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JULY Birthstone....the RUBY!

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. All other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire, which means color is key for this royal stone. Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality. The chromium that gives ruby its red color also causes fluorescence, which makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Paradoxically, chromium is also what makes this gem scarce because it can...


Telling the difference between Antique, Vintage and Estate jewelry?

What are the differences between Antique, Vintage and Estate jewelry?   Antique jewelry is customarily defined as jewelry crafted more than 100 years ago. Vintage jewelry is usually identified with a particular era and includes the historic Georgian and Victorian, Art Nouveau and Edwardian design periods as well as the Art Deco, Retro, Mid-Century, Modern and Contemporary periods. The term “Estate jewelry” simply refers to jewelry that has been owned previously and is from any era. The beauty of antique, vintage and estate jewelry is that unlike contemporary styles, it is not available in vast multiples or quantities. It possesses distinctive...