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The Benefits of Shopping at Small Businesses

Posted on: January 13, 2016

As an independent retailer, we admit that we are definitely a bit biased on this subject. However, we know that sometimes the benefits of shopping at a locally owned small business can be overlooked, especially when comparing prices. That is why we wanted to dedicate this week’s blog to listing some of the reasons why... Read More

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Garnet

Posted on: January 6, 2016

In honor of it currently being the beginning of January, we thought it would be an apt time to talk about this month’s birthstone. Enjoy these 9 fascinating garnet facts. January’s birthstone has historically signified faith, friendship, loyalty, and truthfulness. Most garnets can be classified as one or a mixture of five different types: almandine, pyrope,... Read More

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The Benefits of Rhodium Plating

Posted on: December 30, 2015

If you own a piece of white gold jewelry, chances are that your jewelry piece has already been rhodium plated. Rhodium is a very durable, highly reflective, rare transition metal. It is the world’s most expensive precious metal and is commonly plated on white gold jewelry due to its many benefits. Here are some reasons why... Read More

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted on: December 23, 2015

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Twelve Diamond Bands Eleven Paw Print Pendants Ten Chalcedony Earrings Nine Silver Bangles Eight Topaz Rings Seven Gold Medallions Six Pearl Earrings Five Tanzanite Pendants Four Diamond Rings Three Onyx Bracelets Two Diamond Earrings and a Garnet in a Pendant

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How to Determine Pearl Quality

Posted on: December 16, 2015

In order to determine the quality of diamonds, we look no further than the 4 C’s: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Like diamonds, pearls have their own set of standards for determining quality. These factors definitely aren’t as memorable as the 4 C’s but are just as important. Understanding these quality factors can help you better recognize the... Read More

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Tantalizing Tanzanite

Posted on: December 9, 2015

December birthdays have not one, but three different birthstones to choose from: zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise. Since we previously wrote about zircon, we thought we would highlight another one of December’s birthstones. Step aside turquoise because tanzanite is taking center stage for this week’s blog. Here are some interesting facts about this stunning gemstone.  It’s... Read More

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How to Determine the Difference Between Genuine and Fake Diamonds

Posted on: December 2, 2015

With all of the various diamond imitations out there, it can be challenging to determine the difference between an authentic diamond and its imitation. Before making an impulse purchase or having your jewelry appraised before you know whether or not it’s actually worth the money, use these handy tricks to determine whether your diamond is... Read More

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12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Citrine

Posted on: November 25, 2015

With Thanksgiving and the end of November coming upon us, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some interesting facts about one of this month’s birthstones, citrine.  The gemstone’s yellow color is associated with lightheartedness and cheerfulness. It is believed to raise one’s mood and encourage happiness and laughter. While wearing this... Read More

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7 Most Iconic Engagement Rings

Posted on: November 18, 2015

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring: This stunning engagement ring features an oval-shaped blue sapphire surrounded by a halo of tiny solitaire diamonds on a white gold band.  Jackie Kennedy’s Diamond and Emerald Engagement Ring: This iconic engagement ring featured a tapered baguette 2.84 carat emerald beside a 2.88 carat diamond with... Read More

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A Look into the History of Women’s Jewelry

Posted on: November 11, 2015

In honor of our upcoming Ladies Day on Saturday, we decided to create a timeline highlighting some of the changes in women’s jewelry that have occurred throughout time. Enjoy! Prehistoric Times: Jewelry was made from bone, teeth, berries, and stones that were hung on pieces of string or animal tendons. 2000 BC: Gold is the... Read More