The Jewelry Box
Diamond dilemma, Part I

Diamond dilemma, Part I

Anyone considering the purchase of a diamond these days is faced with a multitude of choices, not only those concerning the “4 C’s”, which are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. (“Cut”, by the way, is the least understood, and can have a 40% — or greater — impact on the overall value, all other factors being equal; your jeweler can...
Jewelry security while traveling

Jewelry security while traveling

Few people ever consider going on vacation without taking at least some jewelry with them, and this is where trouble may come calling — because for the most part, there is no viable way to keep jewelry safe completely when traveling. Never leave jewelry in an unattended suitcase (or car trunk), locked or otherwise. (FYI, if you have secreted your jewelry in...
Fakin' it

Fakin’ it

Fake gold. Fake diamonds. Fake pearls. Oh, excuse me — faux. Any way you shake it, they’re not “the real McCoy,” and with really good fakes, it takes an expert to tell the difference. In fact, sometimes even the experts get fooled. So what good are they, really? The answer may surprise you, because they have all sorts of uses...
Gold prices and your homeowner’s insurance

Gold prices and your homeowner’s insurance

With the current gold market just below of $1,300.00 per ounce, everyone who has their jewelry insured (for most people, this would fall under your homeowner’s insurance) should be aware that your insurance levels are no longer adequate, even if you have the type of policy that raises the values automatically over a period of time. If...
Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items  — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why you...
March birthstone: Dual identity

March birthstone: Dual identity

Being somewhat of a traditionalist, it makes me a bit crazy when I see people attempting to promote the use of light blue topaz as a substitute for the March birthstone, which is aquamarine — although aquamarine is not the only birthstone for the month. Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope), which today is considered to...
Amazing amethyst

Amazing amethyst

Amethyst just happens to be the primary birthstone for the month of February, but without a doubt, this wonderful gemstone can make a great fashion statement when worn at any time of year. In fact, it is one of the most popular of all colored stones, and for good reason. Amethyst (a purple variety of quartz)...
New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

With the holidays now behind us, and as we begin a new year, this would be a great time to check some basics that will help protect your best interests in your jewelry, so here’s a short list of suggestions. If you have not already done so, a review of your current insurance would be a...
Holiday happiness

Holiday happiness

If you are considering having the purchase of fine jewelry play any part in your holiday happiness, this could actually be a good time to make a purchase, either as a gift, or for yourself — and there are several good reasons for this. You may have noticed that over the past year or so, the price of...
Terrific Topaz

Terrific Topaz

No, not the 1969 Alfred Hitchcock classic (although the movie was terrific); TOPAZ, the wonderful natural gemstone, which coincidentally, is the birthstone for the month of November. Actually, there are two “topaz” gemstones that are accepted as the birthstone: Genuine (precious) topaz, and “topaz” citrine. The colors of these two stones may be very similar when they occur in light yellow to medium golden...
October Opals

October Opals

Of all the popular birthstones, opal (the October birthstone) is the only one with a “bad rap” —  the idea (based completely on superstition) that opals are bad luck, which is complete and utter nonsense. In fact, perhaps the first recorded use of opals was in ancient Rome, at which time opals were given only positive attributes. Although opals have...
"Sapphires of September"

“Sapphires of September”

Aside from being the September birthstone, sapphire is truly one of the most magnificent of all colored stones, and comes in a fantastic range of colors (not just blue), including just about every color you can think of, except one. (I’ll tell you at the end of the column. If you read the July column,...