Choose from any one of Lashbrook’s popular styles or design your own meteorite ring with Lashbrook’s wedding band builder. With our help here at Family & Co. Jewelers you can design a one of a kind wedding band just for you! You have giving her the perfect diamond engagement ring. Together you have selected a beautiful diamond wedding band for her. Do you really went a generic, run of the mill wedding band for yourself? You deserve a wedding band that you can show off with pride to your family and friends!
Our love affair with diamonds started in India, where diamonds were gathered from the country’s rivers and streams. In the early 1700s, as India’s diamond supplies began to decline, Brazil emerged as an important source. Diamonds were discovered when gold miners sifted through gravels on the banks of the Jequitinhonha River in Minas Gerais. Brazil dominated the diamond market for more than 150 years.In addition to being the April birthstone, diamond is the gift of choice for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. And, of course, today a diamond engagement ring has become a universal symbol of love and marriage.
Coveted for thousands of years, Amethyst is one of the oldest recorded gemstones. They’ve been recovered from ancient Egyptian tombs and were prized by the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians and Hebrews. Colored gemstones were worn and desired long before diamonds. Thousands of years ago, mankind had no way to cut and polish diamonds. Gemstones, especially relatively softer gems like amethyst, were easier to polish.
Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz family of gemstones. It’s the gemstone that’s most commonly associated with the color purple, even though there are other purple gems such as sapphire and tanzanite. All other gem quality quartz should not be termed amethyst. One of the biggest examples of a gemstone misnomer today is "green amethyst" which should never be called amethyst.
Black diamonds have been top of mind last week because Janet Jackson announced on Monday that both her newest studio album and upcoming world tour will be called "Black Diamond." "Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut," Jackson wrote. "I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form. I’m a rock, I have ruff edges but I keep moving forward. I want to show you my strength as well as give you strength." A quick fact-check of Jackson's gemological claims about black diamonds confirms that the 53-year-old singer-songwriter-actress-dancer is right on the mark.
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.
A number of celebrity websites have been revisiting a memorable 2011 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians — the one where a 14-year-old Kylie Jenner rescues her big sister Kim Kardashian West's $75,000 diamond earring from the ocean floor in Bora Bora. "Diamond finder!" Jenner exclaimed.
While the overall index for fancy-color diamonds — across all their brilliant hues — increased by 77% from 2009 to 2019, it was the pink diamond category that stood out in the report. Market watchers believe that the strength of the pink-diamond segment is attributed to the expected closure this year of the Argyle Diamond Mine, which has been operating in Western Australia for the past 37 years. “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 in 2019. “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.” Two of the world's most famous — and valuable — pink diamonds are The Pink Star and the Pink Legacy
Lucara Diamond Corp. just recovered a 549-carat unbroken white diamond of "exceptional purity" from its Karowe Mine in Botswana — a diamond mine that has earned worldwide recognition for producing the 1,758-carat Sewelô, the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona and the 813-carat Constellation diamond. Those diamonds rank #2, #3 and #8 on the list of the largest rough diamonds of all time. While Lucara didn't announce the value of the rough diamond, we can offer a guess based on the previous sales of similar diamonds.
Suitors from coast to coast are breathlessly anticipating Valentine's Day, the calendar's second most popular time to pop the question. Only Christmas Day sees more proposals, according to WeddingWire’s "Newlywed Report.". Most people planning on getting down on one knee this weekend have been planning for a month or more. The best way to purchase an engagement ring is to select the diamond and the engagement ring mounting separately. Of course someone will walk through the doors of Family & Co. Jewelers on the 14th and say "I want to get engaged tonight". And we will make it happen, our jeweler and diamond setter is working extra hours all week!
Pizza lovers looking to pop the question this Valentine's Day have an opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind, pizza-slice engagement ring topped with bubbly diamond "cheese" and ruby "pepperoni." Which begs the question "Why?". We love diamonds and rubies, and who doesn't love pizza, but this is NOT an engagement ring!
Welcome to Musical Monday, when we bring you hot, new songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In Jason Derulo's brand new release, "Diamonds," the singer lavishes praise on his girlfriend with a borrowed phrase from what Ad Age magazine called the best advertising slogan of the 20th century.
For those of you keeping score, the 10th most popular day to deliver a marriage proposal takes place tomorrow, and the second most popular day hits next Thursday. Back in 2014, American Express' Spending & Saving Tracker estimated that six million American couples expected to receive or deliver a diamond engagement ring on Valentine’s Day. Diamond engagement ring season formally runs from Thanksgiving Day to Valentine's Day. The only day to beat out Valentine's Day in popularity is Christmas Day.
Upbeat consumers are expected to set a record for Valentine's Day spending this year, with jewelry related purchases surging an astonishing 48.7%, according to a survey just released by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Here at Family & Co. Jewelers, we have seen an increase in diamond engagement ring sales for this year's Valentine's weekend.
According to the history of Valentine's Day, a Roman priest named Saint Valentine married couples during a time when marriage was banned. Since antiquity, young couples have wanted to express affection to one other and commit to a lifetime of love and affection. However, let it never be said that the way love and affection is expressed is synonymous around the world. Here is a look at just a couple of the unique Valentine's traditions around the world.
We have blogged about very large gold coins before (scroll down for a quick reference to one of those blogs) and we probably will again. Today, we present the opposite, the world's smallest gold coin. Reflecting its efforts to push boundaries, stretch the limits of technology and achieve something unique, Swissmint issued a gold coin so small that neither image on the minted sides can be discerned with the naked eye. Naturally, Swissmint has that covered by providing magnifying lenses and a light with every purchase.
