Rare Cache of Emeralds Up for Auction

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Emeralds are both rarer and more valuable than diamonds.  Amanda Gizzi, a Jewelers of America’s spokesperson, explains, “Sought after for their rich color, regal history and identifiable look, emeralds are one of the most iconic gemstones in the jewelry industry.”

This month, the general public had the rare opportunity to buy some of the most valuable emeralds in the world when they were offered at auction by the Guernsey’s auction house in New York.  The offerings included 20 cut or raw stones as well as 13 magnificent pieces of emerald jewelry from the private collection of Manual Marcial de Gomar, a renowned emerald specialist.

Some of the auction’s emeralds were recovered in the 1980s from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622.   The auction catalog states that the shipwreck is considered by experts to be “the most valuable known shipwreck in history,” and the recovered gems are prized for their deep, clear green color.  The emeralds include nine rough stones totaling over 91 carats.  The “Nine Pillars of Andes” are expected to sell as a group somewhere in the neighborhood of $250,000 to $350,000.  Another stunner from the collection is the 4.39-carat emerald called the “Queen of the Sea.” Experts anticipate it will likely sell for $250,000 to $350,000.

The La Gloria, an 887-carat emerald, which Guernsey reports to be one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world, should sell for around $4 to $5 million.  The once in a lifetime auction also includes the Marcial de Gomar Star Emerald that is believed to be the largest star emerald ever found and only one of 11 gem-quality star emeralds in the world.

While our collection of emeralds at Padis Jewelry does not compete with the shipwreck stones from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, we think you will be thrilled with what you see.  Please visit our website to browse our emerald loose stones and jewelry along with all of our other collections, as well as to set up an appointment to visit to our showrooms.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories as well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Source: cnn.com/2017/03/16/luxury/guernseys-shipwreck-emeralds-auction/index.html

 

Shop our Selection of Fancy Color Diamonds

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Padis Jewelry has something to please everyone.  Along with our huge inventory of certified loose diamonds, at least 10,000 in stock at all times, we also offer customers a select collection of magnificent fancy color diamonds.  These rare and extremely unique diamonds are treasures and will certainly become family heirlooms for many years to come.

The Gemological Institute of America reminds us that rarity equals value, which is why fancy color diamonds are so expensive.  For the majority of diamonds, their value is based on the absence of color, and that the more colorless stones are the most valuable.   In the case of fancy color diamonds (those outside the normal color range), the GIA states “the rarest and most valuable colors are saturated pinks, blues, and greens.”   They add that “even very slight color differences can have a big impact on value.”

The rarest of fancy color diamonds have red, green or blue hues, and stones with medium to dark tones and moderate saturations. Brown diamonds are the most common colored stones and are often called cognac or champagne diamonds.   Yellow diamonds are the second most common and come in a wide range of saturations. They are sometimes referred to as canary diamonds.

Extremely rare blue diamonds have a slight hint of gray, which is caused by the presence of boron impurities, and the more boron, the more saturated the color.  Red or reddish diamonds are extremely rare, and pure pink colored stones are more sought after than hues of purple, orange, browns or gray.

If you are interested in fancy color diamonds, we encourage you visit the Padis Jewelry website to take a look at some of our very rare and exquisite stones.  All of our stones are certified by the top labs in the industry such as AGS, Forevermark, GIA and EGL USA.

Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  For an opportunity to view one of San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.

Source: gia.edu/fancycoloreddiamond-quality-factor

Educate Yourself on Common Jewelry Terms

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At Padis Jewelry customer satisfaction is important to us, and we want to make sure each piece of jewelry purchased from us not only fulfills your needs but is something you will love and cherish for years.  To help customers become more knowledgeable on what they are buying, our website offers a glossary of commonly used jewelry terms.

