Weighing 10,363 carats, the "Dom Pedro" is the largest faceted aquamarine in the world and the masterwork of Bernd Munsteiner, an Idar-Oberstein based gem cutter, ...
Tiffany closed her eyes and leaned forward as she pressed her palms to her face in disbelief. At the exact same time, Arnell, looking down at the diamond engagement ring, also leaned forward as he settled down to one knee. Their microphones magnified the "thwack" of their heads coming together in a comical "Three Stooges" moment. The studio audience roared with laughter and coach Kelly Clarkson could hardly contain herself.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. In the song, we learn that the couple has been together since high school and she's looking to tie the knot. Although he loves her, the young man is frozen in fear. His noncommittal attitude leads her to break off the relationship and move on with her life, while he's left to wonder what could have been. He should have bought here a diamond engagement ring; or at least a diamond promise ring.
Today being Saint Patrick’s Day; this seems like a great time to write a short blog about Claddagh rings. Family & Co. Jewelers carries Irish and Celtic jewelry all year long; including diamond engagement rings and Claddagh and Celtic weave wedding bands. Jewelry from Ireland, including Claddagh rings, are generally 10 karat gold or less. At Family & Co. Jewelers ours are generally 14 karat or higher.
Actress Debby Ryan had some fun recently with all of her Twitter followers as she sought advice on how to keep her new diamond engagement ring secure on the set of Insatiable as she begins filming the second season of the Netflix comedy. Ryan, 25, and Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun, 30, were engaged just before Christmas, and the former Disney star proudly posted pics on Instagram of the on bended knee proposal and the emerald cut diamond ring. A few other practical-minded followers suggested that she should simply hide the diamond ring in her bra, slip it in a sock, hire a bodyguard, leave it at home or place it in a safe in her trailer.
Diamond’s splendor has been appreciated for centuries, but there was not much scientific knowledge about it before the twentieth century. Since then, diamond knowledge has grown steadily, with research by chemists, physicists, geologists, mineralogists, and oceanographers. In the past 50 years alone, scientists have learned a lot about how diamonds form and how they’re transported to the earth’s surface. That knowledge has made it easier to predict locations for new diamond discoveries.
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.
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.
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!
The engagement ring at almost $5,700 average remained the second highest priced item on the list of all wedding expenses (the venue was #1). The average price for an engagement ring in 2018 was slightly down from the previous year's total of $5,764. The Knot noted, however, that a sub-group of “high spenders” (those whose weddings cost more than $60,000) spent an average of $13,619 on their engagement rings. Keep in mind that these are averages; no one should try to tell you how much to spend on her diamond engagement ring.
Family & Co. Jewelers has very beautiful coral jewelry, accented with diamonds, by the designer Luvente. Coral has a vitreous luster when polished. Like the pearls, these are also organic jewelry materials. It certainly is an interesting fact that both of these are products of the water, chemically closely related with each other. Both consist of more than 90 per cent calcium carbonate. And it really is a miraculous thing that Nature has created both the scarlet coral and the pearl from the same, unprepossessing raw material. Corals are sensitive to heat and acids and may fade with wear. Coral has a hardness of only 3.5; it is much softer than any other gemstone material.
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.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you dreamy songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey takes us on a flyover of Miami and describes the scene as aquamarine in her 2015 love song, "Salvatore."
Presley often traveled with his personal jeweler, Lowell Hays, who would carry around a suitcase full of gemstone adorned baubles.During a 1975 show in North Carolina, Presley asked Hays to bring the jewelry suitcase onstage. Hays said Presley was in "one of his moods" and started handing out jewelry to the women in the front row. Hays explained that among Presley most cherished jewelry possessions was the “TCB” ring the jeweler crafted for him using 56 diamonds, including an 11 and 1/2 carat diamond solitaire. "TCB" stood for "Taking Care of Business," Presley's mantra and also the name of his backing band.
Weighing 10,363 carats, the "Dom Pedro" is the largest faceted aquamarine in the world and the masterwork of Bernd Munsteiner, an Idar-Oberstein based gem cutter, ...
The most exciting part of this news is that Citizen Watch is the official watch maker of Marvel and Disney watches. One of the reasons that Disney selected Citizen is that Disney is a very eco-conscious company and so is Citizen. Their Eco*Drive watches, including Marvel and Disney, run by any light and therefore do not use a battery. Distribution of these time pieces will be limited to a small select list of jewelers and Family & Co. Jewelers is proud to have been selected to showcase these interesting and unusual watches.
