The emerald is perfect for people trying to make a mark in creative filed like music, painting, fashion designing, interior designing, etc. With those, and other believed health and wellness benefits, it’s no wonder they are one of the most popular gems!
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Some of the Queen’s Favorites from the Royal Collection!
Emerald is a precious gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
Diamonds might gain fame for size, value, purchaser or purpose. Take a look at some famous diamonds and why they made headlines.
In diamonds, rarity equals value. With fancy color diamonds—the ones outside the normal color range—the rarest and most valuable colors are saturated pinks, blues, and greens. In all cases, even very slight color differences can have a big impact on value.
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Diamonds are the traditional and modern April birthstones. In their natural form, diamonds are the hardest substance on the planet, and they are believed to have been around for billions of years.
Trend-setters who might be seen sporting their aquamarine birthstone this March include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood.
The name “aquamarine” is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.”
Join Us February 28th for a fascinating look at how the custom design process works!
New Fine Jewelry & Custom Engagement Rings
Tips to ease the stress of finding the perfect gift for your Valentine this year!
Unlike other gems where size is the biggest factor in value, Amethyst is much more about depth of color. It’s thought to bring emotional stability and inner strength to the wearer. Learn more about this gem that was once considered exclusive to royalty!
Garnets, the birthstone for January, are known for creativity, healing and protection. They are available in a range of colors, making them ideal for unique jewelry pieces!
Called edgy, chic and mysterious – the black diamond adds something special to diamond jewelry. Learn about the carbonado, or black diamond that is on everyone’s wish list this year, and find the perfect black diamond holiday gift for someone special.
Some of the most famous diamonds in history – Some you’ve certainly heard of, but others are not quite as well known. Here, the top ten, and what they are known for.
Would you use gemstones in your next kitchen upgrade?
A guide to help navigate Holiday Jewelry Gift Giving.
Diamond Jewelry Perfect for Holiday Gift Giving!
Simply print, check the scale and measure. If you can’t be measured by a jeweler, or you want to keep a ring purchase a surprise, this is the tool you need.
Choosing the right ring doesn’t have to be hard – Don’t be overwhelmed, let Susan help!
Check out Vince’s Proposal! We’ve heard that Nicole loves her custom-made Grants Jewelry engagement ring!
Do you think you would prefer to wear your birthstone gem, or to eat it? Some people now have a choice, thanks to Nestle Japan!
Introducing November’s Birthstones, Topaz & Citrine.
Gemstones are often associated with Witchcraft. It’s the perfect time of year to explore the meanings those stones carry and how they are used by witches.
How neutron stars make gold — and why this neutron star collision is such a big deal.
Do you believe in superstitions? Hauntings? Curses? Many don’t, but an equal many have experienced “bad luck” that seems to have no other explanation!
These three types of opal are all very different from one another. It wasn’t until recently that we understood how each differed from one another, and from traditional opals.
It was often confused with other gems, due to a wide range of colors. Tourmaline is October’s “other” birthstone.
Opal is the birthstone for October, and Australia’s National Gem.
Fall 2017 Jewelry Trends: Shapes, Stacks, Cut and Color
Famous Sapphire Engagement Rings – It doesn’t have to be a diamond!
Extinct Denisovans from Siberia Made Stunning Jewelry. At 50,000 years the know-how involved in these items are breathtaking. Any older, and it challenges our entire understanding of the technological development of man.
Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a goldsmith dedicated to the god Amun and the mummies of a woman and her two children, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday.
A Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, and is the birthstone for September. It is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness, durability, and luster. The only natural gemstone harder than Sapphire is Diamond. Sapphires have been prized as great gemstones since 800 BC. Rulers of ancient Persia […]
Custom Ring Design – Create an engagement ring with an insert wrap especially for her!
Michael Buble wears one. So does Johnny Depp. So why shouldn’t you share your “taken” status with the world?
Stanford University researchers have discovered that the depths of the “ice giant” planets are perfect for the formation of diamonds.
Colorado State University Alum Kyle Griffin and Laura Krause met during their senior year at CSU. Laura was the third generation in her family to graduate from the school. When it came time to ask Laura to be his wife, Kyle knew he wanted CSU Football to be a part of his proposal, he just wasn’t […]
Peridot jewelry dates back as far as the second millennium BC. Ancient Egyptians called it the God of The Sun.
A young cubs fan proposed to Kris Bryant. Even Bryant’s wife Jessica could not say no.
