Largest Pearl in the World found weighing 34 kilos.

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Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the largest pearl in the world in the biggest natural giant clam- weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone). For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman's family would … [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...]

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...]

How to Clean Your Diamond

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Diamonds are among the hardest natural minerals on Earth, yet they require special care to keep them shining and looking their absolute best. In fact, a diamond’s sparkle can be lost by the mere touch of a finger, which can cause dirt to collect on … [Read more...]