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What You Should Know About Buying A Diamond

What You Should Know About Buying A Diamond

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.

Musician Monday; Drake's New $400,000 iPhone X Case Is Set Edge to Edge in Blue Diamonds

Musician Monday; Drake's New $400,000 iPhone X Case Is Set Edge to Edge in Blue Diamonds

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, Not Just For March Anymore

Aquamarine, Not Just For March Anymore

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 Shines In Over 100 Carats Of Radiant Diamonds At The 61st Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga Shines In Over 100 Carats Of Radiant Diamonds At The 61st Grammy Awards

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.

How To Buy a Diamond

How To Buy a Diamond

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

Designer Spotlight; Scott Kay

Designer Spotlight; Scott Kay

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.

$30,000,000 Diamond at the Oscars

$30,000,000 Diamond at the Oscars

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.

'For Me, From Me' Diamond Ad Campaign Targets The Ladies During E!'s Oscar Coverage

'For Me, From Me' Diamond Ad Campaign Targets The Ladies During E!'s Oscar Coverage

“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.”

Musician Monday; Katy Perry Is Engaged To Orlando Bloom

Musician Monday; Katy Perry Is Engaged To Orlando Bloom

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.

Quartz Gemstones

Quartz Gemstones

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

Diamond Mining Company Alrosa Unveils Largest Pink Diamond in Russian History

Diamond Mining Company Alrosa Unveils Largest Pink Diamond in Russian History

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.

A Brief History of Fancy Color Diamonds

A Brief History of Fancy Color Diamonds

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.

The Largest Round Brilliant Cut Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ever Graded by GIA

The Largest Round Brilliant Cut Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Ever Graded by GIA

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.

Musical Monday; Bling From Miley Cyrus' New Wedding Ring Catches Jimmy Fallon's Eye

Musical Monday; Bling From Miley Cyrus' New Wedding Ring Catches Jimmy Fallon's Eye

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).

Super Hero Saturday!

Super Hero Saturday!

"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.

North America's Biggest Diamond

North America's Biggest Diamond

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.

Valentine's Day; a Great Day to Pop The Question

Valentine's Day; a Great Day to Pop The Question

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.

Awesomazing 78.3-Carat Gem Is Smithsonian's First Amethyst From Rwanda

Awesomazing 78.3-Carat Gem Is Smithsonian's First Amethyst From Rwanda

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.

Valentine’s Day; the Holiday for Jewelry

Valentine’s Day; the Holiday for Jewelry

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.

UNIQUE VALENTINE'S DAY TRADITIONS

UNIQUE VALENTINE'S DAY TRADITIONS

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.

Musical Monday: February's Birthstone Makes Curious Appearance in Wang Chung's 'Dance Hall Days'

Musical Monday: February's Birthstone Makes Curious Appearance in Wang Chung's 'Dance Hall Days'

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, Much More Than Just a Birthstone

Amethyst, Much More Than Just a Birthstone

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!

Ice Ice Baby!

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.

Another Blog That Wasn't Fun to Write...

Another Blog That Wasn't Fun to Write...

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.

Not The Blog I Wanted to Write....

Not The Blog I Wanted to Write....

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.

Shall we Clone a Dinosaur?

Shall we Clone a Dinosaur?

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.

Garnet: a Many Colored Gemstone

Garnet: a Many Colored Gemstone

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.

Blue Cabochon Gem Still Shines in 2 Millennium Old Ring Unearthed at City of David Site in Jerusalem

Blue Cabochon Gem Still Shines in 2 Millennium Old Ring Unearthed at City of David Site in Jerusalem

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.

Canadian High School Girl Discovers Kinder, Gentler Way of Liberating Diamonds From Rock

Canadian High School Girl Discovers Kinder, Gentler Way of Liberating Diamonds From Rock

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.

