lettering encircle the face of the ring and sit against a ground of custom blue antiquing. Completing the top's stunning design are 115 additional diamonds intricately set in a cascading waterfall effect. A total of 20 princess cut sapphires; channel set in yellow gold; wrap around two sides of the ring's top edge.

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

Have you ever wondered when people started using diamonds or where they came from originally? How about why diamonds are the stone of choice for engagement rings? Learn the history of the diamond from their original formation and first discovery to the modern day, where the diamond engagement ring is an integral part of our culture.

We Have One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

We Have One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

★★★★★ My husband read the reviews online and said they have really good ratings and we should check them out. So we did. We were going with intentions of looking at wedding bands. The store was nicely laid out, sales men and women greeted you with genuine welcome rather than an aggressive salesman approach. Ian our salesman was very knowledgeable about the jewlery, but most importantly listened to what I was looking for. His patience did not go unnoticed and his weekly follow up phone calls to keep me notified of delays, problems, or status of the work was impeccable. I had some custom work on my engagement ring done so I could pick a wedding band I liked rather than custom make a wedding band to fit my engagement ring. The work and quality is amazing. I purchased my wedding bands from them and couldn't be more satisfied. Customer service and honesty is something they value and I would recommend anyone to check them out. ★★★★★ I know nothing about jewelry. I walked into Family & Co. with a very vague idea of what I wanted. Craig patiently walked me around the store and guided me to the perfect piece of jewelry. I will be returning to Family and Co. for my next purchase. Thank you! ★★★★★ Couldn’t be more happy with how smooth buying an engagement ring was for my fiancé’. Ian was so great and so helpful, I went back to him and got the matching wedding band as well! And my fiancé got my band from him as well! Their name says it all you will be treated like family!

CNBC Documents the Re-Polishing of 5 Carat Pink Diamond, Doubling Its Value

CNBC Documents the Re-Polishing of 5 Carat Pink Diamond, Doubling Its Value

L.J. West Diamonds recently granted CNBC unprecedented access to its New York City diamond cutting facility to witness the re-polishing of a 5 carat natural fancy pink diamond; a risky procedure that, if successful, would more than double the stone's value from $3.2 million to $7 million. All it would take was a master diamond cutter and six painstaking hours at the polishing wheel. The cutter would remove a few micro millimeters of material from key points around the diamond and alter the angle of a few facets. Based on the Wests' computer modeling, the result would be a diamond that would better reflect the light and magnify its natural pink hue.

'Journey' Ad Campaign Tells the Timeless and Epic Story of Natural Diamonds

'Journey' Ad Campaign Tells the Timeless and Epic Story of Natural Diamonds

The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) is launching an $11 million ad campaign that is an unprecedented, cinematic telling of the natural diamond story. Titled "The Diamond Journey," the video chronicles the history of a beautiful rough diamond from its fiery subterranean origins to its place as the ultimate representation of love, commitment and meaningful moments. The main message of this campaign is that only earth mined diamonds are real diamonds. While we appreciate the fact that these diamonds were "Three Billion Years in the Making", Family & Co. Jewelers is proud to offer whatever our clients desire. For that reason we offer both earth mined diamonds and also above ground lab grown diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds. The only differences are where they are grown and the length of time it takes to grow above ground diamonds. We appreciate all diamonds and leave the buying decisions to you.

Alrosa Scientists Verify Discovery of the World's First Diamond-in-a-Diamond

Alrosa Scientists Verify Discovery of the World's First Diamond-in-a-Diamond

A month or so ago, Alrosa surprised its Instagram followers with a video that seemed to show a tiny rough diamond rattling around in the cavity of a larger one. The caption read, "A diamond in a diamond? We couldn't help but share this very special find with you." And of course we wrote a blog back then about the diamond in a diamond. Scientists have been studying the diamond(s) ever since, we are following up today with their findings.

