Smaller diamonds are known to materialize under high pressure at a relatively shallow depth of 90 to 125 miles amid oxygen-rich rocks. By contrast, the largest diamonds are likely forming 200 to 500 miles below the surface within patches of oxygen-deprived liquid metal. While conducting a spectrum analysis of a 20-carat type IIb blue diamond, Dr. Smith and his associate Dr. Wuyi Wang detected the remains of the mineral bridgmanite — a tell-tale sign that the diamond originated deeper in the mantle.
While working the search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park, Beatrice Watkins joked to her two young granddaughters that their future husbands would need to revisit the site to find diamonds for their wedding rings. What the 56-year-old Mena, Ark., resident didn't realize at the time is that she had already scored the park's biggest diamond of 2020, a 2.23-carat oblong stone, the size of an English pea and color of iced tea. Watkins had found the unusual diamond within 30 minutes of arriving at the park. So far in 2020, 139 diamonds weighing a total of 22 carats had been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Four of those diamonds weighed at least one carat each.
The drone was originally intended to look for fossil bones, hence its name "Laser Raptor," but the scientists quickly realized that the drone's capability was far more reaching. Other florescent targets could include rare minerals, such as ruby, kunzite, opal and diamond, to name a few. Of the diamonds submitted to the Gemological Institute of America for grading over the past decade, approximately 25% to 35% exhibit some degree of fluorescence, a factor that — for the overwhelming majority of diamonds— has no widely noticeable effect on appearance.
The world's most expensive ruby! A little over five years ago, the 25.59 carat pigeon-blood-red “Sunrise Ruby” rocked the auction world when it obliterated two auction records at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva. The hammer price of $30.4 million exceeded Sotheby’s high estimate by more than $12 million and set a new auction mark for the largest sum ever paid for a ruby. The stone, which was set between two shield shaped white diamonds in ring designed by Cartier, also established a new high water mark for the highest price per carat ever paid for a ruby ($1.19 million). Today, the cushion cut Sunrise Ruby has its own Wiki page and is celebrated as one of the world's finest examples of July's birthstone.
Usually on Monday we bring you great songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we do a special Musical Tuesday on the first Tuesday of July, we present The Rolling Stones’ kaleidoscopic lyric video of their 1967 smash hit, “Ruby Tuesday.” The video premiered on a Tuesday over two years ago to promote the group’s 2018 European tour, which kicked off in London.
Musical Monday when we bring you chart-topping songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country music duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square fall in love, get engaged and tie the knot in their semi-autobiographical 2010 hit, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not." "Diamond" isn't mentioned in the lyrics but we presume he proposed with a diamond engagement ring. "So I took a chanceBought a wedding band and I got down on one kneeAnd you smiled and said to me"
We should have posted this blog during June, the birth month for pearl. Better late than never! Queen Elizabeth II is rarely seen in public without her favorite three-strand pearl necklace — a gift from her beloved father, King George VI, who passed away in 1952. What most Royal Family followers don't know is that the Queen actually owns three nearly identical pearl necklaces that she rotates freely. Elizabeth loved the three-strand pearl necklace so much that she had an identical one made. In 1953, a third three-stand pearl necklace joined her collection. It was a gift from Emir of Qatar and the only difference among the three was that this version sported a diamond clasp.
An artisanal miner in Tanzania struck it rich last week when he sold two enormous tanzanite crystals for $3.4 million. Saniniu Laizer had discovered the tanzanite crystals — one weighing 9.2kg (46,000 carats) and the other 5.8kg (29,000 carats) — in Tanzania's Manyara region, not far from the country's Merelani mining site. The two rough gems are believed to be the largest tanzanites ever found in Tanzania. The previous record holder weighed 3.3kg. In a highly promoted ceremony on Wednesday, the 52-year-old Laizer revealed his finds to the international press. "There will be a big party tomorrow," he told the BBC.
More than 3.5 million Swarovski crystals are integrated into the architecture and decor of the Sparkling Hill Resort near Vernon, British Columbia, making this venue a jewelry-lover's fantasy. Owned by Swarovski family patriarch Gernot Langes-Swarovski, the $122 million, state-of-the-art spa facility reflects crystal-infused opulence from every angle. Visitors approaching the resort will immediately notice a lobby façade with angular window panes "faceted" to look like a brilliant-cut gemstone. Gemstone themes are also prevalent in the signage, lighting, sculptures, floor coverings, furniture, stairs, ceilings and mirrors.
Guarnaschelli took to Instagram on Saturday to show off her new emerald-and-diamond engagement ring and post the simple caption, "Ok @chefmike808, you’re on!" She punctuated the post with an engagement ring emoji.For the record, Family & Co. Jewelers does not recommend an emerald for an engagement ring, emeralds are a delicate gemstone that is not ideal for everyday wear. We suggest rubies and sapphires for couples that do not wish to have a traditional diamond engagement ring.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, pop star Katy Perry encourages young women to aspire to greatness in her 2010 ballad, "Pearl." Pearl is of course one of the birth gems for the month of June. Oh, she used to be a pearlYeah, she used to rule the worldCan't believe she's become a shell of herself'Cause she used to be a pearl
An exhibit titled "Gifts from Napoleon" is the subject of today’s virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Two very special pieces gifted by the French emperor to his second wife, Marie-Louise, are prominently featured in a wall case on the second floor of the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. One is a majestic silver and gold necklace set with diamonds weighing 263 carats and the other is a diadem glistening with 540 carats of turquoise and 700 carats of diamonds.