Musical Monday: Anita Baker's Darlin' Is 'Like a Precious Jewel' in 1988's 'Priceless'

Musical Monday: Anita Baker's Darlin' Is 'Like a Precious Jewel' in 1988's 'Priceless'

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

Unique Gemstone 'Carmel Sapphire' Contains Inclusions of Newly Recognized Mineral 'Carmeltazite'

Unique Gemstone 'Carmel Sapphire' Contains Inclusions of Newly Recognized Mineral 'Carmeltazite'

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.

A Piece of Gemstone and Diamond Jewelry That Survived the Sinking of the Titanic

A Piece of Gemstone and Diamond Jewelry That Survived the Sinking of the Titanic

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.

NJ Officer Earns Bowl of Meatballs, High Praise for Finding Crossing Guard's Engagement Diamond

NJ Officer Earns Bowl of Meatballs, High Praise for Finding Crossing Guard's Engagement Diamond

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.

Musical Monday: 'Loving You Is Like Finding a Diamond in a Rhinestone World,' Sings Dallas Smith

Musical Monday: 'Loving You Is Like Finding a Diamond in a Rhinestone World,' Sings Dallas Smith

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.

Gemstone Found in the Teeth of Medieval Nun Suggests She Was a Manuscript Painter

Gemstone Found in the Teeth of Medieval Nun Suggests She Was a Manuscript Painter

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.

Former Eagle Tim Tebow: 'This Ring Is Internally Flawless… Just Like You'

Former Eagle Tim Tebow: 'This Ring Is Internally Flawless… Just Like You'

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 Tips for You and Your Jewelry...

Winter Vacation Tips for You and Your Jewelry...

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.

'Brides' Survey: The Average Spent on Diamond Engagement Ring Surges 56% in 2018 to $7,829

'Brides' Survey: The Average Spent on Diamond Engagement Ring Surges 56% in 2018 to $7,829

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.

Musical Monday; 'You Used to Make Me Feel Like a Diamond'

Musical Monday; 'You Used to Make Me Feel Like a Diamond'

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'...

Michelle Yeoh Shows Off Her 'Crazy Rich Asians' Emerald Ring at the Golden Globes

Michelle Yeoh Shows Off Her 'Crazy Rich Asians' Emerald Ring at the Golden Globes

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.

Be More Careful With Your Diamond Rings!

Be More Careful With Your Diamond Rings!

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' Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown Raises the Bar for Diamond Engagement Ring Selfies

'InStyle' Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown Raises the Bar for Diamond Engagement Ring Selfies

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.

Musical Monday: Jason Michael Carroll Pops the Question With a Half Carat Diamond in 'Numbers'

Musical Monday: Jason Michael Carroll Pops the Question With a Half Carat Diamond in 'Numbers'

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 Garnet Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of Garnet

Demantoid Garnet Is the Rarest and Most Valuable Variety of Garnet

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.

Another Diamond Ring Returned to a Grateful Owner...

Another Diamond Ring Returned to a Grateful Owner...

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.

Diamond Engagement Ring Trends for 2019

Diamond Engagement Ring Trends for 2019

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 are the Little Black Dress of Wedding Bands in 2019

Stackable bands are the Little Black Dress of Wedding Bands in 2019

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.

A Special New Year Eve Edition of Musical Monday

A Special New Year Eve Edition of Musical Monday

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.

Oops! The Famous 'Diamond Planet' Is Actually a 'Sapphire Planet,' New Researchers Suggest

Oops! The Famous 'Diamond Planet' Is Actually a 'Sapphire Planet,' New Researchers Suggest

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.

Just in time for the New Year; the 2019 Color of the Year

Just in time for the New Year; the 2019 Color of the Year

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).

1,109 Carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond Likely Weighed 2,774 Carats Before Fracturing Into 5 Diamonds

1,109 Carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond Likely Weighed 2,774 Carats Before Fracturing Into 5 Diamonds

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.

'Twas a Christmas Miracle

'Twas a Christmas Miracle

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.

Another Feel Good Story about a Returned Ring

Another Feel Good Story about a Returned Ring

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."

Higher Than Santa's Sleigh

Higher Than Santa's Sleigh

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?"

Santa takes a Knee...

Santa takes a Knee...

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.

