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Mardi Gras Beads a “Throw” back to Their History

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season always falling the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, then on to … Read More »

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Starting the New Year Fluffy? Jewelry Slimming Tricks to the Rescue!

The Holiday season for me was not only visiting with my family, there also was a bit of visiting the cookie plate of the ready bake Peanut Butter cookie’s my sister in-law would make every evening after the full course … Read More »

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Miss gifted this holiday? Exchange it. You’ll both be happy.

With Hanukkah and Christmas just behind us, time to reflect on the gifts given and received. If Jewelry was a gift received this holiday season and all that glitters in gold, platinum or silver just isn’t making you want to … Read More »

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Happy Birthday October

October is a lucky month with two birthstones, Tourmaline and Opal. The word tourmaline comes from Sinhalese word turmali, which means “mixed”. Tourmalines exist in more colors and color combinations than any other gemstone in the world. Perhaps this is … Read More »

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History of the Tiffany® Setting…

Seeing an article Friday in one of my favorite jewelry newsletters on the outcome of the Tiffany & Co. vs. Costco ruling over the name “Tiffany Setting” becoming generic and the right to use the name – sparked my interest … Read More »

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Happy Birthday September !

Happy Birthday September – Sapphire is September’s birthstone. Its name comes from the Greek word sappheiros. Historically, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth and faithfulness (why it is found in so many engagement rings and wedding bands). Sapphires have decorated the robes … Read More »

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Happy Birthday August!

August birthstone Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought … Read More »

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“8-Carat Diamond Found in Park” Have Your Ring Mountings Been Checked Lately?

When I read the headline in one of my favorite trade newsletters last week that a woman found an 8-carat diamond in an Arkansas park. My first thought was, ouch the poor woman who lost her diamond -when was the … Read More »

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Happy Birthday July!

Happy Birthday July! For those with a loved one or new sweet heart Ruby is July’s birthstone. Ruby is a variety of the gem species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means a ruby is … Read More »

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Extreme Adventurer in your life?

Recently helping a friend select a 25th anniversary gift for her husband and watches being on the short list I directed them both to a Cartier Calibre Diver. Though Jewelry is my passion – the craftsmanship and precision in watches … Read More »

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