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June 1, 2010

Information, shopping tips and expert advice on a variety of promise rings. Learn all there is to know about the types, traditions and use of promise rings and find the one that will convey your deepest giving wishes to the one that is dear to your heart.

Promise RingsFor those sweet and special moments, when you know there is something you really wish to give something to someone you love – be it something material, emotional or spiritual – what you need is a promise ring.

Promise rings can be given for any type of promise between two people. It can be a romantic promise between two lovers, an embracing or supporting promise between parent and child, or a promise between two friends relating friendship, closeness and caring.

It is most important to be straight and direct about the promise you give to the receiver of the ring. It can be very sad and sorrowful for someone to read into a gift of a ring more than the giver had intended. If you engrave your promise or add a specific note to your gift, your loved ones will know exactly what you meant to give them, and their hearts will be filled with warmth and happiness every time their eyes meet the ring on their finger.

Promise rings come in any shape and color. Browse around our collection to choose the one suited for your needs. Whether it’s a diamond ring, a gold band or any ring with stones in different colors – the important thing is it will clearly say “I promise” from the deep of your heart, to the heart of that special someone.

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Expert Advice, Information and Shopping Tips on dazzling rings. Find out all there is to know about sparkling diamond and gemstone rings and find the perfect ring style for you or your loved one.

Jewelry.com: Splurge vs Steal: Valentine’s Special: Right Hand Ringers

Jewelry.com takes a look at the favorite Right Hand rings of our favorite leading ladies.

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Pearl Education: How Long is Long? Pearl Strand Lengths

Important pearls of wisdom about various pearl strand lengths – from short choker pearls to pearls that wrap around and around and around….

Pearl necklaces come in five basic lengths: Choker, Princess, Matinee, Opera and Rope. You may have heard of some of the names but probably have no idea how long each is and, more importantly, how it sits on the neck and below.

Choker – 16 in

The pearl choker is the shortest length circling the neck. While a pearl choker can be worn with almost any neckline and looks great with every style, from casual to formal, make sure it doesn’t swallow the neck. Pearl chokers draw attention to the neck but if you have a particularly short or long neck, the attention should be drawn away from the neck to the shoulder line or below. As such, stay away from chokers. For everyone else, a choker is great classic, suitable for every occasion.

Princess – 18 in

A princess strand falls slightly below the neckline and compliments every neck-style from high to low. It’s great for office-wear as its length sits just above a blouse neckline and won’t be hidden like longer lengths.

Matinee – 24 in

The Matinee strand is most popular for formal occasions and is the perfect length for any little black dress event. It’s also the best length for those who are well endowed in the chest region as it highlights the neck and shoulders finishing just above the cleavage.

Opera – 32 in

Falling just below the bustline, the Opera strand is great for eveningwear and compliments every body shape. For less formal occasions, it can be doubled over and worn as a twin choker ? a true day into night piece.

Rope – 46 in

If it’s versatility you’re after, then a pearl rope is the style for you. By itself the strand generally falls somewhere around the waistline and is perfect for those that like to stand out from the crowd. Its length means you can play with styles from triple, or quadruple rows of a choker, to doubling it as Princess and Opera style together. Or try simply knotting it for a chic look that’s perfect with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to an elegant evening gown.

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The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Find out all there is to know about sparkling diamond and gemstone rings and find the perfect ring style for you or your loved one.

Rings at Jewelry.comBright, bold cocktail rings to simple, stylish diamond engagement rings – there’s more
than just a stone and style to consider when it comes to purchasing a gem of a ring.

When it comes to bridal rings, classic diamond solitaires are always in fashion, but the cut of the diamond is a different matter. A traditional round-cut diamond ring, or a fancy heart-shaped diamond ring – discovering the cut to suit her style – then finding out how much you should pay is a labor of love (unless you’re at jewelry.com of course!).

Cocktail rings, diamond right hand rings, or gold, platinum even titanium rings – it’s all about matching color and style to skin-tone and occasion. Large faceted center stones make great jewels if you’re into statement pieces. Micro-pave diamond right hand rings, give the bling without the kerching! And of course a birthstone ring is a sure-fire winner when it comes to a ring with meaning.

Ring Around The Finger

When accessorizing for work or play, selecting the correct ring for your fingers is basic to proper adornment. Whether it’s something to compliment an engagement ring or wedding ring ensemble, a piece of fabulousness with one of today’s right hand rings, or a simple ‘gotta have it’ jewel – wrap some style around your fingers.

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The History, Myths and Traditions of Wedding Bands

From cavemen to cultural norms, discover the secrets, myths and historical gems that make wedding rings – the diamond ring of a lifetime.

Engagement Rings: The Latest Trends

A single diamond solitaire maybe the classic diamond engagement ring style – but today there’s more than just a ‘solitary’ style when it comes to bridal rings. Find out the trends, the styles and the settings that are topping the engagement ring trends for modern brides worldwide.