The rings made by Finnish company, Oura, are equipped with censors that can detect changes in the players' body temperature, heart rate, sleeping patterns and respiratory rate — and most importantly, provide early warning signs if a player is in danger of contracting the coronavirus. At least that is the hope. Scientists at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) claim the Oura rings can detect COVID-19 related symptoms (fevers, coughing, breathing difficulties, fatigue and others) up to three days before they show up. The claim is based on an initial study by RNI that included more than 600 physicians, nurses, urgent care providers and others directly working to care for patients with COVID-19 in West Virginia. The study's second phase will include an additional 10,000 participants across the United States, including New York and California, according to RNI.
A gorgeous pair of fancy-colored heart-shaped diamond rings; one blue, one pink and each valued at more than $7 million; will headline Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale on July 10 in Hong Kong. Of all colored diamonds, red diamonds are the rarest followed by pink then blue diamonds. It will be interesting to see if we have a resurgence in popularity for heart brilliant cut diamonds after this. Both oval and pear shaped diamonds have returned to the fashion forefront in recent years.
And then the sun rose, our bodies unfrozeWelcome to Musical Monday when we bring you wonderful tunes with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Philadelphia R&B; legends Boyz II Men sing about a long-lost love in their 2014 release, “Diamond Eyes.” And it turned us both goldYour diamond eyes glowed, yea,your diamond eyes glowed,your diamond eyes glowed,your diamond eyes glowed, ohhhh
The biblical Aaron may have been the original King of Bling. More than 3,300 years ago, the first high priest of the Hebrews (and older brother of Moses) dazzled his followers with a gleaming breastplate fashioned with gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The inscribed gems — which included emerald, sapphire, amethyst and topaz — were arranged in four rows and set in gold. “Twelve stones were there also upon the breastplate, extraordinary in largeness and beauty,” Josephus wrote. “The first three stones were a sardonyx, a topaz, and an emerald. The second row contained a carbuncle, a jasper and a sapphire. The first of the third row was a ligure (possibly orange zircon), then an amethyst, and the third an agate… the fourth row was a crysolite, the next was an onyx, and then a beryl.”
If you were born during the month of June, your birthstone is the rarest of birthstones. June birthdays claim two birthstones; pearl and Alexandrite. Pearls have been wildly popular in jewelry for centuries because of their natural beauty. We have already posted a blog about pearls this month, and we will again. But today we are focusing on alexandrite gemstones which are extremely rare and desirable since they change color based on the lighting. Often described as an "emerald by day and ruby by night," alexandrite displays a dramatic chameleon-like color shift depending on the light source. In normal daylight, a fine alexandrite will appear bluish-green, but under lamplight or candle flame, the gem transitions to a vibrant raspberry red. One last comment about gems and birthstones. Family & Co. Jewelers has always told their clients that they should wear gemstones that they desire and to not be limited to their birthstones. One someone says "I hate my birthstone!" we say "fine, don't wear it!"..
The necklace (at top) features fancy colored and colorless diamonds, centered by a 27.02-carat fancy brown-yellow pear-shaped diamond weighing 27.02 carats. The necklace — which flows in a unique heart shape — is fabricated with a combination of 18-karat white and rose gold. Complementing the necklace is a heart-shaped ring that also uses a combination of fancy colored and colorless diamonds. One side of the heart features small, pavé-set colorless diamonds while the other side is highlighted by a pear-shaped, 1.59-carat faint brown diamond. Hu's unique earring drops include six interlocking hearts of alternating 18-karat white and rose gold. These, too, are set with fancy colored and colorless diamonds. The left earring uses brown diamond pavé and is highlighted by a 3-carat, pear-shaped brown diamond, while the right earring uses colorless pavé and is set with a 3-carat, pear-shaped colorless diamond.
Both the Hope Diamond (purchased in 1824) and Hope Pearl (purchased between 1800 and 1810) were mentioned prominently in the 1839 publication titled "Catalogue of the Collection of Pearls and Precious Stones Formed by Henry Philip Hope, Esq." Hope, who never married, died that same year and a bitter legal battle ensued among his three nephews, who made claims on the estate. After 10 years, a settlement was reached and the jewels were split up. The pearl ended up in the South Kensington Museum for many years, and was sold at a Christie's auction in 1886 for £9,000 (about £1 million, or $1.29 million, in today's valuation).
The world's leading diamond miners have hit the reset button on the "Diamond Producers Association," relaunching the global trade organization as the "Natural Diamond Council" (NDC), while at the same time replacing their "Real is Rare, Real is a Diamond" branding with the simpler phrase, "Only Natural Diamonds" (OND). This is, of course, a reaction to the popularity of lab grown diamonds. Family & Co. Jewelers believes that the client deserves choices so we proudly showcase both earth mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds. We do not say "Only Natural Diamonds"!
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Aussie star Kylie Minogue rescues her lover from darkness and despair in the 2007 ballad "White Diamond." "What you see and what it seemsAre nothing more than dreams within a dreamLike a pure white diamondI'll shine on and on and on and on"
Our love affair with diamonds started in India, where diamonds were gathered from the country’s rivers and streams. In the early 1700s, as India’s diamond supplies began to decline, Brazil emerged as an important source. Diamonds were discovered when gold miners sifted through gravels on the banks of the Jequitinhonha River in Minas Gerais. Brazil dominated the diamond market for more than 150 years.In addition to being the April birthstone, diamond is the gift of choice for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. And, of course, today a diamond engagement ring has become a universal symbol of love and marriage.
Today's virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection delivers an up-close and personal look at the colorful "Stars and Cat's Eyes" exhibit, starring the "Rosser Reeves Ruby," "Star of Asia Sapphire" and the "Maharani Cat's Eye." Gems such as these are known as "Phenomenal Gemstones", they possess a naturally occurring phenomenon that created the star or eye effect. Of course, careful cutting and polishing is needed for the phenomenon to be fully revealed.
