Frans Jonker

Frans Jonker is a Manufacturing Process Technician and Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.), who enjoys sharing his passion, and expertise, for diamonds, gemstones, watches, and all things jewelry with other like-minded folks....

Ruby: The King of Gemstones

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Ruby is derived from the Latin “ruber,” meaning “red” –the color of passion. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called “ratnaraj,” or “king of gems.” Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes … [Read more...]

Alexandrite: The Imperial Gemstone

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Alexandrite is one of the official birthstones of June, a status it shares with cultured pearl and moonstone. A relatively modern gem, it was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. In Russian legend, this … [Read more...]

Pearls: Nature’s Precious Gift

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People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for 1000s of years. Their first recorded history dates back to China as early as 2206 BC. They are treasures from the Earth’s ponds, lakes, seas, and oceans, and they’ve always … [Read more...]

Emerald: Soother of Souls

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Emerald’s lush green color has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Its color reflects new spring growth, which makes it the perfect choice as a birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gemstone for … [Read more...]

Diamond: The Emperor Reigns Supreme

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Diamond is considered by many to be the Emperor of gemstones and it is also designated the official Birthstone for the month of April.  One of Earth's most highly prized treasures, diamonds have an extensive history that dates back thousands of years in … [Read more...]

Bloodstone: The Martyr’s Stone

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The alternate birthstone for March is bloodstone, (heliotrope), a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide. Bloodstone dates back through historical and ancient times. The trade name of 'heliotrope' originated from the belief that gemstones were once … [Read more...]

Aquamarine: Savior of Sailors

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The name aquamarine comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. March’s birthstone was also thought to … [Read more...]