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.
Most experts recommend having any fine automatic serviced every five years. What does a service entail? Do not adjust the date on you Rolex or any mechanical timepiece between 9 in the evening and 3 in the morning as this could damage the date-setting mechanism in the movement. If you have a mechanical watch that you are not wearing, be sure to wind it at least once per month. This slows down the ageing process of the oils and lubrication. Or keep the timepiece on a watch winder. The crown MUST be screwed all the way down for water resistance; this is true for your Rolex or any truly water tight timepiece. If your watch does not have a screw down crown; we do not recommend swimming with it even if it is marked water resistant.
Made from 99.99% pure gold, the coin measures 80 cm (31.5 inches) wide and 12 cm (4.5 inches) thick. It weighs one metric ton, which is equivalent to 2,200 pounds or 35,274 ounces. The coin has a face value of $1 million, but at today's gold price, the precious metal alone is worth $49.3 million. "Face value" of coins rarely match the actual value. A pure silver American Eagle coin has a face value of just one dollar but contains an ounce of silver worth roughly $15. A pure gold American Eagle coin has a face value of just fifty dollars but contains one ounce of gold worth roughly $1,400.
You’re a diamondYou were trying to shine for a blind manWasting all your pretty and your tears on a man who was picking up penniesWith a dime in his hand baby don’t spend any moreTime on tryna figure out whatcha did wrongI know you thought it was loveBut it was lying, that boy was dustDust on a diamond
The Blue Hope another of the worlds largest diamonds was once owned by Louis XIV and officially designated the "blue diamond of the crown". It was stolen during the French Revolution but showed up again in 1830 and was bought by Henry Philip Hope of London, the diamond was named after the new owner. The Blue Hope Diamond is believed to carry a curse, two of the owners had their entire family die just one year apart. It now resides in the Smithsonian in Washington where it is recognized as one of the worlds largest diamonds. The Hope Diamond was weighed by the Gemological Institute of America in 1988; it weighed in at a staggering 45.54 carats! Blue diamonds of any size are very rare, a blue diamond larger than a few carats is beyond rare.
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.
Once upon a time a boy & a girl meet. They go out on a few dates and decided to become boyfriend & girlfriend. As the years go by; they become serious. One day the boy, now a man, decides that he wants to be just like his dad & mom who have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Even like his grandfather & grandmother who have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
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.
White Castle, America's original fast-food hamburger chain, is ringing in the summer with a sweepstakes highlighting new value deals on its distinctively shaped Chicken Rings. The Grand Prize is a $5,000 halo-style diamond ring whose key design element; a hollow center; is designed to resemble White Castle's bite-sized crispy chicken treat. To us; it looks like a diamond engagement ring that is missing the center diamond. We feel that our designer; Angelo Paul; could have created a much better diamond ring for them.
Jewelry comes in all forms and designs, with some made out of regular metal or plastic and others designed from some of the greatest materials in the world. It is almost always possible to find something more expensive and more valuable, and while it is possible to purchase some rather valuable pieces of jewelry from a local jewelry store, the following are by far some of the most valuable pieces in the world.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you popular songs with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones and/or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, is a sad song (aren't most country songs?) as country star Lee Ann Womack sings about a marriage gone wrong in her 2001 hit, "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?" Womack plays the part of a loving wife whose husband has betrayed her, leaving his wedding band behind. She's heartbroken and yearns to get him back. She wonders if he has trouble with commitments; or maybe he's rediscovered an old flame.
A ring that symbolizes a lifetime of commitment should last just as long. When you own a VERRAGIO ring, you have the added assurance of the high quality that the VERRAGIO name represents. VERRAGIO has several collections of engagement rings and wedding bands for him and her; Parisian, Venetian, Couture, Insignia, Renaissance and Traditions. Like most designers; all VERRAGIO engagement rings are sold as semi-mounts. This allows the customer to select their center diamond from Family & Co. Jewelers beautiful selection of GIA certified diamonds or from our selection of certified Pure Grown Diamonds.
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.
Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminium oxide). Gemstone-quality corundum in all shades of red are generally called rubies. Corundum gems in any other color are called sapphires. Rubies were named "ruby" decades before science was able to tell us that they are in fact red corundum or they would have been named red sapphires. The word "ruby" comes from "ruber," Latin for red. Rubies gets their color from the element chromium and boast a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale. Only diamonds are rated higher at 10.0. Legend tells us that rubies were revered as a mystical gem representing love, health and wisdom. It was a long-held belief that wearing a ruby brought good fortune to its owner. The value of a ruby increases based on its color, cut, clarity and carat weight.
Interestingly, Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are not adorned with genuine rubie or any gemstones at all. 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.
Among the multitude of legends and strange beliefs concerning gemstones, it was thought that the wearer of a ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in ‘heart affairs '.Furthermore, the wearer acquired the ability to live in peace with his enemies. In some places ruby was even thought to confer invulnerability. Rubies are today even more valuable and rare than the top quality colorless diamonds. A 16 carat ruby was sold at auction for US$ 227,300 per carat at Sotheby's in 1988.