This event later influenced those of higher social class and of significant wealth to give diamond rings to their loved ones, a custom that became a common practice among aristocrats and royalty. Ever since the end of the Great Depression, diamond engagement rings have become a standard custom among traditional Western cultures. Last year, the reported average cost of an engagement ring was $5,200. The following list includes engagement rings from some of the world’s richest and most well known celebrities, who happened to spend much more than the average four figure price. Read on to see the top five most expensive engagement rings in the world; and see who beat out Beyoncé’s ring for the top spot.
Weighing in at an mind boggling 422.66 carats, this gorgeous deep blue sapphire was discovered almost a century ago on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The original rough gemstone weighed 2,670 carats before it was cut and polished. The necklace features a cascade of 913 white diamonds (36.30 carats total diamond weight), with the deep blue sapphire juxtaposed against cool white metals – platinum and white gold.
A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before you begin shopping. Let Family & Co. Jewelers help guide you through the basics: “the four Cs”(Cut, Clarity, Color, & Carat), the importance of a certification, and of course helping you select the perfect mounting.
Welcome to Musician Monday. Today we write about a musician and his opulence! Canadian rap star Drake recently commissioned a Beverly Hills jeweler to design an 18 karat white gold iPhone X case adorned from edge to edge with blue and white diamonds weighing a total of 80 carats. The $400,000 case is punctuated by a white gold, diamond eyed symbol of Drake's record label, the OVO owl.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for people born during the month of March; but this beautiful gemstone is so much more then just a birthstone! The seawater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater. Aquamarine belongs to the family of gemstones known as beryl which includes emerald and morganite.
Lady Gaga donned an exquisite necklace from the Tiffany Blue Book Collection on the red carpet at this year’s 61st Grammy Awards. Nominated for five Grammys this year, Lady Gaga won Best Song Written for Visual Media with "Shallow" and Best Pop Solo Performance with "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" earlier this evening. Lady Gaga’s necklace took over a year to create and features an ice motif that required the most skilled craftsmen to accomplish. With over 91 total carats of uniquely cut diamonds, the technical innovation of each cut creates an illusion of fluidity.
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.
Once you have chosen the style of the ring, the next decision is the diamond itself. When selecting a diamond, the most important rule of thumb is to choose the finest diamond you can afford. The best way to determine a diamond's quality is to measure it according to the 4cs: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat Weight
Today, Scott Kay’s legacy is carried out by a small team of best in class artisans who bring the same passion to their work that Scott did. To pay tribute to the standards Scott set forth, “Never Compromise” is invoked at every stage of the design process. As a result, each and every diamond engagement ring and wedding band is an impeccable example of the finest quality and craftsmanship. Like most designers; all Scott Kay 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 Pure Grown Diamonds.
The Tiffany diamond, the most notable piece in the Tiffany & Co. archives, is a 128.54 carat fancy yellow diamond which typically sits on display (under lock and key) in the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship location. Given the value and its place in the 142 year history of the brand, this is only its third occasion being worn publicly. The Tiffany diamond was offered for sale for "only" five million dollars in 1972. Today the value is estimated at thirty million dollars.
“Our latest campaign celebrates the distinct pride and joy women feel in purchasing a diamond for themselves, a celebration of self that is beautifully embodied by the enduring qualities of a natural diamond,” she said. “It’s timely for the diamond industry to acknowledge the different needs and mindset of the female self-purchaser, and position itself optimally to service her.”
Perry and Bloom have yet to confirm the identity of the oval shaped center stone. Some people believe it's a ruby, while others are calling it a pink sapphire, or a pink diamond. The debate about pink sapphire VS ruby is a common debate among gemologists. Ruby is technically a red sapphire; the debates usually involve a gem that is pale red or deep pink. Where is the line between red and pink? If the gem is in fact a diamond; natural red and pink diamonds are extremely rare. The oval gemstone is estimated to weigh 2 carats, while the eight complementary diamond "petals" are estimated to weigh a total of 2.5 carats.