It's important to note that the Mohs ratings are relative, not linear, meaning that even though diamond is a 10 and talc is a 1, it does not mean that diamond is 10 times harder than talc. In fact, diamond is more than three times harder than the 9-rated corundum, which includes ruby and sapphire. And only a diamond can scratch a diamond. When it comes to picking gemstone jewelry that is likely to be worn every day, such as an engagement ring, consumers are best served with a gemstone that resides on the higher end of the Mohs scale. When soft gems are used in jewelry, they need to be in settings that will protect them, and worn with extreme care.
When Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy above his head after last night’s 31-20 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, he was celebrating with a 6.7 pound sterling silver icon whose unique shape was sketched on the back of a cocktail napkin by Tiffany & Co. design chief Oscar Riedener in 1966.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In 1984, British band Wang Chung helped define a generation with its international hit “Dance Hall Days.” The song put a New Wave timestamp on a slew of popular movies and is memorable for lead singer/composer Jack Hues' "hallucinogenic" reference to amethyst and sapphires in the final verse.
When Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs match up against Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV one week from today in Miami, the teams will be vying for championship diamond bling their franchises haven't seen in a combined 75 years. And the whole world will be watching! If the 49ers prevail in Super Bowl LIV, the team will tie the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories at six. It's our guess that even though 49ers haven't raised a trophy in 25 years, their championship rings should be in the same stratosphere as the ones awarded to the Patriots last year.
All above ground diamonds, including Swarovski Created Diamonds have the same optical, chemical and physical attributes as mined diamonds. Both are 100% carbon and have the same hardness, brilliance and fire as natural mined diamonds. Both lab grown diamonds and earth mined diamonds ARE diamonds. Family & Co. Jewelers has been offering lab grown diamonds side by side with mined diamonds for a couple of years now. We feel that our clients deserve to make an educated choice while diamond shopping. We currently only carry colorless grown diamonds but we are intrigued by these new colors...
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.
Crafted in 18 karat rose gold and pavé set with 3 carats of extraordinarily rare Argyle pink diamonds, "The Jewelled Tiger" strikes a menacing pose on the face of The Perth Mint's 2020 limited-edition 3D coin. The coin’s reverse design is rendered In the style of literati painting, with the tiger depicted ascending a rocky outcrop with stylized mountains and foliage in the background. Also included is the Chinese character for "tiger," the inscription "JEWELLED TIGER" and The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mintmark. The obverse features the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the weight and fineness, the "2000 DOLLARS" monetary denomination, "AUSTRALIA," the Queen's name and the year 2020. The Jewelled Tiger coin measures 61 mm (2.4 inches) across and includes 10 ounces of 99.99 fineness yellow gold and .41 ounces of 18-karat rose gold. The base coin alone is worth roughly $15,550 just in gold content. The unique coin will be on display at The Perth Mint shop in East Perth until supplies run out.
Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority have unearthed a clay juglet filled with seven gold coins dating back 12 decades. The find was made near an ancient pottery studio in the city of Yavne, which was well known for its commercial production of ceramic storage jars, pots and bowls. The archaeologists believe the juglet, commonly used as a container for liquids, may have been a potter's personal "piggy bank."
At last my dreams come trueToday he said "I do"Friends said it couldn't be doneBut all his love I know I've won'Cause third finger, left handThat's where he placed the wedding band
A traditional wedding: Though not religious, the traditional wedding follows certain norms that are common to the religious wedding. This includes the presence of groomsmen, a best man, a maid or matron of honor, bridesmaids, flower girl and ring bearer. 2.A religious ceremony: American wedding culture still rings true in religious weddings, although the processes for each wedding will rely heavily on the religion. There are Jewish weddings, Christian weddings, Hindu weddings, and many more. Each of these religions has their own customs. It is up to the bride and groom if they wish to follow their traditions literally or make it their own.3.A destination wedding: Destination weddings are fully described by their name. The destination wedding takes place in a separate location from the home of the bride and groom. In these types of weddings, the theme will have a lot of features from the culture of the location. However, at the same time, it’s an opportunity to take wedding traditions in the USA to other destinations. Some destination weddings are small, immediate family only. Others (especially celebrity weddings) can be elaborate affairs with hundreds of guests.
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.
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.
Garnet is an under rated gemstone that comes in almost every color (except blue). Mostly people think of deep red when garnet is mentioned. Coveted by kings and commoners alike for thousands of years, garnet is a versatile gemstone that comes in a wide variety of natural colors, including pink, purple, orange, yellow, violet, green, black, brown and deep-red. Garnet varieties commonly seen in jewelry include pyrope, almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, hessonite, rhodolite, tsavorite, spessartine and uvarovite. Garnets achieve their range of color from trace amounts of iron, manganese, calcium or aluminium in their chemical makeup.
French luxury brand Louis Vuitton, best known for their handbags bearing their LV trademark, has purchased the historic 1,758 carat Sewelô diamond from Lucara in a deal that allows the diamond mining company to retain a 50% interest in the individual polished diamonds that result from the cutting of the massive rpugh diamond. The amount of Louis Vuitton's upfront payment was not disclosed. Louis Vuitton will be working with Antwerp-based diamond manufacturer HB Company to determine the optimal way to divide the tennis ball sized diamond in order to deliver its full potential. According to published reports, the size, shape and quantity of the polished diamonds that Sewelô will yield may take a year to finalize.
In the first verse, McGraw sings, “Diamond rings and old barstools / One’s for queens and one’s for fools / One’s the future and one’s the past / One’s forever and one won’t last.” In the chorus, he continues, “I guess some things just don’t mix like you hoped / Like me and you / And diamond rings and old barstools.” Written by Jonathan Singleton, Barry Dean and Luke Laird, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" was released as the fourth and final single from McGraw’s chart-topping Sundown Heaven Town album.