Unearthed more than 130 years ago at the Ground Hog Mine in Red Cliff, Colo., the Ram's Horn is mysteriously shaped like a curly bunch of tendrils instead of the more recognizable golden nugget. Mineralogists scratched their heads, wondering about its fundamental structure. The specimen is 12 centimeters (4.72 inches) tall and weighs 263 grams (9.28 ounces), but because of its extreme rarity, researchers didn't want to cut into it or break it open.
Welcome to Musical Monday; the day that we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, pop star Meghan Trainor knows she's a gem in the female empowerment anthem, "I'm a Lady." Born on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket to retail jewelers (we didn't know that until we researched this song) Kelli and Gary Trainor, Meghan started singing at age six and wrote her first song at age 11. She attended Berklee College of Music and released two acoustic albums in 2011. Please check out Trainor’s official video of “I'm a Lady.” We included the lyrics if you’d like to sing along.
For more than 1,000 years, natural pearl farming had been a vital part of Hong Kong's culture. Colonists called Hong Kong the "Pearl of the Orient." Eventually, overfishing in the waters off southern China made it impossible for natural pearl farmers to earn a living. In the 1950s, Hong Kong pearl farmers made a valiant, but unsuccessful, attempt to compete with their powerful Japanese counterparts in the cultured pearl trade. The region's last pearl farmers called it quits in 1981. But now, a 58-year-old scientist named Yan Wa-tat is convinced that Hong Kong's pearl industry can make a comeback.
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.
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.
Did you know that you can prospect for diamonds? Right here in the USA? One of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source, Crater of Diamonds is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings people from all over the world to Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Visitors to the park search a 37 acre plowed field, the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, for variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones; and any rock or mineral you find is yours to keep. This includes diamonds!
In honor of the first full week of summer 2019; here's a super-fun product for gemstone lovers looking to stay cool during the summer heat. The "Koji Ring Popsicle Mold" allows you to create frosty faceted confections from your favorite fruit juice, yogurt, smoothie, pudding or even chocolate. Imagine how much a youngster would enjoy a Koji Ring glistening with a super-sized purple "amethyst" made from grape juice or a vivid "yellow diamond" that tastes so much like a mango smoothie. And for those of us who are young at heart, how about a green tea-flavored frozen "peridot" or a hazelnut coffee "topaz." The possibilities are as vast as one's imagination.
What Olsen was describing was an in-progress marriage proposal. With a diamond engagement ring in hand, Max Harvat was on bended knee just about to pop the question to his girlfriend Brooke Hartranft. "She said, "Yes," Harvat screamed back, his voice echoing through the hotel complex. Olsen pulled out his phone and started filming. “So I’m thinking, ‘I would imagine that this guy would love to have this on film.’ He was literally five feet from us. It was amazing,” Olsen told panthers.com. "I've got it on video, dude," Olsen said. "I'm going to send it to you." "You're my hero," said Harvat, not knowing at the time that he was speaking with the three-time Pro Bowler who happens to play for his favorite team.
Pressure makes diamonds much harder than stoneAnd they only get finer as each day goes onWe've been through some bad timesBut we made it somehow'Cause if pressure makes diamonds,Our love's a diamond by now...
A proposal fit for the OG of the O.C.! Vicki Gunvalson can’t stop gushing over Steve Lodge’s “incredibly intimate and perfect” proposal. And of course the amazing diamond engagement ring he selected. “He cried and I cried,” the Real Housewives of Orange County star, 57, told Us Weekly exclusively. “I was like, ‘Steve this is just perfect. Let me see the ring!’ He showed it to me and it’s incredible. It’s almost flawless. 5.5 carats. It’s literally perfect. It’s gorgeous. He did it right. He said he got it in January.” While Vicki announced the great news on Friday, April 26, via Instagram, Steve actually got down on one knee a few days earlier at their home.
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A tiny gold coin depicting the Roman ruler Allectus crushed pre-auction estimates as fierce bidding at the headquarters of London auctioneer Dix Noonan Webb (DNW) catapulted the price to $695,000. DNW had predicted the coin would fetch between $90,000 and $127,000. The news came as a sweet surprise to the 30 year old amateur metal detectorist, who discovered the 1,700 year old coin in a plowed field near Dover, England, back in March. The field is adjacent to the site of an ancient Roman road. This will most likely lead to increased sales of metal detectors to amateur treasure hunters wolrd wide! “I cannot believe it, we are ecstatic!" exclaimed the detectorist, who wished to remain anonymous. "We expected it to sell for a little over estimate, but not five times the estimate! We are sharing the money with the farmer, who is also thrilled!”
Chromium gives alexandrite its color and while in most minerals a trace element like chromium would provide only one color to the mineral, in alexandrite it gives it two! Coloring agents are dependent on the wavelength of light and the chemical bonds in the crystal to determine the color that they will cause. An element like copper, in normal light, can cause a green color in malachite and a blue color in azurite, it all depends on the character of the chemical bonding. In a single specimen of alexandrite, the chromium is in such a balanced situation that the color of the specimen depends on the character of light that hits the crystal. If the light is natural sunlight or fluorescent light, the crystal will be green; however, if the light is incandescent light from a common indoor light bulb, then the crystal will appear red.
