Entries by Susan Grant

Beach Jewelry Care

Summer is all about sunshine. After all, you deserve that peaceful relaxation only found when you spend a weekend or even a week at the beach.  Unfortunately, your jewelry is not quite as fond of the sun and the sand. Between the wind, water and sand, there is a lot that can damage your jewelry.  Sun exposure […]

International Tiara Day

International Tiara Day is celebrated on May 24th each year, appropriately on the birthday of Queen Victoria. Since so many girls and women admire tiaras, but there are very few events to which one can appropriately wear one, International Tiara Day was created.  As a symbol of social status and power, men and women have adorned their heads with […]

A Token of Life and Eternal Love

In it’s original concept, the eternity ring dates back to the Egyptians, 4000 years ago.   The significance of eternity rings also comes from Old Egypt, where the circle was a powerful symbol that represented eternity. The Egyptians also believed that the bond of marriage between a man a woman was so strong it could not […]

The History of The Wedding Ring

The origin of wedding rings is a fascinating one. The tradition of exchanging rings dates back 3,000 years.  So why are rings the ultimate symbol of romance? Believe it or not, It all started with a faulty premise!  Ancient Egyptians believed that the fourth finger of the left hand contained a “vena amoris” or “vein of love” […]

Beyond The Z Range: Fancy Colored Diamonds

Diamonds in the normal color range are colorless. They are described using an industry defined color scale from D to Z.  Fancy color diamonds, on the other hand, exhibit color beyond the Z range. These rare specimens come in every color of the spectrum. The world’s first diamond color-grading system dates back to sixth-century India. The […]

Capture the Wonders of Nature

What if you could capture the world’s most precious elements in a beloved piece of jewelry that you could wear every day?   Well, in fact you can and probably already do.  Most of the components used to create jewelry begin with elements from the earth – precious metals and gemstones that are mined from the […]

Bloodstone: March’s Other Birthstone

Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of chalcedony (cryptocrystalline quartz).  It is traditionally semi-translucent to opaque dark green jasper with red inclusions of iron oxides, especially hematite. Bloodstone’s alternate name heliotrope comes from the ancient Greek word that means “to turn the sun.” In ancient times, these March birthstones were believed to turn the […]

Quick Facts About February’s Birthstone, The Amethyst!

The name derives from the Greek “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. Amethyst is believed to inspire courage, calm, and contemplation. In fact, Egyptian soldiers would wear amethyst in battle in order to retain their courage. The color purple was traditionally the color of royalty, and […]

What Does Love Look Like To You?

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and no two love stories are the same.  Most great love stories have one thing in common though – the couple in love seems like they were “meant to be”.  They go together like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, Bogey and Bacall – perfectly suited pairs! […]

Garnet: Five Fun Facts!

There are plenty of interesting facts about garnet, primarily because it’s a stone with such a long history.  Here are just five of those facts, to whet your appetite for January’s beloved birthstone. Garnet dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Garnet dates as far back as 3800 BC. The gemstone was discovered in Egyptian art […]

Antique Jewelry: Mourning Jewelry of the Victorian Era

The tradition of wearing mourning jewelry goes back to at least the Middle Ages, when motifs like skulls and crossbones served as a tangible reminder of death. The exhortation memento mori, which literally translates to remember death, urged the wearer to live a moral life. The popularity of mourning jewelry reached its peak during the […]

Tourmaline: One of October’s Birthstones

It’s easy to understand why people confuse tourmaline with other gems: the stone has a dazzling range of colors, from rich reds to pastel pinks and peach colors, intense emerald greens to vivid yellows and deep blues. People have probably used tourmaline as a gem for centuries, but they identified it as some other stone […]

Trending: The Jewelry You Need This Fall

It’s time to take a peek at what’s trending this fall.  What should be under the tree this holiday season?  What will you see gracing the pages of your favorite magazines? Well, the industry tells us we should be on the lookout for links, pendants & charms, and pearls.  So get ready, cause Grants Jewelry […]

Super Deep Diamonds by Dr. Evan Smith

Dr. Evan Smith made a presentation on super deep diamonds last week at the GIA, NY Campus. His discussion and slide show on how diamonds form deep underground was fascinating. There is so much to learn about diamonds in the core of the earth. thank you Dr. Smith.               […]

Hello Fall!

