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...]

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...]

A Closer Look at Glass-Filled Rubies

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Glass-Filled rubies have been a hot topic recently affecting both industry insiders as well as a consumers alike. Here is what you need to know to bring yourself up-to-speed on this highly controversial issue, as explained by The Gemological Institute of America. … [Read more...]

Largest Faceted Sapphire Up For Sale

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The Guinness-certified world’s largest sapphire, weighing in at 31,308 cts is up for sale. The Ophir Collection of rare gemstones includes the Ophir Sapphire, which, at 31,308 carats, holds the distinction of being the world’s largest faceted sapphire. The collection consists of some 40 gemstones, the majority of which, … [Read more...]

Flawless Diamond sells for $30million

118 carat D Flawless

World's Largest D colour Flawless diamond was auctioned today for a record $30.6million $30.6 million was the record selling price today at Sotheby's in Hong Kong, for the world's largest, 118 carat, oval shaped, D color, Flawless diamond. The stone was discovered in 2011 as a 299-carat rough diamond in a southern African … [Read more...]