Archive for December, 2014


Thursday, December 25th, 2014

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Looking for highest quality fine jewelry at the most affordable prices? Visit our beautiful Studio City location to join the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery for one of our exciting LIVE auctions! Don’t miss this lively, fun atmosphere where you call the shots — and the prices! December 27-28, Saturday 1pm; Sunday 2pm, at our Studio City, CA, showroom at 12456 Ventura Boulevard (corner of Ventura Blvd. and Whitsett).

As a Division of the U.S. Diamond Exchange, the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery has access to the expansive inventory of estates, private collections and high-end jewelry stores that are closing. As a special service to you, several times a year, we take the best of these liquidated collections and offer them to you in our one-of-a-kind, live jewelry auctions!

Join us for a special live auction and choose from thousands of stunning auction pieces – rings, necklaces, watches, earrings, brooches, bracelets – and more! We even mix in pieces from our custom design studio at the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery – giving you an opportunity to add one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces to your collection.

PLUS! You may also win one of the special gifts that are hand-selected and given away in a free drawing every half hour by Johnny N, Founder of the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery and Creator of the signature Johnny N designer line!

Featured at Our Live Auctions!

-Thousands of liquidated fine jewelry items!
-Previews one hour prior to each auction. Get in and tag what you want!
-No minimum; no reserve. Items go to the highest bidder!
-FREE jewelry drawings every half hour!
-FREE refreshments!
-FREE and convenient free parking!

Call 818-982-4411, Or

Watch The video! Stop into our showroom today to view our matchless selection of diamond, colored stone, gold and platinum fine jewelry designs – often at 50 – 75% below retail. Watch the video to hear why one customer has made the Diamond and Jewelry Gallery his one – stop fine jewelry source.

Custom Designed Jewelry As Unique as You!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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There is only one you. No one else shares your signature. And with the Custom Design process at the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, now your jewelry can be just as unique.

For more than 40 years, our certified jewelers have been creating one-of-a-kind, custom masterpieces worthy of display. If you’ve got an idea for your own special piece, bring it to us and let our expert designers go to work for you! Or, request a custom designed piece by Master Jeweler and Diamond and Jewelry Gallery Founder Johnny N himself!

Maybe you brought back a picture of something you saw during your travels; or jotted down a sketch of a jewelry design years ago. For engagement rings, necklaces, brooches, earrings – no matter how developed your idea, visit our exclusive Studio City location for a free consultation with our expert design team. They’ll bring your idea to life!

We’ll Create Your Vision

No matter what your idea and no matter what your budget, our expert jewelers will design a custom piece worthy of showcasing. At the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, no job is too big or too small.

Bring in your own loose stones or settings, or choose from our glittering selection of certified GIA & EGL diamonds, precious colored stones, 14, 18 and 20 carat white, yellow and rose gold, platinum mountings to add to your one-of-a-kind piece.

Whether you’re dreaming big, or creating a masterpiece on a budget, we’ll work with you to bring your dream alive – creating a one-of-a-kind piece destined to become a family heirloom.

How We Do It

It’s your idea – but our expert jewelers will guide you through the design of your piece. They include you in every step of the process, from conception to the final presentation.

Our design process includes:

Consultation – Our designers spend one on one time with you to suggest how your piece might best be created.

Design – We use the latest in 3-D technology to conceptualize your idea. This is the first step in bringing your idea to life!

Creation – This is where our more than 40 years of experience really shines. Then, to ensure your happiness and ultimate satisfaction, our expert jewelers use a combination of design techniques including handcrafting and computer aided technology to create a wax prototype of your piece. This prototype is then presented to you for inspection before moving on to the next step.

Casting & Setting – Next, your piece is cast in your favorite metal – platinum, 20k, 18k and 14k carat white, yellow or rose gold. Our master jewelers then set your selected stones, using the latest techniques including micro pave’, channel, bezel, engraved and other current designs with high or brush-polish finishes. This is the final step before presenting the finished piece.

Unveiling – Lastly, your exceptional piece of custom designed jewelry is presented to you! Each piece is packaged in a finely-crafted wood and leather box to showcase your beautiful new collectible.