India’s rich ties to fine jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, he explained, is partly the result of natural circumstances. The mines of Golconda yielded the highest grade of diamonds. Kashmir produced the rarest and most beautiful sapphires. And the greatest emeralds arrived in India from Colombia through commercial exchange via the Portuguese-controlled ports of Goa. On the cover of the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence catalog is a Belle Époque "jigha" (turban ornament) dripping with old-cut, baguette and pear-shaped diamonds. The Indian royal treasure (photo above), which was originally designed in 1907 and remodeled circa 1935, would have been worn on formal occasions by a Maharaja, explained Kadakia. The ornament is estimated to sell in the range of $1.2 million to $2.2 million. Christie's sale includes two spectacular diamonds sourced at India's Golconda mine.
The diamond mining company has promised a $3,000 cash prize and a tour of the mine to the Botswana citizen who comes up with the best name for a grey-black diamond crystal that has the distinction of being the second largest rough diamond ever discovered. Only the 3,106 carat Cullinan, discovered in South Africa in 1905, was larger. The name must be in Setswana, the national language of Botswana, according to the official rules. Entrants must state why they chose that particular name, the meaning of the name and what the chosen name signifies. The competition runs through June 14. The winner will be honored at a gala dinner, where the grand prize will be presented.
Though the pearl eludes me while I'm sinkin' still there's no finer thingDiamonds do you justice only 'cause your beauty shines like a ringFighting through the winter tempest I can hear the sea sirens sing I want you more than everything
Alexandrite the traditional birthstone for June is a beautiful, but very rare gemstone. It is very difficult to find natural alexandrite. Most Alexandrite on the market are synthetic or created. Alexandrite rings are very beautiful. If Alexandrite is set in a ring, the wearer can watch the color change from green to red, mauve or brown in incadescent light. Alexandrite has a hardness rating of 8.5.
We are late with this blog; we should have written it last month in honor of emerald being the birthstone for May. But the amazing emerald was still under wraps last month. Nearly six months after winning the 5,655-carat "Inkalamu" emerald at a Gemfields auction last November, luxury jeweler Diacolor finally revealed the Zambian sourced crystal to the public last week at the company's flagship store in Delhi, India.
In additional to the extraordinary array of pearls, the necklace includes an Art Deco-era platinum clasp set with 428 old-mine diamonds. The diamond total weight of the piece is approximately 16 carats. Mrs. Arthur Wallace Dunn was the wife of a prominent Washington, DC-based journalist and author, who hobnobbed with presidents Warren G. Harding, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. June's official gemstone; the pearl; is unique among all of the gems because it is the only one formed entirely within a living creature. Natural pearls occur when an irritant enters the oyster's shell. To protect itself from the foreign body, the mollusk secretes layers of nacre, which, over time, become a lustrous pearl. To make a cultured pearl, a shell bead is surgically implanted into the mollusk to induce nacre production. While pearls aren't as popular as they once were; a single strand of cultured pearls are an elegant fashion statement. Try wearing a strand of pearls with denim for a unique look.
Can we all agree that enough is enough already? Enough with making each ring larger and more diamond studded than the last! Even more so; enough with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl!!!! Two years ago, we blogged about the size and opulence of the New England Patriots' fifth Super Bowl ring; a ring set with 283 diamonds weighing 5.1 carats. Of course, the team's sixth edition is even more over the top; with 422 diamonds weighing 8.25 carats and 20 blue sapphires totaling 1.60 carats. Sitting atop the Patriots logo are six Lombardi trophies, represented by marquise cut diamonds outlined with 123 round diamonds. Providing a glistening background for the trophies are 108 pavé set diamonds, which represent the number of practices held during the 2018 season. This symbol spotlights the team's focus on preparation; one diamond for every practice.
Exactly 100 years ago, a 19 year old Antwerp engineer named Marcel Tolkowsky perfected a mathematical formula for the 57 facet (58 facets if you include the culet, the facet at the bottom of the diamond) "brilliant-cut" diamond. Tolkowsky's accomplishment prevails as the most iconic and successful cut in history due to its ability to maximize a diamond's fire, brilliance and sparkle. The Antwerp World Diamond Centre recently held a street fair and ceremonial diamond cutting to honor Tolkowsky and the 100th anniversary. "In 1919, my uncle Marcel unlocked the secret of light within a diamond," said Gabi Tolkowsky, one of the world's most renowned diamond cutters. "He figured out how to get the greatest amount of light to shine out of a diamond, calculating the number and arrangement of facets to maximize the light return. This was Marcel’s gift to the world, perfecting the journey of light, giving all those who came after him the knowledge of how to turn a diamond into a unique beauty."
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today is a throw back, music legend Jim Croce tells his sad and lonely wife how things are going to change in the 1972 classic, "Tomorrow's Gonna Be A Brighter Day." He'd love to give her diamonds and pearls to express how much he wants to make things right, but the hardscrabble musician can only offer a kiss and an apology.