It took more than a decade, but Forrest Fenn's treasure chest containing a $1 million cache of gold nuggets, gold coins, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and historical jewelry has been found. The eccentric multi-millionaire had sparked a mini gold rush in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe when he published clues to the location of a 12th century bronze box containing the treasure. Fenn had told The New Mexican in 2017 that the box weighed 20 pounds and and its contents weighed 22 pounds.
"Buyers Guide," the third installment in Gemfields' short-film series, introduces the "6Cs" of buying a ruby or emerald. Gemfields takes the commonly known "4Cs" of buying a diamond — color, clarity, cut and carat weight — and adds "character" and "certification." "A gemstone is a gift from the earth itself," says the narrator. The Buyer’s Guide video was created by Lambda Films, which utilized "liquid art" (a mixture of paint and oil) to illustrate how rubies and emeralds are formed at an elemental level. The Lambda creative team also used sculptured marble tableaus in 3D to depict modern-day shoppers, a gemologist and even an African queen.
By combining DNA fingerprinting with age-dating technology already provided by SSEF, it is now possible to gain previously inaccessible scientific insights into a pearl's unique origin and provenance. In the future, a natural pearl, such as "La Peregrina" (seen here), could be tested to determine exactly where and when it was harvested. The new fingerprinting capabilities were developed by SSEF in partnership with the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Zurich. The organizations have substantially expanded their DNA fingerprinting reference database and capabilities, which now include eight oyster species that produce the vast majority of pearls found in the natural and cultured pearl trade.
Welcome to our first ever Taco Tuesday! Lady Gaga recently dished the tasty 2019 Oscars backstory of how the $30 million, 128.54-carat "Tiffany Diamond" that she wore during the awards ceremony remained on her neck during a Madonna-hosted afterparty — and a late-night excursion to Taco Bell. So of course we waited until Taco Tuesday to write about it... The extraordinary cushion-cut diamond, which normally resides on the main floor of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship store, has been worn by only three women during its 143-year history. The fancy yellow diamond made its first public appearance on the neck of Mrs. E. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball. Actress Audrey Hepburn famously wore it in 1961 publicity posters for the motion picture Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And, in February 2019, Gaga and The Tiffany Diamond turned heads at the 91st Academy Awards
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you romantic songs with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country singer Chris Lane shares his real-life proposal to reality TV star Lauren Bushnell in 2019's "Big, Big Plans." The video starts with romantic, smartphone-generated footage of the couple having fun in everyday situations and then transitions to his actual proposal, where he gets down on one knee, pulls out a stunning diamond engagement ring and tells his girlfriend that she's the best thing that ever happened to him.
Family & Co. Jewelers is; as the name indicates, a family owned business located in Marlton, New Jersey. They are proud to serve the surrounding communities of South Jersey and Philly. Among the prominent designer jewelry lines offered by Family & Co. Jewelers are Verragio, Simon G., Charles Krypell, Scott Kay, Luvente, Facet Barcelona, Honora, and Zeghani.
The first item about diamond carats that confuses some novice diamond shoppers is that carat is a unit of weight; not size. So, not all one carat diamonds will appear to be the same size anymore than all men who weigh 200 lbs will be the same height.
Today is our first blog celebrating June’s official birthstone, as we shine our spotlight on the world's largest natural pearl. Tipping the scales at 600 carats (about a quarter pound) and standing 3 inches tall, the "Pearl of Asia" boasts a storied history that dates back more than 400 years. Jewelry experts believe the baroque-shaped pearl was discovered in the pearl fishing grounds of the Persian Gulf sometime between the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Pearl is one of the two official birthstones for June. The other is alexandrite. We will blog about both gems as the month of June continues.
A marquise cut, 12.11 carat, natural fancy intense blue diamond will be headlining Christie's first live auction since the COVID-19 outbreak. The internally flawless diamond is expected to fetch between $8.3 million and $12.2 million at Christie's Hong Kong on July 10, with previews running from July 4 through the 7th.
A San Francisco-based Greek restaurant chain, which had closed each of its eateries in strict adherence to the city's shelter-in-place order, made a special exception recently and opened one of its stores so a long-time regular could surprise his girlfriend with a proposal in the exact spot where their first date took place five years ago. Bililies and his wife, Jen Pelka, greeted the couple and led them to the back patio, where Goldstein popped the question with a diamond ring and Simone said, "Yes." “We were blown away by how incredibly generous and helpful Charles and Jen were,” Goldstein told Eater. “It just goes to show how kind people can be, even to complete strangers. It was one of those moments that restores your faith in humanity.”
Welcome to Musical Monday when we often bring you nostalgic songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today's is a real throw back, to before many of you were born. But maybe you've seen and heard it on Nick at Night or MeTV. Diamonds, daisies, snowflakes,That Girl Chestnuts, rainbows, springtimeIs That GirlShe’s tinsel on a treeShe’s everything that every girl should be!
Last year, the Wilensky gallery in New York City assembled a spectacular collection of natural emerald specimens; each gemstone was of museum quality and preserved in its crystal form. We blogged about these beautiful emeralds last year and decided that in honor of May we would do so again. “Important emerald stones and jewelry can be found in every gem collection around the world," said Stuart Wilensky, President of Wilensky. "The same cannot be said about exceptional natural emerald specimens. We estimate that there are less than 25 in the world that would qualify. Of those 25, half of them are here on exhibit.” One of the most fascinating specimens in the exhibit was unearthed at the famous Muzo Mine in Colombia. The piece, which is borrowed from the Rice Northwest Museum, displays a rare group, or spray, of emeralds. More than 20 emeralds fan out from the matrix. It is one of the world's most significant examples of this phenomenon.
