shah sapphires

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Our friends born during September enjoy sapphire as their birthstone! It’s also the gemstone of the 5th and 45th anniversaries. Sapphires have been associated with wisdom, royalty, faithfulness and romance. In ancient times, kings and queens adorned themselves with the gem to protect themselves from envy and harm. In later times, clergy members wore sapphires to symbolize Heaven. More recently, sapphires have received more attention as Kate Middleton received Princess Diana’s 12-carat sapphire engagement ring from Prince William.

Read More

Engagement 202

Beyond the “four C’s” of diamond shopping, this Shah & Shah Jewelers event, which will be offered both as an in-store-by-appointment party and an online Instagram Live experience, will include a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session, plus try-ons and refreshments in-store. The idea is to break through the most intimidating aspects of ring shopping with a “style-centric learning experience,” which will include such topics as how to transform an heirloom piece into a new design, deciding between real and lab-grown diamonds, colored gemstones vs. diamonds, matching your wedding band to your engagement ring, stacking bands, and navigating popular design aesthetics. Engagement 202 is available in-store by appointment, and for your remote viewing pleasure via Instagram Live (@shahandshahjewelers) on June 14 at noon. 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1225; 202-223-6001.


(original post from Washingtonian)

Read More

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Bridal Jewelry

Upgrading your bridal jewelry – whether it be your engagement ring, your band, or both – can be an exciting experience for both you and your spouse. Some people hesitate to upgrade because of sentimental value or a bit of guilt, but we are big believers that you can upgrade while maintaining that sentimental value, and creating a new milestone for your marriage. We find that there are a few key times we see people upgrading:

Read More


June Birthstone: PEARLS!

Pearls are perhaps the most beloved gem of all, with history dating all the way back to 2206 BC. There are both natural and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are formed in the bodies of certain mollusks, while cultured pearls are created using human intervention usually in mollusks raised for that purpose. There are 4 types of cultured pearls based on their origin:

Read More

April Birthstone: Diamonds

If you’re born in April, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. While others are getting other fabulous gems for their birthdays – you’re getting diamonds, the king of all stones.

Read More

February Birthstone: Amethyst

Wishing all you February babies a Happy Birthday Month! February is represented by the gemstone amethyst, which is known for its beautiful shades of purple. February is often associated with being cold and short, so this gemstone is a perfect balance to bring about a little extra warmth, peace and strength.

Amethyst is a purple quartz and can be found in every corner of the earth. The gemstone gets its color from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements which produces a purple hues that range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple.

The name for this gem comes from the Ancient Greek word, word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” It was believed that Amethyst would ward off any intoxicating powers and prevent drunkenness. Other historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid and the Old Testament names Amethyst as one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. It is also the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!

Read More

Join Us for a Special Shah & Shah Shopping Event!

It’s hard to believe holiday season is here! We’re excited to announce a very special Shah & Shah Distinctive shopping event this year. From November 5-30, we will have weekly special pricing on select collections:

Follow us on Instagram (@shahandshahjewelers) for updates on this special shopping event! Call to make an appointment today or stop by our shop Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Happy Holidays!

Read More

November Birthstone: Citrine + Topaz

Happy birthday to our November babies! You are another of the lucky ones with two birthstones: citrine AND topaz.

Citrine is very rare in nature, and is a yellow/orange variety of quartz. Because of its rarity, most citrine available on the market are actually heat-treated amethyst.  The yellow to orange hue is a result of traces of iron that is found in the gem. In Bolivia, amethyst and citrine can actually be present in the same crystal, a unique gem called ametrine. Citrine was particularly popular in the Victorian era, often seen in brooches and rings, because of Queen Victoria’s fascination with the gem.


Citrine brings about joy and happiness, positivity and sunshine, even its name is derived from the French word for lemon!  It is also said to activate the imagination and to bring financial successes. Citrine is also the 13th anniversary gemstone.

November’s second birthstone is topaz, a versatile gemstone that can be found in variations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Most people are only familiar with blue topaz (December’s birthstone) which rarely occurs naturally.


Ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength, and during the European Renaissance,  people thought that topaz could break magic spells. Indian culture has believed that topaz worn near the heart brings long life, intelligence and beauty.

Happy Birthday to you!


Read More

As Seen In: The Study by 1stdibs

Our coral skull ring was recently featured on 1stdibs’ blog, The Study! Below is an excerpt from the article, and you can read the full article on The Study.


Beloved by rockers and history buffs alike, skull jewelry has stayed relevant across centuries. 

Edgy? Morbid? Timeless? Depending on your point of view, any of these adjectives could be used to describe jewelry featuring skulls. For the historically inclined, skulls are a popular symbol in memento mori jewelry, a design style dating back to the 16th century intended to remind wearers that one day they will die. In other words, it was a message to the God-fearing masses that you better live right or face the consequences later.

Read More


4 Things to Know about Insuring Your Fine Jewelry

Purchasing fine jewelry – including an engagement ring – can be fun, exciting and an investment. Chances are you’re either wearing the new piece, or giving it to someone special. The last thing you want to think about is something like insurance, but things happen and when they do, you’ll be so relieved you took the time to insure your new jewelry. Here are some tips on getting your new jewelry insured:

Read More

Aquamarine and Diamond ring

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Aquamarine, often just called aqua, comes from the Latin word for seawater and has centuries of lore behind it. Said to keep the waves calm and keep sailors safe, aquamarine is also rumored to keep marriages happy with its calming and soothing characteristics. Not only is it March’s birthstone, but it’s also the gemstone of the 19th wedding anniversary!

Read More