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...]

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...]

Asterism: Star Gemstones

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Some of the most interesting members of the gem kingdom are those reflecting bright bands of light that form stars. This optical phenomenon is known as "Asterism". The term "Asterism" comes from the Greek word "aster", which means … [Read more...]

Cleaning Jewelry with Soft Gemstones

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Gold and silver jewelry set with porous or soft gemstones need to be handled with care when cleaning these items with "home-remedy" solutions. You should avoid submerging silver and gold jewelry set with coral, turquoise or pearls in water or cleaning … [Read more...]

The Carmen Lúcia Ruby

The Carmen Lucia Ruby

At 23.10 carats, the Carmen Lúcia Ruby is the largest faceted ruby in the National Gem Collection and one of the finest large, faceted Burmese rubies known. Aside from its large size, this extraordinary gemstone displays a richly saturated homogenous red color, combined with an amazing degree of transparency. … [Read more...]