Amethyst is the gemstone for the month of February. Amethyst is the purple variety of the gemstone family of quartz gems. As February comes to an end we are writing about some other colors of the gemstone quartz. The pale pink color of quartz, which can range from transparent to translucent, is known as rose quartz. The color is a very pale and delicate powder pink. Transparent rose quartz is very rare, and usually so pale that it does not show very much color at all except in large sizes. Translucent rose quartz is much more readily available, being used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and architectural purposes
At the time of its discovery, the pink diamond was billed as the largest pink diamond ever mined in Russia. The smooth surfaced alluvial diamond measured 22.47 mm x 15.69 mm x 10.9 mm and weighed 27.85 carats. The previous record holder was much smaller at 3.86 carats. The largest diamond in the exhibition was a deep yellow Asscher cut diamond, weighing 20.69 carats. It was cut from a rough diamond with a rare honey hue, which weighed 34.17 carats and had the distinction of being the largest yellow diamond mined in Russia in 2017. A third standout in the collection was a pink purple cushion cut diamond weighing 11.06 carats. Alrosa noted that the Gemological Institute of America has recognized the diamond to be the largest of its color in the world.
Diamonds in the normal color range are colorless through light yellow and are described using the industry’s D to Z color grading scale; created by the Gemological Institute of America. Fancy color diamonds, on the other hand, are yellow and brown diamonds that exhibit color beyond the Z range, or diamonds that exhibit any other color face-up. These rare specimens come in every color of the spectrum, including, most importantly, blue, green, pink, and red.
Tipping the scales at 54.21 carats, the recently unveiled "Mouawad Dragon" is being described as the largest round brilliant cut fancy vivid yellow diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. Most diamonds are graded for color on a scale created by GIA that ranges from D (colorless) all the way down to Z (a lot of color, generally not in a good way) Fancy color diamonds are sometimes referred to as Z+. Gem quality diamonds in the D to Z range usually decrease in value as the color becomes more obvious.
Welcome to Musical Monday, the day we talk about diamonds and gesmtones; usually in songs. Today is slightly different; we are talking about diamonds on a singer. It was a starburst seen from coast to coast recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The blinding burst emanating from Miley Cyrus' new wedding ring was so big and so bright that new spouse Liam Hemsworth joked that the visual effect might have been a product of CGI (computer-generated imagery).
"Supergirl" actress Melissa Benoist announced her engagement to co-star Chris Wood and unveiled her brand new oval brilliant cut diamond engagement ring on her Instagram page last weekend. The white metal ring, which is either white gold or platinum, is highlighted by an oval diamond in a halo setting, complemented by a pavé diamond band. An industry insider told pagesix.com that the center stone appeared to be 3 carats and estimated the ring's value in the range of $100,000 and $200,000.
Exhibiting a frosty surface and distinctive bi-color transition from intense yellow to nearly white, the 552-carat diamond seemed surreal in its glass case at the street-level exhibit hall of the famous auction house on Park Avenue and 57th. Giant vertical banners in the Phillips windows delivered a bold and simple message, "Think Big and 552 Carats." It was the public's final opportunity to see one of nature's true wonders; before it gets transformed into smaller faceted diamonds.
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.
Dyer told the press recently that the original rough amethyst, which weighed 465.5 carats, yielded four finished stones, the largest of which was purchased by the Smithsonian in 2017. The second largest weighed about 10 carats. The painstaking faceting process took more than three days to complete. Based in Edina, Minn., Dyer has notched 54 cutting awards and is famous for his artistic ability and passion for precision. His Super Trillion™ Cut reflects an optimized pattern that adds more facets and other variations to the traditional trillion cut.
For the third year in a row, U.S. love birds are expected to spend more on jewelry than any other Valentine’s Day gift category, according to an annual report released by the National Retail Federation. A big part of this is that Valentine’s Day is at the end of "Engagement Season". Valentine’s Day is one of the favorite days to drop to one new and propose with a diamond (or other gemstone) engagement ring.
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.
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.
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.
Ice ice baby! No, this isn't a Musical Monday post! We're not referring to the 1990 song! We're not talking about snow squalls and the mammoth Arctic blast that's breaking wind-chill records from the Dakotas to Long Island! We're not blogging about diamond shaped ice sculptures! What's got our attention is this 240 carat frosty white gem quality diamond that was just unearthed at the red hot Karowe mine in Botswana, where the mercury topped out at 91 degrees yesterday.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today is a throw back, music legend Jim Croce tells his sad and lonely wife how things are going to change in the 1972 classic, "Tomorrow's Gonna Be A Brighter Day." He'd love to give her diamonds and pearls to express how much he wants to make things right, but the hardscrabble musician can only offer a kiss and an apology.
