So anyone with a September birthday has the beautiful Sapphire available. Sapphires’ are a gorgeous gemstone which is available in a variety of colors.
Collectors frequently prize rubies for their deep red hues. There is a whole segment of stones that is worthy of the description “blood red.” It requires the stone to show off a red that is deeper than the standard ruby. Yet did you know that not all dark red stones are rubies? We have put […]
Some of you have been listening to the Siren’s song of rhodium plating. You are ready to cast aside your well-loved vintage jewelry for the shiny flash of the rhodium. But is this jewelry type really all that it is cracked up to be? Is there a dark side, a hidden underbelly or a caveat […]
Does it surprise you that the term “platinum” pops up when you look through our inventory of vintage Art Deco jewelry and pieces of even earlier eras? Most shoppers associate this material only with modern designs and pieces. In fact, platinum has always held a fascination for gemstone setters and jewel designers. The durability of […]
Sometimes, buying vintage platinum jewelry can actually save you money. Case in point is Africa’s platinum strike. As noted by Bloomberg, the disagreement between Lonmin Plc and its workers has culminated in a strike that is now headed for its fourth month. When 70,000 mine workers walked off the job at the end of January, […]
As a symbol of prestige, 18th century King Louis XV of France determined that the rarity of platinum elevated the metal to a material that only royalty could wear and use. A white metal, platinum is exceedingly durable and adds a sparkle to any jewelry piece. Due to the material’s density, it also adds weight […]