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Celebrating Pantone's Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Recently, Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems, announced it’s “Color of the Year” to be Ultra Violet. According to the company, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future, making it the perfect shade to ring in the New Year! It is the type of color that inspires inventiveness and imagination, something we could all use going forward into 2018. In honor of Ultra Violet's selection, we're celebrating all things purple! Here are four of our favorite purple stones and the meaning behind each one.

The Designers of Tiffany & Co.

Since its founding in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has defined style and been at the forefront of the world’s greatest design movements. A huge part of this is due to the designers they choose to work with. Elsa Peretti, Jean Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso, and Frank Gehry are all amazing artists and revolutionary in their designs. Here is a closer look at some of their work currently in our collection!

Six Spooky Symbols to Celebrate All Hallow's Eve

Jewelry is often an outlet for meaningful motifs and symbols. As we near Halloween, we're taking a closer look at some popular, spooky symbols in jewelry. Keep reading to learn more about some of our favorite halloween inspired vintage and estate pieces currently in our collection!

October Picks: Opulent Opal Vintage & Estate Jewelry

Happy October! This month is all about the opal, the birthstone for October. Opals have long been at the center of fascination. The mysterious stone has been compared to fireworks, volcanoes, and even galaxies. It’s hard to deny the beauty and brilliance of the opal.

Since ancient times, humans have been fascinated with the opal. The Romans thought the stone symbolized love and hope and gave it a name meaning “precious stone.” The Greeks thought the stone gave the wearer the gift of prophecy and protected them from disease. In the middle ages, the opal was considered good luck. It was said to possess the virtues of all gemstone since every color was represented in the opal. Also, if wrapped in a bay leaf and held in your hand, it was said to grant you the power of invisibility.

In 1829, the opinion of the opal changed drastically. This was the year author Sir Walter Scott published his novel Anne of Geierstein. In the book, the character Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman. When a drop of holy water falls on the stone, it turns colorless and the Baroness dies shortly after. After reading the popular novel, people began to associate opals with death and bad luck. The superstition that opals are only good luck to those with an October birthday stems from this.

Today, opals are seen as one of the most beautiful and unique stones. Here our some of our favorite opal pieces from our Vintage and Estate Collection!

Pearls of Wisdom: All You Need to Know About Pearls & Their Origins

The pearl is unlike any other gemstone. While most gemstones are minerals, the pearl is the composite of a mineral and an organic protein formed inside a mollusk. Despite all having the same basic creation, no pearl is alike. Some are formed naturally while others are farmed. Some grow in salt water and some in fresh water. Even the location of where they grow and what type of mollusk they grow in can affect the pearl's outcome. Here we've curated a list of some of our favorite vintage & estate pearl pieces from all different backgrounds!

September Picks: Sapphire and Diamond Jewelry

Happy September! We’re celebrating the start of fall in style with September’s birthstone: sapphire. The most common color of the sapphire is blue, but you can also find sapphires in pink, yellow, purple, green and orange. Sapphires are the third hardest mineral (after diamonds and moissanite). Since ancient times, sapphires have represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. They were also thought to have strong medical and protective powers, and were believed to be holy stones by a variety of religions including Catholicism.

Sapphires have been highly prized by royalty for decades. They were often worn to protect them from harm and for good luck when signing treaties. Up until the early 20th century sapphires were the preferred engagement ring stone, however in modern times, royals like Princess Diana and Kate have brought them back into fashion.

Whatever you believe, there’s no denying the beauty of the sapphire. We particularly love combining sapphires with diamonds to make a truly sparkling statement. Here are some of our favorite sapphire and diamond pieces from our vintage and estate collection!