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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 […]

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Alexandrite – June’s Birthstone

Night and day, the changing hues of Alexandrite enchant the eye and fuel the imagination. The color swings from red to green depending on the light source – green for daylight and purplish red for candle light. Alexandrite is the most famous of color change gems. Due to its ability to change dramatically in shifting […]

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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 […]

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Fun Diamonds Facts

It takes 250 tons of Earth to obtain a 1 carat Diamond. Diamonds are not the hardest substance on the face of the earth. They are the hardest “natural” substance but man-made synthetics are harder. 98% of all Diamonds are NOT actually white in color. It takes 1405 degrees of heat to burn a diamond. […]

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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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