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  • The Birth of Birthstones

    January 3, 2012
    Throughout the ages, various cultures have developed a list of precious materials, mainly gemstones, to correspond with the one’s birth month or astrological sign. The first historical appearance of birthstones can be found in Exodus 28:17-20, as the Bible describes the twelve stones found in Aaron’s breastplate. Centuries later, in fifteenth century Poland, tradition dictated that one wear each month’s birthstone during that given month, leading to many wealthier individuals owning a set of all twelve stones. A more modern nod to birthstones comes from none other than Tiffany & Co., who published an 1870 pamphlet of poems which related to each of the birthstones.  In general, birthstones have been thought to ...
  • Blog: Buying a New Rolex vs. a Pre-Owned Rolex

    November 8, 2011
    If you’ve made the decision to buy a Rolex, you are to be commended. Your sense of quality and style has led you to the time-honored “king” of all watches and your wrist will soon be the envy of those around you. You’ll walk with a renewed sense of confidence, get helped a little faster in high-end stores and may even get a little more attention from the opposite sex. Now comes the question though… do you choose to buy a new or pre-owned Rolex? Since quality, options and style are virtually identical in pre-owned and new Rolexes, most shoppers make the decision based on price. As you probably know, a new Rolex is a lot like a new car. The moment you leave the showroom with it, the value drops significantly – ...
  • Spotlight On: July Birthstone Ruby

    July 13, 2011
    Spotlight On: July Birthstone Ruby As one of the most popular colored gemstones in history the ruby outshines the beauty and significance of most other precious gemstones. Rubies have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Among the natural gems only moissanite and diamond are harder. The color alone signifies royalty, prosperity, luxury, and elegance, all of which are timeless, and are the reason that admiration for rubies has endured. For centuries, Upper Myanmar (Burma) was the world's main source for rubies and has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but production has dwindled over the last few decades. Rubies have also been historically mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan and in Pa ...
  • Spotlight On: May Birthstone Emerald

    May 9, 2011
    Spotlight On: May Birthstone Emerald Throughout history, the emerald has been considered among the most treasured and valuable gemstones. It is a member of the beryl family and trace amounts of chromium provide the vivid green hues that the gemstone is known for. After 4000 years, it is the standard by which all other green gemstones strive to be, but none truly compare. Emeralds have a wonderful history of representing nobility and stature for royalty, wealth, and importance. That wonderful, rich history even takes us all the way back to Cleopatra’s rule over Egypt. There was an actual ‘Cleopatra’s Mine’ in the desert of Cairo, which began long before she was born, but had her name attached to it because of her ...
  • Spotlight On: April Birthstone Diamond

    April 13, 2011
    Spotlight On: April Birthstone Diamond Diamonds continue to be the single most prestigious and highly coveted gemstone in the history of mankind. The word diamonds has a Greek origin of adamas, meaning ‘unbreakable’, and no other gemstone rivals its durability and value. It is the hardest natural material known to man, and it invokes emotions and marks special occasions like no other. A diamonds’ journey to the earth’s surface is a wondrous natural feat. The precise temperature, high pressure, and depths within the earth’s mantle are what produce this remarkably optical carbon mineral. Deep volcanic eruptions propel the magma to the surface carrying the rough gemstones that have been hidden for millions of year ...
  • What you should know BEFORE selling your gold and silver jewelry

    March 7, 2011
    What you should know BEFORE selling your gold and silver jewelry On Monday, Gold hit an all-time high of $1,445.70 per ounce and silver rose to a 31 year high of $36.49 per ounce.  A weakening U.S. Dollar, continued unrest in the Middle East, higher oil prices and concerns about European Union sovereign debt all contributed to pushing the precious metals markets higher. These unprecedented metals prices have many jewelry and coin owners around the world scurrying through their jewelry boxes, under their mattresses and in their safety deposit boxes for anything made of gold, silver or platinum they can sell. But before you run out and sell your gold and silver there are a few things you should know:   Gold Gold is ...
  • Spotlight On: March Birthstone Aquamarine

    March 2, 2011
    Spotlight On: March Birthstone Aquamarine March is the adopted month for the tranquil blue aquamarine gemstone. Aquamarine is adored by those born in March and avid gemstone collectors alike.  It is a member of the beryl family, along with other gemstones such as morganite, and the highly esteemed emerald. It is mined largely in Brazil, but large deposits have also been found in United States, China and Pakistan. When extracted from the earth, aquamarine is often found to be in large, glassy, prismatic crystals that are usually perfect and flawless. In most cases it is heat treated to enhance its popular blue-green hues. Like most gemstones, aquamarine is also steeped in mythology and history. Ancient Romans linked a sp ...
  • Spotlight On: February Birthstone Amethyst

    January 27, 2011
    Spotlight On: February Birthstone Amethyst There are few natural gemstones in the world that can rival the beautiful and intense violet hues of the amethyst. It is considered one of the most vibrant and passionate gemstones, and is admired not only for its color, but also for its perceived mythological powers. The Greeks believed that the amethyst had powers to protect its wearer from intoxication, addictive behavior, danger, and to help one overcome difficult situations. History has shown that amethyst is also a symbol of spirituality and piety, having been adorned by bishops and priests and used as an ornament in churches and crosses for religious ceremonies. For centuries the luxurious purple gem has been considered a ...
  • Spotlight On: January Birthstone Garnet

    January 5, 2011
    Spotlight On: January Birthstone Garnet The garnet’s namesake derives from the Latin word ‘granatus’, meaning grain or seed, but more specifically the ruby red seed of the succulent pomegranate. Garnet has historically been linked to biblical and Greek legends, and steeped in mythical wonder and amazement, especially as the protective gemstone of journeyers, in which it symbolizes the love and desire for ones’ safe and successful travels. Garnet was originally mined over 2,500 years ago in Sri Lanka, but today it is mined internationally in places like Africa, Australia, South America, and right here in the United States in Arizona and Idaho. Although it commonly known as a red gemstone, the natural combination o ...
  • Spotlight On: December Birthstones Topaz and Tanzanite

    December 7, 2010
    Spotlight On: December Birthstones Topaz and Tanzanite Topaz is one of the most popular gemstones for three simple reasons: affordability, availability, and attractiveness. It is the state gemstone of Texas and comes in a wide array of colors and sizes. Blue topaz has the makings for a perfect and wonderful birthstone for the month of December. Pure topaz is made up of aluminum and fluorine, and is naturally colorless and transparent, but once the stone has been heat treated and irradiated, its true colorful splendor comes shining through. If you happen to be lucky, you will find those few and precious naturally blue sapphires, but almost all topaz gemstones receive their color from heating and irradiation. This process ...

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