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A Gem To Remember

The gem of queens and kings is none other than rubies. For thousands of years, the luscious red color of July’s birthstone has signified romance, wealth, and power. When Dorothy from the classic The Wizard of Oz is told that she has had the power all along, it’s no mistake that the power the good witch was speaking of was tied to that fabulous pair of ruby red slippers.

In ancient times, rubies were seen as equally perfect for weddings and warriors in battle. In Victorian times, rubies were very popular in acrostic rings — where the first letter in ones name is spelled out.

Still prized today, they command the highest per-carat price of all colored stones. July birthday girls Jennifer Lopez, Jacqueline Kennedy, and JK Rowling have all donned rubies. The former first lady had a treasure trove of rubies including a 17.68 carat ruby ring reminiscent of Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring. READ MORE

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Selling Gold Krugerrands

The one ounce gold Krugerrand is one of the most popular gold coins amongst collectors around the world. I’ve always liked Krugerrands because of their reddish hue that comes from the copper added to the medal during production; it gives them a unique look and is really noticeable when compared to the U.S. and Canadian gold coins. At Diamonds Forever we buy and sell a lot of these coins but we’re always excited when a client calls and wants to sell us some Krugerrands.

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The Roaring Twenties: Our Fling With Bling

As the fashion icon Coco Chanel said, “The Roaring Twenties were all about becoming someone.” Who that was ~ well, that was up to you. And only you.

This pretty much describes the 1920s. It was a time of iconic invention, daring fashion, the first skyscrapers, surrealistic art, experimental literature, and the age of jazz. Women finally had the right to vote and everyone finally lost the right to throw one back in a saloon. Well, legally anyway.

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Timeless Genius

Jewelry design is influenced by many things and world events is one of them. When the stock market crashed in 1929 during the Art Deco period, some jewelry designers got very clever so they could respond to the luxury budget-conscious market. Yes, there is such a thing.

Convertible jewelry was the answer that allowed a woman to purchase one piece of high-end jewelry that could be worn in different ways on different days or nights.

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