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Today, Friday the 21st is the summer solstice. It is also the longest day of the year! Solstice literally means the sun is standing still. In the northern hemisphere, it is the shortest night and longest day, but in the … Continue reading

Red Diamond – The Rarest of Them All

One of the rarest types of gemstone in the world is the red diamond. To date, there are less than fifty red diamonds known in existence. A reddish-orange 3.15-carat fancy red diamond will be offered at Christie’s Sale of Magnificent Jewels on December 10th. This diamond is a circular cut diamond with a S12 clarity. In addition, it is even more so rare for a red diamond of over 1.0-carat to exist. Christie’s has estimated that the diamond will sell for up to $1.2 million.

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The value of a red diamond is dependent on the intensity of color. The strong the hue, the more valuable the red diamond; a faint red diamond will be a much less value than a fancy vivid red hue. The high color saturation of the red-orange color is what will give this diamond a high price tag. Researches attribute the stark red color to the small quantities of nitrogen or hydrogen introduced during the development process, creating a unique crystal lattice structure.

Another highlight at the upcoming auction is a 50.01-carat rectangular cut diamond in platinum ring by Graft with two baguette-cut diamond accents that is estimated to sell at $10 million. Brand name jewelry sellers will be also sold at the auction, such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and more.

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Alternatives to Traditional White & Yellow Gold

purple goldRose gold, also known as pink gold, Russian gold, and red gold, is a metal mixture that contains metals that have a red or pink sort of hue, such as copper or zinc. Other metals that can be combined are silver, in a very low percentage. A popular type of rose gold is called crown gold, it is approximately 75% gold and 22% copper and some silver. 14K red gold is a popular choice in the Middle East, a type of rose gold containing 42% copper and 58% gold. Metal components, may vary in percentage, mix, and variation, to create the exact type of brilliant color the jeweler so desires.

Although the names of this type of gold are interchangeable, the difference between pink, red, and rose gold is the content of copper or zinc. The stronger the copper content, the stronger the color red color. There are multitudes of different type of wedding band types, some you most likely have never heard of such as purple gold. Listed below for your convenience is an approximate percentage of metals that make up these unique metallic compositions.

Gold Type Components
18K Rose Gold 75% gold
22.25% copper
2.75% silver
14K Red Gold 58% gold
42% copper
18K Pink Gold 75% gold
20% copper
5% silver
18K Gray-White Gold 75% gold
17% iron
8% copper
18K Soft Green Gold 75% gold
25% silver
18K Light Green Gold 75% gold
23% copper,
2% cadmium
18K Green Gold 75% gold
20% silver
5% copper
18K Deep Green Gold 75% gold
15% silver
6% copper
4% cadmium
18K Blue White/Blue Gold 75% gold
25% iron
Purple Gold 80% gold
20% aluminum

We recommend, if you are looking for a certain type of wedding band, to something below 18K. The purity of the gold may be lower, but it is more sturdy. If you work with your hands a lot, we do not recommend 18K gold in the use of jewelry to be worn on your hands. If you are going to choose a karat 18K or higher, we advise it to be in jewelry that is not worn daily and not worn on body parts that are often used like feet or hands.

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NEW – Wedding Bands (A Quick Guide)

On GEMaffair.com, we have recently started offering wedding bands in a variety of different metals and styles. While not all wedding bands are up and ready for sale, we are working steadily to make this happen. With all the different type of metals, it might get a little confusing. What is seranite, and what how is it better or worse than a traditional yellow gold wedding band? Is it more valuable, less valuable? What about tungsten? Why should I choose that, or is titanium a better choice? What is the best choice for me? What are the pros and cons? I have added links to all the types of bands we have. Like I said before, we don’t have all of them available yet so make sure to check back!

Ceramic Wedding Bands – are much more attention grabbing than traditional wedding bands. When you think ceramic, you most likely think of the tile on your floor. You think about that one time you dropped a vase, and how the vase shattered, and the tile chipped. However, through lots of research and testing, high tech ceramic has been developed (also known as titanium carbide), and has become a new-age type of ring. Due to a high melting point, this metal is easily bent into a variety of styles and any kind of jewelry. Often, jewelers will design a ring with a ceramic finish. Ceramic is a budget friendly choice, and typically have a lot of unique, interesting designs etched in them.

Cobalt Wedding Bands – I bet you’re thinking, “Cobalt rings? What”. Persians often used cobalt in their jewelry. It has been used for centuries to impact a lovely blue color, used in Egypt, Persia, China and even Korea. Cobalt is derived from the German word kobalt, meaning “goblin”. It’s a superstitious phrase due to the first failed attempts at smelting only produced highly toxic and arsenic oxide. However, these days with progressed technology this is not an issue. Typically the ring will not be 100% cobalt; it will be alloyed with another metal, like platinum. This gives a base ring that is easy to decorate and even slightly magnetic.

Gold Wedding Bands  – Yellow gold is a precious, valuable metal. However, in the case of durability and scratch resistance, it is not the best choice. If you have a job that involves a lot of hands on applications, you may want to choose a different type of metal. If you do decide to go the traditional route, you also have the option to take off your wedding band or wear it around your neck. Gold will always be the first choice marriage band, and with proper care a gold band is not a bad option. It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it, and how much gold is worth it to you. Keep in mind that white gold is more durable than yellow gold. Pure yellow gold metal is malleable and white gold is typically a composite of nickel, palladium, and manganese (much more durable than yellow gold).

