Fancy diamonds have impurities and structural defects which create a stunning variety of different colors. The more intense the color the more rare and valuable the diamond. Yellow, brown, and black are the most common colored diamonds, followed by pink and blue. Red, green, purple, and orange are more rare.
The Hope diamond, known as the worlds most legendary gem, is a spectacular deep blue, weighing 45.52 carats.
The most well known and current sources of colored diamonds are India, South Africa, and Australia. Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, and Indonesia also produce fancy colored diamonds.
During the 16th century India used colored diamonds to represent different status levels. Kings were allowed to wear any colored diamond they desired, while priests and rulers “Brahmins” wore white to colorless diamonds. Landowners and warriors wore brown diamonds, merchants wore yellow diamonds, and lower class citizens wore black or gray diamonds.
The Dresden diamond is the largest natural green colored diamond. It is described as “apple green” and is approximately 41 carats. Discovered in the 17th century, the Dresden diamond was worn in an elaborate hat ornament, designed by Prague jeweler Diessbach, for about 200 years. This vibrant green diamond has been on display in the “Green Vault” at Dresden Castle in Germany for the last 2 centuries.
Natural red diamonds are considered extremely rare, there are only a handful that have been documented in the jewelry industry. Found in the 1900s by a Brazilian farmer, the Moussaieff Red diamond is the largest red diamond discovered to date. It is approximately 5.11 carats and is cut in a triangular brilliant shape.
The Pumpkin diamond is a rare vivid orange colored diamond that was discovered in South Africa in the mid 1900s. Usually orange diamonds appear brownish in color with only a hint of orange but this particular diamond displayed a pure saturated orange hue when it was cut. Harry Winston purchased this orange diamond in 1998, the day before Halloween, therefore it was named the Pumpkin diamond. In 2002 Halle Berry wore the Pumpkin diamond in a ring for the Academy Awards where she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
The Tiffany Yellow diamond was discovered in 1878 in the Kimberly Mine in South Africa. Weighing 128.54 carats, it is one of the worlds largest yellow diamonds. The diamond was known to be worn by only two women. In 1957 Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse had the diamond mounted in a necklace for the Tiffany Ball held in New Port Rhode Island. Audrey Hepburn also wore this beautiful yellow diamond in 1961 for publicity photographs for the now famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Do you want something unique? Incorporate colored diamonds into your jewelry collection! This year add a right-hand-ring accented with chocolate diamonds, or a striking black and white diamond pendant to your wish list. If you want to make a statement, go for a vibrant yellow diamond ring. Stop in to try one on!
Everyone knows sapphires are blue. Did you know sapphires also come in a wide range of colors including pink, violet, yellow, orange, purple and green. They can even appear colorless or black.
Some sapphires have special properties causing them to change from a strong blue to purple depending on the type of light. Most color change sapphires are found in Sri Lanka and East Africa.
Star sapphires are caused by an optical phenomenon called asterism which creates a reflection of light rays in a star pattern on a cabochon cut gemstone. The sapphire must contain dense, fine parallel inclusions to cause the light to reflect into a star. These stars can have 4, 6, or sometimes 12 rays. Star sapphires usually have a blue or black body color.
The majority of sapphires are found in the Region of Kashmir, the Union of Myanmar (Burma), and Sri Lanka. They can also be found in Africa, the US, Australia, Cambodia, and Thailand. Australia tends to produce a very dark greenish blue sapphire, while Burma produces an intense royal blue colored sapphire.
Sapphires have been worn by royalty throughout history. During the Middle Ages, the clergy favored blue sapphires and wore them often. They believed the color symbolized heaven. In 1981 Price Charles gave Lady Diana a 12 carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring surrounded by diamonds. In 2010 Prince William gave his fiancée Kate Middleton his mothers engagement ring.
It is believed that sapphires symbolize nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. They’re said to bring good fortune, wisdom, and provide protection. Sapphires were also thought to soothe eye problems, and skin conditions, while curing fevers, colds, and ulcers. They were also used as an antidote for poison and poisonous bites.
Sapphires are ranked 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale for hardness, which means they are very durable and great for frequent wear. The best way to clean sapphires at home is with warm soapy water. A local jewelry store can give a professional cleaning using an ultrasonic and steam cleaner.
Come in and view our sapphire jewelry. Here are some of our favorite pieces!
Looking for a new way to spice up your personal style? Why not try the flattering and versatile look of rose gold! Like platinum and pearls this soft pink metal is timeless and is really on trend right now. We are seeing a lot of this color in clothes, shoes, and makeup and it’s extended into jewelry such as watches, engagement rings, and pendants. It’s even become more popular and very wearable with men.
