10 Fascinating Aquamarine Facts

Posted on: March 16, 2016

The name aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua marina,” which mean “sea water.” This is a fitting name given the gemstone’s sea-like color. Aquamarine is said to bring hope, health, harmony, and happiness to its wearer. Most of the world’s supply of quality aquamarine can be found in Brazil, but some of the finest... Read More


The Differences in Pearl Types

Posted on: March 9, 2016

Pearls offer a classic and elegant look to any outfit, making it a popular choice for many jewelry lovers. But deciding between the four major types of cultured pearls can be a daunting task. Here are some important pieces of information to keep in mind before purchasing your very own pearl jewelry piece. Freshwater pearls are the... Read More


The History behind Ring Engravings

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Today, many people choose to engrave their ring so that they can present a more meaningful, personalized symbol of their love. Declarations of love, important dates, and initials are all popular engravings that many people choose to use. But by no means is ring engraving just a modern occurrence. In fact the practice of ring engraving... Read More


11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Amethyst

Posted on: February 17, 2016

Enjoy these interesting facts about February’s birthstone, amethyst. The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” which means “sober” or “not drunken.” The ancient Greeks believed that the gemstone protected them from being drunk. To this day, you can find cups made from amethyst that were designed to protect oneself from drunkenness. It’s said... Read More


Determining Your Ideal Diamond Shape (Part 2)

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Some of the most distinguishable diamond shapes include oval, marquise, pear, heart, and radiant diamonds. These stunning diamonds feature either brilliant or modified brilliant cuts, creating a sparkle comparable to round diamonds. While these diamond shapes can be absolutely stunning, you should always make sure to look out for a black area that resembles the shape of a bow tie. This... Read More


Determining Your Ideal Diamond Shape (Part 1)

Posted on: January 27, 2016

With so many different diamond shapes to choose from, it can be confusing to determine which shape is the best for you. Depending on the type of look you’re going for, one diamond shape could be perfect while another one should be avoided. For this week’s blog, we’re going to highlight some of the important information you should know about the... Read More


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


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


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


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