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The Four Cs of Diamond Grading

The Four Cs of Diamond Grading

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

The Best Of The Best

The Best Of The Best

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

We Have Almost One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

We Have Almost One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

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

14.83-Carat Pink Diamond; 'The Spirit of the Rose'; Could Be a Record Setter

14.83-Carat Pink Diamond; 'The Spirit of the Rose'; Could Be a Record Setter

"A large fancy vivid purple-pink, internally flawless, with perfect visual characteristics such as this one, enters the market literally, once in a generation," Rachminov told diamondworld.net. "The stone has the most desirable pink undertone dispersed perfectly, and looks much bigger in relation to its actual weight. As of today, it is the most important vivid purplish pink ever unearthed in Russia and it will enter the books of history as an iconic Russian gem. Its beauty overcomes the important pink diamonds sold at auction in the last decade and its retail price should exceed $60 million. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to hold this pink wonder in my hands."

100 Plus Carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Necklace to Headline Sotheby's Hong Kong Auction

100 Plus Carat Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Necklace to Headline Sotheby's Hong Kong Auction

Five contemporary works by jewelry artist Anna Hu, including a show stopping diamond necklace, will headline Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale in Hong Kong on October 7. Sotheby's provided Hu with the 100.02 carat fancy intense yellow diamond that is the colorful focal point of the Dunhuang Pipa necklace. The impressive piece, which resembles a four-stringed Chinese lute, is expected to fetch $5 million to $6.25 million. “It is absolutely a pleasure to collaborate with Sotheby’s on this project and be given the opportunity to work with the 100.02 carat yellow diamond, which is a true gift from nature," Hu said. "I want this collection to speak to my Chinese roots, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional, yet exotic, music that once flowed through the Silk Road.”

Wilensky Gallery Preparing To Exhibit a Spectacular Collection of Natural Emerald Specimens

Wilensky Gallery Preparing To Exhibit a Spectacular Collection of Natural Emerald Specimens

The Wilensky gallery in New York City has curated a spectacular collection of natural emerald specimens; each gemstone is of museum quality and preserved in its crystal form. These fine gems will be on display to the public beginning next month.“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.

Musical Monday: Reba McEntire Has a 'Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands'

Musical Monday: Reba McEntire Has a 'Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands'

I had a ring on my finger and time on my handsThe woman in me needed the warmth of a manThe gold turned cold in my wedding bandIt's just a ring on your fingerWhen there's time on your hands

Proposal Etiquette Still Good In The USA

Proposal Etiquette Still Good In The USA

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.

We are Your Diamond Destination!

We are Your Diamond Destination!

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

Designer Spotlight; Barry Verragio

Designer Spotlight; Barry Verragio

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.

"Above Ground" Diamonds VS "Earth Mined" Diamonds

"Above Ground" Diamonds VS "Earth Mined" Diamonds

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.

Largest Pink Diamond Ever Mined in Russia Is Available For Private Viewings in New York City

Largest Pink Diamond Ever Mined in Russia Is Available For Private Viewings in New York City

The largest pink diamond ever mined in Russia is on display in New York City this month. The extremely rare 14.83 carat fancy vivid purple pink diamond was mined in 2017 and cut and polished into an oval shape by Alrosa, one of the world's largest producers of diamonds. When unearthed from the Ebelyakh deposit in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the gem quality rough diamond weighed 27.85 carats, the size of a large almond, and was almost free of inclusions. Before this find, the largest pink diamond mined by Alrosa was a 3.86 carat stone found in 2012. In the last eight years, the company has only recovered three pink diamonds weighing over two carats. “Pink diamonds... are considered to be the rarest and most precious of all, and the size and clarity of this specimen makes it one of the best to be discovered anywhere in the world in recent years,” added Yury Okoyemov, Deputy CEO of Alrosa. “I am sure that this diamond will be the most expensive in the history of Russia’s gem-cutting industry.”