In the alloying process copper is added to yellow gold to achieve a pinkish hue. Rose Gold comes in 3 color variations, red, rose, and pink, the higher the copper content used in the alloying process the more red the color of the metal is.
Rose gold first became popular in Russia during the 19th century, where it was referred to as “Russian Gold.” At the time Russians were among the only wearers of this unique hue of gold. In the 1920′s rose gold had a spike in popularity when Cartier designed the “Trinity” band, made with 3 intertwining bands of rose, white and yellow gold. French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau was known to stack Cartier’s Trinity band on his left pinky, which also contributed to the expansion of this up and coming trend.
There are many great qualities about rose gold. The best is that this warm light pinkish hue is the most universally flattering metal for all skin types. Anyone can wear it!
Rose gold has the unique ability to blend into the skin, making the focal point the diamonds or gemstones. Rose gold looks beautiful when mixing and matching your favorite yellow and white gold pieces, it’s a fun new way to change up your jewelry style.
Come in and view our rose gold collection. Here are a few of our favorite pieces.
People who are allergic to certain metals can experience an allergic reaction known as contact dermatitis. Nickel is one of the most common causes of contact dermatitis, which is an itchy rash that appears on the skin. You can develop it at any time in your life. Some people only experience it in their ears while others may be extra sensitive, even just to zippers or eyeglass frames.
If you think you’re allergic to gold or silver you’re probably not, most of the time the culprit is nickel. Often people don’t realize these precious metals are alloyed, meaning mixed with two or more other types of metals. Alloying precious metals allows them to be more workable and durable, or improve their appearance. For example, pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry without alloying it with other metals. White gold is created by alloying it with silver toned metals… like nickel.
Just because you have a nickel allergy doesn’t mean you can’t wear fashionable jewelry.
If you are nickel-sensitive best option is platinum, a pure and hypoallergenic metal. Platinum chains, pendants, and earrings are great for everyday wear. It works great for diamond studs that you wear everyday. If only the pierced part of your ear gets irritated, consider changing your earrings posts to platinum.
For a lower price point and fashion look, you’ll love earrings from Carla and Nancy B. This New England company has always stood for quality jewelry. Their sterling silver earrings contain NO nickel, plus they are rhodium plated so they never tarnish. Most important their styles are fun and trendy!
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For a unique look, you’ll love the designer line by Tom Kruskal. Each piece is hand-forged in New England. Tom’s jewelry is made without any nickel. He alloys all his 14K white gold and silver with palladium, a hypoallergenic metal in the platinum family.
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Many people are surprised to know this vibrant orange gemstone is a unique part of the lush world of Opals. Due to their striking, saturated color and faceted cut they don’t resemble the traditional idea of an opal.
This is typically the first question that customers ask when they see this gemstone. In actuality opals come in many colors, including colorless, white, yellow, red, orange, green, brown, black, and blue. Like traditional opals, fire opals are mined near volcanoes and contain relatively high water content of about 3 to 10% (sometimes even up to 20%). This is why opals are considered a delicate gemstone that should be worn with care.
Unlike other opals that flash many hues of blue, green and even red, fire opal is NOT known for its play of color. The appeal of fire opal comes from the vividness of its color. Fire opals can range from yellow to light red and can even have brownish undertones. This is caused by fine traces of iron oxide. They are either faceted or cut as a cabochon because it is the shape that best suits its unique color.
Mexico has the most significant fire opal deposits in the world. But this beautiful gemstone can also be found in Honduras, Guatemala, The U.S., Canada, Australia, Ethiopia, and Turkey.
It is thought that fire opals bestow courage, stamina, will power and energy to those that wear it. It is also thought that the fiery orange/red gemstone conveys the feeling of warmth, peace, and harmony.
The Aztec Indians of Mexico were among some of the first people to discover the fire opal. The Mayas and Aztecs used fire opal in jewelry and for mosaics and religious cults. They called it “Quetzalitzlipyollitli” which means “Stone of the Bird of Paradise”.
Crystal Structure: Amorphous
International Colored Gemstone Association
Betsy Frost, a New England designer, gets ideas from her immediate surroundings.
The warm sun, a cool breeze, the peaceful inner calm you feel at the beach is in every piece of Betsy’s Beach Day Collection. A perfect add to your summer jewelry collection or a pop of color on a grey winter day.
