Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gem of the Month – Citrine!

Citrine is the celebrated birthstone for the month of November. To help celebrate this gem is pictured stunning pair of 14KY Checker Board Pear shaped Citrine and Diamond Earrings. The name is derived from its lemon-yellow colour translated from Latin citrina which means “yellow”. Citrine is part of the Quartz family of stones, whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. The trade often calls citrines “topazes” which is a misnomer and is incorrect. Citrine is rarely found naturally; …

Posted 22 Nov 2012 4:42 am by : admin

Archduke Diamond Sets Price Record – GIA Insider Report

Elizabeth Taylor, move over for Archduke Joseph.   The 76.02 ct type IIa, Golcanda diamond, which belonged to the Archduke of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, brought $21.5 million Nov. 13 at Christie’s Geneva auction. The diamond, a GIA-graded diamond D-If, achieved a record per-carat price of $282,545. Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond, which sold last December, brought $265,697 per carat.   The buyer of the famed Archduke diamond wished to remain anonymous.   The history of the Archduke diamond is obscure, but …

Posted 20 Nov 2012 4:41 am by : admin

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day

  The red poppies that McCrae referred to in his poem “In Flanders Fields” had been associated with war since the Napoleonic Wars when a writer of that time first noted how the poppies grew over the graves of soldiers. The damage done to the landscape in Flanders during the battle greatly increased the lime content in the soil, leaving the poppy as one of the few plants able to grow in the region. Please take this time to honour …

Posted 11 Nov 2012 4:33 am by : admin

How to Preserve Your Collection of Fall Leaves

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Posted 1 Nov 2012 4:29 am by : admin