La Peregrina: The Legendary Pearl

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

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How to get a stuck-on ring off your finger… without a trip to the Emergency Room!

We’ve all been there, either you’ve tried on a ring that went on fine and then BAM, not fine, or perhaps you’re victim to the dreaded afternoon finger swell. Or maybe you’ve had the misfortune to jam or bash your finger into something. Regardless of the circumstances, that ring is STUCK. So how, other than a very expensive and embarrassing trip to the ER, are you going to get it off? Well lucky for you, you’ve found this blog and we’re here to help with some time honored and road tested solutions, none of which involve spit, we promise.

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Happy Birthday April Babies!

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.

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Aquamarine: The March Birthstone that Brings All the Beauty of the Sea to Your Finger!

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

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Aquamarine’s At a Glance

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 Aquamarine’s are after seawater and that they are related to Emerald? Well thanks to this infographic from the incredible people at GIA you will! Continue reading

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Garnets at a Glance

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 garnets are great for nearly any type of jewelry and that they aren’t only red but come in many colors? Well thanks to this infographic from the incredible people at GIA you will!

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Have you cleaned your jewelry today?

Hey guys, quick question? How many of you out there are wearing jewelry? I would guess that since you are reading a jewelry blog, that it would be quite a few of you. So take a quick peek at your pretties and ask yourself this question. When was the last time I cleaned my jewelry? If you answer anything but 30 seconds ago, chances are it’s been awhile. And what you may not know is that your jewelry most likely looks like this.

 

P.S. My poor, poor antique champagne colored diamond was volunteered to be the dirty ring guinea pig for this project. If it wasn’t entirely crazy, i’d apologize for putting her through it.  Continue reading

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