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September Birthstone – Sapphire Information

April 17, 2012
September Birthstone – Sapphire Information

The sapphire has a colorful, storied history unlike any other gem. A symbol of faith, nobility and truth, and long believed to have healing and protective powers, the sapphire’s dark blue hue has been coveted for thousands of years. Designated as September’s birthstone since the early 1900s, the sapphire brings depth and grace to the first month of autumn. The sapphire has been one of the biggest luxury jewelry trends ever since Kate Middleton began wearing Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring last fall. And with fashion icons such as Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé Knowles wearing sapphire jewelry both on and off the Red Carpet, the deep blue gem has never been more vogue. September is months away, but given the sapphire’s recent surge in popularity, now is the perfect time to invest in a piece of sapphire jewelry — especially a classic sapphire ring . Diamond & Estate Trust is especially smitten with this 10.16 carat Burma no-heat sapphire ring . At 10.16 carats, this certified no-heat Burma sapphire is one of the largest we’ve ever seen. Couple that magnificent size with two shield-cut diamonds and a classic setting, and you have a ring with unmistakable luxury and vibrancy. For an Art Deco take on the sapphire, we offer two vintage diamond and sapphire platinum Art Deco bracelets. The first, a 1950s French Art Deco bracelet , features a sleek setting and 10 carats each of white diamonds and blue sapphires. The second bracelet features a chic link design accented by 9 carats of diamonds and 2 carats of sapphires. The extremely rare Kashmir sapphire has been the most celebrated, valuable and coveted sapphire variety since the first Kashmir sapphire was discovered in India in the 1870s. Considering the world’s love affair with the Kashmir sapphire, we consider this spectacular Kashmir sapphire the prize of our luxury gem collection . At between 7 and 9 carats of luxurious, deep cornflower blue, this Kashmir sapphire in a highly-coveted cushion cut is a gem hunter’s dream. The facets in its classic cushion cut shine from every angle. For the ultimate symbol of luxury, look no further: Few gems in the world match the caliber of this Kashmir sapphire . Let Diamond & Estate Trust help you find the perfect loose sapphire or piece of vintage sapphire jewelry for your style. With a luxury collection filled with hand-picked estate jewelry , signed designer pieces, custom pieces , luxury watches (Rolex, Audemars, Patek Philippe) and rare Art Deco jewelry, our experts provide unparalleled pieces for an elite international clientele . Link: September Birthstone – Sapphire Information

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July Birthstone – Ruby Information

April 17, 2012
July Birthstone – Ruby Information

Few gems have a more colorful history than the ruby . With a rich, red color that instantly evokes passion, power and lust, the ruby has long been celebrated as the most royal of all the gems. And because July is characterized by hot sun, fire and the passions of summer, it’s no surprise that the ruby has been its official birthstone since the early 1900s. A vintage ballerina mount ruby ring from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. More than any other month, July is synonymous with heat, fire, and the romance of warm summer days. This heat and lively spirit is perfectly reflected in the ruby’s vivid red hue. And with celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone all choosing the ruby, you’ll be in luxurious company when you wear this royal gem. A 5.19 carat no-heat pigeon blood ruby ring from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection, The rarest of all the precious gems, the ruby is a luxurious choice any time of year. But given that summer is right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to indulge in a piece of passionate ruby jewelry. There’s nothing more sentimental than a gorgeous ruby ring, and Diamond & Estate Trust’s collection boasts ruby rings to fit every style. This 5.19 carat African pigeon blood no-heat ruby ring showcases the ruby in its most desirable hue: the rich, velvety shade known as pigeon blood . Flanked by two lustrous white diamonds, this antique ring stuns with its simple vintage charm. It would make the perfect engagement ring. A 4.98 carat no-heat ruby ring from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. This 4.98 carat no-heat Burma ruby ring is the perfect reflection of the spirit of summer. This oval cut ruby has a fuchsia hue that pops against the ring’s stark band of white diamonds. A 5.09 carat no-heat Burma ring from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. Boasting the same fuchsia hue but a sleeker band, this 5.09 carat no-heat Burma ruby ring is simultaneously delicate and bold. Looking for a loose ruby? This 6.04 carat no-heat Burma ruby from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection is the perfect foundation for a stunning custom piece . Its natural deep red color and classic oval shape would make this ruby ideal in either a modern or vintage setting.  We’d suggest flanking this ruby by two white diamonds, a classic style that brings out the ruby’s vivid deep-red color. A no-heat Burma ruby from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. Using its discerning eye and extensive gem and vintage jewelry expertise, Diamond & Estate Trust has crafted a collection filled with the world’s most breathtaking pieces. Whether you’re located in Los Angeles, San Diego, Southern California, Miami, or even overseas, Diamond & Estate Trust should be your first choice for diamonds , rubies , sapphires , colored diamonds , vintage jewelry , designer pieces , and luxury watches .   Read the original: July Birthstone – Ruby Information