Insuring And Appraising An Engagement Ring

Should you insure your diamond engagement ring? Is it worth it? How do you do it? What should be aware of? Jewelry.com explains all and more, along with insider tips and advice about insuring and appraising all of your valued jewelry.

Women Put A Ring On It – Engagement Bling for Men

Engagement rings aren’t just for women anymore. More and more ladies are popping the question and putting a ring on their guys for good measure!

Engagement Ring Trends – Avoid The Bachelor Bungle

A jewelry primer of important engagement ring tips every nervous bachelor needs to know.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring

Jewelry.com reveals the codes, the secrets and some insider tips and trends on how to buy an engagement ring. From finding the perfect diamond to getting true value for money – its the 101 of Engagement Ring shopping.

Alternative Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s not quite the ‘norm’, there are some great ring finger alternatives to choose from.

Splurge vs Steal: Valentine’s Special: Right Hand Ringers

Jewelry.com takes a look at the favorite diamond right hand rings of Hollywood’s leading ladies.

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Tickled Pink – A Wedding to Match the Ring

And the bride wore pink – diamonds, that is. When Ellen and Portia said ‘we do’ a pink dress, pink accessories and a perfect pink diamond engagement ring made this celebrity wedding a rosy affair.

Celebrities’ Engagement Rings

What are the engagment rings of choice for the rich and the famous? Jewelry.com’s guide to celebrity engagement rings is a journey into some blinding bling.

Celebrity Rings

Mariah Carey’s diamond engagement ring shone in the spotlight as the super-star showed off her multi-million dollar jewel.

Right Hand Rings Rock the Emmys

Diamond divas lit up the Emmys. Celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria, Tiny Fey and Brooke Shields rocked the Emmys’ red-carpet with Right-Hand rings and dazzling diamonds.

Michelle Obama’s Ring – A Diamond and Rhodium ‘Thank You’

President Obama says ‘thank you’ to his First Lady with a diamond ring. As they say, behind every wise man, is an even wiser woman…

The History (As We Tell It) Of Engagement Rings

What’s the story behind engagement rings? From caveman and rope to aristocracy and diamonds – it’s an engaging tale.

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The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Pearl,the birthstone for June, is among the most timeless, classic and treasured ofall gems.

Throughout history, these noble gems have been associated with wisdom, wealth, purity, romance and mystery. The ancient Egyptians were buried with them. In Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and status. The Greeks prized them for their beauty and association with love and marriage. Medieval knights wore them in battle as a talisman against injury. And during the Renaissance, some European countries banned all but nobility from the right to wear them.

It’s hard to believe that such a luscious, beautiful gem comes from such humble origins. A natural pearl starts out as a grain of sand or microscopic worm that works its way into an oyster and cannot be expelled. To protect its soft body from this irritant, the oyster secretes a smooth, hard crystalline substance called nacre. Layer upon layer of nacre coats the foreign object and hardens, ultimately forming a pearl. In general, the thicker the nacre, the richer the ‘glow’ of the pearl – which can greatly enhance its value.

Although early pearl gathering depended on divers braving the oceans’ depths to retrieve these treasures, the vast majority of pearls today are grown, or cultured, on pearl farms by surgically inserting a small shell bead, or nucleus, into the mantle of an oyster.

Even though pearls are harvested en masse on pearl farms, producing a quality pearl is an extremely rare event. It is estimated that half of all nucleated oysters do not survive – and of those that do, only 20% bear marketable pearls.

When shopping for pearls, the five factors that determine value are luster (surface brilliance); surface cleanliness (absence of spots, bumps or cracks); shape (generally, the rounder the pearl, the higher its value); color (pearls come in virtually every hue of the rainbow, and a few others, too); and size (the average pearl sold is 7-7.5 millimeters, but these gems can be as small as 1 millimeter or as large as 20 millimeters).

Because pearls are soft, ranking only 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale for hardness, they require special care. Natural oils from the skin, as well as hair spray, lotions and cosmetics, can dull their luster. Like other jewelry, they should be cleaned with a soft damp cloth and stored in cloth or cotton away from other jewelry to prevent scratching. Also, avoid allowing your pearl to come in contact with harsh chemicals, which can erode its surface. And if worn frequently, pearl necklaces should be brought to a jeweler once a year for re-stringing to prevent strand breakage.

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The Jewelry Insider

August 2, 2009

From diamond studs to gold hoops, chandelier gems to dazzling drops – discover a dazzling array of earrings for every style, occasion and budget.

EarringsElegant and chic diamond studs to glamorous gold chandelier earrings – earrings are the ultimate accessories to state your style. Oversized golden hoops are fashion favorites for rock-stars and Hollywood’s up and coming, while diamond drop earrings and exotic gemstone jewels are red-carpet regulars.

