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Here’s a quick reference for the birthstone of March. Be sure to visit our stores to see some gorgeous pieces with aquamarine gem stones.

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In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings._9275127_orig

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

 
 

JUST ARRIVED AND AVAILABLE NOW

2016 is the 30th anniversary of the 1 oz American Silver Eagle bullion coin program from the United States Mint. The Silver Eagle is the most popular bullion coin in the world.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 20 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” All other coins will be in protective plastic.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Adolph A. Weinman’s design showing Lady Liberty draped in an American flag, walking gracefully as the sun rises over a ridge.
  • Reverse: A heraldic eagle is shown below 13 small stars, representing the original colonies.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the U.S. government.
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The February born shall find

Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.

The birthstone of February is Amethyst, and it is honestly one really unique gemstone. Amethyst is one of our oldest recorded gemstones and although it is often in purple it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve . This stone is suggested as a gem to give on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. The Hebrew word for amethyst is “ahlamah” which means “dream”; thus, the stone was supposed to cause lovely dreams and visions… and if you dream of amethyst you will be free from harm.

At our locations you will find a variety of beautiful jewelry in white/yellow gold with an amethyst stone.

The way that an amethyst looks against a yellow gold setting is just spectacular.

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Here are some really gorgeous rings that will blow your mind. They are vintage inspired engagement rings that range from Edwardian era, which is named for King Edward VII who finally succeeds his mother Victoria to the British throne. These designs are the complete opposite from the Art Nouveau. They are made with platinum, and are light, lacey and delicate. Themes of hearts, ribbons, and bows abound. Diamonds pearls and tiny color gemstones decorate jewelry.Check them out for yourself!  http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisoncaporimo/timeless-vintage-rings#.pqOV4av9m

 
 

Imagine finding a 306 carat opal. An Opal is formed from a solution of silicon dioxide and water over millions of years. This video below illustrates a quick reference of the 306 carat lightening ridge black opal from Australia they are calling it “The Royal One”. Check the video out for yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNaturePage/videos/755724547893139/

 
 

Q-Carbon

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According to the video below Q-Carbon is a new solid phase of carbon that’s harder than a diamond. These diamonds are stronger and denser than any regular diamond. Check out for yourself this new discovery.

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNaturePage/videos/758007940998133/

 
 

Garnet

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“By her who is this month was born
No gem save garnets shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity.”

January Birthstone poem – the Garnet

 

Happy Birthday to everyone’s birthday in January! Also Happy New Year!

this months birthstone is called a garnet. This name was given to the garnet because of its close resemblance to the succulent pomegranate seed. They are considered to bring luck to a business. Garnets are a symbol of love and compassion so Garnet jewelry makes a wonderful gift. Garnet is the birth stone for January and represents the 2nd year of marriage.

Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, and violets—a virtual bouquet of colors.

If you are looking for a beautiful gift that contains a garnet come in to any of our locations to see your options.