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The Oak Tree in Mythology – Symbolic Meaning

Of all the trees in the forest, none occupies quite the space in our collective consciousness as the oak. At once both mighty and ancient, the oak is indeed massive in stature, both physically and spiritually. Associated with gods and kings from the earliest tribes of Europe to the Greeks and Romans, right down to
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Arts & Crafts Movement Fine Jewelry

Carl Blackburn is inspired by many historical periods of fine jewelry making, including the Arts and Crafts Movement, an international phenomenon in the decorative and fine arts that arose in the latter part of the 19th century. Its adherents included artist, architects, designers, writers, craftsmen, and philanthropists who were united by the aim of breaking
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History of Goldsmiths & Goldsmithing

Goldsmiths have existed ever since gold was found to be a coveted metal. Their craft, known as goldsmithing, is the practice of working gold and other precious metals into a wide range of objects, from goblets and other useful utensils to ceremonial and religious items, and of course, jewelry. A master goldsmith’s skill set spans
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Learn About Wedding Jewelry Trends

Mary of Burgundy famously wore the world’s first known diamond engagement ring in 1477, and it’s been treasured bridal jewelry ever since. But what about the rest of the wedding jewelry, such as the rings exchanged at the altar and the gems worn with the dress? Wedding bands, bridal jewelry and wedding party gifts also have a storied
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How to Choose an Anniversary Ring

The above photo showcases diamond rings from Cal Balckburn’s past collections of diamond anniversary rings and wedding rings. Your wedding day is already years behind you, and you want to commemorate your anniversary with something special. Since almost all marriages start with an engagement ring and a wedding ring, it’s natural that many couples choose
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A Brief History of Renaissance Architecture

Introduction to Renaissance Architecture As a former student of the prestigious Accademia Italiana and a long time admirer of the Renaissance masters, Carl Blackburn has maintained an abiding interest in all Renaissance art forms. It is a passion which informs and drives his work as a classically inspired designer of fine jewelry heirlooms. In this
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Learn All About Eternity Rings

Introduction to Eternity Rings Contemporary eternity rings are a traditional gift from husband to wife, usually given on the occasion of a significant anniversary or after the birth of a child. Like all relationship rings, eternity rings have no beginning and no end, the endless loop symbolizing timeless love and devotion. Eternity rings are stone
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A History of The Wedding Ring

The wedding ring is a long-honored symbol of everlasting love, and today they are exchanged in nearly all weddings around the world. Wedding rings have changed dramatically throughout the ages, but the eternal timelessness of the simple band continues to inspire romantics everywhere. The First Wedding Bands The first examples of wedding rings were worn
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How to Choose an Engagement Ring

The above engagement rings are from Carl Blackburn’s previous engagement ring collections. To order a custom-made engagement ring from Carl Blackburn in San Diego or nationwide, please contact us today for a free consultation. How to Choose an Engagement Ring She’ll Treasure Forever Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting task, and many times,
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