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  • March Birthstone: Aquamarine

    Happy birthday to the March babies!  Your birthstone is the aquamarine which gets it's name from the Latin word 'aqua marina' which means sea water.  The similarity of the gemstones beautiful and clear blue color to that of the ocean.  Aquamarines have been used in jewelry and as protective amulets dating back as far as 500 BC.  The aquamarine is a precious gem from the beryl family.

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  • Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2018

    With 2018 in full swing and busy season right around the corner, it’s time to dive into the top wedding trends couples will be requesting this year. We have the inside scoop from Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire’s Associate Director of Content and Creative Services, on the top five trends you can expect to see pop up. Many of these trends may come as a surprise, as couples begin to stray away from the “traditional” and opt for the “unconventional”.

    1. Metallics, marbles and geometrics

    Photo by Jennifer Weems Photography

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  • February Birthstone: Amethyst

    Happy birthday to all of the February babies!  Your birthstone the amethyst is a precious stone that was often used by Egyptians, Greeks, medieval European soldiers, and so many more.  Amethyst is a type of quartz and has the same hardness.  The stone is in hues from light pinkish violet to deep purple, although can be found in some shades of red and blue.  The highest grade amethyst is called a Deep Russian and is exceptionally rare.

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  • January Birthstone: Garnet

    Happy birthday to everyone born in January!  Your birthstone the garnet is a precious stone that can be found all the way back to 3000 BC.  Which is proof of the stones hardness and durability.  A garnet is a group of the silicate minerals almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, Mozambique and uvarovite, so the garnet is a far more diverse gem than its name suggests.  Garnet comes in such a broad spectrum of color and luster, although most often associated with a deep transparent red hue.  The stone comes in a whole spectrum of colors from black, green or even colorless.

    Marco Bicego"Jaipur" 18K Yellow Gold and Rose Cut Cushion Garnet Stackable Ring

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  • A Royal Engagement Ring - Meghan Markle's Style

    We are always so excited to hear about happy new couples and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement has been big news!  Well we couldn't wait to see her absolutely stunning diamond engagement ring!

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; 3 Stone Engagement Ring
    Photo Credit: IANS/London

    We love that they combined something old with something new; the two side stones from Princess Diana's collection and the center stone is from Botswana.  Prince Harry even designed the ring himself!

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  • How to Pull Off a Last-Minute Holiday Proposal

    Christmas is just around the corner, which means high-tide engagement season is almost upon us. While some may have their proposals planned to a “T”, others may be leaning towards a more impromptu approach to popping the question. While a spur-of-the-moment proposal might seem spontaneous and romantic, it doesn’t have to be disorganized! We’re here to share some great ideas that won’t cause you too much disarray or stress, and help you pull of a last-minute holiday proposal she’s sure to remember forever!

    You already bought the ring and thought out what you’re going to say, but perhaps you want to incorporate some creativity into your proposal. Although your choices may be limited in terms of location and/or resources, you can still work your magic to score a last-minute reservation or call ahead a botanical garden or hotel to fill them in on your plan. After all, the goal is not only to surprise you S.O, but also to ensure that they say “yes”!

    Additionally, enlisting members of his/her family for help might take some of the stress of a last-minute proposal off your shoulders. You never know who has connections or creative suggestions, and by the end of the day, you could have an awesome list of referrals and unique ideas to pull off your proposal! Continue reading

  • Christmas Gift Ideas

    As the holidays are approaching it is time to think of all the perfect gifts.  Looking to propose with a gorgeous diamond ring?  Hoping to put a smile on his face with a new watch?  Hoping to wow her with a surprise?  Stop in to McCaskill & Company and let us help you find the perfect gift, from silver and gold to sparkle and pizzazz, we have what they have been dreaming of.

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  • How to Drop a Hint: The Not-To-Shabby Ways to Tell Him It's Time

    This may not come as a surprise to many that men can play dumb. They will completely miss the signs, forget the most important of days and fail to notice things that are placed right in front of them. But men are men and this forgetfulness has long been associated with them.
    A woman, on the other hand, forgets nothing – even things that she should. Maybe that is what makes them so compatible with each other. Not to hate on men, but when they forget important stuff women must get their attention some way, right?
    The same oblivion is experienced when women try to hint that they are ready to settle down. These allusions often go unnoticed. Alas! If only we had lived in an ideal world where it wouldn’t seem awkward talking openly about a topic with your partner! But since we don’t, here are some subtle ways or as we like to call them, not to shabby ways to remind him that you are all up for the transition from a girlfriend to a wife.

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  • Take Special Care: How to Clean Opal's

    How did those October ladies luck out with their opal birthstone? Maybe the simple alliteration of "October opals" or the stones' multi-colored hue reminiscent of fall influenced the decision. Regardless, women around the world, whether born in October or not, seem to be falling in love again with the beautiful gemstone.
    Opals have been trending, particularly with millennials, some of whom are even choosing them as engagement rings. Because each stone is unique, with hues varying from soft to vibrant, they are an apt choice for representing a once-in-a-lifetime love. They are also known as a lucky stone, and who couldn't use a little more luck in her life?
    The return of opals' popularity has been traced to Cate Blanchett's decision to wear opal earrings to the 2014 Academy Awards. Blanchett chose the stunning Chopard cluster earrings in part because opals are "must-haves" for Australians. Ninety-five percent of the world's opals are produced in her native Australia. Since then, designers around the world have been drawn back to opals, introducing them to a new generation.
    Opals are delicate stones requiring special care and cleaning. They should be cleaned with a gentle, non-ammoniated jewelry cleaning formulation that is safe for softer stones and doublets, following the product instructions carefully. Opals are often set with glue, including in doublets, brooches, and some earrings and rings, and should not be soaked in any liquid for a prolonged period of time, which can break down the glue. Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on opal jewelry, as the vibrations may cause the stone or glue setting to crack.
    Opals also require careful storage. Because they are composed of five to ten percent water, opals will deteriorate over time as they dry out. If you do not store them properly, they can literally turn to dust. As they dry out, opals turn milky, losing their beautiful layers of color, and may crack. Once they become too dry, one can try to add moisture back, but often they cannot be repaired. That is why it is very important to store them in a cool, moist place, minimizing exposure to heat and dry environments.
    Opals are sometimes stored with an open glass of water to maintain humidity; you may see jewelers using this trick inside a case of opal jewelry. When storing your own opal jewelry, place your opal in a cotton cloth or pouch with a few drops of water, then seal it in a plastic bag.

    Cate Blanchett image: Getty Images


    Article from The Kingswood Company, the jewelry cleaning experts

  • Fire Opals

    Oscar Heyman fire opal rings

    Fire opal glows with the fire of the sun: hot yellows, oranges, and reds so bright they look as though they might glow in the dark. Fire opal sometimes does have play of color like other opals but it does not need this to take a starring role in jewelry. Its juicy color is just the right accent to earth tones or black and also looks great paired with other bright tones.

    Unlike most opal, fire opal is often faceted, so you can choose sparkle as well as color. Because it is light as well as bright, fire opal is especially good for earrings, where even small sizes have a big punch of color.
    Fire Opal was born in fire, in the ancient volcanoes of Mexico. Fire opal forms when water seeps into silica-rich lava, filling seams and hollows. Under heat and pressure, the silica forms a solid gel, trapping the remaining water within its structure. Small pebbles of fire opal are found embedded in lava flows. Continue reading

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