A spectacular 23.1-carat Burmese ruby, set in a platinum ring with 2 triangular-cut diamonds totaling 2.38 carats. This magnificent ruby was a gift to the Smithsonian and the people of the United States in 2004 from Dr. Peter Buck, in memory of his wife, Carmen Lúcia Buck, who was born in Brazil and became a U.S. citizen. Her love for the United States, devotion to children, and appreciation for fine jewelry inspired the gift of this ruby for the American People to enjoy. The Carmen Lúcia Ruby is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History.
Prince Andrew gave Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) a Burmese ruby engagement ring to complement her red hair. The ruby was set in a yellow gold basket with a white gold band and surrounded by ten drop diamonds.
A stunning 8.24-carat ruby-and-diamond ring — a Christmas present given to the actress by then-husband Richard Burton in 1968. Taylor said, “It was the most perfect colored stone I’d ever seen.” Bidders at the 2011 Christie’s auction clearly agreed as the same ruby-and-diamond ring sold for $4.2 million.
The Burmese Ruby Tiara was ordered by Elizabeth II in 1973. The design is in the form of a wreath of red roses and like many other pieces in the collection, made by Garrard & Co. Clusters of rubies and gold form the center of each flower while diamonds and silver form the petals. A total of 96 diamonds are set into the tiara. Both the rubies and the diamonds came from Elizabeth’s private collection. The rubies were a wedding present by the Burmese people, after whom the tiara was named. The number of rubies represent the number of diseases that the people of Burma believe can affect the human body. The diamonds were also a wedding present by the Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar who at the time also possessed a vast jewelry collection.
Stop in our store anytime before Father’s Day and enter a free drawing to win this Belair watch!
Description: 20 ATM, Stainless steel case, Stainless steel bracelet, Diver security lock buckle, Screw down diver crown, One-directional click bezel, Luminous dial and hands, Genuine sapphire crystal]]>
A great gift for a soon-to-be college student or job-hunter.
Commemorate the day with a charm. You can even engrave the date to make it more memorable.
These can be worn every day, for work or dress, and really mark a milestone accomplishment.
Pearls are a classic for every wardrobe and NEVER go out of style. Plus they fit many budgets.
Pearls are a classic for every wardrobe and NEVER go out of style. Plus they fit many budgets.
Pick a style to suit your grad… pun intended You can even engrave initials to make the gift very personal.
…received a number of exquisite pieces of emerald jewelry from Richard Burton during their time together. A magnificent emerald and diamond brooch that he gave her as an engagement gift is one of her favorites. For the wedding present he complemented it with a matching emerald and diamond necklace which could be used to hang the brooch to wear as a pendant. Burton went ahead and completed the set with long emerald drop earrings, two emerald rings and a bracelet. The beautiful ensemble of emerald jewelry was so impressive that members of the press dubbed it the “Grand Duchess Vladimir’s Suite” because it looked like something that a Russian aristocrat would wear. It was appropriately named though since some of the stones did in fact come from an important Russian collection.
Taylor was so fond of her emerald and diamond brooch that she wore it while filming The VIPs in 1963. The drama was about a “husband and wife who triumph over financial catastrophe thanks to their love.” Conveniently, Burton also starred in the film opposite Taylor. Taylor has also worn the pieces at other key moments in her life: when she met Queen Elizabeth, when she won the Oscar for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , and when Helmut Newton photographed her in her swimming pool in 1989.
This choker necklace is better known as the Cambridge Emerald Choker, since for years it was said to have been created by Queen Mary using more of her Cambridge emeralds. The piece passed to the Queen in 1953, but she doesn’t wear chokers often. So she loaned it to the Princess of Wales, who made it one of her signature jewels. Diana memorably wore it as a bandeau across her forehead, and wore it in necklace form both during and after her marriage. Since it was a lifetime loan, it returned to the Queen after Diana’s death, and has since been exhibited at Buckingham Palace with other pieces of the Queen’s jewelry. It hasn’t been worn publicly by any member of the royal family since Diana, so the guessing game (when will it appear again, and who will wear it?) goes on.
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Senator John F. Kennedy presented Jacqueline Bouvier with a diamond and emerald engagement ring. It consisted of one 2.88 carat diamond mounted next to a 2.84 carat cut emerald with tapered baguettes. In 1962, a total carat weight of 0.66 round diamonds and a total carat weight of 1.46 marquise diamonds were added to the ring.
Emeralds have appeared on the red carpet, but most memorably these breathtaking $2.5M Lorraine Schwartz 115-carats Columbian emerald earrings with matching 65-carats ring worn by Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Oscars.
…we must share the sad news of the passing of our mother. Gloria Janofsky passed away Thursday night beside love ones.
At 87 she was the iconic queen of Quality Gem and a mother to us all. She is no longer with us, but her vibrant spirit is forever in our hearts.
Tootles Gloria. We love you.
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