Musical Monday: Conway Twitty Reveals Wedding Ring Fantasy in ‘It’s Only Make Believe’

Musical Monday: Conway Twitty Reveals Wedding Ring Fantasy in ‘It’s Only Make Believe’

My hopes, my dreams come trueMy life, I’d give for youMy heart, a wedding ringMy all, my everything

Survey Says; Average Man Knows His Partner Is 'The One' After 7 Months of Dating

Survey Says; Average Man Knows His Partner Is 'The One' After 7 Months of Dating

After purchasing the diamond engagement ring, nearly half of the men kept it in a home safe while 30% put it in a shoebox. A quarter of the men kept the diamond ring with them all the time, while 27% gave the engagement ring to mom and dad for safekeeping. The survey also found the most common methods to protect the investment were a jeweler’s warranty (56%), specialty jeweler’s insurance (43%) and manufacturer’s warranty (42%). Family & Co. Jewelers, along with the engagement ring designers we carry, have great warranties. However a good insurance policy is the next step in protection.

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.

Some Wedding Traditions

Some Wedding Traditions

There are some American wedding traditions which are famous and iconic all over the world. This includes the wearing of a white or ivory gown to signify purity, and a white veil to signify virginity. While these would seem to some like ancient wedding traditions, they are still in use in many weddings today. These wedding traditions are not hard and fast “rules”, this is why so many brides and grooms choose otherwise. In addition, each of these American wedding traditions has a unique story behind it. Some other wedding rituals ideas include the wedding ring which signifies eternity (especially a diamond eternity band) and a never ending marriage due to its circular shape. In America, a three ring ceremony is popular, a diamond engagement ring for her and a wedding band for both him and her.

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.

Musial Monday: 'Two Princes' (One With Pockets Full of Diamonds) Vie for Same Girl

Musial Monday: 'Two Princes' (One With Pockets Full of Diamonds) Vie for Same Girl

One, two princes kneel before youThat's what I said nowPrinces, princes who adore youJust go ahead nowOne has diamonds in his pocketsThat's some bread, nowThis one said he wants to buy you rocketsAin't in his head, now

Diamond History of India

Diamond History of India

For centuries, India was the only place one could find these precious stones. The earliest known reference to diamond is a Sanskrit manuscript, dated from 320-296 B.C., but diamonds have been known in India for at least 3,000 years but most likely 6,000 years. In fact, until the 1730s India was the world’s only known source of diamonds. The word used for diamonds in Sanskrit is “Vajara,” meaning “thunderbolt” which was the weapon of Lord Indra (god of rain and thunderstorms), which reveals much about the spiritual properties attributed in ancient India to diamonds. There is an interesting story behind diamonds being named Vajara. Diamonds were found in fields after thunderstorms had moved through an area of central India. The locals believed that the diamonds were formed by lightning strikes hitting the ground, and were therefore considered to be a gift from the gods. It was unknown to these early diamond gatherers that they actually lived over a colluvial deposit of diamonds, which is a deposit close to a diamond pipe where the diamonds were being re-deposited by wind and rain. When thunderstorms moved across the area, the rain would wash away a layer of the top soil thereby exposing the diamonds contained in the ground deposits. As these thunderstorms produced a lot of lightning strikes, it was therefore assumed that these lightning strikes actually created the diamonds.

Color-Change Johnkoivulaite Is the Newest Member of the Beryl Gemstone Family

Color-Change Johnkoivulaite Is the Newest Member of the Beryl Gemstone Family

Johnkoivulaite, a mineral that changes from deep violet to near colorless when viewed with polarized light, is the newest member of the beryl family, which includes emerald, aquamarine and morganite. Emerald is May's birthstone and aquamarine is March's birthstone. What makes the mineral especially unique is the way it changes from a deep violet to near colorless when subjected to polarized light. This optical phenomenon is called pleochroism. The most famous example of this is the gemstone alexandrite.

Inspired by a Fellow Canadian, Homesteader Proposes With a Carrot and Diamond Ring

Inspired by a Fellow Canadian, Homesteader Proposes With a Carrot and Diamond Ring

First, he filled a five-gallon bucket with soil. Then he pressed the diamond engagement ring into the center of the bucket to bury it. Using a pencil, he poked a narrow hole aimed right through the center of the diamond ring. He put a few carrot seeds in the hole, sprinkled a bunch of seeds around the perimeter of bucket and hoped for the best. After tending his secret project for three months, it appeared that the carrots (and the diamond ring) were ready for harvesting. Neville went down on one knee and said, "I love you very much. Will you marry me?" At first, Squires was a bit confused, but when she realized her new diamond engagement ring was wrapped tightly around the middle of the carrot, her eyes started welling up and she nodded "Yes." "I was in complete shock when I saw the ring on the carrot," Squires told CBC News. Then young Eric took a bite from the tip of the engagement carrot.

