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  • 27 Inspiring Diamond Facts

    diamond 4Cs1. The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means “unconquerable.”

    2. Diamonds are the only product where it says right on TV that they are forever. They are estimated by scientists to be 3.4 billion years old.

    3. A diamond is worn for decades by its first recipient and then passed down to the next generation. They can wear it for decades more, and the diamond will still look exactly like it did the day it was purchased.

    4. The ancients believed that diamonds were splinters that fell off of stars or that they were tears that fell from God’s eyes.

    5. Diamonds became the traditional symbol of love in ancient Greece. Kings have worn diamonds through the ages as a symbol of strength, courage, invincibility and power.

    6. In 1477, the archduke Maximilian of Austria personally gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, and that is when the tradition of the diamond engagement ring was started.

    7. Diamonds are very rare. They come from Africa, Russia, Australia, Canada and other places. De Beers says they have to mine 250 tons of diamond ore to produce 1 carat weight of gem-quality polished diamond.

    8. Each diamond is cut by a master with highly-skilled hands and years of required training before he or she is allowed to work with large crystals.

    9. Diamonds are the epitome of both nature and the craftsmanship of man.

    10. Diamonds are the universal symbol of love and wealth.

    11. Diamonds are a very small form of transportable, negotiable wealth.

    12. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. We men just get dogs.

    13. A diamond on the 10th or 20th anniversary tells her you would marry her all over again.diamond-tweezers

    14. Diamonds are the most sought-after gemstone of all.

    15. Diamonds inhale light and breathe fire.

    16. A diamond is Mother Nature’s love affair with light.

    17. Diamonds can do their best work in dimly-lit places.

    18. Diamonds are the doghouse key getter-outer.

    19. When diamonds are cut to triple-zero or triple-X, they set the standards that all others are judged by.

    20. Diamonds are the only known substance whose beauty is unaffected by age.

    21. Diamonds have a sentimental journey. The longer they are worn and passed down, the more priceless they become.

    22. A diamond is not expensive if you keep it forever — it costs only cents per day.

    23. I’ve never seen a lab report make a diamond dance. Light does.

    24. Every diamond is like a snowflake or a fingerprint — no two are alike. They all have internal characteristics strategically placed by Mother Nature.

    25. Diamond is a symbol of purity, and it forms only under tremendous heat and pressure.

    26. Diamonds are always in style and they go with anything.

    27. Diamonds are forever, timeless, family, tradition, achievement, memories, heirlooms, love, forgive me, a lifetime, engagement, anniversary, babies, happiness, just because. Diamonds are the feelings and emotions that come with the story of the special occasion in life and the love that is shared.Tap-The-Top-Of-Your-Diamond

     

    article by Shane Decker
  • Paraiba Tourmalines: the fascinating story of a rare gem

    From the Brazilian state of Paraiba, neon-bright Paraiba tourmalines are one of the most sought-after gems in the world.

    by CLAIRE ROBERTS / The Jewellery Editor

    In just a few decades, Paraiba tourmalines have become one of the sought-after gemstones in the world. First discovered in the 1980s by Heitor Dimas Barbosa - who spent years digging in the hills of the Brazilian state of Paraiba on a hunch that something special was hidden there - he must have known he had hit the jackpot when he set eyes on his first, neon-bright Paraiba tourmaline.

    A 3.83ct Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline takes centre stage among a swirl of diamonds in this George Pragnell ring (£250,000).

    What makes Paraiba tourmalines unique?

    Almost every shade of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, but none has the vivid glow that distinguishes the Paraiba tourmaline, also known as cuprian elbaite. A product of the trace element copper, colours range from startling turquoise to majestic blue-green, but it is the incandescent glow that appears to light up the stone from within that makes Paraiba tourmalines incomparable to any other gem.

    One-of-a-kind Boghossian ring with a central 5.17 carat Paraiba tourmaline from Mozambique surrounded by 5.84 carats of Les Merveilles-set diamonds (POA).

    How rare are Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines?

    To put their rarity into perspective, there is only one Paraiba tourmaline mined for every 10,000 diamonds, and a good quality Paraiba from Brazil weighing over three carats is virtually unheard of. So rare are authentic Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines that it is not unusual for them to achieve five figures per carat.

    African tourmalines with Paraiba-like qualities

    In a surprising twist in the Paraiba tale, in 2003, a new wave of luminous green-blue tourmalines entered the market, mined by hand in the copper-rich mountains of Mozambique and Nigeria. Paraiba-like in every way, with only minute chemical differences to those unearthed in Brazil, they are often found weighing five carats or more and have caused an ongoing debate as to what can and can't by definition be called a "Paraiba" tourmaline. Some insist that only tourmalines from the Brazilian state of Paraiba are Paraibas, while others are more inclusive.

    Doris Hangartner sets an outsize 37.84 carat Mozambique Paraiba-like tourmaline with smaller Brazilian Paraibas.

