Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

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For the first time ever, Pantone selected two colors as its color of the year for 2016. The first color is Rose Quartz, a warm, soft pink with a very earthy undertone. The second color, Serenity, is a lilac-tinged blue with the same earthy quality, which leans on its purplish influence to blend seamlessly into… Read more »

A Sapphire by Any Other Name

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It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love sapphires, because there are so many wonderful sapphires to choose from! We thought it might be a fun time to review the different types of sapphires and perhaps add a bit of sapphire trivia to your conversational repertoire. Blue sapphires are the most well-known and also the… Read more »

All Hail the Female Self-Purchaser

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Gone are the days when women waited around for a parent, fiancé or spouse to buy them jewelry. Today, according to research done by Mintel in 2015, 30% of women report buying themselves non-diamond jewelry* as a treat or even for no special reason, 19% of women report buying themselves non-diamond jewelry as a birthday… Read more »

What’s in a Mineral?

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Perhaps you’ve noticed how often we use the word mineral when writing about gemstones. Given the importance of minerals to our life’s work – and your jewelry viewing and wearing pleasure – we thought it might be interesting to take a moment to explore what minerals are. First, a few Myth Busters Most people over… Read more »

Blasts from the Past

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Paola de Luca’s Trend Book 2017 is a treasure trove of predictions about emerging consumer needs and tastes in jewelry. One of the predictions we find most interesting is that consumers want jewelry with historical references. We’ve seen indications of this trend as well. In the larger jewelry world, this trend may show up as… Read more »

To Cast or to Fabricate?

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One of the most important decisions a jeweler makes when creating a new piece is whether to cast or to fabricate. Both casting and fabrication have been used to make jewelry for thousands of years, so the decision about which method to use is based on several concerns including complexity of the design, intended use… Read more »

Looking at Gemstones the Mohs Way

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If you’ve ever heard the phrase “diamonds are the hardest material on earth” (and who hasn’t?), though you may not have known it, you were referring to the Mohs scale. The Mohs scale was created by a German mineralogist named Friedrich Mohs in 1822 to measure the relative hardness of minerals. He had been hired… Read more »