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....

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...]

Garnet: The Traveller’s Stone

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Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem that celebrates the second anniversary. It signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to … [Read more...]

Tanzanite: Stone of Creativity

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Tanzanite is the official birthstone for the month of December, and is a relatively new-comer to the world gemstone stage. Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich … [Read more...]

Citrine: The Healing Gem

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Along with topaz, citrine is the official birthstone for November. It’s is also the gemstone that celebrates the thirteenth anniversary. It’s perhaps the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstone and an attractive alternative for topaz as well as for yellow sapphire. People have used quartz in jewelry for … [Read more...]

Opal: The Lucky Gem

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Opal is the birthstone for October and the 18th anniversary. It's name is derived from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)."   Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all the gemstones on Earth. Many cultures … [Read more...]