Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Gift Something That Will Remain For Ages: Jewelry As A Perfect Gift


Nowadays it is very popular to gift those smart electronic devices and think that you've gifted something cool. But in reality in this fast moving electronic world your gift would me interesting for a couple of months until new model release and everybody will forget about it.

Gift something that will become as special as the occasion itself, gift something that will tell your story and will keep your story for ages.

There are many reasons that make jewelry really perfect gift, I’ll bring just a couple of facts.

Jewelry holds its value: jewelry is a rare among those gifts which not only holds its initial value but can also become even more precious by time. In contrast to today’s “modern gifts”, it is an investment that always keeps its monetary value.

Jewelry can speak when you are lost for words: There are many-many occasions in our lives when we have so much to say but we can’t find right words: diamonds say “forever”, rubies tell your passion, opals will beg “sorry”… When you have nothing to say gift jewelry and they will speak for you.

Jewelry is forever: you have probably listened so many beautiful stories about jewelries that passed generation to generation. One of those stories that now I remember is about Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring that now wears Kate Middleton. Jewelries have always been one of the most common family heirlooms. If you love beautiful family traditions, then start one with a precious ring or pendant and let it be your first family heirloom.

Way of presenting jewelry: Sometimes people remember not the gift itself but the way one presented it. With jewelries your gifting options are endless. You can create a memorable romantic evening and end up with gifting a beautiful necklace. But I really can’t imagine a romantic evening with a smart phone as a gift :)

Personalized gifts: personalized gifts are very popular nowadays but who said that jewelries can’t be personalized? There are boundless options to personalize jewelry gifts. You can choose jewelry with her birthstone or her favorite gemstone, many types of jewelries can be engraved and you can write any message you want on it. You can buy a pendant with the first letter of her name: just tell a jeweler what you want and you’ll be impressed with the results.

Jewelry gifts are really charged with emotions and every time you wear them you relive those emotions. 

Keep your precious moments in precious things like jewelries!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Top 5 Most Expensive Diamonds in The World

“Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” - it is said in the famous musical film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". And this is true! No woman can stand indifferent to the magic beauty of diamonds, but words are nothing when we discuss the most valuable diamonds in the world. These stones stand out not only with their incredible values, but also perfect form and history.

 But let's talk less, and show more!

 5. Graff Pink Diamond - $46 million 


This is a huge 24.78 carat pink diamond also known as Fancy Intense Pink Diamond. It is outstanding with its exceptional color and purity. The diamond was owned by American celebrity jeweler Harry Winston, who described it as "one of the greatest diamonds ever discovered". In 2010 this amazing pink diamond mounted on a platinum ring was sold at Sotheby's auctioneers in Geneva for $46 million. The buyer was British diamond merchant Laurence Graff.



 4. The Pink Star - $83 million


The Pink Star is the largest fancy vivid pink diamond ever discovered. This 59.60 carats diamond was discovered in Africa, in 1999. On 13 November, 2013 it appeared at auction for the first time and was expected to be sold at about $60 million, but it hit the final price of $83 million. It was bought by New York diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who renamed it The Pink Dream.



3. De Beers Centenary Diamond - $100 Million


This magnificent diamond was discovered in South Africa’s Premier Mine in 1986. The De Beers Centenary Diamond weigh at 273.85 carats. For its clarity it has been rated as Grade D which is the highest for colorless diamonds. The company De Beers has spent 3 years in cutting the Centenary Diamond giving it a heart shape.  It was displayed in the Tower of London for several years thereafter, and is now privately owned. The estimated price of this diamond is around $100 million.



2.  The Hope Diamond - $250 Million


The Hope Diamond also known as the King's Jewel is probably one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It weights 45.52 carats and its color is classified as Fancy Dark Grayish-Blue. The diamond is now located at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, where it appeared in 1958 when  Harry Winston bequeathed it to the museum. The estimated value of this magnificent piece is around $250 million.



The Cullinan Diamond - $2 biliion


And finally in the first place is the Cullinan Diamond found in magnate Sir Thomas Cullinan’s South African mine in 1905. It is the largest diamond ever found. Its original weight  was breathtaking - 3,106,75 carats (621.35 grams), but it was cut to nine gemstones that became part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The biggest part of it is the Great Star of Africa or Cullinan I which weighs over 530 carats. The original Cullinan is estimated to be a $2 billion becoming worlds the most expensive diamond.



At the end I should say that there are another two famous and valuable diamonds in the world that I haven't enlisted here - the Sancy Diamond and koh-i-noor, they are simply priceless.

I was really excited in making this list hope you also enjoyed reading it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Citrine Gemstone is the November Birthstone




For those born in November, they are lucky to have the citrine gemstone as their birthstone, The citrine gemstone is form of quartz. It comes in shades of yellow which are warm and happy like sunshine. Citrine is a very hard stone as it ranks a 7 on the hardness scale for gemstones. Citrine is mostly made up from silicone dioxide. Citrine mostly comes from Brazil but it also comes from Russia, France and even Madagascar.

Some people believe that the citrine gemstone is believed to promote creativity, increase clarity and help with self-destructive behaviors. Physically, citrine is supposed to help with the heat, kidneys, liver, muscles and the digestive tract. This may or may not work but citrine jewelry is beautiful to wear because of the yellow shades. It is also believed when people wear their birth stone; they are lucky.

Women born in the month will appreciate any piece of citrine jewelry. To find citrine jewelry from traditional to contemporary pieces at prices to fit in any budget, shop with Galaxy Gold. Here you can find citrine rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to surprise her with. When you shop with Galaxy Gold, you can buy with confidence because you will receive an appraiser’s certificate to show you how much your citrine ring is worth. To make the piece fit into her style, you can even choose your gold color from white, rose or yellow.

