Halo Engagement Rings

A halo setting features a center stone, which can be either a diamond or a colored stone, encircled by twinkling small diamonds. Halo engagement rings can feature a center diamond of any shape, however round, square, and oval diamonds are the most popular.  The outline of small diamonds can also be of any shape but round and square are the most popular.

With so much customization and sparkle, halo engagement rings have become the preferred choice of brides-to-be. The unique thing about halo settings is, a smaller center diamond creates an illusion of a larger size center diamond, adding more sparkle, while a larger center diamond creates a striking balance of being both delicate and bold.

There are endless ways of customizing halo engagement rings. You can add double row of diamonds to add double sparkle; this setting is commonly known as a double halo. Choosing right setting for your halo will make lot of difference in how your ring will look. A prong setting (classic setting) or bezel setting goes well with halo. One of our designs includes pink gold weaving around the center to create an unconventional look. Our split shank halo engagement ring can be customized with two-tone gold to give it a distinct look.

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Solitaire rings with a big center rock are every bride-to-be’s fancy but not everyone can have it; a halo engagement ring does the trick and provides a bigger and bolder look with a smaller diamond.

2015-07-23_200715 M1125RD07PP_DR-462x347If you are looking for your dream halo engagement ring, browse our website or visit our store to browse our collection.

Knock Knock! Gold at new five year low and this is the time to buy your desired piece of jewelry

Gold along with Silver and Platinum are trading multiyear lows while we are writing this article. And we always see this as an opportunity for our customers to come by our stores and buy what they have either been planning or have desired to have.

Gold hit its lowest level since February 2010, after a low of $1088 an ounce yellow metal recovered a bit and was trading at $1105 an ounce.

Platinum was even worst hit and sunk below $1000, its lowest in the last six years. Reason sited for this is a perception that supply was increasing while demand was low. At day’s end it was traded at $980.

Silver was trading at $14.83 which is the lowest price for silver in the last six years. Silver seems to have been affected in general by the weakness of precious metal and commodities.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our store. We have a huge selection of bridal rings, engagement rings, earrings, pendants etc.

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Customs Seizes $6 Million in Counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry

In June, 720 pieces of counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry were seized by Miami customs officials, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.

The jewelry that was seized has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of around $6 million.

CBP officers said they selected the shipment for inspection and noticed that the merchandise was imitation jewelry that “bore a false, non-genuine copyright clearly piratical to the federally recorded copyright.

In 2014, the watch and jewelry category topped the CBP’s list of most-seized counterfeit items by value. China is the leading source of counterfeits, followed by Hong Kong. If we go by CBP reports, officers seized about $3.4 million worth of counterfeit goods around the country each day in 2014.

This brings us to a million dollar question, where does this counterfeit jewelry get sold? The easiest channel would be online sales. We take great care while selecting the vendors from whom we buy jewelry making sure everything at our store is genuine and guaranteed PURE.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Trust Sues Christie’s

Elizabeth Taylor’s estate is suing Christie’s, the auction house, over the $8.8 sale of the “TajMahal” diamond, a gift to the late actress from Richard Burton on her 40th birthday.

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The TajMahal diamond was sold by Christie’s along with the rest of Taylor’s jewels and wardrobe in New York following her death in 2011. The collection, which was dubbed the “Crown Jewels of Hollywood,” broke all expectations and brought in $183.5 million to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

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But the trustees of her estate have now filed a complaint alleging breach of contract. They claim the anonymous buyer of the TajMahal diamond returned it months after determining that it actually does not belong to the wife of a 17th century Mughal emperor.

According to the complaint auction house had only stated that the diamond was of Indian origin, but it still agreed to cancel the sale. Christie’s then requested that the estate return the proceeds of the sale.

Christie’s violated its own policies when it rescinded the sale, the trustee’s complaint states. “Despite facing no credible threat of legal liability, Christie’s nonetheless rescinded the sale of the diamond. In doing so, Christie’s not only deviated from its usual business practices and its own established policies, but it violated its obligations to the trust, all in an effort to appease the buyer.”

Taylor’s trustees claimed the auction house also refused to pass on $3 million from the sale of another gem called the Bulgari Ring.They said: “(Christie’s) failed to pay the trust the proceeds from the sale of the Bulgari ring in an attempt to strong arm the trust into returning the proceeds that the trust rightfully received from the sale of the TajMahal diamond.”

