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Colored Stones Still Sizzling

Colored stones are still sizzling! The universe of colored gemstones is endlessly fascinating. For centuries, nearly every culture has held the belief that colored gemstones possess magical powers or the ability to provide the wearer with special attributes and protections or healing properties. This way of thinking has motivated the world of fashion. Natural gemstone […]

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The 4 C’s – Color

Color Most diamonds exhibit a tint of color. The color is usually yellow or brown. Diamonds, can also be tinted, blue, green, red and brown. These diamonds are called fancy colored and are extremely rare. Diamonds with a light yellow or brown tint are the gemstone we commonly find in jewelry. Today, diamonds are typically […]

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The 4 C’s – Clarity

Clarity The clarity grade of a diamond is assigned by trained professionals, based on their visual examination of the gemstone under 10 power magnification. The size, location, number and color of inclusions all impact on the clarity grade. Some ask, “If you can’t see it why is it important.” To answer this question properly we […]

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Citrine

Citrine is the alternate birthstone for the month of November. Citrine ranges in color from pale yellow to dark brownish orange. The name is derived from the French word “citrin”, meaning “yellow’. The use of this term dates to the 16th century when it came to represent the golden shades of the quartz family. Other […]

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Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Chinese Cultured Pearls Pollution problems in Japan’s Biwa lake have lead to ever increasing demand for Chinese cultured pearls. Pearl farming in China dates to the mid 60’s. Until recently most of the pearls were of a low quality. Recently, pearl production and quality have advanced significantly. The typical freshwater mollusk is nucleated with 30 […]

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Carat Weight

This is the one feature we all think we understand, right! I mean, obviously, the bigger the better! That’s why society equates beauty with size and weight. That’s how we select our cars isn’t it? “I don’t care what it look like, I just want it to be heavy” What, you don’t agree, bigger is […]

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History of Bracelets

The earliest bracelets date back to around 2500 BC and were worn by the Sumerians in southern Mesopatamia. Bracelets, necklaces, anklets, finger rings and ear rings made the women of Sumer into show windows of their husband’s prosperity. Bracelets were found in the tombs of Ur where it was customary to bury royalty with their […]

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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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