How To Come Up With Unique Marriage Proposal Ideas

We know it can be very tempting to look for unique ways to propose over the Internet. But you know what she will love even more? A marriage proposal that’s unique to you, and to the special relationship you two share. You may be wondering just how to come up with something that expresses how you feel about her, without being unbearably corny. But romance is just putting time and thought into your gestures. Corniness is a matter of taste! …

The Ultimate Expert-Approved Diamond Buying Guide

Read this comprehensive guide to discover how to choose the best diamond, what makes a diamond valuable, and the different considerations that go into purchasing the perfect diamond. Origins The word diamond comes from the ancient Greek αδάμας, meaning “unbreakable.” A diamond is perhaps one of the most storied gemstones in the world, and for good reason: it is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and its beauty is effortless to witness, even while arising from such complex formative processes. Of …

The Eternity Band

              Certainly a statement piece, the eternity band is a ring with a continuous line of identically set diamonds in a band of precious metal.  The Eternity Band is a symbolic gift, usually given by a husband to his wife on a significant anniversary.  The ideology behind the ring is that it is a never-ending band of love, representing eternity. The history behind the Eternity Band however is very different from the sentiment.  In the 1960’s, diamond merchant De …

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond 45.52 Carats VS1 Clarity Natural Fancy Deep Grayish Blue Color Antique Brilliant Cushion Cut This astonishing diamond has a significant history that traces back to the 17th century.  It has passed through royalty, riches, and fame, been untraceable for decades, and now resides in one of the most famous museums in the world, The Smithsonian, where 7 million visitors view it annually. Legend has it that the Hope Diamond was originally 112 carats, and was found as …

Diamonds- not only beautiful jewelry, but also a great investment

In 2001 when De Beers’ monopoly supply over diamonds officially ended, many new companies entered the market place with substantial discoveries.  Today the largest site holders are Rio Tinto, Alrosa, De Beers, Dominion, and Petra, as well as many smaller companies. With more diamonds on the market, and with far less restrictions, the gemstones took on a new angle.  Historically, large investments have been made in precious metals, and today we are seeing this trend being applied to diamonds as …

Watches

A classic piece of jewelry, yet a very functional accessory. Evolving from the 15th century spring driven clocks in Europe, the watch has progressed over centuries, and now is a staple in ones day-to-day life.  Initially worn as pendants, then moving to pocket watches, the wristwatch now is the most common time piece.  With Vacheron Constaintine and Breguet leading the way in the 1800’s, the watch began being mass-produced with increased technology and improvements in movement mechanics.  Patek Phillipe created …

The Latest on Diamonds

As of this week, diamonds seem to be on the move across the globe.  Whether raising money for new mines, surpassing sales expectations for the quarter, or finding new ore, the world is loving diamonds. As for late, Firestone diamonds has raised 6 million dollars for redevelopment at its flagship mine in Lesotho, Africa, and seriously expects to increase production. Rio Tinto’s second quarter rose an astonishing 47 percent, with growth driven by higher grades in ore processed in its …

New York Finally

I have officially, and successfully, completed both my Gem Labs!

New York Pt. II

Well, it’s official; I have successfully completed Gem Identification

New York

Arriving in New York, I embark on the final portion of my gemology courses, Colored Stone Grading and Gem Identification.  It is a segment I am eager to learn about, as gems posses so many unique, interesting, and varying traits from one species to the next. With such a large and differing range, gems are both plentiful, yet rare in many instances and to various degrees.  With an open mind and a thirst for knowledge, I look forward to next step in becoming …