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New Birthstone for August: Spinel

New Birthstone for August

New Birthstone for August: Spinel, a favorite gemstone for so many reasons. Multiple color choices, brilliant reflection and durability are just a few of the reasons we love to design with spinel. Spinel is found in shades of vivid red, orange, pink, blue and lavender.  It’s durable enough to use in all types of jewelry pieces including rings. It is usually…

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What Determine’s A Pearl’s Value?

lustrous pearls

The qualities that determine the overall value of a natural or cultured pearl or a piece of pearl jewelry are size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and—for  jewelry with two or more pearls—matching. LUSTER Pearls with high luster have sharp, bright reflections on the surface. Of the seven pearl value factors, luster might be the most important. Luster is…

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Update on Hope Spinel Auction

Hope Spinel Blasts Estimates, Record at Bonhams The Hope Spinel, the 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone that was once part of Henry Philip Hope’s renowned gem collection, sold for an incredible $1.5 million at the Bonhams London Sept. 24 auction, breaking the record for price-per-carat for a spinel.  The price-per-carat was $30,000, nearly double the previous price-per-carat record for a spinel—$16,000, set…

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