1. Different Types of Settings

    Settings play two important roles: to hold the stone in the ring and to enhance the stones presentation. There is a range of setting types and each type of setting enhances the stone in different ways. Prong / Claw Setting The prong setting, also called a claw setting, is the most desired gemstone setting and is often adopted for use in solitaire engagement rings. The diamond or gem is inserted in…Read More

  2. How Watches Work

    All watches can be classified as Mechanical or Quartz. Quartz watches are powered by a battery and work with a series of circuits. These circuits work to regulate the vibrations of the tiny piece of quartz crystal, which are used to mark off the passage of time. Quartz watches are less expensive than mechanical watches and are more accurate. Mechanical watches are powered by a mainspring and work …Read More

  3. How To Care For A Watch

    SERVICING A WATCH Like any other piece of machinery, all watches should be cleaned and serviced every 2 years to ensure that they are trouble-free. Even quartz watches should be cleaned as any small particle of dust or dirt can result in damage. At “tune-up time” batteries and seals should be replaced if necessary to prevent any risk of water or moisture penetration. The watch will be inspecte…Read More

  4. The Taylor-Burton

    Rough Weight: 240.80 cts. Cut Weight: 69:42 cts. Repolished Weight: 68.09 cts. Shape: Pear Color: F Clarity: IF Few diamonds have drawn as much attention as the stone that became known as the Taylor-Burton. The 240.80-ct. rough was unearthed in 1966 at South Africa’s Premier Mine and began its time in the limelight when buyer Harry Winston had it cleaved on television. In 1967, Winston sold the …Read More

  5. Want something, but you didn’t see it on the website?

    So, you’ve been browsing around and didn’t see quite what you were looking for on the website? Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you! We work with several manufacturers and distributors and putting all of their products on this website would be near impossible. Just come on in and check out some of the catalogs we have (or you can check them out online if you…Read More

  6. External Watch Parts

    CRYSTAL: The transparent cover over the watch face is called the crystal. There are 3 types of crystals commonly found in watches: Acrylic crystal: An inexpensive plastic that allows shallow scratches to be buffed out. The least desirable and most inexpensive type of crystal. Mineral crystal: Composed of several elements such as barium and silicon that are heat-treated to create a hard transparent…Read More

  7. Are Watches Really Waterproof?

    No. Most watches have some sort of water-resistance. There are a variety of ways to make a watch water-resistant. All such watches use rubber gaskets or “O” rings to seal the case back. A watch with a back that screws onto the case provides a higher degree of water resistance. A watch marked as water resistant without a depth indication is designed to withstand accidental splashes of water onl…Read More

  8. Swiss Watches

    What makes a Swiss Watch a fine watch? Swiss made watches, whether they are mechanical or quartz, are synonymous with exceptional quality. They enjoy a solid reputation throughout the world for superb craftsmanship, innovative design and prestige. Swiss watches are prized for their accuracy, reliability, water resistance and shock resistance. History of Swiss Watch Making Swiss watch making began …Read More

  9. Diamond Value at a Glance

    Diamond Formation Diamonds are more available and affordable today than at any other time in history. Almost anybody who wants a diamond can afford to own one. At the same time, while diamonds are relatively abundant, diamonds with high clarity and good color are still quite rare. Diamonds form under tremendous temperature and pressure. Then they’re brought to the earth’s surface in cataclysmi…Read More

  10. Birth of The Modern Diamond Industry

    Africa’s diamonds began in 1866 with the discovery of a 21.25-ct. rough diamond on a farm south of Kimberley, South Africa. There is evidence of other discoveries, some as early as 1854. But the “Eureka,” as it was called, was the first to be authenticated. After the Eureka, almost three years passed without major discoveries, and interest in diamond exploration faded. Then in 1869, the Star…Read More