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Wedding Wednesday: Colored Bridal Jewelry

If we can use one, and only one word to describe this season’s must-wear wedding jewels, it’s this: Color, with a capital C.

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Brides-to-be across the globe are going gaga for precious stones in every hue of the rainbow. From Brides to The Knot, the powers-that-be in the wedding world have shouted their support for this colorfully gorgeous trend. Raymond Lee Jewelers is South Florida’s first and most trusted source for luxury pre-owned precious gems, and we’ve found a stone for every bride in love with both their groom and Roy G. Biv.


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18K Yellow and White Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Rubies are incredibly rare precious gems prized beyond diamonds in some cultures. The most desirable rubies are called “pigeon blood” rubies which, admittedly, is pretty gross, but the color of these stones is incomparable. Brides who wear rubies down the aisle are passionate, fiery and luxe. “The ruby definitely is something to smile about for its exquisite beauty when set as jewelry, and because the ruby also stands for peace and contentment.” – admirable attributes of any marriage.


Orange Topaz and Diamond Pendant on

Topaz are the birthstone of the month of November and are famed for their amber hues, but they range in color from pink, yellow blue, peach, gold and even green. Like diamonds, topaz are graded by the 4 C’s, and are impossible to identify with the naked eye when compared to look-alike Citrine. Orange topaz represent constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and strength, making them an excellent choice for wedding-day jewels.

Yellow Diamonds

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Tiffany Yellow Diamonds

 Once thought to be inferior to just plain ol’ regular diamonds, the yellow diamond (or Fancy colored diamond) has quickly leveled the playing field with its crystal clear cousin. Celebs, perhaps most noticeably Mr. Gucci Mayne, have popularized fancy and intense colored yellow diamonds, leaving brides-to-be clamoring for this stunning, sunny rock. Tiffany & Co., in honor of their famous Tiffany Yellow Diamond jumped on this timeless yet trendy bandwagon with a slew of lovely yellow diamond jewelry.


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Vintage emerald, rose gold and diamond bracelet.

With gorgeous deep green all over the runways this season, no stone is more Fall-ready than emerald. These gorgeous stones dazzle in pure green and shine with uniqueness. Emerald green is “…the colour of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love….
The magnificent green of the emerald is a colour which conveys harmony, love of Nature and elemental joie de vivre.”


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Diana sapphire, diamond 14 kt white gold earrings

For fast approaching September nuptials, why not wear next month’s designated birthstone? Sapphires come in a variety of colors naturally, including pink, but are famed for their gorgeous blue tones. It is believed by some that sapphires “promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys.


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Cartier 18kt White Gold and Amethyst ring

Gorgeous amethyst stones range from lavender to royal purple in color; it is the stone associated with nobles from Catherine the Great to the ancient Egyptians. Its name is derived from the Greek word for “not drunk”; even if your jewels can’t steer your hubby’s fraternity brother groomsman away from the bar, rest assured that your guests will only be focused on your stunning purple gems. Amethyst, according to Leonardo Da Vinci, “holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence.”

Brides-to-be, are you planning on donning colorful jewels for the big day? Did your fiance gift you with a colorful engagement ring? Discuss in the comments below!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s first choice for vintage and luxury pre-owned bridal jewelry.


Hey, There’s a Ruby in that Watch! The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

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inner mechanics of timepieces

The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

Jewel bearings were introduced in 1702 by Nicolas Fatio (or Facio) de Duillier  to reduce the friction in watches. The two-part mechanism breakthrough in timepiece engineering includes a bearing, in which a metal spindle turns in a jewel lined pivot hole. The advantages of jewel bearings include high accuracy, small size and weight,low static friction and highly consistent dynamic friction.

When the use of jewel bearings was first patented in 1702, only the most elite quality watchmakers used sapphire, ruby, or diamond jewel pivots. The majority of watchmakers would use  garnet, quartz, or even glass jewels to create their jewel bearings, due to the high cost of natural ruby and sapphire gemstones.

