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...]

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...]

The Four Cs: An Overview

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Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing … [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...]

Amethyst: Emperor of Quartz

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February's birthstone amethyst, is the most prized variety of the quartz family. Although once only available to royalty, amethyst's plentiful supplies have made it widely available to the general public. Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks … [Read more...]

Chatoyancy: Cat’s Eye Effect

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Chatoyancy is an optical phenomenon in which a band of reflected light, known as a “cat’s eye,” moves just beneath the surface of a dome-shape cut gemstone. The name "chatoyance" originates from the French word "chatoyer," which means … [Read more...]

Topaz: Small Island in the Red Sea

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Topaz is the birthstone for November and it's blue variety is the gem that celebrates a 4th anniversary while Imperial topaz is the gem that high-lites the 23rd anniversary. This is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Akoya Pearls

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It is important to realize that almost all pearls available on the market today are in fact cultured, and that finding saltwater pearls in their natural state is almost unheard of. The difference between natural and cultured pearls focuses on whether the pearl was created spontaneously by nature – without human … [Read more...]