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Dales Jewelry Blog

May 16, 2024
Sotheby's Auction of Dame Shirley Bassey's Jewels to Benefit Her Charities

Dame Shirley Bassey, who famously sang the title song from the 1971 James Bond/007 blockbuster film Diamonds Are Forever, soon will be parting with many of her own jewels — but it's all for a good cause. The 87-year-old Welsh singer will be putting more than 80 pieces on the auction block at Sotheby's Paris […]

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May 15, 2024
Metal Detectorist Reunites Wales Woman With Engagement Ring After 54 Years

Freda Payne's "Band of Gold" was topping the British singles chart in 1970 when a 22-year-old named Marilyn Birch lost her engagement ring while feeding hay to the cows at her family's farm near Neath Port Talbot, Wales. "I came in the house, washed my hands, and no ring," Marilyn, now 76, told the BBC. […]

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May 14, 2024
Netflix Roast Victim Tom Brady Adds 8th 'Championship' Ring to His Collection

Star quarterback Tom Brady knows a little bit about championship rings. He owns seven of them — six with the New England Patriots and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Sunday, May 5, during the closing of the Netflix special The Roast of Tom Brady, the now-retired celebrity athlete, 46, was surprised when host […]

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May 13, 2024
'Ice Cold' Exhibition Explores Cultural Influence of Spectacular Hip-Hop Jewelry

Featuring 66 culturally priceless heirlooms influenced by hip-hop's biggest stars, "Ice Cold: An Exhibition of Hip-Hop Jewelry" made its debut at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City this past Thursday. The exhibition spotlights pieces worn by Slick Rick, A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj, The Notorious B.I.G., Bad Bunny, Erykah Badu, and […]

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May 10, 2024
Music Friday: Mick Jagger Is 'Dancing on Diamonds' in 2023's 'Dreamy Skies'

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we take a closer look at The Rolling Stones' 2023 country ballad, "Dreamy Skies," which tells the story of Mick Jagger's yearning to escape the city's sirens and maddening crowds. Written by Jagger […]

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May 9, 2024
West Virginia Scientists Report That 'Fool's Gold' May Be Valuable After All

Scientists at West Virginia University have discovered unexpectedly high concentrations of lithium in "fool's gold," the glittery, metallic pyrite that has been mistaken for precious metal for thousands of years. During medieval times, charlatans made money by selling the relatively worthless pyrite as gold. Today, the term "fool’s gold" is used metaphorically to define anything […]

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May 8, 2024
200+ Carat 'Yellow Rose' Diamond to Headline Christie's Auction in Geneva

Billed as only the third yellow diamond larger than 200 carats ever to appear at auction, "The Yellow Rose" could fetch $4.4 million or more as the top lot of Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva on May 15. The unmounted 202.18-carat gem boasts excellent polish and symmetry […]

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May 7, 2024
At the Center of Each 2024 Olympic Games Medal Is a Slice of the Eiffel Tower

In the lead-up to the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in France, luxury jeweler Chaumet and the Paris 2024 Athletes' Commission were tasked with coming up with a medal design that would truly symbolize the City of Light. And their final concept seems to be right out of the playbook of the recent NFL and MLB […]

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May 6, 2024
Gold Watch Worn by 'J.J.A.', Titanic's Wealthiest Passenger, Sells for $1.5MM

A gold watch worn by John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest passenger on the ill-fated Titanic, recently set an auction record as the most expensive piece of Titanic memorabilia. An American private collector paid $1.5 million for the 14-karat gold Waltham pocket watch engraved with the initials "J.J.A." That was nearly 10 times the high estimate […]

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May 3, 2024
Music Friday: Emmylou Harris Would 'Proudly Wear Your Wedding Ring'

Welcome to Music Friday when often feature throwback tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country legend Emmylou Harris pledges eternal devotion to a noncommittal beau in her 1975 hit, “If I Could Only Win Your Love.” In the very first verse, Harris makes the case for why her […]

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