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April’s Brilliance: Dazzling Diamonds

The diamond’s claim to fame outshines every other gemstone. From ancient times, it’s been associated with strength and beauty. People have decorated themselves with diamonds in handcrafted and beaded jewelry, and used them for more spiritual purposes, for thousands of years. The word “diamond” is derived from the Greek “adamas,”which means unconquered or invincible. Diamond is the hardest substance on ... Read More »

The History of Swarovski Crystal

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The History of Swarovski Crystal By Leslie Patrick Chances are the name Swarovski conjures images of dazzling, brightly hued stones in your mind’s eye. For nearly 70 years, the Swarovski name has been synonymous with sparkling jewels, but the real story begins long before that. In the late 19th century, Daniel Swarovski worked in his father’s glass cutting factory in Wittens, ... Read More »

10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry

Handmade to Your Closet: 10 Reasons Why Your Wardrobe Needs Handmade Jewelry By Leslie Patrick Walk through any mall in America and you’ll see a treasure trove of jewelry. A kaleidoscopic array of baubles, bling and accessories cascade from every shop window, their inanimate voices practically screaming “buy me”! Trouble is, that while these pieces may look nice and the ... Read More »

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