Have you ever shopped at high end retail stores and watched enviously as the sales associates effortlessly gift wrapped package after package into Christmas perfection? No? Ok, so maybe that was just me. But coming from a family where my father used to descend into the basement to wrap his presents, we can only assume that power tools were involved in the process, perfect packaging was a rarity. Now, as I grew up, I became like most of America, reasonably proficient at wrapping a squarish parcel without resorting to a vise grip and table saw. However, I will admit, any odd shaped packages still got shoved in a bag, or if they were too large, my mother’s yuletide favorite, a laundry sack. Continue reading
It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we’ve been thinking over all of the things that we’re thankful for. So I made a list, and fair warning it’s fairly sparkly. I know… surprise surprise, but I hope you can bring yourself to enjoy it anyways! : ) Continue reading
These fun and sometimes surprising facts, compiled by BRIDES magazine, run the gamut from what month is the most popular time to put a ring on it, to whether or not that rock was a surprise or not. Wow that just got a bit Seussical on you there for a bit. Sorry about that. But onward to the trivia! I’m sure these will help you out the next time you’re on jeapordy… or not, but at least we’re having a good time right? Yep, thought so. Continue reading
Yep, the leaves are turning, the weather is cooling… it’s definitely fall. And with that comes one of our favorite things, pumpkin flavored, well, anything! From pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks to fragrant pumpkin bread in all of the stores and restaurants, nothing makes you feel all warm and cozy like the smell of pumpkin infused treats. Which is why we’ve combed the internet to find the very best and pumpkin-iest recipes to try this fall. Trust us, they’re delicious!
Since the advent of Pinterest, women, and I’m sure a bunch of men, have been obsessed with two things, tasty recipes… and crafts. And since it’s Halloween, I thought some fun spook-induced craftiness was in order. I found this photo just after Halloween last year, so it’s been patiently waiting for Halloween to roll back again. Now I’ll just let you know in advance, I’m quite crafty, but also quite clutzy, so if I could pull this off anyone can. So here are your step-by-step instructions to creating your very own blingtastic spider web pumpkin.
Did you know that the diamond sitting on your finger is over a BILLION years old or that only 30% of all diamonds are of a high enough quality to be used in jewelry? To find out more great facts like those, check out this awesome infographic! Continue reading
Have you ever wondered who exactly it is that’s been talking to you over the years? Ever laughed at a blog, Facebook post, or tweet and tried to imagine the person who put it there? Or have you been assuming that i’m a machine, or conglomeration of people in India who all magically have names like Trevor or Dave? Sorry, but neither of those are correct.
We’re big fans of infographics here at Union Diamond. And why wouldn’t we be. They help turn the scary world of diamonds and jewelry into something easy to understand and fun to learn about. For example. Did you know that Rubies and Sapphires are both a member of the Corundum family of gemstones? Yep, Sapphires come in all colors except red. That’s because when a pink sapphire crosses into the red color category it’s called a Ruby! Well thanks to your friends at Union Diamond, and this infographic from the incredible people at GIA you will! Continue reading
Arrrr it be #TalkLikeAPirateDay and we’ve been taken over by some piratey speakin’ folk. Very sparkly… piratey speakin’ folk. So to celebrate, we’re going to be havin’ lots o’ piratey fun here on the blog. And we be startin’ win the traditional Jolly Roger which we thought be needin’ a bit o’ sprucing up. Ahhhhr, that be much better.
As you may have noticed, September seems to have crept right up on us. And if your birthday falls in September, then your birthstone is the Sapphire! With that in mind, I decided to do a little post about sapphires and their history, just for you! Continue reading