Princess Beatrice's New Engagement Bling Is Inspired by Her Grandma's Diamond Ring

Princess Beatrice's New Engagement Bling Is Inspired by Her Grandma's Diamond Ring

Princess Beatrice, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is rocking a new 3.5-carat diamond engagement ring from Italian real estate tycoon Edoardo Mapellu Mozzi. The ring, which reflects "Victorian and Art Deco fusion," features a round center diamond flanked by smaller diamond baguettes in a platinum setting. Unlike her sister, Eugenie, who got engaged nearly two years ago with an avant-garde padparadscha, Beatrice's bling is said to be inspired by her grandmother's platinum engagement ring, which also has a large white center stone flanked by smaller white diamonds. Eugenie’s ring, an oval padparadscha surrounded by a halo of white diamonds, was strikingly similar in design to the engagement ring of her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, whose ruby center stone complemented her red hair. And of course Princess Di's famous engagement ring held a blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Musical Monday: Wedding Ring Compels Frankie Valli to Sing, 'Bye, Bye, Baby'

Musical Monday: Wedding Ring Compels Frankie Valli to Sing, 'Bye, Bye, Baby'

Welcome to a Musical Monday when we bring you classic hits with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. We switch it up between new music and oldies. Today is a throw back as we present Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons singing the original 1965 version of “Bye, Bye, Baby,” a tune that includes a very important line about a wedding ring.

Elizabeth Taylor's Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Returns to Auction Block

Elizabeth Taylor's Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Returns to Auction Block

The piece, which features a cushion-cut 37.29 carat sapphire framed with old-mine and old European cut diamonds, entered the Christie's action with a pre-sale estimate of $200,000, but exited with a hammer price of $1.3 million. In total, Taylor’s landmark collection of 80 baubles netted $115.9 million. The 37.29 carat sapphire is described in its grading report as having Burmese origin, high clarity and a richly saturated "royal blue" color.

Another Previously Undiscovered Mineral Is Found Trapped Inside a Diamond

Another Previously Undiscovered Mineral Is Found Trapped Inside a Diamond

PhD student Nicole Meyer of University of Alberta's Diamond Exploration Research and Training School discovered a previously undiscovered mineral trapped within the inclusion of a diamond. Back in March 2018, scientists at the same university identified a new deep-Earth mineral; also trapped within a rough diamond crystal (see image, below). While measuring only .031 millimeters in diameter, the diamond was credited with ferrying the unstable material called “calcium silicate perovskite” to the surface from its original home 400 miles within the earth's mantle. More than ever, scientists are relying on minuscule mineral inclusions within diamonds to learn more about Earth’s chemistry deep beneath the surface. Both diamonds were recovered from mines in South Africa.

Christie's Jewelry Expert Reveals Why Nearly Identical 10 Carat Sapphires Have Surprisingly Different Values

Christie's Jewelry Expert Reveals Why Nearly Identical 10 Carat Sapphires Have Surprisingly Different Values

At first glance, these two gorgeous sapphires seem to be nearly identical. They both weigh approximately 10 carats and boast a comparable cut and hue. However, when offered for sale at Christie's New York, one fetched $50,000, while the other commanded $305,000. Why the big difference? "The three most important geographical locations for sapphires, in order of the premiums their origins command, are Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka," Peshall wrote on christies.com. The sapphire on the left, which weighs 10.27 carats and was sourced in Sri Lanka, exhibits a well saturated, bright, clean appearance, according to Peshall. When the hammer went down at Christie's New York in September of 2016, the winning bid for the gem was $50,000.