Scientists Create Gold Sheets One Million Times Thinner Than a Human Finger Nail

Scientists Create Gold Sheets One Million Times Thinner Than a Human Finger Nail

Generally when we blog about gold we are talking about gold jewelry. However, gold (and diamonds) have other uses in industry and in the case of today's blog in medicine. "Gold is a highly effective catalyst," added the study's co-author, Stephen Evans, who is also the head of the University of Leeds' Molecular and Nanoscale Research group. "Because the nanosheets are so thin, just about every gold atom plays a part in the catalysis. It means the process is highly efficient. Our data suggests that industry could get the same effect from using a smaller amount of gold, and this has economic advantages when you are talking about a precious metal." Scientists at the University of Leeds in the UK have developed gold sheets so thin they're technically two dimensional. In fact, this newest form of gold is just 2 atoms thick, the equivalent of 0.47 nanometers or about a million times thinner than a human finger nail. In jewelry, gold or platinum that is very thin is NOT a good idea. Family & Co. Jewelers prefers to sell quality jewelry that can last a lifetime.

Couple Ties Knot at Same Beach Where Engagement Ring Was Lost a Year Earlier

Couple Ties Knot at Same Beach Where Engagement Ring Was Lost a Year Earlier

Exactly one year before their wedding, the Sevierville, Tenn., native brought his then girlfriend, Cassandra Arn, and a bunch of close friends to Panama City Beach on the Florida panhandle to enjoy some fun in the sun. What Farrar also had planned was a surprise surf-side marriage proposal. In preparation for the big moment, Farrah and his buddies waded out into the shallow waters to practice how the future groom would deliver his "message-in-a-bottle" proposal. His good intentions were quickly wiped out when a huge wave knocked him down and jarred loose the diamond ring that he had carefully stashed in a Ziploc-style bag within the Velcro-sealed pocket of his bathing suit. For 45 minutes, Farrar and his buddies frantically searched unsuccessfully for the diamond engagement ring.

Musical Monday: Dwight Yoakam Uses Gemstones to Illustrate the Magnitude of His Heartache

Musical Monday: Dwight Yoakam Uses Gemstones to Illustrate the Magnitude of His Heartache

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you terrific tunes with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. We like to mix up the genres of music that we blog about, toady we write about a country song. Country star Dwight Yoakam performs "If Teardrops Were Diamonds," a song that uses diamonds and other precious gemstones to illustrate the magnitude of his heartache. Written by Yoakam and sung as a duet with music-industry legend Willie Nelson, the song paints a vivid picture of highways paved with diamonds, mountains formed by rubies and the whole world colored by emeralds. Yoakam's diamond verse goes like this: "If teardrops were diamonds / And only mine were used / They could pave every highway / Coast to coast / And not be close to through / If teardrops were diamonds / Cold blue."

Spinel: August's Newest Birthstone Has a Confusing, Colorful History

Spinel: August's Newest Birthstone Has a Confusing, Colorful History

The "modern" birthstone list was created in 1912 by National Association of Jewelers, so the list is hardly modern. Until you realize that the concept of gems as birthstones has existed for two thousand years! All gems were believed to hold special powers including powers of life and death. Out of these superstitions birthstones came about. The list was updated many times over the years; 1952, 2002, 2016. More about this as you continue reading this blog. But first Family & Co. Jewelers wants to make a statement about gems and birthstones. We believe that everyone should wear whatever gems they desire. If a certain gem appeals to your style or compliments your complexion and hair color, then that's the gem you should own! The two most notable additions to the list in recent years were tanzanite being added for December (2002) and Spinel being added for August (2016). Spinel; the newest official birthstone of August; is famous for being a ruby imposter. This is because throughout most of recorded history, gem "experts" couldn't tell them apart.

A Golden Quiz; See How Well You Do.

A Golden Quiz; See How Well You Do.

A recent episode of Ask Me Another, a popular radio show on NPR, featured a quiz segment titled "Stay Gold, Ponyboy." All the answers to the clues posed by host Ophira Eisenberg contained the word "golden." The questions aren't literally about gold; they are a mix of general knowledge, pop culture and history. Robert Frost's poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” plays a pivotal role in the film, as Ponyboy (played by Howell) reads it to a critically injured Johnny (Macchio) while they are in hiding. Frost’s eight-line poem, which was originally published in 1923, ends with the line, “So dawn goes down to day / Nothing gold can stay.” “Stay gold” are Johnny’s last words before he dies. Ponyboy is confused by the phrase, but it all comes into clear focus later in the film when he finds Johnny’s interpretation of the Frost poem: that beauty and innocence are transient and must be guarded like gold.

