Do you know the “Jewel of Kings?”

Do you know the “Jewel of Kings?”
For ages, the Emerald has symbolized royalty along with eloquence, wit, and foresight.
The Jewel of Kings is also the birthstone for May.

In ancient times emeralds were considered sacred symbols of fertility and immortality. The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old.
Legend says Cleopatra, perhaps

From GIA: Colored Gemstone Value Factors

Value Factors, Design, and Cut Quality of Colored Gemstones (Non-Diamond)

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”

A beautiful Saturday around Rodeo Drive..

My wife and I went to lunch and spent the afternoon walking around Rodeo Drive and I took a few shots of the Tiffany windows… I just love their creativity The stories they tell are exquisite I hope you enjoy them as much as I do… I also took a shot of the Cartier logo.

The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 10

The Golden Jubilee Diamond was cut from a large brown diamond of 755.5 carats, found in the prolific blue ground of the Premier Mine in South Africa in 1985. First known as the “Unnamed Brown,” the Golden Jubilee was given to Gabriel Tolkowsky (below) by De Beers for the purpose of testing special tools andContinue reading “The World’s most famous Diamonds – Part 10”

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”

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