Understanding Gemstone Heat Treatment

Understanding Gemstone Heat Treatment

You might be surprised to find out that the “flawless” gemstone you’ve just purchased has been treated in a lab with heat in order to enhance its color. While it might sound like a process that would cause your gemstone to diminish in value, heat treatment is actually a very common practice among gem traders…

A Guide to Diamond Shapes

A Guide to Diamond Shapes

When discussing diamonds, people usually use the 4 Cs—cut, color, clarity, and carat. The cut is often mistaken for the shape of the diamond, but in reality, cut refers to the way light is reflected throughout the stone. Shape, on the other hand, is quite literally the shape and appearance of the stone itself, although…

Jewelry Time Periods: A Timeline of Jewelry Styles and Trends

Jewelry Time Periods: A Timeline of Jewelry Styles and Trends

Every time period has its own unique styles and trends. However, for vintage jewelry, it can be hard for the average person to determine when a particular piece of jewelry was made, especially when many styles coexisted alongside one another. Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco, Georgian…there are several design eras that your vintage jewelry could be…

How Are Colored Diamonds Formed?

How Are Colored Diamonds Formed?

Do you ever wonder how those gorgeous colored diamonds get their special hues? The process actually occurs naturally in the Earth, though some colored diamonds are so beautiful they look man-made. While traditional, colorless diamonds can be very expensive, rarer colored diamonds are even more valuable. Red and pink diamonds These diamonds are considered the…

How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

You’ve done it. You’ve finally found the perfect dress. But have you found the perfect jewelry? Finding a jewelry set to match your gown is crucial if you want to look your best at your wedding. The process, though, can get a bit overwhelming, so here are some tips to help you decide on the…

Non-Diamond Gemstones for Engagement Rings

Non-Diamond Gemstones for Engagement Rings

If you’re getting ready to pop the question, but thinking twice about a diamond ring, we’re here to tell you that there are a number of great alternatives on the market that will make gorgeous and unique engagement rings. After all, everyone does diamonds on their ring finger—why not shake it up a bit? In…

A Guide to Picking the Right Engagement Ring

A Guide to Picking the Right Engagement Ring

When you’re planning on asking someone to marry you, you want to make sure that everything is perfect, and this includes the ring. Finding the right engagement ring can be difficult, though; there’s not only a lot of pressure, but you may not be sure what your partner will or won’t like. Thankfully, we’ve put…

Tips for Organizing Your Jewelry Collection

Tips for Organizing Your Jewelry Collection

Organizing your jewelry collection can seem like a big job; how do you manage to safely store your pieces without getting them all tangled or damaged? Here are a few tips to help you declutter and protect your jewelry collection: Sort through all of your jewelry The first thing you need to do is to…

What is Edwardian Jewelry?

What is Edwardian Jewelry?

Here at Frank Pollak & Sons, we’ve gone in-depth about the styles of art deco jewelry and art nouveau jewelry, two fashion trends that were widely popular in the early 20th century. But there was also a third jewelry style around this time—Edwardian. Named for the then-King of England, King Edward VII (1901-1910), Edwardian jewelry…

The History of Choker Necklaces

The History of Choker Necklaces

Anyone who was alive in the 1990s remembers the choker—the staple necklace of nearly every girl embracing grunge fashion. But the choker wasn’t just a 90’s fashion trend; they’ve actually been around for thousands of years. Ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian Chokers Chokers were there at the beginning of human civilization. Often made out of gold…

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