Here Are a Bunch of Fun Facts About the August Birthstone, Peridot

Here Are a Bunch of Fun Facts About the August Birthstone, Peridot

The triangular-cut peridot shown above weighs 100.15 carats and is one of the world's most striking examples of the August birthstone. Mined in Pakistan and exhibiting an exceptional vivid green hue and great brilliance, the gem was purchased by the Smithsonian with funds provided by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation. It has been part of the National Gem and Mineral Collection since 2011 and resides at the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals in Washington, D.C. Peridot has been coveted for more than 3,000 years. According to the Smithsonian, ancient Egyptians fashioned beads from golden green peridot crystals mined on an island in the Red Sea. The island was known to the Greeks and Romans as Topazios and its verdant bounty (today's peridot) was known as topazion until the 18th century. The Smithsonian noted that, for reasons that still remain unclear, the name topazion was hijacked during the 18th century and assigned to the gem we call topaz today. The yellowish-green stone was given a new name — peridot, which is derived from “faridat,” the Arabic word for gem.

A History of Diamonds in India

A History of Diamonds in India

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

Record-Breaking Rainstorm Brings 2.12-Carat Diamond to the Surface at Arkansas Park

Record-Breaking Rainstorm Brings 2.12-Carat Diamond to the Surface at Arkansas Park

“About one out of every 10 diamonds registered by park visitors is found on top of the ground, including many of the largest ever found at the Crater of Diamonds,” he said. A historical note about diamonds being discovered after storms. Diamonds were found in fields after thunderstorms had moved through an area of central India. The locals believed that the diamonds were formed by lightning strikes hitting the ground, and were therefore considered to be a gift from the gods. It was unknown to these early diamond gatherers that they actually lived over a colluvial deposit of diamonds, which is a deposit close to a diamond pipe where the diamonds were being re-deposited by wind and rain. When thunderstorms moved across the area, the rain would wash away a layer of the top soil thereby exposing the diamonds contained in the ground deposits. As these thunderstorms produced a lot of lightning strikes, it was therefore assumed that these lightning strikes actually created the diamonds.

54.21-Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow 'Mouawad Dragon' Highlights Four-Piece Diamond Jewelry Suite

54.21-Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow 'Mouawad Dragon' Highlights Four-Piece Diamond Jewelry Suite

Earlier this month, the luxury diamond house reintroduced the Mouawad Dragon as the centerpiece of a majestic necklace adorned with pear, round and marquise-shaped colorless diamonds. The Mouawad Dragon is framed by a geometric double-row sunburst of colorless diamonds. The spectacular yellow diamond is part of a four-piece ensemble, which includes a bracelet, earrings, ring and necklace. Called the "Mouawad Dragon Suite," the pieces sparkle with five fancy vivid and deep yellow diamonds totaling more than 153 carats and 432 colorless diamonds totaling more than 272 carats. The Mouawad Dragon was cut from a rough diamond discovered in an alluvial deposit in South Africa. Mouawad’s master cutters painstakingly worked on the yellow diamond for more than six months. Their hard work paid off, as the finished piece is now one of the most revered yellow diamonds of all time.

Musical Monday: 'What About That Brand New Ring?' Asks a Jilted Man in 'Don't Pull Your Love'

Musical Monday: 'What About That Brand New Ring?' Asks a Jilted Man in 'Don't Pull Your Love'

Welcome to Musical Monday; the day of the week that we bring you great songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we do a throwback blog with a song that is older than many of our clients! In 1971, frontman Dan Hamilton of the soft-rock group Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds threatened to "cry for a hundred years" in the chart-topping hit, "Don't Pull Your Love." He is clearly singing about a diamond engagement ring that he would like to have returned to him.

