Byard F. Brogan Jewelry & His Patented Designs

The history of the Byard F. Brogan jewelry business starts in 1908. Byard Brogan and Walter Rodenbough founded the new business in Philadelphia. Both had a strong background in the engraving side of the jewelry trade. When World War I came to a close, Brogan bought out his business partner and began to run the […]



The Garnet Gem: A Rainbow of Hues

Although jewelry wearers primarily associate a deep red color with the garnet, this silicate gem actually comes in a rainbow of hues. It is said that blue garnets do not exist, but there have recently been gem finds that feature a high quantity of vanadium, which causes a blue green coloration. Granted, this is not […]


Why Is Pink Gold So Intriguing?

If you are an experienced jewelry wearer, you already know that pure gold is yellow in color. Pink gold, which is also colloquially referred to as rose or red gold, is an alloy of gold and copper. Of course, there are some subtle differences there, too. Depending on the amount of copper in the mix, […]




When Did Men Start Using Tie Bars?

Also known as the tie clip or tie slide, the tie bar is a uniquely male fashion accessory. It fastens the tie to the shirt underneath. In so doing, it ensures that the tie hangs perfectly straight at all times and does not get in the way when the wearer leans over a table or […]



Why We’re So Fascinated With Aquamarines!

In simplest terms, an aquamarine is really a beryl. These minerals are made up of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate and have the potential of containing a number of impurities. While pure beryl does not have any coloration, iron impurities lead to a blue or greenish-blue tint. When this hue is present, the beryl is considered an […]