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Colorado and the History of the Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond: A history of mystery and intrigue

The Hope Diamond, one of the most famous and mysterious diamonds in the world, has captivated the imagination of countless individuals for centuries.  This remarkable gemstone, a 45.52-carat deep sapphire-blue diamond, has a history riddled with legends, curses and changing fortunes.  Follow along as we embark on a journey through time to unravel the captivating history of the Hope Diamond.


The history of the Hope Diamond is long and fascinating. It is believed to have originated in India, where it was mined centuries ago, in the Golconda region. The original diamond, before it was cut, was estimated to have weighed a staggering 112 carats.  The diamond was first recorded in the 17th century when it was purchased by French gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France, who had it recut into a 67.12-carat heart-shape and set into a necklace.

The French Connection – Theft and Disappearance

In the 17th Century, the French royal court became the guardian of the Hope Diamond which was called the “French Blue” at the time.  After the French Revolution, it disappeared. It is believed to have been stolen from the royal treasury in 1792. The diamond resurfaced in London in 1812, when it was purchased by banker Henry Philip Hope after having been recut and significantly reduced in size. The diamond remained in the Hope family for over a century.

The Colorado Connection

In 1901, the Hope Diamond was sold to a London diamond dealer. The diamond then passed through the hands of several different owners before it was purchased in 1911 by American socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, a Colorado gold mining heiress. McLean wore the Hope Diamond frequently and it became one of her most prized possessions.  While living in Ouray, Colorado, her father, Tom Walsh, an Irish immigrant, became a multimillionaire from operating the Camp Bird gold mine.  

After McLean's death in 1947, the Hope Diamond was inherited by her son, Vinson Walsh McLean.  Harry Winston purchased the Hope diamond and, in 1958 he mailed it by registered mail to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The Curse of the Hope Diamond

Shrouded in legend, the Hope Diamond's legacy is as captivating as its deep blue hue. An enduring belief holds the gem cursed, bringing misfortune to its owners. This notion is fueled by the tragic ends met by some of its past holders.

  • King Louis XIV of France, for instance, succumbed to illness just years after acquiring the diamond. A similar fate befell his successor, Louis XV, who also died young. Queen Marie Antoinette, a frequent wearer of the Hope Diamond, infamously lost her head during the French Revolution.
  • The 19th century offered no respite. The diamond passed through several hands, many of whom met with untimely or violent ends. Prince Ivan Kanitovski, one such owner, was murdered.  

The Hope Diamond today

The Hope Diamond is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The diamond is one of the museum's most popular exhibits and it attracts millions of visitors each year.  It is a stunning and rare example of nature's beauty and a symbol of history, mystery, and intrigue. It is estimated to be worth over $250 million. 

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March Birthstone

March Birthstone

Aquamarine: A Breath of Cool Blue for March

March's birthstone, aquamarine, is a captivating gem that evokes the tranquility of crystal-clear waters and the boundless energy of the open sky. Its refreshing light blue hues, ranging from subtle hints of green to deep, almost teal tones, have delighted jewelry lovers for centuries.

More Than Just a Birthstone

While aquamarine is a cherished gift for those born in March, its beauty transcends birth months. This stunning gemstone makes a versatile addition to any jewelry collection. Here's why you might fall for aquamarine:

  • Symbolism: Aquamarine is associated with peace, hope, and clarity. It's believed to bring calmness and emotional balance, making it a perfect piece to wear during stressful times.
  • Versatility: Aquamarine's range of colors allows for a variety of styles. Lighter shades lend themselves to delicate everyday pieces, while deeper tones create a bolder statement.
  • Durability: Ranking 7.5-8 on Mohs hardness scale, aquamarine is a relatively hard gemstone, making it suitable for everyday wear with proper care.

A Gemstone from the Rockies: Colorado Aquamarine

Did you know that aquamarine isn't just found in distant locales? Right here in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains hold a treasure trove of this beautiful gem. Colorado aquamarine boasts a unique color profile, often showcasing a vibrant, clear blue with a tinge of green. These stones are known for their exceptional clarity, making them highly sought after by jewelry enthusiasts and collectors.

Unearthing Colorado's Aquamarine: Mt. Antero

The crown jewel of Colorado aquamarine mining is undoubtedly Mount Antero. This peak, reaching over 14,000 feet, has been a source of aquamarine since the late 1800s. Miners here target pegmatite veins, which are like rocky pockets where crystals form. These veins can contain a treasure trove of minerals, including aquamarine alongside smoky quartz, topaz, and even rarer finds.