You may be surprised to learn that garnets are found in every color except blue, including brilliant green tsavorite garnet, raspberry pink rhodolite garnet, and orange malaya garnet. Bright red "anthill" garnets are found in Arizona. The Tsars of Russia favored rare green damantoid garnets. Garnets offer enough variety in appearance to suit every taste, as well as an outstanding price range to suit every pocketbook.
Barclay, the adorable four legged mascot of the St. Louis Blues, recently received a Stanley "Pup" Championship collar; complete with the team's famous Blue Note logo rendered in sapphires and karat gold. What? No diamonds? A spokesperson for Purina claimed Barclay is the first dog to ever receive championship jewelry. For Jostens' ring design, the Blue Note logo was rendered with 16 genuine, custom-cut blue sapphires. The number 16 represented 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. And of course, diamonds! But no diamonds for poor Barclay...
For more than 1,500 years, February 29 has been reserved for single ladies who have waited far too long for their guys to pop the question. Leap Day, which hits the calendar every four years, is a time when traditional roles are reversed and women are encouraged to pop the question. We like this idea, men deserve diamonds too! On Christmas Day, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn shook up the Internet when she proposed to her NHL pro boyfriend P.K. Subban, stating, "Men deserve engagement rings, too." Vonn's proposal needs an asterisk, however. You see, Subban had already proposed to her in August with an emerald ring (because green is her favorite color).
We're not sure how we feel about this. Not all new inventions are a good idea. But we report on stories about precious metal, diamonds and gemstones. We try not to judge. Swiss researchers just unveiled a new type of 18 karat gold that's made from 75% gold and 25% plastic, yielding super-lightweight, malleable material that weighs just 1/10th to 1/5th as much as the traditional alloy. Gold purity is measured by its karatage, with 24 karat gold being 100% pure. Conventional 18 karat yellow gold is made from 75% gold and 25% other materials, such as copper and silver. Popular 14 karat gold is 14/24ths (58.3%) pure gold, and 10 -karat gold is 10/24ths (41.6%) gold. Both 14 karat and 10 karat gold are commonly mixed with silver and copper.
After the prince awakens the princess, he pulls out an open ring box revealing a glistening diamond engagement ring. The animated Loechler flips the box into the air, and the in-the-flesh version pretends to make the catch. Standing in front of the screen the real Loechler, with the real diamond ring in hand, went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She said "yes."
A New York newlywed said she was horrified when an heirloom diamond fell out of her engagement ring and disappeared into the underbelly of a newsstand refrigeration unit on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Danielle Gelfand's 1 carat diamond had been in her family for more than 100 years. Using some other specialty equipment, they were able to finally rescue the diamond that has been through so much. Danielle Gelfand told CBS2 that she will be keeping her family's tradition alive by one day passing the diamond engagement ring down to her own daughter. This is why Family & Co. Jewelers always tells our clients; diamonds are forever but mountings are not. Have your jewelry inspected twice a year, especially you diamond jewelry.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you great songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Death Cab for Cutie’s lead vocalist Ben Gibbard confesses to having commitment issues in the group’s 2009 release, “A Diamond and a Tether.” I know you can’t hold out foreverwaiting on a diamond and a tetherfrom a boy who won’t swimbut who will dip his toe injust to keep you here with him. And I know you can’t hold out foreverwaiting on a diamond and a tether
Demantoid is derived from the Dutch word for diamond, "demant." The stone owes its impressive diamond like brilliance to two main factors: A high refractive index and a high dispersion (its ability to separate light into the spectrum of colors). Demantoid, in fact, boasts the highest dispersion rating of all gemstones, including diamond. Like any gemstone; the gem's color and clarity can vary as seen in the two pictures here. Unlike diamonds, clarity is considered secondary to color in color gemstones.
The demand for diamond jewelry in the U.S. rose 5% in 2018 to $36 billion, representing slightly less than half of worldwide sales for that diamond jewelry. But, beyond the strong sales gains, new research conducted by De Beers reveals that the demand for diamond jewelry as a gift to mark special occasions; including ladies buying diamonds for themselves. We have seen this trend here at Family & Co. Jewelers as well. Not their own diamond engagement rings, at least not often. But ladies, especially hard working ladies earning their own money, are treating themselves to diamond jewelry more often. Especially diamond stud earrings, considered by many to be an essential item in every lady's diamond jewelry wardrobe. We offer both earth mined diamonds as well as above ground, lab grown diamonds. The study also revealed that the total diamond caratage of an average ring increased from 1 carat in 2013 to 1.7 carats in 2018, although center diamonds were trending smaller. This seems to point to brides preferring engagement rings with more elaborate settings including diamond halos.
According to the Smithsonian's official website, tsavorite was first discovered in 1967 in northern Tanzania and again in 1970 in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park by world renowned geologist, Campbell Bridges. In 1971, Bridges was granted a permit to mine the Kenyan deposit, and in 1973, this variety of green garnet was named tsavorite in honor of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, by Henry B. Platt, former president of Tiffany & Co., and Bridges, founder of Tsavorite USA. One year later, Tiffany launched a marketing campaign that brought worldwide recognition to the beautiful green gem.
Alrosa's 20.69 carat "Firebird" is the latest fancy yellow diamond to pass through the House of Graff, the London based luxury jewelry firm run by billionaire Laurence Graff. Over the course of his career, the 81 year old Graff has been associated with some of the world's largest and most valuable yellow diamonds. Graded by the Gemological Institute of America as a fancy vivid yellow diamond with VS1 clarity, the stone was cut from the "Stravinsky," a 34.17 carat diamond crystal bearing rare honey-yellow overtones and exceptional clarity. It had been unearthed in 2017 at Alrosa's Ebelyah mine in Yakutia and was the largest yellow rough diamond extracted in Russia that year.
