Celebrating the Ruby: July’s Birthstone, King of Gems

 The ruby, the most valuable of all colored gems, is the birthstone for all you lucky July babies. It’s also the jewel for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. In Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, which means “king of gems.” According to the GIA, “Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes […]

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All about pearls, June’s delicate birthstone

Ah, June…the month of brides, summer, and the pearl birthstone. Actually, June has three birthstones (it’s an over-achieving month): besides pearls, there are also moonstones and alexandrite, but let’s focus on the oh-so-classy pearl, so perfect in a necklace, earring, ring, or brooch. They’re treasured for their delicate hues, and for being the only gem […]

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6 must-have jewelry trends for summer

As warm weather pushes out cool spring nights, it may be time to shed clothes—but not jewels! But the jewelry trends the designers are showing for summer are different from their winter designs. To quote InStyle, warm days are for “gold hoops of all sizes and pendants that layer from your chin to your collarbone, […]

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Welcome to Emerald Month: Celebrating May’s birthstone

As trees and grass begin to turn green, we enter the month of May—and celebrate the month’s birthdays with the glorious emerald. From the Greek, meaning “green,” emeralds have long been associated with wealth and royalty. Emeralds are also symbols for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. The stone has a long, long history; the […]

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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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