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  • 19th Century Sapphire Crown Earns Loudest Applause at Christie's Geneva Sale

    May 13, 2021

    On a night when the highly touted, 100.94-carat, D-flawless “Spectacle” diamond was supposed to be the star of Christie's Geneva auction, it was a 19th century sapphire-and-diamond crown that earned the loudest applause.The crown once worn by Queen Maria II of Portugal (1819-1853) sparked a bidding war that yielded a final…

  • Gem Diamonds Announces Back-to-Back Fabulous Finds at Its Lesotho Mine

    May 12, 2021

    Gem Diamonds, the mining company that operates the prolific Letšeng mine in Lesotho, is riding a wave of fabulous luck. On Tuesday, May 4, officials announced the discovery of a 254-carat Type II white gem, and then on Monday, May 10, topped that news with the unveiling of a 370-carat…

  • Multi-Year Wear-Resistance Study Proves Platinum's Superiority Over White Gold

    May 11, 2021

    A formal independent study has confirmed what jewelers have been telling their customers for generations: When it comes to wear resistance and gem-setting security, platinum outperforms white gold.This most recent phase of research represented the third in a series of platinum wear testing studies, spanning 2016 to 2020. Conducted by…

  • Rebel Wilson Shows Off Ring Commemorating 10th Anniversary of 'Bridesmaids'

    May 10, 2021

    Actress Rebel Wilson recently showed off a cool “class ring” commemorating the 10th anniversary of Bridesmaids, the hilarious movie that earned a Golden Globe nomination, two Academy Award nominations and more than $288 million at the box office worldwide.A gift of director Paul Feig, the ring features a pinkish-purple cabochon…

  • Music Friday: Savage Garden Opened Its Live Shows With 'Tears of Pearls'

    May 7, 2021

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, our spotlights shines on Savage Garden, an Australian pop duo that loved to open its live shows with an over-the-top, dancing-in-the-aisles rendition of “Tears of Pearls.”Pearls are referenced…

  • Tallulah Willis Shares Intimate Details of Her Asscher-Cut Diamond Ring

    May 6, 2021

    Tallulah Willis, the youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, turned to Instagram on Tuesday to announce her engagement to film director Dillon Buss and to show off a stunning Asscher-cut diamond on a bold, gold band. On Wednesday afternoon, she returned to her Instagram page to share a…

  • Landfill Workers Go Above and Beyond to Rescue NC Woman's Bridal Jewelry

    May 5, 2021

    A team of landfill workers in New Hanover County, NC, went above and beyond the call of duty to rescue an engagement ring and wedding band that had been accidentally put out with the trash. The green-vested team worked for hours sorting through layer upon layer of garbage bags until…

  • May's Birthstone: 77 Emerald 'Leaves' Sprout From This Smithsonian Necklace

    May 4, 2021

    Seventy-seven perfectly matched cabochon-cut emerald “leaves” sprout from a diamond-studded golden branch in this stunning necklace from the Smithsonian's National Gem Collection. The piece boasts 350 carats of Colombian emeralds and provides one of the world's most unique displays of May's official birthstone.Designed in the mid-1960s by Julius Cohen, the…

  • NRF: Record-Breaking 2021 Mother's Day Sales Will Be Spurred by the Jewelry Category

    May 3, 2021

    Mother’s Day spending for jewelry items is expected to reach $6.1 billion in 2021, making it the fastest-growing and highest-volume gift-giving category, according to an annual survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The jewelry spending number is up from $5.3 billion in 2020, an increase of just over…

  • Music Friday: Rascal Flatts Reveals What Happens When You Play a Country Song ‘Backwards’

    April 30, 2021

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, Rascal Flatts reveals what happens when you play a country song backwards.The fun 2006 ditty, appropriately titled “Backwards,” explains how playing a country song in reverse essentially gets…

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