We love these stories about honest people doing the right thing even when no one is watching! A diamond engagement ring that was thought to be lost forever was returned to a Hueytown, Ala., woman by honest employees at a Kentucky distribution center of rugged men's apparel. Moral of the story; make sure that your jewelry, especially your diamond rings, fit properly. This can be challenge with the changing seasons; be extra careful in the winter when our fingers shrink. Family & Co. Jewelers has two full time jewelers on premises for ring sizing, diamond setting and creating and servicing jewelry.
The cushion modified brilliant cut diamond; aptly named "The Bubble Gum Pink"; is set in a ring by luxury jeweler Moussaieff. The fancy vivid purplish pink diamond is framed by small pear shaped pink diamonds on the corners and larger marquise cut white diamonds on the sides. Celebrated for its superb color, The Bubble Gum Pink diamond was classified by Christie's Chairman Francois Curiel as "probably the strongest pink I have ever seen in my 50 year life of jewelry specialty at Christie’s." The hammer price for the auction's top lot was on the high end of Christie's pre-sale estimate of $6 million to $8 million.
The Lulo mining area, which comprises 1,100 square miles along the length of the 31 mile Cacuilo River, has already generated a series of high quality, impressive diamond discoveries. The largest diamond to date was discovered in 2016 and named "4 de Fevereiro." The 404.20 carat rough diamond was eventually sold for $16 million to luxury jeweler De Grisogono, which cut it into a flawless 163.41 carat emerald cut diamond.
Geologists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, reported that a thread like fungus found 130 km southeast of Perth, has the ability to draw gold from the soil. What's special about the fungus, called Fusarium oxysporum, is that it uses a special chemical to dissolve the gold and another chemical to turn it back to a solid in the form of tiny nanoparticles. A microscopic view of the fungus shows how its strands are coated in gold. The presence of gold rich fungi on the surface could provide valuable clues about new deposits underground. The geologists at CSIRO believe the fungi could provide a cost-effective way to find gold while reducing the impact on the environment. Australia is the world's second largest gold producer, and while gold production reached all time highs in 2018, forecasts show that production will decline in the near future unless new gold deposits are found.
The former reporter took the ring to a jeweler to determine if it was, in fact, a genuine diamond ring. Her hunch was confirmed as the jeweler placed the value at about $1,200. "I literally got in the car and there was this tiny little diamond ring sitting on the tray by the cupholders," the Lake Oswego, Ore., resident told KOIN 6 News. "It looked real, beautifully set, so I took it inside thinking maybe the service technician had lost it." The technician told Korey that it was not his diamond ring, but described how it fell from behind the steering column while he was servicing the airbag recall.
Resembling a dinosaur's tooth and weighing an astonishing 61 pounds, the Philippine-sourced "Giga Pearl" is one of the largest in the world and could be worth upwards of $90 million. Who knew pearls could be this valuable? Currently owned by Ontario native Abraham Reyes, The Giga Pearl had been a family heirloom for 60 years. The natural pearl was hidden within a giant clam his grandfather had purchased from a Filipino fisherman as a gift for Reyes' aunt. It was 1959.
Give me all your tearsLet me turn them into pearlsLet me turn all the tearsThat you've cried into pearlsExperience pearlsPearls of experienceI'll wear your pearls more precious than silverI'll wear your pearls so close to my skin.
The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) used the cutting-edge science to date the historic "Ana Maria Pearl," which was worn by Ana María de Sevilla y Villanueva, XIV Marquise of Camarasa (1828-1861). The natural pearl was presumed to have been discovered during the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the 16th century. The test confirmed that the historic formation age for the natural pearl was between the 16th and mid-17th century. Christie's Geneva estimated that the Ana Maria Pearl would sell in the range of $800,000 to $1.2 million. On auction day, the highly touted Lot 264 didn't find a buyer and was withdrawn.
At times people question why diamonds are valuable. They make the claim that diamonds are not rare and that diamond prices are artificially high. When we look at the money that is spent to extract diamonds from Mother Earth, we begin to understand that diamonds are rare and valuable. Debmarine announced it will be investing $468 million on the world's first-ever custom-built diamond recovery vessel. When it joins the Debmarine fleet in 2022, the new ship will have the capacity to extract 500,000 carats annually from the coastal waters off Namibia; boosting the country's annual diamond output by 35%. While 500,000 carats is significant, it should be remembered that will be 500,000 carats of rough diamonds. Even if all of the diamonds are gem quality (and not industrial grade diamonds) the yield will be roughly 250,000 carats of polished diamonds. If you read on you will learn that De Beers does expect a very high percentage of gem quality diamonds from this venture.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you throwback songs with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today is a throwback edition, music legend Charley Pride portrays a troubled and insecure husband in his amusing 1967 country hit, "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?" Pride's character tells his wife that he feels so proud when she wears her diamond engagement ring for all the world to see, but questions why she goes out at night with her diamond ring conspicuously missing from her left hand.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off to summer; the beginning of cookouts, swimming pools, and summer getaways. But before you jump in the pool, slather on sunscreen or head to the beach, it never hurts to know where dangers can lurk. If you’re not careful, summer can take a toll on your jewelry. The only surefire way to guarantee not losing or damaging your jewelry this summer is to simply take it off and leave it at home. Insuring your precious jewelry is recommended. Family & Co. Jewelers can expertly appraise your jewelry (no charge on items purchased from us) and also recommend a very good insurance company that only insures fine jewelry.
