Tag Archives: Gemological Institute Of America

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Diamonds on the Side

We’re taking today’s serving of engagement ring eye candy with a side of diamonds. Yes, all of the goodies on today’s menu feature diamonds on the side – albeit in distinct styles. Adding diamonds to a ring’s sides – or shanks, if you want to use the correct jewelry anatomy terminology – is a fantastic way to further personalize a ring. There are a finite number of diamond shapes (cuts, again using proper terminology), so it’s up to the ring’s wearer and/or purchaser to make that ring truly theirs. Channel set rounds in combination with a round brilliant center stone Read More →

December Birthstone Turquoise

The December Birthstone Turquoise December is here again and the gem to rock is turquoise, the traditional birthstone of the month. Actually, the American National Association of Jewelers adopted turquoise as the official December birthstone in 1912. The history about the turquoise stone is a very interesting one. Poets have even creative interesting pieces about its existence. The turquoise stone, which means the “Turkish Stone”, traces back to 5000 years. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) it is among the oldest stones. It was among artifacts found in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia where it was used as a valuable Read More →

Spotlight On: Sharon Khazzam Jewelry

In this age when so many celebrities feel entitled to starting their eponymous line, be it perfume, fashion, or jewelry, just by virtue of their fame, Sharon Khazzam is an anamoly. She had a dream – to design jewelry, and she realized that dream the old fashioned way. She studied. She worked under masters, and only when she felt she had mastered her craft did she venture out on her own, fueled by talent, refined skill. Sharon is the personification of meticulous and order. After earning her degree in jewelry design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, she apprenticed Read More →

Cindy Chao Butterfly Brooch Heads to The Smithsonian

The new history-making jewel of the moment is an intricate butterfly brooch designed by Cindy Chao, a mega-talented jewelry artist from Taiwan. On March 5th, her delicate butterfly will rest its very bejeweled wings among the most famous jewel wonders of the world. It will perch historically with the likes of famous jewels such as Harry Winston’s Hope Diamond and earrings that once bobbed from the earlobes of Marie Antoinette. The jewelry artist’s 2009 Black Label Masterpiece Royal Butterfly brooch will be inducted into the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals. The brooch boasts 2,328 gemstones and Read More →

Mouawad Family Opening Manufacture Mouawad

The Mouawad family has long been royalty in the world of fine jewelry and timepieces, and now they have opened a watchmaking venture in Switzerland to focus on creating new lines for the Mouawad collection, and developing new collection. Mouawad Manufacture will be based in Breuleux, and overseen by Alain, Fred, and Pascal Mouawad. The Mouawad family’s long horological history goes back four generations to master watchmaker David Mouawad who created the company in 1890. His son Fayez Mouawad pioneered the embellishment of watches with precious gems in the 1950s. Fayez quickly built the family name as a brand synonymous Read More →