Japanese Akoya (saltwater) cultured and natural pearls are similar in that both have a nacreous coating formed around an irritant. In the case of a cultured pearl the irritant is typically a mother of pearl bead only slightly smaller than the cultured pearl. Freshwater cultured pearls are tissue-nucleated and subsequently are not as spherical as […]
In 1985 production from the Argyle Mine in Australia took the international diamond market by storm. Suddenly there was a large supply of brown tinted diamonds entering the supply chain. This created a problem. Prior to this event most of the diamonds bought and sold in the market had a tint of yellow. The few […]
For those of you lucky enough to be born in April, your birthstone is diamond. The rest of us can also enjoy diamonds as they have the greatest universal appeal of all gemstones. Diamonds are the hardest gemstone – rated 10 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale- making them an excellent choice for everyday wear. A […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
In ancient times, this gemstone was said to aid seafarers; thus it is an excellent gift suggestion for sailors or one who takes frequent cruises! To dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends; to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection. Aquamarine is a universal symbol of youth, hope and health.