Why Create A Custom Piece?

The reasons are as unique as the exceptional custom piece we create for you. Maybe you have searched and searched, but have never been able to find the special piece you have in mind. Or perhaps it’s that you need a completely unique pair of earrings to match a necklace you inherited.

It could also be that you want to produce a piece of jewelry that reflects the one-of-a-kind place someone holds in your heart – and only a custom piece will do.

Whatever your reasons, at the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery we’ll make creating your custom piece an easy and stress free experience – and we’ll do it with you as a part of the process.

Your custom piece will:

-Reflect elegant design and superior workmanship
-Deliver unmistakable flair and distinction
-Be created to your specifications
-Sparkle for a lifetime! We’ll provide free cleanings for the lifetime of your piece.

A Custom Made Promise

Before leaving the studio, each show-stopping piece is personally inspected by Johnny N, Founder of the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery and Creator of the signature Johnny N designer line.

Your new piece from the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery is guaranteed to perform; with a matchless sparkle and shine that will make both it – and you – a conversation piece. And, we make sure of that – offering you free, lifetime care and maintenance to preserve the exceptional quality of your new showpiece.

When you purchase from the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, we stand by our work – and you – for the lifetime of your custom piece!
Watch This Video! Hear how one customer turned an old piece of jewelry into a one – of – kind masterpiece with the help of Diamond and Jewelry Gallery Studio City Diamantaire “Johnny N.” Ask us about the Signature Johnny N Designer Line of custom fine jewelry.

“Playing Hard To Get:” Elusive Tanzanite Jewelry

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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Though it forms deep in the earth over millions of years, brilliantly beautiful blue tanzanite was only discovered as recently as 1967. And like many ingénues, tanzanite is a gemstone that can afford to play hard to get. The reason why is its very limited availability. Tanzanite is found in only one place in the entire world: the African nation of Tanzania. On Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is Tanzanite?

With its teasing hints of purple, tanzanite is the blue colored member of a pedigreed family of gemstones known as zoisites. Interestingly, upon the discovery of so-called “blue zoisites” in 1967, it was thought that the name “zoisite” sounded too much like the word “suicide” in English. It was therefore decided to name the tanzanite after its exclusive Tanzania location.

The name was actually first proposed by Tiffany in New York. Later, in 1969, Tiffany was also the first to market the rare gems to the public. Tanzanites have remained one of the most sought after colored gemstones since that time.

The gem is found in color tones ranging from an ultramarine blue to a light violet-blue to purple. The most desired tanzanites are those with deep rich hues that are delicately infused with purple. Tanzanites with multiple colors are also quite common; with the stones often appearing with tinges of blue, purple or brownish-yellow depending on the viewing angle.

The Meaning of Tanzanites

Tanzanite is the enviable birthstone for those born in the month of December. Along with the other similarly-hued December birthstones of turquoise and blue topaz, tanzanite is thought to represent a contented life filled with the promise of good fortune.

Tanzanite, like the continent of its origin, is a gem with a rich history of story. In African folklore, the gem is thought to relax the tension of “Type-A” personalities and those under extreme pressure for long periods of time.

Tanzanite is also believed to restore or elevate the mood of those who wear it, bringing them in harmony with others around them.

Many espouse tanzanite with having actual physical benefits including: helping the body with the intake of zinc; regaining consciousness; toxin elimination and the clearing of skin disorders. The gem is also thought to be able to stimulate both the mind and the heart, and to ease ones’ blood pressure.

Famous Tanzanites In History

Tanzanites enjoy an audience of worldwide admirers. A few of the unusual gems have made the list of top tier tanzanites, standing head and shoulders above the rest:

The “Queen of Kilimanjaro”

Weighing over 240 carats, the most famous tanzanite has a name as impressive as its size. Known as the “Queen of Kilimanjaro,” the show-stopping gem was used as the centerpiece of a show-stopping tiara encrusted with diamonds and garnets. This exotic tiara is on museum display in Ontario, Canada, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Bragging Rights

The largest Tanzanite stone ever mined was over 737 carats. If size matters, this beauty of a stone surely takes the prize.