When the New England Patriots (boo, hiss) take on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII this Sunday, at least a handful of fans will be wearing a limited edition, gemstone adorned cap that might be worth thousands more than their ticket to the game. Carrying a price tag of $5,300, the New Era x Swarovski (yes, Swarovski does cut genuine gemstones as well as their famous "crystals") 9TWENTY hats feature an NFL shield logo embellished with genuine rubies and sapphires.
Last year I wrote a very enjoyable blog about the Eagles Super Bowl rings. Unfortunately I won't have that pleasure this year. But around here we are fond of saying "Next year!" This Sunday the New England Patriots have their eyes on a sixth Super Bowl ring after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in a thrilling (and controversial) AFC Championship game on Sunday. If quarterback Tom Brady and the favored Patriots prevail against the powerful Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, you can bet the 41 year old quarterback and his teammates will be rewarded with the biggest and blingiest championship rings ever created.
GIA Graduate Gemologist Brian Berger purchased an unusually striking opal originating from the island of Java. Boasting an exciting “play of color” throughout the stone ranging from pale yellow to dark blue, the gemstone was remarkable on its own. But now it has become a potentially significant scientific discovery. Fully encased within the gemstone is an insect. While insects trapped in amber are a more common find, it is almost unheard of in a slow-forming gemstone like opal.
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.
A blue gemstone ring that was lost in a ritual bath 2,000 years ago was recently unearthed by archaeologists at the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The site is believed to be the original urban core of the ancient city. The wonderfully preserved, but still unidentified solitaire stone, appears to be an aquamarine, turquoise or beryl.
A 17 year old Canadian high school student participating in a research program at the University of Alberta surprised her mentors by discovering a new higher yield, less destructive way of electronically separating diamonds from rock. Ali used the Swiss made SELFRAG device to break down the rock using high voltage. This technique yielded 10 undamaged rough diamonds.
I envision you and me in love togetherGetting closer, as we share each day togetherGimme all the gold in the world, it will not replace this love baby, yeahTake a diamond ring, a worth a lot what we got cannot be bought or sold
While not an everyday occurrence; new gemstones and minerals are discovered from time to time. Israeli mining company Shefa Yamim has recently identified a remarkable new mineral trapped within the inclusions of the sapphires it recovers near Mount Carmel in northern Israel.
No; not the sapphire and diamond necklace that Kate Winslet dropped in the ocean in the Titanic Movie. This is about an actual emerald and diamond engagement ring that survived the fateful final voyage of the Titanic in 1912 made a surprise appearance on BBC's Antiques Roadshow recently. The ring, which features an emerald center stone flanked by smaller emeralds and diamonds in a platinum setting, was owned by the guest's grandmother, who was newly married and only 18 years old at the time.
An observant New Jersey police officer earned a bowl of meatballs and high praise for finding a diamond that had popped out of a crossing guard's engagement ring at a Tenafly intersection. What made the find even more remarkable was that the diamond was mixed in with broken glass, gravel, ice and other reflective debris. This is why Family & Co. Jewelers offers free cleaning and inspection of your jewelry; so that we can notify you of problems before your diamond is lost. Diamonds are forever but prongs are not. All jewelry requires periodic maintenance.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you a song with jewelry, diamonds, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Canadian country music star Dallas Smith finds the girl of his dreams in his brand new release, "Rhinestone World." Country metaphors bring the story to life as he describes a girl who is unlike all the rest. He compares his new love to a little white church in Mississippi, a red Corvette on a Carolina two lane and to a rare and precious diamond.
Why would a nun living in the Middle Ages have lapis lazuli layered within the tartar of her teeth? Was she ingesting it as a lapidary medicine, or did it get on her teeth during the course of her life's work? University of York archaeologist Anita Radini told The Telegraph that the nun was likely an illustrator of lavish medieval religious manuscripts. During that time, artists ground and processed the gem lapis lazuli to make the intense blue pigment ultramarine. It's standard practice for artists to lick their brushes to get the finest tip possible to complete their detailed work.
Sports star (football and baseball) Tim Tebow popped the question to 2017 Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with a 7.25-carat diamond solitaire engagement ring at his family's farm in Jacksonville, Fla., this past Wednesday. He reportedly got down on one knee and declared, "This ring is internally flawless… just like you." Nel-Peters said, "Yes," and Tebow placed the diamond engagement ring on her finger.
