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I Do: Vintage Engagement Ring Do's & Dont's

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 02.04.22 | Courtney Tannler
 | BRG

Romance is in the air. There’s no better time than the present to start thinking about popping the question. If you or someone you know is ready to propose, it's a great time to consider vintage engagement rings. Check out these do's and don'ts when shopping for vintage, antique, and heirloom engagement rings.

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If You're Into High Fashion and Designer Accessories, You Need to See this Lifetime Collection of a Former Supermodel

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 11.08.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
August 1972 cover of Cosmopolitan featuring supermodel Kathy Speirs-Puccio | BRG

Throughout her acting and modeling career Kathy Speirs-Puccio collected, wore, and kept only the finest in designer fashion and accessories. Her passion for high design continued through the end of her life. In fact, her residence had full rooms dedicated to her clothing and fashion accessories. Take a look at the life and estate collection of Kathy Speirs-Puccio.

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Top Care & Storage Tips for Your Vintage Designer Handbag

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 11.01.21 | Courtney Tannler
Vintage Gucci leather handbag with dust cover bag for storage | BRG

You’ve just treated yourself and bought a luxurious designer bag. Whether it's your first large purchase or a new addition to your existing vintage collection, you want know how to best care for your new favorite shoulder buddy. We have some basic tips for care and storage of fine designer handbags.

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Must-Know Expert Tips for Sourcing and Passing Down Heirloom Jewelry

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 08.11.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
Heirloom Jewelry | BRG

Every August, National Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day occurs without much fanfare and without much notice. But this year, we got to thinking, what might be so special about your mother's (or grandmother's) jewelry that there's a day dedicated to it? That question led us to consider all jewelry passed down from our forbears ... heirloom jewelry and to inquire for industry experts their tips for sourcing and passing down heirloom jewelry.

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Black Diamonds ... Oh, So Unique

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 04.24.21 | Susan Leeper
Black Diamonds are Fancy Colored Diamonds | BRG

Last week, we focused on all the fabulous shades of colored diamonds (brown, yellow, green, blue, red, pink, and purple). This week, our gemologist, Susan Leeper, brings us the glamour, allure, and extraordinary timelessness of the black diamond....

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Colored Diamonds of April ... Oh, So Pretty

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 04.15.21 | Susan Leeper
Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, and Green diamonds. Diamonds are colorful | BRG

Who says diamonds should be white? Did you know that diamonds come naturally in a wide array of colors and hues ranging from the most common -- browns -- to the extraordinarily rare red diamond? Since the diamond is April's birthstone, we are celebrating the mighty diamond.

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Jewelry Part VIII: Proper Care, Cleaning, & Storage

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 03.10.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
Storage, cleaning & proper care for jewelry | BRG

Did you know that BRG's jewelry department has a GIA graduate gemologist and jewelry expert on staff? We recently sat down with her to learn the best DIYs to properly clean, store, and care for the treasures lying in your jewelry box.

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Jewelry Part VII - Jewelry Terms of Miscellany

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 02.02.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
 | BRG

Some terms don't necessarily fall into the neat categories of gemology or metallurgy, but are nonetheless good to know. We've collected some miscellaneous jewelry terms -- most of them have to do with embellishments. Here are our terms of miscellany.

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Jewelry Part VI - Jewelry Metals Primer

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 01.20.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
Blingology - Jewelry Metals | BRG

Since the dawn of the Bronze Age, metals (precious, semi-precious, and non-precious) have become ubiquitous with jewelry. From tin to gold, popularity and values of metals ebb and flow. In our sixth installment of our jewelry series, learn some key terms and metals used in jewelry today.

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Jewelry Part V - Jewelry & Gemology Primer

Jewelry & Fashion | PUBLISHED 01.08.21 | Jennifer Ventresca
Blingology - Jewelry & Gemology Primer | BRG

Large. Small. Opaque. Clear. Antique. Vintage, Contemporary. Gems come in different shapes, sizes, colors, clarities, and age. Learn some gemology basics in part V of our jewelry series, Bring on the Blingology.

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