Author: SaiLin Designs

Gem Highlight of the Week: Blue Moon Diamond

Autumn is officially upon us. Yippee! The foliage is a burst with color and the proliferation of pumpkins and ghostly paraphernalia throughout the neighborhood point to a Halloween spirit in full swing. Did anybody have the opportunity to observe late September’s supermoon? With the moon in mind, I wanted to feature the Blue Moon Diamond as our gem highlight of the week. As you may have heard last month, it is poised to sell for as much as $35 to $55 million when it goes to auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva mid-November (Mosendz, “Big Blue Moon Diamond…”). Aptly titled after the phrase “once in a blue moon,” this rare, 12.03 carat, fancy vivid blue diamond has been deemed internally flawless in clarity by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). What truly distinguishes this gem is its exceptionally unique color. In comparison to the colorless varieties that most consumers are familiar with– if for no other reason than the classic diamond engagement ring–, fancy colored diamonds are a rarity, and therefore much more valuable. The Blue …

Deciphering Your Jewelry Metals

My introduction to the jewelry world began in much the same way as many other little girls—my mother’s jewelry box. Tucked away in a small porcelain box decorated with delicately painted blueberries on top, it was a collection that never ceased to fascinate. It didn’t matter how many times I sifted through its contents: a set of emerald and gold studs, a gold class ring, an organically carved jade pendant on a silver chain… And of course, the pièce de résistance—the golden band sitting on my mother’s left ring finger. At the time, metal distinctions and gem quality were beyond the scope of my interest or understanding. As long as a piece could call that box home, I knew it was important to my mother, and could subsequently be called treasure. My own jewelry collection started with costume jewelry. Amongst its contents you’d find: silver-plated chain necklaces with small charms dangling at the center à la Claire’s, little gold colored rings with a single pearl bead right from the supermarket’s 50 cent candy and toy …