A garden fresh carrot came up with more than anyone expected recently in Alberta, Canada. Mary Gram found the engagement ring she lost 13yrs ago!
Age is just a number, and this newlywed couple is a perfect example. At 94 and 98 years old, they were married in early August after dating for 8 years.
MIT PhD research student Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao wants to take your jewelry to the next level. Her research centers around accessories & wearable that are mobile, living objects on the body.
You are probably aware that on August 21, 2107, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. It will be one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade. Wait – What’s A Solar Eclipse Again? An eclipse is the alignment of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Around every 18 months […]
In this day and age, the rules for getting engaged are changing. You might be surprised to learn that it’s not uncommon for a woman to do the asking these days. What’s even more common, though, is for the couple to decide together that they intend to marry. And whoever is asking, the “Proposal” isn’t always […]
Graeme Thompson, head of jewelry in Asia for British auction house Bonhams, handles beautiful diamonds on a daily basis. Yet even he has only held a red diamond once. In the 33 years that Rio Tinto has been showcasing stones from its Western Australian Argyle mine in Western Australia, less than 20 carats of Fancy Red […]
They set records at auction, and were stolen (some never to be recovered) in Jewel Heists that made International Headlines. Some were prized possessions and many are now on permanent display at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian. Take a look at some of the world’s most famous rubies. The Liberty Bell Ruby […]
Please Join Us for The 2nd Annual Ruby Event! Wednesday, July 19th, any time between 2 and 8 pm Rubies arouse the senses. Rubies stir the imagination. Rubies are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and most importantly, success in love. Learn About The Gem & Get Up Close & Personal with Ruby Jewelry Ruby is a […]
This month we turn our attention to rubies. What do you know about the Ruby? Following, seven facts about rubies: Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond. The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens, which means red. Rubies are found in many shades of red, from […]
In addition to their exceptional beauty, pearls bring back fond memories of my mother. Early on in my career, I sent her to be certified in Pearl and Bead stringing, and she then began working with me. Every time I look at a strand of pearls, I think of the hours we spent working alongside […]
You may have seen Pearls referred to by “grade”: A, AA, AA+, and AAA. But how is that grade determined? Much like the 4 C’s of Diamonds, there are established benchmarks to determine the quality of pearls. Six factors are evaluated in order to determine the quality and therefore the value of pearls. Those factors […]
You may recall that Emeralds were our focus last month. As the birthstone for the month of May, the gem was the featured stone on the website and the highlight of May’s Event here in the showroom. Now, like many other jewelers, this month we turned our attention to Pearls, but it seems that the […]
“The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.” -Jean de la Bruyere The World’s Oldest Gem The discovery of the pearl is not attributed to any one person in particular. It is believed that they were first discovered by people searching for food along the seashore. A […]
The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2016, International Museum […]
A recent poll says that “a cup of tea and a good book” is one of Mom’s favorite ways to relax & unwind. Just in time for Mother’s Day, we are giving away a copy of All By Myself, Alone, the thrilling new novel from bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark. Enter to win, and you might […]
“It was the style of the flapper girl and the factory, the luxury ocean liner and the skyscraper, the fantasy world of Hollywood and the real world of the Harlem Renaissance. Art Deco affected all forms of design, from the fine and decorative arts to fashion, film, photography, transport and product design. It was modern and […]
Please Join Us: Wednesday, May 3 Any Time From 2 -8pm For The Art Deco Jewelry and Emeralds Discussion! Learn what “Art Deco” Jewelry Is Authentic jewelry from this period was made between 1920 and 1935. The jewelry styles remained popular through the late 1930’s and has since reemerged as one of the most popular antique jewelry styles. Explore […]
Given the rarity and value of diamonds, it’s not surprising that some would seek ways to replicate their beauty. In recent years, laboratory-grown or synthetic diamonds have become more common, more advanced, and harder to detect. What is a Synthetic Diamond? A synthetic diamond is the result of a technological process, as opposed to the […]
We’re continuing our spotlight on April’s Birthstone for just one more week. Today, meet the Fancy Colored Diamond. What Are Fancy Colored Diamonds? Typically, the term “Diamond Color” refers to the absence of color, which is a marker of quality along with the other 4Cs of Diamond Clarity, Diamond Carat Weight, and Diamond Cut. The majority […]
We all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It looks like they soon may become good friends with your iPhone or Android smartphone as well. A company developing ways to use synthetic diamonds to enhance electronics, plans to begin making glass smartphone screens coated with a microns-thick layer of diamond by the end of this […]
