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 property that Topaz Mountain Adventures has leased from the state of Utah is adjacent to free public lands also used for prospecting. The difference is that the public lands are very hard to work. The $30 tours at Topaz Mountain Adventures run for four hours and prospectors can expect to leave the site with a handful of nice specimens, according to Pyne. Tool rentals are available and the staff is happy to assist visitors in identifying what they've found. According to Pyne, it's not uncommon for a visitor to return to Topaz Mountain Adventures for more easily accessible gemstones after working a full day at a free public site and coming up empty.
Welcome to Musical Monday, the day that we bring you classic songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. We also like to write about love songs. Today, we write about a love song with a gold heart as it's theme. In his 1971 chart-topping classic, "Heart of Gold", the incomparable Neil Young searches for his soulmate. I want to live, I want to give,I've been a miner for a heart of gold.It's these expressions I never give,That keep me searching for a heart of gold and I'm getting oldKeep me searching for a heart of gold and I'm getting old
Here at Family & Co. Jewelers we of course have a love for diamonds. We are also fascinated with natural fancy color diamonds. Such as this fancy blue diamond. This is the largest blue diamond ever discovered in Botswana; a brilliant 20.46 carat oval gem with Fancy Deep Blue color and VVS2 clarity; which was unveiled last week by the state run Okavango Diamond Company. The diamond, which was cut from a 41.11 carat rough diamond sourced at the Orapa mine, was named "The Okavango Blue" to honor the world heritage site known as the Okavango Delta.
Signed on January 29, 1908, the nine-page agreement between the representatives of King Edward VII and M.J. Levy & Nephews mapped out the company's responsibilities during the diamond cutting process. London based diamond broker M.J Levy & Nephews arranged for the diamond to be cut and polished by the renowned Asscher Company in Amsterdam, which had successfully cut the previously largest known diamond, the 995.2-carat Excelsior, five years earlier.
Surprisingly, the auction house's pre-sale estimate for the current offering of the same diamond reverts to the range promoted in 2017. Christie's believes the May 2019 hammer price will be in the neighborhood of $2.5 million to $3.5 million. A representative from Christie's told the press that the estimate reflects the current market value for a diamond of that size and provenance. She noted that a bidding war among diamond buyers in 2017 was likely responsible for inflating the Jonker V's sale price well beyond the high estimate. We'll be watching to see if another bidding war escalates the diamond's price in Geneva next month.
Welcome to a throwback edition of Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country star John Anderson has fun with a well worn gemstone myth in his Grammy nominated 1981 hit, "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Anderson likens himself to a common chunk of coal, but promises to work hard to rid himself of flaws until he's "blue pure perfect." We're guessing he aspires to be a blue diamond. Did he "hope" to be the Hope Diamond?
Outbidding two challengers, a Japanese private collector plunked down almost fourteen million for a D flawless 88.22 carat oval diamond at Sotheby's Hong Kong yesterday. He gifted the diamond to his eldest daughter and named it the "Manami Star" Diamond in her honor. The diamond had been described by the auction house as "perfect according to every critical criterion." Given the great interest in the "perfect" diamond, the hammer price easily surpassed the pre-show high estimate of $12.7 million, making the Manami Star the top lot at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction.
Very often as a young man purchases a diamond engagement ring from Family & Co. Jewelers, the topic of how to propose comes up in conversation. This is a new one that we wanted to share with y'all. Really it happened nine years ago but it is new news to us. Yasushi “Yassan” Takahashi, the GPS artist who famously zigzagged 4,500 miles through Japan in 2010 to spell out a marriage proposal for his girlfriend, is back in the news; thanks to Google.
The Jostens-designed rings commemorating the historic season are flush with gem-themed symbolism. For instance, the 185 gemstones represent the 162 regular season games, 14 post-season games and nine World Series titles now held by the Red Sox. The iconic Boston "B" logo on the face of the 14 karat white gold ring is formed by 21 custom cut genuine rubies, which represent the four World Series titles won by the Red Sox during the 17 seasons of Fenway Sports Group ownership.
Last week, Graff finally unveiled the principal diamond; a 302.37 carat square emerald cut (sometimes called an Asscher Cut. The Asscher Cut Diamond was first introduced over 100 years ago in 1902) stunner that is said to be the largest D, flawless gem ever certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The jeweler named the gem the "Graff Lesedi La Rona" and proclaimed it "one of the greatest diamond achievements in history."