See the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Medals Created From Recycled Mobile Phones

See the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Medals Created From Recycled Mobile Phones

Back in May we blogged about the Tokyo 2020 Organizers Collecting Enough Recycled Metal to Create 5,000 Olympic Medals. It took less than two years for the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to collect enough recycled precious metals to create all of the gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals. Among the 47,488 tons of donated material were five million cell phones. We now have details and pictures of the Olympic medals (the Paralympic medals are expected to be revealed later this month). Please read on. Gold, silver and bronze medals created entirely from recycled mobile phones and other electronic devices were unveiled by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organizers. This is the first Olympic committee to create medals from 100% recycled material. By contrast, less than one-third of the material used to create the medals of the 2016 Rio Games were recycled.

Everybody's Buzzing About Scarlett Johansson's Over-the-Top Eleven Carat Diamond Engagement Ring

Everybody's Buzzing About Scarlett Johansson's Over-the-Top Eleven Carat Diamond Engagement Ring

The internet is buzzing about Scarlett Johansson's unusual engagement ring, an over-the-top statement piece featuring an eleven carat, light brown, modified pear shaped diamond that seems to float on her finger adjacent to a brown ceramic band. Jewelry experts have placed the ring's value in the range of $200,000 to $450,000. It's a good bet that Johansson's ring was designed by James Claude Taffin de Givenchy of New York-based Taffin Jewelry. The brand shared what seems to be an identical ring on its Instagram account in June. Taffin's caption simply stated that the light brown diamond weighed 11 carats and boasted Type IIa purity. Diamonds of this quality display exceptional optical transparency and make up less than 2% of all gem-quality diamonds. The ring is generating double takes for a number of reasons. Not only is the light-brown hue unusual for an engagement diamond, but so is the egg shape — a mashup of the traditional pear and oval. What's more, the claw-set diamond seems to float on the finger, offset from the undulating ceramic and gold band.

Botswana's Newly Named 1,758-Carat 'Sewelô' Diamond Is Indeed a 'Rare Find'

Botswana's Newly Named 1,758-Carat 'Sewelô' Diamond Is Indeed a 'Rare Find'

The second-largest rough diamond ever discovered finally has a name. The 1,758-carat grey-black diamond recovered in April at Lucara's Karowe mine in Botswana will be known as "Sewelô," which means "rare find" in the native Setswana language. We blogged about this diamond previously when it was discovered and we will again when it is a finished, polished diamond. "The largest diamond recovered in Botswana's history was named by the people of Botswana this evening in a celebration of Botswana's success," said Eira Thomas, Lucara's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Lucara is proud to share our achievements with all stakeholders in Karowe and the people of Botswana. We are in the process of completing an analysis of the Sewelô and we look forward to sharing the results of this rare find." Sewelô is the size of a tennis ball and weighs about 12.4 ounces. Measuring 83mm x 62mm x 46mm, the rough diamond is being characterized by Lucara as “near” gem quality with “domains of high-quality white gem.” The unbroken 1,758-carat stone was recovered through Lucara's XRT circuit in April 2019.

'Moon Rock' Engagement Ring Comment Nearly Stings Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

'Moon Rock' Engagement Ring Comment Nearly Stings Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

With the whole world celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, we present an unusual story; from about 25 years ago, about how astronaut Buzz Aldrin almost got into trouble with the federal government for claiming that he used a moon rock for the center stone of his third wife's engagement ring; which in reality "only" held diamonds. As valuable as diamonds are; a moon rock is literally priceless. The year was 1995 and Aldrin, who is famously the second man to walk on the moon, was at a celebrity junket at Ocho Rios in Jamaica when he told reporter Jesse Nash that he had made an engagement ring for Lois Driggs Cannon from a chip off a moon rock that he carried back to Earth on his person.

Peridot; August Birthstone and So Much More

Peridot; August Birthstone and So Much More

Peridot should be a lively lime green, without a brownish or olive cast. Peridot is the child of volcanic action. Tiny peridot crystals are sometimes combed from the black sands of Hawaii. Peridots were favored by pirates, considered powerful amulets against all evil, and when set in gold, were said to protect the wearer from the terrors of the night. They had medicinal uses, too. If fashioned into a chalice from which medicines were drunk, they intensified the effects of the drug.

