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The Famous Gem That Almost Wasn't: The Cullinan Diamond

The Famous Gem That Almost Wasn't: The Cullinan Diamond

It's shocking to think that the Cullinan diamond, a major piece of geological and British history, almost remained buried. Estimated to be worth billions of dollars in total, the original uncut stone was over 3,106 carats and weighed 1.369 pounds. That's a lot of sparkle!

Known as the Star of Africa, this amazing stone almost went undiscovered. In January of 1905, Captain Frederick Wells, the Premier Mine superintendent, was making his regular rounds when he saw what he thought was a glass shard. The piece was sticking out of the mine wall, and Wells thought one of the workers had stuck it there as a joke. Using only his pocket knife, he pried the piece out of the wall and was stunned when he realized it was actually an enormous diamond almost 4 inches long, over 2 inches wide and nearly 3 inches high - twice the size of any known diamond in its day.

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January Color of the Month: Garnet Red

January Color of the Month: Garnet Red

It won't surprise you to hear that the jewelry color of the month is the same as the birthstone, the deep red of garnet.  Providing a stunning contrast to the grey skies and white, snow-bound land, garnet gives us a spark in the long winter month of January.

Fire and Ice

Nothing is more dramatic than mixing the color of the month with pearl for a true fire-and-ice combination.  These earrings give the appearance of snow on fire with the mother of pearl drop under garnet Swarovski Austrian crystals.

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Jewelry Color of the Month for February: Amethyst

Jewelry Color of the Month for February: Amethyst

Amethyst is February's birthstone. Having properties of cleansing, protection, and intuition, this gemstone is from the quartz family and ranges in hues of lilac to deep violet and red. The purple color of Amethyst is due to its iron and aluminum impurities. Coming from only a handful of countries around the world (US, Canada, India, Russia, Brazil, Australia, and South Korea, etc.), Amethyst has interesting mythology surrounding the gem. Read further for a more in-depth perspective on the mythology behind this shimmering stone.

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Winter 2017 Jewelry Trends

Winter 2017 Jewelry Trends

Snowy-white pearls are back in fashion for this winter, according to Vogue. Chunky and funky strings layered with petite and pretty, over a sweater and showing under your favorite coat, puts you at the cutting edge this season. Chokers are back, too, with a goth/punk edge, silver-dipped or leather, or massive pieces that keep your chin up this winter.

Single, high-impact earrings, like a chandelier-style dangle, make everyone take a second look. Even better, wear two different earrings you love to light up your mood in the darker days of the year. You'll smile every time you look in the mirror.

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Ice Cold Winter Jewelry Colors that Are Hot Hot Hot

Ice Cold Winter Jewelry Colors that Are Hot Hot Hot

It has long been known that people who are considered to have a winter complexion look best in deep blues, reds and even hot pinks.  Winter people will be happy to hear that the hottest colors for winter 2016-2017 jewelry collections will rock their world!

Sapphire blue's with their ever-so deep and brilliant hues top the list of what's trending. Beads and gems that in the blue spectrum come in many shapes and sizes; all are pleasing to they eye. At the edge of blues are the deep purples that are just as desirable in bracelets and charms.

Next to beautiful blue you'll find ridiculous reds. Gems with super-deep, multi-layered tones that scream "pick me!" are ready to make their appearance as the snow falls.

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A Gift that Keeps Giving!

A Gift that Keeps Giving!

Have you received handmade, beaded earrings? If so, you know the time and creativity spent in making those earrings. However, you also relish in the thoughtfulness of the person who gave them to you. It takes a special person to pick out the right set of earrings for a person.

Handmade, beaded earrings, are one of a kind. An artist makes these gems and is not in the business of "mass production." Each piece is cleverly designed, knowing that the person who will receive the earrings will love and cherish the unique gift.

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Handmade Jewelry, A Shared Journey

Handmade Jewelry, A Shared Journey

Brisk winter days are here, and the season encourages us toward warmth, comfort, and introspection. We might find ourselves looking back over significant moments, like looking into a faceted crystal prism, and discovering how they have reflected, refracted, or redefined us. Making or purchasing handmade jewelry is a wonderful way to celebrate the ways in which we have changed or the ways in which we have held true to ourselves over the course of the year.

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December Jewelry Color of the Month: Winter Blue

December Jewelry Color of the Month: Winter Blue

Gone is fall, and gone too is the reticence about winter. December is full of holiday cheer, winter outings and cold weather sports.  The air is crisp and clear, the chill invigorating to the soul.  

Just as invigorating is this month's color: winter blue. Nothing sparks up life more than the chill of icy blues.

Delicate Blue

While perfect for a winter wedding's Something Blue, this Classic Sapphire Heart anklet is also just right for the entire season of winter, or for showing off your love of all things icy.  As delicate as a newly fallen snowflake, the cream Charlotte seed beads glisten and complement the beautiful sapphires of your choosing (light, sapphire, or Montana), the sparkling Swarovski crystals, and the perfect snowdrop round pearls in white or cream.

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Why Handmade Jewelry Is The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

Why Handmade Jewelry Is The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

As a bride, your bridesmaids assist you with the many overwhelming elements of planning your wedding. They throw you a bridal shower and bachelorette party, offer moral support at your dress fittings, and do whatever else they can to make your big day go off without a hitch. Show them your sincere appreciation for their help and friendship with a unique, handcrafted anklet or necklace. Easy to personalize, beautiful to behold, they make ideal bridesmaids gifts.

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