Lucara Salvages 375 Carat Gem Quality Diamond From Old Tailings

Lucara Salvages 375 Carat Gem Quality Diamond From Old Tailings

Imagine finding diamonds in your trash. That's what happened when Lucara Diamond Corp. salvaged a 375 carat gem quality diamond from a pile of old tailings at its prolific Karowe mine in Botswana. When cut and polished, this diamond rough should yield polished diamonds roughly 175 carats. The 375 carat rough diamond was just one of nine 100 plus carat diamonds recovered from the re-processing of old material. Lucara also reported strong results from the processing of new material, including the discovery of a 123 carat diamond from Lucara's South Lobe (see photo, above). Year to date, the mining company has recovered 22 diamonds larger than 100 carats, including six of 200 carats or more. You might wonder how large diamonds like can be lost in the first place. When you think about the millions of tons of dirt that must be moved to find even one diamond you can imagine how a few diamonds can "slip through the cracks".

Emirates Airlines Shows Off Its 'Diamond' Onboard Lounge, But Is It Real?

Emirates Airlines Shows Off Its 'Diamond' Onboard Lounge, But Is It Real?

Emirates, the luxury airline that set the Twittersphere ablaze in 2018 with the introduction of its "Bling 777," is back again with a post of its "Diamond" A380 onboard lounge. It was December 2018 when the airline took to Twitter to show off an Emirates Boeing 777 spectacularly embellished with diamonds. The image went viral instantly, as supporters and naysayers alike chimed in on what they believed to be the first-of-its-kind, gem-encrusted aircraft.

Almost 100 Carat Bismarck Sapphire Was a Honeymoon Gift From the Wealthiest Man in America

Almost 100 Carat Bismarck Sapphire Was a Honeymoon Gift From the Wealthiest Man in America

In 1926, at the age of 53, American tycoon Harrison Williams married Mona Bush, a divorcée 24 years younger than him. Aboard his 250 foot yacht, the Warrior, the couple departed on a year long, around the world honeymoon, and during a stopover in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), the wealthiest man (at that time) in America picked up a beautiful cornflower blue bauble for his new bride. The 98.57 carat cushion cut sapphire, which is now known as the Bismarck Sapphire, is one of the world's finest examples of September's official birthstone. Visitors to the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., will see the Bismarck Sapphire Necklace prominently displayed between two other famous sapphire pieces, the Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace and the Logan Sapphire.

Musical Monday: Sophia Somajo Wishes for a Bulletproof, Unbreakable 'Diamond Heart'

Musical Monday: Sophia Somajo Wishes for a Bulletproof, Unbreakable 'Diamond Heart'

In the song, the 34 year old Somajo tells her boyfriend that only a diamond heart can protect her from the "sweet grief" he brings to the relationship. She sings, "Yeah if I was bulletproof / I’d love you black and blue / If I was solid like a jewel / If I had a diamond heart / oh oh / I’d give you all my love / If I was unbreakable." In the end, she acknowledges that her heart will never be as solid as a precious stone so she will have to let him go: "Goodbye my love / you are everything my dreams are made of / you’ll be Prince and I’m the crying dove / If I only were unbreakable." Somajo, who is also known as Soso, delivers a powerful performance, with a range and vocal style reminiscent of Aussie superstar Sia. The official video for the song has been viewed on YouTube more than 153 million times. "Diamond Heart" appears as the 13th track from Different World, Walker's debut studio album.

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.

Pantone’s Color Palette for Spring/Summer 2020 Conveys Sense of Ease

Pantone’s Color Palette for Spring/Summer 2020 Conveys Sense of Ease

We like to keep an eye on trending colors in the fashion world. After all, the jewelry business is in the fashion business. The colors that we wear for our clothing has an influence on the color gemstones and the color of the precious metals that we wear. I feel these colors lend themselves well to rose and white gold, not to yellow gold. In gemstones I feel that topaz, citrine, blue sapphire and perhaps turquoise will pair well with next year's clothing. And of course diamonds match well with everything!

A Diamond Dream Was an Engagement Ring Nightmare

A Diamond Dream Was an Engagement Ring Nightmare

Evans told Today's Gadi Schwartz that she was having an exciting, action packed dream about a cargo train and some villains. "It was very James Bond," she said. "And in my dream my fiancé told me that I needed to swallow my engagement ring in order to protect it, I guess." While still in a dream like state, Evans slid the diamond ring off her finger, put it in her mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water. When she awoke the next morning, the 29 year old Jenna noticed her ring was gone and she had a very good idea of where it could be. "I couldn't help but laugh at it, and then I had to wake my fiancé up and tell him that I had swallowed my engagement ring," the frequent sleepwalker told Schwartz.