If you are shopping for diamond or gemstone jewelry, you may want to start with terms used to describe the anatomy of the stones.  One word you are sure to hear is facet, which describes the flat surface on a diamond or color gemstone.  The arrangement of a gemstone’s facets determines its cut and return of light.  The diamond’s table is the largest polished facet on the surface of the stone.  A diamond’s crown is the top part of the stone, beneath the table and above the girdle.  The girdle describes the middle section of the stone and is typically polished or faceted on a diamond and unpolished on a color gemstone.

A diamond’s pavilion is the term used to describe the bottom part of the stone and extends from the girdle to the culet, which is the small or pointed facet at the very bottom of the diamond.  Not all diamonds have a culet.  The total height of a diamond is called the depth and is measured from the table to the culet.

Fire is the term used to describe the flashes of color that are seen when the diamond or gemstone is moved or rotated.  Flawless is the highest grading on the diamond clarity scale and describes a stone without any visible inclusions or blemishes under 10 x magnifications. Symmetry is the precision of the alignment of the diamond’s facets, and the more symmetrical, the better the return of light.

While Padis Jewelry wants customers to be informed, satisfied buyers, we also want to assure you that all of our non-commissioned jewelry consultants are here to help guide you through the process.  In addition, our staff includes GIA Graduate Gemologists, and any diamond over 0.40 carats comes with a grading report from the most trusted independent laboratories in the U.S.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories as well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

April’s Birthstone – The Exquisite Diamond

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For all of you lucky enough to be born in April, you are probably aware that your birthstone is a diamond.  The word diamond is derived from the Greek work adamas, which means unbreakable or unalterable, and is considered to be the ultimate symbol of love.

Historians date the love of the diamonds back to 4th century BC Indian Buddhists who used the stones for the eyes in their devotional statues.  India was the earliest major source of diamonds and it was considered to be a well-known precious stone.   By the 3rd century BC, Indian’s had attributed the stone with qualities that included “strength, regularity, brilliance, ability to scratch metals, and good refractive properties.”

In 3rd century BC, a Chinese work explained that “Foreigners wear it [diamond] in the belief that it can ward off evil influences”  Some cultures such as the Hindus connected diamonds to Venus, the planet of love, while others thought they were connected to the planet of Mars and would provide protection and strength in battle.

Diamonds were valued by the Romans for their supernatural powers as related by Pliny, a 1st century AD naturalist, who wrote “a diamond baffles poison, keeps off insanity, and dispels vain fears.”  During the middle ages, the Italians believed a diamond helped to maintain harmony between a husband and wife and called it a “Pietra della Reconciliazione,” (stone of reconciliation).  It was due to this belief and not for their beauty that Italian wedding rings began to be set with diamonds.

To see one of the finest collections of loose certified diamonds in California, we invite you to visit Padis Jewelry showrooms.  At any one time we have 10,000 diamonds in our inventory and all of our stones over 0.40 carats come with an independent grading report to assess its overall quality and authenticity.  Contact us to set up an appointment.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories s well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_(gemstone)#Symbolism_and_lore

 

Let Us Help You Find the Perfect Engagement Ring

 

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At Padis Jewelry we not only offer one of the largest collections of gorgeous engagement rings but also have a great selection of wedding bands and semi-mounts.   We understand that this is a very special time in your life, and we want you to know that Padis Jewelry is here to help.

Our job is to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on a piece of jewelry that will last a lifetime.  To accomplish this, all of our non-commissioned consultants are very knowledgeable, and we also have two GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff at all times.

Furthermore, we can help you pick out a wedding band when you get the engagement ring, or you may prefer to come back later as a couple to buy your bands together.  Either way we can show you some complementary bands so you get an idea of what will work with your engagement ring.

Another option is to design your own customized engagement ring.  It may be you have always had a specific jewelry design in mind or would just like the opportunity to explore your options.  In any event we will guide you through the steps, and with our enormous collection of loose diamonds and gemstones, we are certain you will find just what you had in mind.  To begin the process, just set up an appointment and we can get started creating a unique piece of jewelry for you.

