How to Care for Fine Jewelry

As a retailer of fine jewelry we get lots of emails and calls asking us how to protect these valuable assets. Here a few valuable tips to keep your fine jewelry safe and sparkling. Dirt buildup may hasten the wear of your jewelry. Visit your jeweler at least once a year to have your fine jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected for worn or cracked prongs, faulty clasps, or any other potential problem that can occur with daily wear.  Avoid heavy blows to your diamond. Diamonds can chip if they are struck at just the right angle. If you bump or snag your jewelry, have it inspected for potential damage that may be unnoticeable to you. When you are not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate, soft, compact container. If cluttered together, jewelry can become scratched or chipped.

Diamond Care

 

Don’t wear your jewelry in the ocean! Salt water and jewelry just don’t mix. Ocean water can actually damage some stones and metals.Don’t wear your jewelry while cleaning! Exposure to chemicals can damage and discolor precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. Certain household chemical cleansers can actually damage colored gems. Remove your jewelry before going into chlorinated water, salt water, when using household cleansers.  Swimming in jewelry is also a bad idea as the water can constrict fingers making it more likely for your rings to fall off. Don’t place or store your jewelry near vents, grates, sinks or drains. This is just a disaster waiting to happen. When wearing pearl jewelry be cautious what cosmetics and lotions you use, as pearls are easily damaged by such products.

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Keep jewelry in an unlikely place. Jewelry boxes are an obvious place for thieves to look. When traveling, keep valuable jewelry at home or store it in the hotel safe, not your safe. Most burglaries happen in broad daylight. Always keep doors and windows locked during the day. One of the best ways to keep valuable or extensive jewelry collections secure is to store them in a burglary and fire-resistant safe.

 

 

Ruby the Birthstone of July

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Ruby the birthstone of July, is considered the King of gems. A ruby is also a traditional gift for 15th and 40th Anniversary’s. The ruby stone represents love, health and wisdom. It is believed that wearing a ruby bestows good fortune on its owner. According to ancient legends the ruby contains the original spark of life known as “a drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth”. The word Ruby originates from the Latin word rubens which means red. These stunning gemstones range in color from the richest shades of red to pigeon blood and,  pinkish reds. Rubies are considered one of four precious stones. The others are diamond, sapphire and emeralds.  A ruby gets its coloring form trace amounts of chromium. The most desired rubies are those that are a very deep red, widely known as “pigeon’s blood”.  Ruby stones are very hard and on the Mohs scale of hardness as they register at a 9, thus making them only slightly softer than a diamond. For a ruby to be considered perfect it must be the right shade of red, have a rich glow, and be brilliant and pure. Almost all rubies have flaws, and those without are considered exceptionally rare. Such rare rubies can fetch prices higher than those of diamonds of the same weight and quality. Almost all natural rubies are treated to improve their color. This is a standard practice accepted by the American Gem Trade Association.

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The finest rubies where originally mined in Myanmar, which is how the term “Burmese” ruby came to describe the finest rubies on the world market. Due to Human Right’s violations there are still many restrictions in place banning the import of goods form Burma. As a result this has impacted the production and sale of Burmese rubies in the marketplace. Rubies are also found in Thailand, Cambodia, India, Afghanistan and Colombia. In 2009 a large deposit of rubies was found in Mozambique.

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The worlds most expensive Ruby is known as the “Sunrise Ruby”.  This 25.59 carat Burmese pigeon blood ruby was mounted by Cartier and considered one of the rarest gems in the world. In May 2016 the “Sunrise Ruby” went up for auction by Sotheby’s Geneva. It was estimated to be worth $12-18 Million dollars. It sold for 30.42 Million dollars to an anonymous buyer.

 

 

 

 

 

Stackable Rings and Diamond Bangles Have Plenty of Fashion Flair

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Stackable Diamond Rings at Houston Jewelry

     This Summer season, versatile, stackable fine jewelry gives you endless opportunities to mix and match styles, textures, colors, and materials to create your own individual unique fashion look. Stunning stackable rings offer you more brilliant options than ever! Whether you are headed to the tropics or to your local beach, our stackable diamond jewelry is all you need to stay fashionable and look chic! The beauty of our stackable jewelry is it’s so easy to wear, and can be combined into multiple stacks or worn alone!

