Endless talk of all things sparkly.


December in Fast Forward

December feels like someone pressed the ‘fast forward’ button and ‘pause’ is no where in sight. Here are a bunch of photos that have accumulated from this month. Enjoy! {from top to bottom: Victorian baby rings–finally found rings that fit my tiny pinkey!  I wear them stacked… Read More

Designer Jewelry

Gem Gossip: Pick of the Week 12/17/10

I’ve always loved the inverted black diamond look–but I’ve never seen it demonstrated like this! The ring is designed by Borgioni and is available at Susan Foster in Los Angeles. It is done in 18k green gold, with a 9.04 carat black diamond in the center, intertwined… Read More

Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Glimpse into the Past: Antique Wrist Watches

Antique wristwatches caught on strong during the 1920s.  They often were done in white gold or platinum, and fraught with diamonds.  Embellishments like calibre cut onyx, sapphires, emeralds or other colored stones added to some of the more unique ones.  The faces were shapes of rectangles, circles or… Read More

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Gem Gossip Holiday Wish List

Holiday wish lists are easy for a person like me–whether it’s a piece of jewelry I’ve been admiring all year, a new gemological gadget to use at work, a newly released historic jewelry book, or a remarkable mineral specimen to display–that pretty much covers it all. Read More


Jewelry Street Style

Street style blogs are my favorite kind of blog (besides jewelry related blogs). Although most focus on fashion, there are every once in awhile, a shot of the jewelry. The above shots are some of my favorites. [via il bisonte,… Read More


Heritage Auctions: Dallas December Sale

Heritage Auction House has a fine jewelry and handbag auction date set for December 13, 2010, and I got the catalog in hand!  The sale features many pieces of jewelry, from all time periods.  Several diamond rings with large carat weight center stones are in the sale,… Read More