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Buying Guide For Emerald Cut Diamond Ring For Your Engagement

  Wed, 2017-03-15 03:56    by Ryan Franklin
Buying Guide For Emerald Cut Diamond Ring For Your EngagementThe emerald cut is probably one of the oldest cut in the history of diamond cutting. Also known as a step cut, they are treasured for their timeless and elegant looks. They can be a perfect choice for your engagement if a distinct and vintage look is what you are looking for. My mother and my grand mother both had emerald cut diamond rings. An emerald cut, more than any other cut, accentuates a stone’s clarity. And it thus becomes necessary to use a high-grade diamond when going for an emerald cut. One way to add glamour to this cut can be, by adding halo diamonds to the perimeter...




Lockets: What is the Big Secret?

  Thu, 2015-10-01 14:51    by Howard Rothauser
Lockets: What is the Big Secret?Lockets are small, beautiful cases typically worn as a pendant that hold a keepsake or picture. The history of lockets is nearly as much of a secret as the contents. Lockets are thought to hold your deepest secrets and are always very sentimental and personal to the person wearing it. A locket commonly contains a picture, love note, ashes, or a lock of hair. On the outside they are, in most cases, engraved with the initials of the owner and/or words expressing her affection for her lover. It is nearly impossible to determine the exact date and/or place of origin of the locket because...




Gothic Cross: What's it all about?

  Wed, 2015-09-30 14:25    by Howard Rothauser
Gothic Cross: What's it all about?It is said that the Gothic Cross represents the intersection of Heaven – or the Spiritual World – and Earth – or the Material World. The four quadrants arms/quadrants of the cross are representative of either the four elements (Air, Water, Fire, Earth) or the four main directions (West, East, North, South). Central to the gothic style, is the association with dark clothes/makeup, and the theme of death. Therefore, the Gothic Culture does not necessarilly represent a Christian point of view. Still, the gothic cross is considered by many to be a sacred symbol. While the...




Fleur-de-lis as a Jewelry Motif

  Wed, 2015-09-30 12:43    by Howard Rothauser
Fleur-de-lis as a Jewelry MotifThe fleur-de-lis is an elegant and timeless symbol. The English translation is “flower of the lily.” The fleur-de-lis is representative of the lotus flower and has many meanings attached to it. This symbol has been commonly used to represent royalty in France. Legend states that an angel gave the Merovingian king of the Franks a golden lily when he converted to Christianity, but other legends state that he took up the symbol when the water lilies guided him safely across the river. Experts are unable to come to an agreement, but in the 12th century, King Louis VI or VII was...




Art Deco Jewelry

  Wed, 2015-09-30 12:12    by Howard Rothauser
Art Deco JewelryArt Deco jewelry is fun and funky- influenced heavily by geometric shapes- but where did it come from? The art deco style became quite popular around 1925, after the World’s Fair was held in Paris, France. “Art Deco” is actually simply a shortened form of the name of the event: the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. The art deco style was popular until about the middle of the 1930s. In the 1980s, the art deco style became popular once again. The style of art deco actually influenced more than jewelry. The influence was also seen in...




Art Nouveau Jewelry

  Wed, 2015-09-30 10:34    by Howard Rothauser
Art Nouveau JewelryIf you know anything about jewelry, chances are that you’ve heard the term “art nouveau.” Art Nouveau was a very short lived, but dramatically recognized period. During this time, some of the most desirable pieces were created. This movement began during the final years of the reign of Queen Victoria as both an artistic and creative revolt against the commonplace methods of manufacture and themes of the 19th century. The art nouveau jewelry was inspired by Japanese art imported into Europe during the 1800s. These Japanese influences were showcased by the interpretations...




Conflict Free Diamonds And Jewelry Marketing: Facts And Fiction

  Mon, 2015-02-09 19:25    by Howard Rothauser
Conflict Free Diamonds And Jewelry Marketing: Facts And FictionIf you are researching about “conflict free diamonds” it means that you are interested in buying an engagement ring, right? As you know, there is a lot more about buying an engagement ring than finding out about the diamond source. 2.4 million engagement rings are sold every year in America. In our American culture, the diamond engagement ring has become a required purchase for any groom to be. Most buyers have either no idea at all about diamonds or very little knowledge. Most of the knowledge was acquired through people advertising to sell diamonds. Hmmmm, that's...