The ring top features the team's "W" logo, crafted from 30 custom-cut genuine rubies framed in yellow gold. The number 30 was chosen because that's how many runs the team scored in the four World Series games in which they were victorious. The logo overlays a ground of 58 pavé-set diamonds, and is circled with the words WORLD CHAMPIONS and 32 custom-cut genuine sapphires. The number 32 represents the sum total of the team's 2019 walk-off wins (7), shutout wins (13), longest winning streak (8 games), and playoff rounds won (4). An additional 108 diamonds are featured along the ring top, representing the number of regular season and postseason wins (105), plus one diamond for the World Series Championship, and an additional two diamonds as a nod to the duality of the franchise's history.
During the marriage ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Brooksbank placed a simple gold wedding band on his bride's finger. Despite its simplicity, the ring reflects a rich royal family tradition. Since the Queen Mother's wedding in 1923, the royal family's wedding bands have been crafted of pure Welsh gold, sourced at the Clogau mine in Bontddu.
In an average year, amateur diamond hunters will find more than 600 diamonds in all sizes, colors and grades. In 1990, Shirley Strawn discovered a 3.03-carat diamond near the East Drain section of the park. That rough gem was transformed into a world-class, 1.09-carat round brilliant-cut sparkler, and became the first diamond from the Arkansas state park to earn a perfect grade of “Triple Zero” (Ideal cut/D color/Flawless) from the American Gem Society. The find was so momentous that the State of Arkansas purchased the diamond, now known as the “Strawn-Wagner” diamond, for $34,700 (far more than the value of any other diamond with the same specifications) and made it the centerpiece of the park’s special exhibit. There’s even a prominent marker in the East Drain section of the park to show exactly where it was found.
Be prepared to be blown away by the next stop on our virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Featured today is an amazing topaz exhibit featuring four stones ranging in size from 12,555 carats to 251,744 carats. Natural topaz is found in a wide array of warm colors, including brownish-yellow, orange-yellow and reddish-brown. Other topaz colors include white, pale green, blue, gold and pink. Topaz, in a golden color, is the accepted birthstone for November although the gemstone citrine is often used in its place. Blue topaz is often used as December's birthstone. And occasionally very pale blue topaz is substituted in place of aquamarine for March.
The 28.86-carat D-color diamond that is slated to headline an online auction next month has been named by Christie's as one of the "10 Jewels That Made History — and Changed the Market." The emerald-cut diamond, which is estimated to fetch between $1 million and $2 million at Christie's Jewels Online sale, June 16-30, joined the likes of the $58 million Oppenheimer Blue diamond, the impossibly rare Hancock Red diamond and the world's most famous natural pearl, La Peregrina, in a feature article published last week at Christies.com. While the online offering of the 28.86-carat diamond doesn't carry the gravitas of the other gems spotlighted by Christie's, it is very significant in other ways. It is not only the first gem to be offered online with an expected sale price of at least $1 million, but it is also the highest-valued lot ever offered for sale online at Christie’s. The value of the diamond signals a move by the famed auction house to move higher-ticket items to the online sales platform.
Borrowing from "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” — the song famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — the Alpert/Jackson tune delivers the clear message that when a guy is serious about a girl, he needs to give her a tangible reminder of how much he cares. Specifically, Jackson wants something she can see — a diamond on her finger that “shines so brightly.” Jackson sings, “Don't you know / Diamonds are a girl's best / Best friend / When you go / They stay with me until the end.” he video takes place at "Bucky's" nightclub, where the DJ is spinning “Diamonds” for an excited crowd and Alpert — trumpet in hand — gets into the act by playing live. "Diamonds" charted in nine countries,
Czech design firm Lasvit is hoping that its massive undertaking will be recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest pieces of jewelry. We have always defined jewelry as "wearable art", so we disagree. Dragons battling to clutch the elusive pearl is a theme deeply rooted in Chinese mythology. The dragons are divine mythical creatures that symbolize strength, good fortune and transformation, while the pearl — often depicted as a red or white sphere ringed by a fiery blaze — represents wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence.
Emerald symbolism encompasses not only royalty but also wit, eloquence, and foresight. “The Jewel of Kings” also serves as the May birthstone. Emeralds have an old superstition that today has some scientific validity. Wearing emeralds was said to improve your eyesight; today we know that green is a soothing color to our eyes. Emeralds are rare and more valuable than diamonds.
At Family & Co. Jewelers we love romance and PDAs!Each evening for the past six weeks, the 500-foot-tall, 1260-room landmark — the largest hotel in the city — has been honoring Seattle's first responders and health care workers with a giant heart rendered by lighting individual rooms on the upper floors. On Thursday, the hotel was happy to oblige a special request by Seattle resident Mitesh Munot, and the lighting configuration became a 21-floor love letter to his girlfriend, Apoorva Prasad.
The Lulo Diamond Project in Angola, which is owned by Lucapa and its partners — Empresa Nacional de Diamantes E.P. and Rosas & Petalas — has earned a reputation for producing some of the largest and highest-value diamonds in the world. Since commercial diamond production went online at Lulo in 2015, the mine has generated 15 100-plus-carat diamonds. The 171-carat gem, shown above, is the second 100-plus-carat diamond found in 2020 and the fourth-largest ever recovered at Lulo. Upstream of the Cacuilo River valley, Lucapa is testing five kimberlite pipes that were likely the hard-rock sources of the exceptional Lulo alluvial diamonds. “The recovery of this 171-carat, gem-quality, white diamond continues to underpin the potential of the kimberlite-exploration program,” said Lucapa CEO Stephen Wetherall.