A Meticulous Pursuit: Hand-work in High Places

Mining at high altitudes like Mt. Antero is no easy feat. The process relies heavily on manual labor to carefully extract the aquamarine crystals. This ensures minimal damage to the surrounding rock and the delicate gems themselves. Prospectors might use tools like hammers and chisels to break open the pegmatite and then meticulously comb through the debris for hidden aquamarine treasures.

Beyond the Beauty: Colorado's Aquamarine Legacy

The hunt for aquamarine isn't just about finding beautiful stones. It's also a part of Colorado's mining history and economic life. These mines contribute to the state's mineral wealth and support local communities. The unique characteristics of Colorado aquamarine, with its vibrant blue and green hues, have earned it a reputation among collectors and jewelry enthusiasts worldwide.

Embrace the Cool of Aquamarine

Whether you're a March baby or simply drawn to the calming beauty of this gemstone, aquamarine jewelry offers a timeless and captivating accessory. Visit Williams Jewelers for unique beautiful pieces featuring aquamarine from many locales including Colorado. By choosing this gem, you're not only acquiring a lovely piece of jewelry, but also a touch of Colorado's unique geological heritage.

*Thank you to Mark Krivanek of Buena Vista, CO for the images of his mining claim and the rugged Mt. Antero.  

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Say "I Do" in Style

Say "I Do" in Style

Celebrate Love & Sparkle at the Williams Jewelers Bridalfest!

Love is in the air, and wedding bells are about to chime! Whether you're just starting your happily ever after journey or finalizing the finer details, Williams Jewelers is inviting you to a sparkling Bridalfest™ designed to make your jewelry dreams a dazzling reality.

Mark your calendars for March 6th– 9th  and prepare to be swept away by an unforgettable experience:

Exquisite Trunk Shows:

  • Fall in love with brilliance: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking collections of Tacori, renowned for their innovative and romantic designs. Witness the magic of their signature crescent silhouette and intricate details handcrafted with passion.
  • Embrace timeless elegance: Discover the captivating world of Christian Bauer, where classic styles meet modern sophistication. Explore their diverse selection of wedding bands, each crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Unveil your happily ever after shine: Be mesmerized by the luminous collections of Gabriel & Co. From classic diamond pieces to contemporary designs, find the perfect symbol of your love that reflects your unique personalities.

24 Months of Sparkle: Interest-Free Financing*

Let your love story unfold without financial worries. During the Bridalfest™ take advantage of Williams Jewelers' incredible offer: 24 months of interest-free financing* on bridal jewelry purchases! This exclusive offer allows you to say "yes" to the ring without straining your budget.

More Than Just Jewelry:

But the Bridalfest™ isn't just about the sparkle! Our expert bridal jewelry consultants will be on hand to guide you through the selection process, answer your questions, and help you find the perfect pieces that symbolize your unique love story.

Get Ready to Shine!

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate your love in style and find the perfect jewelry to commemorate your happily ever after.

Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Exclusive access to stunning trunk shows featuring renowned jewelry designers.
  • 24 months of interest-free financing on bridal jewelry purchases*.
  • Expert guidance from our friendly and knowledgeable team.

We are here to help you make your wedding dreams sparkle!

**Enjoy 24 Months INTEREST FREE financing with approved credit. Minimum purchase $6,000 and monthy payment required. Does not apply to previous purchases. See store for details.

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Love Struck and Stuck? A Guide to Gifting Jewelry for Valentine's Day at Williams Jewelers

Love Struck and Stuck? A Guide to Gifting Jewelry for Valentine's Day at Williams Jewelers

Roses are red, violets are blue, the pressure's on, what do you do? Valentine's Day is mere weeks away, and while you've got the chocolates and dinner reservation locked down, there's still one question plaguing you: jewelry to buy or not to buy?

Fear not, lovebirds! This guide will navigate you through the sparkling world of Valentine's Day jewelry at Williams Jewelers, ensuring you find the perfect piece that says, "I love you" louder than a dozen sonnets.

Know Your Gems at Williams Jewelers:

The first step is understanding your sweetheart's style. Does she rock bold statement necklaces or delicate pendant charms? Is he a minimalist with a penchant for sleek bracelets or a watch enthusiast? Pay attention to the jewelry they already wear, and don't be afraid to ask their friends or family for subtle hints. Williams Jewelers vast selection caters to a variety of tastes, from the modern and trendy to the timeless and classic.

Metal Matters at Williams Jewelers:

Once you've got the style down, consider metals. Does she gravitate towards the cool elegance of silver or the timeless warmth of gold? Does he have any allergies that limit your options? Knowing their preferred metal tone will narrow down your search and ensure you don't accidentally gift a clashing silver pendant to a gold-loving gal. Williams Jewelers offers a stunning array of jewelry in various metals, including platinum, rose gold, sterling silver, and white gold, ensuring you find the perfect match for your loved one's taste and skin tone.