Jewel bearings for watches were ground from tiny pieces of natural gemstones from their introduction in 1702 until the early 20th Century. In the early 1900’s, a process to create synthetic rubies was discovered by Parisian Professor, Abraham-Louis Breguet . This process was invented in order to eliminate the high cost of natural gemstones by creating synthetic sapphires to be utilized in watch crystals. Nearly all modern-day watches use this synthetic ruby (or sapphire) in their watch jewel bearings.

Read on to discover the precise and persistent role in which the Ruby has played throughout the evolution of  timepiece mechanics, and the inherently possessed intelligence and engineering abilities of natural gemstones…

18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Ruby ring in a crested wave design

Size 6.5, can be sized

Diamonds are approximately 1.20ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity H/I in color
Rubies 27 Cabochons Graduating in Size from 1.5mm-3mm

There is one constant element that you will find in each and every mechanical timepiece, from the earliest models to today’s modern designs. A complex integration of finely balanced moving parts are the fundamental foreground for all mechanical watches. This complex composition of mechanics involves the vital presence of a plain bearing. A watch bearing is a relationship, if you will, between pivot pieces and the torus shaped holes in which they are turned into.

Pivot pieces turn into torus shaped holes, which are drilled into two brass plates that are separated by pillars. The lower situated brass plate of the two was once drilled with small holes in order to allow the opposite end of the pivot to turn. Small amounts of oil were used to lubricate the pivots within the torus shaped holes. Through the progression of time, an accumulation of debris and dust from daily use would slowly form within the small holes.

A mixture of oils and debris would form into an abrasive material, acting asa sandpaper of sorts, slowly wearing away the soft brass of the plates, and eventually even the hard steel pivots. The once torus shaped pivot holes would morph into oval shapes as a result of this material accruing, directly causing erratic watch function and eventual failure.

Frustrated with this difficult and seemingly unavoidable eventuality, Watchmakers began to search for a material that was harder than brass, and which could withstand the constant movement of the pivots. The winning material was found in the natural Ruby gemstone, the second hardest natural material on record in the world. Fatio de Duillier made his mark on the historical evolution of timepieces when he developed and patented a method of perforating jewels for use in clocks in the early 1700’s.

With the goal in mind to optimize the capture of solar energy, Fatio suggested using a tracking mechanism which was capable of pivoting around the Sun. A well-known Swiss mathematician,  Nicolas Fatio de Duillier was the first to discover the ruby’s potential as a jewel bearing. Fatio was previously known for his close friendship and collaborations with Isaac Newton, his extraordinary work on the zodiacal light problem, and for originating the “push” or “shadow” theory of gravitation.

Natural Ruby (naturally occurring ruby crystal)

In collaboration with Pierre and Jacob Debaufre, Fatio de Duillier patented the use of  jewels as wheel bearings in mechanical clocks in 1702. This would mark the beginning of many advancements in the development of timepiece precision that would utilize the knowledge of planetary alignment and universal positioning as a guide to advanced timepiece engineering.

In 1902, Parisian Professor Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil created the first synthetic gemstone. A synthetic ruby. Verneuil perfected a flame-fusion method of producing crystals of ruby and other corundums within a short time period. This method became more industrialized over time; the basic components of rubies, alumina, undergoes purification, heating, fusion and crystallization, which results in a pear-shaped piece of artificial ruby.

This pear-shaped ruby is then sliced into small pieces and these pieces are shipped off to watchmakers. The watchmakers then destroy 90% of the synthetic ruby to turn into a usable part for a watch.  The high cost of certain modern-day mechanical watches are not due to the high price of natural rubies, as the wristwatches of the 18th and 19th Century. However, the labor intensive process of putting the synthetic rubies into the watch bearings is costly due to the time and labor invested to their proper placement in the jewel bearing.

The use of jewels in timepieces remains strong and steadfast in the world of watches, as they serve two valuable purposes. The first is the reduced friction within the bearings. This directly increases the accuracy and precision of the timepiece. Jewel surfaces within watch bearings reduces variations in movement, increasing the life and maintained integrity of the bearings.

Chopard Your Hour H Watch 13/6965 with Rubies

Authentic Chopard Your Hour 13/6965 18K White Gold and Ruby Watch

Brand New with Papers

18K White Gold Case

Pave Set with 100 Rubies=1.00ct

So,today let’s give a silent thanks in recognition of the Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones… The intelligent natural gemstones you never knew were in your watch!

