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The Opal - Aussie Extraordinaire

Opal is one of the most beautiful gems on the planet renown for its unique and varied color composition. Over 95% of all opals in the world come from Australia. Cooper Pedy, a town in South Australia and major source of opals, produced the world's largest opal back in the 1950's. Called the "Olympic Australis" [...]

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Gold Hard Facts

Gold has captured the imagination and desires of mankind since ancient times. Its aesthetic beauty, scarcity and value have made it attractive among investors, who typically buy gold in the form of gold bars, coins and certificates. For the same reasons, gold has remained popular in jewelry and will likely continue to be until the [...]

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Peridot - The Birthstone of August

August is around the corner and the peridot has been the month's birthstone since 1912. Peridot is an intriguing gem because it's not found in jewelry as much as many of the other birthstones, like diamonds, amethysts, rubies and pearls, and in this regard, it's unique. Lets take a closer look at this gem.Unlike many [...]

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Top 10 Tips for Buying Men's Wedding Bands

Perhaps more than any other piece of modern jewelry, the man's wedding band has evolved the most. It wasn't that long ago when the majority of bands were comprised of yellow gold crafted in a simple, conservative style. Those days are gone. While the classic gold wedding band will likely never be out of vogue, [...]

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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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