Tanzanite Pricing – No Cheap Date

The high end pricing of tazanites reflects not only the extravagant coloring of this unique gemstone, but also its quite limited availability. Because of their unusual color, tanzanites are thought to make a particular statement about the wearer, thus increasing their value and desirability.

Our Featured Piece*
(Pictured above)

While tanzanites are both prized and priced for their scarcity, at the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, we carry the largest selection of precious colored stones and EGL & GIA certified diamonds and jewelry anywhere – often more than 50% to 70% below retail.

Featured at the showroom of the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery in Studio City, California, is the sparkler above pictured sparkling tanzanite, white gold and diamond necklace ready to take center stage in any fine jewelry connection. Tanzanite is rare; but you don’t have to be a drama queen to wear it. Just be ready to bring a bit of mystery when you wear this show-stopping piece from our collection.

Find hundreds of diamond and colored stone necklaces on sale now at prices from $398 and up!

Watch This Video! You’ll see just how royal Tanzanite can be in this video featuring a Johnny N Tanzanite and Diamond Ring.

“Fluid Beauty:” The Storied Aquamarine Gemstone

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Named sometime in the 18th century, aquamarine means “water of the sea.” This highly sought-after gem is the official birthstone for those with March birthdates. It also reigns as one of the most prized offerings in the vibrant, rainbow spectrum of precious colored stones.

These fluid beauties are found in hues ranging from very pale blue to dark blue-greens. They can be found in quite large sizes and usually have excellent clarity.

Though they are often confused with blue topaz, the two are not at all the same. Aquamarines are actually much more valuable due to the fact that their deeply calming azure color is naturally occurring. Blue topaz, however, is created by treating colorless topaz with radiation.

The Meaning of Aquamarines

The aquamarine possesses a storied history as endlessly rich as the stones themselves. Aquamarines are said to symbolize eternal youth and happiness. Historically, they were thought to possess powers far beyond that of their stunning beauty. According to legend, aquamarine gems encourage prosperity in mental and physical health.

It has also been said that the aquamarine protects those who wear it from harm. In fact, ancient sailors believed that the gem held powers that could ward off maritime disasters. The sparkling, crystalline gem was also thought to be the bounty of elusive mermaids.

Where Do Aquamarines Come From?

Aquamarine is mined in Brazil, throughout Africa and Asia, and in Colorado, where it acts as the state gemstone. In Brazil, they are found most in the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil. Richly colored aquamarines also occur in African countries including Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Distinguished aquamarines of African origin are labeled “Santa Maria Africana.”

Aquamarines Famous in History

Aquamarines have inspired the creativity and imagination and powered the envy and lust of people and cultures since their discovery. Here are a few A-List aquamarines:

The Hirsch Aquamarine

The Hirsch Aquamarine is a huge, fancy, emerald-cut gem, at 109.92 carats. It is completely free of any treatments and 100% natural, which is common to aquamarines. The House of Louis XV rendered the deeply rich, sea blue stone into an exquisite pendant by surrounding the precious gem with 118 diamonds set in 18K white gold.

The Queen’s Gems

Queen Elizabeth II owns some of the most famous aquamarines. At her coronation in 1953, she was gifted with a sparkling aquamarine necklace and pair of earrings by the Brazilian president. She has since added a bracelet, brooch and tiara to her royal aquamarine collection.

Size Matters

A 911 carat aquamarine, again from Brazil, is displayed in the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC in the Hall of Gems alongside other famous stones such as the Hope Diamond.

Another show-stopper known for its size is the “Dom Pedro” aquamarine. It weighed 26 Kg and was cut in 1992. It remains as the largest aquamarine ever cut.

Our Featured Piece*
(Pictured above. *Subject to sale or prior sale.)

Create your own place in fine jewelry history with a piece like the beautiful “Masterpiece Aquamarine.” This rare piece features an 18.36 cts, center emerald cut aquamarine in the deepest blue. Set in 14k white gold, the finely cut large stone is surrounded by 24 sparkling round cut diamonds (2.50 cts). The stunning gem is thought to originate from the Santa Maria mine in Brazil, the aquamarine capital of the world.

