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...]

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...]

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...]

Common Diamond Treatments

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Diamond treatments and how they affect you as a buyer: While shopping for a diamond, you may have come across the terms "diamond treatment" or "treated diamond"  or perhaps something along the lines of "enhanced diamond", but what does that really mean to you … [Read more...]