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Freshwater Pearl

This freshwater pearl know as the “The sleeping lion” recently sold for $500,000 at auction in Amsterdam. The pearl is believed to have been found in Chinese waters in the 18th century. The pearl was transported to Europe in the mid 1760’s. The pearl measures 7 cm. in length and weighs more than 100 grams.

October Birthstone: Opal

Pliny the Elder called OPAL the most precious gem because it contained all of the other gemstone colors. Australian aborigines held OPAL sacred because the Creator came to earth on a giant rainbow and where he rested was the first OPAL deposit. Queen Victoria bestowed lavish OPAL jewelry on her friends and family, including Czar […]

Ancient Peridot

Peridot dates back about 4,000 years to the island of Zabargad, now belonging to Egypt. Originally, the crusaders called this island in the Red Sea Saint Johns. Peridot is mentioned throughout the Bible and early Christians believed the stone to be sacred. Peridot is considered a stone of Springtime and ancients believed it was a […]

Emeralds – May’s Birthstone

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May because its color symbolizes the rebirth and renewal that comes with spring. Pantone named Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013 because of the “luxury and elegance it brings to the palette”. The folklore of the Emerald is that the gemstone has the powers to […]

Diamonds

It takes 250 tons of earth to be sifted to find one carat of  rough diamond crystals. Only one diamond crystal in a million carats mined will be large enough to cut into a one carat diamond. Diamonds have been found in every color of the rainbow. If the color is vivid the diamond is […]