Conflict Diamonds And Ethically Sourced Gold: The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth

  Mon, 2014-12-08 18:25    by Howard Rothauser
Conflict Diamonds And Ethically Sourced Gold: The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The TruthHave you heard of "Fair and Ethically Sourced Gold Jewelry"? Wow! That sounds great, doesn't it? Now, many of you who are seriously looking to buy an engagement ring have heard of the "Kimberly Process". To those of you that don't know, it is an agreement by a group of nations to certify diamonds that are not involved in conflict. They are called "Conflict Free Diamonds". That also sounds great! I wonder who the marketing genius was that came up with this phrase. There is so much interest lately in "conflict free diamonds", "fair...




Antique Diamond Engagement Rings and Victorian Jewelry

  Mon, 2013-06-10 15:49    by Harriet Rothauser
Antique Diamond Engagement Rings and Victorian JewelryEngagement jewelry in the early 19th century in England was entirely hand made. Diamonds were either rose-cut, with a pointed top, or mine-cut, with a flat top. There was a lack of precision, but also each piece was completely unique. Not many of these antique engagement rings still exist today. Their rarity means that they are also very and when we do see antique rings, we can marvel at both the style as well as the craftsmanship, visible in this rose cut antique brooch. early 19th century cluster brooch. In fact, rock crystal, marcasite and cut steel were all used and even...




Engagement Rings: Why We Do What We Do!

  Tue, 2012-05-15 14:21    by Harriet Rothauser
Engagement Rings: Why We Do What We Do!Chances are, for those of us living in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, strong traditions concerning life events still guide us – whether we follow those traditions or reject them. Nowhere is this more momentous than observing customs and rituals surrounding betrothal and marriage. All of us have inherited ways of marking transitions from one phase to another: birth, coming-of-age, engagement and marriage, and end of life rituals. Often, we don't question our own tradition: if it was "good enough for grandpa, it's good enough for...




Bracelets in History: Part 2

  Sat, 2012-05-12 11:04    by Harriet Rothauser
Bracelets in History: Part 2Despite the moralizing tone epitomized by the French evolution and seen in Angelica Kauffman's Cornelia Presenting Her Children as Her Treasures, from 1785, people still wanted to buy and wear jewelry. Until goldsmiths learned more sophisticated manufacturing techniques, bracelets continued to take previously known forms, like the famous gilt silver cuff bracelet from Thrace (an area near Greece) dating between the 14th to 16th centuries. Bracelets from different past cultures have similar and recognizable shapes. We can name several examples of bracelets in history such as silver...




Bracelets in History: Materials and Developments

  Wed, 2012-05-09 14:42    by Harriet Rothauser
Bracelets in History: Materials and DevelopmentsPerhaps because they are more intrusive than either earrings or necklaces, bracelet-wearing was confined to the upper arm for a very long time--at least, until humankind was able to sort itself into classes. There were the ones who served, and the others who moved little. Our knowledge of early jewelry comes from archeological investigations of burial sites and the grave goods discovered there. The materials that were used were naturally occurring and organic, such as amber beads. As time advanced, and people became more technologically sophisticated, we begin to see more and more...




Earrings in History

  Sat, 2012-05-05 11:37    by Harriet Rothauser
Earrings in HistoryCoeval with the dawn of time, one of the first activities which preoccupied humankind was the enterprise of self-adornment. While it would take another thirty thousand years for the invention of metallurgy, skills needed to make jewelry from such metals as gold, silver or bronze. The materials that were first used were readily available: animal teeth and bones, shells which had been perforated for hanging on a string of some sort, wood shaped into beads and stones. Hunter-gatherers were clearly preliterate and our knowledge comes from archeologist's discoveries of burial places. The...