Actress Sarah Hyland Shows Off Her New Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring on Instagram

Actress Sarah Hyland Shows Off Her New Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring on Instagram

Celebrity and style websites are reporting that the oval-cut stone weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 to 8 carats, with a retail value of $80,000 to $200,000, depending on its exact weight and its color, cut and clarity. These are of course know as the 4 Cs. Despite the numerous pictures of the diamond ring that were posted; none really reveal what the engagement ring truly looks like. Without the benefit of a detailed closeup shot of the ring, jewelry industry insiders were hard pressed to describe the setting. One expert called it a delicate gold solitaire setting, while another said it might be a diamond accented setting. The white metal is likely platinum or 18 karat white gold.

The Largest Diamonds in the World

The Largest Diamonds in the World

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.

Musical Monday: Enormous Wedding Band Floats Above a Beach in Nelly's 'Just a Dream'

Musical Monday: Enormous Wedding Band Floats Above a Beach in Nelly's 'Just a Dream'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Nelly wears his heartbreak on his sleeve in the 2010 blockbuster hit, "Just a Dream." Nelly's true love is gone and he knows he's only got himself to blame. He didn't give her all his love and he failed to offer the ultimate symbols (first a diamond engagement ring and then a wedding band) of his devotion. He sings, "Now you ain't around, baby I can't think / I should have put it down, should have got that ring."

A Man And His RIng Are Reunited

A Man And His RIng Are Reunited

During his 13 years of scuba diving, the 29-year-old metal detector enthusiast has located more than 400 items. He's found rare coins, precious jewelry and historical artifacts. He also unearths a lot of junky items, such as old beer cans, pop tops and chunks of metal. Often, Berube is not able to identify the owner of an item because the jewelry does not provide enough clues. But, in the case of the Gate of Heaven class ring, he had sufficient info to do some sleuthing. Berube soon learned that the Gate of Heaven school in South Boston had closed in 2009, but there was still an active alumni page on Facebook. On the Gate of Heaven Facebook page, Berube posted three photos of the ring.

An Unusual Post About Pearls

An Unusual Post About Pearls

Family & Co. Jewelers blogs about anything and everything related to jewelry, diamonds or gemstones. Even when the story is a bit bizarre; like today's pearl blog. The process of producing a conventional cultured pearl starts off with a small white bead made from a Pig Toe clam shell. That bead, along with a piece of mantle tissue from another mollusk, is implanted into an oyster. The oyster protects itself from the irritant by secreting layer upon layer of iridescent nacre. Over time, the bead transforms into a lustrous cultured pearl, which could be round or baroque, depending on how the nacre is layered.

NASA Plans to Explore 'Psyche 16,' a Precious-Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion

NASA Plans to Explore 'Psyche 16,' a Precious-Metal Asteroid Worth $10,000 Quadrillion

NASA is gearing up for a 2022 mission to "Psyche 16," an asteroid containing enough precious metal to make everyone on Earth a billionaire. Except the metals would no longer be rare so none of our lives would change; even if we were given the gold, platinum, etc. Located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, Psyche 16's natural resources, which include gold, platinum, iron and nickel, are estimated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion. Written out, that number is $1.00 followed by 19 zeros.

Rio Tinto Unveils Six 'Hero' Diamonds From Its 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

Rio Tinto Unveils Six 'Hero' Diamonds From Its 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

The Argyle Enigma™, a 1.75-carat modified radiant-cut Fancy Red diamond, is the most noteworthy of the hero stones because it has the distinction of being one of only three fancy reds weighing more than 1.5 carats to be produced by the Argyle mine. “Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine is the first and only ongoing source of rare pink diamonds in history," said Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds chief executive Arnaud Soirat. "With the lifecycle of this extraordinary mine approaching its end, we have seen, and continue to see, unstoppable demand for these truly limited-edition diamonds and strong value appreciation.” In addition to pink diamonds, the Argyle mine, in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia, is also known for producing red, purple and blue specimens. The six hero diamonds are part of a larger tender collection titled “The Quest for the Absolute.” It includes 64 diamonds weighing a total of 56.28 carats.