Symbolism Speaks at Williams Jewelers:

Valentine's Day calls for something sentimental. Look for pieces with symbolic meanings that resonate with your relationship. Birthstones are a classic choice, each one whispering a special message. A heart-shaped pendant set with diamonds or rubies or a diamond key necklace from designer Roberto Coin will add a touch of romance.  Williams Jewelers' expert staff can help you find pieces that embody the unique love you share.

Beyond the Bling:

Jewelry doesn't have to be extravagant to be meaningful. You can find beautiful pieces at all price points at Williams Jewelers, from a sterling link bracelet from Gabriel & Co, to a vintage charm with a unique story, or a pair of gemstone earrings in her favorite color. These thoughtful touches show you've put extra effort into finding something special, just for them.

The Wrap Up:

Gifting jewelry for Valentine's Day is a beautiful way to express your love and commitment. Remember, the key is to choose something that reflects your partner's style and personality, adding a touch of personal meaning for an extra dose of sparkle. So, ditch the gift-giving jitters, head down to Williams Jewelers, and get ready to watch their eyes light up brighter than any diamond!

Bonus Tip: Don't forget the presentation! Williams Jewelers offers elegant gift wrapping and boxes to make your gesture even more special. Add a handwritten note expressing your love, and you've got a winning combination that's sure to make their Valentine's Day unforgettable.  Also, February 8th - 14th, 2024 receive a FREE VALENTINE'S GIFT of a bottle of wine (your pick from three choices), a rose and a card.*  

Now go forth, lovebirds, and let the jewelry hunt begin at Williams Jewelers! Happy Valentine's Day!

*with a purchase of $250 or more.  Does not apply to previous purchases.  Cannot be combined with any other offer.  Some brand exclusions may apply. See store for details.

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Discovering Time: The Ultimate Guide to Cool Watches

Discovering Time: The Ultimate Guide to Cool Watches

Timeless Stories 

Step into the realm of timeless luxury watches where elegance meets precision. Here we'll explore iconic brands such as the esteemed Tudor, the rugged Casio G-Shock, and the refined Longines. But the depth of horology does not stop with the latest releases; it also encompasses an intriguing world of pre-owned luxury timepieces, providing us with a unique glimpse into history and heritage. Each timepiece, regardless of its age or brand, tells a story of craftsmanship, design and innovation. Let's dive into the intricate details, captivating stories and enduring appeal of these impeccable masterpieces.

What Features Make a Watch “Cool”?

While the definition of a “cool” watch can vary vastly based on personal style and preference, industry trends reveal a few key features that often stand out. Typically, a cool watch is not just a tool for telling time, but also a statement piece that reflects one’s personality. Innovative designs such as unconventional dials, unique strap materials or striking color combinations can immediately set a watch apart. Lastly, limited-edition or collaboration timepieces also carry a “cool” factor due to their exclusive nature.

The Classic Sophistication of Tudor

In the realm of fine timepieces, the elegant design of Tudor watches stands out. This luxury Swiss watch brand is renowned for its exquisite precision, durability and timeless allure. Whether worn in a formal business meeting or a casual evening out, these watches boast a classic sophistication that never goes out of style. Known for their meticulous craftsmanship and high-quality materials, Tudor watches merge traditional design elements with modern features. They offer a variety of styles, from the adventurous Black Bay and Pelagos lines to the classy Glamour Collection. Indeed, Tudor tops the list when it comes to cool watches.

The Resilience of Casio G-Shock

An important element to note about this standout watch is its remarkable durability. Casio G-Shock watches are not just timepieces but also devices engineered to take a beating and continue functioning optimally. This feature makes them an appealing choice for individuals who live active or rugged lifestyles. The Casio G-Shock appears in a range of different models, each offering unique features like water resistance, extended battery life, and innovative shock-resistance technology. Such features not only underline the resilience of these watches but also contribute to their lofty status among top cool watches in the market today. For outdoor enthusiasts or anyone seeking a reliable, tough and stylish timepiece, the Casio G-Shock remains a superior choice.

The Enduring Elegance of Longines

Building on their rich legacy of crafting timepieces of exceptional quality, Longines continues to embody the elegant side of watchmaking. Their wristwatches exude a charm that gracefully marries tradition and innovation. One of their most highly coveted models, the Longines Master Collection, perfectly exemplifies this seamless fusion of classic allure and modern precision. This Swiss-made watch is powered by an automatic movement, demonstrating Longines’ commitment to style and substance. The enduring elegance of Longines offers more than just time-telling. Their watches are an embodiment of one's personal style and a testament to the timeless appeal of precision timekeeping.

