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March 14, 2017

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The Jonker No. 5 Diamond

Christie’s Hong Kong has two unique pieces coming up in their upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction on May 30. One of the pieces has a storied place in diamond history.The Jonker No. 5 Diamond

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March 14, 2017

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The Platinum Rollercoaster Continues

As of today, the price of platinum is about $1027.00 an ounce with gold at $1253.55 an ounce. Platinum is not usually lower than gold. It has been quite a ride for precious metals in the last couple of years. The good news for investors is that at least platinum is up from a year ago.Platinum Bars

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March 14, 2017

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The Jewelry of Suzanne Syz


Suzanne Syz's EarringsThe contemporary jewelry designer, Suzanne Syz is renowned for her highly original and unconventional designs which draw on many sources for inspiration. Born in Zurich and educated in Paris, she moved to New York City in the 1980s and became part of the circle of Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Jeff Koons.

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February 14, 2017

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A is for Amethyst

Ah yes, the purple stone. Amethyst, the birthstone for February got its name from the Greek word “amethystos” which means “not drunken”. Amethyst was suppose to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus which is why wineglasses were often carved from it.Amethyst Stud Earrings

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February 09, 2017

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The History of Valentine’s Day

How did St. Valentine become associated with love and romance? Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?

A Valentine

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February 01, 2017

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The Largest Diamond Just Found in North America

The largest gem quality diamond ever found in North America is on display at the Smithsonian in its rough, uncut state until February 16. The 187.63 carat diamond is being displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in the Harry Winston Gallery. The gallery is also home to the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond.Foxfire Diamond

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January 20, 2017

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G is for Garnet – January’s Birthstone


Demantoid Garnet GrasshopperGarnet, the January birthstone, is in my opinion, under-appreciated. Garnet derived its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like a grain, which refers to the mode of occurrence where crystals resemble grains or seeds embedded in the matrix.

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