Find stunning aquamarines like this one and many others to fit every style and budget at the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery in Studio City, California. We carry the largest selection of precious colored stones and EGL & GIA certified diamonds and jewelry anywhere – often more than 50% to 70% below retail.

Stop in anytime to see our beautiful selection of twinkling aquamarines. And while you don’t have to be a sailor to wear these gems inspired by the color of the sea, an aquamarine from the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery is guaranteed to make some waves!


*Featured Piece items are subject to sale or prior sale at any time.

Special Holiday Financing!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


From the Diamond and Jewelry Gallery…financing Made Easy!

This holiday season, finance your fine jewelry dreams; or make someone else’s come true with Special Financing Options. At the Diamond and Jewelry Gallery, we make financing easy. Here’s how…

FREE Special Financing Services…

For purchases made between 11/1/14 through 12/31/14:

-No interest, if paid in full by February 2016.
-No minimum purchase!
-On all store merchandise.


-Instant credit. No waiting.
-Keep other credit lines available. Greater purchasing freedom for you.
-Receive your customer credit card in 7-10 days.
-On site approval. Apply today at our Studio City showroom.

Call us at 818-982-4444 for more details.

Watch This Video! Meet Diamantaire “Johnny N” and get a tour of the Diamond and Jewelry Gallery Studio City, voted “L.A.’s Jewelry Store” by the L.A. Daily News!

Warrior Gemstone: The Invincible, Unconquerable Diamond

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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In the world of gemstones, the diamond is esteemed for its exceptional beauty and brilliance. But, did you know that the diamond also has a storied history as a “warrior gemstone?” Their use as an ancient “tool of battle” is lesser known trivia about this precious gemstone.

Originally discovered more than 6,000 years ago in India, diamonds were immediately prized for their extreme durability and hardness and were often used as implements or tools for cutting other materials. Ancient people also came to believe that diamonds were imbued with mystical properties and used them more creatively.

Invincible, Unconquerable Diamonds

The name given to the rare gems gives us an idea of how early peoples viewed and valued them. The term diamond originates from the Greek word “adamas,” which itself means ”invincible” or “unconquerable.” Because of their rarity, diamonds were thought to imbue their wearers with special powers. Thusly, diamonds were often worn in battle to ensure a victorious outcome.

Amazingly, the sparkling gems were also used as a type of weapon. For example, some held beliefs that placing them in the mouth could bring about the loss of teeth; or that grinding a diamond into a fine powder could turn it into a potent poison with the potential to damage victims internally. Ouch!

Born To Shine – The Diamond Birthstone

For those lucky enough to be born in April, the diamond is their traditional birthstone. The stunning gem is thought to imbue wearers with improved relationships, increased strength and benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance. The diamond is also symbolic of lasting, eternal love.

If you’re in the market for a diamond, you’re probably planning to use it as a stunning new addition to your jewelry collection instead of a weapon. When you’re ready, visit the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery in Studio City, CA. We carry the largest selection of EGL & GIA certified diamonds and jewelry anywhere – often more than 50% to 70% below retail.

On sale at the Diamond and Jewelry Gallery right now, gifts for every size budget. Choose from thousands of pieces; including sparkling diamond necklaces from $398; “Three Stone Past, Present and Future” diamond or Halo pendants from $285; spectacular diamond earrings and pendants from $685; one carat round brilliant cut diamond gold solitaire rings at just $895, and much more!

Our diamonds are selected to sparkle for a lifetime. And while you don’t have to be a warrior to wear one, we guarantee that wearing our diamonds will make you fierce!


*Facts compiled from, 1996

Fancy Colored Diamonds: The “It” Gems

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Beautifully brilliant diamonds form naturally, over millions of years, in every color of the most vibrantly hued rainbow. But, when it comes to popularity, the stones that often get the most attention are usually white diamonds – those with no color at all. That may be changing. Fast.

Fancy Colored Diamonds – “The It Gems”

Fancy colored diamonds are fast becoming the new “it gems,” sought after not only for their intensely unusual beauty, but also for their extreme rarity. So, what are they and why are they so rare?

Even in the lightest tones and low saturation, any stone showing color in what’s called the face-up position qualifies as a fancy color diamond. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds possesses natural color vibrant enough to be classified as fancy color diamonds.

