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Articles about jewelry, gemstone and jewelry care.

Cultured Pearls

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 […]

Brown Diamonds

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 […]

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 […]