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March Birthstone, Aquamarine, Has Interesting History

  When it comes to birthstones, few are as dazzling, symbolic and eye-catching as the March birthstone, aquamarine. This gemstone boasts a fascinating past, and its stunning appearance is sure to impress anyone who sees it. The March birthstone possesses an exotic and interesting history. For a long time, aquamarine was used as an amulet […]

Going Vintage

Do you desire a piece of jewelry that looks like it’s a period piece from the early 20th century, or even something like your mother used to wear?  Well, your ship has come in!  We at Hemming Plaza Jewelers specialize in creating custom pieces of jewelry.  Going vintage is very trendy these days, so what […]

Give Your Graduate The Gift Of Jewelry

This time of year, everyone’s mind is on the events of the holiday season.  Don’t forget those college graduates that generally receive their degrees this time of year.  Companies like Jostens have cornered the market on things like class rings, but why not give your graduate the gift of jewelry this holiday season.  We offer […]

December Birthstones

If you like blue, you’re in luck.  December has 3 birthstones associated with it, all of which are absolutely stunning. Tanzanite, as its name implies, was originally discovered in Tanzania.  An early substitute for the more expensive sapphire, tanzanite has come into its own in recent years to possess a beauty all its own.  Though […]

Give The Gift Of Jewelry

This holiday season, give the gift of jewelry.  As most of you know, this time of year is synonymous with shopping.  Some people will be knocking down doors in hopes of getting a TV for a low, low price, while some will patiently wait for Cyber Monday.  Instead of high end electronics that often need […]

November Birthstones

According to the American Gem Society, there are two November appropriate gems, topaz and citrine.  At first glance, neither of these is probably your favorite gem, but perhaps it would interest you to know that imperial topaz was worn by the Russian Czars of the 19th century, so even if it doesn’t reflect your favorite […]

Thanksgiving Jewelry

If you read our last blog, you know we discussed holiday jewelry.  You may be thinking, “What about Thanksgiving”.  It wasn’t an oversight.  Thanksgiving’s roots reside in more Puritanical times, where any kind of adornment would probably lead to reprimand for being too gaudy or ostentatious.  Times have indeed changed and there’s no social construct […]

Holiday Jewelry

Halloween was not long ago, and soon, Christmas will be upon us.  We all go to parties or social functions this time of year, but those two holidays, specifically, are very different from one another.  Halloween is much more casual so maybe you’re shopping for some costume jewelry, whether it’s for a get together, or […]

Jewelers Becoming More Sophisticated

As the world becomes smaller due to an evolving global marketplace, so too must jewelers, even on a local level, become more sophisticated.  Whether supply or demand rises, the industry must remain flexible.  As Patrice Nordey, CEO of a consultancy group said, “The jewelry industry must figure out how to recognize a person as a […]

Investing in Diamonds

Diamonds carry a lot of meaning.  They are symbolic of everlasting love, and perhaps like your love, they can shine forever.  They’re not just for weddings or a proposal to be wed though.  Diamonds convey a sense of elegance and sophistication.  Because there is a lot of sentiment behind each diamond purchase, oftentimes customers will […]

Lasting Value To Mark An Occasion

Why do people buy diamond rings?  Of course there’s the obvious tradition of engagement and wedding rings, and this time of year,  a lot of people are purchasing anniversary rings.  Why is this?  According to Gary Long, a jeweler in Stockton, California, “diamonds are considered something of lasting value to mark an occasion”.  That means […]

A Token Of Your Love

Some people wonder why the standard rule exists that a man should spend at least two month’s salary on his bride-to-be’s ring.  Consider for a moment that, not only are you going to be with this person for the rest of your life, but she will ALWAYS have this ring on her finger.  Her ring […]

The Landscape Of Diamond Consumption

It’s no secret that the United States is the world’s largest diamond consuming market with a global demand hovering just below 40 billion dollars in 2014.  However, did you know that China is the second largest diamond market even though they buy a little more than 25% of what the United States buys?  After 2008 […]

An Unexpected Source Of Diamonds?

If you’ve ever seen the movie Blood Diamond, you may be under the impression that Western Africa is the leading producer of diamonds in the world.  In fact, we asked our intern today who she thought the leading diamond producer was, and she immediately said “Sierra Leone”.  As of the end of 2014, Africa has […]

Who Knew?! Earrings And Little Plastic Discs.

From INSTOREMAG.COM A Twitter user is burning up the internet with the astonishing news that the little plastic discs on the back of inexpensive earrings can be – wait for it – removed. “After my nineteen years of living I have now realized that you are supposed to take the plastic part off,” she reported […]

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