Archive | March, 2013

April Birthstone . . . Diamonds

Diamond is the birth stone for the lucky folks born in April as well as the traditional anniversary gift for the tenth year of marriage. The allure and history of diamonds is nearly as fascinating as its unmatched beauty and elegance. Truly the king of all gemstones, diamonds offer clarity, brilliance, and breathtaking depth like […]

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Amethyst Fun Fact

The ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethyst would prevent its wearer from becoming intoxicated. They also made drinking vessels out of this purple gemstone to help keep them “sober” when using it.

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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is March’s birthstone and the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage. The ideal color is a refreshing sea blue that is neither too pale or too green. As part of the normal finishing process, most aquas are heated to remove traces of yellow and permanently intensify the blue color. Aquamarines is […]

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Tips on Buying a Diamond.

Buy from someone you trust. You are not going to be able to determine the difference between two similar appearing stones. Diamond certificates don’t tell the whole story. Stick to certificates performed by the American Gem Society (AGS), Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and ask lots of questions. Examine diamonds unmounted, using a gem microscope […]

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Blue Beauties

Blue Beauties – Everyone’s Favorite GemstoneThe number one selling gemstone again this year at the jewelry trade’s biggest gem show held yearly in Tucson, AZ was blue sapphire! If you were lucky enough to be born in the month of September, this is your official birthstone. Sapphire is also the suggested gem gift for those […]

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Black Diamonds

The author of Collecting and Classifying Coloured Diamonds, gemologist Steven Hofer states, black diamonds are in “a transitional carbon state between graphite and pure diamond”.  Hoffer continues, “The typical black diamond is composed of a mishmash of atoms rather than a regular, homogenous arrangement.” Black diamonds are both difficult and time consuming to cut. Surfacing […]

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Art Nouveau Jewelry

Art Nouveau refers to a style of jewelry favoring a free flowing, elaborately curved style that was a radical departure from the Victorian era. The Art Nouveau period was popular from the 1890’s until 1910.Art Nouveau designers were influenced by nature and subsequently gave organic shape and life to jewelry. Jewelry often combined inexpensive gemstones […]

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the birth stone for those born in the month of March as well as the designated gemstone for the 18th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is the blue to greenish blue variety of the mineral beryl. Emeralds and Morganite are also members of the beryl family. The gemstone is often linked with water. One early […]

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Diamond – April’s Birthstone

April’s Birth Stone . . .DiamondTruly the King of all Gemstones, a diamond offers clarity, brilliance and breathtaking depth like no other gemstone. Diamonds are the most classic of all jewels. Their unmatched beauty and elegance make them ideal for marking life’s most important occasions, from the birth of a child to milestones like graduation […]

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Allergies and Alloys

Sometimes, as jewelers, we are asked if our jewelry is made of pure gold. Technically speaking, only gold with no additives can be called pure. Pure gold (24K) tends to be too soft to be used for jewelry. So various metals that act as hardeners such as silver, copper, nickel, palladium or zinc are added […]

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