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The Great Pumpkin Diamond

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The Great Pumpkin Diamond

There is pumpkin pie and pumpkin latte. There is pumpkin cereal and pumpkin cookies. If you can think of it, there’s a chance it comes in pumpkin during this time of the year. Including “The Pumpkin Diamond.” Rated in color as Fancy Vivid Orange and measuring 5.54 carats “The Pumpkin Diamond” was mined in Central African Republic and then imported into South Africa for sale. After being cut to a cushion and polished by William Goldberg, it was put to auction at Sotheby’s where it was quickly purchased by Ronald Winston of the House of Harry Winston for the price of $1.3 million (yes, you read that right). $1.3 MILLION! The 5.54 Vivid Orange now sits at an estimated value of $3 million! Winston named the diamond “The Pumpkin Diamond” as he bought it the day before Halloween. Winston set the stone in a ring between two smaller white diamonds. Halle Berry wore the ring to the 2002 Oscars where she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball. The official GIA web site reports it as “one of the largest Fancy Vivid orange natural color diamonds in the world.” “The Pumpkin Diamond” was displayed at the Smithsonian’s “The Splendor of Diamonds” exhibit, alongside The De Beers Millennium Star, the world’s largest top color (D) internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond at 203.04 carat and The Heart of Eternity, a 27.64 carat heart-cut blue diamond. So, if you have a few million and happen to get your hands on “The Pumpkin Diamond”, bring it by our store and we will clean it up for you at no charge (as always).  ...

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Opal in October: Birthstone

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Opal in October: Birthstone

The month of October brings costume parties, haunted houses and {opal}. That’s right! October’s birthstone is the fiery and enchanted gemstone opal. So, let’s go ahead and break down what you need to know about this month’s gemstone. The kaleidoscopic gem encompasses the red of ruby, the green of emerald, the yellow of topaz, the blue of sapphire and the purple of amethyst. Opal equates to: Love      Prosperity      Growth     Influence      Fame      Love The enchanting legends: “Hindu legend has it that Opal was once a beautiful woman desired by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Eternal turned her into a creature made of mist, which each of the love struck gods endowed with a color: blue, gold and red. The wind swept away the lovely mist, and it later became a stone that shimmers with the colors of the rainbow.” “Arabic Legend believed opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning.” “During the medieval period, the change in an opal’s color intensity was believed to show the state of its wearer’s health.” “It is believed to have caused the Black Death plague that swept across Europe in the mid-14th century.” “Thought to make its wearer invisible, hence was thieves’ and spies’ chosen talisman.” “Thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blonde hair.” Healing properties: Cures eye infections Maintains healthy heart Prevents fainting Wards off evil and nightmares Reasons to buy opal: It’s your 14th or 18th Wedding Anniversary You were born in October – It’s your birthstone! Your zodiac sign is Libra Our favorite opal pieces:   Rina Limor Black Opal Necklace = $1,060 Retail Rina Limor Black Opal Earrings = $3,105 Retail       Sources: http://www.gia.edu/opal-history-lore                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.birthdaygems.org/jewels-gemstones/opals.htm...

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Special Offer on From Soldier to Soldier Bracelets May 21st through May 28th, 2016

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Special Offer on From Soldier to Soldier Bracelets May 21st through May 28th, 2016

From Soldier to Soldier bracelets are a designer version of the survival and friendship bracelets worn by many US and allied soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers will twist and braid parachute cord to create a bracelet. They are known as survival bracelets, because they can be unraveled and the paracord can be used for many purposes in a pinch. They are also exchanged among the soldiers as friendship bracelets. Often a uniform button is sewn on and used as the clasp. The button clasp symbolizes the uniform. The clasped bracelet symbolizes the bond among the soldiers that can never be broken. The From Soldier to Soldier bracelet campaign idea was hatched by a soldier. Little more than three years ago, Stefan Hylleborg returned to his native Denmark from his tour in Afghanistan with the intention of raising funds for a badly injured fellow soldier and his family. But instead of selling his own survival bracelets, he asked a friend, Claus Scheelke, a jewelry designer, to create a new version of the bracelets in the legendary Danish jewelry design tradition. Jens J. Aagaard, A/S, the leading Danish jewelry company over the last 40 years, enthusiastically agreed to put its muscle behind the marketing and fund raising, and the bracelets became an overnight national sensation. In honor of those who have served our country past, present, and future, we would like to offer a FREE From Soldier to Soldier bracelet to all military personnel with a valid Military ID from Armed Forces Day, May 21st, through Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th. In addition to this offer, all friends and family are invited to purchase any From Soldier to Soldier bracelet for 25% off retail. Exclusions and restrictions apply.* *While supplies last. In store only. Only one free bracelet per customer. Only valid on in stock items. This offer is only valid May 21, 2016 through May 28, 2016. Free bracelet excludes items with diamond clasp. Military personnel may purchase a From Soldier to Soldier bracelet with a diamond clasp for $25 plus tax.  ...

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Supporting Small Business: The Choice that Just Makes Sense

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Supporting Small Business: The Choice that Just Makes Sense

Supporting locally owned small businesses is a great way to support both local and national economies. Read more to find out the benefits of shopping local in this post by sales associate Taylor Smock.

