One these sold for over $30 Million USD…

According to the International Gem Society, large, gem-quality rubies can be more valuable than comparably sized diamonds and are certainly…

For November babies…

There’s a couple of months in the year that have more-than-one options for a birthstone. November happens to have Citrine and yellow Topaz. According to GIA Both November birthstones are known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer. Today, we will focus on Topaz. Most topaz and citrine birthstones areContinue reading “For November babies…”

November equals Topaz & Citrine

Topaz: Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. Topaz crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, and its crystals are mostly prismatic terminated by pyramidal and other faces. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals and is the hardest of any silicate (i.e., silicon-based) mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency andContinue reading “November equals Topaz & Citrine”

Anniversary Gifts by Year List

Here is a list of anniversary gifts by year. This is considered the modern U.S. list. Year Modern (U.S.) 1st Clock 2nd China 3rd Crystal, glass 4th Appliances (electrical) 5th Silverware 6th Wood objects 7th Desk sets/pen and pencil sets 8th Linens, lace 9th Leather Goods 10th Diamond jewelry 11th Fashion jewelry, accessories 12th Pearls,Continue reading “Anniversary Gifts by Year List”

The History of Diamonds

DIAMONDS Early history Prior to the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in the 1700s, India was the only place where diamonds were mined. Early references to diamonds in India come from Sanskrit texts. The Arthashastra of Kautilya (an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit.) mentions the diamond tradeContinue reading “The History of Diamonds”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 9

The Cullinan Diamond The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, South Africa, on 26 January 1905. It was named after Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s chairman. In April 1905, the Cullinan was put on sale in London, butContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 9”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 8

The Allnatt Diamond The Allnatt Diamond is a diamond measuring 101.29 carats (20.258 g) with a cushion cut, rated in color as Fancy Vivid Yellow by the Gemological Institute of America. This diamond is named after one of its holders, Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt, a soldier, sportsman, art patron, and benefactor. The Allnatt’s origins areContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 8”

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 6

The Dresden Green Diamond, also known as “Dresden Green”, is a 41 carat (8.2 g) natural green diamond, which probably originated in the…

Persian Treasures

Persian Lands The Assyrian Empire was succeeded by the end of the seventh century BC by the Neo-Babylonian, and then by the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids, based in modern Iran. The jewelry of the Persian lands, though influenced from the West in some respects, tends to be technically simpler but, because of the lavishContinue reading “Persian Treasures”

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