Earrings have the ability to light the wearers’ face and cast it in a warm glow. The jewelry worn closest to the eyes, earrings can pick up and radiate emotion, whether shining, smoldering or blushing.

Whether your choice for the day (or evening) is pearl studs, yellow gold hoops or diamond drop earrings, any earring style you choose can be enhanced by selecting diamonds or colored gemstones that accent and flatter your eyes, complexion and hairstyle.

If you’re looking for bling without the kerching, earrings can give a luxury look for a dazzling deal. Micro-pave diamonds make diamond hoops an amazingly affordable way to make a style statement. So what are you waiting for – your style secret is ear and now!

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Earring Hoop-La

Classic hoop earrings get a high fashion makeover.

Celebrity Secrets: Rework Your Jewels

How to make your jewelry go further. Celebrity secrets to ‘reworking’ your jewelry box.

And The Bride Wore Pearls

Find out why pearls – from strands and pendants to necklaces and earrings – are perfect for any bride.

Bigger Is Better: A Fashion Week Jewelry Roundup

New York’s fashion week provided a peek preview of the jewelry, gemstones, colors and styles that’ll be blooming in spring 2009.

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Hollywood’s Dangle Divas

Hollywood’s hottest stars are flashing big earring styles all over the red carpet.

Earrings Shine at Elle Tribute

Elle honored girl power and girl power honored glitzy earring fashion… It was a sparkling night of stars, gems and golden jewels – from diamond cluster earrings to glittering hoops.

Diamonds Rock

Jewelry.com reports on the stars, their styles and their diamond jewels that were rocking the red-carpet and the audience at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

And The Winners Were…

Jewelry.com walks down the dazzling red-carpet at the 80th Annual Academy Awards and spies on the jewelry, diamonds and trends sparkling on the stars.

Angelina’s Oscar Emeralds

Angelina Jolie wears stunning emerald jewelry – from earrings to right hand rings – to the 81st Academy Awards.

Golden Globes Jewelry: A Mix of Statements and Safe Bets

Jewelry.com spies on the statement necklace sparkles, the styles and the stars making this year’s Golden Globes one for the style books.

The Girls Bare Their…

Sex In The City stars were all about the earrings at their glittering movie premiere. Find out the diamonds and jewels that make these stars sparkle in style.

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The Jewelry Insider

October 21, 2008

Indulge in some guilt-free shopping this month with November’s uber-chic birthstone – citrine.

Legend speaks of the power of citrine bathing its owners in thoughts of calmness and kindness. Certainly today, a splash of calmness would go a long way.

The sunny charm of citrine brightens almost any jewelry style making it the perfect gem to brighten the rather dour world of 2008. Citrine, a form of quartz, derives its name from the French word for lemon, ‘citron’. Many people have come to know this stone though under the name gold topaz, or Madeira or Spanish topaz, although in actual fact it has very little in common with topaz – except for a few nuances of color. Citrine is a member of the large quartz family. Like all crystal quartzes citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches. It won’t immediately take offence at being knocked about either, since its cleavage properties are non-existent. Even if their refractive index is relatively low, the yellow stones have just that mellow, warm tone that seems to have captured the last glow of autumn.

There are not many yellow gemstones in the world of jewels. A diamond or a sapphire may be yellow – but are usually up there on the price scale. Tourmalines or chrysoberyl, can be found in yellow hues but these tend to be greenish-yellow. However a citrine fulfils everyone’s color wishes, from lemon yellow to reddish brown.

Rare though it is, yellow does in fact occur in quartz in nature, if seldom, when there are traces of iron in the silicon dioxide. Historically, it has been found in Spain, on the Scottish island of Arran, in France, Hungary and in several mines overseas. Perhaps the citrine wouldn’t have been talked about at all if, in the middle of the 18th century, it had not been for the discovery that amethysts and smoky quartzes can also be rendered yellow by so-called burning. This heat treatment at temperatures of between 470 and 560 degrees has to be carried out very carefully and requires a great deal of experience. However, in the course of 200 years, its application has become so much a matter of course that most of the stones available in the trade today are in fact burnt amethysts or smoky quartzes. Only a trained specialist can recognize the signs of heat treatment at all, burnt stones having subtle stripes whilst the yellow of natural ones is cloudy.

In Europe, the boom on these yellow to reddish crystal quartzes didn’t begin until, in the 1930s, expatriate agate cutters from Idar-Oberstein, Germany sent large quantities of citrine back home, along with amethyst and agate, from Brazil and Uruguay. It was only then the spells of citrine began to be felt worldwide.