The most colorful season of the year Fall is upon us and it’s a perfect time to tell you about this very special diamond bracelet we recently finished. This was a self purchase. Our client wanted a piece of jewelry to signify a recent and joyous experience in her life. The moment she saw the […]

Engin and Duygu…. Their Life Together Begins!

When Engin came to my showroom in NYC for the first time, he knew what he wanted for Duygu’s diamond engagement ring. His sister and mom accompanied him for support, but he had already learned about the 4C’s of diamonds and he had pictures of rings that she liked and a metal in mind. And we […]

In The Merry Merry Month Of May

EMERALD The Gem of Spring! The birthstone for May. Lively, Radiant, Lush… A Color of Elegance and Beauty that Enhances Our Sense of Well Being, Balance and Harmony.   Emerald History..did you know…. The oldest emeralds are about 2.97 billion years old. The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt around 1500 BC. “The Stone of Successful Love”, […]

Hay There!

Meet Lori and Zola. They are a such proud couple! Lori is often seen in the arena with Zola. They started competing this year and on their first meet they came in 5th out of 54 and 4th out of 27th. They in are in love and practically inseparable.  When Lori is not in her […]

Spoil The One Who Stole Your Heart

Happy Engagement!  From Sergio: “We did a snow hike in the Rocky Mountains National Park, and when we got to the end of the trail, I proposed while we were standing on a frozen lake.  Kayla is completely and totally in love with the ring. The amount of compliments she has gotten about the ring is really […]

A Pedigreed Proposal

Andrew and Karen are an impossibly cute couple. Although it could be that today’s grooms are going to more trouble, Andrew took things to a new level. For one, he put in surreptitious groundwork with his future bride, casually shopping while silently noting her preferences.  Then, he transformed himself an absolute expert in choosing the […]

Steven and Lee….the rap proposal

Ten years together. They’re 30 years old now, gainfully employed and living the  dream… what could be better…..being engaged! Lee was total surprised by Steven’s rap proposal at her 30th birthday party. She new they would get married eventually but how he did it was awesome! We wish them a fantastic life together full of […]

Precious Gems Shine at Lincoln Center

  “Emeralds,” “Rubies” and “Diamonds” will dazzle as never before as three of the world’s top dance companies share the stage for the first time to mark the 50th anniversary of “Jewels,” currently on stage at Lincoln Center. Choreographer George Balanchine created Jewels in 1967; in three acts honoring the French, American and Russian styles […]

Can A Diamond Be Too Big?

As it turns out, they can. Canada’s Lucara Diamond Corporation announced recently that it will have to cut the 1,109-carat ‘Lesedi La Rona’ in order to find a buyer.  Lucara’s chief executive, William Lamb, said “It’s only the second stone recovered in the history of humanity over 1,000 carats. Why would you want to polish […]

A Dog’s Appetite for Diamonds

Recently, British Couple Charlie Jackson and his wife Carol noticed her engagement ring was missing.  When the accompanying wedding ring was found on the floor, their search led them to their 9 month old dog, Bear.  A trip to the veterinarian and some X-rays confirmed that confirmed that the ring was indeed in black labrador’s belly! […]

The art of engraving is centuries old and requires a very steady hand. This is a beautiful hand engraved ring from my friend Sergey in NYC.

This is a beautiful hand engraved ring made in NYC by my master engraver friend Sergey. A G.I.A. laser inscribed diamond. Most G.I.A. graded diamonds are laser engraved on the girdle.   A quote from Rosa Parks engraved on the edge of a commemorative coin. A picture of Queen Elizabeth on a spec of gold […]

GONG XI FA CAI!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!!

The Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey will start on February 8, 2016-the second New Moon after the Solstice. Following twelve months of the dignified and sure footed Goat, the New Year of the Monkey is going to shake, rattle and roll! Even though the monkey is impatient and scattered brained, he has a […]

Luxury "Prive" Jewelry Show in NYC

Susan and Jennifer attended the Luxury “Prive” Jewelry Show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. There they met with some of the finest jewelry manufacturers in the world. The new big rage…alexandrite. A sensational feature about Alexandrite is its surprising ability to change its colour. Green or bluish-green in daylight, alexandrite turns a soft shade of […]