Rare and Obscure: Painite

Rare and Obscure: PainiteMost people are familiar with a good number of different gemstones, but few have probably heard of painite. If the name of the stone doesn’t deter you from buying it, the price tag might: Discovery.com reveals that painite gemstones go for anywhere between $50,000 and $60,000 per carat. (more…)

05 Aug 2015

November Birthstones

November BirthstonesNovember births are among those signified with two birthstones rather than one. Though the Farmer’s Almanac declares the gemstone topaz to be the November birthstone, the American Gem Society says that citrine is the “other” birthstone for the month. Those celebrating November birthdays would likely welcome gifts of jewelry set with either gemstone, as they are both beautiful and offer diverse but useful benefits. (more…)

15 Jul 2015

The Most Expensive Gem Stones

royal jewelsWith modern technology able to produce man-made gemstones, affordable jewelry is easy to find. Any jewelry store you visit is sure to have case upon glittering case of reasonably priced necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and more studded with sapphires, rubies, emeralds and, of course diamonds. Gemstones are beautiful ways to show love and appreciation to someone else, but treating yourself to a bejeweled delight feels pretty good, too. If you really want to pamper yourself, go for more than the gold. Go for one of these ultra-expensive gemstones to demonstrate an extravagant pat on the back. (more…)

12 Jun 2015

Jewelry Store Dos and Don’ts

shopping etiquetteEmily Post is dead. No, not just physically, which she obviously is. The etiquette and good manners bar she so firmly set in the 20th Century has come clattering down. The majority of people no longer seem to care whether they act appropriately or with decorum when in public. It could be partially due to the enormous amounts of time they spend online, not really having to interact acceptably with other humans. Or it could be that fewer people care so they don’t teach their children the good manners their grandparents were imbued with, dooming future generations to be rude and boorish. (more…)

28 May 2015

Is Used Jewelry Worth Anything?

Big pile of used jewelryIn the world of jewelry, the term “used” is pass√©. “Gently loved” is the expression for jewelry that’s had more than one owner. Plus, unlike automobiles, jewelry doesn’t necessarily lose its value the minute you take it out of the showroom. According to Jennie’s Junque Store, you can get a pretty penny for costume jewelry right alongside vintage jewelry, especially if it was designed and made by a collectible designer. In fact, Reader’s Digest reveals that among antique jewelry it’s the designer pieces such as Harry Winston engagement rings and Van Cleef and Arpels pendants and earrings that are “hot” items. (more…)

10 May 2015

Do People Still Give Promise Rings?

Do People Still Give Promise RingsIn high school years, promise rings were a big deal. The couples who had been seriously dating would often end up “pre-engaged” after panicking at the thought of going to separate colleges or one going away to school while the other stayed home. A diamond ring of several carats wasn’t expected because, typically, promise rings are purchased on an income that is usually from an after school part-time gig. Instead, promise rings are a bit more flexible than engagement rings. They may be sterling silver rings, or ones set with semi precious stones rather than a diamond. Yet, to a teen-aged girl, promise rings may as well be engagement rings. He is hers. He promised, right? (more…)

25 Apr 2015

October Birthstones

October Birthstones opalPeople born in October are some of the few who have a choice in birthstones, and have even more choices among those. The American Gem Society lists both opals and tourmaline gemstones as the official October birthstones. Additionally, the AGS reveals that tourmalines come in more than one color. That means that if you prefer a solid-colored stone over the ethereal luminescence of the opal, you can take your pick among black, pink and green tourmalines. Black tourmaline looks a bit like flint, however, and is used less for representing October birthdays than the pink and green varieties of tourmaline. (more…)

17 Apr 2015

Sapphire

Sapphire: birthstone for SeptemberThose born in September have the honor of their births being represented by the brilliant blue gleaming sapphire gemstone. Believed to have amazing power, the Farmer’s Almanac says that sapphires were trusted to protect wearers from evil and even poisoning. (more…)

10 Apr 2015

Peridot Birthstone for August

august birthstone: peridotThe cool green peridot is the gemstone that’s known as the birthstone for birthdays in the hot and sizzling month of August. The Farmer’s Almanac says that the stone symbolizes strength and, because peridot is considered a heart chakra stone, the gift of a peridot pendant that doesn’t include any other types of stones is a thoughtful gift for an August birthday. That’s because a pendant holds the stone near the solar plexus chakra, encouraging warm, loving feelings toward creation, according to HealingCrystalsforYou.¬† (more…)

03 Apr 2015

Championship Rings

Jordan's championship ringsSporting the bling of six championship rings, it’s hard to remember that Michael Jordan wasn’t born with a 48-inch jump. According to some sources, he worked with trainer Tim Grover to increase vertical jump inches. Obviously the hard work and training paid off in the form of multi-million dollar contracts with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, not to mention the lucrative endorsements. However, Air Jordan would probably tell you that his hard-earned championship rings have as much sentimental value as they do actual monetary worth. (more…)

27 Feb 2015