We Couldn't Make Up These Stories If We Tried...

We Couldn't Make Up These Stories If We Tried...

This sounds like a story from a satire "news" site, but we assure you that this is real. No fake news here. A fully functional 18 karat gold toilet that dazzled and delighted visitors to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City during its year long installation in 2016-2017 was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, on Saturday; a mere two days after its British debut. The toilet is said to be worth $6 million. We don't know how much of that value is gold value and how much was for craftsmanship, we don't know the gold weight of the piece of art. A teaching moment; 18 karat gold is 75% gold and 25% alloys. Pure gold is 24 karat; generally marked .999 on gold coins.

Another Sapphire Blog in Honor of September

Another Sapphire Blog in Honor of September

Dubbed the "Tiesh Blue Empress," the stone displays a prominent six-rayed star due to a unique optical phenomenon called "asterism." The Tiesh company, which operates showrooms both in Kandy and Colombo, Sri Lanka, claims the gem is the "largest-ever commercial blue star sapphire." The mother stone of the Tiesh Blue Empress weighed an astonishing 201,500 carats and was unearthed in the early 1980s in the world-famous Ratnapura mining district. The carat weight of the mother stone is equivalent to 40.03 kg or 94.86 lbs. The cabochon-cut star sapphire weighs, by comparison, a mere 2.34 ounces. “We are both humbled and elated to present the Tiesh Blue Empress not only to Sri Lanka but also to the world," said Lasantha de Fonseka, the founder and managing director of Tiesh. "Her rightful abode is neither in a safe nor in a bank vault, but rather showcased to be admired by the world. Her presence now firmly positions Kandy on Sri Lanka’s and the world’s tourism map. Needless to say the boost and visibility she will give Sri Lanka’s gem industry is inestimable.”

Musical Monday; Matt Palmer Promises to Let her Shine in His  2010's Song 'Diamond Love'

Musical Monday; Matt Palmer Promises to Let her Shine in His 2010's Song 'Diamond Love'

The chorus goes like this: "You're one of a kind / You take a lifetime, a lifetime to find / You're a diamond in the rough / Baby you should be mine / And I'll let you shine / You're my diamond lover." To Palmer, the term "diamond lover" represents a girlfriend who is perfect in every way. Later in the song, he compliments the young woman by comparing her to "the perfect sapphire" and "the most beautiful ring." He also says she's like "silver and gold." Penned by Palmer, "Diamond Love" was released as the first track from his Let Go album.

2,100-Year-Old Fashionista's Blinged-Out 'iPhone Case' Puts Mine to Shame

2,100-Year-Old Fashionista's Blinged-Out 'iPhone Case' Puts Mine to Shame

"This site is a scientific sensation," Dr. Marina Kilunovskaya of the St Petersburg Institute of Material History Culture told labible.com. "We are incredibly lucky to have found these burials of rich Hun nomads that were not disturbed by [ancient] grave robbers." The gemstone jet is considered to be a mineraloid — a naturally occurring mineral-like substance. Some examples of mineraloids are jet, amber and lapis lazuli. Jet, specifically, is derived from wood that has decomposed under high pressure. The term "jet black" means the darkest black possible. In the U.S. during the Roaring Twenties, young flappers would wear multiple strands of jet beads reaching from their necklines to their waists.

Flawless 10.64 Carat Purplish Pink Diamond Is Top Lot at Sotheby's HK Auction next Month

Flawless 10.64 Carat Purplish Pink Diamond Is Top Lot at Sotheby's HK Auction next Month

Pretty in pink... An exceptional 10.64 carat flawless vivid purplish-pink diamond is expected to sell for as much as $26 million when it hits the ...

Snickers to Honor NFL's 'Hungriest' Players With Blinged-Out 'S' Pendant

Snickers to Honor NFL's 'Hungriest' Players With Blinged-Out 'S' Pendant

Another NFL blog.  Earlier this week we blogged about the Eagles' Super Bowl Ring.  Today we write about a different type of jewelry worn by ...