A Very Special Christmas Eve Musical Monday

A Very Special Christmas Eve Musical Monday

Merry Christmas, BabySure did treat me niceI said Merry Christmas, BabyYou sure did treat me niceBought me a diamond ring for Christmas

A Christmas Tree of Gold

A Christmas Tree of Gold

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.

Sing Along Saturday

Sing Along Saturday

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

Canadian Mine Discovers a 552 Carat Yellow Diamond, the Largest Ever Found in Canada or the USA

Canadian Mine Discovers a 552 Carat Yellow Diamond, the Largest Ever Found in Canada or the USA

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

A Follow-up of Our Thin Blue Line Blog

A Follow-up of Our Thin Blue Line Blog

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.

Holiday Proposal Suggestions

Holiday Proposal Suggestions

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.

Diamond Airplane Fact Check

Diamond Airplane Fact Check

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...

It's Another Musical Monday...

It's Another Musical Monday...

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!

Gemstones for the Holidays?

Gemstones for the Holidays?

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.

540 Carats of Persian Turquoise and 700 Carats of Diamonds Bling in the Empress Marie-Louise Diadem

540 Carats of Persian Turquoise and 700 Carats of Diamonds Bling in the Empress Marie-Louise Diadem

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.

We are in the Midst of Engagement Season!

We are in the Midst of Engagement Season!

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.

Remembering Our Deployed Heroes and Sheroes

Remembering Our Deployed Heroes and Sheroes

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...

Rams' Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald Celebrates Big Contract With 'AD/99' Diamond Pendant

Rams' Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald Celebrates Big Contract With 'AD/99' Diamond Pendant

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.

Supermodel Josephine Skriver Shares Pics of Northern Lights Proposal and Her Diamond Engagement Ring

Supermodel Josephine Skriver Shares Pics of Northern Lights Proposal and Her Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

A Woman Paid Pennies for Antique Ring Box and Finds Diamond Treasure Hidden Inside

A Woman Paid Pennies for Antique Ring Box and Finds Diamond Treasure Hidden Inside

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.

Today is Musical Monday; Vince Gill Proposes With a Pretty Diamond Ring in 'Like My Daddy Did'

Today is Musical Monday; Vince Gill Proposes With a Pretty Diamond Ring in 'Like My Daddy Did'

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 Thin Blue Line Rescues a Diamond Engagement Ring

The Thin Blue Line Rescues a Diamond Engagement 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

Why Do Men Give a Diamond Engagement Ring?

Why Do Men Give a Diamond Engagement Ring?

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...

Barbara Sinatra's 20.6 Carat Engagement Ring Tops 'Lady Blue Eyes' Collection at Sotheby's

Barbara Sinatra's 20.6 Carat Engagement Ring Tops 'Lady Blue Eyes' Collection at Sotheby's

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.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree's New Crown Jewel Blings With 3 Million Swarovski Crystals

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree's New Crown Jewel Blings With 3 Million Swarovski Crystals

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.

Our Follow up  of an October Family & Co. Jewelers Post

Our Follow up of an October Family & Co. Jewelers Post

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.

Choosing Your Diamond Shape

Choosing Your Diamond Shape

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.

Designing an  Older Diamond Into a New Ring

Designing an Older Diamond Into a New Ring

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!

Great Proposal Ideas That Will Make Memories

Great Proposal Ideas That Will Make Memories

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.

$1 Million VS Dream Angels Fantasy Bra Glitters With 2,100 Diamonds Weighing 71 Carats

$1 Million VS Dream Angels Fantasy Bra Glitters With 2,100 Diamonds Weighing 71 Carats

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?

How can you tell if she’s ready to marry you?

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?

Emerald Miners Seek Coveted 'AO' Status for Colombian Emeralds, Claim They're Geographically Unique

Emerald Miners Seek Coveted 'AO' Status for Colombian Emeralds, Claim They're Geographically Unique

Colombian emerald miners are seeking to gain coveted "AO" status for their emeralds, widely considered to be the finest in the world. "AO" is shorthand for "appellation of origin," which is a designation given to products that possess unique characteristics associated with their geographic location.