Winter vacation season is upon us! But before you jump in the pool, slather on sunscreen or head to the beach, it never hurts to know where dangers can lurk. If you’re not careful, a vacation can take a toll on your jewelry. In honor of rings resting on the ocean floor, bracelets lost while scuba diving and gems fallen victim to a wicked game of beach volleyball, here are five situations when not to wear your wedding ring, or any other fine jewelry you’d hate to damage or lose.
First we want to say that there are no rules about how much you should spend; on a diamond, on wedding bands or on your wedding. This is not about "keeping up with the Joneses". We all have different priorities and different responsibilities. The amount that bridal couples spent on their (and occasionally colored gemstone) engagement rings surged almost 56% in 2018, according to Brides' American Wedding Study. The surprising climb; from $5,023 in 2017 to $7,829 in 2018; may reflect a demand for more ornate setting styles and larger center stones.
Welcome to Musical Monday; the day that we bring you awesome songs new or old with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, pop star Kelly Clarkson sings about rejuvenating a listless relationship in her 2017 gospel-inspired release, "Heat" singing out 'You Used to Make Me Feel Like a Diamond'...
The show stopping emerald ring that Michelle Yeoh wore in her starring role as Eleanor in the hit movie "Crazy Rich Asians" made an appearance on the Golden Globes red carpet this past Sunday, and E!'s Giuliana Rancic was quick to take notice. The ring had generated a buzz this past August when Yeoh revealed it was from her personal jewelry collection. Yeoh also wore an awesomazing diamond ring and diamond necklace.
For the second time in just five weeks, the New York City Police Department has rescued a diamond engagement ring from a utility grate near Times Square. As we blogged about in December, a British couple became international celebrities after a video of them losing her brand new diamond engagement ring down a utility grate in Times Square went viral
InStyle magazine's editor-in-chief Laura Brown raised the bar for engagement ring selfies last week when she posted to her Instagram page an impeccable close-up shot of her new Art Deco-inspired diamond ring. The ring features a round brilliant cut diamond in the center surrounded by an unusual asymmetrical array of square and rectangular baguette cut diamonds.
Today is Musical Monday, the day of the week when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, country music artist Jason Michael Carroll proposes with a half carat diamond ring in his 2011 release, "Numbers."
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.
We have been coming across a lot of these feel good stories lately. Makes us realize that there are plenty of good people in the world. Imagine Shiloah Avery's surprise when she unpacked the box to her new "Instant Pot" (who names these products?) on Christmas morning only to find a gold and diamond ring inside. While the multi-cooker is famous for doing so many things; it combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, browning pan and warming pot in one handy unit; creating diamond rings is not one of them.
In 2019, the vintage trend is predicted to continue with vintage inspired cuts such as, oval, pear and emerald cut diamonds. These diamonds appear larger and work with any season throughout the year. A gorgeous intricately designed shank with a larger than life oval cut center stone nestled within a sparkling halo. This engagement ring will live on through its several features that keep it bright and sparkling year after year.
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.
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.
Twinkle twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are.
Among the gemstones exhibiting Pantone's vibrant, yet mellow, seaborne color are spinel, morganite, padparadscha sapphire and precious coral. Coral is one of just a handful of organic materials that are classified as gemstones. This is the fourth time in the past 10 years that the Color Institute has picked a Pantone color named after a precious gemstone. Previous picks have included Turquoise (2010), Emerald (2013) and Rose Quartz (2016).
A senior research scientist at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) believes the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona; the second largest rough diamond ever found; actually weighed at least 2,774 carats before it fractured into five diamonds during the rough diamond sorting process at Lucara's Karowe mine in Botswana three years ago. Lucara had previously reported that the 813 carat "Constellation” diamond and a 374 carat unnamed "shard" had broken off Lesedi La Rona. The total weight of the original rough diamond, had it remained intact, would have been 2,296 carats.
Paula Stanton will be celebrating her 38th anniversary on December 27 with not one but two diamond anniversary bands, one of which she's calling her "Christmas miracle." Nine years ago the New Jersey resident was cleaning her bathroom when her loose fitting 20th anniversary diamond ring accidentally fell into the toilet and disappeared down the drain. Stanton believes the return of her diamond anniversary band, which she is now wearing proudly stacked next to the replacement, is her Christmas miracle.
