Red hot rubys
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To spice up your romantic life, try Rubies, as did the Greeks over 2,500 years ago. When they first discovered this shiny red rock, they named it Ruby, which means red in Greek. They thought this was a gift from the gods and therefore, must have purpose. They quickly realized it was one of the toughest and most versatile stones ever found. And therefore, much folklore began to grow. For example, the color red was known to ignite passion and because of Ruby's brilliance and color, they considered it to be "frozen fire." Fire, heat, red... passion. So when Ruby was given as a gift, the suitor's intentions were made quite clear!

Brad Congress
A pearl of wisdom
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It's a good idea to have your appraisals updated about every five years.

  1. Insurance companies only insure to the date of the last formal appraisal. So if your diamonds or other valuables have gone up over time, yo will not be compensated to today's market value for replacement purposes.

  2. Appraisal fees should never be based on a percentage of the value of your jewelry. It gives the jeweler motive to over price your jewelry. And you wind up paying more for your insurance in the long run. Charges should be based on a per hour of flat rate basis.

  3. When looking for a qualified appraiser it is generally best to have a graduate and/or certified gemologist do the work. These days, most insurance companies only accept appraisals completed by Graduate Gemologists.

Brad Congress
Cupid's Headquarters
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The link between Valentine's Day and Diamonds can be found in the tips of Cupid's Arrows? In Roman mythology, it is said that when Cupid, th son of Venus, first became the messenger and matchmaker of love, his arrows coudln't always pierce the toughest of hearts. Some had armor too hard to penetrate. So the Gods summoned Adamantias, the Unconquerable Warrior, who was famous for using diamond tipped arrows. Cupid tried these diamond tipped arrows and since then has been sending his message of love through diamonds for thousands of years. Happy Valentine's Day!

Stones speak the universal language of love
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One of the most endearing stories of giving precious stones to your love can be traced back to the Emperor Penguin? When the male desires to court a female, he often presents a single stone that he selects to be suitalbe for his intended. He then lays it at her feet as a gift. If she accepts, then they mate for life! And very often, the stone is kept and used to crack open the eggs at the birth of their offspring. So, during this holiday season, remember, whatever precious gift you give, be sure it's from the heart. Happy Holidays!