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Stackable Diamond Ring in Rose Gold

New fine jewelry styles feature white, yellow, and rose gold bands beautifully set with delicate diamonds or colorful gemstones. The styles range from traditional classic bands, bold pops of colored stones, or trendier styles. Many of the latest stackable rings off carved and sculpted details. Each design has endless options as you can mix and match your gold tones or wear all one color stacked. Other popular stackable rings combine various shapes of diamonds and gemstones including square, marquise, oval and round. The beauty of these styles is that you can mix and match your shapes for a super fun stack or rings! There are no rules!

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Gold & Diamond Stackable Bamboo Bangle Bracelet

Stackable bangle bracelets are now appearing in high fashion combinations of both thick and thin bangles in a variety of styles, metals, stones, and finishes. Finishes include polished, hammered and even frosted. There is something to meet each customers unique sense of style and jewelry taste. Today diamond and colored gemstone pieces are being mixed with different textures in both gold and silver. Stackable bangles, like the rings range in a variety of styles from classic to modern. The combinations that can be created are endless.

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Rose Gold & Diamond Stackable Bangle Bracelet

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White & Yellow Gold Bangle Diamond Bracelet

Colorful Gemstone Jewelry

 

Spring and Summer are the Seasons when nature’s fresh colors appear to be everywhere.  From the bountiful range of bright blue skies to the suns warm golden rays the season is alive with colorful hues. These bold and bright colors not only shimmer but also set flowers in bloom. From lovely Lavender lilacs, yellow daffodils, pink, orange and white crocus seem to spring up everywhere creating a beautiful colorful canvas. Lively colored gemstone jewelry is inspired by natures beautiful canvas.

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Sunny Yellow Sapphire & Diamond Stud Earrings

During these seasons we see designers whose jewelry collections and gemstone colors are inspired by the brilliant hues of the sea as well as Mother natures natural beauty. With a rainbow of gemstone colors that rival the best nature has to offer, this season elegant, fashionable, and affordable jewelry designs feature a variety of brilliantly faceted gems. During these seasons jewelry designers create lovely pieces with dazzling gemstones such as sultry Sapphire, tantalizing Tourmaline, Amethyst, Topaz, Aquamarine, and Citrine just to name a few. Combined with sparkling diamonds, they make for exceptionally beautiful jewelry that can be worn all year round.

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Aquamarine and Pink Sapphire Ring

 

The selections range from delicate bracelets, statement earrings, pendants necklaces as well as show stopper cocktail rings. Each can be set in a variety of settings such as yellow, white or rose gold giving each their own unique identity. Stand out rings, statement earrings and necklaces are this seasons style leaders. Openwork jewelry designs that are light and fashionable yet fun to wear are a must. Colorful styles range from classic to modern and become even more spectacular when surrounded by a scintillating pave border of small white sparkling diamonds. Whether a classic pair of earrings, a sparkling pendant or fashion forward cocktail ring, colorful gemstone jewelry is the perfect addition to enchant any jewelry lover.

 

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Pink Sapphire & Diamond Hoop Earrings

Visit Houston Jewelry today and let us help you find the perfect gemstone jewelry!

 

 

 

Turn Runway Jewelry Trends into Everyday Jewelry Wear

Houston Jewelry has the latest runway jewelry trends just for you! Whether you are dressed in a black evening gown or in your favorite pair of blue jeans, the jewelry trending on the Spring / Summer runways and donned by celebrities on the red carpets are not only fit for an elegant black tie evening event, but can also work well with an everyday wardrobe!

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Celebrities have long influenced our jewelry selections, and while today’s average women can’t always afford to wear fine jewelry designs from the likes of Harry Winston or Fred Leighton, their designs have provided inspiration for a more unique and inexpensive alternative for the everyday woman!

Colorful, affordable gemstones glittering on earlobes offer a basic, yet personalized statement, and today are stealing the show from the ever classic diamond stud earring! Oversized drop earrings and ear cuffs of any metal will add immediate edginess to your go to ensemble.

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That 10-carat diamond and emerald necklace we all drooled over on the red carpet can easily be replaced with an affordable, colored gem and diamond station necklace, or a simple lariat with dangling drops in rose, white or yellow gold.

 

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And, don’t forget the bold fashion statement ring or popular cuff to accent from wrist down. Whether karat gold or sterling silver, encrusted with pave diamonds or giant center stones, these are all Spring/ Summer fashion must haves.

