• Music Friday: Justin Bieber Wants to 'Lace You With Pearls' in the 2011 Remix of 'Up'

    January 7, 2022

    Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Justin Bieber singing about pearls in the R&B remix of his 2010 release, “Up.”In this 2011 collaboration with Chris Brown, the Canadian heartthrob refuses to call…

  • Who Gets the Ring If You Break Up Before the Wedding Takes Place?

    January 6, 2022

    We love to write about romantic marriage proposals, but today we take a deep dive into the murky subject of who gets to keep the engagement ring when a relationship fails and the wedding never takes place. Although there is no uniform law in the US or Canada regarding the return of…

  • Here's a Close Look at the Medals of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

    January 5, 2022

    With the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing less than a month away, let's take a close look at the gold, silver and bronze “Tong Xin” medals that will be awarded at the much-anticipated global event.”Tong Xin” means “together as one” and the circle-in-a-circle design is reminiscent of the themes seen…

  • Birthstone Feature: 'Subway Garnet' Regains Its Luster After 40 Years in Storage

    January 4, 2022

    After being out of the public eye for more than four decades, the “Subway Garnet” is once again the pride of Manhattan.When the American Museum of Natural History unveiled its completely redesigned, 11,000-square-foot Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals in June of 2021, visitors were encouraged to see the 9…

  • Diacore Purchases 32.32-Carat 'Rare Masterpiece of Nature' for $13.8MM

    January 3, 2022

    Fancy-diamond specialist Diacore — the company responsible for cutting the Pink Star, the most expensive gem ever sold at auction — recently purchased an exceptional 32.32-carat pink rough diamond for $13.8 million, or about $427,000 per carat.Diacore's purchase of the pink diamond was the highlight of Petra Diamond's first tender…

  • Alrosa Names 91.86-Carat Yellow-Brown Diamond After Far North Heroine

    December 30, 2021

    Mining giant Alrosa recently bestowed the name Kyndykan on a newly mined, yellow-brown, 91.86-carat diamond to shine a global spotlight on the indigenous peoples of Russia's frigid Far North territory.Kyndykan was a little girl who was miraculously found alive 200 years ago by Yakut hunters near the Verkhoyansk Mountains in…

  • 54-Pound Gold Rush-Era Ingot to Hit the Auction Block in Early January

    December 29, 2021

    A 54-pound Gold Rush-era ingot that was swallowed by the sea in 1857 and recovered 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina in 1988 will be offered for sale at Heritage Auctions in early January.Assayed in California by Justh & Hunter, the massive gold brick met its watery demise…

  • Small Boxes Make a Big Impact as Jewelry Sales Soar 32% This Holiday Season

    December 28, 2021

    Jewelry sales soared 32% during the 2021 holiday season, according to a newly released Mastercard report.”Smaller boxes had a big impact,” the report emphasized. “Whether consumers were shopping for themselves or for loved ones, the jewelry sector experienced some of the strongest YOY (year-over-year) and YO2Y (year-over-two-year) growth.”During the traditional…

  • 1,750-Year-Old 'Good Shepherd' Ring Discovered Off the Coast of Caesarea, Israel

    December 27, 2021

    Two ships that sank in the exact location more than 1,000 years apart in the ancient port city of Caesarea are yielding a bounty of jewelry, gems, coins and artifacts for the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).Among the rarest and most fascinating items pulled from the…

  • 'Thank You, By the Way' Ad Campaign Gets a Boost From Indian Export Association

    December 23, 2021

    Back in August of this year, the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) unveiled its global ad campaign titled, “Thank You, By the Way,” with the mission of communicating the massive socioeconomic benefits generated by the natural diamond industry.The campaign addressed the concerns of jewelry consumers who, now more than ever, want…

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