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  • Music Friday: Thompson Square Duo Shares Love Story in 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not'

    May 15, 2020

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you chart-topping songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country music duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square fall in love, get engaged and tie the knot in their semi-autobiographical 2010 hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss…

  • Angola's Prolific Lulo Mine Yields 171-Carat, Gem-Quality White Diamond

    May 14, 2020

    Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered a 171-carat, gem-quality, white stone at its Lulo alluvial mine in Angola, the same mine that produced the famous 404-carat “4 de Fevereiro” diamond in 2016. That unusual thumb-shaped stone, which nearly ended up as road filler at the mining plant, was eventually cut into…

  • John Krasinski and Cast of 'The Office' Rejoice at Fans' Virtual Wedding

    May 13, 2020

    In a video that was posted Sunday and has already topped 8.8 million views, The Office star John Krasinski officiated the Zoom marriage ceremony of Maryland superfans, whose proposal mimicked a scene from the popular TV show. As a surprise bonus, Krasinski invited the cast of The Office to dance…

  • Omaha Nurses Overcome Stress and Exhaustion to Prove Love Conquers All

    May 12, 2020

    Halfway through a grueling 12-hour overnight shift at Omaha’s Methodist Hospital, registered nurse Jason Heimes popped the question to certified nursing assistant Ashley Jensen in the hospital's break room. Heimes works directly with COVID-19 patients in the North Tower's Progressive Care Unit and Jensen is assigned to the Short Stay…

  • 423-Carat 'Logan Sapphire' Is the Next Stop on Our Virtual Gem Gallery Tour

    May 11, 2020

    Our multi-part virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection continues today with a closeup look at the 422.99-carat “Logan Sapphire.” It's not only the heaviest mounted gem in the storied collection, but also boasts a provenance that links one of America’s most prominent families with Indian royalty.Set in a…

  • Music Friday: Chris Lane Sings About His Real-Life Proposal in 'Big, Big Plans'

    May 8, 2020

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you romantic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country singer Chris Lane shares his real-life proposal to reality TV star Lauren Bushnell in 2019's “Big, Big Plans.”In a music video viewed on YouTube more than 10.5…

  • Short Film Describes How Gemfields Brings Emeralds From Darkness to Light

    May 7, 2020

    Gemfields has just released “Emeralds,” the second of four short films that offer a glimpse into the miner's world of colored gemstones.While the first installment from two weeks ago emphasized the miner's commitment to responsible sourcing, the newest video shines the spotlight on the most valuable member of the beryl…

  • Survey: Jewelry Tops All Mother's Day Gift Categories; Spending Climbs to $5.27B

    May 6, 2020

    Lucky moms will be showered with jewelry gifts at an unprecedented level this Sunday, Mother's Day. Despite uncertain times, spending on jewelry items is expected to reach $5.27 billion, making it the highest-volume gift-giving category by far, according to an annual Mother's Day survey released by the National Retail Federation…

  • Mummy of Bejeweled Teenage Girl Found in 3,500-Year-Old Tomb Near Luxor

    May 5, 2020

    A team of Spanish and Egyptian archaeologists recently discovered the mummy of a bejeweled teenage girl in a 3,500-year-old tomb near Luxor, Egypt. The fashionable young lady was found wearing two earrings in one ear, two rings and four necklaces tied together with a glazed ceramic, or “faience,” clip.According to…

  • Birthstone Feature: 'Trapiche' Emerald Remains a Gemological Curiosity

    May 4, 2020

    Resembling a wheel with six spokes, “trapiche” emeralds may be the most unique variety of May’s birthstone. Found primarily in the black shales of Colombia’s western “emerald zone,” these gemological curiosities display alternating rays of vivid emerald green and deep black.Trapiche emeralds were first described by Émile Bertrand in 1879…

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