Emerald is the most valuable variety of the beryl family and is known to display a wide variety of visible inclusions, which are referred to as “jardin” (French for “garden”). These imperfections do not detract from the stone’s beauty but, instead, give each stone a unique fingerprint and distinct character. Other gemstones in the beryl family include aquamarine, morganite and red beryl (which has been confused with ruby at times.) The name “emerald” comes indirectly from the ancient Greek word for green gem, “smaragdos.” Besides being the birthstone for the month of May, it’s also the preferred gemstone to honor 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Anyone who knows us here at Family & Co. Jewelers knows that we have always been extreme supporters of our heroes and sheroes. We actively support our troops, our police and fire, our first responders. We have also always had a great admiration for our nurses and doctors although until recently we didn't use the words "heroes" and "sheroes" to describe them. That has changed during these trying times! Those words seem inadequate to describe what they do for us, everyday that they are on the job. That's why we love this story so much. (Plus the fact that we are hopeless romantics at heart)
Her tears like diamonds on the floorAnd her diamonds bring me downCause I can’t help her nowShe’s down in itShe tried her best but now she can’t win itHard to see them on the groundHer diamonds falling down
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the diamond grading system; known as the 4 Cs. Only GIA and the American Gem Society (AGS) uphold the highest standards during the diamond grading process.
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.
Our "Learn From Home Series" which includes a multi-part virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection continues today with a closeup look at the 422.99-carat “Logan Sapphire." It's not only the heaviest mounted gem in the storied collection, but also boasts a provenance that links one of America’s most prominent families with Indian royalty. We feel that these tours can be a fun learning experience for children and adults alike. The world beneath our feet holds many beautiful gems. Set in a silver-and-gold brooch and framed by 20 round brilliant diamonds weighing approximately 16 carats, the cushion-shaped Logan Sapphire was cut from a crystal mined in Sri Lanka in the mid-1800s. Today, mountings for diamonds and gems of this high quality would never be set in silver.
Diamond’s splendor has been appreciated for centuries, but there was not much scientific knowledge about it before the twentieth century. Since then, diamond knowledge has grown steadily, with research by chemists, physicists, geologists, mineralogists, and oceanographers. In the past 50 years alone, scientists have learned a lot about how diamonds form and how they’re transported to the earth’s surface. That knowledge has made it easier to predict locations for new diamond discoveries.
The Office fans will remember how Krasinski's character, Jim, asked Pam (Jenna Fischer) to marry him in the rain at a gas station convenience store. John's proposal to Susan matched the TV version almost exactly. "So I knew the proposal needed to be something really special, but also really something unique," John said. "'The Office' has been something that has connected the two of us for a very, very long time so it just felt right."
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.
Understand the 4Cs of Diamond Quality. This basic knowledge will not only unlock the mystery of a diamond's quality, it will help you understand a diamond's value and price. Diamond Color In most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of color. The less color in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the stone. Diamond color grades range from D to Z. Diamond Clarity measures the amount, size and placement of internal 'inclusions,' and external 'blemishes.' Diamond clarity grades run from 'Flawless,' with virtually no imperfections, to 'Included,'
You choose where you money goes, to you or to one of these three causes. The three charitable cause were chosen after much discussion. In all three instances, none of the donated money goes to any administrative expenses, this was very important to us. Operation Yellow Ribbon is an all volunteer organization and choices 2 and 3 would be handled directly by our staff with no extra expenses. Operation Yellow Ribbon sends care packages to our troops and during this crisis donations to their organization are naturally down. Donations to local food banks are down as well.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you great throwback songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Sting of The Police turns the tables on a controlling lover in “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” the beautiful and timeless hit from the chart-topping 1983 album, Synchronicity. Throughout the song, Sting returns to the idea of being controlled, or being wrapped around one's finger. It's a theme supported by his lyrical references to a ring and a band of gold.
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 do it all for love. Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic") as a day dedicated to peace. In 1907, Philadelphian Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day.
Emerald is the birthstone for May; but it is so much more than a birthstone! Emeralds are 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 mining company Gemfields has just released "Emeralds," the second of four short films that offer a glimpse into the miner's world of colored gemstones. While the first installment from two weeks ago emphasized the miner's commitment to responsible sourcing, the newest video shines the spotlight on the most valuable member of the beryl family and the official May birthstone. The mining company is uniquely qualified to tell the story of emeralds because, for the past 12 years, it has operated Kagem, the world’s largest and most productive emerald mine. Kagem is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% owned by the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
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We have all observed that teenage girls (and of course adult women) generally love diamonds and jewelry. Now we have learned that this has been true for many millenium. A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists recently discovered the mummy of a bejeweled teenage girl in a 3,500-year-old tomb near Luxor, Egypt. The fashionable young lady was found wearing two earrings in one ear, two rings and four necklaces tied together with a glazed ceramic, or "faience," clip.
Emerald is the traditional gemstone for the month of May. Today we show a non-traditional version of emerald. Resembling a wheel with six spokes, “trapiche” emeralds may be the most unique variety of May’s birthstone. Found primarily in the black shales of Colombia’s western “emerald zone,” these gemological curiosities display alternating rays of vivid emerald green and deep black. Family & Co. Jewelers doesn't stock trapiche emeralds, we are just spreading some knowledge of gemstones.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you blockbuster hits with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title.You can fit meInside the necklace you got when you were sixteenNext to your heartbeat where I should beKeep it deep within your soul
On Friday evening, 26-year-old Annika Parkinson-Dow was enjoying a swim off her neighbor's dock, where she marveled at the bioluminescence as she moved her hands back and forth across the surface of the dark water. It wasn't until much later that Parkinson-Dow realized that her diamond engagement ring was no longer on her finger. The diamond cluster ring, which was originally cherished by the grandmother of her fiancé Colby Crockett, had slid off in the cool water. The baby octopus led the divers directly to the ring. The cluster of diamonds was glinting in the water. With the diamond engagement ring now safely back on her finger, Parkinson-Dow promised never to swim with it again.