Gold-Coated Visors Protected Apollo 11 Astronauts During First Moon Walk

Gold-Coated Visors Protected Apollo 11 Astronauts During First Moon Walk

Fifty years ago today, the three-man crew of Apollo 11 returned triumphantly from their historic trip to the moon, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, 812 miles southwest of Hawaii. We know many of y'all weren't born yet but we hope that you find this blog interesting. it is a great example of a luxury item being used for a practical purpose. For the past week, much has been written and broadcast about the first lunar landing, but what most people still don't know is how much scientists at NASA depended on gold’s amazing characteristics — reflectance, durability, conductivity and physical workability — to ensure a safe and successful mission. When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and proclaimed, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," his eyes were protected by a visor plated with an ultra-thin layer of gold.

Musical Monday: YouTube Sensation Vidya Vox Is All About Diamonds and Gold

Musical Monday: YouTube Sensation Vidya Vox Is All About Diamonds and Gold

Indian culture puts a high value on fine jewelry (22 to 24 karat gold) and gemstones (interestingly, Indian culture values colored gemstones more than diamonds), and the Chennai-born artist who immigrated with her family from India to the US at the age of eight, is impressively adorned in the opening scene of her video. She's wearing more than a dozen gold bangles, multiple rings, a lavish necklace, diamond nose chain and a "tikka" pendant on her forehead. The term "mehndi," which is noted in the lyrics, above, refers to the art of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna. Co-written by Vox and her boyfriend Shankar Tucker, "Diamonds" was published to her official YouTube channel, which currently boasts 5.8 million subscribers. The "Diamonds" video has been viewed more than 26 million times.

Unique in a mass produced world…

Unique in a mass produced world…

Everyone is an individual. Most of us take pride in being unique. Yet when we go shopping; more times than not we see the same items store after store.

Sports Saturday; The Patriots Making Jewelry News Again

Sports Saturday; The Patriots Making Jewelry News Again

The largest of the three rings features 422 diamonds weighing 8.25 carats and 20 blue sapphires totaling 1.60 carats. Edelman and the rest of the New England Patriots were awarded their Super Bowl LIII rings last month during a private ceremony at the home of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The newest rings have the distinction of being the biggest and blingiest ever created for any team of any sport.

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

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

Millennials Are Purchasing Diamonds

Millennials Are Purchasing Diamonds

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.

How often should my Rolex timepiece watch be serviced? Why does a watch need a service? What is a service?

How often should my Rolex timepiece watch be serviced? Why does a watch need a service? What is a service?

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.

World's Biggest, Heaviest and Most Valuable Coin Makes U.S. Debut Today

World's Biggest, Heaviest and Most Valuable Coin Makes U.S. Debut Today

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.

Musical Monday; Bailey Hefley Regains Her Sparkle in the New Release, ‘Dust on a Diamond’

Musical Monday; Bailey Hefley Regains Her Sparkle in the New Release, ‘Dust on a Diamond’

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

Most Sought After Diamonds

Most Sought After Diamonds

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

The power of &

The power of &

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.

$5,000 Diamond Ring Looks a Little Bit Like a White Castle Chicken Ring

$5,000 Diamond Ring Looks a Little Bit Like a White Castle Chicken Ring

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.

The World's Most Valuable Jewelry

The World's Most Valuable Jewelry

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.

Musical Monday: Lee Ann Womack Needs to Know, 'Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?'

Musical Monday: Lee Ann Womack Needs to Know, 'Does My Ring Burn Your Finger?'

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.

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

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

Birthstone Feature: In 1961, Smithsonian Received This 60-Carat Ruby Bracelet From a Secret Donor

Birthstone Feature: In 1961, Smithsonian Received This 60-Carat Ruby Bracelet From a Secret Donor

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.

Dorothy's Famous Ruby Slippers Return to the Smithsonian

Dorothy's Famous Ruby Slippers Return to the Smithsonian

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.

