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Supplier Spotlight: Pompos Jewelry

Pompos, the namesake and founder of Pompos Jewelry, developed a fascination with jewelry making at a young age. In a short time, he realized he had a talent. He became one of the highest-paid and most coveted jewelers in Los Angeles. In the late 80s, Pompos partnered with a well-known jewelry brand to make a line of invisible-set diamonds that became a sensation in the industry. In time, Pompos went on to form other partnerships with well-established jewelry brands and continued designing and innovating. In 2005, Pompos and his three sons—Rick, Alex, and Gabriel—opened Pompos Jewelry to offer their combined

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Jewelry & Gemstone Cleaning Methods to Use at Home

Before cleaning any of your gemstones, it’s important to know if the gemstones have been correctly identified. Every gem has a unique composition that determines how it will react to different cleaning methods. Unsure of what gems are embedded in your favorite piece? Find a credentialed American Gem Society (AGS) jeweler near you to determine what gemstones you’re working with. Our credentialed jewelers can help with specific suggestions for the care of your gemstones and jewelry. Continue reading for the most recommended gemstone cleaning methods that will keep them safe and clean for years to come. Why You Should Clean

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What Are Mother’s Rings?

Mother’s Day gifts are always appreciated—whether they are the expensive variety or handmade by the children. But you can’t go wrong with jewelry. When considering a gift of jewelry for Mother’s Day, there are many options, from traditional diamonds and birthstones to something more personalized. A mother’s ring is a very personalized jewelry gift that has strong sentimental value. What is a Mother’s Ring? While many people choose to give birthstone jewelry for special occasions, the birthstones are typically the recipient’s. In the case of a mother’s ring, the ring contains the children’s birthstones instead. Mother’s rings can be found

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What Is a Padparadscha Sapphire?

Sapphires are known for their exemplary blue color. But there is actually a rainbow of hues available for this gemstone. The padparadscha sapphire is a rare but striking version of this gem that is pink- and orange-toned, offering a colorful alternative to the more well-known blue. September birthdays may especially enjoy the variety of choosing a padparadscha sapphire, as sapphire is the birthstone for September. Part of the long history of sapphires, which traced the gem’s popularity to the Middle Ages, padparadscha sapphires are especially well known for their associations with creativity, energy, and good health. The word “padparadscha” is

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Bakers From Paris to Brooklyn Start the Year With Blinged-Out Delicacies

Shared from the blog of American Gem Society member, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist.  Bakers from Paris to Brooklyn are kicking off the new year with blinged-out delicacies designed to delight and excite jewelry lovers. In Paris, the husband and wife team of Julie and Nicolas Lelut baked diamonds into the almond cream filling of a huge batch of holiday galettes, a buttery flaky pastry. Eight hundred galettes were distributed equally between their two stores — with one diamond hidden in a pastry at each location. Visitors to the Délices de Belleville bakery in Paris earned a 1-in-400 chance of winning a .20-carat white diamond,

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Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Keep Criminals Away During the Holidays

Jewelry is one of the most popular gifts of the holiday season. It is often given to signify love or to mark the end of another year as a milestone. Unfortunately, criminals are aware of these pricey purchases meant to bring joy; they often assume we are at our most vulnerable this time of year. The following three safety tips from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company will help you outsmart those outlaws and give you peace of mind. You have enough to think about during the holidays, and you shouldn’t have to add safety concerns to that list. Learn more by

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December Birthdays – Blues or Bliss?

December babies usually get the raw end of the deal, with family and friends focusing so heavily on the holiday season that December birthdays are often forgotten or rarely ever celebrated with great panache. However, luckily for those same December born babes – they get to call three different birthstones their own. The month of December embraces various hues of blue, touting Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise as the gems of the month. Whether you treat yourself this year or gently remind your reveling loved ones, these beautiful blue gems should definitely top your list this month. Tanzanite: Haling from Tanzania

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Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect

Are you planning to make one of your holiday gifts an engagement ring? With all the excitement and holiday hubbub, where do you begin? Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has compiled a wonderful list of what to look for, based on latest trends, hottest colors and alternative alloys. But keep in mind, it’s most important to be conscious of what your beloved most desires. Learn more by reading their blog, Popular Engagement Rings to Make Your Holiday Proposal Perfect.

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Happy Birthday November!

By Amanda L. Colborn November has two beautiful birthstones associated with the month. If you’re a fan of color or variations of colored stones, than November is the perfect month for you. Both Topaz and Citrine shine in popularity because of their outstanding colors. They both also have a very special place in history! Learn more about each stone below: Topaz Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, at the time — all yellow gems were called topaz. Often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate

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How To Clean Your Jewelry

Blog post courtesy of The Kingswood Company At the American Gem Society, we love sharing blogs with you about gemstones, diamonds, fine jewelry and new fashion trends. When it comes to jewelry care, we strive to give you the best jewelry care knowledge so your keepsakes will last for generations. That’s why in this blog, we teamed up with The Kingswood Company. For over 60 years they have been the leading innovators in high-quality, private-label jewelry care products. So this week’s blog is completely dedicated to keeping the jewelry you already have, or are looking to purchase, in the best

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