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January Birthstone, Garnet

And this month, to celebrate those of you celebrating a birthday, here’s a few fun pieces of trivia about the January birthstone, Garnet.  10 Fun Facts about Garnet 1 The most common color of a Garnet is reddish brown, but garnets come in every color except blue. 2 While many gemstones are mined underground, garnets are not. Garnets are actually commonly found as small pebbles in streams and watery places, where the igneous and metamorphic rocks that contain them have weathered away. 3 Garnet is found all over the world, including major mining sites include the Czech Republic, Greece, India, Madagascar, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and The United States. 4 The garnet is a very durable gemstone; 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale. 5...

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René-Jules Lalique, an artist of genius

The name Lalique evokes the brilliance of jewelry, the wonder of transparency, and the brilliance of crystal. Before it became a brand name, it was the name of a man, an artist of genius, René-Jules Lalique.” René Lalique was born in Aÿ-en-Champagne in the Marne region of Franceon April 6, 1860. Some years later, the Lalique family moved to Paris but continued to spend holidays in Aÿ. René Lalique remained deeply attached to his birthplace throughout his life. After the death of his father, René Lalique became an apprentice to craftsman and jeweler Louis Aucoc. It was during this time that he learned jewelry-making techniques and attended classes at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Next, he moved to England where...

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Hong Kong Jewellery Interview

US market unfolds changes and potential The jewellery week in Las Vegas is often considered the weathervane of the US jewellery market. The low attendance of the 2017 edition reassures us challenges and uncertainties are lingering. Industry practitioners interviewed by Hong Kong Jewellery, nevertheless, look forward to the future with hope and opportunities amidst drastic changes. Market changes The US market has changed at a rapid pace over the last five years. Besides famous brands, consumers are also very interested in unique, high quality designs for daily wear, said Ori Zemer, principal of ALOR,  California-based fine jewellery and watch brand. Well-known for its cable designs, the company has invented tooling that allows them to set trends with unique look and styling. “For...

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Sapphires Are a Girl's Best Friend

Sapphires, birthstone of September, are a girl's best friend not only for their breathtaking hues also because what they symbolize; honesty, loyalty, purity and trust! They are one of the most popular gemstones and widely used in bridal wear as well. When hearing the word Sapphire many people immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue. Typically, sapphires appear as blue stones, ranging from very pale blue to deep indigo, attributed to the presence of titanium and iron elements. The most valued shade of blue is the medium-deep cornflower blue. But sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. These different colors are...

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The Maltese Cross

What is the Maltese Cross The Maltese cross is a symbol that is most commonly associated with the Knights of Malta. What does it look like? The shape of the Maltese cross is star-like with four V-shaped arms that are joined together at the tips. What’s the history behind the cross? Although the Maltese cross is most famously associated with the Knights of Malta, as well as Malta itself as a country, the symbol originates from Amalfi, which was an Italian republic during the 11th century. What’s the meaning of the Maltese cross? The Maltese Cross formally adopted by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126, stylistically owes its origins to the crosses used in the crusades, when it was...

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