Diamonds are an (April birthday) girl’s best friend

If your birthday’s in April, you’ve hit the birthstone jackpot—the diamond. Love for this sparkly gemstone isn’t new; in first century Rome, Pliny wrote, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” If you’ve ever bought a diamond, I’m sure you’ve heard about the 4Cs: clarity, […]

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Get your silverware shining for your holiday table

Spring celebrations are a great time for showing off your fine silverware. It can also be the time when you see how tarnished it is since you last used it. Here are some tips for cleaning and storing your silver flatware. And if you realize your lifestyle isn’t really silver-worthy, I’ve got some thoughts on […]

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Time to talk about watches: Get with the movement

When we think about heirlooms, you probably think of gemstones instead of watches. But watches are symbols of amazing craftsmanship, collectable, and, in my opinion, totally fascinating. You know what a watch looks like from the outside, but what’s going on inside the casing? Here are three types of movements: 1. Mechanical: Before batteries, watches […]

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6 Fun, Useful Facts About Engagement Rings

If you’ve got a new engagement ring (or you’ve had one for years), you’ll want to know some of the facts and folklore around your beautiful bauble. Engagement (and wedding) rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand due to a belief that “a vein in that finger led directly to the […]

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Aquamarine: The magic and serenity of March’s birthstone

March’s birthstone, the aquamarine, gets its name from the sea. From early days, its light-blue, dark-blue, and blue-green tones have reminded people of waves rolling to shore. What makes an aquamarine so special Aquamarine is a form of the mineral beryl. Beryl itself is colorless, but the imperfections within it lend color to jewels. One […]

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Saying “I Love You” with gems: 4 famous, breathless romantic jewels

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m highlighting four engagement rings that have caught the public’s imagination: for their symbolism, beauty, or sheer size. Here’s a countdown to recent history-making gems: The Taylor/Burton Diamond: For their second wedding, Richard Burton bought Taylor a 33.19-carat diamond, known as the Krupp Diamond. This platinum ring featured the center […]

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