Palladium Wedding Bands – This resembles platinum, a rare and lustrous silver-white metal discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803. Named after the asteroid Pallas, Palladium is actually more rare than gold. It is the kind of metal that if bumped does not chip, instead the metal ‘moves’ aside. No metal is lost, and use of polish moves the metal back to its original position. It is in the same metal family as platinum, and is very light-weight so it’s become a pretty popular alternative to gold wedding bands. It is also the type of metal used in electronics, dentistry, medicine, cars, etc. Palladium is a component of white gold bands, as well.

Platinum Wedding Bands – the most durable type of metal is the platinum ring, comes from the word platina which means “little silver”. It is one of the rarest metals found in the earth’s crust, coming in a grey-white color. It is more ductile than copper, silver, gold, and less malleable than gold. Due to it’s resistance to tarnish and wear, this is a popular type of jewelry that many people prefer. It is resistant to corrosion and high temperatures. Platinum has been a solid third choice to white and yellow gold in terms of durability and beauty.

Seranite Wedding Bands – These are probably the newest kind of wedding bands in the market. They are hypoallergenic, for those who do not do well with white or yellow gold. Serandite comes in a variety of colors, from red to black, a member of the wollastonite group. It is commonly used in the fields of medical and aerospace industries, so it’s a sturdy mineral made from calcium, sodium, silicon, manganese, hydrogen, and oxygen.

Titanium Wedding Bands – Titanium and platinum are probably the top alternatives to yellow gold and white gold wedding bands. Titanium is light-weight and corrosion-resistant, coming in the color silver. It is aptly name after the Titans from Greek mythology. It is a good choice for people who spend much time in a water environment, or with allergies as it is hypoallergenic.

Tungsten Wedding Bands – Tungsten is a durable, tough metal that is a great alternative to gold for those who work with their hands. It is also known as wolfram. Tungsten literally means heavy stone; from the Swedish word tung sten. A hard, rare metal, tungsten is only found in chemical compounds on earth. With a similar density to gold, it is a very good alternative to gold or platinum. It also is hypoallergenic, making it a useful band for those with allergies. Lastly, it is scratch resistant if there is a brush finish. Tungsten is also used in electronics, cars, fishing lures, etc.

Fashion Trend of the Summer – Topaz Rings

With summer here, what better than treating yourself to a sparkling, gorgeous topaz ring? Topaz comes in so many shapes, sizes, cuts, and colors, so it might be difficult to choose that perfect topaz to accessorize with. It’s best to remember that when it comes to wearing rings, the best colors are colors that offset the outfit. Contrast, rather than match makes a much bigger impact. It’s the kind of impact where women want to know where you got it, and men take notice of your lovely, slim hands and that cute smile when you place your hands softly on your face to brush away a lock of hair. You will have him absolutely pining. Here’s a short, quick tutorial to wearing topaz rings.

Wear contrasting colors – Choose colors that offset whatever ensemble you might be wearing that day. I also recommend choosing an outfit AFTER choosing the accessory. Choose that brilliant sea mist topaz ring, a brilliant kaleidoscope of pink, white, blues, and purples. Choosing an outfit that exemplifies the color pink, like sky blue or a bright yellow is key.

Ring size – Now, this is completely dependent on you. Sometimes a large, flashy topaz detracts. Is your outfit a strong statement, or meek? E.g. is it colorful, off the wall, trendsetting? If that’s the case, wearing a larger stone would be beneficial. However, if you’re wearing a laid back, floral dress a smaller ring is more tasteful. It simply depends on the tone or ‘tude’ of your ensemble.

Type of gold – Sterling silver, yellow or white gold? Again, it depends on the coloring of the ensembles you typically choose to wear. Also, sterling silver goes well with all kinds of skin tones, as does gold, but the skin tone it goes best with varies. Sterling silver goes best with pale, pink skin tones while gold goes best with sun-tanned.

That’s all I have for you now. Make sure to check back for more trendy advice!

Blue Topaz Ring Set

Last Minute Holiday Jewelry Shopping

Is it the last possible minute for holiday jewelry shopping? Are you worried that your package won’t arrive on time if you order online, but you just can’t get up the courage to brave the mad bustle, like other last minute holiday shoppers? You’re in luck, we can definitely help! You can browse our broad selection of jewelry for that perfect, thoughtful holiday gift. You can find for birthstone jewelry, religious jewelry, men’s jewelry, niche jewelry and more. We’ve listed some options for your convenience, some of our personal favorites! Make sure to look for that button that says ‘in stock ready to ship’. Good luck!

 

Spring into Fashion!

Spring is here and it’s time to brighten up our wardrobes and stuff the dark jewel toned tops and black winter boots to the back of our closets for some much needed rest. Spring celebrates color and life. It’s time for re-growth and rebirth of your style (I’ll use any excuse to go shopping).  So let’s show all those fabulous designers we know and love how much we appreciate their sensational new spring trends by strolling downtown in floral sundresses and enjoying our weekends in paisley print rompers.

And while we’re off celebrating our new t-strap sandals we shouldn’t neglect to invest in some spring(y) gemstone jewelry.Emerald and Diamond Cocktail Ring

I suppose we can agree that spring’s official gemstone should be Emerald. Not only is it May’s birthstone, it is also symbolic for life, rebirth (just like our wardrobes!) and the arrival of spring. Let’s be honest, what could be more spirited than a luscious emerald flower cocktail ring?

Pink topaz jewelry adds a burst of color to every outfit and accentuates the gorgeous hues in this year’s vibrant floral prints. Even an accessory as simple as pink cushion studs can top off a spring time look and add some lively color in unexpected places.

Gemstone jewelry is a fantastic choice for all of your spring time trends. Although traditionally spring is reserved for softer shades, 2010 is mixing in colorful patterns to brighten up the season. The great news is that bright gemstone jewelryEmerald Flower Cocktail Ring will compliment all your spring attire and carry through to summer’s loud and vibrant styles.