In a statement Christie’s said: “Christie’s was pleased to create a landmark auction event on behalf of the Elizabeth Taylor Trust that produced over $183.5 million in proceeds for the beneficiaries of the trust – the friends and family of Elizabeth Taylor.This suit stems from Christie’s seeking the return of a small portion of these proceeds due to the cancellation of a single item from that sale, and Christie’s looks forward to a speedy resolution of this matter.”

Ultimate Emerald Cut (100 Carat / D / IF) to be Sold by Sotheby’s

It’s hard to argue when Sotheby calls it Ultimate Emerald Cut Diamond with size of 100.2 ct. color D and internally flawless. Sotheby will auction Ultimate Emerald Cut on April 21st at Magnificent Jewels Sale in New York City; not very often we see a diamond of this size being auctioned.

Described as 'whiter than white' and the 'definition of perfection'

Described as ‘whiter than white’ and the ‘definition of perfection’

Gary Schuler, head of the Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York said in a statement “The color is whiter than white, it is free of any internal imperfections, and so transparent that I can only compare it to a pool of icy water”. He describes this 100.2 ct. diamond as “the definition of perfection”

Lisa Hubbard, chairman of North & South America for Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, said in a statement “It has everything you could ever want from a diamond. The classic shape begs to be worn, while the quality puts it in an asset class of its own”.

Mined in South Africa and weighed more than 200 carats in the rough

Mined in South Africa and weighed more than 200 carats in the rough

Originally mined by DeBeers in Southern Africa, when found it weighed more than 200 ct. in the rough. It took over one year for current owner to study, cut and polish it. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds are Type IIa, and they are the most valuable of all diamonds.

 

 

Ultimate Emerald Cut is expected to fetch between $19 million and $25 million. The diamond will be exhibited in Dubai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London and Doha, before returning to New York for exhibition in April.

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Yet another find at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfeesboro Arkansas.

A 2.01 Ct. Yellow Diamond found!!

When fields get plowed, diamonds don’t usually pop up. That’s unless you’re visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. That’s where Dean Filppula, an offshore steward from Shreveport, Louisiana, found a yellow 2.01-carat diamond last week.
It’s finders, keepers at the state park’s 37-acre search field, which is named for an ancient eruption that littered the area with gems. The area, which became a state park in 1972, is the only public site in the world where — for a small fee — you can dig for diamonds and keep them.

Dean Filppula holding his two-carat diamond (Photo: Crater of Diamonds State Park)

Dean Filppula holding his two-carat diamond (Photo: Crater of Diamonds State Park)

It was a lucky day for Mr. Dean Filppula, an offshore steward from Shreveport, LA who visited the park during vacation after a rainstorm. He found “wedge-shaped light yellow stone about the size of an English pea” in the West Drain area of the park. He is calling this 2.01 Ct diamond after his mother’s initials as “Merf Diamond”.

Park interpreter Wayman Cox says Mr. Filppula was at right place at right time. It rained heavily before his visit, which washed loose soil from surface uncovering the large yellow gem. His store is very familiar to many visitors in past who have found diamonds.

Mr. Filppula find is 20th diamond, but it is largest one found so far in 2015. He is planning to sell the diamond.

Last Minute Gifts for Your Valentine

Love is in the air and we are hoping you all are up and prepared with surprise for the special person in your life. BUT if not then you surely do not have much time on hand….

Day after tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  (Dun dun dun….) And you have nothing to show for it.

Well, panic no more my fellow procrastinators! We have some wonderful sparkling gifts waiting at our store just for you.  Our jewelry will let your partner know it’s true love.

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Our fiery, brilliant diamonds and stunning gemstones are surely to take your breath away. We have rings and bands for both Him and Hers.

If your partner has a birthday this month, don’t forget you can score extra points with the amet-500x500vibrant violet February birthstone, amethyst. You can buy loose gem now which can later be mounted to favorite jewelry.

 

 

 

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We have many more Valentine’s jewelry and other gifting options available at store. Our staff will help you pick the perfect gift for you. Hurry! Visit us today you have only couple of days left.

Pre- Valentine’s Day Ideas

I-love-youYes, that’s true! According to survey, Last year, jewelry was among the first items discounted in the weeks leading up to February. Naturally, this year you can expect more jewelry deals with the first Valentine’s Day sales appearing this week.