 

Gifts of Love to Give Your Valentine

Gifts of Love That Set The Heart Aflutter
February 14th has been a special day for lovers since Roman times!  But the tradition of giving gifts of love on Valentine’s Day only started in England in 1446! It was not until 1537 that St. Valentine’s Day was actually declared a national holiday by King Henry VIII.
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Two Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
This romantic holiday offers lovers, sweet­hearts, friends and family the perfect opportunity to celebrate your feelings and con­vey sentiments of love. There is nothing like a gift from the heart and you can never go wrong with the gift of fine jewelry. 
There is no ro­mantic symbol more enduring than the ev­er-popular heart pendant necklace, made of sterling silver, precious karat gold or platinum. Heart-shaped jew­elry has always been a leading design for Valentine’s Day gifts. Today, you can choose from dozens of heart styles, traditional or non-traditional, colorful or classic, sophisti­cated or fun.
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Rose Gold & Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace
Any jewelry design created with passion­ate red or blushing pink gem­stones are always a Valentine’s Day favorite. And as always, nothing says “I Love You” the way a dia­mond does. You can never go wrong with designs glit­tering with col­ored gemstones or dazzling with fine diamonds to offer the pledge of fidelity and everlasting love. Two stone diamond rings are hugely popular this year and come in a variety of metal settings. Give her double the LOVE this Valentine’s Day!
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Red Spinel & Diamond Ring
And, let’s not forget the gentle­men in your life. Men of all ages are sure to be pleased with signet rings, or this season’s popu­lar tie tacks and cuff links.
Come in soon and see our collection of Valentine’s Day jewelry that is sure to set the heart aflutter. For more information visit www.houstonjewelry.com

The 4′ C’s of Colored Gems are Different From the 4 C’s of Diamonds

The 4 C’s Of Colored Gems are Different From The 4c’s Of Diamonds

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching many customers love to purchase colored gems! Pink Sapphires, Blue Sapphires, Emeralds, Tourmalines, and many other stones are hugely popular. Our customers often ask us what to look for in colored gems. Below is a brief description of how colored gems differ from Diamonds and what to look for when buying a colored stone.

 

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Pink Sapphire & Diamond Ring from Coast Available at Houston Jewelry

Diamonds are usually judged on their Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight, the 4 C’s that determine the quality and value of these precious gems. With diamonds, Cut is most important, next is Color, then Clarity, and finally Carat weight. With colored gems, the order of importance of the 4 C’s is very different.  The order is, Color the most important, Cut next, then Clarity, and finally Carat Weight. Here’s why:

 

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Coast Sapphire & Diamond Heart Necklace Available at Houston Jewelry

Color: As a rule, the closer a gem comes to the pure spectral hue of a color, with no strong undertone of any other color, the better it is. Evenness of color and complete saturation of color are also important in determining value. Equally critical is the intensity of color, its brightness or vividness, and the depth of color, either light or dark.

 

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Coast Green Tourmaline & Diamond Ring Available at Houston Jewelry

Cut: How a colored gem is cut affects both the depth of color seen in the stone and the liveliness it projects. If a stone’s color is too dark, the cut may be too thick. If color is too light, the cut may be too shallow. Certain cuts and shapes may also be wrong for certain stones.

Clarity: As with diamonds, clarity refers to the absence of internal marks or inclusions. Good clarity is more important in light colored gems than in darker ones. Most colored gems are not totally flawless, but if flaws reduce durability, affect color, or are easily noticed, they will reduce value.

Carat Weight: Remember that “carat” is a weight, not a size. And some colored gems weigh more than others. For example, a 1-carat ruby appears to weigh less than a 1-carat emerald, so the emerald will look larger than the same weight ruby.

 

For more information visit Houston Jewelry today!

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Necklace Trends Whats New This Season

What’s New In Necklace Trends

This Season there lots of emerging necklace trends. Although ultra-long necklaces of multi-strand gold chains are still popular, there’s a growing trend toward more decorative necklace designs this Spring season. These necklace trends include the bib, lariat, “Y” and choker styles.

Bib Necklaces. Bib necklaces are a huge trend this year! With their light, airy look of lace and mesh, bib necklaces have a lot of volume without looking sensuous, fabric-like feel and are composed of delicate festoons of three or more strands of gold or sterling mesh. They can also display cascades of pearls, faceted colored gemstones, or nets of sparkling diamonds.

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Gold and Citrine Lariat Necklace

Lariat Necklaces. The Lariat necklace trend is huge this year. These open-ended, long strand designs have decorative ends and are looped or knotted, not clasped. They spotlight individually and allow wearers to determine the length. Lariats can be made of white or yellow gold chain, sterling silver or leather, and are frequently brightened with pearls, diamonds or colored gemstones.