The Value of Pre-Owned Luxury Timepieces

Investing in pre-owned luxury watches can be a smart move for both watch enthusiasts and beginners alike. This is true financially and for the rich character and history that such pieces typically entail. Renowned brands retain value exceptionally well and often appreciate over time. Moreover, many discontinued and limited-edition models, only available in the secondary market, are considered rare treasures among collectors. Buying pre-owned also means you’re contributing to sustainability by extending the lifetime of a beautifully crafted artifact. In addition, it’s the perfect way to own a piece of luxury at a fraction of the original cost. So, whether you’re in pursuit of a unique statement piece or looking to make a sound investment, pre-loved luxury watches present an opportunity that’s well worth exploring.

Dial into Your Watch Style at Williams

Cool watches are not only a stylish accessory but also a reflection of individual tastes and lifestyles. They embody cutting-edge technology, flawless craftsmanship and timeless elegance. With the variety of designs, functionalities and price ranges, there's a cool watch for everyone. Remember, in the world of cool watches, buying the right one isn't merely about telling time; it's about making a statement about who you are. And at Williams Jewelers, you can find the perfect cool, luxury watch for you. Visit us today at 5095 S Broadway in Englewood to discover your next treasured timepiece.

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Glamorous Golden Jewelry for Fall

Glamorous Golden Jewelry for Fall

Fall has begun and traditionally we swap out our bright yellow gold for more neutral silver and white gold. But hues of yellow are all around us during the autumn, from the changing leaves to the hot spiced cider in our mugs. So, why put yellow gold away entirely during this enchanting season? This is the perfect time to add some subtle shades of classic yellow gold to your autumn jewelry, from an understated yet elegant bracelet to glittering stackable rings. Let’s explore some refined and graceful pieces that will add just the right amount of golden glamour to your look for the fall.  

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Back-to-School Basics: Jewelry for Mom and Dad

Back-to-School Basics: Jewelry for Mom and Dad

The back-to-school season traditionally involves updating the kids’ wardrobes for fall. Whether they’re in kindergarten or college, snagging some new outfits is a time-honored custom. But what about Mom and Dad? Don’t they deserve a bit of a wardrobe refresh as well? This August, you can renew Mom and Dad’s looks with exquisite pieces from Williams Jewelers ofEnglewood. From chic fashion jewelry to iconic watches, you can find luxurious and stylish options in our stunning showcases. Let’s take a look at four items – two for Mom and two for Dad – that will add some vivid new touches to their autumn outfits. 
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Maxing Out With Summer Jewelry Trends

Maxing Out With Summer Jewelry Trends

More is always . . . more. More color, more sparkle, more vibrance. When it comes to summer jewelry trends for 2023, the mantra of maximalism is in. Whatever it is you want to add to your jewelry box for this season, the bigger, bolder and brighter, the better. Plus, don’t be afraid to layer your vivid pieces together, creating a symphony of colors and textures. 
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What’s Your Perfect Colorado Summer Wedding?

What’s Your Perfect Colorado Summer Wedding?

Colorado is bursting with color and light as summer hits its stride. This season, with all its romantic growth and splendor, is a wonderful time for a wedding. From small mountain towns to elegant historic hotels, the Centennial State has a diverse array of places that are ideal for summer nuptials. Plus, there’s a venue for every couple out there, whether you’re laid back and want a more casual setting or you’re into having an elegant luxury experience. Find out what your perfect Colorado summer wedding would be by taking the quiz below. When you’re finished, tally up your answers to reveal your results. 
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Things to do in Colorado for Mother’s Day

5 Things to do in Colorado for Mother’s Day - Making Memories with Mom

In Colorado, Mother’s Day means warming temperatures, blooming plants and a landscape bursting into life after a snowy winter. Not sure what to do to honor Mom this year? Here are 5 things to do in Colorado for Mother’s Day, so you can celebrate in a uniquely Coloradan way!

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Stunning Spring Gem Show

Stunning Spring Gem Show

High atop Mount Antero, where the air is crisp and the sky crystalline, gorgeous treasures abound. Here, the Colorado aquamarine has been sought after since the late 1800’s, when prospectors stumbled across deposits of the gem while searching for silver and gold. Fast forward to the present, where folks are still climbing the rocky mountain slopes, searching for aquamarines to add to their personal collections or turn into aquamarine jewelry. 
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Sensational Spring Bridal Jewelry Trends

Sensational Spring Bridal Jewelry Trends

Spring in Colorado is like nothing else. The tender buds are beginning to open, revealing fresh petals and leaves. The air is warming and the melting ice and snow fills the air with sweetness. The Rocky Mountain sun seems to shine ever brighter. As the season of renewal, it’s the perfect time for a wedding. And here at Williams, we love to celebrate with the most recent bridal jewelry trends. 
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