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22.76 Carat No Heat Burma Sapphire

March 29, 2012
22.76 Carat No Heat Burma Sapphire

It’s no secret that the Burma sapphire is one of the most coveted, celebrated and valuable sapphires the world has ever known. With its highly concentrated blue hue, undeniable regal quality and extreme rarity, the Burma sapphire captivates the world each time it appears at a luxury jewelry auction . When you add a Burma sapphire to your personal jewelry collection, you are choosing a gem with timeless beauty and unparalleled impact. At 22.76 carats, this GIA certified Burma no-heat sapphire from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection is the discovery of a lifetime. From its color and cut all the way to its massive carat count, this gem is the epitome of what makes Burma sapphires so striking. This sapphire has a velvety, midnight blue color and endless depth, both of which are rarely seen in any no-heat sapphire , let alone one this large. But its most exceptional quality is its near-perfect clarity, which magnifies the color and depth of this stunning sapphire . This Burma sapphire’s perfectly symmetrical emerald cut makes it ideal for a wide array of jewelry styles and settings. For the ultimate bold statement, make this sapphire the focal point of a ring with a platinum setting that amplifies its deep blue color. At nearly 23 carats, this sapphire could also be a stunning pendant on a statement necklace. Sapphire necklaces and rings are both classic luxury looks that will put you in the company of some of history’s most vogue nobility and today’s foremost fashion icons . And if you want a piece to reflect the uniqueness of this exceptional Burma no-heat sapphire, collaborate with the experts at Diamond & Estate Trust to create a custom piece perfectly suited to your style. With an exquisite collection of hand-picked loose gems including sapphires , diamonds , colored diamonds and rubies , and gorgeous vintage jewelry including watches by Rolex , Audemars and Patek Philippe , Diamond & Estate Trust is Southern California’s premier luxury jewelry buyer and seller . We provide Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern California with an unparalleled collection of luxury jewelry.  See the original post: 22.76 Carat No Heat Burma Sapphire

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10.16 Carat Burma No Heat Sapphire Ring

March 29, 2012
10.16 Carat Burma No Heat Sapphire Ring

Given the vibrancy and elegance of the sapphire , it’s no surprise that the sapphire ring has become a Red Carpet staple in 2012 among some of the world’s most revered fashion icons. And when it comes to selecting a sapphire ring, there is no choice more exquisite than this 10.16 carat no-heat Burma sapphire and diamond ring from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. If there’s one place in the world synonymous with gorgeous sapphires, it’s Burma . Many of history’s most exquisite sapphires have been discovered in Burma’s famed Mogok mine, which is renown for producing sapphires with an unmatched, superbly concentrated blue hue that shines brilliantly from every angle. Along with the Kashmir sapphire , the Burma sapphire is one of the most coveted sapphires in the world. One look at the magnificent no-heat Burma sapphire in this ring and you’ll know why the Burma sapphire has been captivating jewelers, nobility and fashion icons for more than 1,000 years. At a magnificent 10.16 carats, this Gueblin certified no-heat sapphire is one of the largest Burma sapphires we’ve ever seen. Striking facet work brings out all the depth and dimension in the sapphire’s perfect powder blue hue. This stunning ring also features a strong classic mount and two lustrous white shield-cut diamonds , which flank the Burma sapphire in pure elegance. This ring’s luxury and bold flair are unmistakable. This Burma no-heat sapphire and diamond ring would make the ultimate luxury statement day or night. And with spring finally here, this ring’s vibrancy is even more chic. When you wear this piece from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection , you’ll join the likes of Beyonce , Jay-Z, Victoria Bekham , Penelope Cruz , Kate Middleton and other celebrities who have made a sapphire ring their favorite Spring 2012 jewelry accessory. Diamond & Estate Trust is the premier buyer and seller of luxury jewelry, including estate pieces, signature pieces, designer jewelry and watches, and loose stones such as diamonds , colored diamonds , sapphires and rubies . We scour the globe to ensure the gems, jewelry and estate pieces in our collection are the most exquisite the world has to offer. Go here to see the original: 10.16 Carat Burma No Heat Sapphire Ring

