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July Birthstone: Ruby - facts and lore - Part II

A sister stone to sapphire, ruby comes in just one color. The shades of red range from purplish and bluish red, to orangey red in medium to dark tones. Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby’s value. The finest rubies are a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red. Ruby in sizes over 2 carats is rare. [...]

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July Birthstone: Ruby - facts and lore - Part I

Long valued by many cultures, the Ruby was believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, signifying great passion. This fiery red gemstone – the color of the heart – has always been associated with deep love. Also, being the color of blood, ruby signifies great courage. July’s birthstone, ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th [...]

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May Birthstone: Emerald - facts and lore - Part I

Today when one thinks of Emeralds, the lush green of Ireland immediately comes to mind. With Emerald being May’s birthstone, we wanted to provide you with some information from the American Gem Trade Association and The Gemological Institute of America, about this fine gemstone. 100 East Fine Jewelry currently does not offer any pieces containing emerald. However, we do [...]

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​April Birthstone – Diamond - facts and lore

April’s birthstone, diamond, is also the favored gift for the 10th and 60th wedding anniversaries. Symbolizing lasting love and friendship, diamond was believed to inspire loyalty, rouse romance and encourage a joyful life. The gem of character and spirit, diamond radiates the dazzling personality of those who wear it.Derived from the Latin diamas meaning the unconquerable, diamond has maintained its position throughout [...]

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine - facts and lore

March’s birthstone, aquamarine, is believed to reawaken love, kindle friendships and elevate the spirit. Aquamarine glints the fresh, young-at-heart qualities of those who wear it.Derived from the Latin words ‘aqua marina’, meaning seawater, the very name aquamarine brings to mind the limpid, clear blue tint of the sea. It is believed to keep sailors safe and guard against storms, [...]

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From formation of the crystal to polished gemstone: The life of an Amethyst Crystal

Ever wonder about the path a gemstone follows from its ‘birth’ as a crystal to its ultimate use in a piece of jewelry? This blog will follow February’s birthstone, amethyst, through its various stages. As you learned in my February birthstone blog, amethyst is a variety of quartz which naturally occurs in colors ranging from light lilac to a deep, intense [...]

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Nik Wallenda Performing After Horrific Accident

On February 22, while in Sarasota, Florida we had the opportunity to attend the 20th annual Circus Sarasota; something we hadn’t done in years. I was quite surprised to learn that Nik Wallenda, the famous aerialist, and his troupe were performing that night. His many feats include walking tight ropes across the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. My surprise wasn’t [...]

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Aruba Butterfly Farm

100 East Fine Jewelry’s focus is COLOR. Virtually all our jewelry pieces contain colored gemstones inspired by, among other things, the colors and beauty of nature. We recently visited The Butterfly Farm on the Caribbean Island of Aruba, where we were able to walk among, photograph and learn about these amazingly colorful and beautiful creatures. Here are a [...]

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Pantone's 2017 Top 10 Spring Fashion Colors

100 East Fine Jewelry is all about color. We specialize in selling jewelry pieces containing colored gemstones or with multiple colors of metal. That’s why we follow, with vested interest, the bi-annual Pantone Fashion Color Report which is issued each spring and fall. About Pantone’s Fashion Color Reports Each year since the 1990’s, Pantone has published bi-annual fashion color reports covering the [...]

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Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

100 East Fine Jewelry is all about color. Specializing in selling jewelry pieces containing colored gemstones or with multiple colors of metal, we follow with interest Pantone’s annual Color of the Year announcement. You can also check out our blog about the Pantone Top 10 Spring Fashion Colors for 2017. Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Every December, beginning in 1999, [...]

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