In the 1930s the world was in turmoil and the color and value of citrine made it one of the most popular gems on the market. Today history seems to be repeating itself. Looking at the trends of fashion – citrine is on its way back as a stylish super-star that won’t break the bank.

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July 16, 2008

Find out the whys, whats, wheres and worth of July’s red-hot birthstone – a rocking ruby.

RubyThere’s a saying that the ‘price of wisdom is above rubies’. That is certainly true, but hey, you can’t wear wisdom on your finger or around your neck. Ok – so wisdom is probably somewhat more useful than a ruby or two – but this saying just goes to show how highly prized these little red gems have been throughout history.

In England for example, the gold coronation crown of kings (and queens) contains a large, tablet-cut ruby on which the figure of St. George’s cross is engraved. What very well could be the world’s largest gem ruby is tucked away in Czech – also in a royal crown. The 250 carater rocking ruby is set in the St Wenceslas Crown that is hidden behind lock and key in the St. Vitus Cathederal in Prague. According to the history books, Charles IV of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia (1316-78) originally ordered the ruby for the shrine containing the skull of Saint Wenceslas. It was later set in the crown.

Rubies are symbolic of courage and bravery. Warriors were said to have implanted the gems under their skin to bring them valor in battle and make them
invincible. The stone has also been used as a talisman against danger, disaster, to stop bleeding, and a number of other ailments. Its intense color was thought to come from an undying flame inside the stone – or, as some legends would have it, a piece of the planet Mars. In Burma it was believed that rubies grew somewhat like fruit. The redder the color, the riper the ruby. A flawed ruby was considered over mature.

The finest rubies are intensely saturated, pure red with no overtones of brown or blue. After color, the factors that influence value are clarity, cut and size. Rubies that are clear with no visible inclusions are more valuable than those with visible internal flaws.

Rubies are readily available in sizes up to 2 carats, and because of their intense color and durability, they make excellent accent stones. Larger sizes can be obtained, but top-quality rubies are rarer and more valuable than colorless diamonds – particularly in sizes above 5 carats.

A 15.97-carat ruby (known as the Mogok Ruby) belonging to U.S. geologist Allan Caplan was sold at auction in New York by Sotheby’s in 1988 for $3.63 million. At $227,300 per carat, this made it the most expensive ruby in the world. It was purchased by Graff of London, who reportedly sold it to the Sultan of Brunei as an engagement ring for one of his wives.

Fortunately you don’t have to be the Sultan of Brunei to own your own ruby fruit. Make sure your July is royally red-hot with a stunning ruby rock.

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July 16, 2008

Find out the whys, whats, wheres and worth of July’s red-hot birthstone – a rocking ruby.

RubyThere’s a saying that the ‘price of wisdom is above rubies’. That is certainly true, but hey, you can’t wear wisdom on your finger or around your neck. Ok – so wisdom is probably somewhat more useful than a ruby or two – but this saying just goes to show how highly prized these little red gems have been throughout history.

In England for example, the gold coronation crown of kings (and queens) contains a large, tablet-cut ruby on which the figure of St. George’s cross is engraved. What very well could be the world’s largest gem ruby is tucked away in Czech – also in a royal crown. The 250 carater rocking ruby is set in the St Wenceslas Crown that is hidden behind lock and key in the St. Vitus Cathederal in Prague. According to the history books, Charles IV of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia (1316-78) originally ordered the ruby for the shrine containing the skull of Saint Wenceslas. It was later set in the crown.

Rubies are symbolic of courage and bravery. Warriors were said to have implanted the gems under their skin to bring them valor in battle and make them
invincible. The stone has also been used as a talisman against danger, disaster, to stop bleeding, and a number of other ailments. Its intense color was thought to come from an undying flame inside the stone – or, as some legends would have it, a piece of the planet Mars. In Burma it was believed that rubies grew somewhat like fruit. The redder the color, the riper the ruby. A flawed ruby was considered over mature.

The finest rubies are intensely saturated, pure red with no overtones of brown or blue. After color, the factors that influence value are clarity, cut and size. Rubies that are clear with no visible inclusions are more valuable than those with visible internal flaws.

Rubies are readily available in sizes up to 2 carats, and because of their intense color and durability, they make excellent accent stones. Larger sizes can be obtained, but top-quality rubies are rarer and more valuable than colorless diamonds – particularly in sizes above 5 carats.

A 15.97-carat ruby (known as the Mogok Ruby) belonging to U.S. geologist Allan Caplan was sold at auction in New York by Sotheby’s in 1988 for $3.63 million. At $227,300 per carat, this made it the most expensive ruby in the world. It was purchased by Graff of London, who reportedly sold it to the Sultan of Brunei as an engagement ring for one of his wives.

Fortunately you don’t have to be the Sultan of Brunei to own your own ruby fruit. Make sure your July is royally red-hot with a stunning ruby rock.

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