Named in honor of Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, former chairman of the Board of Directors of DeBeers Consolidated Mines, the 20mm x 20mm gem quality diamond was discovered at the Dutoitspan Mine near Kimberley, South Africa, in 1964, and acquired that same year by luxury jeweler Harry Winston. Instead of cutting the rough diamond into a hero stone and a series of smaller finished diamonds, Winston decided to leave it in its natural state and donate it to the Smithsonian in memory of Oppenheimer, who passed away in 1957 at the age of 77. The surface of the diamond is reminiscent of an icy pond.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word, "adamus" which means unconquerable. Fitting that it should be the gem most used to symbolize ones' love. Diamonds started their history as being worn only by men as they were supposedly able to instill courage and virtue to soldiers in battle. It wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century when Agnes Sorel, mistress to King Charles VII of France, began wearing diamonds and started the new fashion for women. The myths and facts associated with the diamond transcends cultures and continents.
Diamond can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only another diamond can cut a diamond. In fact, to burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Family & Co. Jewelers uses a laser welder near diamonds to avoid any risk to your diamond. Yet the oil deposited from the mere touch of a human finger can cause dirt to collect and make this nearly indestructible gemstone quickly lose its sparkling appeal.
On Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, University of British Columbia researchers discovered deposits of gem quality cobalt blue spinel in qualities that rival the finest in the world. The gemstone spinel, which in 2016 joined the official list of birthstones for the month of August, is famous for being the jewelry world's "great imposter." Before modern testing became available, deep red spinel was often mistaken for ruby. The most famous example of this was in the crown jewels in England.
He went down on one knee and said, "Johanna, you are the love of my life. Will you marry me?"Johanna said, "Yes," and Zavoral placed a halo style diamond ring on his girlfriend's finger.Jones' dad, who was watching with his wife from the audience, shouted, "He did ask me first. He got the thumbs up!"Meanwhile, Perry was crying buckets of happy tears, collapsing to the floor behind the judge's table."Why won't someone love me like that," she weeped.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you sweet songs with jewelry, gemstones, diamonds or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we blog about country star Mary Chapin Carpenter who gave love a second chance in her 2010 tune, "I Put My Ring Back On." Does she mean a diamond engagement ring? A gold wedding band? The song doesn't say.
The historic Cullinan Mine, which famously produced the 3,106-carat Cullinan in 1905, added another enormous diamond to its roster of legendary finds. London-based Petra Diamonds announced late last month that it had unearthed a 425.10 carat, D (the highest diamond color grade) color, ultra pure, Type II diamond at the South African mine. By the way, lab grown diamonds are also Type II diamonds.
If you're a fan of fabulous diamonds, you may already know that the Letšeng Mine is famous for producing large, exceptional diamonds and generating more dollars per carat than any other kimberlite diamond mine in the world. In fact, a little over a year ago, Letšeng made headlines when it revealed an amazing 910 carat D color, Type IIa diamond. Technically a color grade of D means that the diamond has no color at all; the rarest and most valuable of all diamonds. As the fifth largest gem quality diamond ever recovered, the Lesotho Legend was eventually sold for a whopping $40 million.
At 93 years young, Marie Gladman has lived a wonderful life — a life symbolized by a custom floral-motif ring made with the diamonds harvested from four diamond rings gifted to her by her beloved late husband, Wally. When Marie lost her diamond ring on a shopping trip in early December, her world was turned upside down. Staring at the bare ring finger on her left hand, the Waltham, Mass., native said, "That's where all my special memories are. [The ring] was my life. It never came off."
The 32-year-old actress posted a photo of her stackable bridal bling; a 4 carat, elongated radiant cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo, followed by an eternity band with square diamonds going all the way around, followed by a thin, unadorned yellow gold band. We have blogged about stackable wedding bands earlier this year; calling stackable diamond bands the "little black dress" of 2019.
Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you awesome songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we blog about Lee Greenwood who sang about making a 24 karat mistake in his 1984 tune, "Fool's Gold." His character is agonizing over a broken marriage and losing the love of his life. In hindsight, he admits he was a fool and it was all his fault.
Opal is often referred to as the Queen of Gems. It boasts every color of the visible spectrum, from deepest and clearest blues and greens to rippling golden orange. Opal's hues also range from delicate pink and violet to rich turquoise, shocking vermilion, carmine and fuchsia. An opal may contain any or all of these colors, arrayed in wondrous patterns. Opal experts have given these patterns names, such as harlequin, pinfire, Chinese writing, flower garden, mackerel sky, flagstone and rolling flash. Opal is a birthstone for October that is popular with many people regardless of their birthday.
The story began mid-February, when Massachusetts couple Peter and Kimberly Reggiannini pulled into a rest stop along superhighway I-95 in Connecticut. Kimberly had taken off her diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding band to put lotion on her hands during their ride from New York City to Boston. Both diamond rings were safely on her lap when the couple stopped at a service station, but fell to the ground when she opened the car door.
