Ruby - red, the color of blood and passion has a rich lore and history. This birthstone for July has admirers deep into antiquity but what is a ruby? Like sapphire, ruby is a member of the corundum gem family - in fact only color separates ruby from sapphire.
Morganite is sometimes referred to as the love stone. Morganite’s rosy blush color suggests romance. The gem resembles natural pink diamonds but costs considerably less than a diamond of any hue.
From pale, sparkling champagne to rich deep, rich cognac the family of natural fancy colored brown diamonds is luscious and unique. Some colored diamonds are enhanced by an irradiation process which mimics that of nature, but natural, untreated fancy colored diamonds are the most desirable and expensive.
In addition to being a beautiful gem, amber has become a scientific source material, truly a golden window on the past giving us a glimpse into a world that is millions of years old. Amber is the fossilized sap exuded from a species of extinct pine trees. It is thanks to amber that traces of life that flourished in primeval forests have been preserved until today.
interest in Mid-20th Century furniture has spawned a renewed interest
in American ceramics of the post World War II era. Brand names such as
Russel Wright, Bauer, McCoy and Red Wing are as avidly collected as the
furniture of Eames, Saaarinen or Noguchi. It is hardly surprising, since
the sculptural forms and unusual colors complement the elemental
designs of Mid-Century furnishings so well.
Buying and collecting jade can be a tricky road to navigate. The most obvious form of insurance is to buy from reputable dealers who will stand by their merchandise. But what about the collector who loves the hunt (and what true collector doesn’t?), the collector who haunts the flea markets and garage sales in the hope of finding a treasure among the plastic fruit and broken china?
Time is a luxury for almost everyone; more time to spend with family and friends, more time to be alive. But what about the rest of us who are neither ultra-rich nor homeless? What do we define as luxury?