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Behind The Scenes: Rhodium Plating

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Behind The Scenes: Rhodium Plating

Have you ever wondered how we get your fading white gold ring back to bright white? Or how we turn an old yellow gold ring into a new white gold ring? The process is called Rhodium Plating. Here are some common questions about Rhodium and Rhodium Plating, as well as a short video demonstrating the plating process.   What is Rhodium Plating? Rhodium plating is when a jeweler takes a piece of jewelry and, through an electroplating process, turns it into a bright, lustrous silver-white color. The Rhodium Plating process has four basic steps: Polish: First, a piece of jewelry must be cleaned and polished before Rhodium Plating. This insures that the surface is clean and free of any debris. Electroclean: The jewelry is cleansed in a glass beaker through a process which heats the solution and introduces electricity  with positive and negative anodes. Water, Acid Rinse, Water: The jewelry is then rinsed in distilled water, rinsed in an acid rinse for activation, then rinsed in distilled water again. Electroplate: The jewelry is then dipped in the actual rhodium plating where it goes through a similar process as the electrocleaning in order to apply the rhodium to the item. After electroplating, your jewelry is finally bright white! Check out the short video below for a timelapse version of Rhodium Plating. In the video, we used a yellow gold ring in order to show the true results. Rhodium Plating Video   What is Rhodium? Rhodium is a chemical element with the symbol Rh. It is a very rare member of the platinum metals group. Rhodium is a noble metal, resistant to corrosion, and is the most reflective of all metals, giving it the bright silver-white color you see in white gold or rhodium-plated silver. The hardness of Rhodium allows for a degree of scratch resistance, anti-tarnish, and durability. Rhodium is too brittle to be made into solid jewelry, however rhodium plated jewelry is much stronger and looks much brighter than non-plated items. On its own, rhodium is the world’s most expensive metal. Therefore, rhodium is often alloyed with platinum or palladium.+   What Metals can be Rhodium Plated? Typically, Rhodium Plating is used on gold or silver jewelry. However, it can be used on stainless steel, copper, bronze, and various other metals with proper technology.   How Often Does White Gold or Rhodium Plated Jewelry Need to be Rhodium Plated? Though Rhodium Plating can help prevent a piece of jewelry from becoming scratched and dull, it will eventually wear off due to skin contact and interactions with natural elements. It is hard to say how long rhodium plating will last. It all depends on the chemical makeup of one’s skin as well as day to day interactions with the elements. All Rhodium Plating will eventually dull after normal wear and tear. Most Rhodium Plating lasts from two to five years, however, it differs with each individual case.     For more behind the scenes fun, stay connected with us either here on our blog or via Facebook, Instagram, or...

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Insuring Your Jewelry

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Insuring Your Jewelry

It happens to all of us and as jewelers we hear all of the stories. Insuring your jewelry can be easy and fairly painless. Many people don’t know or realize that jewelry insurance is even an option. If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed, we are here to help, as promised. Here are the basics of jewelry insurance that everyone needs to know before choosing a policy.

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

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September Birthstone: Sapphire

The birthstone for the month of September is none other than the splendid sapphire. One of the most desired gemstones, the sapphire is a longtime favorite of jewelry and gem lovers. Symbolizing nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, it is no surprise that the sapphire is consistently seen in jewelry design.

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2015 Bridal Show Free Printable

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2015 Bridal Show Free Printable

For all of you fantastic brides-to-be in the Lubbock area, there is a fantastic semi-annual event held by the Bridal Service Associates of Lubbock! Every January and August, the BSA hosts the Bridal Show at the Lubbock Civic Center. This is a great opportunity to either begin or continue planning your upcoming wedding. As a member of the BSA, and having attended every show, we decided to share with you a resource that could be priceless. This Ultimate Workbook for the August 2015 Bridal Show is an awesome way to keep all of your notes together in one place. We separated the workbook by vendor type and left plenty of space for notes. Download the free printable below to stay organized at this awesome event! If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the bridal show, you can get them for $10 at the door. The show will be this Sunday, August 30th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. You can find out more information about the show here....

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Fashion to Fall For

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Fashion to Fall For

As I was doing my daily Amazon scroll yesterday, I stumbled upon their “Looks to Love Now” in the Amazon Fashion section (a must-see stop for any fashion addict on the jumbo site). Since the season is just a month away, this inspired me to share my five favorite trends for fall 2015 with a little bit of J. Keith’s Jewelry flare. All of the jewelry can be found on our website and purchased in our store.

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LOVE & CAKE

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LOVE & CAKE

The two sweetest things in life: love and cake. If you think about it, these two things can be extremely similar. Your wedding rings are like the icing on the cake in terms of your love for one another. They add a beautiful finishing touch that truly shows off your personal style, just like the style of icing and overall theme of your wedding cake can share your personality. Even more, there are unbelievable similarities in trending wedding cake styles and bridal jewelry. Plus, who doesn’t love looking at beautiful cakes and wedding rings while dreaming about the perfect wedding? So, we curated our favorite wedding cake trends and their wedding ring cohorts to match your style. (Plus, you can find all of the cakes on our fantastic Pinterest and the rings in our store!)

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