Here's an All Diamond Ring That We Blogged About Last Year

Here's an All Diamond Ring That We Blogged About Last Year

The Diamond Foundry, which supplied the lab grown diamond for the project, announced on Twitter that the ring was completed, and released a video showing how it was meticulously carved and faceted using laser beam and water jet technology. The ring was created by removing material rather than adding it. The original blueprint boasted 2,000 to 3,000 individual facets. A typical round brilliant-cut diamond has 58 facets. It is important to note that a lab grwon diamond IS a diamond in every way. A lab grown diamond has the same optical, physical and chemical properties as a diamond mined from the earth. The fact that a lab grown diamond ring sold for over a quarter of a million dollars is meaningful in that it validates the fact that lab grown diamonds are valuable. Family & Co. Jewelers carries both lab grown diamonds and earth mined diamonds. We believe in giving our clients options, in diamonds as in everything else jewelry related, and allowing you to make an educated buying decision.

Russian Diamond Mining Company Posts Video That is Believed to be a Diamond in a Diamond

Russian Diamond Mining Company Posts Video That is Believed to be a Diamond in a Diamond

Alrosa's Instagram page features a video of a 0.62-carat rough diamond with a curious void in its center. Rattling around in that cavity seems to be another rough diamond. In a caption accompanying the video, Alrosa wrote, "A diamond in a diamond? We couldn't help but share this very special find with you." Alrosa goes on to describe how the smaller crystal seems to move freely within the larger one. The curious gem was discovered in Yakutsk, Russia. "We are not sure if the smaller one is a diamond," wrote Alrosa. "Our scientists are looking forward to studying the crystal. It will be researched with non-destructive methods." In an unrelated Instagram post, Alrosa honored the 115th anniversary of Russia's TASS news agency with what the mining company is calling "the world's most expensive diamond hashtag."

Our Philadelphia Eagles’ First-Ever Super Bowl Rings Soar With 219 Diamonds and 17 Green Sapphires

Our Philadelphia Eagles’ First-Ever Super Bowl Rings Soar With 219 Diamonds and 17 Green Sapphires

Our Philadelphia Eagles marked their historic 2017 season and epic Super Bowl triumph over the New England Patriots with championship rings emblazoned with 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. Each ring boasts a gemstone total weight of 9.15 carats.

The Best Of The Best

The Best Of The Best

Family & Co. Jewelers has been making people happy for over 8 decades. That is over eighty-two years of the finest diamonds, jewelry and timepieces. Over the years, many publications have recognized us as "The Best Of The Best". Here are a few examples...

The Case of the Missing Diamond

The Case of the Missing Diamond

As jewelers, we always sweat a little bit when the words "missing" and "diamond" are in the same sentence! But this is all in good fun. Utilizing cutting edge technology that mimics the visual effects of a black hole, artist Diemut Strebe plans to make a $2 million, 16.78 carat fancy yellow diamond disappear at the New York Stock Exchange a week from today, on September 13. With the diamond shrouded in this material, it will cast no shadows and lose dimensionality — rendering it virtually invisible to the naked eye. It's the closest thing to experiencing a black hole on earth. With no light reflected back from the object, one's brain paints it as pure black. Interestingly, the diamond and its nanotube shroud are both composed of the same element — carbon — but present the opposite extremes when exposed to light. Diamonds are extraordinarily reflective, while the carbon nanotubes are unusually light-absorptive.

Padparadscha Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of September's Birthstone

Padparadscha Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of September's Birthstone

Characterized as “a true Rembrandt among gemstones,” the pinkish-orange padparadscha is the rarest and most valuable variety of September's birthstone; sapphire. It is also the hardest to pronounce. According to the Smithsonian, when a sapphire is not blue it is considered "fancy color." Some of the most common fancy-colored sapphires are yellow, pink and purple. The most coveted is the pinkish-orange padparadscha. Back in 2013, a gemstone dealer told author and gemstone expert David Federman, “Fine padparadscha is far rarer than either fine Kashmir sapphire or Burma ruby. We’re talking about a true Rembrandt among gemstones.” By the way, as stated above ruby is technically a red sapphire. Rubies were named "ruby" prior to the scientific knowledge that they were really sapphires.

