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What’s In a Name? The Paraiba Tourmaline Debate

What’s In a Name? The Paraiba Tourmaline Debate

Today’s blog post is a little technical, but the topics mentioned herein come up often enough in the jewelry industry and among our ‘collector clients’ that we thought it was time to add our two cents to the debate on Paraiba nomenclature.   The Back Story: Paraiba...
Bicolor Imperial Topaz Ring

Bicolor Imperial Topaz Ring

This month’s featured vintage item is centered with a Bicolor Imperial Topaz- a gemstone so rare that a Google image search returns less than 10 examples, most of which aren’t this nice, and it isn’t even mentioned in our gemstone encyclopedias!    ...
Creepy Crawly… Jewelry!

Creepy Crawly… Jewelry!

Ever since I was a little boy I have been fascinated with things that crawl through the dirt. While I liked to catch snakes and lizards- and I have the scars to prove it- nothing captured my fascination like a rare moth or beetle I had never seen before. I certainly...
The History of Statement Rings

The History of Statement Rings

Statement rings, aka cocktail rings, are terms commonly applied to large right-hand rings that are fun to wear and get lots of attention. While large and impressive rings have been worn by the wealthy for centuries, it wasn’t until the middle of the last century that...
Spotlight on the Victorian Era

Spotlight on the Victorian Era

Attributing antique jewelry to the particular era in which it was made can be quite difficult. One must use a combination of clues like the design of the piece, manufacturing techniques used, materials and gems present, as well as intended use of the item to establish...
Fine Alexandrite Ring

Fine Alexandrite Ring

It sure seems like we find ourselves showing clients and talking about alexandrite more than any other gem. Among jewelry connoisseurs, one of the measures of a jewelry store is whether or not they carry natural alexandrite. On the other end of the spectrum there are...