Petra named the gem "Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine" to honor its connection to one of the world's oldest and most prolific sources of majestic diamonds. “The Cullinan Diamond Mine has produced some of the most iconic diamonds the world has ever seen and, as a key client of Petra Diamonds, we are honored to have the opportunity to polish the Legacy of the Cullian Diamond Mine,” Discovered in 1905, the Cullinan Diamond was segmented into nine major finished stones, each of which was given the name Cullinan and a Roman numeral. Two of the gems are part of the British Crown Jewels — the Great Star of Africa (Cullinan I) at 530.4 carats and the Second Star of Africa (Cullinan II) at 317.4 carats.
An art deco-style emerald necklace from the collection of American socialite Helene Beaumont and a 36.57 carat near-flawless diamond shared the spotlight at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva last week. These top two items sold for $3.6 million and $5 million, respectively, accounting for more than 20% of the auction's total sales of $41.8 million. In all, 448 lots were offered.
Actress Hilary Duff earned almost two million likes after revealing her stunning cushion cut diamond engagement ring on Instagram earlier this month. The general consensus is that the diamond is an elongated cushion cut — the popular pillow shape with rounded corners. Size estimates ranged from 3 to 4 carats. The clarity is assumed to be VS1 or higher with a G color grading. The minimalist white gold or platinum setting sports a split shank, and all these characteristics combine to put the ring's value somewhere in the range of $40,000 to $100,000.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you tunes with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, international blues troubadour Eric Bibb inspires us to keep our eyes on the mountaintop in the uplifting 2006 song, "Shine On." We all know the gemstone that shines the brightest is the diamond. He sings, "Don't stop 'til you win your prize / Lean on all the love that is in my eyes / You're a diamond to me, yes you are / Shine on." Penned by Bibb and Figge Bostrom, "Shine On" appeared as the third track on Bibb's studio album, Diamond Days.
Gold has long been used to celebrate special occasions and that was certainly true 150 years ago. When the two railroad lines met at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, the engineering marvel was culminated with railroad magnate Leland Stanford driving the ceremonial final spike; a glistening symbol made from 14 ounces of 17.6 karat gold. The idea of using a gold spike to commemorate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad was the brainchild of David Hewes, a San Francisco financier and contractor. The gold spike is engraved on all four sides.
Family & Co. Jewelers sells both “above ground” or “grown” diamonds as well as traditional “below ground” or “earth mined” diamonds. We have always believed in educating our clients, about diamonds and jewelry, and allowing our clients to make an informed decision about their purchase. This philosophy continues in the arena of diamonds. The arena of grown diamonds is a controversial one. Grown diamonds; a term the Diamond Producers Association disputes as misleading; cost you 40 percent less than mined diamonds. Not surprisingly, companies like De Beers, Rio Tinto and other members of the Diamond Producers Association have cried foul, saying lab diamonds are inauthentic. The manufacturers of synthetic diamonds, on the other hand, are promoting the environmental benefits of their process, hoping to attract millennials more concerned about being green and saving money than embracing the tag line “a diamond is forever.” The above arguments are made by people with a financial stake in only one type of diamond, either grown diamonds or mined diamonds. By deciding to offer our clients both types of diamonds, Family & Co. Jewelers has made the choice to not join the controversy.
We love a great rycycling 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.
Another interesting finding was that the tradition of popping the question, while still immensely popular in the US, Mexico and Canada, is not as prevalent elsewhere. More than 80% of couples in North America will experience a "bended knee" proposal. But, that number is only 50% in Italy, where couples are far more likely to jointly agree to take the next step in their relationships and buy the ring together. Here in the goold old USA, many couples will browse for the engagement ring together to see what styles and/or designers she likes. However the person popping the question will usually return alone to select the diamond and finalize the ring. So while the person being proposed to knows the proposal is coming the details, time and place are generally kept as a surprise.
In April we wrote many posts about diamond as the birthstone of the month. Now that it is May, it's emerald's turn... A 75.61 carat emerald worn more than 220 years ago by Russian Empress Catherine the Great will be hitting the auction block at Christie's Geneva a week from Wednesday. The spectacular verdant gem, which was daringly smuggled to England by a James Bondesque character during the Russian Revolution, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2.3 million to $3.5 million.
You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of goldYou're Daddy's little girl to have and holdA precious gem is what you areA ray of hope, a shining star. A precious gem that's what you areA ray of hope, a shining star.
I sometimes hear Mother’s Day termed a “Hallmark Holiday”; a term I personally find distasteful. If being a mom was a paid job, it would come with a salary in excess of $100,000 per year. But our mom’s did it all for love.