"Since all jewelers are closed right now, I got ahold of my great-grandmother’s ring... It was actually given to her during the 1918 flu pandemic," Szikla told San Diego NBC affiliate KNSD. "Fast-forward 100 years later and this is happening. Weird timing." Diamonds really are forever... With his great-grandmother's diamond ring burning a hole in his pocket, Szikla was ready to deliver a no-frills proposal in their apartment. Szikla imagined what the conversation might sound like when his future wife looks at her heirloom diamond ring and reminisces about their engagement many, many years from now... "Remember that time with COVID, we were locked in?" she might say. "Yeah, I remember," he would respond. "But we got engaged."
The 10,363-carat "Dom Pedro" is the world's largest faceted aquamarine and one of the most recognizable treasures from the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection, which dates back to 1884. With all the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, still closed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, we offer our second virtual guided tour of the gem and mineral galleries of the National Museum of Natural History. Visitors to the actual museum will have no trouble locating the 14-inch-tall Dom Pedro. It's just 30 feet from the Hope Diamond at the entrance of the exhibit. It occupies its own case alongside a wall panel that introduces visitors to "The Treasures From National Gem Collection." The panel explains that the 7,500-plus gemstones in the collection range in size from less than a half-carat to 23,000 carats. The panel also notes that virtually all the treasures are gifts from individuals.
Way back in 2002, Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez with a 6.1 carat radiant cut fancy intense pink diamond. Even though the power couple, affectionately known in the media as Bennifer, never tied the knot, the diamond ring sparked a craze for colored diamonds. Now, 18 years and two engagements later, Lopez's pink diamond is still making headlines. The 50-year-old singer/actress revealed during an at-home Zoom chat hosted by Apple Music's Zane Lowe that her exciting first-ever encounter with her idol, Barbra Streisand, focused primarily on the diamond ring.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you great throwback songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Donald Fagen likens himself to a precious diamond in Steely Dan's 1972 classic, "Reelin' in the Years."Your everlasting summerYou can see it fading fastSo you grab a piece of somethingThat you think is gonna lastWell, you wouldn't even know a diamondIf you held it in your handThe things you think are preciousI can't understand
Diamond. Famous for its strength, clarity and brilliance, diamond is the hardest substance known to man and the birthstone for the month of April. As a girl’s name, Diamond dropped off the Top 1000 chart in 2015 after ranking #887 in 2014. As a girl’s name, Diamond’s popularity peaked in 1999 at #150. Emerald. Often referred to as one of the four main precious stones, Emerald made the Top 1000 list in 2017 after a 15-year hiatus and then fell off again. The name had been consistently ranked in the Top 1000 from 1991 through 2002. BTW, these names are also great names for a pet. When I adopted our store mascot a few years ago I didn't have a name in mind. My friends suggested names like Ruby and Opal. Some friends that know that I like to ride suggested names like Harley. Of course I decided on SheRo, related to our support of our deployed troops.
De Beers starting promoting the tagline of “a diamond in forever” and the rest is history. The diamond engagement ring became an iconic symbol from there on out.During the postwar years, the diamond ring became the symbol of commitment, passion, and everlasting love. The classic diamond ring with the addition of the wedding band added during the ceremony became the standard. As decades have passed people have added or altered the tradition to suit their needs. Stackable wedding bands, an additional ring at an anniversary, or a gemstone ring are all popular. Ultimately your engagement ring needs to fit your style and your life in order to be something that you will want to wear every day.
Diamonds are an astounding feat of nature, formed deep within the planet under incredible heat and pressure. Carbon is compressed under enormous pressure and high temperatures in order to form diamonds. Recently human ingenuity has been put to use to match nature in creating lab grown diamonds. Lab created diamonds are not simulants or ‘fake’ diamonds; they are made from carbon and have the same crystal structure; they are simply made in a lab instead of within the earth. Lab grown diamond technology has improved significantly in recent years, which has led to an increase in good quality lab grown diamonds in the market. Family & Co. Jewelers sells both earth mined diamonds (for eighty-two years) and lab grown diamonds (for two years).
Whether we are appraising a diamond engagement ring or any other type of jewelry, the first thing we need to know is why we are performing the appraisal. ESTIMATE TO REPLACE AND INSURANCE REPLACEMENT APPRAISALS These appraisals are different based upon place of purchase; however the evaluation is the same.The term ESTIMATE TO REPLACE indicates that the item(s) was/were purchased from our store.The term INSURANCE APPRAISAL indicates that the item(s) was/were not purchased from our store.If an item is a hybrid, we perform an Insurance Appraisal with a disclaimer. Example: “The mounting was purchased at Family & Co. Jewelers. The center diamond was not purchased at Family & Co. Jewelers.”
Typically on average, natural fancy colored diamonds cost 50 times more than colorless diamonds. This does not apply to natural diamonds that have been treated to create a fancy color diamond. In 2015, the Argyle Mine found another genuine diamond in the rough. On May 3, 2016, Rio Tinto (who owns the Argyle Diamond Mine) revealed the largest natural violet diamond they’ve ever found, The Argyle Violet. This diamond is a 2.83-carat diamond with a polished oval shaped cut. This beautiful stone was the centerpiece of the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, an annual showcase that exhibits the rarest diamonds found at the Argyle Mine.
