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January Birthstone: Where Do Garnets Come From?

If you’re lucky enough to be born in January, garnet is your birthstone. A gem found around the world, garnet comes in a painter’s palette of colors. So there’s bound to be a hue to suit your taste.

Garnets also come with a rich history. Red garnet necklaces graced the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Romans used carved garnets in signet rings to stamp wax seals safeguarding important documents. And the clergy and nobility of the middle ages had a particular affinity for garnet.

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Jewelry Trends: 2015 Hits and Our Predictions for 2016

Now that 2015 is coming to a close, it’s time to review the jewelry trend predictions the GIA social team made for the year.  We were so pleasantly surprised at their accuracy that we asked them to peer into their crystal balls again to see what will be trending in jewelry for 2016.

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Zodiac-Inspired Jewelry

An archer, a fish, a scorpion, a crab…connect the starry dots in the night sky and you get the Zodiac, a system of 12 signs associated with the constellations and born out of ancient myths and legends. Just as everyone has a birthstone, everyone has a zodiac sign tied to the date of their birth. This year, we had a lot of fun curating a series of  zodiac-inspired jewelry, looking for pieces that offered a highly imaginative spin on the signs themselves, or reminded us of the personality traits associated with each sign.

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Bling 2015 – A Year of Dazzling Diamonds

With the holidays just days away, the last minute gift-buying scramble hits full throttle. If you’re the organized type, you’re relaxing with your gifts purchased weeks ago, beautifully wrapped, and ready to be received. Or you might be like most of us – still trying to decide on that perfect jewelry gift with an unmistakable wow factor.

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Getting into the Spirit: Selecting the Perfect Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is always something people look forward to, but we’re often swept up in planning, cooking, shopping and more, not leaving enough time for ourselves. One way to stay on top of your game and avoid the dreaded last minute, “What am I going to wear?” dilemma is by having your outfits prepared (and jewelry selected) well ahead of time.

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