Month: August 2007

  • World’s Largest Diamond?

    A stone recently found in South Africa could be the largest diamond ever found. In the afternoon hours of August 27, 2007, a small mining company working in the northwest province of the country unearthed this massive stone. Under preliminary estimates, the stone weighs near 7,000 carats. If these estimates are correct, this stone would almost double the largest rough diamond on record, the famous…

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  • Caring for your Jewelry

    Jewelry is one of the most important and cherished items we own, with great sentimental and monetary values. An elegant pair of opal and platinum earrings, for example, makes an individual statement. Yet, according to our experts here at Images, chemicals found in everyday items like hairspray, lotions, perfumes, and other cosmetics can potentially damage jewelry. Understanding how to properly care for your item makes…

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  • Tulip Setting

    This ring started with a very cool idea from one of our customers. The combination of the tulip style head and the cathedral ring turned this in to a stunning ring. … “our fedex gal just left and i just opened the box! WOW! it’s pure perfection and a great pleasure, from working with you to getting the ring. thank you so much! =) i’m…

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  • Diamonds about as Old as Planet Earth

    A new study indicates that diamonds are nearly as old as the Earth itself. Scientists from the Institute of Mineralogy unearthed diamonds more than 4 billion years old that were trapped inside crystals of zircon in the Jack hills region in Western Australia. Considered the oldest terrestrial diamonds ever discovered, they could give insights into early evolutional stages of Earth's crust. What is interesting about…

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  • Made in China

    Lately there have been more and more product recalls focusing primarily on items made in China. In the jewelry industry this is especially prevalent in low cost children's jewelry. As we have been seeing over the last few years the quality control and safety of many of these items is far below US standards. This seems to be a result of a fast growing nation…

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  • Blue Topaz poses no health threat

    After several distributors have suspended the sale of Blue Topaz due to the implied threat of radioactive Blue Topaz, the The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says nine batches of irradiated blue topaz it surveyed last week do not pose any health threat. "From the test we did last week in New York City, there was nothing alarming from a public health and safety issue,"…

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  • Black Pearls with Gemstone Centers

    Chi Huynh, of Galatea: Jewelry By Artist, has developed an incredibly unique new cultured pearl. While carving a pearl Chi accidentally carved too deep and exposed the white nuclei of a black Tahitian pearl. This lead to an idea, why no use other colored gems as nuclei? Chi looked for a place to grow his new idea and found himself off the coast of Vietnam…

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