Musician Mishap Monday

Musician Mishap Monday

Generally on Mondays we talk about songs involving diamonds, engagement rings or other jewelry. Today we are spreading the word to try to reunite a diamond ring with the owner. Singer Toni Braxton is hoping that one of her almost three million Instagram followers knows the whereabouts of "Bonnie," the Grammy award winning singer's $5 million, 10 carat canary yellow diamond engagement ring.

Vacation Proposal Suggestions

Vacation Proposal Suggestions

As we approach winter vacation season; several of our customers have told us of their plans to propose in a warmer climate. If you want to turn your vacation for two into the most memorable trip of your lives, a destination proposal is for you. Flying off to a romantic destination where you’ll take a knee sounds like a magical scene: but getting that ring to the destination? Not so magical. To help your proposal plans go smoothly; please read these five helpful tips for traveling with an engagement ring to keep your proposal under wraps.

The First 67 Diamonds Are Cut From a Single 1,109 Carat Rough Diamond

The First 67 Diamonds Are Cut From a Single 1,109 Carat Rough Diamond

Sixty seven gem quality diamonds ranging from just under 1 carat to more than 100 carats will be known forever as the legacy of Lesedi La Rona, the 1,109 carat gem quality rough diamond that was uncovered at the Lucara Karowe mine in Botswana in 2015. Graff Diamonds noted Monday that after more than a year of detailed analysis, cutting and polishing by its elite team of gemologists and master diamond cutters, the first 67 stones were ready to be revealed. The company also dropped a teaser that "a principal diamond of unprecedented size" was still in the works.

An All Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Diamond Might Fetch $250,000 at Benefit Auction

An All Diamond Ring Crafted From a Single Rough Diamond Might Fetch $250,000 at Benefit Auction

An all diamond ring custom crafted from a single rough diamond is expected to raise as much as $250,000 when Sotheby's offers it for sale December 5 at the third (RED) Auction in Miami. Proceeds from the sale will support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. Family & Co. Jewelers is pleased to blog about this as we support all worthwhile charities; both local to south Jersey and worldwide.

Musical Monday: Tommy and Janey Visit a Jeweler in 'Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine'

Musical Monday: Tommy and Janey Visit a Jeweler in 'Don't Love Make a Diamond Shine'

Mister bring it closer, mister can we hold itI think it's gonna fit just fineAs he slipped it on her hand, Janey kissed her manDon't love make a diamond shine. Don't love make a diamond shineIt don't matter if it costs a dimeDang thing looks like a million bucksSittin' on the hand of a girl in love.

A Follow Up to One of Our September Blogs

A Follow Up to One of Our September Blogs

In the lead up to this week's highly anticipated auction of the "Pink Legacy," Christie's Rahul Kadakia had gone out on a limb and said the 18.96-carat fancy vivid pink diamond was "as good as it gets." “To find a diamond of this size with this color is pretty much unreal,” said the International Head of Jewellery at Christie’s. “You may see this color in a pink diamond of less than one carat. But this is almost 19 carats and it’s as pink as can be. It’s unbelievable.”

Throwback Thursday: Don Williams Is in Love With the Girl Wearing a Diamond Ring

Throwback Thursday: Don Williams Is in Love With the Girl Wearing a Diamond Ring

I ain't gonna marry in the fallI ain't gonna marry in the spring'Cause I'm in love with a pretty little girlWho wears a diamond ring.

5 Reasons to “Fall in Love” with the Beverley K Collection.

5 Reasons to “Fall in Love” with the Beverley K Collection.

Family & Co. Jewelers and Beverley K We are committed to bringing you beautiful jewelry. You can be confident that every piece of Beverley K at Family & Co. Jewelerscarries our promise of quality and craftsmanship. We are proud of what we do... and we want you to be proud too.

