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Jewelry From an Era: Art Nouveau

By Isabelle Corvin, CG, Staff Gemologist at Panowicz Jewelers “New Art” is the meaning of “Art Nouveau.” An artistic era, or a movement if you prefer. It swept through the world, gaining popularity mainly between 1890-1910. Art Nouveau was a period of transition in the fine arts, moving from the old into the new. Art Nouveau acquired distinctly localized styles as its geographic influence increased, leading to many regional differences among the movement. However, some general characteristics are indicative of the form. Nature and curved lines heavily inspired this art; begin with a simple, natural shape and make it come

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Fall Jewelry Trends You Won’t Want To Miss

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories Fashion trends during the fall season often incorporate warm colors and heavier clothing to stay cozy in the cold weather. When transitioning from short sleeves to sweaters, you might want to update your daily jewelry selection or even create a personalized jewelry capsule. Birthstone jewelry is always a great place to start but if you aren’t sure where to go from there, keep reading to stay on top of what’s trending and gaze at inspiring designs by American Gem Society (AGS) members! Birthstone Jewelry There are many beautiful birthstones

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Four Fun Facts About Sapphire

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories A new month means we have a new birthstone(s) to celebrate! Sapphire, the birthstone of September, has been a cherished gem for thousands of years. In honor of this breathtaking gem, we’ve listed four fun facts about sapphire so you can learn more! 1. A Birthstone with Many Hues Although typically thought of as blue, sapphires come in a rainbow of colors. Its hues vary from violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Sapphires in any color but blue are called “fancies.” However, red is an exception

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Tips from Jewelers Mutual Group: August’s Birthstone—Peridot in the Limelight

Peridot’s signature lime green glow looks good any time of day! It’s one of few gemstones that come in one color, though the green hue can vary from yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green, depending on how much iron is present. Interested in learning more about this beautiful birthstone of August? Click here to read Jewelers Mutual® Group’s August’s Birthstone: Peridot in the Limelight. Burmese Peridot by B & B Fine Gems

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Gifts For Her, Him, and Everyone in Between

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories When you’re in love, there’s no need for a special day or event to show your significant other how much you care. However, if you are looking for a reason to splurge on your special someone, National Couple’s Day on August 18th is the perfect day! We want to spread the love of National Couple’s Day with some jewelry inspiration by American Gem Society (AGS) members! For Her When you think of her, lots of ideas can come to mind. Bracelets, pendants, rings, pearls, you name it!  Mixed shape

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Get Your Gold On!

Throughout history, gold has been one of the most sought-after metals in the world. It’s been used as currency, to decorate objects as a thing of beauty, and is also used for industrial purposes. In the jewelry industry, the word “gold,” when used by itself, means “all gold” or “pure” gold, meaning 24 karat (24K) gold. Because 24K gold is soft, it’s usually mixed with other metals called alloys to increase its hardness and durability. If a piece of jewelry is not 24 karat gold, the karat quality should accompany any claim that the item is gold. The karat quality

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Get To Know Peridot

Peridot is one of three stunning birthstones for August, along with sardonyx and spinel. Recognized for its vibrant verdant hue, peridot adds a bold pop of color to any piece of jewelry. Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” believing it protected its wearer from terrors of the night. Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famed emerald collection may have actually been peridot! Interested in learning more about peridot? Check out this “All About Birthstones” video featuring Danielle Barber from Suna Bros. She tells us why she’s fallen in love with this “go big or go home” apple-green gemstone

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Jewelry Trends Taking Over Summer 2022

By Kimberly Tate, Content Creator, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories Jewelry trends heating up the scene this summer are too good to go unnoticed! So when you’re ready to soak up the sun or head to your next BBQ, you’ll need some go-to pieces to add to your jewelry capsule. Here are a few inspiring pieces from American Gem Society (AGS) members to help get you started! Butterfly Jewelry Butterfly jewelry designs are making a considerable comeback, particularly among the Gen Z crowd. Even if you’re a fan of the classics, it’s okay to change it up and have

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Tips from Jewelers Mutual: When Not to Wear Your Wedding Ring

The hottest days of summer call for cooling off at the pool, beach, or any local spot that will help us beat the heat! Whether having fun in the sun or finding ways to avoid it, taking care of your wedding ring may not be at the top of your list. If you want tips on how to avoid any damage to your ring while soaking up the sun, click here to read Jewelers Mutual® Group’s When Not to Wear Your Wedding Ring. Diamond engagement ring by Martin Flyer.

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