Mother's Day spending for jewelry items is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2019, making it the fastest growing and highest volume gift-giving category, according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The jewelry spending number is up from $4.6 billion in 2018, an increase of 13%. And why not? Our moms (and grand-moms and wives) deserve to be spoiled 365 days a year! And especially on Mother's Day. At Family & Co. Jewelers, the designer Charles Krypell is especially popular for Mother's Day. We carry his sterling silver collection; many pieces are highlighted with 18 karat rose or yellow gold as well as diamonds or colored gemstones. Exactly 35% of respondents said they will be buying jewelry for their moms this year.
In 2015, it was reported that Florida geologist had discovered an unusual palm like plant that flourishes in diamond rich soil. More specifically, the stilted, thorny Pandanus candelabrum thrives in the potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium rich soil that sits above kimberlite pipes; the volcanic superhighways that deliver precious diamonds from deep within the earth to the surface. Most of the world’s commercial diamond production is derived from kimberlite pipes and the Pandanus candelabrum plant is the world’s only botanical indicator for kimberlite. Where you find this rare plant, you’re likely to find diamonds.
During April we posted several blogs about diamonds. Now it's the month to talk about emeralds! Steeped in a rich history that spans more than 150 years, the 21.04 carats "Maximilian Emerald" is one of the world's most famous and most dazzling examples of May's official birthstone. Post had the emerald remounted by Cartier into its current platinum setting with six baguette-cut diamonds flanking the emerald, two baguettes adorning the shank and 18 baguettes set in the undercarriage of the ring.
Here at Family & Co. Jewelers we love a great engagement story! Today we have a great one from a week ago today. Pittsburgh area resident Stephanie Solt captured two prizes at the finish line of last Sunday's Pittsburgh Marathon. She earned a medal for completing the grueling 26.2 mile race and was surprised with a diamond engagement ring from her boyfriend, JT Mylan. Mylan went down on one knee and popped the question just seconds after Solt turned in a time of 4 hours, 55 minutes. We wonder, if she knew a diamond engagement ring was waiting for her would she have trimmed a few minutes from her time?
Way back in October 2010, Prince William famously proposed to Kate Middleton with the distinctive sapphire and diamond engagement ring once worn by his late mother, Princess Diana. At the time, the prince said that popping the question with that ring was “my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement." Diana's ring, consisted of 14 diamonds surrounding a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire.
Brandy wears a braided chainMade of finest silver from the North of SpainA locket that bears the nameOf the man that Brandy loved He came on a summer's dayBringin' gifts from far awayBut he made it clear he couldn't stayNo harbor was his home The sailors say: "Brandy, you're a fine girl" (you're a fine girl)"What a good wife you would be" (such a fine girl)"But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea"
Lucara Diamond Corp. has unearthed a tennis-ball-size 1,758 carat diamond at its famous Karowe Mine in Botswana. The diamond rates as the second largest ever found, easily overtaking the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond, which was also recovered at Karowe. But, unlike the gem quality Lesedi La Rona diamond, which was purchased by diamantaire Laurence Graff for $53 million and recently cut into 67 high quality diamonds, Lucara's newest find is being characterized as a "near" gem quality diamond with "domains of high-quality white gem."
Hyperbole aside, the ring actually weighs just under a quarter pound (105 grams) and is a adorned with 283 diamonds, representing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots overcame a 28-3 deficit to win 34-28 in overtime. The width of the ring's decorative face is 1.5 inches. With the Patriots winning their sixth Super Bowl this past February, it's very likely that the Super Bowl LI rings will be overshadowed by their Super Bowl LIII counterparts. Can Jostens actually fit more than 283 diamonds on a ring?
The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) has unveiled the Maendeleo Diamond Standards (MDS), a program that helps artisanal miners receive certification showing their diamonds are conflict-free. It should be noted that the majority of diamonds mined and sold today are conflict free. Unfortunately this wasn’t true about diamonds a few decades ago. Reports estimated that as much as 21% of total diamond production in the 1980s was being sold for illegal and unethical purposes and 19% was specifically conflict in nature.
Emerald is the birthstone for May; but it is so much more than a birthstone! Emerald is the most valuable type of beryl. It is colored by minute traces of chromium and vanadium. The beryl family of gemstones also includes morganite and aquamarine. Emerald can be a beautiful gemstone but it should be remembered that it is a relatively fragile gem and should be worn with care.
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.
Welcome to Musical Monday, the day that we bring you classic songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. We also like to write about love songs. Today, we write about a love song with a gold heart as it's theme. In his 1971 chart-topping classic, "Heart of Gold", the incomparable Neil Young searches for his soulmate. I want to live, I want to give,I've been a miner for a heart of gold.It's these expressions I never give,That keep me searching for a heart of gold and I'm getting oldKeep me searching for a heart of gold and I'm getting old
Signed on January 29, 1908, the nine-page agreement between the representatives of King Edward VII and M.J. Levy & Nephews mapped out the company's responsibilities during the diamond cutting process. London based diamond broker M.J Levy & Nephews arranged for the diamond to be cut and polished by the renowned Asscher Company in Amsterdam, which had successfully cut the previously largest known diamond, the 995.2-carat Excelsior, five years earlier.