Sapphire Jewelry and Contemporary Diamond Rings

  Thu, 2012-04-19 12:28    by Harriet Rothauser
Sapphire Jewelry and Contemporary Diamond RingsD id you ever have to make up your mind? And pick up on one and leave the other behind? It's not often easy and not often kind. Did you ever have to make up your mind? John Sebastian, Lovin’ Spoonful In this precarious economy, we all want to maximize the buying clout of our dollars. It would be wonderful if whatever we purchased could be used one way for this and another way for that: contemporary diamond rings would transform into sapphire bracelets; our minivan would metamorphose into a speedy little sport coupe; snow boots...




Vintage Diamond Rings Appropriate for Mother's Day

  Thu, 2012-04-19 12:08    by Harriet Rothauser
Vintage Diamond Rings Appropriate for Mother's DayMother's Day is the perfect time to appreciate a new mother or honoring a more experienced mother with a vintage diamond ring or an antique ring setting. The sun is shining, the sky is glorious, and the tulips are blooming. Spring is springing and the world seems new and bright--love is in the air! What better way to use the element of surprise than a picnic or a walk in the park? There are so many wonderful and relaxed moments in which to present her with an antique diamond engagement ring, or a ring matching her vintage diamond ring. After being together for some time, her...




The Antique Diamond Engagement Ring That Keeps Coming Back

  Thu, 2012-04-19 11:46    by Harriet Rothauser
The Antique Diamond Engagement Ring That Keeps Coming BackThe door slammed behind Barbara. "I threw the antique diamond setting back at him," she said to Millie. "On-line dating is for the birds!" "Well I guess it doesn't really matter if the engagement ring is a real vintage diamond engagement ring or an antique style ring setting if you have to kiss that many frogs," said her roommate thoughtfully. "You must choose better amphibians to go out with." "It was an antique style ring setting. Maybe I should have kept it?" She was neatly lining up the white cartons from the Chinese restaurant...




Antique Ring Settings and Frogs

  Thu, 2012-04-19 11:33    by Harriet Rothauser
Antique Ring Settings and FrogsAs the elevator doors opened, Barbara and Millie heard the phone ringing and they ran to the front door. (They knew a land line was so yesterday, but having one was part of their aesthetic of the past). Barbara got there first, out of breath, and answered, "Hello?" It was the guy from the bar. "Is Barbara home yet? It's Michael." "We just walked in." "I know...I saw you leave. You left me holding your scarf, and since it's so cold, I thought you might need it." Barbara smiled at the phone, and her roommate tiptoed out, wanting to...




Antique Diamond Engagement Ring Surprise (continued)

  Thu, 2012-04-19 11:22    by Harriet Rothauser
Antique Diamond Engagement Ring Surprise (continued)It was easy to see the confusion on her face. Her mind was reeling as she considered the proposal. Wasn't this vintage diamond engagement ring what she always wanted? Wasn't this the outcome of all her hopes and dreams? Could this man be the one? Big flakes of snow stuck to their bare heads. Their shoulders were dusted with white. Even though the street outside the theater was teeming with people, they were alone. Time stopped. And it was quiet. Neon lights created eerie patterns on her face and the antique diamond engagement ring radiated a warm glow. Breathlessly, he...




Antique Wedding Bands for June Brides

  Thu, 2012-04-19 11:16    by Harriet Rothauser
Antique Wedding Bands for June BridesIt's universally acknowledged that June is the month for weddings. Whether because the onset of summer is conducive for honeymoons, or because Christmas and Valentine's Day are times for receiving engagement rings, June is the most popular time for getting married. Accordingly, the most popular trend in wedding jewelry is antique wedding rings. Vintage wedding bands appeal to the strong desire for tradition and permanence. Couples who are marrying look back to their families where they might find evidence of loving and long-lasting marriages. They express their desire for the same...




Antique Diamond Engagement Rings - What's Good About 'Em

  Thu, 2012-04-19 11:01    by Harriet Rothauser
Antique Diamond Engagement Rings - What's Good About 'EmWhy do we keep going back to antique diamond engagement rings when there are oodles of other styles to choose from? Why are we convinced that nothing says love and commitment like vintage diamond jewelry? Why do our hearts beat a little faster when we are window shopping in front of a jewelry store? Are we even able to articulate the reasons for our pleasure that we get from antique diamond engagement ring? The obvious and short response is that antique ring settings are beautiful and impressive. It is so satisfying to look down at our hand at the physical evidence of the new and...