King Tut's Tomb Contained a Scarab Carved From Rare Libyan Desert Glass

King Tut's Tomb Contained a Scarab Carved From Rare Libyan Desert Glass

Among the items decorated with gold, silver and precious gemstones was a breastplate depicting the god Ra as a winged scarab carrying the sun and moon into the sky. The scarab was carved from a pale greenish yellow stone that Carter originally identified as chalcedony, a translucent variety of quartz. Family & Co. Jewelers has some fine examples of scarab jewelry in our estate department.

Movie Madness Monday

Movie Madness Monday

At that point, Malek reached into his pocket and pulled out the gilded buck teeth uppers. They appeared to be cast in white gold. We think gold should be reserved for jewelry; but that's just our opinion.

Above Ground Diamonds

Above Ground Diamonds

Above ground Diamonds are produced using a technological innovation that yields diamonds of exceptionally high quality and purity. Only the top two percent of mined diamonds can compare. They are identical in their composition, as well as in their physical appearance, to mined diamonds. A gemologist cannot tell the difference between an above ground Diamond and a mined diamond because there is no difference. All above ground Diamonds are laser inscribed "Lab Grown" to avoid any confusion.

Young Couple Finds $18,000 in Diamond Rings Hidden in $2 Board Game

Young Couple Finds $18,000 in Diamond Rings Hidden in $2 Board Game

A young couple visiting Prince Edward Island for the Labor Day weekend thought they struck it rich when a $2 board game purchased at a thrift shop yielded $18,000 worth of diamond jewelry. Chris Lightfoot and Mandy Flack could hardly believe their eyes when they discovered a treasure trove of diamond rings hidden under the box's false bottom.

More Valuable than Diamonds

More Valuable than Diamonds

When we hear about expensive "rocks" our thought generally turn to diamonds or another precious gemstone. But that's not always the case. Diamonds are valuable because they are relatively rare. The three rocks we talk about today are common on the moon but rare on earth which means they are insanely valuable! This makes that diamond engagement ring seem like a bargain...

WOW! A 5,655-Carat Zambian Emerald Crystal With Remarkable Color and Clarity

WOW! A 5,655-Carat Zambian Emerald Crystal With Remarkable Color and Clarity

Emerald symbolism encompasses not only royalty but also wit, eloquence, and foresight. “The Jewel of Kings” also serves as the May birthstone. Emeralds have an old superstition that today has some scientific validity. Wearing emeralds was said to improve your eyesight; today we know that green is a soothing color to our eyes. Emeralds are rare and more valuable than diamonds.

$400,000 Crown Bedazzled with Six Carats of Diamonds and 600 Cultured Pearls for the Tournament of Roses

$400,000 Crown Bedazzled with Six Carats of Diamonds and 600 Cultured Pearls for the Tournament of Roses

Once the Rose Parade festivities have concluded, the crown and tiaras will head back to Mikimoto headquarters in Japan for refurbishing. Mikimoto Kōkichi is credited with creating the first cultured pearl in the late 1800s and subsequently starting the cultured pearl industry. Pearls aren't considered as fashionable today in our dress down culture; but some trend setters look great rocking a "denim and pearls" style.

Musical Monday; Learn From Mistakes and 'Make Them Gold'

Musical Monday; Learn From Mistakes and 'Make Them Gold'

Welcome to Musical Monday when we bring you old or new tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we explore the new. Lauren Mayberry of the Scottish synthpop band Chvrches (pronounced churches) implores her young fans to embrace their mistakes and "make them gold."

Celebrity Engagement Rings

Celebrity Engagement Rings

Outside of a few power couples, you probably do not hear all of the news regarding celebrities marrying, popping the question or saying yes to an engagement ring. The diamonds they show are often out of this world and come from the best jewelry designers in the world, so why not showcase them even more? We love a good engagement ring, and who knows, you might get some ideas of your own.

Like a Diamond in the Sky...

Like a Diamond in the Sky...

A diamond shaped reflective balloon the size of two school buses will be delivered into low Earth orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sometime in November. The diamond will be visible from Earth without the aid of a telescope, the "The Orbital Reflector" by artist Trevor Paglen will appear as bright as a star in the Big Dipper. So we won't actually see that it is shaped like a diamond.

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