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The Carat and the Carob Seed

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The Carat and the Carob Seed

The carat system sprouted from a carob seed. The carob seed comes from the locust tree. The seeds grow in pods that are used for flavoring and for livestock feed. Because the small seeds are fairly uniform in size and weight, they provided a fairly consistent basis for gem weight. Early gem merchants and jewelers used them as counterweights in handheld balance scales. Even when more precise weighing methods evolved, carat weight wasn’t constant: A “one-carat” diamond might have weighed anywhere from 0.95 to 1.07 metric carats. This was true until the early 20th century, when a carat was standardized as...

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Did You Know...This Used to be See's Candies!

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Did You Know...This Used to be See's Candies!

Long before we were the "candy" store filled with diamond and luxury treats galore, our building was the well loved See's Candies building. Most of our customers come in and take a deep nostalgic breath before walking us through their fond memories of the candy store past.  See’s Candies was a Miracle Mile fixture for more than 50 years from Nov. 6, 1953 to Feb. 28, 2009.The company planned to shut the doors because company demographics called for only two stores in an area the size of Stockton. See’s was then committed to its drive-through store on Hammer Lane and the...

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A Brief History of the Dive Watch

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A Brief History of the Dive Watch

The history of using watches underwater and making watches that are water resistant goes back to perhaps the 17th century. In the 19th century water and dust resistant watches were usually custom made for a particular customer and described as "Explorer's Watches". Early in the 20th century such watches were industrially produced for military and commercial distribution. Like their predecessors early 20th century dive watches were developed in response to meet the needs of several different but related groups: explorers, navies, and professional divers. In 1926, Rolex bought the patent for the “Oyster” watch case, featuring a hermetic (air tight)...

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Tanzanite, Your New Favorite Gem!

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Tanzanite, Your New Favorite Gem!

  Tanzanite is fast becoming a favorite in the jewelry world. Its violet-periwinkle color is captivating and the sparkle is so much like a diamond it is no surprise that it quickly catches the eye when passing by it in the jewelry case. Here are some fun facts about tanzanite to help you become more acquainted with your new favorite gem! Be sure to shop our beautiful tanzanite pieces this season. Tanzanite is the official birthstone for December. Tanzanite has been attributed with qualities of good luck and prosperity, and associated with celebrations of new life and new beginnings. Tanzanite’s...

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The Perfect Gift Under Your Tree

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The Perfect Gift Under Your Tree

Why Jewelry Is a Great Christmas Gift? With the holidays coming up, you’re probably already wondering what to get the that special someone for Christmas. But with so many gift-giving ideas out there, it can be difficult to find the perfect present that truly shows how much you care. Here are some amazing reasons why jewelry is a great Christmas gift! The Wow Factor Let’s be honest here. Nothing drops jaws faster than a stunning piece of jewelry. Don’t believe us? Watch your loved ones' faces light up as they open their gifts—shock, gasps, and ooohs and aaahs.  Lasting Memories  Clothes, perfume,...

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