Elisha Cuthbert Premiering Tonight in new ABC Series, and Rocks a Red Vawk Dress at 2011 Heart Truth Fashion Show

Elisha Cuthbert: Premiers as Comedic Lead on Tonight’s Premier of ABC’s ‘Happy Endings

You may remember this Canadian Beauty as Kim Bauer, the daughter of Jack Bauer in the infamous FOX Series, 24.  If you weren’t into real-time counter-terrorism plots, perhaps you’ll remember her as the sultry ‘Girl Next Door‘ in 2004. The lovable Miss Elisha Cuthbert also played the role of a soon to be replaced lead singer in the 2005 music video for ‘Perfect Situation‘ by Weezer.

On tonight’s premier episode Elisha will be appearing as Alex, the leading female role in ABC’s new comedic-romance series, Happy Endings. The pilot is rumored to kick off with Alex, the 22 year-old character played by Cuthbert, running from the alter on the day she is to marry long-time boyfriend Dave. Zachary Knighton will be playing the role of Dave on the Wednesday night premier of ABC’s Happy Endings. The six-person ensemble cast will also include the strong acting skills of Eliza CoupeDamon Wayans Jr., Adam Pally and Casey Wilson.


ABC's Ensemble Cast: Happy Endings

While admittedly against their own initial hesitance for another Friends carbon copy sitcom, critics are reviewing that the ensemble cast is stronger than those we’ve seen within the last few years.  The premier of Happy Endings will air tonight on ABC at 9:30/8:30C, after Modern Family. Elisha Cuthbert has announced that her upcoming role as Alex in Happy Endings is the edgy, comedic new  role that she’s been waiting for.

Last month, Canadian-born Actress Elisha Cuthbert wore a one of a kind mini-dress by Vawk on March 24th for the fourth annual Heart Truth Fashion Show in Toronto. The Carlu in Toronto was the venue providing the catwalk on which Cuthbert strutted the daring red mini by Vawk, amongst several other celebrities taking part in the Heart Truth Campaign.


Elisha Cuthbert Dazzles at 2011 Heart Truth Fashion Show

Famous faces at the Toronto Fashion Show for Heart Health Awareness included Suzanne Somers, Eve, Dania Ramirez, Denise Richards, Audrina Patridge and Camila Alves, girlfriend of the encouraging Matthew McConaughey. Not all styles were as dangerously draped as Elisha’s deep red mini by Vawk, as a demure Denise Richards was sporting a ’70s socialite look in an empire waist dress by Matthew Williamson.

Celebrities were styled in a wide array of red designs, fabrics and cuts in a deliberate effort to draw National attention to Heart Truth. Each gowns, dress and mini worn in the Fashion Show were of the same constancy in color, derived from deeply embedded red hues and sweeping saturation.

In our own virtual way, we would like to contribute with the same fluidly ruby consistency to the National awareness of Heart Health. Here are a few select pieces of incredible jewelry in which we would have chosen to be part of the fashion event in Toronto… If time travel and a DeLorean were readily available, that is.

Chopard Watch with Rubies

Chopard Your Hour Watch with Rubies


Diamond and Ruby Crested Wave Ring

Invisibly Set Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Solid rich ruby color is all you see in these beautiful drop earrings. These earrings are simple, but dramatic with just the right punch of color. They are sure to please any woman who wears them. The color is rich like the ripest raspberry.


In other news… We would like to send our very best wishes to new Bride, Reese Witherspoon and Husband Jim Toth. The happy couple were married in a 20 minute ceremony and exchanged wedding rings designed by jeweller William Goldberg.

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Jewelry Terminology: Sapphire

Blue Sapphire Jewelry Terminology

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In jewelry terminology, the word sapphire comes from a Greek word meaning “blue stone”.

Sapphires are mostly seen as gemstones in jewelry.  They can be found naturally in different sediments or rock formations.  Sapphires can also be created unnaturally.  Sapphires are known for their extreme hardness and are used in special scientific instruments as well.

