March Babies, Aquamarine is Your Birthstone and One of the Most Famous Was Owned by a First Lady

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Hey, March babies. Congratulations, your official birthstone is the beautiful aquamarine. Did you know that one of the largest and most famous aquamarines of all time — a 1,298-carat wonder — was gifted to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt by Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas nearly 80 years ago? It now resides in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y.

FDR had just won his second presidential election in November of 1936, when he and the First Lady decided to embark on a month-long “Good Neighbor” cruise to South America.When the cruiser USS Indianapolis landed in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian president and his wife presented Eleanor Roosevelt with the remarkable stone from Vargas’ own collection.


Silver Miners in Ancient Greece Demonstrated Surprising Technical Skill, Say Archaeologists

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Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old silver mine that radically rewrites the history of how the precious metal was unearthed in ancient Greece. Although they were believed to be slaves who had no option but to toil in stifling and dangerous conditions, ancient miners were far more sophisticated than historians ever imagined.
Archaeologists conducting a subterranean investigation of the Thorikos silver mine found a surprisingly complex system of galleries, shafts and chambers — about 5km of conduits in all.

The skill and physical abilities employed by the ancient miners to dig these channels, access the ore deposits from the bedrock and then to properly process them outside of the mine reflected a triumph of human ingenuity, reported New Historian.

Amethyst: Here are 10 Fun Facts About February’s Regal Birthstone

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For centuries, historians and jewelry lovers alike have been enchanted by the mystique of amethyst, the official birthstone of February. A member of the mineral quartz family, amethyst radiates a wide array of regal purple hues ranging from sparkling lilac to sultry deep violet. Amethyst is associated with spirituality, sobriety, security and wisdom. It is also the zodiac stone for the constellation of Pisces.
The alluring gemstone has been the focus of many intriguing myths and legends throughout history. The name “amethyst” is derived from Greek, meaning “not drunken.” According to Ancient Greek lore, the stone could ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and intoxication, and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Mariah Carey’s Colossal 35-Carat Diamond Engagement Ring from James Packer is the Biggest Ever

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Mariah Carey’s colossal 35-carat diamond engagement ring from Aussie billionaire James Packer sets a new standard for Hollywood bling.
Worth an estimated $7.5 million, the ring’s emerald-cut diamond center stone is more than twice the weight of the 17-carat emerald-cut pink diamond she received from former husband Nick Cannon in 2008. Packer popped the question to Carey in New York City this past Thursday.

The diamond, which is surrounded by tapered baguettes in a platinum setting, outweighs the most famous celebrity engagement rings of all time. These include the 30-carat diamond Elizabeth Taylor received from Michael Todd in 1957, the 24-carat canary yellow diamond Paris Hilton accepted from Paris Latsis in 2005.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Debuts Flawless 5-Carat Edwardian-Era Engagement Ring on the Red Carpet

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Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley unveiled her flawless 5-carat Edwardian-era engagement ring from actor Jason Statham on the red carpet of the Golden Globes last week.

The ring from designer Neil Lane’s archival collection features a round diamond secured by its original four-prong Edwardian setting — a piece that dates back to the early 20th century, according to People StyleWatch. The platinum band is adorned with pavé diamonds on each side, and has a delicate diamond gallery that encircles the center stone. People reported that the ring’s value is $350,000.

The 48-year-old Statham, a Brit who is famous for his tough-guy roles in films, such as The Transporter trilogy and The Fast and the Furious franchise, was truly excited when he found the right ring, according to Lane.

Famous ‘Subway Garnet’ is Relegated to a Storage Drawer at the American Museum of Natural History


Once the pride of Manhattan, the “Subway Garnet” — a 9 pound 10 ounce reddish-brown crystal of the almandine variety — is currently relegated to a storage drawer on the fourth floor of the American Museum of Natural History.
In a recent article in The New York Times, George Harlow, the curator for the earth sciences department at the museum, explained why the Subway Garnet has been out of the public eye.

He said that only 2 percent of the vast collection is on view, so any visiting geologist who wants to see what may be the most famous example of January’s birthstone must make an appointment with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The Museum’s mineral and gem collections total in excess of 100,000 specimens.

And what about the name? Legend states that the Subway Garnet was discovered by a city worker in 1885 near the corner of 35 Street and Madison Avenue.

2015 Will Go Down in History as a Banner Year for Magnificent Gemstones


Fans of magnificent gemstones will be talking about 2015 for a long time. It was the year that produced a cavalcade of record-breakers, including the world’s most expensive gemstone and an amazing rough diamond that weighed a staggering 1,111 carats.

Here’s our review of the gemstones that lit up 2015…

• In November, the much-ballyhooed Blue Moon diamond set an all-time record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a gemstone when Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau captured the coveted 12.03-carat gem for a jaw-dropping $48.5 million at Sotheby’s Geneva. He renamed the stone “The Blue Moon of Josephine” in honor of his young daughter.

Traveling with Jewlery

Are you traveling for the holidays? Here are some tips about traveling with jewelry.

It is important to assess what kind of trip you are taking and how much jewelry you should take.

Do you really need to take a lot of expensive jewelry? Do you need to change your jewelry according to your outfit? Our advice is to take as little as possible. Unless you are going away to a very dressy affair and need your “good” jewelry, it is best to leave it at home in a safe or your bank vault. If you are going to a resort in the Caribbean, or touring in a foreign country, you do not need to wear all of your best diamond jewelry. It will attract attention, and it could be the wrong kind of attention. Thieves are always on the lookout for people to “hit” on and you could be a prime target. If you always wear your engagement ring or diamond wedding band, make sure it is insured. Avoid showy necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Keep it simple.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Donates Extraordinary Citrine Necklace to Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection

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Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie Pitt donated an extraordinary citrine necklace to the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Featuring 64 cushion-cut citrine gems and a fiery 177.11-carat pear-shaped citrine drop, the 18-karat gold necklace went on display last Friday at the Janet Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals in Washington, D.C.
The new piece, called the Jolie Citrine Necklace, will remain on view indefinitely, alongside some of the world’s most famous gems, including the Hope Diamond. The National Gem Collection is part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History — the most visited natural history museum in the world. The collection consists of approximately 350,000 mineral specimens and 10,000 gems.

What is a Semi Mount?


There are several ways of purchasing an engagement ring. You can buy a ring that is complete with diamonds and ready to wear –
or you can purchase your setting and your stone separately.

The setting is called a semi mount. It can be a plain band that the diamond is mounted on or it can be an elaborate concoction of side stones or stones encircling the center stone.
Diamonds come in an infinite variety of cuts, sizes, colors and clarity. Every diamond is graded on these qualities. Many people prefer to pick out their own diamond so that they get the exact stone they want. Of course prices vary greatly according to these qualities.

At Gold Fire Diamonds we specialize in helping you to find your special ring. We can help you choose a mounting and a stone to go in it. We then put it all together for you into a spectacular ring.