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A Pearl is a Pearl: Cultured Pearls vs Natural Pearls

Pearls – this month’s birth stone – have long been revered for their simple and luminous allure. Nicknamed the “Queen of Gems,” these unblemished beauties were treasured in early history as near-priceless; in fact, for many years, pearls were the the world’s most expensive jewels. The ancients even believed they had magical powers. While pearls today have lessened in value compared to other gems, their luminous loveliness remains widely admired. When considering a purchase of pearl jewelry, some shoppers are confused by the variety of types available, particularly regarding natural and cultured pearls. The only significant difference between the two? Read More →

Spotlight On: The Fire Opal

The Fire Opal sounds like something out of an old adventure film, the sort of treasure that Indiana Jones might search for. The gem might not have any mystical powers (as far as I know), but it is a rare and beautiful find. Opals differ from other gems in that they are amorphous silica, rather than crystalline. As such, an opal is referred to not as a mineral, but as a “mineraloid.” This is why opals have that neat, round look and can take a wide variety of shapes. The fire opals are named for their distinctive appearance, being translucent and Read More →

Buying an Engagement Ring vs. Buying a Car

You know something funny? I like to compare purchasing a pre owned luxury watch to buying a car. Just like cars, luxury watches come with a high price tag, especially when you buy them new. And just like cars, watches have a large value depreciation as soon as they leave the authorized dealer. However pre-owned watches already lost that big chunk of change. So purchasing one in excellent condition gets you an investment that will perform just as well as the new one, but that initial depreciation is passed to the new buyer in the form of a lower price. Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Mojito + Mother of Pearl

It’s time to get tropical. And not tropical like the tropical storms we’ve been experiencing oh, every single day in South Florida. Back in my day it would rain at 3pm every day in the summer, and return to business/sunshine as usual by 5pm. Not so now that I’m back in the “sunshine” state. but whatever, it’s Thursday, it’s happy hour, and we can all drink like it’s sunny. Enter this mango cilantro mojito. Now, I realize that cilantro is a highly divisive herb, and that many individuals feel it might be the direct botanical descendant of satan, but I’m Read More →

Web Roundup: A Perfect Summer Weekend

Dr. D&D and RUBY both have birthdays this weekend! We’re having a joint doggie/human party, methinks this white wine fruit salad will be great for the homo sapiens. Speaking of partying, this might be the most genius bbq menu planner ever. Although goodNESS that’s a lot of meat (and I’m practically eating a cheeseburger as I type this, so if I think it’s a lot…) I haven’t even read Where’d You Go Bernadette, so I have no right adding another book to my summer reading list but just look at this cover! And a family vacation to Mallorca? I’m packing. Read More →