Gold, silver, platinum and diamonds have all been used for years for other purposes. Platinum in catalytic convertors, silver in developing film (before digital cameras and cell phones) diamonds for drill bits, record player needles, etc. Now maybe, emphasis on the word maybe, gold can actually save lives! Fingers are crossed... Auranofin, a gold-infused drug originally developed in 1985 and approved by the FDA to treat rheumatoid arthritis, is effective at inhibiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to researchers at Georgia State University. Again, our fingers are crossed!
Frank Barlow Schuyler is credited with discovering the fascinating formation at the Tourmaline King Mine in 1907. Three years earlier, Schuyler and a partner, D.G. Harrington, quite literally stumbled upon an enormous pocket of tourmaline crystals while searching for pegmatite in the Pala Chief Mountains. Schuyler soon discovered that the tourmaline-rich pocket extended 30 feet in length and 10 feet wide, a single zone that would yield about eight tons of beautiful pink tourmaline. Schuyler would eventually sell most of the bounty to the Imperial Chinese government for $187.50 per pound — about $5,148 per pound in today’s dollars.
Alrosa, the world’s leading diamond producer in terms of carats, has more than doubled its spending to counter the spread of COVID-19 in and around its mining and administrative sites in Yakutia and Moscow. Alrosa announced last week that its initial outlay of 147 million rubles ($1.99 million) has been elevated to 308 million rubles ($4.15 million). Alrosa is the world leader in diamond mining, accounting for more than 25% in the global diamond production in terms of carats. Alrosa operates more than 20 diamond deposits located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Arkhangelsk Region of Russia. They are not the only diamond mining company involved in this cause. We have blogged about other diamond companies that have stepped up in the fight and we will continue to do so. Diamonds helping people, we love it...
That little chip of diamond on your handAin't a fortune, baby, but you know it stands (for the love)A love to tie and bind us (such a love)We just can't leave behind usBaby (don't you go)Baby (oh no no)Baby, stay-ay
The Gemological Institute of America graded last year's find and gave it a value of $3,000 to $5,000. Natural pearls are organic gems, created by a mollusk totally by chance, without human intervention. When a foreign irritant gets into the mollusk’s shell, the bivalve secretes layer upon layer of nacre to protect itself. Over time, the layering of iridescent nacre produces a pearl. Cultured pearls, by comparison, are grown under controlled conditions, where a bead is implanted in the body of the mollusk to stimulate the secretion of nacre.
Choose from any one of Lashbrook’s popular styles or design your own meteorite ring with Lashbrook’s wedding band builder. With our help here at Family & Co. Jewelers you can design a one of a kind wedding band just for you! You have giving her the perfect diamond engagement ring. Together you have selected a beautiful diamond wedding band for her. Do you really went a generic, run of the mill wedding band for yourself? You deserve a wedding band that you can show off with pride to your family and friends!
Sheffield had worn the three diamond ring on her left hand for the past 34 years, but accidentally threw it away. The precious keepsake ended up in a giant pile of trash at a landfill facility that processes 339 tons of solid waste every day. Sheffield told AJC.com that she had been preparing a meatloaf when she took off her diamond ring, wrapped it in a paper towel and placed it in her pocket. The 67-year-old remembered being “in a fog” that weekend because her mom had just passed away and Sheffield was tasked with cleaning out her mom’s apartment and packing up her belongings. At the end of the day, she noticed that her pockets were filled with old receipts and paper scraps that had to be discarded. And, yes, among those worthless items was her precious diamond ring neatly wrapped in a paper towel.
Al Roker was thrilled to announce his daughter's engagement on Instagram this past Sunday. The venerable Today show weatherman shared three pics of his daughter, Courtney, posing with her new fiancé, Wesley Laga, and showing off what appears to be a princess-cut diamond in a square diamond halo setting. The post earned more than 62,000 Likes and generated nearly 1,800 comments. "Life sometimes takes you in a different direction for a reason," she wrote. "We should have been in Paris, but with how the world is at the moment, it was placed on hold. Instead, Wes brought Paris to me with the music, lights and live cam shot of the Eiffel Tower on our TV."
As a 50/50 joint venture partner with both Botswana and Namibia in the recovery and sorting of rough diamonds, De Beers Group has regularly supported the communities that surround its mines. The Group has provided funds for improving schools, mentoring local business owners, boosting local economies and creating health programs. But, now, in the face of a global pandemic, De Beers Group is taking that effort to the next level. Established in 1888 and best known for its iconic tagline “A Diamond Is Forever,” De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people and is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds.
With a diamond engagement ring "burning a hole" in his pocket, PJ Bruno delivered a marriage proposal to his longtime girlfriend, Jaz Zepatos, while the New York couple was quarantined at his parents' house in Delaware. What made the proposal extra special was that Bruno secretly invited family and friends to participate in real time via Google Hangouts. While they were still in New York, Bruno had devised an elaborate ruse where his girlfriend, a social media specialist and actress, would be invited to a fake audition. After a series of failed scenes and frustrating takes, Bruno would swoop in with a diamond engagement ring.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you classic songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we pay tribute to the incomparable Bill Withers, the hardscrabble singer-songwriter-musician from Slab Fork, WV, who made an everlasting mark on popular culture with a string of classics, including "Ain't No Sunshine" (1971), "Lean on Me" (1972), "Lovely Day" (1977) and "Just the Two of Us" (1980). Withers passed away recently at the age of 81. "Your love is like a chunk of goldHard to gain, and hard to hold"
Wearing a bright emerald-colored dress complemented by a turquoise-and-diamond brooch, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the citizens of the UK — and the world — with an optimistic message of hope, resilience and the promise that better days will return. Royal Family watchers believe that Queen Elizabeth accessorized with the rarely seen turquoise brooch because of the rich history and powerful symbolism associated with the piece. Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, received the turquoise brooch in 1893 on the day of her wedding to the Duke of York. It was a gift from her new in-laws, the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.
