1. May Birthstone

    Emerald As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emerald is limited; consequentl…Read More

  2. April Birthstone

    Diamond As the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one. And now you have more choices than ever. Get creative and give the ultimate gift of beauty: a fancy-color diamond. Fancy-color diamonds are natural, rare and truly exotic gem of the earth. Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid and generally the more saturated the co…Read More

  3. The Term ‘Horology’

    Where did the term ‘Horology’ originate? While the exact origin is unknown, an early use of the term is as follows. The ancient Roman water clock was known as a Horologium, and after the fall of the Roman Empire, many Latin-speaking cultures adopted variations of the name to describe subsequent timekeepers. Some of those variations were: horloge, orloge, orologio, orloige, and oreloige. Centur…Read More

  4. Differences in Roman Numeral Dials

    Why do some Roman numeral dials represent the 4th hour as IIII instead of IV? There are a number of theories on this matter, but for simplicities’ sake, we will only discuss the three most common opinions. One explanation is that a famous clockmaker was commissioned to build a clock for a powerful king in Europe. The clockmaker printed the dial with the 4th hour represented as IV, as is the corr…Read More

  5. March Birthstone

    Aquamarine The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is mos…Read More

  6. Types of Pearls

    Pearl and Cultured Pearl People have always had a fascination with pearls. Early in our history, pearls were treasured and regarded as symbols of wealth and power. Pearls—and their modern counter-parts, cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colors. Perhaps the most familiar colors are white and cream, along with black and gray, but pearl colors can extend to virtually every hue. The body …Read More

  7. February Birthstone

    Amethyst, the February Birthstone, believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with Amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has …Read More

  8. Best of 2012 Press Release

    RK & Co. Jewelers Awarded Best of 2012 on Kudzu Voted by Kudzu users the best company in Alpharetta Jewelry and Watch Repair Alpharetta, GA – Dec. 23, 2012 – RK & Co. Jewelers was named a Best of 2012 winner in Atlanta Jewelry & Watch Repair on Kudzu, the leading source of local business information and consumer reviews. Over 5 million businesses competed across 30 categories, and …Read More