The first big awards show of the year is a wrap and the tide has turned in the new decade. While earrings have been dominant on the red carpet for years, the necklace is now back in the mix. There were lots of classic diamonds and some adventurous colorful looks. These stars were draped in so many diamonds that their bling deserved this blog. See our descriptions of our favorite bejeweled looks below.
Many brides prefer fancy shapes because they add a sense of personality to their rings and because they tend to look larger than round diamonds of equal carat weight, giving the fancies more bang for the buck. Fancy shape diamonds of the same carat weight, clarity and color are also priced less than round diamonds. The only downside to fancy shaped diamonds is that trends change. A round brilliant cut diamond is the only shape that is timeless and will never go out of fashion.
That everything is shown to meI let it wash over meLike diamonds made of rainYou can find joy inside the pain Everything that I've enduredFor the wisdom of a pearlI wouldn't change a thingYou can make diamonds from the rain
Stackable bands make for a more modern looking set rather than the traditional matching wedding band. Keep the engagement ring trends going into 2019 by mixing metals between your engagement ring and wedding band. Add a ruby and diamond stackable band to a white gold solitaire for a look that is one of a kind. In 2019, our brides are breaking fashion rules and we are totally here for it.
Archaeologists with the University of Cincinnati have unearthed two Bronze Age tombs containing a trove of engraved jewelry that help tell the story of life along the Mediterranean roughly 3,500 years ago. The two beehive-shaped tombs are located in Pylos, Greece, just a stone's throw from the grave of the “Griffin Warrior,” a powerful Greek figure whose precious jewelry, weapons and grooming supplies were discovered by the same team in 2015. The researchers were surprised to find that the princely tombs were littered with gold flakes, indicating that gold leaf once adorned the stone walls. One of the most fascinating jewelry items pulled from the site was a gold ring depicting two bulls flanked by sheaves of grain, specifically barley.
Suggestive of the sky at dusk, "Classic Blue" has been named Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. Consumers looking to match their jewelry wardrobes to Pantone’s calm, confident, enduring shade of blue will likely consider blue sapphire, blue topaz, lapis lazuli and kyanite.
Welcome to 2020 and welcome to our year end review of the rough diamonds that rocked our world in 2019. We have blogged about most of these diamonds already but we love these diamonds so much that we just had to write about them again! Each is unique in its own way and has a fascinating story to tell. Also famous for producing many of the world's largest rough diamonds, including the 3,106 carat Cullinan, the Cullinan mine in South Africa is still going strong after 117 years. In March, Petra Diamonds reported that it had unearthed a D color, Type IIa rough diamond weighing 425 carats. Type IIa gems are the purest of all diamonds because they are composed solely of carbon with virtually no trace elements in the crystal lattice. Lab grown diamonds are also Type IIa diamonds.
When the newly crowned Rose Queen, Camille Kennedy, leads the 131st edition of the Tournament of Roses Parade tomorrow, New Year’s Day, in Pasadena, Calif., she will be wearing a special headpiece adorned with 600 Japanese Akoya cultured pearls, 10 Australian South Sea cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. Designed by Mikimoto, the crown took about a year to fabricate and is valued at $400,000. Kennedy will be donning the impressive three pound crown, while her six princesses will be wearing simpler Mikimoto designed cultured pearl tiaras valued at only $90,000 each. Mikimoto Kōkichi is credited with creating the first cultured pearl in the late 1800s and subsequently starting the cultured pearl industry.
And all I can do is keep on telling youI want you, I need youBut there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love youNow don’t be sad’Cause two out of three ain’t badNow don’t be sad’Cause two out of three ain’t badYou’ll never find your gold on a sandy beachYou’ll never drill for oil on a city streetI know you’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocksBut there ain’t no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottomOf a Cracker Jack box
From the moment the first unmistakably cool breeze rustles the just-turning leaves, you can feel the magic of the holiday season in the air. Why not capitalize on the beauty of the holidays to arrange your perfect proposal? Whether you choose Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or another holiday in between, you can't go wrong with proposing during the holidays. We promise it will create a magical moment that she'll never forget. The Incomparable Holiday Atmosphere During the holidays, everyday locales take on their own magical aura. For some, that means sparkling lights and tinsel. For others, it's a cozy fireplace with hot mulled wine near at hand. Either way, holiday proposals are packed with opportunity; the beautifully-decorated interiors and atmosphere of romance during the holidays is one you just couldn't recreate in the same way at any other time of year.
The MMGM also celebrates Maine's rich mining tradition. Exhibited are several historic mineral collections, including the Perham Collection, which has been on view in Maine for 90 years. In addition, many of Maine’s most celebrated specimens of tourmaline, beryl and other native gems are presented along with captivating narratives from the earliest days of gem exploration through today. Among the highlights are a 1,450-carat smoky quartz (the largest cut gemstone from Maine) and a Tiffany necklace highlighting a Maine tourmaline.
Sports fans and jewelry lovers will certainly remember 2019 as the year of wonderful, over-the-top championship rings. Philadelphia Eagles fans will certainly remember being disappointed that we didn't repeat! In June, the New England Patriots' sixth Super Bowl ring was described by the team as the largest and most ornate ring ever created for any team in any sport. The football-shaped, 10-karat ring glistened with 422 diamonds weighing 8.25 carats and 20 blue sapphires totaling 1.60 carats. In October, the Toronto Raptors celebrated their first-ever NBA championship with gigantic 14-karat yellow gold rings emblazoned with 650 diamonds weighing 14 carats. The number of diamonds and the total diamond carat weight were touted at the time as records for a championship ring in any sport. The ring also set a new record for the largest single diamond in any professional championship ring. A 1.25 carat round diamond stands in for the basketball in the ring's representation of the Larry O’Brien trophy. The face of the ring is made up of 74 diamonds, representing the number of wins during the 2018-19 season.
