How to Shop For Jewelry When You Have a Metal Allergy

How to Shop For Jewelry When You Have a Metal Allergy

The materials used in jewelry making have changed quite a bit over the years. To make jewelry more affordable and accessible, precious metals are being combined with cheaper metals and alloys. In some cases this practice makes the jewelry sturdier, but it can cause contact dermatitis in many people. This irritating condition often makes people…

Tips to Help Organize Your Jewelry Collection

Tips to Help Organize Your Jewelry Collection

Organizing your jewelry collection can be a big job, especially if you have pieces that range in style from statement necklaces to more high-end jewels. Well, today we’re here to help you organize your cluttered jewelry collection once and for all!   The first thing you need to do is to get everything stored in…

The Virgin Rainbow: The World’s Finest Opal

The Virgin Rainbow: The World’s Finest Opal

Australia is known for its opals, and in 2003 an opal miner named John Dunstan was mining in the remote outback town of Coober Pedy when he discovered what would prove to be the finest specimen of opal that has ever been seen. Named the Virgin Rainbow for its amazing and varied colors and iridescences,…

The Plant That Guides Diamond Hunters in Liberia

The Plant That Guides Diamond Hunters in Liberia

You may not envision the search for diamonds as a hunt that requires a specific set of tracking skills, but in fact, diamond hunters rely on a number of telltale signs to spot rocks that could potentially contain diamonds. Now, thanks to a recent discovery in geobotany, also known as the study of the geographical…

Our Favorite Fall Gemstones of 2015

Our Favorite Fall Gemstones of 2015

Fall is in full swing, so we thought that this was the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite fall gemstone trends for this season! For this fall, we’re seeing a trend towards rich, vibrant tones, such as greens, purples, and oranges. Here are our top picks for fall 2015 gemstones: Garnet With many…

3D Printing is Poised to Shake Up the Jewelry Industry

3D Printing is Poised to Shake Up the Jewelry Industry

3D printing is changing the way we think about manufacturing in many industries, and now it seems Jewelry is no exception to the trend. Lionel Theodore Dean, a designer whose projects range in subject from cars to motorcycles to light fixtures, has made the first-ever line of precious-metal jewelry that was created wholly via 3D…

First Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Awards Held in Paris

First Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Awards Held in Paris

Before smartphones, laptops, and handheld tablet devices, whenever we wanted to know the time, we stretched out our arm and glanced at our wrist. These days, watches might not be the ubiquitous fashion accessories they once were, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a devoted contingent of jewelers and fashionistas who hold a deep…

The Brooch is Back

The Brooch is Back

Looking for an elegant gift to give to someone special for the upcoming holidays or a landmark birthday? How about a brooch? Did you think they’d gone out of style? Well, we’re here to tell you that brooches are back—and in fact, this classic piece may have never left at all! The brooch has been…

$12 Million Private Gem Collection Headed for Auction

$12 Million Private Gem Collection Headed for Auction

There are few things more elegant than precious gemstones. From rubies to the rarest of diamonds, people have been in awe of their magnificent beauty for centuries. Of course, the more precious and rare the gem, the more financially valuable they become. Gem collections all across the globe end up in family inheritances and estate…

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…