Gemstones

Gemstones

Ruby Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled red gemstone. Beside for its bright color, it is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than Diamonds. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. Sapphire, the other gem variety…

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Precious Metals

Gold No precious metal is as legendary and beautiful as Gold. Its rarity, beauty, and enigma have provided it with status as a valuable commodity throughout the history of humanity. Gold has always been used as a monetary standard, and ancient gold jewelry and ornaments dating back centuries have been found throughout the world. Gold has always been and remains…

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DIAMONDS

DIAMONDS

Origin of the Diamond 4Cs Every diamond is a miracle of time and place and chance. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. GIA created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Today,…

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Jewelry Care

The true value of a fine piece of jewelry lies not in the precious metals and gemstones from which it is crafted, but rather it is found in the pleasure and enjoyment that it provides you with during your lifetime. Proper care of your jewelry will insure that it retains its value, wears well and can become a keepsake or…

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Is your jewelry properly insured?

Written by Robert Borneman, Gemologist Insurance companies rely on appraisals from independent jewelry professionals to establish the replacement value of an item. This value is the basis from which the proper insurance premium is calculated. Your appraisal should be updated and resubmitted to your insurance company regularly, every two to three years, in order to accurately record the current value…

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Glossary

Glossary of Terms ALPACA Often confused with silver, often made in Mexico, made of mostly copper with nickel, zinc and tin ART DECO A jewelry style originated in Paris, France and popular from about 1915 until 1925. This style has distinct geometric lines and angles, lacking in rounded edges and curves ART NOUVEAU A jewelry style popular around the turn…

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