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
As avid followers of this blog will know, we love pretty things. Anything that sparkles is just fine by us as evidenced on our social media accounts. And judging by the comments that we get, you love them too! YAY But one comment that we get time and time again is, “I wish I could afford something beautiful like that”, which is a total bummer. But then we realized… dun dun DUN Custom Design!
Let’s assume for a moment that you, like most of the world, have family members who have left you jewelry after their passing. And where is that jewelry? All together now… “In a drawer”.
Ever wonder how the star got into that sapphire or the rainbow into that opal? Dive into the world of phenomenal gems and find out how moonstone got it’s name, and so much more!
We’re four days into August and loving every minute of it, and that’s partly due to the beauty of August’s birthstone, Peridot. We’re so in love with the beautiful green shades of Peridot that are so reminiscent of a warm summer meadow. But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at some stunning examples from our Pinterest Boards and see for yourself!
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
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
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.
Whether it’s a classic strand of white pearls given as a graduation present, a sparkling tiara studded with pearls fit for a queen, or a time honored painting, pearls have always inspired us. But what exactly is a pearl, and what makes it so special? 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