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Savoring Silver

While our parents may still wear classic yellow gold rings, bracelets and necklaces, "white" silvery metals have been in vogue for over a decade and don't seem to be losing much of their competitive luster against their yellow counter parts. Though yellow gold has been around since pre-Biblical times and will never be outmoded, white [...]

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The Oppenheimer Blue Poised to Set World Record

A magnificent Fancy Blue diamond - The Oppenheimer Blue - will be auctioned by Christie's in Geneva Switzerland on May 18th. Weighing in at a whopping 14.62 carats, it is reportedly the largest "vivid blue" diamond ever to come to auction. The Oppenheimer Blue gets its name from its previous owner, Sir Phillip Oppenheimer, whose [...]

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Lab Grown Diamonds - Part 2

In our last blog post, "Lab Grown Diamonds - Part 1," we explained what exactly a lab grown diamond is, how it's created, and what distinguishes it from other man made diamonds. In this post, we'll address the major physical characteristics of lab grown diamonds and how they compare to natural diamonds, along with some [...]

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Lab Grown Diamonds - Part 1

Lab grown diamonds have become a hot item in the jewelry world and for good reason. In this post and another to follow, we'll examine lab grown diamonds so that you have a pretty good understanding of what they are, how they're made, what's driving their mass appeal, how they compare to natural diamonds, and [...]

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Where Did Valentine's Day Come From?

Valentine's Day is about love and lovers and is celebrated around the world every February 14th. While we have come to accept and, indeed, revel in the celebration of this amorous day since we were kids, one might ask, how did it all get started and who the heck was Valentine? Below are some answers.History [...]

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Why Diamond Simulants Have Become So Popular

You may have heard by now that a new breed of gem is becoming high in demand and competing for its place on the traditional wedding ring – the synthetic diamond, also known as diamond simulant, cultured diamond, lab grown diamond, or simply diamond alternative. These diamond simulants are lab-produced with a striking likeness and [...]

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Partner Spotlight: Yael Designs

From time to time, we like to spotlight one of our partners with whom we're proud to do business. This month, we're zooming in on a widely acclaimed custom jewelry designer - Yael Designs.Headquartered in downtown San Francisco, Yael Designs is an award winning design house widely recognized for bold and opulent jewelry. Founded by [...]

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy Jewelry for a Christmas Gift

We admit we're partial to our favorite thing in life - jewelry, which is why we've been in the business for over 30 years! Still, when it comes to Christmas shopping, you shouldn't rule out jewelry for a special gift. Here are the 10 top reasons why:1. Small is better. When dealing with all of [...]

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White Gold vs. Yellow Gold

The debate over white gold v.s. yellow gold is really a matter of personal preference, as both metals represent true gold. However, there are some subtle differences that may affect your buying decision.First, some hard, gold facts. All gold in its natural, pristine form is a rich reddish yellow color and is soft, quite heavy [...]

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Gold and Gems Quiz

Just for the fun of it, we created a quiz for you to test your knowledge on our favorite subject - gold and gems. Give it a try! There's only one correct answer to each question, and each one is worth 5 points. Correct answers are provided below. Good luck! 1. Which gem has the least [...]

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