Emerald: Soother of Souls

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Emerald’s lush green color has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Its color reflects new spring growth, which makes it the perfect choice as a birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gemstone 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...]

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...]

Garnet: The Traveller’s Stone

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Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem that celebrates the second anniversary. It signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend. Garnet, derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]