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May Birthstone: Emerald Rings

May Birthstone: Emerald Rings

Like most gemstones, the name for this month’s birthstone is derived from its physical attributes, in this case the gem’s color. The name Emerald came from the Latin term “smaragdus” which directly translates to “green gem”. It belongs to the Beryl family of minerals where it is also considered Read More

May 5, 2009 | By | Reply More
The Origin of the Ring

The Origin of the Ring

Many stories, legends, and myths speak of the existence of the ring in ancient societies, which date back to as far as the Babylonians. Yet, there is no conclusive and direct information on how ancient peoples first started to wear rings and why. The only physical evidence left by those who fancied Read More

April 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
Why A Diamond is Forever

Why A Diamond is Forever

In 1947, a marketing staff for DeBeers coined the phrase  “A Diamond is Forever” and it went on to become the best advertising slogan of the 20th century.  The message it conveyed could not have been as effective if it referred to something less deserving of the title; the phrase flourished and made Read More

April 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
Origin of the Pearl

Origin of the Pearl

“This pearl has become my soul. . . . If I give it up, I shall lose my soul.” And such was the pronouncement inspired by the Pearl, in John Steinbeck’s 1947 novel of the same title. No other kind of gem or jewelry in history has inspired unfailing desire and to this extent, whether in fiction or in Read More

March 18, 2009 | By | Reply More
March Birthstone: Aquamarine, “Sea Water”

March Birthstone: Aquamarine, “Sea Water”

The Aquamarine is one of the most treasured stones today for its hardness and resistance to elements. It is also considered the ‘poor man’s diamond’–while it is a hard mineral, it is abundantly mined since the 19th century in Brazil & Africa,  and therefore, more affordable than diamonds. There Read More

February 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
Valentine’s Day: The Roman Festival of Lupercalia?

Valentine’s Day: The Roman Festival of Lupercalia?

No matter what critics say about the rampant commercialism of the occasion, Valentine’s sales from greeting cards, flowers, jewelry, and chocolates go up every year. In 2004 alone, about one billion cards are sent  all over the world; a third of the seven billion pounds of candy/chocolates consumed Read More

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February Birthstone: The Gift of Amethyst

February Birthstone: The Gift of Amethyst

Next to the holiday season, February may be the second most exciting month in the calendar because of the worldwide celebration of Valentine’s Day. Couples especially look forward to celebrate the day with romantic dinner dates and meaningful gifts. February is also the perfect time to give the gift Read More

February 2, 2009 | By | Reply More
The Celtic Secret

The Celtic Secret

It seems improbable to believe that this timeless, enduring, popular jewelry design called Celtic originated from the people the ancient Greeks then referred to as the ‘barbarians’. Of course, the Greeks eventually gave them a proper name and came up with “Keltoi”: roughly translated it meant “Barbarian Read More

January 19, 2009 | By | Reply More
The Garnet Attraction: January Birthstone

The Garnet Attraction: January Birthstone

As one of few ancient gemstones existing today, Garnets have found their exclusive place under the sun. Its earliest use as adornment could be traced back to around 3,000 B.C., as evidenced by remnants of garnet jewelry found in the Nile Delta. Ancient Egyptians have created bracelets, necklaces, and Read More

January 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
Celebrate with Three Stone Rings

Celebrate with Three Stone Rings

Since the first diamond engagement ring in the 15th century, the single-diamond stone design had dominated the history of engagements. For centuries, it had enjoyed undivided attention and admiration from every couple who was lucky enough to afford it. Five centuries later, in the early years of the Read More

December 15, 2008 | By | Reply More
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