For thousands of years, pearls have been sought after for their beauty and lustrous looks. Some were so breathtaking that they made the history books as legendary as they’re owners. The 203.84 grain, pear-shaped La Peregrina is just one such pearl. An African slave on the isle of Santa Margarita earned his freedom when he discovered the pearl in the mid 16th century. At the time of its discovery La Peregrina was the largest pearl ever found and weighed 223.8 grains, or around 55.95 carats, it was drilled in 1913 to more securely keep it in its setting, reducing it to its current size. To this day La Peregrina is one of the largest perfectly symmetrical pear-shaped pearls in the world. Continue reading
Isn’t it amazing how the older you get, the faster time seems to move? I can’t believe that April is already speeding past, which is exceedingly sad for us, because April’s birthstone is the diamond, which is; let’s face it, our favorite thing ever! And we’re also trying really hard not to be envious that your birthstone is so amazing. So today we’re going to take a little jaunt to the past and revel in the myths and lore of diamonds.
Well another month has come and gone. I don’t know why just losing one day can make a month seem so short. Any theories? I guess it’s just one of those universal truths, but the good news is that it’s March, the month of St. Paddy’s Day, March Madness, and the traditional March blizzard in GA (maybe). So I’d like to start this post by wishing all of you with March birthdays, a very Happy Birthday! And also, to tell you a little bit about your birthstone, the lovely Aquamarine. Continue reading
It’s Monday, which is usually a fairly sad occasion, but there seems to be a strange sense of euphoria running through the office, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day! So we’re throwing on our party hats and green apparel to celebrate with all of you! And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t first give you some historical knowledge to go with that green Guinness? So, let’s dispel a few myths, and revel in some lore, here we go! Continue reading
It’s Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, whatever you want to call it, it’s today. Wohooo! A day when you can eat, drink, and be merry all you want. And not only is merriment suggested, it’s actually a requirement. However, this is not a Mardi Gras parade, much as I wish it were, and I will not be throwing beads at you… because, let’s face it, you could be in Cleveland for all I know, and I can’t throw that far. What I can do though, is “throw” up some pictures of my favorite Mardi Gras colored jewelry. I’m talking purple, green, and gold! Ta da!
Ok, so this year wasn’t a leap year… and while we’re happy to keep the year one day shorter, we do miss Leap Day and all of its shenanigans. Because on what other day does the world spin backwards, the IRS disband, the grass turn blue, and women ask their men to marry them. Ok, so maybe that never happens, I wish some of it would though, blue grass and no taxes? Wohoo! But wait, one of those was true. On Leap Day, chance favors the bold when women get down on one knee instead. So let’s journey back and get a look at just where that tradition came from and why it’s so great that it should be celebrated every year, February 29th or not! *Cue the rewind music! Continue reading
Whew, now that all of the Valentine’s Day hoopla is behind us, it’s time to focus on what really matters, people with February birthdays! Happy Birthday to you! So in your honor we’d like to dedicate this blog to your very own personal birthstone, the Amethyst. Continue reading
Odds are good that yesterday evening saw you plopped down on the couch, watching the Super Bowl. Now, whether you were watching it for the commercials, Bruno Mars, or heck, maybe the actual game, the one thing on my mind was, “I wonder what the ring is going to look like”? Well that, and exactly how much money was being lost by people betting on the Broncos. I hear that some guy lost his house! But I’m rambling a bit. Back to the diamonds. Continue reading
Update! (For the full story please see Thursday and Friday of last week!)
Well, this story has taken more turns than a bad soap opera. For starters rumors and speculations had been swirling about whether or not Teodora was even worth of the title of Emerald, let alone “largest faceted emerald in the world”. Although Reaney dismissed detractors claiming that they were just jealous that they didn’t buy the stone first. Right, I’m sure that’s it. Reports even started surfacing that the stone had been put on ebay for $10,000 and failed to sell. If you look at the photo closely, the shirt that the person holding the stone is wearing matches the shirt from the Western Star Auction photo further down this page. It all seemed very fishy. Continue reading
Yesterday we brought you part one of the riveting saga of the World’s Largest Emerald… or is it?
Reports surfaced yesterday that the “World’s Largest Emerald” may actually not, be the world’s largest emerald. Wait, so you’re telling me that it was all a lie?! Well, yes and no, and we’re not all that sure. It appears that in his quest for putting his shop on the map, owner Regan Reaney may have glossed over a few details. Continue reading