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Will my diamonds appreciate in value?

Will my diamonds appreciate in value? Diamonds are showcase pieces. Celebratory stones. Through the years, diamonds have long held prominence as a status symbol, a sparkling outward reminder to the world of an individual’s wealth and prestige. But diamond values have fluctuated greatly over the years. From the booming economic excess of the 1980s when DeBeers dominated the market and proclaimed “a diamond is forever” to the dismantling of the DeBeers monopoly and the economic downturn of the Great Recession, diamond values and prices are a reflection of numerous market variants. Most notably, though, diamonds and their pricing are a reflection of supply and demand. Like the prices of metals such as gold, silver and platinum, the market for a diamond ebbs and flows in value based on [...]

Will my diamonds appreciate in value?

History of Tiffany

History of Tiffany Arguably the world’s most iconic jewelry brand, the history of Tiffany dates back to 1837. This is when 25-year-old Charles Lewis Tiffany and his friend John B Young opened a small stationery and fancy goods store in New York City with the help of a $1,000 contribution from Charles’ father. Located on Broadway, the Tiffany store quickly established itself as the go-to emporium for fashionable ladies in search of jewels and timepieces. It has a clean American style that represented a distinct departure from the opulence associated with the Victorian era. As the first American company to adopt the British silver standard of using only metal that was 92% pure, Tiffany received international recognition when it won the grand prize for silver craftsmanship at the 1867 World’s [...]

History of Tiffany

History of Cartier

History of Cartier When you hear the word Cartier, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Beautiful necklaces? Iconic watches? Or maybe a signature gold bracelet? Regardless which of these appeared in your imagination, one thing is for certain: Cartier is synonymous with luxury. Since the mid-19th century, they have been building a name as a classic, yet innovative jewelry and watch maker. Their pieces are iconic and timeless. Founded in 1847 by master jeweler Louis-François Cartier who took over from master watchmaker Adolphe Picard, Cartier built a reputation on his ability to create extravagance. Cartier’s son Alfred took over in 1874 and expanded into new forms of watchmaking including the trendy wristwatch, but it would be his three sons Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, who built the [...]

History of Cartier

Understanding Gold Jewlery

Understanding Gold Jewelry Karat is the term used to measure the purity of gold. Before we understand the difference between 24k, 22k and 18k gold, you must know what karat stands for. Karat is basically a unit used to measure the purity of gold. Due to this, the higher the karatage, the purer the gold. Here’s a simple guide to understanding the difference between 24k, 22k and 18k gold. 24 karat = 99.5% pure gold and above 22 karat = 91.7 % gold 18 karat = 75.0 % gold 14 karat = 58.3 % gold 12 karat = 50.0 % gold 10 karat = 41.7 % gold In the West the karat is expressed in fineness. For e.g. 24 k gold is expressed as 1000 parts out of [...]

Understanding Gold Jewlery

History of Van Cleef & Arpels

History of Van Cleef & Arpels: When Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a dealer in precious stones, met Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a stonecutter, it was the beginning of a love story that would have an enduring legacy more than a century later. The young couple married in 1895, bound together by their pioneering spirit and shared passion for precious stones. The following year, Estelle’s father, Salomon Arpels, helped Alfred start a jewelry business. In 1906, after the passing of Salomon Arpels, his son Charles Arpels and son-in-law Alfred Van Cleef founded the Maison of Van Cleef & Arpels, a boutique in Paris. The original boutique had an exceptional location. It was right across the street from the Hôtel Ritz. Most noteworthy, the hotel was a [...]

History of Van Cleef & Arpels

Mid Century Period: An Underrated Period of Jewelry Design

Mid-Century: The design period known as the Mid-Century ranged from about 1950-1965. The years following World War II were a welcome return to prosperity and led to a demand in luxurious jewelry to match the increasingly feminine styles of the time. The designs of Mid-Century jewelry changed as well from the masculine, military styles of the ’40s to a more elegant, feminine look. Jewelry designers began creating stunning confections of glistening diamonds, or bold, modern looks with gemstones. As a result, the linear styles of the previous decade gave way to voluptuous curves as in the pearls so popular in that era, or whimsical portrayals of animals, flowers, branches, and vines. Signed designer jewelry from such notable brands as Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels became popularized [...]

Mid Century Period: An Underrated Period of Jewelry Design

History of David Webb

History of David Webb David Webb was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina in 1925 and began designing jewelry at a young age. At age 9, David Webb was introduced to metalwork and quickly developed a passion for jewelry making. He eventually apprenticed at his uncle’s factory and at 17 and then moved to New York City to pursue his craft full time. In 1948, Webb opened his own business with three employees around the corner from New York’s Diamond District. He crafted his own jewelry designs in his workshop. He then caught the attention of elite department stores like Bergdorf Goodman. Webb also became popular with the Ladies Who Lunch crowd. These women would travel in their chauffeured limousines to Webb’s business to make a number [...]

History of David Webb

Art Deco: The Beauty of Modern Design

Art Deco: The Beauty of Modern Design The “Art Deco” period received its name from the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. Inspiration for this style was as far reaching as Asian, African and South American Art and as varied as Cubism and Fauvism, both popular movements at the time.  A desire to eliminate the flowing lines of Art Nouveau and thus eliminating seemingly unnecessary ornament, resulted in the cleaner and more rigid lines employed in Art Deco jewelry. This transformation of style from Art Nouveau to Art Deco was seen in rings, as well. Graceful elements inspired by natural motifs gave way to a more linear graphic style emphasizing the length of the hand. This new form of artistic design came [...]

Art Deco: The Beauty of Modern Design

What is it with Cushion Cut Diamonds?

What is it with Cushion Cut Diamonds? The cushion cut diamond was once referred to as "old mine cut" which combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow. The origins of this beautiful diamond traces back to the 19th century. In the past, the shape was originally referred to as the “mine cut.” The mine cut was a square diamond that had rounded corners. It was named after the Brazilian diamond mines. Once diamonds were discovered in South Africa, the Brazilian diamond mines became known as the “old mines.” The old mine cut had 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets. The modern cushion cut resembles a cross between the old mine cut and a modern oval cut. Instead of 58 facets like the old [...]

What is it with Cushion Cut Diamonds?

What is it with Marquise Cut Diamond?

What is it about Marquise Cut Diamond? A marquise cut diamond features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends. The marquise cut's origin dates back to the 18th century when King Louis XV of France (1710-1774) commissioned a jeweler to design a cut shape that resembled the lips of his mistress. She was Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.  Over time, the marquise cut developed into the distinctive shape known today. The marquise diamond cut, also known as the football-shaped cut, the boat-shaped cut, the eye-shaped cut, or the navette. This diamond shape is rarely seen in the engagement ring world compared to other less vintage cuts. The name “marquise” refers to a hereditary rank above a count. However, below a duke and comes [...]

What is it with Marquise Cut Diamond?
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