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If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then it's important to take the time to choose one carefully. Search for a diamond with the highest value for your budget and looks that will wow you for the rest of your life. There are four main characteristics to consider when choosing a diamond: carat, clarity, color and cut. Of course, considering your budget is always smart,...more
Sorting through a huge pile of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings isn't convenient, especially if you're trying to find the perfect piece for a night out and can't get all those chains untangled. An easy solution is to store your jewelry using items to keep them separated so you can find the right piece whenever you need it. Earrings can be tough to store, especially if...more
Pearls have historically been one of the most popular forms of jewelry. Even though they're prevalent, you may not know how they're made or all the different varieties. The three general categories of pearls are natural, cultured and imitation. Pearls can come from either saltwater or freshwater sources. Both are considered high quality, but some types of freshwater pearls...more
A relatively little known fact is that pearls don't always come from oysters, mussels and clams. Some forms of pearls come from conchs, snails, scallops, quahogs and perhaps even coconuts! Conch pearls are found inside giant sea snails, or Queen Conchs. These conchs are found in tropical waters off of Florida and the West Indies and are harvested primarily for their meat. The...more
Jewels are always in vogue. Their arrangement and how you wear them can make a strong fashion statement, so try some of these cool new trends to wow your friends. Rose gold. You can't go wrong with standbys silver and gold, and the unique pinkish hue of rose gold can be a fun addition to any outfit. Try a chunky bracelet or watch, or sport a statement necklace with the exotic...more
Turquoise is widely thought to be named for the Turkish traders who introduced it to Europe. The gem forms when groundwater drips through rocks that have aluminum and copper in them. It is often found in copper deposits in desert environments. The oldest pieces are from Persia, which used to be the biggest producer. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the U.S. discovered high...more
If you're a January baby, you're probably aware that your birthstone is a garnet, but you may not know much about the stone's history, sources or myths. The Latin word for pomegranate, malum granatum is thought to be the origin of the word garnet, which makes sense considering the stone resembles a juicy pomegranate seed. Garnets can be any color of the rainbow except for...more
The birthstone of March babies, aquamarine is a beautiful and popular gemstone thanks to its soothing color, hardness and shine. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and can range from a pale, almost colorless blue to a rich blue-green or teal shade, depending on the iron levels present during its formation. A deep aqua-colored gem is the most valuable. Today, many...more
February's birthstone is the amethyst, but you don't have to be born in the second month of the year to enjoy the history, lore and gorgeous purple hues of this gemstone. Amethysts are a member of the quartz family. The name comes from the Greek word amethystos, which means "not intoxicating." Interestingly enough, Greek mythology holds a special place for the stone. It was...more
A member of the beryl family and namesake for the city at the end of the yellow brick road, emeralds are the most famous and valuable green gemstones available, and have been for centuries. The term, emerald, comes from the Old French word, "esmeralde," which means green gemstone. The oldest known sources (referred to as "Cleopatra's Mines") were in Egypt near the Red Sea....more