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A Heart-to-Heart about these auction items

The July Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction did not disappoint, in items offered or bids commanded. I thought I would share a few of my favorite jewelry items sold - and sprinkle in another genre or two, just for fun.

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America’s patriotic jewelry

On this USA holiday, when we honor and remember those who serve our country, I thought it would be appropriate to visit symbolic tokens along the same lines. Patriotic jewelry has traditionally connected sweethearts, wives, mothers and families at home to loved ones fighting overseas.

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Pearls and men and recent trends

Much of the 20th century passed by without much attention to men in pearls. Fortunately we have seen a notable uptick in red-carpet sightings of men sporting pearl bracelets, tie-clips, earrings and - with increasing frequency - pearl neckwear.

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Vintage BIG FOUR. Which is your favorite?

May the FOUR be with you! Emeralds, Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds. I'm going to share some favorite vintage red carpet appearances with you here on May 4. Of course, there are thousands of moments we could celebrate. These four queens of cinema are those who first come to mind when I think about our most precious green, red, blue and white sparklers.

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Diamond music to ROCK you. Which is your favorite?

Join me, music lovers! Click the playlist below. Put your earbuds on. Connect your Bluetooth speaker. Stream it all through your supernova-sized speakers and share this earth-shattering collection of diamond studded songs around the block. Let's share this musical journey together, and tell me your favorites.

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Livia Firth and ‘The Diamonds of Botswana’

Livia Firth and Andrew Morgan recently teamed up again to produce a 14-minute documentary, investigating the positive-seeming impact the diamond industry has on this mid-sized African country.

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Diamonds with heart: A Valentine’s Day story

Once upon a time… A lonely rough diamond met another. The two began growing together. For countless ages they shared their lattices, twinning happily with each other until they were…

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The ‘Secret’ of black diamonds

History’s most famous black-diamonds may be those included in the Fantasy Bra worn by Adriana Lima at the 2008 Victoria’s Secret fashion show.. That's perfectly fitting, since black-diamonds have a “Secret” of their own, as we will reveal below...

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2020 vision

From the beginning the International Gemological Institute has had total commitment to understanding consumer concerns. So it’s appropriate, at the beginning 2020, that we are launching another means of reaching,…

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