A Different type of Musical Monday; Timeless Wedding Songs

A Different type of Musical Monday; Timeless Wedding Songs

The first dance as a married couple is a moment that is treasured for a lifetime - so it's only natural that you want to select the right song to capture the occasion. When it comes to your wedding day, it's only natural to want every detail to be perfect. This includes the first song you'll dance to as a married couple. Make sure that you choose one that fits the mood and your personalities. I suggest going for timeless as opposed to fadish. When you watch the video on your 10th anniversary; you don't want to scream out #whaaattt!

Sapphire; Facts and Myths

Sapphire; Facts and Myths

Sapphire, a variety of corundum, comes in all colors except red (the red variety being known as ruby), but is especially popular in deep blue. Fancy colored sapphires-including pink, green, orange, and golden yellow-are magnificent when combined in a necklace or bracelet. Prince Charles chose a blue sapphire for Princess Diana's engagement ring. The stone's durability, combined with its beauty, makes it the perfect alternative for an engagement ring.

Jordan Rodgers Proposes to 'Bachelorette' JoJo Fletcher With 5-Carat Ring, Again...

Jordan Rodgers Proposes to 'Bachelorette' JoJo Fletcher With 5-Carat Ring, Again...

As most fans of The Bachelorette know, the male contestants get to choose from a curated selection of five rings provided by the show. I didn't know this. This time around, Rodgers got to design a ring that matched Fletcher's personality. He started with an oval diamond, the new "hot" shape for diamonds. When viewed from the top, Fletcher's new diamond seems to be floating above her finger, secured in a six-prong setting on a delicate 14-karat yellow gold band. However, a hidden halo of white diamonds is revealed when the ring is viewed from the side. "The show brought us together and set us up for a truly amazing proposal the first time around," Fletcher wrote to Rodgers in a continuation of her original Instagram post, "but this time was all YOU. And that means everything and more to me. I can't wait to marry you!"

Vending Machine at London's Bankside Hotel Dispenses Engagement Rings

Vending Machine at London's Bankside Hotel Dispenses Engagement Rings

One block from London's River Thames, the chic Bankside Hotel is famous for its art, innovation, sustainability; and touch screen vending machines that dispense surprising items, such as champagne, Tom Ford sunglasses and "placeholder" engagement rings. Not diamond engagement rings and not a precious metal like platinum or gold. Supplied by ROKUS, a London based jeweler, the gold plated brass rings feature a cabochon cut labradorite secured in a classic six prong setting. The brass is soft and adjustable, so one size fits all. Labradorite displays a flashy iridescence and comes in many color variations, from grey and brown to green and yellow. But, due to its relative softness (6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, compared to diamond which has a hardness of 10), it is not really intended for engagement rings. Certainly, it has a place as the center stone of a novelty engagement ring; a cheeky, spontaneous expression of a couple's commitment until they can pick out a more precious and permanent keepsake.

Magnified Gemstone Inclusions Become Galaxy Like Structures in London's VOID Installation

Magnified Gemstone Inclusions Become Galaxy Like Structures in London's VOID Installation

The awesome beauty of gemstone inclusions is brought to life in a new multi-sensory spatial installation by designer Dan Tobin Smith, The Experience Machine and Gemfields. The rubies and emeralds featured in the installation were sourced by Gemfields, a leading purveyor of responsibly sourced gemstones. On Tuesday, September 17, gemologist and jewelry specialist Joanna Hardy and VOID designer Smith will host a master class, which will include an intimate group walk through the VOID installation. The class will cover the history of gemstones and the attributes that make them unique. Smith will discuss his passion for inclusions and explain in detail the process of filming and projecting the gems within the installation.

Google Celebrates 80th Anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' With Ruby Slippers Surprise

Google Celebrates 80th Anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz' With Ruby Slippers Surprise

This isn't the first time that we have blogged about the famous ruby slippers. We can't help it, we like rubies... This past Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the release of "The Wizard of Oz," and to celebrate the occasion, Google unveiled a special animated search results page complete with dream sequence rotating screens, clicking ruby slippers and a flying farmhouse. Despite their name, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are not adorned with rubies. In fact, the bugle beads that prop designers used to simulate rubies proved to be too heavy. The solution was to replace most of the bugle beads with sequins, 2,300 on each slipper. The butterfly-shaped bow on the front of each shoe features red bugle beads outlined in red glass rhinestones in silver settings.

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