December's birthstones have traditonally included turquoise, blue zircon and blue topaz. Tanzanite, the newest gemstone for December was added in 2002. Between its deep blue color and its limited supply, tanzanite is treasured by many, even if your birthday is not in December. It was in the late 1960s when the marketing team at Tiffany & Co. got its first peek at a stunning new gemstone. The intense blue-violet gem had been discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania by a Maasai tribesman named Jumanne Ngoma. At first glance, the specimens appeared to be sapphires, but the Gemological Institute of America revealed that the crystals were a never-before-seen variety of zoisite.
We always do Musical Monday, the day when we bring you fun songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today we present to you a special Musical Christmas, 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey is ready to pop the question in the 1999 Christmas hit, "This Gift." The snow is fallingThe city is whiteYour eyes are shininglike diamonds tonightAnd we’re all aloneThere’s no one homeYou’re finally in my arms again
A Frisco, Texas, woman was miraculously reunited with her missing diamond engagement ring after a car detailing specialist spotted it in the dusty bucket of his Shop-Vac®. "I happened to be fumbling around and I looked down, and I see this ring," he said. Meanwhile, Michelle Seale was trying to noodle out the best way to tell her husband that she lost her diamond engagement ring. "It was scary knowing that I had to tell him I officially may have lost it this time," Seale told WFAA. Weatherford and his team knock out about 10 vehicles each day, so he knew the diamond ring had to belong to one of the clients they served most recently.
Each Monday we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, country music newcomer Seth Ennis shares the story behind his holiday marriage proposal in the newly released "Xmas." In the song, Ennis says he can't wait to see his girlfriend's face when she sees the diamond engagement ring that he picked out.
In announcing her re-engagement to former basketball pro Juan Dixon, Real Housewives of Potomac star Robyn Dixon explained why the couple opted for a pink morganite engagement ring instead of a traditional diamond ring. "I fell in love with the Pink Morganite stone because I wanted something with significance and meaning," she wrote. "Morganite represents unconditional love — something that our relationship exhibits and has relied upon. My beautiful ring, commissioned by Juan and custom made by @nicolerosejewelry, is an emerald cut, double diamond halo with pink morganite center." The 18 karat white gold ring features a 5 carat morganite with a double halo of diamonds weighing a total of 1.2 carats. I guess a 5 carat pink diamond wasn't in his budget.
Since we’re full swing in the holiday season, we have the perfect way to surprise that special someone with some of our gorgeous diamond stackable bands. Our stackable bands make great stocking stuffers because first, she’ll never expect it and second, they are the perfect size! If she’s into sparkling surprises, then this is a great option for you. These make for great anniversary presents or even just everyday jewelry gift. Get a few pieces so she can stack the rings or choose between the earring styles. She’ll be the trendiest girl in town so don’t miss out on these beauties! Rose gold is the chicest gift for that fashionable special someone. She won’t be able to get enough of these & paired with her night out outfits they are a divine option. These rose gold stackable bands have milgrain beaded edging, ruby gemstone, and mixed geometric shapes.
Back in 1993, billionaire Warren Buffett tried to convince fellow billionaire Bill Gates to spend $370 million on a diamond engagement ring, according to author Glen Arnold in his newly released book, The Deals of Warren Buffett Volume 2: The Making of a Billionaire. If Gates did, in fact, have a diamond ring budget of $660 million today, what could he buy? Imagine a Gates fantasy ring set with the 59.6 carat "Pink Star" diamond ($71.2 million), the 18.96-carat "Pink Legacy" diamond ($50.3 million), the 14.62-carat "Oppenheimer Blue" diamond ($57.5 million), the 12.03-carat Blue Moon of Josephine diamond ($48.5 million), the 15.38-carat "Unique Pink" diamond ($31.5 million), the 24.18-carat "Cullinan Dream" diamond ($25.4 million). The total weight of the ring would be 144.77 carats of rare diamonds and the billionaire would have used barely half his budget. It's been reported that Gates proposed to Melinda with a 1 carat diamond ring
Dripping with gemstone adorned ornaments, the Christmas tree in the lobby of the ultra-chic Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Marbella, Spain, is the most expensive in the world. The tree was created by British haute couture designer Debbie Wingham and is valued at a mind boggling $15 million. Wingham; who is credited with designing the world's most expensive wedding cake (a $55 million treat commissioned by a client in Dubai) and the world's most expensive shoes (sandals made with gold, pink and blue diamonds worth $17 million); peppered the tree with diamond dust and pure 24 karat gold leaf.
Tanzanite, one of December's three official birthstones, celebrated its golden anniversary a couple of years ago. Over fifty years ago, Maasai tribesmen discovered dazzling bluish-violet gems in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Originally thought to be sapphires, the mesmerizing stones were identified by the Gemological Institute of America as a never-before-seen variation of zoisite. The unusual gemstone captured the attention of Tiffany & Co., which had visions of making it the focus of a major advertising campaign.
She wants a Christmas rockBut Santa's pockets ain't got no roll She don't want pots and pansJust something shinin' on her handWith an emerald or a diamond on itI had a budget but she's gone and blown it Down to the jewelry store, here I goHear the clerk say, "Ho, ho, ho"She wants a Christmas rockBut Santa's pockets ain't got no roll
In the past there have been some instances around the world where diamond miners have been treated poorly. Thankfully the jewelry and diamond industry has placed pressure on governments and people and all that has changed. For more than 12 years, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has helped diamond communities around the world to become strong, stable, prosperous and socially empowered. On December 5, the program announced that its familiar tagline, "Diamonds Do Good", will now be used as the business name of the organization.