Keeping this in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of our favorite gift ideas for the special guy or gal in your life.  From Diamonds to Watches and everything in between, we have gifts you’ll be sure to love.

1)      Show your Infinite Love with this beautiful Diamond Pendant.

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2)      Give her some sweet eye candy.

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3)      As the saying goes, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, you can never go wrong with these.

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4)      Red Hot!

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5)      Does your guy love watches?  Give him a timepiece that will last a lifetime.

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6)      Gifting something special doesn’t mean buying jewelry every time. It sometimes mean living the old memories all again. If your better half has a favorite jewelry or watch that needs to be fixed, bring it to us.

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7)      Last but not the least, Chocolates & Wine!

No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate and wine. Adding bouquet of red roses will add more romance in the air.

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If planned right, you can have a successful Valentine’s Day without going over budget. Checkout our website or stop by at store for special Valentine’s Offer.

Diamond Jewelry …. Golden Globe: Lots of exciting stuff

 

If we go by what A-listers donned at Golden Globe 2015, statement earrings is what many celebrities opted to pair with designer gowns. Jewel creations were from world’s best jewelry houses and they dazzled the red carpet. We might have missed few in our list below but here is what we liked.

It was no surprise; Lorde pop star from New Zealand wore huge 100 cts. t.w. Platinum and Diamond Cleopatra-style bib necklace, she even had seven platinum and colorless diamond rings, all from Neil Lane.  Lorde_New-Zealand_PopStar

 

 Amal-Clooney Mrs. Amal Clooney had elegant diamond drop earrings by Harry Winston. Though there was a letdown that we felt which were white gloves that she had on.

 

 

Naomi Watts chose a 77-carat bold diamond Serpenti high necklace by Bulgari, complimenting high jewelry with rings and clutch bag.  NomniWatts

 

Salma HayekSalma Hayek had stunning feather earrings and bracelets by Boucheron while Catherine Zeta-Jones had perfect red carpet moment with a strapless red Angel Sanchez gown paired with elegant H Stern earrings.  Catherine_Zeta_Jones

 

 Laura-Prepon-GG2015 Laura Prepon, dazzled in custom made Christian Siriano long sleeve gown paired with Simon G necklace and earrings.

 

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Gina Rodriguez looked gorgeous in a strapless Badgley Mischka dress paired dangling Chopard earrings. Amy Adams wore classic diamond jewelry by Tiffany & Co whereas Diane Kruger chose diamond jewelry by Kwiat and Marina B

October Birthstones

October has two birthstones; Tourmaline which is a favourite gemstone for many because it’s available in a rainbow of beautiful colors and Opal which are truly unique as each gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.

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The name opal derives from the Greek Opallos, which means to see a change (of color).”  Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal’s beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background.

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Through time and nature’s heating and moulding processes, the gel hardened into the form of opals. When these particles are closely packed in spherical arrangements and in regular pattern, a three-dimensional array of spaces are created that give opal its radiance.

It is used in rings, necklaces and diadems; the smaller specimens for mounting snuff-boxes, rings, etc. and is believed to have the power of strengthening the eye.

Tourmaline

Tourmaline, being available in a wide variety of colors, is one of the favourite gemstone among jewelry designer, and gem collectors over the world. It is ideally suited to almost anyone’s taste.

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Tourmaline is also known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone.  These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized.

Tourmaline improves sleep; harmonize state of the endocrine and immune systems.

Black tourmaline is also indicated in the treatment of neurotic disorders. Green tourmaline restores nerves after stressful situations. Red tourmaline, especially rubellites, reduced metabolism, improve complexion, improve blood circulation and improves circulatory system. Watermelon tourmaline combines the properties and pink, and green of their fellows.

Interesting facts to share from Bowman Jewelers

232 Carat D-Color Diamond Unearthed in South Africa

Petra Diamonds have unearthed an exceptional 232.08 carat white diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa which is expected to fetch between $10 million and $16 million.

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The stone is a D colour Type II diamond with size of a strawberry and no measurable nitrogen impurities. “The diamond is practically see-through, so it is very likely to produce a flawless stone,” says Petra spokesperson Cathy Malins.

It has not been determined when the stone will be sold but the timing expected is in the second quarter of this financial year.

 

September Birthstone

When hearing the word Sapphire,we immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “Sapphire” in Greek refers to blue. For centuries, the Sapphire has been referred to as the ultimate blue gemstone.

Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the middle ages and is believed to protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Since Ancient times the Blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust which makes them one of the most popular engagement gemstones today.Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.

Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow.  Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known by their color (pink sapphire, green sapphire).

Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish or violet blue and various shades of pure blue. They are found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are rare. The purer the blue color of the Sapphire, the greater the price. However, many people find that the darker hues of Sapphire can be just as appealing.

 

August Birthstone – Peridot

Those born under Peridot may bewitch others!

Peridot is the birthstone for August and the 15th anniversary gemstone.  This gemstone is said to represent beauty, mystery, passion, and even enchantment. It can also equal forward thinking, channeling both justice and power. It was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature.

Since ancient times, Peridot was said as the symbol of the sun. The Greeks believed that it brought royal dignity upon its wearer and is said to have been first mentioned in the will of a bishop.

Peridot has been known to have healing effect on the gall bladder and liver. It is a protector against negative emotions when used in a necklace. Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.

This 146.10-carat peridot is in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London

Most peridot formed deep inside the earth and was delivered to the surface by volcanoes. Some also came to earth in meteorites, but this extraterrestrial Peridot is extremely rare, and It is very rare and May only be found in fine jewelry stores.

Peridot is a gem variety from the olivine mineral group. The bottle green color is called Peridot. Yellowish green is chrysolite. Olive green is olivine. Sources of Peridot include: St. John’s Island (Egypt), United States (Arizona and Hawaii), Myanmar, Burma, Australia, Norway, South Africa and Brazil.

Some of the finest Peridot stones are called “evening emeralds” because they appear greener under artificial light.

Ruby – July Birthstone

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“The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”

Ruby represents the sun which is heart of our universe as well as of human persona. They arouse the senses, stir the imagination, and are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth and its intense red color is said to bring success in love. There’s no better way to demonstrate your love than by giving a ruby.

On wearing it renders a bold & courageous persona to the person. It’s a variety of the gems species corundum. It is harder than any natural gemstone except diamond, which means it’s durable enough for everyday wear. Fine-quality ruby is extremely rare, and the color of the gem is most important to its value.

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The most priced color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. If the gem is too light or has too much purple or orange, it will be called a fancy-color sapphire.

Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Father’s Day gifts are a great way to say “Love You Dad”, though it can be hard to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day, hopefully we can make it a little easier.

Treat your dad to a memorable gift

Every gift has their own stories and memories, and making them live that memory again is the best gift ever.  Here are few of Ideas that can make a wonderful gift for dad.

1)      It has been long that your father have did not wear his favorite bracelet or chain. One of his rings needs to be resized. Take it out get Fix it up if required and get it cleaned.

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Bracelets, Chain and Rings for Dad

 

2)      Fix up his watch

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3)      Frame up your old memories.

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Give him the gift of Time.

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Something for every budget

Some of these products are always perfect when it comes to buy for your dad. Even if they already have it, they won’t mind to get another one.

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Helping You Say It Better

Create a personalized greeting card and pair it with your gift.

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For more gifting Ideas, stop by at store where you can instantly purchase and present Dad with wonderful gift!

We would love to know how you are celebrating Father’s Day, so go ahead and share with us in the comments below!

Beyonce with diamond worth $10 million at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards!

The stunning American singer stepped at the 56th Annual Grammy awards in an attractive white lace gown designed by Michael Costello,  but it was the accessories of diamonds that she wore which was worth of $10 million owned the red carpet for her and made her the center of attraction at the award function.

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The jewelry designed by Lorraine Schwartz outfitted Beyonce with sparkling cocktail rings on each finger of her right hand including a ruby ring on her finger to match her nail polish and on the other hand she added a Diamond- shaped cocktail ring to go with her 18-carat emerald-cut diamond wedding ring presented by her husband, Jay –Z  also designed by Schwartz.

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Schwartz was very happy and delighted that the 32-year old singer had chosen her jewelry for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Jewelry Designer also posted on her Instagram page with a photo of herself and Beyonce which read, “My muse, my friend, my bling queen – my true gem.”

Make Your Proposal Special

Proposing to the love of your life can be quite an anxious moment so it has to ” Be Special ” . Getting down on knee and proposing the love of your life is awesome but to make it special and memorable, here are top 7 ways to propose for which she is bound to say ” Yes! “.

1. Be yourself

Do what you would do in a normal situation. Be who you are and in your own special way say those three golden words. Do not use any planned speech, your own way of asking the question will be more dearer to her. Keep it simple, special and sweet.