    Read about Brazilian vs African tourmalines

    Whichever side of the fence you sit, things start to get very interesting when you look at why this colourful gemstone has been discovered in two very different parts of the world. Compare the shape of the coastline of South America with that of Africa and it suggests that, once upon a time, the two were conjoined, with the copper-rich mountains of Brazil a whole lot closer - and quite possibly right next door - to the copper-rich mountains of Mozambique and Nigeria than they are today. It's impossible to prove, of course, but that simply adds to the allure of this incredible, one-of-a-kind gemstone.

    Amazing designers like Erica Courtney, Simon G, Omi Prive, and Pamela Froman work with this gorgeous stone.  Stop into McCaskill & Company and see some of our gorgeous paraiba tourmaline jewelry pieces.
  • The 4 C's of Buying a Diamond

    Choose a jeweler as you would choose a doctor

    Your jeweler should be armed with expert training, open to questions and able to provide answers in clear, simple language.
    Professional training can help you evaluate how knowledgeable a jeweler is. Preferably, their training comes from a highly-recognized and internationally accredited program, such as the GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) or Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP) diploma programs. An educated jeweler will not only explain the 4Cs of Diamond Quality to you, but will be able to demonstrate the differences between apparently similar stones. They will also encourage you to compare a number of diamonds that fall in your budget.

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  • Platinum Kirk Kara Halo Engagement Ring Designs Featured on Hollywood Today Live

    Our breathtaking, one-of-a-kind halo engagement rings are truly romance personified, but don’t just take our word for it! On Hollywood Today Live, jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor recently showcased the most fabulous trends in celebrity engagement rings, and his segment culminates with our own forever captivating halo designs. “The number one trend right now is actually the halo,” says O’Connor. “About 80% of women in bridal research say that they absolutely love the halo design.” He adds that the halo design itself has a special meaning, which is “you are the center of my universe!” O’Connor highlights our 126 years of expert craftsmanship, as well noting that Kirk Kara is the only jeweler to win The Jeweler’s Choice Award for nine consecutive years.
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  • Bridal Design Gallery Newest Designer: Sylvie

    We have added another fabulous designer to our Bridal Design Gallery: Sylvie.  Sylvie Levine was born in Antwerp, Belgium which is the center of the world's diamond trade.  She is committed to designing diamond jewelry that is timeless, versatile and sophisticated - at every price point.  She has created 14 collections that are personal and offer endless options.  Settings that can be customized in any size, shape, or cut and always with platinum or 14K white, yellow or rose gold.Sylvie engagement rings

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  • Interesting Facts of Pearls

    For all of your pearl lovers out there, we thought you might also love to learn these fascinating facts about these amazing gems and how they come to be.  This information might even make you love pearls even more, how rare they are and how hard it is to come by such exquisite pieces of jewelry. pearls Continue reading

  • 5 Things to Know About...Burmese Rubies

    As Valentine's approaches, the gemstone, Ruby, comes to mind. We thought that you would enjoy this interesting article from National Jeweler that highlights this fascinating precious gem.

    Burmese rubies have an almost mystical appeal to them. They are among some of the finest gems in the world and, up until this fall, hadn’t been allowed in the United States for years.

    This necklace from Andreoli, which makes all of its jewelry in Italy, features 20.63 carats of diamonds and 65.37 carats of Burmese rubies in 18-karat gold This necklace from Andreoli, which makes all of its jewelry in Italy, features 20.63 carats of diamonds and 65.37 carats of Burmese rubies in 18-karat gold

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  • New Year's Resolution: Protect Your Jewelry

    As we start settling into the New Year, we start getting full swing into our New Year's Resolutions.  What was your resolution this year?  Travel more, workout more, or maybe to start gardening or get outside more to be healthier.  There are so many resolutions; but what about protecting your jewelry?

    For those of you who are wanting to travel more, Jewelers Mutual has 3 great videos with tips to help you keep your jewelry tangle free and neat in your suitcase.  Make sure if you are flying to put your jewelry in your carry-on, because putting it in your checked bag you are more likely to have it stolen or lost.  Make a list of the jewelry you are traveling with and document each piece with pictures or a video.  When keeping jewelry in the hotel make sure to use the hotel safe to store the pieces you are not wearing.

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  • 2017 Pantone Color of the Year - Greenery

    Pantone has come out with the perfect color for 2017, Greenery, which signified beginnings. So this color will help remind us everyday to have a fresh start, which is especially a good remind for the New Year.

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  • Can Diamonds Chip? Why they can and how to prevent it

    What’s your biggest worry when it comes to your diamond? If we took a guess, it would probably be losing it. And while a missing diamond is a legitimate fear, you want to be careful about chipping your diamond as well. For information on diamond care, we look to the experts at our insurance company, Jeweler’s Mutual. We think that you will find their suggestion helpful to ensure the protection of your gem.
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