Continuing our month-long focus on April’s beloved birthstone, the diamond, it’s no secret that the media (both today and in days past) loves a good love story. So when a celeb engagement makes the news, everyone waits with baited breath to see “THE” ring. (We’re guilty too – just last week we showed you John Cena’s […]
Imperial Easter Eggs A Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg created by the House of Fabergé. Virtually all of these famous collectibles were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria […]
After the initial excitement of your engagement, or as you shop for your ring, you may find yourself wondering when the custom of giving a ring first began. And why? Anthropologists believe the tradition originated from a Roman custom – wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands’ ownership. Others cite a true origin […]
Why Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend It probably has something to do with the fact that diamonds are the most popular gemstone in the world. The saying itself comes from a song of the same name featured in the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Marilyn Monroe’s version, from the film version of Gentlemen […]
Watch as John Cena proposes to Nikki Bella: And we must say, the ring was quite the stunner! Congratulations John & Nikki! Interested in more stories like this? Join Us On Social Media. We send periodic email announcements and a monthly newsletter with clips […]
Please Join Us Thursday, April 6, 2017 at The Grants Jewelry Showroom For A Special Event All About Diamonds Learn about Diamonds – From Diamond History to The 4 C’s of Quality, Fancy Colored Diamonds to Today’s Diamond Jewelry GIA Certified Expert Gemologist Susan will answer questions & teach you everything you might want to know about […]
March’s Birthstone: Aquamarine Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine […]
Last week we talked about February’s Birthstone, the amethyst. Take a look at some of these stunning examples of Amethyst Jewelry over the years. An Egyptian Amethyst necklace featuring an 8th century BC. inscription. The use of amethyst in Egypt dates back as far back as 3100 B.C. The Egyptians primary source for their supply […]
The diversity and culture in NYC is one of the many reasons we are proud to call this vibrant city home. It was a day of romance in Times Square yesterday – proposals, weddings and vow renewal ceremonies. Couples from around the world made promises and kicked off engagements during an all day-long event hosted by the Times Square […]
While some people have had their plans in place for months, there are others of us who are starting to get a little nervous. After all, Valentine’s Day is in only SIX days, and there’s a lot of pressure to make it the perfect evening for your significant other. If you are one of the […]
Dark Beginnings Far from today’s flowers, jewelry & romance, Valentine’s Day history includes much darker topics, including beheadings, martyred saints, and pagan rituals. While the exact origins of Valentine’s Day remain murky, some historians consider the Ancient Roman feast Lupercalia, held from February 13 to 15, the holiday’s earliest iteration. During the festivities, Roman priests […]
Chocolates or roses might nice, but a special piece of jewelry can communicate just how special your significant other is to you. Following are some guidelines to help you choose the perfect Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift. First, don’t feel relegated to just buying diamonds. Valentine’s Day, being customarily associated with the color red, is a great fit for rubies or […]
When it comes to pearls, most people, including myself think of very well behaved girls, grandmothers and the 50’s. Lately though, designers have been breathing new life into pearls (thankfully) and incorporating them into funkier, bolder designs so we can all take advantage of a little beauty secret our mothers and grandmothers are all well […]
You are probably aware that diamonds are used for purposes other than jewelry. Because diamonds are so hard and durable, they are ideal for grinding, cutting, drilling, and polishing. When used as an abrasive, very small pieces of diamond are embedded into grinding wheels, saw blades, or drill bits. Diamonds are also believed to enhance the […]
Teleprompter glitches and political statements certainly gained plenty of attention during last night’s Golden Globe Awards. While fashion, kissing and of course the winners and losers were getting plenty of attention in the Social Media space, we were paying attention to the sparkle and shine behind the scenes – the jewelry! Necklaces, rings, and earrings became […]
Gifts That Sparkle Will Speak To Her Heart At Grants Jewelry, we know diamonds. The Diamond Essentials Collection means everyday luxury – pieces you can wear anywhere, anytime. Diamonds are expertly selected, ensuring a perfect piece suited for giving or receiving. Complete her jewelry collection with one of the pieces below! Diamond Studs: Your Everyday Go-To […]
OK, so maybe size does matter, at least when it comes to diamonds. Seemingly, larger than life diamonds are in the news (and on the auction block) much more frequently these days. Earlier this year, we saw the Lesedi La Rona, the largest diamond found in the past hundred years go up for auction. The Lesedi, […]