Unlike some of our previous blogs; this one is NOT a diamond engagement ring or diamond anniversary band that was returned to the happy couple. But jewelry being returned is always a good thing. When Ohio teenager Jim Biehl misplaced his brand new Parma Senior High School class ring 30 years ago on a church trip that oddly stopped overnight in Parma, Mich., the then 17 year old student was not very emotional about the loss. He called it a "stupid little ring."
Branson, who is obviously a romantic at heart, ordered that the diamond engagement ring take the ride to the edge of space. And when the diamond ring returned with the crew safely to Earth last Thursday, Branson was ready to hand it off to flight test engineer Brandon Parrish. As Branson explained in a tweet, "What better way to propose than with a ring that had just flown to space?"
Seventh grade teacher Traci Thompson was ushered onto the court, where Santa removed his beard, got down on one knee, pulled a ring box from his pocket and presented his girlfriend with an oval brilliant cut diamond engagement ring.
Merry Christmas, BabySure did treat me niceI said Merry Christmas, BabyYou sure did treat me niceBought me a diamond ring for Christmas
Munich based gold dealer Pro Aurum recently 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.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:12 Drummers Drumming11 Pipers Piping10 Lords a Leaping9 Ladies Dancing8 Maids a Milking7 Swans a Swimming6 Geese a Laying5 Golden Rings4 Calling Birds3 French Hens2 Turtle Dovesand a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Diavik mine unexpectedly unearthed a 552 carat fancy yellow diamond, the largest ever discovered in North America. The finding is remarkable because Canadian mines are known to produce high quality diamonds, but not particularly large ones. The Canadamark™ diamond rates only 25th on the list of the world's largest rough diamonds of all time, just ahead of the Lesotho's Letseng Star (550 carats) and just behind the Central African Republic's Spirit of de Grisogono (587 carats). The top seven diamonds on the list are all from the continent of Africa
The British tourists who became internet celebrities after a video of them losing their diamond engagement ring down a utility grate in New York City went viral returned to the U.S. on last week to appear on the Ellen show. During the emotional eight minute segment, the couple finally got their diamond engagement ring back, met the hero detectives who rescued it, hit the reset button on their marriage proposal and received a whopping $10,000 wedding gift from the show.
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.
A Boeing 777 is 242 feet long, so we did the math to determine the number of 1 carat diamonds it would take to span the aircraft end to end. A 1 carat diamond is approximately 6.5 mm wide (about .26 inches), so about 48 diamonds placed side by side would measure 1 foot. It would, therefore, take 11,616 diamonds to adorn just one side of the plane with just a single row of 1 carat diamonds. The number of diamonds to cover the plane? We're not that good at math...
A song that echoes the sentiments of 1949's “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend" (another favorite of ours); “Santa Baby” features a girl appealing directly to Santa Claus for some of the finer things in life — a sable coat, a blue convertible, a yacht and, finally, “a ring.” Of course she means "the ring"; a diamond engagement ring. She's claims to have been an "angel all year," so she doesn't think she's asking for a lot. Of course Gwen can easily afford to purchase her own diamonds!
Snow White with a beautiful assortment of precious gemstones. Valuable "pie" points are earned by mining specific combinations of topaz, amethyst, emerald, sapphire, ruby and diamond. “Action” cards keep the game fun and unpredictable, as they can force another dwarf to forfeit his or her gems or unload surplus diamonds. The game includes 68 plastic gemstones.
In honor of turquoise; one of the official birthstones for December; we shine our spotlight on the Empress Marie-Louise Diadem, a gift from French Emperor Napoleon I to his second wife on the occasion of their marriage in 1810. Other December birthstones include blue zircon, blue topaz and tanzanite. The spectacular piece, which now resides in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., features 70 cabochon cut pieces of Persian turquoise weighing a total of 540 carats, as well as over one thousand diamonds boasting a total weight of 700 carats.
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.
Please have snow and mistletoe - And presents on the tree - Christmas Eve will find me - Where the lovelight gleams - I'll be home for Christmas - If only in my dreams...
Dominating defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams signed a record breaking (for a day) $135 million deal in August and rewarded himself with a custom "AD/99" diamond pendant hanging from a 14 karat gold Miami Cuban link chain; a chain that weighs more than 1.5 pounds.
