Month: January 2010

Wittelsbach-Graff diamond debuts

It’s official, as of yesterday: The famous Wittelsbach-Graff diamond did not come from the same stone as that other rare and storied blue diamond, the Hope, despite amazing similarities. The two share “similar histories but were clearly found as separate…

Valentine’s Day gifts on a budget

Holly and Paul had only $10 to spend on a love token in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What does that buy today? At Tiffany’s, nothing. But there are still ways for low-budget lovers to give jewelry from the heart, without losing much from the pocket.

Making it on 1000 Markets

There’s a lot of interest in online markets for handmade goods, both from jewelry makers and shoppers. Etsy is the big daddy of artisan marketplaces, followed by Artfire. But if you’re looking for a selective, less crowded alternative, check out 1000 Markets.

January birthstone: Garnet

Legend has it garnets worn by the January-born will bring constancy, fidelity, and true friendship. They were long believed to cure hemorrhaging and excessive anger, and frequently mistaken for rubies and emeralds. A look at this incredibly versatile gemstone.