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Monday, March 17, 2014

All About Aqua

The birthstone for the month of March is AQUAMARINE.  Aqua is a light toned blue to greenish blue gemstone that is found in many locations all over the world.  The word Aquamarine comes from the latin for "seawater".

Aquamarine is in the Beryl family which also includes Emerald and Morganite.  While Emerald is generally known to have eye visible inclusions, Aquamarine is prized for its purity.  

Aquamarine is found on almost every continent in the world.  However, areas that are most famous for the gem are Brazil, Mozambique and Madagascar.  Aquamarine is often confused with another birthstone Blue Topaz, however, Topaz is typically a darker more saturated blue.  Since fine color Topaz is a much more abundant in the marketplace (and less expensive) than fine Aquamarine, it is often used as a suitable alternative for those shopping for a light blue gem.

A few years ago in 2012, the Smithsonian displayed the "Dom Pedro" Aquamarine, which is the world's largest cut Aqua, next to the infamous hope diamond.  This obelisk shape gemstone weighs over 10,000 carats, making it one of the largest gemstones of any variety ever cut.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Academy Awards Best Jewelry

The 2014 Oscar's were last night, and your favorite celebrities did not disappoint in their selections of the worlds finest jewelry to wear on the red carpet.  Here is a recap of some of the most dazzling looks from last nights broadcast....

Charlize Theron in GORGEOUS Harry Winston Cluster necklace and classic diamond studs.

Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Charlize Theron Harry Winston

Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett's Opal and Diamond earrings from Chopard.

Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Cate Blanchett Chopard

America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock wore Lorraine Schwartz vintage style diamond ear clips.

Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Sandra Bullock Lorraine Schwartz

Naomi Watts and Jennifer Biel followed the trend of night by wearing short diamond chokers.

Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Naomi Watts BulgariOscars 2014: Best Jewelry Jessica Biel Tiffany & Co.

America's OTHER sweetheart wore (yet again) a diamond necklace draped down her back...

Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Jennifer Lawrence Neil Lane

And of course, who could have missed Angelina Jolie's knockout 42 CARAT flawless diamond earrings...
Oscars 2014: Best Jewelry Angelina Jolie Robert Procop

Sadly, we will have to wait until the Emmy's at the end of the summer to gawk at more of hollywoods most beautiful leading ladies jewelry...but i'm sure i'll find something else to before then to grab your attention.

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