Barely two weeks after her high profile appearance at the Victoria's Secret fashion show in NYC, supermodel Josephine Skriver got engaged to her singer/songwriter boyfriend Alexander DeLeon on a frozen lake under the northern lights of Finland. Skriver and her new fiancé, who goes by the stage name Bohnes, turned to Instagram to share stunning pics of the diamond engagement ring and epic proposal.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Smith will forgo a potential big payday and, instead, try to reunite the antique ring with the family of its rightful owner. The yellow gold diamond ring is engraved with a specific date in 1921 and the avid treasure hunter will use that information to help verify any claimants that come forward. Based on her own experience, Smith believes that the ring box; and its hidden diamond treasure; was donated by a family who hastily cleared the home of an elderly relative.
I found a little girl and I fell in loveShe shines brighter than the stars aboveI bought her a pretty diamond ringAsked her, if she would marry meThere's nothing you could tell me that would change a thingI still want you to wear my ring
The New York City's finest used the power of the social media to reunite a British couple with the diamond engagement ring that they accidentally dropped through a utility grate in Times Square a little over a week ago. Also posted was a seven second video along with this clever note on Twitter: "WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC! She said Yes
Over the years, the most popular cut for diamond engagement rings has always been the round brilliant, consisting of 58 facets that divide the stone into a top and bottom half. The round brilliant cut diamond is the only diamond shape that is timeless. All other shapes such as the cushion cut, the princess cut, the emerald cut and the oval cut are subject to changing fashions. Diamond shape tastes do change over time. So if you want a diamond that will never be dated; go with a round brilliant cut diamond. Then her diamond truly will be forever...
Ever the romantic, Frank decided to forgo the traditional box and surprised Barbara by submerging the diamond ring in a glass of champagne. According to Sotheby's, Frank hadn't offered a formal proposal, so the engagement was only official after Barbara made him choose which finger to put it on. The couple married in Palm Springs in 1976. Frank was 60 and Barbara was 49.
For the first time in 14 years, the world famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has a new crown jewel. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the 900 pound tree topper measures 9 foot 4 inches in diameter and features 70 rays covered with three million Swarovski crystals.
The ill fated French queen's natural pearl and diamond pendant is set with an oval diamond in a diamond bow motif. The slightly baroque drop shaped natural saltwater pearl measures approximately 15.90mm x 18.35mm x 25.85mm and originally hung from Marie Antoinette's three-strand pearl necklace. The pendant entered the auction with a modest pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $2 million.
When picking out a diamond engagement ring one of the first things to consider is the cut of the center diamond. Diamonds are cut in many shapes; the round brilliant, the cushion, the pear, the marquise, heart shaped, oval and emerald cut. Today we take a closer look at oval and emerald cut diamonds, we hope it will help you choose the perfect cut for your future bride! We will discuss other diamond shapes in other Family & Co. Jewelers blog posts.
Maybe you want to repurpose your mother's or grandmother's engagement ring because you have a strong sense of family history. Perhaps, you’re trying to save a few dollars. Nothing wrong with that; you have a wedding to pay for! Some people are so eco-conscious that they prefer to reuse rather than buy something new. (Some people purchase an above ground diamond for the same reason) There are a lot of reasons to reuse a family heirloom and several ways to do it. If you have a pretty ring in your family, this may be a route to consider. Keep on reading for some of our upgrading tips and to see some of our vintage options that your prospective bride to be might love!
Are you all out of fresh ideas when it comes to proposing to the love of your life? Is your sanity hanging by a thread and all you can do is get worried about finding the perfect way to propose to your significant other? Let us take you on a shortand informative journey on how to propose and make it one of the most memorable days of both of your lives.
The 2018 Fantasy Bra is dialed down by comparison. Swarovksi's designers used lab grown diamonds for the bra and responsibly sourced topaz for the sterling silver body chain. The chain is highlighted by a pear-shaped 2.03 carat Atelier Swarovski Created Diamond, which has the same chemical composition, hardness, brilliance and fire of a traditionally mined diamond, according to the company.
How can you tell if she’s ready to marry you? Women can sometimes seem very illogical and unpredictable. Their “no” means “no” and their “yes’” sometimes also means “no”. It’s no secret that most women wish to get married to their prince charming. They have been dreaming about it since the moment they first watched a Disney fairy tale movie. But, does she want to share that dream with you? Is she ready to marry you? Does she see you on that white horse coming to sweep her off her feet and take her to a faraway land? Does she envision "happily ever after" with you?