Here at Family & Co. Jewelers we of course have a love for diamonds. We are also fascinated with natural fancy color diamonds. Such as this fancy blue diamond. This is the largest blue diamond ever discovered in Botswana; a brilliant 20.46 carat oval gem with Fancy Deep Blue color and VVS2 clarity; which was unveiled last week by the state run Okavango Diamond Company. The diamond, which was cut from a 41.11 carat rough diamond sourced at the Orapa mine, was named "The Okavango Blue" to honor the world heritage site known as the Okavango Delta.
When Elle.com asked, "Are you someone who wants to pick out your engagement ring or do you want to be totally surprised?" the statuesque 23-year-old said, "I mean, I kind of love the idea of letting the man pick it and having it be that pretty thing that he kind of thought of himself." There's something "kind of romantic" behind the idea that her boyfriend was involved in the design concept of the diamond engagement ring, she said. "But at the same time, I'm the type of person that would give hints and be like, 'I kind of want this.'"
Surprisingly, the auction house's pre-sale estimate for the current offering of the same diamond reverts to the range promoted in 2017. Christie's believes the May 2019 hammer price will be in the neighborhood of $2.5 million to $3.5 million. A representative from Christie's told the press that the estimate reflects the current market value for a diamond of that size and provenance. She noted that a bidding war among diamond buyers in 2017 was likely responsible for inflating the Jonker V's sale price well beyond the high estimate. We'll be watching to see if another bidding war escalates the diamond's price in Geneva next month.
Welcome to a throwback edition of Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country star John Anderson has fun with a well worn gemstone myth in his Grammy nominated 1981 hit, "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Anderson likens himself to a common chunk of coal, but promises to work hard to rid himself of flaws until he's "blue pure perfect." We're guessing he aspires to be a blue diamond. Did he "hope" to be the Hope Diamond?
Outbidding two challengers, a Japanese private collector plunked down almost fourteen million for a D flawless 88.22 carat oval diamond at Sotheby's Hong Kong yesterday. He gifted the diamond to his eldest daughter and named it the "Manami Star" Diamond in her honor. The diamond had been described by the auction house as "perfect according to every critical criterion." Given the great interest in the "perfect" diamond, the hammer price easily surpassed the pre-show high estimate of $12.7 million, making the Manami Star the top lot at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction.
Very often as a young man purchases a diamond engagement ring from Family & Co. Jewelers, the topic of how to propose comes up in conversation. This is a new one that we wanted to share with y'all. Really it happened nine years ago but it is new news to us. Yasushi “Yassan” Takahashi, the GPS artist who famously zigzagged 4,500 miles through Japan in 2010 to spell out a marriage proposal for his girlfriend, is back in the news; thanks to Google.
The Jostens-designed rings commemorating the historic season are flush with gem-themed symbolism. For instance, the 185 gemstones represent the 162 regular season games, 14 post-season games and nine World Series titles now held by the Red Sox. The iconic Boston "B" logo on the face of the 14 karat white gold ring is formed by 21 custom cut genuine rubies, which represent the four World Series titles won by the Red Sox during the 17 seasons of Fenway Sports Group ownership.
Last week, Graff finally unveiled the principal diamond; a 302.37 carat square emerald cut (sometimes called an Asscher Cut. The Asscher Cut Diamond was first introduced over 100 years ago in 1902) stunner that is said to be the largest D, flawless gem ever certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The jeweler named the gem the "Graff Lesedi La Rona" and proclaimed it "one of the greatest diamond achievements in history."
Named in honor of Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, former chairman of the Board of Directors of DeBeers Consolidated Mines, the 20mm x 20mm gem quality diamond was discovered at the Dutoitspan Mine near Kimberley, South Africa, in 1964, and acquired that same year by luxury jeweler Harry Winston. Instead of cutting the rough diamond into a hero stone and a series of smaller finished diamonds, Winston decided to leave it in its natural state and donate it to the Smithsonian in memory of Oppenheimer, who passed away in 1957 at the age of 77. The surface of the diamond is reminiscent of an icy pond.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word, "adamus" which means unconquerable. Fitting that it should be the gem most used to symbolize ones' love. Diamonds started their history as being worn only by men as they were supposedly able to instill courage and virtue to soldiers in battle. It wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century when Agnes Sorel, mistress to King Charles VII of France, began wearing diamonds and started the new fashion for women. The myths and facts associated with the diamond transcends cultures and continents.
Diamond can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only another diamond can cut a diamond. In fact, to burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Family & Co. Jewelers uses a laser welder near diamonds to avoid any risk to your diamond. Yet the oil deposited from the mere touch of a human finger can cause dirt to collect and make this nearly indestructible gemstone quickly lose its sparkling appeal.
On Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, University of British Columbia researchers discovered deposits of gem quality cobalt blue spinel in qualities that rival the finest in the world. The gemstone spinel, which in 2016 joined the official list of birthstones for the month of August, is famous for being the jewelry world's "great imposter." Before modern testing became available, deep red spinel was often mistaken for ruby. The most famous example of this was in the crown jewels in England.