The Bold and The Beautiful

Offered up in blues, greens, pinks, oranges, reds and yellows – bold and beautiful fancy colored gems are not at all for fine jewelry wallflowers.

More often than not, these richly hued gems are purchased and appreciated for their intensity and distribution of color. Different than when shopping for a white or colorless diamond, considerations such as cut and clarity are less important when purchasing a fancy color diamond. In this market, the bolder and more intensely colored the stone is, the more valuable it is.

More and more purchasers are looking to add depth to the color palette of their jewelry collection. And retailers and auctioneers are paying attention, adding a vibrant range of hued diamonds to their offerings.

Sky Is The Limit

While all diamonds are beautiful, naturally occurring fancy colored diamonds are much more rare, and therefore, much more expensive. And for traders, they’re getting harder and harder to find.

All these factors – the combination of their rarity in nature and dissipation in sourcing – eventually add up, making fancy coloreds much more costly than their blanche counterparts. Some experts quote the sought after gems as being 10 to 20 times the price of a similar quality white diamond.

For those looking to shave down the price of a colored diamond, also available are beautifully hued diamonds that originate from treatments as opposed to nature. These enhanced colored diamonds are often priced as much as ten times lower than those that occur naturally.

Rock Stars

While their popularity and price have increased recently, interest in the showy stones is nothing new. There are many, but here are a few classic examples of fancy colored diamonds that have achieved “Rock Star” status:

The Classic Hope Diamond

One of the largest dark blue diamonds ever found, the Hope Diamond holds court as fine jewelry royalty. The 45.52 carat diamond is housed at the Harry Winston Gallery of the Smithsonian’s Geology, Gems and Minerals exhibition.

In the pendant surrounding the Hope Diamond are 16 white diamonds, both pear-shapes and cushion cuts. The necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. It is perhaps the most visited museum object in the world.

Epic A-List

In November 2013, Christie’s Geneva sold a 14.82 carat, pear-shaped, vivid orange diamond for $35,540,612. The sale of the show-stopping piece set a world record price for an orange diamond.

Our Featured Piece

You can achieve your own Rock Star status by adding a beautiful, fancy colored diamond to your fine jewelry collection. Featured exclusively at the Studio City, California, showroom of the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, this stunning18k white gold ring with 22k setting features a brilliant fancy yellow rectangle cut diamond surrounded by dozens of complimentary round cut yellow diamonds.

At the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, we carry the largest selection of precious colored stones and EGL & GIA certified diamonds and jewelry anywhere – often more than 50% to 70% below retail.

Stop in to see this beautiful, yellow diamond show stopper or any of thousands of other offerings. And get ready to steal the show!


“Two Clicks. Two Carats.”

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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Win a Diamond Tennis Bracelet!

At the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, we carry a matchless selection of stunning diamond tennis bracelets. Right now, we’re featuring specials on sparkling one carat, S-design diamond bracelets for $198 and two carat S-design diamond bracelets for $398; as well as thousands of other style choices for every possible style and budget.

But, consider this. Have you ever tweeted your way to a diamond tennis bracelet? Probably not, right? Well, here’s your chance to do just that!

When We Get Social, You Win!

At the Diamond & Jewelry Gallery, we’re big on customer rewards. So, here’s the deal. Maybe you’re an existing customer. Or, maybe you haven’t shopped with us yet, but plan to visit our exclusive Studio City, CA, location soon. Either way, we’d like to make it super easy to keep you informed about upcoming promotions, special events and sales! If you’re on Twitter, here’s your chance to win a show-stopper of a gift for yourself or someone special on your list! We’re giving away a stunning two carat diamond tennis bracelet just for following us on Twitter and retweeting!


1. Go to
2. Follow us on Twitter at @JewelryGallery1 (We’re under the name “Ask Johnny N”).
3. Retweet the “DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET GIVEAWAY” tweet to your followers.

That’s it! Your two carat diamond tennis bracelet to keep or give as a gift could be no more than a few clicks away!

So, start tweeting! We’ll announce the lucky winner on December 22, 2014! — T.O.

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