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  • Tiara versus Diadem – The REAL Difference

    So you’re a Queen, right? And you have to ball to attend. Your personal dresser peeks her head past the golden archways of your cavernous bedroom and whispers, “My lady, what will it be tonight? Your tiara or your diadem?” You breath becomes shallow (but this could be because of your overly tightened corset). “Um…” you respond. “You pick.”

    It’s an awkward moment. One you could have avoided. If you had only known the difference between a tiara and a diadem. If  you had checked our blog (or the Tiaras and Trianon website), you could have known the following:

    So in the end, as always, it comes down to etymology. In the beginning there were only diadems.

    diademfrom the Greek diadein meaning “to bind around” and thus begins the journey from ancient verb to divine headress!

    Long story short, all other terms for royal headgear, tiara, coronet, chaplet, the whole shmear, are simply subcategories or more specific descriptions of a diadem.

    So there you go! You fire your dresser for not knowing better (you choose not to behead her because that’s a little gauche) and wear your favorite diadem in pride to the ball that evening, looking resplendent and utterly royal.

    Elizabeth wearing the Coronation Earrings and matching necklace at the opening of the New Zealand parliament in 1963. She also wore the Kokoshnik Tiara.

    Elizabeth wearing the Coronation Earrings and matching necklace at the opening of the New Zealand parliament in 1963. She also wore the Kokoshnik Tiara.

     

  • How to Identify the BEST Vintage Jewelry

    I love hitting second hand stores and thrift shops for costume jewelry. And every once in a while, I think to self, “Wow. This looks expensive. I bet its a score.” Well, unfortunately, much of the time I’m wrong.

    So I found this tutorial to help me identify the good from the bad (and the just plain worthless).

  • 6-Carat Farnese Blue Diamond Could Fetch $5.3M

    “The Farnese Blue,” a 6.16-carat pear shaped fancy dark gray-blue diamond.

    “The Farnese Blue,” a 6.16-carat pear shaped fancy dark gray-blue diamond.

     

    Most gems of this magnitude have a storied history. And the stunning 6-carat Farnese Blue Diamond is no exception.

    Passed on to generations of Spanish royalty, the Blue Diamond makes it way to the auction block soon. “The Farnese Blue” will be offered at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 15 where it’s expected to sell for between $3.7 million and $5.3 million.

    According to the National Jeweler:

    It was uncovered in the Golconda mines of India, which also produced the famous Hope and Wittelsbach diamonds.

    The stone was given to Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain (1692-1766) and descendant of Pope Paul III, following her wedding to King Philip V of Spain, grandson of Louis XIV, King of France.

    The wedding was celebrated in Parma, Italy in 1714, after the War of the Spanish Succession, which had depleted the country’s finances. To be able to offer a suitable dowry for the new queen, the Spanish government sent word to its colonies, demanding they send wedding presents to Madrid.

    [Read more about its lengthy and fascinating history.]

     

     

  • M.W. Antique Cushion Cut Split Shank Ring

  • Breaking out of your Jewelry Rut

    If you’re like me, you have a jewelry box packed with goodies…but you tend to where the same items every day. In my case, its gold hoop earrings (two sizes: one smaller pair and the other my oversized “disco” pair for dressing up and going out).

    But what about all of the other beauties in my jewelry box? What about new pieces I wouldn’t dare to wear except for that “one occasion”?

    With Spring on its way, I decided it was time to break the chains!

    First, I cleaned out my jewelry box. I donated several items that had seen its day (goodbye mood ring) and arranged the items neatly in the box. This way, the appearance of my collection became more inviting and less…well, messy.

    Second, I decided within one week I would wear one of those “only for the special occasions” pieces. I chose a statement necklace with layers of brightly colored baubles on it. That special occasion? Going shopping with my friends. The takeaway? Don’t wait for that special occasion: today is that special occasion.

    Third, I added to the collection with a spring item. (Nothing breaks the rut like buying something new, right?) My green and yellow hoop earrings are a fun and bold replacement for my traditional hoops. They also help me usher in a new season with a more updated look.

    So there you go: simple steps to break out of your jewelry wearing rut. All it requires is a little spring cleaning, risk-taking and chain breaking.

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  • J.C. Mocha Gold Cross

  • I kept thinking “there’s no way that they only get 5 star reviews” but now I believe it!!!!

    Thank you for all your help and advice. You were right on the mark with size and cut. I love the Old Mine! So worth the wait!!!   I couldn’t stop looking at it today. It’s so refreshing to deal with a company who really earns all of those amazing reviews. I kept thinking “there’s no way that they only get 5 star reviews” but now I believe it!!!!   You guys have absolutely done it again. I appreciate how hard you work to make it perfect. It’s the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen.

    Your very happy customer,
    C. H.

  • C.T. Bezel Set Swirl Overlap Engagement Ring


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