Ruby; More Than Just a Birthstone

Ruby; More Than Just a Birthstone

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.

Sicentists Using a Particle Accelerator Unravel the Mystery of the Golden 'Ram's Horn'

Sicentists Using a Particle Accelerator Unravel the Mystery of the Golden 'Ram's Horn'

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.

Musical monday: Meghan Trainor Knows She's a Gem in Empowerment Anthem, 'I'm a Lady'

Musical monday: Meghan Trainor Knows She's a Gem in Empowerment Anthem, 'I'm a Lady'

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.

Scientist Employs RFID Technology to Revive Cultured Pearl Farming in Hong Kong

Scientist Employs RFID Technology to Revive Cultured Pearl Farming in Hong Kong

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.

Fun Diamond Facts Friday

Fun Diamond Facts Friday

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

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park

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!

Cool Down This Summer With Frozen Treats That Resemble Colorful Gemstones

Cool Down This Summer With Frozen Treats That Resemble Colorful Gemstones

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.

Pro Bowler Greg Olsen Films Marriage Proposal: 'Best Thing I've Ever Witnessed'

Pro Bowler Greg Olsen Films Marriage Proposal: 'Best Thing I've Ever Witnessed'

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.

Musical Monday: 'If Pressure Makes Diamonds, Our Love Is a Diamond by Now'

Musical Monday: 'If Pressure Makes Diamonds, Our Love Is a Diamond by Now'

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...

An “Incredibly Intimate And Perfect” Proposal.

An “Incredibly Intimate And Perfect” Proposal.

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.

Family & Co. Jewelers Has Over 900 Five Star Google Reviews!

Family & Co. Jewelers Has Over 900 Five Star Google Reviews!

***** I’ve always heard good things about Family & Co. Jewelers ***** I am EXTREMELY happy with my jewelry and how you were able to make my rings fit PERFECT! ***** Had a great experience at Family & Co. Jewelers in Marlton. ***** My Verragio band is absolutely beautiful!!

1,700 Year Old Gold Coin Crushes Auction Estimates, Sells for $695,000!

1,700 Year Old Gold Coin Crushes Auction Estimates, Sells for $695,000!

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!”

'Whitney Alexandrite' Is an Amazing Example of June's Color-Change Birthstone

'Whitney Alexandrite' Is an Amazing Example of June's Color-Change Birthstone

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.

Christie's 'Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence' Auction Brings Jewelry History to Life

Christie's 'Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence' Auction Brings Jewelry History to Life

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.

A Fun Contest surrounding a Grey-Black Diamond

A Fun Contest surrounding a Grey-Black Diamond

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.

Musical Monday: The Trews Believe There Is No Finer Thing Than 'The Pearl'

Musical Monday: The Trews Believe There Is No Finer Thing Than 'The Pearl'

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

Gems For The Month Of June

Gems For The Month Of June

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.

'Inkalamu,’ a 5,655-Carat Rough Emerald Crystal, Makes High-Profile Debut in Delhi

'Inkalamu,’ a 5,655-Carat Rough Emerald Crystal, Makes High-Profile Debut in Delhi

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.

June's Birthstone: Smithsonian 'Treasure' Features 339 Natural Pearls

June's Birthstone: Smithsonian 'Treasure' Features 339 Natural Pearls

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.

Another Blog That We Wish We Weren't Writing...

Another Blog That We Wish We Weren't Writing...

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.

Antwerp Diamond Cutters Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Tolkowsky's 'Brilliant Cut'

Antwerp Diamond Cutters Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Tolkowsky's 'Brilliant Cut'

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."

Musical Monday: 'I'd Make You a Chain Out of Diamonds and Pearls,' Sang Jim Croce

Musical Monday: 'I'd Make You a Chain Out of Diamonds and Pearls,' Sang Jim Croce

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.

Honest Employees at a Men's Apparel Company Finds Engagement Ring in Pocket of Returned Jeans

Honest Employees at a Men's Apparel Company Finds Engagement Ring in Pocket of Returned Jeans

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.

