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Raquelle Bianco

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Since its commercial launch at 2010 JCK show in Las Vegas, the Raquelle Bianco brand has developed into one of the fastest rising brands in the jewelry world. In just few months over 250 US retail stores have bought into the vivacious colors, excellent price points and versatile collections of Raquelle Bianco. Raquelle was the great grandmother of designer Eddie Weiss who together with his father Alex has specialized over the years in designing and selling jewelry. Raquelle Bianco is their first entry into the 'brand jewelry' world. "Raquelle is an ancestral inspiration for both of us" says Eddie Weiss "She was a designer in 1910 when there were not many women designers. We were also inspired by what we thought was a lack of fascinating colors and styles at affordable prices in the market". Raquelle Bianco jewelry is made for the modern and dynamic woman who loves to accessorize on a daily basis. The designer’s research is based on new materials. The first coll…

May's Birthstone: The Emerald

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Emeralds are a member of the beryllium family of minerals with a hardness on the Mohs scale of 7 to 8. Pure beryl has no color and it is due to traces of chromium and vanadium that the green effect so prized in emeralds comes about.
Emeralds are actually considered to be more precious than diamonds. They are more rare because the mineral, beryllium, used to form emeralds is quite rare. Virtually all emeralds will have inclusions, bubbles or cracks, carbon fleck and possibly foreign crystals inside. They are not considered faults but more an indication of the emeralds genuineness. A completely flawless emerald has never yet been found! The oldest emeralds come from Zimbabwe and have been around for at least 2,600 million years. Emeralds from Pakistan however are only around 9 million years old. Emeralds are found all around the world in South American, South Africa Russia and other countries. Some of the finest emeralds are found in Colombia although fine emeralds are also found in, Afgha…