When actress Emma Stone and her new fiancé, SNL writer Dave McCary, announced their engagement this past Wednesday with dual Instagram posts, Stone's adorning fan base had a hard time figuring out what she was wearing on the ring finger of her left hand. Was it a diamond? Might it be... a pearl? As the news broke, some reporters ran with the assumption that the ring's center stone must be an out-of-focus diamond in a diamond halo setting. MarthaStewartWeddings.com said Stone was "flashing a diamond engagement ring with a twisted platinum band." Bustle.com said Stone "showed off a pretty impressive diamond ring."
Now in its seventh year, "Wild Lights" has become a popular place for suitors young and old to pop the question — and they can even enlist the help of the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) staff. For a fee of $150, the DZS staff will arrange for red lights to swirl to form the words “Marry Me” in a private area of the Cotton Family Wetlands Boardwalk. The illumination is queued up to perfectly match the timing of the proposal. Imagine that diamond engagement ring sparkling with all those lights! Suitors also have the option to add extra romantic touches, such as rose petals sprinkled from above, or a violinist serenading in the background.
Everyone loves the sparkle and the brilliance of diamonds. But when a diamond comes out of the earth (or out of a lab), it is a rough diamond. It takes a master diamond cutter to unlock the beauty hidden inside the rough diamond. While diamond cutters of 100 years ago were highly skilled, they did not possess the technology of today. And that tech is improving constantly. Please read on... Alrosa is using advanced mapping technology to take the guesswork out of the risky, high-stakes business of rough diamond buying. During its October 2019 trading period, the Russian diamond mining company tested Digital Tenders, a program that provided diamond buyers with a three dimensional scan and detailed analysis of each rough diamond.
Yesterday we blogged about a magnificent diamond auction at Sotheby's in New York. Today we turn our attention to a jewelry, diamond and gemstone auction at Christie's An extraordinary ruby and emerald once owned by philanthropist Jessie Ball du Pont, the wife of American industrialist Alfred Irénée du Pont, highlight two high-profile lots at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York today. "The Du Pont Ruby" is set in an elaborate platinum and 18-karat gold brooch that's expected to sell in the range of $3.5 million and $5.5 million. The cushion mixed-cut Burmese ruby weighing 11.20 carats is mounted in the center of a heart formed by rectangular and trapezoid-shaped emeralds, as well as French, old and marquise-cut diamonds. Dangling at the sides and bottom of the brooch are five natural saltwater pearls.
"The Indian Blue," a 7.55 carat fancy deep grayish-blue diamond, will be the top lot at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale in New York City today. Described as the "property of a distinguished lady," the cushion-cut center stone has a SI2 clarity and is flanked by two shield shaped diamonds in a ring that carries a pre-sale estimate of $6 million to $8 million. Trace amounts of the chemical element boron are responsible for causing the coloration of natural blue diamonds. According to the Museum of Natural History, “less than one boron atom per million carbon atoms is sufficient to produce the blue coloration.” Also scheduled to hit the auction block at Sotheby's today is a ring featuring an ultra-rare 1.38 carat fancy red diamond. Fancy reds so rare that a typical Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender releases only four, or so, per year. Rio Tinto's Argyle Mine in Western Australia, the primary source of red and pink diamonds, is scheduled to cease operations in 2020, so supplies of these beautiful red diamonds are expected to become even more scarce.
Turkey's a-cookin' and candy cane sticks,With reindeer and sleigh bells and good old Saint NickTwo kids sneakin' kisses beneath all the mistletoe,As if we didn't know! This year, we shall know a wonderful ChristmasAnd the glow of candlelightLet's have a fling!I'll give you my present, a wedding ring!Hear me sing.
We blogged at an earlier date about this rare diamond duo. Russia’s Alrosa diamond mining company announced Thursday that the curious "diamond in a diamond" revealed on social media in early September has been added to its collection of rare finds and is not for sale, which is why we say "priceless". In early September, Alrosa surprised its Instagram followers with a video that seemed to show a tiny rough diamond moving freely in the cavity of a larger one. The caption read, “A diamond in a diamond? We couldn’t help but share this very special find with you.” At the time, Alrosa wasn’t quite sure what to make of the phenomenon. Nobody at the mining company had ever seen anything like it. Five weeks later, Alrosa scientists confirmed that both the host and smaller crystal were diamonds. They named the double-diamond “Matryoshka” because its strange configuration is reminiscent of the popular Russian nesting dolls. The specimen, which weighs only 0.62 carats, was discovered in Yakutia at Alrosa's Nyurba mining and processing division. Matryoshka joins Alrosa's ever-growing collection of diamond wonders. These include crystals that resemble a soccer ball, a Valentine heart, a skull and a fish. Interestingly, some of Alrosa's most unusually shaped diamonds have come to light at the most opportune times.
December 2018 has set records for the number of diamond and other gemstone (morganite is a new favorite) engagement rings we have crafted for our clientele. Love is definitely in the air! The holidays does bring out the romance in us all. Is it the mistletoe? The gatherings of family and friends? Perhaps the eggnog? Whatever the reason or reasons it certainly is a time of the year when many more men bend a knee and ask for her hand in marriage. So here are some festive marriage proposal ideas that we love.