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Horace Mann Renovations Could Include Public Parking

February 8, 2012

As the city searches for ways to revitalize southeast Beverly Hills, a proposal to add public parking under Horace Mann School  for local shoppers has elicited concerns from parents. The Board of Education voted Nov. 22 to formally approve plans to spend $55 million of Measure E funds to rebuild and modernize the Horace Mann campus. The proposal includes a two-story building on the corner of Robertson and Charleville boulevards that will house the middle school, a new multipurpose room and a new library. There would be 100 underground parking spaces for school staff and visitors. “Parking is key to upgrading the neighborhood, which will benefit everyone who lives here or attends school here,” Councilman John Mirisch told the Horace Mann Parent Teacher Association on Thursday. Mirisch and Deputy City Manager David Lightner raised the idea of adding a second level of underground parking at Horace Mann at a Nov. 9 Board of Education study session.   The city already leases space at Horace Mann through the Joint Powers Agreement , so offering public parking there could be seen as an extension of the JPA, said Mirisch. The councilman is looking at ways to bring parking to the area as part of his role leading the city’s task force to develop the southeast part of town. “With more parking, our section of Robertson Boulevard could become like Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood,” he told parents. Mirisch noted that the Beverly Hills section of the street hosts small businesses like nail salons and massage parlors while the West Hollywood section hosts The Ivy and other high-end restaurants and retailers. If more upscale businesses opened near Horace Mann, the city would collect additional property taxes, the councilman said. This could directly benefit the Beverly Hills Unified School District, which became a  basic aid district in 2010. (Under basic aid, the schools are funded through local property taxes rather than a per-pupil allotment from the state.)   Many Horace Mann parents, however, expressed concerns about the idea. Some noted increased traffic flow, safety worries and the general philosophy that commercial and education interests should not be mixed. Mirisch himself said that environmental concerns may preclude the city from moving forward with his plan. There are subterranean toxins on the Horace Mann grounds from a gas station that used to be located across the street. The process of digging up the soil to clean it might be too costly to add any underground parking to the school. “The contamination is probably the biggest stumbling block to the [parking] idea, so I don’t know if it will make financial sense to move forward,” Mirisch told Patch in an email. “We need to…get additional information before there’s anything more to talk about.” Mirisch is continuing to look at other ways to provide more parking on or near Robertson, Olympic and Wilshire boulevards. Additional parking and bike lanes in the area could help create the “right mix of stores, boutique restaurants and most importantly, a sense of community,” he told Patch. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read the original: Horace Mann Renovations Could Include Public Parking

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D&ET Jewelry 101: How To Buy Sapphires and Rubies