When it comes to shopping for that special November lady for her birthday, you will find beautiful citrine jewelry in all price ranges at Galaxy Gold.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Famous opals

Olympic Australis
The world's largest and most valuable gem opal. This unique opal was found by a miner at the "Eight Mile" opal field in Coober Pedy, South Australia.In honour of the Olympic Games, which were being held in Melbourne at the time, he named it "Olympic Australis".

 99% gem opal
1% remaining soil adhering to it
weight: 17,000 carats (3450 grams)
length:  11 inches (280 mm)
height:  4¾ inches (120 mm)
width:   4½ inches (115 mm)
value:   $2,500,000AUD


Andamooka Opal/ Queen's Opal
This opal was presented to Queen Elizabeth II in the 1950s on the occasion of her first visit to Australia. It was discovered in Andamooka, South Australia, an historic opal mining town.

weight: 203 carats (41 g)








 

"The Burning of Troy" is an opal presented to Jos├ęphine de
Beauharnais by Napoleon I of France, a magnificent opal with
brilliant red flashes.










Flame Queen Opal
It is the best-known example of “eye-of-opal”, an eye-like effect created when opal in-fills a cavity.
The Flame Queen’s flat central raised dome flashes red or gold depending on the angle of view, and is surrounded by a band of deep blue-green, giving the stone an appearance somewhat like that of a fried egg.

weight: 263.18 carats (52.64 g)
triangular in shape: 7.0 x 6.3 x 1.2 centimeters
                             (2.75 x 2.50 x .50 inches)


Halley's Comet Opal
The world's largest uncut black opal. It was unearthed in 1986, a year when Halley's Comet could be seen from Earth. It was found at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia by the Lunatic Hill Mining Syndicate. It has a large green and orange 1.6 cm (0.63 in) thick color bar which goes through the opal. 

weight: 1,982.5 carats (396.5 g)
dimension: 4 x 2-5/8 x 2-1/2 in (100 x 66 x 63 mm)




 
The Galaxy Opal
The World's Largest Polished Opal. It was found at the Boi Morto Mine in north eastern Brazil in 1976. It was carved from a grapefruit-sized piece of rough stone by Scott Cooley into a shape resembling a child's head.

weight: 3,749 carats (0.75 kg)
dimension:  5-1/2 x 4 x 1-5/8 in (14.0x10.2x4.1 cm)








You can also read about other famous opals on this link: http://www.opalsdownunder.com.au/learn-about-opals/introductory/famous-opals

Thanks to: altmanncherny, wikipedia, talisman.com and antiques-art-collectibles.com for the information and images.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ways to care for your opals



While opals appear strong, they require special care to keep them from cracking or losing their innate lustrous rainbowlike color.
  1. Opals always contain water – about 6 to 10 % of it. If stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, opals will show fissures and the play of color will become paler.
    Therefore, opal jewelry should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.
    Furthermore, the oils in the skin can help keep the stone lustrous.
  2. You can clean the stone by rubbing it with a piece of cotton soaked in room temperature water and allowing it to air dry.
  3. Store the opal in a jewelry box or covered dry place that is kept at a constant room temperature. Sudden changes in temperature can irritate the stone and cause it to crack.
  4. Keep opal jewelry and raw opals away from hot water, dish soap or any type of detergent. Exposing opals to these harsh conditions will compromise the strength and beauty of the piece.

Thanks to: ehow.com, International Colored Gemstone Association for this information.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October's birthstone

 

Since it is October and OPAL is it's birthstone, I'm going to post everything I can about this semi-precious stone. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia. It is an amorphous form of silica, a mineraloid. 3% to 21% of the total weight of opal is water.
  
The name opal has many origins. It was thought to be derived from the Sanskrit word "upala", meaning "valuable stone". According to wikipedia, the word opal comes from the Greek word, opillos meaning "to see a change in color".

Opal's internal structure makes it diffract light; depending on the conditions in which it formed it can take on many colors. The light bounces around inside the tiny microscopic silica spheres within the stone, causing the diffraction of light and the 'prism' or rainbow effect. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. If opals are lacking the typical play of colours, they are simply named "Common Opal".

Thanks to: Opalsdownunder.com, Wikipedia and Gemstone.org for the information







JEWELRY


I am always fond of nice jewelries and gemstones. I appreciate every detail like how many shades of color can be found in different gemstones. How well it is crafted and designed can really make a big impact on how the jewelry can be classified as precious. On the other hand, the quality of the stones and how large it is can be the most important factor when purchasing jewelries. Gemstones are classified as precious and semi-precious. The ones like Rubies, Sapphires, Opals, Diamonds and Emerald are called precious stones because they are stones that are rarely found and rarely formed. Apparently, people who love jewelries really know how to appreciate fashion and how they sometimes represent themselves with the use of jewelries. There are a lot of jewelry makers around the globe and one thing is for sure, it will continue to grow over the years as more people are becoming more appreciative when it comes to collecting jewelries. It is important to become knowledgeable when it comes to jewelry because there are many vendors out there who will make false statement about their jewelries. Fashion jewelries is the "in" today as many people will really invest in jewelries to impress other people. It will take a lot of effort to design a unique jewelry and to make it look impressive for other people. Jewelry is for you to keep for life whether it was a gift or has sentimental value. A collection of jewelries is something to passed from generation to generation and to be worn all the time. Since jewelry is fairly considered to be the special thing that can boosts our good mood and increase our self-esteem, let's practice to wear them as often as possible and it will make you realize how important it is in our looks.