Choose from any one of Lashbrook’s popular styles or design your own Damascus 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!
n the song, Martin sings the story of two lovers enjoying a moonlit evening in the picturesque Italian city on the Mediterranean Sea. Although it's late and he must say "goodnight," he promises to buy her a diamond ring early the next day. He sings, "In the morning signorina we'll go walking / Where the mountains help the moon come in to sight / And by the little jewelry shop we'll stop and linger / While I buy a wedding ring for your finger / In the meantime let me tell you that I love you / Buona sera signorina kiss me goodnight / Buona sera signorina kiss me goodnight."
The name "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas" meaning unconquerable-suggesting the eternity of love. In fact, diamonds have been the traditional symbol of love since ancient Greece. Discovered about 2,500 years ago in India, the ancients believed they were splinters from the stars, perhaps crystallized lightening or hardened dew drops.Although diamonds are associated with being a colorless stone, they are occasionally found with a strong, bright colors; green, red, pink, blue, canary yellow and amber. These "fancy" colored diamonds are highly-prized. Red diamonds, followed by pink, are the rarest and therefore the most valuable fancy color diamonds.
The D, Flawless diamond is expected to fetch between $11.2 million and $12.7 million, a value reflecting its extreme rarity. Sotheby's reports that only three oval diamonds larger than 50 carats have appeared at auction over the past few decades. The 88.22 carat faceted diamond was cut from a 242 carat rough stone discovered at the Jwaneng mine in Botswana. The mine, which is well know for producing high-quality diamonds, is jointly owned by the government of Botswana and De Beers.
Agatized dinosaur bone is a unique fossil where the original fossilized bone, typically permineralized with calcite, has been re-mineralized, or replaced, with silica-type compounds. This requires a particular type of environment, referred to as an aqueous intrusion, to replace the calcite in the original fossils with silicates. For an aqueous intrusion to occur, local strata layers must be uplifted during tertiary intrusions so that silica-rich, superheated groundwater can flood these layers and force water and aqueous solutions into the microporous fossilized bone. It is this rare process that transpired on the Colorado Plateau 35 million years ago that created the beautifully patterned agatized dinosaur bone now used in our rings.
This is the ninth time Coronet has claimed a Guinness World Record. In 2018, a Coca-Cola bottle-shaped handbag adorned with 9,888 diamonds became the official title holder in the category “Most Diamonds Set on a Handbag.” In 2016, the company set a record for the “Most Jewels on a Guitar” when it customized a Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass with 16,033 gemstones. In 2015, Coronet created the world’s “Most Valuable Guitar,” a Gibson glittering with 11,441 diamonds weighing 401 carats and valued at $2 million.
The couple hasn't revealed the weight of the diamond or the value of the ring, so jewelry industry experts were asked to offer their best guesses when questioned by leading fashion and celebrity websites. Overall, size estimates ranged from 10 to 20 carats, with price tags starting at $1 million and topping out at $5 million. The highest estimate was made with the assumption that the diamond is flawless.
Crafted in 10 karat white and yellow gold, the rings are adorned with 101 white diamonds that create a cascading waterfall effect on the ring top. An additional 14 color enhanced yellow diamonds form the “A,” which sits atop the iconic five stripes, which mimics the distinctive red and black uniform of the team. Ring manufacturer Jostens rendered the five stripes in alternating custom cut slices of garnet and black onyx. The stripes represent the five pillars of the team: unity, determination, community, excellence and innovation. The red color symbolizes victory and the black color symbolizes strength and power.
Garcia opened the box to reveal what appeared to be a cushion cut diamond in a halo of smaller diamonds. "Oh, beautiful," Garcia commented. Garcia stashed the diamond engagement ring in a box in his pocket and the conspirators proceeded to the par-3 17th hole. With cameras rolling and the giant video board documenting the moment in real time, Fonseca dropped to one knee, presented the diamond ring and said, "Emma, I love you and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Emma, will you marry me."
The juxtaposition of loving someone for both inherent beauty and imperfection perfectly represents a hardwood wedding ring. The wood in these rings are natural, rare, imperfect and beautiful, as is the love shared in marriage. The variation in color, character, pattern and quality of the woods make every ring unique, with no two pieces alike. These exotic hardwoods can be designed as inlays or sleeves (inside the wedding band). The Lashbrook wedding band pictured with this blog displays Cocobolo Wood inlaid in a Damascus wedding band. Family & Co. Jewelers proudly represents Lashbrook Designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.