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Opal and Tourmaline; October's Birthstones

Opal and Tourmaline; October's Birthstones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October's Gemstone of the Month

October's Gemstone of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

Fun Facts Friday; The Exciting History of Diamonds

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

We Have One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

We Have One Thousand Five Star Reviews!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to Fun Diamond Facts Friday

Welcome to Fun Diamond Facts Friday

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

Some Wedding Traditions

Some Wedding Traditions

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

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.

Most Sought After Diamonds

Most Sought After Diamonds

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another Previously Undiscovered Mineral Is Found Trapped Inside a Diamond

Another Previously Undiscovered Mineral Is Found Trapped Inside a Diamond

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

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

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

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

Lucara Salvages 375 Carat Gem Quality Diamond From Old Tailings

Lucara Salvages 375 Carat Gem Quality Diamond From Old Tailings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

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

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

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

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

A Diamond Dream Was an Engagement Ring Nightmare

A Diamond Dream Was an Engagement Ring Nightmare

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

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

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

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

Another Sapphire Blog in Honor of September

Another Sapphire Blog in Honor of September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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...

The Case of the Missing Diamond

The Case of the Missing Diamond

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

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

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

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

Can You Have Too Many Diamonds in a Ring?

Can You Have Too Many Diamonds in a Ring?

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

A Different type of Musical Monday; Timeless Wedding Songs

A Different type of Musical Monday; Timeless Wedding Songs

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

Sapphire; Facts and Myths

Sapphire; Facts and Myths

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

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

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

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

Vending Machine at London's Bankside Hotel Dispenses Engagement Rings

Vending Machine at London's Bankside Hotel Dispenses Engagement Rings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Mom Finds a 3.72 Carat Yellow Diamond at Crater of Diamonds Park in Arkansas

Texas Mom Finds a 3.72 Carat Yellow Diamond at Crater of Diamonds Park in Arkansas

“Much of the ground where Ms. Hollingshead found her diamond is made of unweathered volcanic rock," he said. "When it rains, flowing runoff often leaves loose gravel — and sometimes diamonds — on the surface in these areas. Diamonds have a brilliant, adamantine luster that makes them easy to spot, and Ms. Hollingshead happened to be sitting in just the right place to see the diamond sparkle in the sun.” Hollingshead and her son earned the privilege of naming the yellow diamond. They called it the "Caro Avenger." Her son picked the name "Caro" and she picked "Avenger" because she's a fan of superheroes. So far this year, 319 diamonds have been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park, weighing a total of 63.49 carats. Thirteen of those diamonds weighed more than 1 carat.

Musical Monday: Paul McCartney Sings About a Diamond Engagement Ring in ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

Musical Monday: Paul McCartney Sings About a Diamond Engagement Ring in ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

I’ll buy you a diamond ring, my friendIf it makes you feel all rightSay you don’t need no diamond ringsAnd I’ll be satisfiedTell me that you want the kind of thingsThat money just can’t buy

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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