The Gem with a Moonlight Sheen – Moonstone

Last year, we celebrated our June birthdays by exploring one of the three birthstones associated, the pearl (see our June 1, 2021 blog post for more). June babies are also blessed to have the moonstone and alexandrite as their other stones. Moonstone, which is found all over the world, is valued for its blue to […]

Fun Facts About Jewelry

Here at Bridgewaters, we live and breathe jewelry. It provides our livlihood and gives us joy when we help a customer to find their perfect piece or have an old favorite repaired. We love to hear the stories of where and from whom our customers found or received their jewelry. It got us thinking about […]

Caring for Gems: Emerald

In our third installment of our five-part series on caring for gemstones, we will explore the care and cleaning of emeralds, the May birthstone. Check out our birthstone of the month post from May 5 for more information on the stone itself. While emeralds are very durable, but are not as hard as diamonds, rubies […]

A Day in Old New Castle: The Nation’s Oldest House and Garden Tour

This Saturday, May 21 (rain or shine), Old New Castle opens its doors to the public with the annual A Day in Old New Castle! Founded 96 years ago by the women of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green as a fundraiser, the event is now sponsored by the New Castle Community Partnership and the […]

The Crown of the Andes

Since we are celebrating the birthstone of May, the emerald, it seems fitting to share information on the Crown of the Andes that includes nearly 450 emeralds, including one known as the “Atahualpa Emerald” which is twenty-four-carats. The Crown is one of the most important examples of colonial Spanish American gold work, crafted in the […]

Emerald: The Gem of Rebirth and Renewal

The May birthstone, also the gem for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries, is a beautiful, rich green and symbolizes rebirth, renewal, loyalty and peace. The emerald was adored by the ancient Egyptians who mined them as early as 330 BC. Queen Cleopatra had a passion for emerald and claimed ownership of all emerald mines […]

Different Shapes of Diamonds

In addition to considering color, clarity and carat weight, you will need to determine the type of cut that suits you best. Cut is often thought of as shape, but a diamond’s cut is about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light. We’ve reviewed cut (see our blog from December 14, 2021 for more […]

Diamond Appraisals Versus Certificates

Purchasing a diamond or considering selling one is a big and seemingly overwhelming process. There are two parts to determining the value of your diamond – an appraisal and a certification. A diamond appraisal determines its current monetary worth. The appraiser will examine both the appearance and the quality of the diamond. Current market value […]

Diamonds, The Most Sought After Gem

Beautiful, durable, the April birthstone and the 60th and 75th anniversary gift, diamonds are the most sought after of all the gems. It all began in India where diamonds were gathered from rivers and streams. They were traded as early as the 4th century BC and coveted by royalty and the wealthy. India’s diamond supply […]

Bridgewater Jewelers – A Customer’s Insights

With so few family businesses lasting through three generations, Bridgewater Jewelers, in its fifth generation, is an amazing exception. Started in 1883 by James Goslin Bridgewater, Bridgewater Jewelers has withstood the test of time to become the oldest family owned and operated jewelry store in the nation. Focused on the needs of their customers, superior […]

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