A Philly couple recently took a very much needed break from quarantine to visit one of their favorite places; the top of the "Rocky Steps" at the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emily Weiss was shocked when her boyfriend, Elly Nemtsov, presented her with a diamond engagement ring in the very spot where Sylvester Stallone's beloved character raised his arms in triumph in the 1976 blockbuster, Rocky.
We are all home bound. Some of us 24/7 and some are still able to work. Some of us are home bound with young children who still need an education. Why not help them learn about the exciting world of gemology? The world of diamonds and other gemstones... Kids think gemstones and jewelry are cool. That's why the Gemological Institute of America has put together a great website
We as a nation and as a world are in the midst of the coronavirus as we approach the start of Passover and Easter. Passover is literally the passing over of a plague. Especially the 10th plague in the Exodus story. So too today, we pray that the coronavirus plague will pass over us, our families and our friends. Passover is a time of transition from slavery to freedom. Now more than ever we are experiencing a period of unprecedented transition. Now is the time to liberate ourselves from the slavery of hate and anger. Now is the time to embrace the freedom of caring, empathy and understanding.
Just like a Cracker Jack Diamond,You never know when your gonna find oneThey found love from that day onThe hand of fate put them together,Their hearts will stay forever youngLike a Cracker Jack Diamond
During this COVID-19 crisis things have changed for everyone; including the diamond mining companies. Due to international travel restrictions, diamond mining giant Alrosa is temporarily changing the way it's selling "special size" rough diamonds larger than 10.8 carats. Instead of inviting top diamond buyers to view and bid on individual diamonds at its offices in Russia, the company is encouraging them to stay home.
Sparkling with an internal fire all its own, diamond is one of the world’s most sought-after and adored gemstones. Those born in April are lucky enough to call this scintillating gem their birthstone, a symbol of clarity and strength. Diamond is so strong, in fact, that its name comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means “invincible” or “unbreakable.” The timeless charm of diamond was cherished long before it became the April birthstone, and the places where diamond comes from are as fascinating as the lore that surrounds it. All this information about diamonds applies to mined diamonds as well as grown diamonds. A diamond by any other name still sparkles as bright...
In honor of April's official birthstone, we take a close look at a diamond ring that is one of the world's most stunning examples of Art Deco jewelry. It is housed in the Gem Hall at the National Museum of Natural History and it is called "The Marquise Diamond Ring." Designed by Cartier during the Art Deco period (1920-1935), The Marquise Diamond Ring is fabricated in platinum and features a 28.3-carat marquise-cut diamond sourced in South Africa.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life star Whitney Thore got the ring of her dreams last night during the season six finale on TLC. Boyfriend Chase Severino surprised Thore with a yellow sapphire surrounded by a halo of white diamonds on a split white gold band. Many people are only familiar with blue sapphire. Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow. Ruby is actually red sapphire, although it doesn't go by the sapphire label.
Waste management workers in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, pulled the plug on their normal operations a week ago today to help a distraught women whose diamond engagement ring ended up in a 40-ton mountain of paper at the city's recycling center. Using forensic techniques to noodle out where the diamond ring might be in its massive paper recycling system, John Martella, the district manager of GFL Environmental Inc. (also known as Green For Life), and his team were able to locate the ring in less than 30 minutes. Martella told SooToday.com that he believes that the unlikely recovery of such a precious and sentimental diamond ring delivers a message of hope during these uncertain times.
Welcome to Television Tuesday, YouTube edition. In Sunday night's inaugural YouTube broadcast of John Krasinski's "Some Good News" — a show dedicated to heartwarming and uplifting stories during these uncertain times — the star of The Office highlighted a couple from Fredericksburg, VA, who got engaged March 21 in front of the Eiffel Tower, sort of. A series of tweets told the story of how McClung surprised his girlfriend, an English teacher from North Stafford High School, with a proposal and an oval brilliant cut solitaire diamond engagement ring. Of course, the tweets from the lovebirds were accompanied by a series of memorable photos.
It all feels like gold, gold to meIt might not be diamonds, but it shines for meIt all feels like gold, gold to meIt ain't lost in silence, it's all good to me Sing itYeah, yeah, goldIt all feels like gold, gold to meIt might not be diamonds, but it shines for me
We posted this blog ten months ago. At that time nobody could have predicted what has happened recently. So our recycling story is being recycled... We love a great recycling story! Family & Co. Jewelers has always offered the service of purchasing our client's unwanted jewelry; in doing so we are recycling gold, silver, platinum and diamonds. It took less than two years for the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to collect enough recycled precious metals to create 5,000 gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals. Among the 47,488 tons of donated material were five million cell phones.
Jewelry industry experts offer these DIY tips on how to keep your jewelry hygienic and sparkling for generations to come. The biggest takeaway, you'll learn, is to "be gentle" to the gemstones and precious metals. When all this is over, please bring your jewelry into Family & Co. Jewelers. As always we offer free cleaning and inspection of your jewelry. Even if you do clean your jewelry well, you will still want us to inspect for any weakness or damage. While your diamond is probably insured for loss, it's even better to not lose your diamond.
Welcome to Musical Friday, we normally do Musical Monday when we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. But we just heard about this song and we didn't want to wait until Monday to post this. Today we bend the rules a bit to include an artist with a gemstone in his name. Performing from his home this past weekend while in self-quarantine, Neil Diamond spun up a few new lines to his universally loved 1969 hit, "Sweet Caroline," to support the international effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.