The Blog

  • Ruby: The King Of Gems

    July 27, 2016

      “A woman of valor, who can find? For her price is far above rubies.” –Proverbs 31:10     Ruby, the birthstone for July, is called “the king of gems” for its position as one of the most important gemstones in the jewelry world. Among colored gems, rubies can command the highest price per carat (a 25.59-carat ruby sold at auction for $1.2 million per… [more]

  • Love It To The Moon And Back

    July 11, 2016

    Moonstones, characterized by a distinctive soft glow of light, are formed by two varieties of the mineral feldspar—orthoclase and albite—intermingled during formation deep inside the earth. As the mineral cooled, the two separated out into flat, alternating stacked layers. The refraction and scattering of light between the layers give the gem its distinctive soft glow, called adularescence. This same characteristic also sometimes gives moonstone a… [more]

  • The Alexandrite

    June 23, 2016

    Half of the months in the calendar year—March, June, August, October, November, and December—have more than one “official” birthstone. June has three choices: pearl, the most traditional, alexandrite and moonstone. My June favorite is alexandrite, which has a distinctive color-change phenomenon. Indoors, it appears red but in sunlight it appears green, which is why gem aficionados often describe it as “emerald by day, ruby by… [more]

  • Fathers deserve a dash of Martin Katz, too!

    June 17, 2016

      Father’s Day in the United States was founded in 1910, two years after the 1908 establishment of a formal holiday celebrating mothers. After hearing a church sermon about Mother’s Day, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd thought it would be appropriate to have a similar holiday honoring fathers.   Her own father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran and widower who raised… [more]

  • Celebrate America With Jewelry

    June 7, 2016

    In honor of the patriotic summer season—Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day—let’s take a brief look at the role jewelry plays as an expression of patriotism. Memorial Day originated in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. Originally called “Decoration Day,” its purpose was for the nation to remember its fallen soldiers and decorate their graves with flowers. Flag Day, June… [more]

  • Famous Diamonds

    May 12, 2016

    Many diamonds could be considered famous, but only a select few are legendary. You’ve definitely heard of at least one—the Hope—which is the most famous diamond in America. The 45-carat blue Hope is believed to be part of a larger blue diamond discovered in India in the 17th century – the Tavernier Blue. In 1668, French merchant and explorer Jean Baptiste Tavernier brought a parcel… [more]

  • Diamond Report: Decoding the Diamond Certificate

    April 25, 2016

    Decoding The Diamond Certificate: What The Grades Mean Most of my clients know that “D flawless” is the best color and clarity a diamond can be.  They are also familiar with the Four C’s that give a diamond its value: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight.   But I’m often asked why the best color for a diamond is a D and not an A?… [more]

  • The Story Behind the Sparkle

    April 14, 2016

    Where do Martin Katz Diamonds come from? The value and mystique of a diamond comes from both the scarcity of fine quality stones and the effort it takes to find them deep inside the earth. Millions of tons of ore might yield only a few carats of top-quality gems. There are two ways diamonds are found: deep mining or alluvial deposits. Alluvial deposits come from… [more]

  • The Original Microbands for March Madness 2016

    March 28, 2016

    “I have the secret and I am not sharing it with anyone.” – Martin Katz   Regarded as The Original Microdiamond Band by Martin Katz, this collection of Microbands was created in 1995 and have remained in the Beverly Hills boutique window since we opened our doors in 2002. The Original Microbands come in almost every color imaginable. So, whether your brackets fell apart the… [more]

  • Aquamarine – The Color of the Sea

    March 18, 2016

    By far my favorite aquamarine piece that I have ever created. It’s from the Santa Maria mines, which produce the best stones in the world. The way it shimmers like a deep, still, pool of clear water is breathtaking.   March’s stone, the aquamarine, is prized for its tranquil, blue hue that evokes the color of the sea. In fact, its name is derived from… [more]

  • Downtown Abbey Favorite Eras for Celebrity Jewelry

    100 Years of Inspiration

    March 15, 2016

    “ I create contemporary jewelry with an old soul.” – Martin Katz Downton Abbey, which concluded after six seasons on PBS, was as beloved for its fashion and jewelry as for the characters themselves. As the series progressed, both the characters and the clothes they wore captured the essence of a rapidly changing world. Opening with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and concluding in… [more]

  • 2016 Oscar Trends

    March 9, 2016

      New York Fashion Week (with London, Milan, and Paris following) highlights what’s new and next in clothing, but when it comes to jewelry, all eyes are on the Oscars.  As we don’t have an equivalent to Fashion Week in our industry, the event is almost as important to jewelers as it is to filmmakers.   Now that the 88th Academy Awards is part of… [more]

  • The Martin Katz Bridal Collection

    April 8, 2015

      There is a newfound energy in bridal jewelry today allowing you to rethink everything. Let the emerging freshness of being bold, being classic and being contemporary sink in and inspire your bridal jewels to encompass all that embodies YOU!   Debut of Martin Katz’s Premiere Bridal Collection   Martin Katz debuts his premiere Bridal Collection. The collection is comprised of fifteen new diamond engagement… [more]

  • Blue Sapphire Holiday Designer Diamond Jewelry

    Sapphire Holiday Jewels: True Blues

    April 24, 2014

    Getting the blues can be a good thing. At least when you’re talking about sapphires, that is. The precious gemstones are prized for their vibrant cerulean hues. And the more deeply saturated the blue, the more valuable the stone. A touch of violet is welcome, but any hint of green in a blue sapphire, and its value plummets. “I love working with rare blue sapphires,… [more]

  • Paraiba Tourmaline High End Diamond Jewelry

    Paraiba Prevails

    April 24, 2014

    A short 22 years ago, a discovery in a remote Brazilian mine set the jewelry industry on fire. On that day in 1989, miner, Heitor Dimas Barbosa emptied a bag full of bright blue crystals to show an incredulous gem dealer, Marcelo Bernardes. Scattered across the table was Paraiba tourmaline, a resplendent semi-precious stone of rare make-up and a brilliant turquoise hue. Paraiba caught my… [more]

  • The Original Microbands Custom Stackable Bands

    The Magic of Microbands

    April 24, 2014

    They are the only item that has been in the window of Martin Katz since the boutique first opened in 2002. This collection, stackable gemstone and diamond rings, hoop earrings, and bangles, are so painstakingly hand-set that they appear to be floating on a piece of silk thread. The Martin Katz Microband ring consists of collection quality diamonds seemingly held together by nothing. It is… [more]