Not exactly jewelry related but we found this interesting and thought you might as well. Adorned with three million Swarovski crystals, the almost half ton star atop the 77-foot-tall Norway spruce at New York's Rockefeller Center will come to life tonight during the tree lighting ceremony that will be broadcast on NBC. The mammoth star, which has a diameter of 9 feet 4 inches, was lifted to the top of the tree by crane operators on November 13, just three days after the tree arrived from Orange County, N.Y. Each of the 70 rays of the Swarovski Star is designed to glow from within, with the light refracted by the crystal surface, creating a sparkling effect. The tree was a donated by Carol Schultz, who said it originally lived in a pot on her coffee table before it was big enough to be planted in her garden in 1959. Holiday season 2019 marks the second time the current star has ascended to the top of the Rockefeller Center tree.
Thanksgiving Day marked the start of the "engagement season," a very romantic time that stretches all the way to Valentine's Day. The period accounts for 23% of the calendar, but proudly claims about 40% of all marriage proposals. There’s a very good chance that somebody in your Facebook world will be changing his or her relationship status from “in a relationship” to “engaged” in the near future; some of them with the assistance of Family & Co. Jewelers.
I planned a little cottage in the valleyAnd I even bought a little band of goldI thought someday I'd place it on your fingerBut now the future looks so dark and cold Wedding bells are ringing in the chapelThat should be ringing out for you and meDown the aisle with someone else you're walkin'So wedding bells will never ring for me
This is a repost of a blog that we wrote in December of 2018. Munich based gold dealer Pro Aurum unveiled Europe's most expensive Christmas tree, a pyramid shaped showstopper decorated with 2,018 solid gold coins and topped by a massive 20 ounce coin set into a golden star. In total, the .9999 fine gold weighs 63 kilograms (about 2,222 ounces), placing the precious metal value at almost three million.
Turquoise is one of the accepted birthstone for December and is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage. Other accepted birthstones for December are blue zircon (not recommended due to its softness), blue topaz and tanzanite. Colors in turquoise range from sky blue (most desirable color) to blue green and apple green. The name means "Turkish stone" because the trade route that brought it to Europe used to come via Turkey. The best qualities are found in northeast Iran (Persian turquoise). However, the United States southwest is now the world leader in production.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., the start of a five-day retail feeding frenzy that will see 165.3 million shoppers doing their very best to score great deals and check off as many items as possible on their holiday lists. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the jewelry category is a top-six pick for 2019. We were proudly closed yesterday so that all of our employees could relax with their families, which means many of us employees hanging out with each other. We are named Family & Co. Jewelers for a reason! We are of course open today and will be open every day through December 24th. Almost a quarter of people want jewelry! We suspect that if they surveyed only women it would be over half! We further suspect that if they surveyed only women in a relationship it would be over 90%!
When Angelo and Louise Calapristi opened up a watch and jewelry repair shop in 1937, they could never have envisioned what Family & Co. Jewelers has become today. At this special time of year, we want to share our gratitude with our customers who have made our success possible. We are thankful for everyone who has helped make Family & Co. Jewelers a premier fine jewelry store.
Not exactly a jewelry post, a golden piece of history! One of four gold medals won by American Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympic Games in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany is up for grabs at an online auction taking place now through December 7. The opening bid at GoldinAuctions.com is $250,000, but recent history tells us this very special piece of sports memorabilia could sell for $1 million or more. Incidentally, 1936 is just one year before our family jewelery business was born!
She always wears charms, diamonds, pearls galore,She buys them at the 5 and 10 cents store.She wants to be just like Zsa Zsa Gabor,Even though she's the girl next door.She always wears charms, diamonds, pearls galore,She buys them at the 5 and 10 cents store.She wants to be just like Zsa Zsa Gabor,Even though she's Donna next door.
Coloradan Claire Land and her step-daughter were on a Make-a-Wish vacation to Disney World and Central Florida when the unthinkable happened. As they prepared to bask in the sun at beautiful Cocoa Beach, Land took off her wedding ring to apply some sunscreen. Moments later, the ring was gone. After four tedious hours, The Ring Finder finally heard a faint ping on his headphones; a glimmering hope that something metallic was in the sand. He dug down about 10 inches and scooped out Land's diamond engagement ring and wedding band combo.
The lore, magic and romance of topaz goes back many thousands of years. It holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of curative powers. The Greeks felt it gave them strength. In addition, it supposedly cooled tempers, restored sanity, cured asthma, relieved insomnia and even warded off sudden death. Topaz is said to make its wearer invisible in time of emergency. It proved the loyalty of associates by changing color in the presence of poison.
We have been blogging about fancy color diamonds a lot lately, in fact just yesterday we wrote about the sale of a natural fancy blue diamond at Christie's which sold last week for $11,600,000. The exceptional 20.08 carat blue diamond recovered in September from the celebrated Cullinan Mine in South Africa was sold last week for $14.9 million, or $742,000 per carat. Mine owner Petra Diamonds Ltd. described the buyer as "a leading diamond company that wishes to remain anonymous," but that cloak of secrecy certainly will be lifted once the rough diamond is transformed into a polished diamond. A three dimensional mapping of the rough diamond will likely be conducted to determine the size and shape of the diamond that it will yield. We're guessing that polished diamond will weigh about 8 plus carats and be worth $25 million or more. Here's why...
With a selling price of $11.6 million, a spectacular 7.03 carat fancy deep blue diamond ring earned top lot status at Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva last week. Designed by London based luxury jeweler Moussaieff, the platinum ring features an eight sided rectangular cut (emerald cut) center stone flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds. Christie's had estimated the ring would sell in the range of $10 million to $14 million. The blue diamond boasts a clarity rating of VVS2 and a purity classification of Type IIb, an ultra-pure grade that accounts for only 0.1% of all natural diamonds.
