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The origin of birthstones and the meaning of fall’s gems

We all love hearing about our special birthday month’s birthstone. But did you ever wonder how the stone became associated with the month? And why they have special traits and healing qualities? Here’s some backstory on birthstones. Origin of monthly birthstones The origin of birthstones seems to stem from the bible, namely the twelve stones […]

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Sapphire surprises: 7 things you don’t know about September’s birthstone

As summer turns to fall, we welcome September’s birthstone, the sapphire. This vivid blue gemstone has been prized for centuries. It’s dreamy, yet tough. Mystical, yet grounding. Cool yet filled with passion. Here are 7 surprising facts you didn’t know about sapphires. They’re the same mineral as rubies. Both sapphires and rubies share a common […]

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5 Jewelry Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent Right Now

Why think about jewelry insurance in the summer? Family vacations can be the time when parents or grandparents hand down their heirlooms to children or grandchildren. Make sure this valuable jewelry—and your own gems, including your wedding band and engagement ring— are protected from “oopsies.” This is a great time to examine, or reexamine, your […]

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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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What I learned at my first jewelry appraisal

[This week, I’m turning my blog over to a client who asked if she could write a few words about her recent (first) jewelry appraisal.] I don’t consider myself as having a lot of jewelry. I do have a few heirlooms: a couple of bracelets from my grandmother, my grandfather’s watch cover and chain, and […]

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How Often Do I Need a Jewelry Appraisal?

A jewelry appraisal will inform you what the average price an item would sell for. Independent appraisers conduct the appraisal because they are unbiased. Since they don’t buy or sell jewelry they are less likely to overvalue the jewelry. They will inspect all aspects of your jewelry (size, color, quality, etc) and will conduct market research to […]

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5 Reasons to Have a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

You’d probably prefer not to think about your jewelry treasures being damaged, destroyed or lost during a catastrophe, but it’s prudent to be prepared. Whether you’ve spent years building your fine jewelry collection or you’ve recently acquired your first exquisite piece, you should insure each item to value, just in case the unexpected happens. To do […]

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