The mere thought of losing a valuable piece of jewelry – whether the value is monetary, sentimental, or both – is enough to make most women cringe. Unfortunately for one NYC woman, that was the reality last week. After preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for her family, this woman realized that her engagement ring and wedding band […]
December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them best known for beautiful shades of blue. These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite). Tanzanite is an exquisite […]
With sparkling lights & a festive atmosphere, it’s no wonder that December is one of the most popular times of year to get engaged. If you are planning a holiday proposal, you might want to consider on of the following iconic NYC locations – they are among the most favored backdrops for popping the question. At […]
Announcing special pricing on Diamond Essentials for the Holidays! A new special sale item will be featured each week. This week – Diamond Studs! Diamond Essentials are classic pieces of jewelry that complement every jewelry collection. Diamond Studs, Diamond Hoops, Tennis Bracelets, Diamond Necklaces & Pendants – pieces that go from everyday to evening […]
The gems that I use to create stunning jewelry can be equally stunning in their natural state. The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums, has just opened David Friend Hall, a state-of-the-art gem and mineral gallery that will showcase those natural pieces. The beauty offered in the new display […]
An 11.00 carat Brownish Orange piece of rough diamond was discovered by a farmer in the Central African Republic years ago, but he couldn’t have foreseen that it would one day become one of the rarest and most expensive Natural Fancy Vivid Orange diamonds in the world. The piece of rough diamond ended up being […]
Australian mines were the origin of the most famous opals in history. The Olympic Australis At 11 inches long, 4 ¾ inches tall and 4 ½ inches wide, the Olympic Australis is the largest gem opal in the world. It weighs 17,000 carats (3.45 kg). The Olympic Australis was found in 1956 at a mine […]
Opal is the national gemstone of Australia and the birthstone for the month of October. The most striking feature of opal is the ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of colors. In fact, the term “opalescence” was coined to describe this phenomenon. The size and spacing of spheres of silica within the stone refract […]
Last week, as we tried on rings, necklaces and more during the Sapphire & Diamond Extravaganza, I was reminded that truly, this is such an enjoyable profession. There are many aspects that I enjoy. In this case, I’m referring to the fact that I haven’t met many women who don’t enjoy the opportunity to see what “that […]
We love a good proposal story. Luckily, our engagement ring customers frequently share those stories with us. A message in a fortune cookie, a surprise trip to Paris – Every story is another celebration of love. If you follow the local news, today you heard about a public proposal that almost went horribly wrong. From […]
Last week I attended a GIA Alumni Lecture, The Tale of the Blue Moon Diamond. The lecture was presented by Alan Bronstein, a Colored Diamond Expert. Alan sets uncompromising standards for qualifying and sourcing the most rare and beautiful diamonds for discerning collectors and connoisseurs worldwide. With all the attention to Fancy Colored Diamonds earlier this […]
We’ve been busy this August, enhancing grantsjewelry.com and planning for fall events! As the summer winds down, here’s a quick preview of what we have planned for September. All About Sapphires Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. This birthstone […]
Rubies . . . they arouse the senses, stir the imagination. Join us for a day of Ruby fun! Touch & feel the gems, learn how the ruby is evaluated, and understand what makes it different from other gemstones. Rubies are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and most importantly, success in love. Maybe you […]
Congratulations on your engagement! As a newly-engaged bride-to-be, we’re sure that practical and time-consuming tasks like purchasing engagement ring insurance are far less exciting than searching for the perfect wedding dress or planning a dreamy honeymoon. However, if your engagement ring falls off into the ocean while you are working on your summer tan you’ll wish you […]
What is the GIA? Established in 1931, The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is considered the world’s foremost authority in gemology. They are present in 13 countries, with 10 campuses, 4 research centers, and 9 grading laboratories. The GIA is a nonprofit institution dedicated to continuous education and research in the field of gems and […]
Red is the color of love. It radiates warmth and a strong sense of vitality, and is associated with passion and power. Red is also the color of the ruby, the king of the gemstones, and July’s birthstone. For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most valuable gemstones on Earth. […]
Did you know that if you are a June baby, you have three birthstones from which to choose? Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. But since pearls are the first gems ever known to man, we have chosen to focus on pearls alone in celebration of all those June birthdays out there. Pearls are associated with […]
Whether you’ve had an idea in your head for years or you’ve found an existing design and want to add your own personal twist, our custom jewelry design process will ensure pieces that you will never want to take off. People might create custom jewelry for weddings and engagements, one of a kind gifts, or family heirlooms. At Grants Jewelry, every piece we […]