He went down on one knee and said, "Johanna, you are the love of my life. Will you marry me?"Johanna said, "Yes," and Zavoral placed a halo style diamond ring on his girlfriend's finger.Jones' dad, who was watching with his wife from the audience, shouted, "He did ask me first. He got the thumbs up!"Meanwhile, Perry was crying buckets of happy tears, collapsing to the floor behind the judge's table."Why won't someone love me like that," she weeped.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you sweet songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we blog about country star Mary Chapin Carpenter who gave love a second chance in her 2010 tune, "I Put My Ring Back On." Does she mean a diamond engagement ring? A gold wedding band? The song doesn't say.
The historic Cullinan Mine, which famously produced the 3,106-carat Cullinan in 1905, added another enormous diamond to its roster of legendary finds. London-based Petra Diamonds announced late last month that it had unearthed a 425.10 carat, D (the highest diamond color grade) color, ultra pure, Type II diamond at the South African mine. By the way, lab grown diamonds are also Type II diamonds.
If you're a fan of fabulous diamonds, you may already know that the Letšeng Mine is famous for producing large, exceptional diamonds and generating more dollars per carat than any other kimberlite diamond mine in the world. In fact, a little over a year ago, Letšeng made headlines when it revealed an amazing 910 carat D color, Type IIa diamond. Technically a color grade of D means that the diamond has no color at all; the rarest and most valuable of all diamonds. As the fifth largest gem quality diamond ever recovered, the Lesotho Legend was eventually sold for a whopping $40 million.
At 93 years young, Marie Gladman has lived a wonderful life — a life symbolized by a custom floral-motif ring made with the diamonds harvested from four diamond rings gifted to her by her beloved late husband, Wally. When Marie lost her diamond ring on a shopping trip in early December, her world was turned upside down. Staring at the bare ring finger on her left hand, the Waltham, Mass., native said, "That's where all my special memories are. [The ring] was my life. It never came off."
The 32-year-old actress posted a photo of her stackable bridal bling; a 4 carat, elongated radiant cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo, followed by an eternity band with square diamonds going all the way around, followed by a thin, unadorned yellow gold band. We have blogged about stackable wedding bands earlier this year; calling stackable diamond bands the "little black dress" of 2019.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we blog about Lee Greenwood who sang about making a 24 karat mistake in his 1984 tune, "Fool's Gold." His character is agonizing over a broken marriage and losing the love of his life. In hindsight, he admits he was a fool and it was all his fault.
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.
The story began mid-February, when Massachusetts couple Peter and Kimberly Reggiannini pulled into a rest stop along superhighway I-95 in Connecticut. Kimberly had taken off her diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding band to put lotion on her hands during their ride from New York City to Boston. Both diamond rings were safely on her lap when the couple stopped at a service station, but fell to the ground when she opened the car door.
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n the song, Martin sings the story of two lovers enjoying a moonlit evening in the picturesque Italian city on the Mediterranean Sea. Although it's late and he must say "goodnight," he promises to buy her a diamond ring early the next day. He sings, "In the morning signorina we'll go walking / Where the mountains help the moon come in to sight / And by the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger / While I buy a wedding ring for your finger / In the meantime let me tell you that I love you / Buona sera signorina kiss me goodnight / Buona sera signorina kiss me goodnight."
The name "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas" meaning unconquerable-suggesting the eternity of love. In fact, diamonds have been the traditional symbol of love since ancient Greece. Discovered about 2,500 years ago in India, the ancients believed they were splinters from the stars, perhaps crystallized lightening or hardened dew drops.Although diamonds are associated with being a colorless stone, they are occasionally found with a strong, bright colors; green, red, pink, blue, canary yellow and amber. These "fancy" colored diamonds are highly-prized. Red diamonds, followed by pink, are the rarest and therefore the most valuable fancy color diamonds.
The D, Flawless diamond is expected to fetch between $11.2 million and $12.7 million, a value reflecting its extreme rarity. Sotheby's reports that only three oval diamonds larger than 50 carats have appeared at auction over the past few decades. The 88.22 carat faceted diamond was cut from a 242 carat rough stone discovered at the Jwaneng mine in Botswana. The mine, which is well know for producing high-quality diamonds, is jointly owned by the government of Botswana and De Beers.
Agatized dinosaur bone is a unique fossil where the original fossilized bone, typically permineralized with calcite, has been re-mineralized, or replaced, with silica-type compounds. This requires a particular type of environment, referred to as an aqueous intrusion, to replace the calcite in the original fossils with silicates. For an aqueous intrusion to occur, local strata layers must be uplifted during tertiary intrusions so that silica-rich, superheated groundwater can flood these layers and force water and aqueous solutions into the microporous fossilized bone. It is this rare process that transpired on the Colorado Plateau 35 million years ago that created the beautifully patterned agatized dinosaur bone now used in our rings.
This is the ninth time Coronet has claimed a Guinness World Record. In 2018, a Coca-Cola bottle-shaped handbag adorned with 9,888 diamonds became the official title holder in the category “Most Diamonds Set on a Handbag.” In 2016, the company set a record for the “Most Jewels on a Guitar” when it customized a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass with 16,033 gemstones. In 2015, Coronet created the world’s “Most Valuable Guitar,” a Gibson glittering with 11,441 diamonds weighing 401 carats and valued at $2 million.