Quartz, which is composed of silicon and oxygen, is colorless in its pure state. The Greeks referred to the material as "krystallos," or "ice." But when trace amounts of impurities invade its chemical structure, nature yields a wide range of brilliant hues. Citrine is colored by impurities of iron and is a close cousin to other popular quartz family members, including amethyst, green quartz (sometimes incorrectly called green amethyst), rose quartz and tiger's eye. As the American Gem Society reports, citrine's durability makes it a lovely option for large, wearable jewelry. With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, citrine is very resistant to scratches and everyday wear. Darker color citrine is complimented nicely by white, brilliant diamonds.
If I was ya man (baby you)Never worry bout (what I do)I'd be coming home (back to you)Every night, doin' you rightYou're the type of woman (deserves good thangs)Fistful of diamonds (handful of rings)Baby you're a star (I just want to show you, you are)
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.
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?”
We regularly blog about precious gemstones and diamonds but every once in awhile we like to blog about the fun side of "jewelry". Perfectly timed to coincide with the start of the "engagement season," the Bazooka candy company has introduced a gigantic version of its popular Ring Pop, the colorful confection that looks like a faceted gemstone. While the conventional Ring Pop weighs 40 grams and is equivalent to a 200-carat gemstone, the new Giant Ring Pop weighs 700 grams, or 3,500 carats. Engagement season runs from Thanksgiving Day thru Valentine's Day. To put this into real jewelry perspective, the Giant Ring Pop outweighs the Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found. That famous diamond was unearthed in South Africa in 1905 and tipped the scales at 3,106 carats.
Christened the "Whitney Flame Topaz," this gem is described by Smithsonian curators as one of the finest examples of imperial topaz in the world. Imperial, or "precious," topaz is typically golden-orange in color, but the vivid red hue of the Whitney Flame is even rarer and more highly prized.
Interestingly, the yellow stones mentioned in these ancient writings may not have been topaz at all. You see, before 1950, most "gem experts" shared the misconception that all yellow gems were topaz and that all topaz was yellow. The same mistakes have been made through out history concerning other gemstones. The most notably was a "ruby" in England's crown jewels that is actually a red spinel. Now we know that these assumptions weren't true. Topaz can be seen in a wide array of warm colors, including brownish-yellow, orange-yellow and reddish brown. It’s also found in white, pale green, blue, gold and pink. Many yellow stones, we've since learned, are part of other mineral families, such as citrine (the other November birthstone), which happens to be a variety of quartz.
Patty Shales lost her home and nearly all her possessions in a brutal wildfire that swept through her Brentwood, Calif., neighborhood last month. Yet, despite the tragedy, Shales told reporters last week that she still feels blessed, and her reason focuses squarely on two cherished pieces of diamond jewelry that somehow survived the devastation. Like many people, Shales and her family barely escaped the fast moving blaze, leaving their home of 43 years with only the clothes on their backs. When they returned to the scene days later to survey the damage, everything they owned was reduced to ash, except for a jewelry box that contained her late mother's diamond engagement ring and wedding band.
If you're married, wear a wedding bandThere's no need for you to whisper in my earWhen you can say it with your handIf you're gonna go breakin' my heartThere's no need for you to let it lingerWhen you can say it with your fingerIf you're married, baby, wear a wedding band
Couples are leaving very little to chance when it comes to choosing diamond engagement rings, according to The Knot's 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which synthesized the buying habits of more than 21,000 recently engaged or married couples. The most popular center stones are diamonds at 83%, other precious stones at 10% and colored diamonds at 3%. The most popular "other" precious stones are moissanite (which has nearly doubled in popularity since 2017) at 19%, sapphire at 18%, morganite at 12% and aquamarine at 6%. They did not distinguish between earth mined diamonds and lab grown diamonds, for good reason. A diamond is a diamond, regardless of it's origin.
Family & Co. Jewelers loves blogging about the latest trends in jewelry and diamonds. But ever once in awhile we like to look at the history of jewelry. Researchers exploring an ancient cave in Spain have found what they believe is “the last necklace made by the Neanderthals.” The carved eagle talon was dated to 39,000 years ago, which is about the time when Neanderthals crossed paths with Homo sapiens and then became extinct.
Building on the success of a pilot project that gave small-scale miners in Tanzania new tools to evaluate the quality of rough diamond s and gemstones, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is committing $1,300,000 to extend the program into Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia. While there has been negative press concerning diamonds and diamond miners, this goes to show us that diamond and gemstone mining can have a positive effect on people's lives around the world.
We have blogged about the Crater of Diamonds State Park in the past, and probably will again. There's something fascinating about the fact that anybody can prospect for diamonds and many people continue to discover diamonds there. After many years of searching, 65-year-old Pat Choate finally captured her "Illusive Dream" last Tuesday at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. The 3.29 carat brandy-colored diamond is the third largest diamond discovered this year at the 37½-acre search field, which is actually the eroded surface of an ancient diamond bearing kimberlite pipe. Amateur miners get to keep what they find at the only diamond site in the world that’s open to the general public.
The 55.08 carat, champagne colored "Kimberley Diamond" is the newest member of the National Gem Collection. The emerald cut gem was donated to the Smithsonian by philanthropist Bruce Stuart and went on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., late last month. The Kimberley Diamond has been a "rock" star throughout its history. The Smithsonian noted that the Kimberley was one of the most recognizable diamonds in the world from the 1940s through the 1960s, as it appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and popular TV shows, such as It Takes a Thief and Ironside. The diamond was cut from a 490 carat rough diamond crystal discovered at the Kimberley Mine in South Africa in 1921. If you have never visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., we highly suggest that you do. It's an experience that you will treasure, pun intended.