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2. Icey Love  

Freeze the ring in an ice cube, and drop it in her glass of wine, champagne, or beverage. When she notices the ring in her glass, get down on one knee and propose.

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3. Flashmob Proposal

Get in touch with a dance school or flashmob club and ask both of your families and friends to get involved in your proposal. Once you’ve practiced and everybody is ready for a spontaneous dance performance, tell your girlfriend you’ve organized a lunch or dinner with friends and walk her to the performance destination. Then dance your heart out and finish with a heartfelt proposal.

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4. Photo Booth Proposal

Suggest a casual date at a photo booth and get a row of photos for your special day. Now, you can have the ring as soon as your dear one presses the start button on the booth for the next round. When you present the ring, you will have pictures snapping around you, giving you lasting memory of the occasion of your entire life.

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5. Unique Place

Women are extremely romantic. Take your beloved one to the place where you met each other for the first time. Recreate the same moment and then propose to her. It will definitely move her and get embossed on her memory for lifetime. It’s one of the romantic ways to propose.

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6. Put your proposal up there with the ads before a movie

Just make sure she doesn’t have the slightest idea of this proposal. Take your girl to see the show early so that she will not miss it and pick movie of her choice. You can do this by contacting the local theatre for advertising information. Imagine the look on her face when she reads this!

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7.Candle Light Dinner

This is a classic but one of great ways to propose your loved one . Candles are one of the quintessential elements of a romantic evening. A candle light dinner is a romantic way to propose to anyone who holds a special place in your heart and the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. The glowing of the candles sets a mood for a night full of romance and is one of the most perfect scenes to propose. It will set the mood for love and romance.

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At the end, just make sure that whatever you do, just do it keeping in mind your special someone’s interest because that is only which will make your proposal impressive.

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Tell her “Be Mine” this Valentine’s Day

Whether to tempt and seduce or to spark true romance, show them that the perfect gift makes the perfect statement. Surprise her with jewelry that is sure to make her smile.

This Valentines, come to Bowman’s for a great selection of gifts.
You’ll have no need to go anywhere else.

Tell her “Be Mine” this Valentine’s Day with gifts from Bowman’s

Go down on your knee with this beautiful engagement ring from our designers VOGUE,
Gabriel & Co or Scott Kay.

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“YES!” is all that you want to hear, well, she can’t say NO to this either 😉

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She is worth it! Get her a ring she will love a lifetime.

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Another reason why diamonds are a girl’s best friend. She’ll keep this “Close to Her Heart”. She’ll wear it with delight and show it off to everyone.

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The Never Ending Circle of Love is the universal symbol of love, romance, passion and devotion. A Diamond solitaire pendant or earrings can be the perfect gift to symbolize that!

Here are some of our heart-themed treasures from our collection which will convey your message without you telling a word.

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When you’d like your Valentine’s Jewelry gift to delight her beyond her wildest dreams, and be affordable and memorable, give jewelry from at Bowman Jewelers.

Champagne-Colored ‘Kimberley Diamond’

A rare 19th century 55-carat diamond, once part of the Russian Crown Jewels has gone on temporary view at New York’s American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. The Diamond gets its name from the Kimberley mine in South Africa where it was found before 1868. It has also been described as a “cape diamond,” an Old World term meaning “deep color.”

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The Kimberley Diamond went through a number of transformations during its 145-year history. It was cut from a 490-carat crystal into a 70-carat gem in 1921. The original diamond was fairly large, but there aren’t many descriptions of it, so its history isn’t well-known.

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To improve its brilliance and proportions, the diamond was re-cut to its present form in 1958 by renowned New York City Fifth Avenue jewelers the Baumgold Bros. The rectangular diamond is about 1.25 inches in length and virtually flawless.

by renowned New York City Fifth Avenue jewelers the Baumgold Bros. – See more at: http://www.peleddiamonds.com/blog/dazzling-colored-diamond-on-display-in-nyc/#sthash.i7xYx6zL.dpuf

The diamond was then sold to Bruce F. Stuart, great-grandson of Carnation Company founder Elbridge Amos Stuart, in 1971. Over the years, the precious diamond was transferred to the Bruce F. Stuart Trust, which still owns it. The stone is on loan from the Bruce F. Stuart Trust, said exhibit curator George Harlow.