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  • July Birthstone - Ruby

    July Birthstone – Ruby

    In 1560 Benvenuto Cellini stated  ” the price of ruby was eight times that of diamond.”  And today, ruby remains the most expensive gemstone, in sizes over three carats, rivaling the price of diamond.  Wearing a ruby was said to preserve the health of the wearer […]

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  • November Birthstone – Topaz

    The old Sanskrit word “tapas,” or fire, is the root word from which the modern name Topaz is derived.  Red Topaz is one of the most rare color of all the colorful topaz gemstones therefore it is extremely valued. The largest faceted red topaz found […]

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  • Cartier Star of South Africa Diamond

    Cartier and America – Star of South Africa Diamond

    Getty Image The “Star of South Africa” diamond was discovered in 1869 and started ‘diamond fever’ throughout the world. The 47.69 carat pear shaped diamond was set into a pendant brooch with oval and round old mine cut diamonds in a lily of the valley motif. […]

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