Sapphires are one of only a few stones made of corundum.  They can be found in any color except for red (which are rubies).

Just like a diamond, sapphires are graded on their cut, clarity, color and carat.  Prices can range from relatively inexpensive to extremely expensive.  The origin of a sapphire can also play into the price.

One rare color of sapphire is called the color changing sapphire.  In different light the stone has as different color.  It looks blue outdoors and purple in incandescent light.

Sapphires are an incredibly versatile stone.  They make for a great stone in any piece of jewelry and also are useful in science.

By, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelry Terminology: What is a Ruby?

Jewelry Terminology

Jewelry Terminology

In Jewelry Terminology a ruby is considered one of the four precious stones (together with the emerald, sapphire, and diamond). The color of rubies generally ranges from pink to blood-red, but they can also be brownish or purplish. The chemical formula for a ruby is aluminum oxide with chromium (the element responsible for giving the gemstone its red color), or simply, Al2O3:Cr.

Color is the most determining factor in a ruby’s value. Rubies that are brighter or a pigeon blood-red color are deemed as the most valuable. Regardless of clarity, the color is the most important in determining a ruby’s price – although clarity should not be completely ignored. A ruby that looks flawless without any inclusions may have been treated, which would depreciate its value.

As mentioned in a previous blog, all natural stones have imperfects, and rubies are not excluded from this fact. Gemologists use the inclusions of rutile needles to distinguish them from synthetic or modified gemstones. Nowadays, most rubies are treated in some form of another (usually heat treatments), but natural rubies of excellent quality that have been left untreated can fetch huge premiums.

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Diamonds Scream “KEEP ME CLEAN!”: A guide to cleaning your fine jewelry in Boca Raton.

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Hello again it’s me, Richard, your south Florida Jewelry Guru.  Its not often that I get so riled up about a subject that I have to vent and go on a bit of a rant but today I came upon the straw that broke the came’ls back.  A woman came into the store today and asked for a favor.  She asked me to take her tennis bracelet off because she was unable to.  I was stunned because I was unable to as well.  The amount of schmutz (technical term) that was stuck in between the workings of the clasp was insane.  I explained to her the reason she couldn’t get her bracelet off was because it needed a good cleaning.  In fact I am surprised she didn’t think it needed cleaning as there was so much dirt and grime underneath that her stones looked like they came straight out of the ground.

It amazes me that people to this day seem to think that once you have purchased your shiny new bauble that you are off the hook for thinking about it again other than enjoying wearing it.  How can you enjoy wearing something that looks like a piece of junk caked in dirt and grime?  Americans spend millions of dollars a year on jewelry but rarely do they think of any maintenance after the fact.  Most jewelry stores offer some sort of jewelry cleaning service.  Some stores will charge a small fee for doing so, while others will not as part of their regular practice of good customer service.  At Raymond Lee Jewelers we will gladly clean your jewelery whether you bought it here or not.  Before we put your jewelry in the ultrasonic we evaluate its condition to make sure there are no loose or damaged stones to prevent any potential problems in the future.  If there is a loose stone or any other issue we will be able to address it before any real problems begin.  In addition here is some basic information as to how to keep your jewelry looking its best.

#1) Always use lotions and creams long before putting your jewelery on.  Diamonds love to stick to oil.  In turn the oils from your creams, lotions and even your own natural oils will cling to your stones and in turn dirt will stick to it.

#2) Do not use toothpaste to clean your diamond, it is an old wives tale that it will clean your diamond.  It will only make matters worse as toothpaste has abrasives in it that can harm the metal your stone is set in.  In addition it is also very difficult to rinse clean.

#3) Many colored stones are sensitive to changes in temperature so always use room temperature water when cleaning them.  You can use a mild solution of water with a few drops of liquid dish soap.  Make sure you rinse the piece well as a residue can be left behind if you do not.  NEVER immerse your emeralds, pearls, coral or turquoise  in any water or other chemicals or solutions.

#4) If you have a cappuccino machine with a steamer that only steams water (sounds silly but some have a reservoir for milk) it is safe to use on your diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.

If you have any other questions, send them to me and I will do my best to answer you.  Better yet come visit us!

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