We have three showrooms in San Francisco and a Napa Valley store in St. Helena.  With at least 10,000 diamonds in stock at any time and thousands of other pieces of jewelry, you should have no trouble finding the perfect engagement ring and wedding bands.   Please visit our website for contact information and to browse through our inventory.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories as well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valley’s best jewelry stores.

Tips for Caring for Diamonds and Gemstones

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At Padis Jewelry, we want our customers to fully enjoy their jewelry for many years to come.  This is why our experts offer several simple tips including some do’s and don’ts to keep it looking its best.

To care for diamonds, especially bridal sets and other diamond rings, we remind customers that diamonds are forever as long as you take good care of them!  Since bridal jewelry is usually worn every day, it can appear to lose its sparkle if it is not cared for on a daily basis.  We recommend removing your rings when applying hand lotions and to avoid wearing your diamond rings when doing rough work.  In addition you should not wear your diamonds in a chlorinated pool or hot tub.  We also suggest that you avoid touching a diamond with your fingers as they transfer oils that can actually help dirt particles stick to the stone.

Gemstone jewelry should be cleaned with a soft damp cloth, and before using an ultrasonic cleaner, be sure the gemstone can handle the ultrasonic vibrations.  Furthermore, we recommend not wearing gemstone rings and bracelets throughout the day as many gemstones, especially emeralds, are not as hard as diamonds and more susceptible to damage.   At Padis Jewelry, we suggest to our customers that they choose diamonds, rubies and sapphires for rings they intend to wear every day.

When your jewelry is ready for a thorough cleaning, bring it in to the experts.  Our professional services include cleaning as well as inspecting the setting to ensure its integrity to avoid losing a stone.  Padis Jewelry’s custom services also include ring sizing, prong retipping or replacement, polishing, stone tightening and more.  If you have any questions regarding caring for your diamond and gemstone jewelry, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Since 1974, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings, and fine jewelry.  We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offer such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory.  If you are a lover of beautiful jewels, please schedule a visit to San Francisco and the Napa Valleys’ finest jewelry showrooms.

Your Satisfaction is Important to Us!

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Padis Jewelry is a family-owned business committed to providing customers with the optimal shopping experience.  Our non-commissioned sales staff works with each customer to help them find the perfect piece of jewelry that speaks to their personal aesthetic and lifestyle as well as budget.  Your satisfaction is important to us, and as such, we are always glad to get your feedback.

Recently a customer shopping for an engagement ring at the Padis Jewelry Designer Galleria gave us a 5 star review about his experience.  He relates that after describing what he was looking for to his sale consultant, she was very helpful and showed him a number of different designs that fit his requirements.  After buying a ring, he states, “I am very happy with their service, and we will be going back there soon to pick out the wedding bands.”   He adds that he highly recommends our store.

In another 5 star review, a customer described a visit to the Galleria for diamond earrings.  He states that, “They had so many great options and everyone was extremely helpful. They took the time to educate me about the process and the product, and it really made me feel valued as a customer.”  He continues to say his girlfriend was very pleased with the excellent quality and they will not go anywhere else but Padis for their jewelry.

One enthusiastic customer from San Jose states, “Wow! Padis Jewelry Designer Galleria is amazing and they made buying engagement/wedding rings a great experience – as it should be.  They are very professional, friendly, and quite helpful also. They don’t oversell or push certain products on you saying ‘just get this’ or anything like that. They ask and listen to what you want, offer their top-quality products, then they back off and let you decide. No pressure to buy and they allow you to go at your pace – I really appreciate that!”

Our staff understands that fine jewelry is an investment and we dedicate ourselves to providing customers with the knowledge they need to make an educated decision.  With two GIA Graduate Gemologists on staff at all times, you can trust the experts at Padis Jewelry for the best deals on beautiful jewelry.

As a family-owned business, Padis Jewelry has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings, and fine jewelry since 1974.  We have one of the area’s largest inventories as well as an impressive selection of top name luxury brands.  So if you are a lover of beautiful jewelry, we encourage you to schedule a visit to the area’s best jewelry store.