How Smart Engagement Ring Purchases Can Help Offset the Cost of a Wedding

The Cost of Weddings are Astronomical

The cost of a wedding in the US now averages over $35,000 according to a CNN Money Report, and while this price tag may not come as a surprise to most people, the dollar amount is still staggering.

Spending Less on the Engagement Ring

It should also come as no surprise, therefore, that engaged couples today are looking for ways to save money on the cost of their nuptials.…

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Colored Chains and Necklaces – All the Rage this Year

One of the biggest (and some might argue most fun) fashion trends of this year is big, prominent chain necklaces and bracelets. From classic and vintage to modern and edgy, they come in all different shapes, sizes, styles, colors and iterations. Colored and coated chains are especially trendy, perhaps because there are so many excellent coating processes available that help give the chains a more individualized, unique quality and beauty. The most popular processes are…

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Father’s Day Gift-Giving Traditions Around the World

Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, is celebrated around the world, with each country following its own traditions and celebrating in its own unique fashion. Since it’s always nice to learn about other cultures and customs, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how this special holiday is celebrated around the globe.


Finland – Father’s Day in Finland takes place on the 2nd Sunday of November and is a day when…
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Six Graduation Gifts that are Perfect for the Graduate


“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” —Benjamin Franklin


Whether graduating from high school, college, or graduate school, graduation day is a time for graduates to contemplate their future, and reflect on their achievements and the path that took them to graduation day. It is an emotional time for grads and their families alike. And it is a time of celebration. Celebrating the graduate can take many forms including…

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Busting Common Myths about Jewelry Appraisals

Most jewelry store owners offer appraisal services, and most are probably familiar with the occasional customer that requests these services after having their own bad appraisal experience with an unethical jeweler or hearing about someone else’s negative experience. These negative experiences can cause the customer to believe a bunch of myths about appraisals that fuel their doubts about the jeweler and make them hesitant to pay for an appraisal. Below is a look at these…

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Move over Fine Jewelry & Costume Jewelry – There’s a New Kid on the Block…

And it’s Called Demi-fine Jewelry

Demi-fine jewelry is a new category of jewelry that blurs the line between fine jewelry and costume jewelry; it fills the gap that used to exist regarding jewelry that is designed with exquisite craftsmanship, but can be purchased at affordable prices.

Unlike fine jewelry, which is typically crafted from precious stones and metals and saved for those elegant or special occasions, demi-fine jewelry combines beautiful designs with semi-precious stones and…

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Jewelry Destination: Athina. Athens, Greece

Greek jewelry in Athens

One must only look at Greek jewelry to behold its impressive beauty, its ornateness and geometry, and to see how it compliments the wearer while also standing out on its own, adding an interesting bold design element to any wearer’s ensemble. Greek jewelry can easily be unisex, but you will find statement pieces for all genders to enjoy. Upon visiting Greece, you can observe how the artisans work…

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How to Launch Your Mother’s Day Campaign

Each spring, millions of people in the US start their search for a gift for a very special person in their lives: Mom. However, Mother’s Day gifts are not just for moms; shoppers buy Mother’s Day gifts for their stepmothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, aunts, and daughters as well. And Mother’s Day isn’t only celebrated in the US. In fact, Mother’s Day is one of just a few holidays that are celebrated internationally. It’s also one…

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Jewelry Destination: Baselworld. Basel, Switzerland

There are many prestigious jewelry shows on the roster for members of the jewelry industry to attend. Jewelers, gem dealers, manufacturers, buyers, retailers, and even members of the public are invited to attend the industry’s most exciting annual events, usually held in an exhibition hall or at a luxurious hotel.

Baselworld jewelry models

Baselworld 2019

Jacob & Co. Bugatti x innovative timepiece collaboration

The purpose…

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Copyright Law and “Post-Purchase Confusion”

As if trademarks, and copyright, and patents weren’t confusing enough (we tried to shed a little light on this subject in a recent post, “Can Jewelry Designs be Copyrighted?”), entering into the legal fray is a new suit filed this year in New York by Van Cleef and Arpels against Nice Ice Fine Jewelers.

In the suit, Van Cleef & Arpels are alleging that Nice Ice Fine Jewelers has infringed upon their trademark ‘Alhambra’…

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