The Taylor-Burton Diamond – The First Million Dollar Diamond

The Taylor-Burton Diamond, so named for the man who purchased it – Richard Burton – and the woman who wore it – Elizabeth Taylor, was the first diamond to exceed the $1M price for a diamond. In fact, the previous record price for a diamond was just $305,000 while Richard Burton paid $1.1M. The rough […]

Happy New Year!

As the holidays wind down and we head into 2022, we wish our customers, family and friends a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year! We thought it would be fun to share some facts about New Years for you to delight those with whom you are celebrating. The first New Year’s celebration dates back to […]

Winter Solstice, the Shortest Day of the Year

The Winter Solstice is today, December 21. It is the shortest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter. In ancient times, it was called Yule and lasted for 12 days. It was a time of celebration as they knew that, following this time, the days would begin to grow longer. The traditions […]

The 4C’s of Diamonds

Every diamond is unique and they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and with differing internal characteristics. Diamond professionals use a grading system, the 4Cs, developed by GIA to describe the quality of a finished diamond. The 4Cs are Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat Weight. Let’s look at each: Color: Diamonds come in […]

December Birthstone – Beautiful Blue

The color for December babies is blue – Blue Topaz or Turquoise. They symbolize honor and trust, prosperity as well as kindness and understanding. Blue topaz today is inexpensive and very attractive due to the discovery that clear topaz could be changed to blue by treating it with radiation and heat (note, there is no […]

The History of Engagement Rings

Have you ever wondered when and why engagement rings came to be? Well, it goes all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who believed circles were symbols of eternity. Couples exchanged braided reed rings which were worn on the left hand ring finger which has a vein that runs directly to the heart (the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

The weather here in Delaware is finally turning colder and the leaves are falling. It’s nearly Thanksgiving and everyone is rushing to get the last items on their grocery list for the big meal. So what is Thanksgiving really about? It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the […]

The Heart Symbol

The Heart Symbol is known throughout the world as a symbol of love, affection and romantic love. But what is its origin? There are many theories including that it is from the shape of ivy leaves which are associated with fidelity or that it is based on the shape of some parts of human anatomy […]

The Black Orlov Diamond – Cursed?

The Black Orlov Diamond, also known as the Eye of Brahma Diamond, is a 67.50 carat diamond. It was once part of a 195 carat diamond that legend says was one of the eyes in a statue of Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, in India. Legend also says the stone was stolen by a […]

November Birthstones – So Many Choices

Those born in November have so many great, affordable choices when picking jewelry featuring their birthstone! With both Topaz and Citrine as their gems, the options are nearly endless. Citrine is known for its beautiful yellow and orange hues. Citrine, derived from the French word citron meaning lemon, can be created by heat treating amethyst […]

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