December 20, 2011
D&ET Jewelry 101: How To Buy Sapphires and Rubies

9.75 Carat Kashmir AGL 2010 No Heat Sapphire Two of the four precious stones, Sapphires and Rubies are closely related, both in terms of their tremendous aesthetic appeal as colored, precious gemstones, and their origin. Both Sapphires and Rubies come from the mineral corundum and are usually found in the same geographic areas when they occur naturally. They are also the hardest natural gemstone after diamonds. Sapphires and Rubies have long captivated because of their otherworldly beauty. The term, Sapphire, has a rich cultural heritage, with origins in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, old Iranian, and most notably Sanskrit, which translates into “precious to Saturn” (shanipriya). Ruby more simply hails from the Latin word Rubens, which means red. 5.19 Pigeons Blood Ruby Ring When choosing a colored gemstone such as a Sapphire or Ruby, in addition to carat, cut, and clarity, one must consider the three elements of color: hue, saturation and tone. Hue is the color of a gemstone, saturation is the vividness of the stone, and tone refers to the contrast between light and darkness in the stone. When considering a Blue Sapphire, the primary color is blue. The bluer the stone, the more valuable. Common secondary hues in a Sapphire are purple, violet and green, with purple and violet being more acceptable, and green being negative. The higher the percentage of the primary color (blue) the more valuable the stone. It requires a very skilled cutter to cut a Sapphire or Ruby exactly the right way to bring out its most favorable color. When considering a Ruby, the richer the color, the more valuable the stone. The most valuable Ruby is the pigeon blood-red. The most favorable undertone in a Ruby is violet, because it enhances the richness of the primary red color. Sapphires also come in colors other than blue (pink, orange, and beyond); however, we’ll save that for another post. To understand the value of a stone, one must also consider its origin. Although Sapphires occur naturally around the world (Australia, Africa, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam) the most prestigious and highly coveted sapphires are the Kashmir Sapphires, also known as Kashmiri Sapphires, which were discovered in Kashmir in 1880 after a landslide. Kashmir Sapphires are a pure intense blue. Other highly coveted Sapphires hail from Burma (Burmese Sapphires) and also Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The most valuable Rubies are Burmese Rubies, which hail from Burma (now Myanmar). They can also be found in Thailand, India, Nepal and the United States. 9.32 Burma Sapphire No Heat Make sure, when selecting a Sapphire or Ruby, to ask whether it has been heat treated (which lowers its value compared to a natural gemstone). Also make sure you are purchasing a natural, rather than an artificial or synthetic, stone. Famous naturally occurring Sapphires include the 423 carat Logan Sapphire on display at the Smithsonian, the Star of Asia, a 116 carat stone on display at the American Museum of Natural History, and the St. Edward’s and the Stuart Sapphire (104 carats), which are part of the English crown jewels. Also at the Smithsonian is a 23.1 carat Burmese ruby donated by philanthropist Peter Buck and Gerard & Co’s 40.63 heart-shaped Ruby. Looking for a last minute holiday gift that will make a lasting impact? Diamond & Estate Trust has a tremendous collection of rare, high-value Blue Sapphires and Rubies, including Kashmiri Sapphires and Burmese Rubies. Contact us for a private appointment to view any of the gems in this post or to see the rest of our collection. Read more: D&ET Jewelry 101: How To Buy Sapphires and Rubies

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‘The Lady’ and ‘Kinyarwanda’ Now Playing at Music Hall 3

December 4, 2011

Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 is the spot in town to catch a flick. Two films that are currently showing at the historic theater have recently been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times . Why not stay in Beverly Hills for your next movie screening? ‘The Lady’ (R-127 minutes) Starring Michelle Yeoh of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, this film tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was placed under house arrest in Burma for more than 15 years for publicly opposing the nation’s military dictatorship. Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy efforts eventually earned her a Nobel Peace Prize. To read the LA Times review of The Lady , click here . ‘Kinyarwanda’  (NR-108 minutes) The tragic history of the 1994 Rwandan genocide is the backdrop for this Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award winner. Featuring a Rwandan cast and crew, the movie revisits the battle between the nation’s Hutu majority and Tutsi minority, and is based on the accounts of genocide survivors. To read the  LA Times  review of  Kinyarwanda , click  here . For show times and tickets, visit the Music Hall 3 website . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post here: ‘The Lady’ and ‘Kinyarwanda’ Now Playing at Music Hall 3

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‘The Lady’ and ‘Kinyarwanda’ Now Playing at Music Hall 3

December 4, 2011

Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 is the spot in town to catch a flick. Two films that are currently showing at the historic theater have recently been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times . Why not stay in Beverly Hills for your next movie screening? ‘The Lady’ (R-127 minutes) Starring Michelle Yeoh of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, this film tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, who was placed under house arrest in Burma for more than 15 years for publicly opposing the nation’s military dictatorship. Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy efforts eventually earned her a Nobel Peace Prize. To read the LA Times review of The Lady , click here . ‘Kinyarwanda’  (NR-108 minutes) The tragic history of the 1994 Rwandan genocide is the backdrop for this Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award winner. Featuring a Rwandan cast and crew, the movie revisits the battle between the nation’s Hutu majority and Tutsi minority, and is based on the accounts of genocide survivors. To read the  LA Times  review of  Kinyarwanda , click  here . For show times and tickets, visit the Music Hall 3 website . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . See the original post here: ‘The Lady’ and ‘Kinyarwanda’ Now Playing at Music Hall 3

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