 

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Mastoloni Pearl and Diamond Y Drop Necklace

“Y” Necklaces. This classic style is shaped to drape around the neck like a capital letter Y. It looks good in all kinds of materials and is a very versatile accent with any outfit. Y necklaces generally feature beads, pearls, gemstones or metal designs stationed along a slim gold or sterling silver chain.

 

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Mastoloni Pearl Choker Necklace

Chokers. Collars are a necklace trend that is always classic! Making an ultimate comeback, the choker was first seen worn by wealthy ladies, ballerinas, and later queens in the late seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Close fitting around the neck, common styles today include open collar, Victorian, vintage, gemstone, pearl and Gothic.

 

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2015 The Year of Large Diamonds and Record Prices

 

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Photo Courtesy of the Lucara Diamond Corp.

2015 was a BIG year for Diamonds! In November 2015 the Lucara Diamond Corp found the second largest diamond in the world. The stone was found in the Karowe mine in the capital of Gaborone. This tennis ball sized diamond was 1,111 carats. Lucara Diamond Corp said the stone was so big it would not fit inside their scanner thus requiring a third party scanner. The stone is second only in size to the 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond found in South Africa in 1905. The current value of the Lucara Diamond is unknown at this point and will remain unknown until color, clarity and cutting are evaluated. Analysts suggest its value could be upward of $70 million dollars.

The Lucara Diamond Corp didn’t stop there! Later in the week they also discovered an 813 carat diamond as well as a 374 carat stone!

 

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Photo Courtesy of National Jeweler

Hong Kong Billionaire Joseph Lau set tongues wagging when in November he bought not one, but TWO fancy vivid diamonds for his seven year old daughter Josephine! His first purchase was for a 16.08 carat fancy vivid pink diamond. Lau paid a reported $28.5 million dollars for the stone.  This was the largest cushion shaped stone in the category fancy vivid that had ever gone to auction. Christie’s stated that only three pink stones classified by the GIA as fancy and weighing more than 10 carats had been up for sale in over 250 years. The stone was previously owned by Harry Winston, and Laurence Graff.

Mr. Lau has now named the stone “Sweet Josephine” after his daughter.

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Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s

The buying did not end there for Mr. Lau. A week later the property tycoon purchased a 12.03 flawless fancy vivid blue diamond for $48.4 million dollars.  The Blue Moon Diamond according to Sotheby’s is among the largest known fancy vivid blue diamonds in existence today. Mr. Lau has renamed the stone “The Blue Moon of Josephine”.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 in store!

 

 

Le Vian Jewelry Trunk Show: An Exclusive Collection of Chocolate Diamonds & Fine Jewelry

Join us this Thursday, December 17th for our Le Vian Fine Jewelry Trunk Show! This show will feature the LARGEST collection of Chocolate Diamonds in store!

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WHAT ARE
CHOCOLATE DIAMONDS?

Natural fancy color brown diamonds are available from light to dark brown, in many hues and clarities. Chocolate Diamonds® are Le Vian®’s original brand of natural fancy color diamonds that are selected for their rich chocolatey flavor, and sold exclusively by Le Vian®.

  • In the year 2000, Le Vian® initiated a campaign to brand Chocolate Diamonds® in order to distinguish them as high quality and separate them from the lower clarity, poor color diamonds. Le Vian® is the originator of Chocolate Diamonds® and holds the registered trademark in countries all over the world.
  • To be branded as Chocolate Diamonds®, these rare and natural beauties need to rate between C4-C7 on the color chart, have a clarity of SI1 or better, have a specific hue, be within the top 5% of the production, and sourced by Le Vian®. Chocolate Diamonds® of 20 points or larger are 10,000 times rarer than white diamonds.
  • Chocolate Diamonds® of ½ carat or larger are laser inscribed with the Chocolate Diamonds® brand on the girdle.
  • The color of Chocolate Diamonds® is determined by the tremendous pressure they receive deep within the earth.
  • Chocolate Diamonds® have been the most affordable natural fancy colored diamonds, their earth- toned color is wearable every day. However, the larger gems have been fetching record prices by collectors.
  • Le Vian® revolutionized fine jewelry by combining the flavors of diamonds, gems and gold in new ways, using its proprietary black rhodium within unique original designs.
  • Chocolate Diamonds® are mainly found in one mine in the world, the Argyle mine in Australia.

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What: Le Vian Trunk Show

Where: Houston Jewelry

When: Thursday, December 17, 2015

For more information call 713-784-1000