Flawless 'Bubble Gum Pink' Diamond Fetches $7.5 Million at Christie's Hong Kong

Flawless 'Bubble Gum Pink' Diamond Fetches $7.5 Million at Christie's Hong Kong

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.

'We're Closer Than Ever to Finding the Mother Lode' at Lulo Mine: Lucapa Chairman

'We're Closer Than Ever to Finding the Mother Lode' at Lulo Mine: Lucapa Chairman

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.

Gold Loving Fungus Is the Latest in a Series of Low Impact Exploration Tools

Gold Loving Fungus Is the Latest in a Series of Low Impact Exploration Tools

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.

Another Good Samaritan Story; the Mystery of the 'Airbag Diamond'

Another Good Samaritan Story; the Mystery of the 'Airbag Diamond'

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.

Canadian Man Inherits 61-Pound 'Giga Pearl'; One of the Largest Pearls in the World

Canadian Man Inherits 61-Pound 'Giga Pearl'; One of the Largest Pearls in the World

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.

Musical Monday: Swedish Pop Group Ace of Base Will Turn Your Tears Into Pearls

Musical Monday: Swedish Pop Group Ace of Base Will Turn Your Tears Into Pearls

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.

An Early pearl Blog For June's Birthstone

An Early pearl Blog For June's Birthstone

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.

De Beers And Namibia Partner on New $468 Million Diamond Recovery Vessel

De Beers And Namibia Partner on New $468 Million Diamond Recovery Vessel

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.

Musical Monday: Insecure Charley Pride Asks His Wife, 'Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?'

Musical Monday: Insecure Charley Pride Asks His Wife, 'Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?'

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.

Protect your Jewelry this Summer

Protect your Jewelry this Summer

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 Sells 425 Carat 'Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine' for almost $15 Million

Petra Sells 425 Carat 'Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine' for almost $15 Million

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.

Another Emerald Blog In Honor Of May

Another Emerald Blog In Honor Of May

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.

Celebrity Engagement Proposal In The News And Social Media

Celebrity Engagement Proposal In The News And Social Media

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.

Musical Monday: 'You're a Diamond to Me,' Sings Eric Bibb in the Inspirational 'Shine On'

Musical Monday: 'You're a Diamond to Me,' Sings Eric Bibb in the Inspirational 'Shine On'

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 Spike Symbolized Completion of Transcontinental Railroad 150 Years Ago This Month

Gold Spike Symbolized Completion of Transcontinental Railroad 150 Years Ago This Month

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.

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

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

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.

Birthstone Feature; A Famous Emerald

Birthstone Feature; A Famous Emerald

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.

Musical Monday: 'Daddy's Little Girl' Is a Precious Gem, Sings Michael Bolton

Musical Monday: 'Daddy's Little Girl' Is a Precious Gem, Sings Michael Bolton

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.

The Meaning of Mother's Day

The Meaning of Mother's Day

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.

Remember Mom on Mother's Day And Always

Remember Mom on Mother's Day And Always

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.

Divining Rods For Gold And Diamonds

Divining Rods For Gold And Diamonds

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.

Another Birthstone Feature: 'Maximilian Emerald' Boasts a Rich History That Spans 150+ Years

Another Birthstone Feature: 'Maximilian Emerald' Boasts a Rich History That Spans 150+ Years

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.

Athlete receives Diamond Engagement Ring Mere Seconds After Completing the Pittsburgh Marathon

Athlete receives Diamond Engagement Ring Mere Seconds After Completing the Pittsburgh Marathon

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?

Meghan Markle Might Have Received Princess Diana's Sapphire Engagement Ring

Meghan Markle Might Have Received Princess Diana's Sapphire Engagement Ring

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.

Musical Monday Flashback: Silver Locket 'Bears the Name of the Man That Brandy Loved'

Musical Monday Flashback: Silver Locket 'Bears the Name of the Man That Brandy Loved'

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 Recovers 1,758-Carat Diamond at Karowe Mine; It's their Second Largest Ever

Lucara Recovers 1,758-Carat Diamond at Karowe Mine; It's their Second Largest Ever

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."

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