Gemstones

Learn about Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Pearls and more. Precious and semi-precious gemstones come in every color imaginable, and they add interest and excitement to any piece of jewelry.

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  1. The Birthstones

    January’s Birthstone: Garnet January babies born in the midst of cold, white (valley fog) and at times stark surroundings are rewarded with one of the most varying birth gemstones, Garnet. Garnet’s pizzazz energizes the gloomiest day. Garnet varieties brighten the world in colors of yellow to gold, bright orange to true orange, brown to cinnamon, pinks to greens, and of course many shades of red. Garnets are given as symbols of consistency, perseverance and good health. Garnet is also regarded as the gem of faith, constancy and truth and possesses... read more »

  2. Gem in the Spotlight: Garnet

    Garnet’s rich history and varieties demonstrate garnets are more than the little red gem. Garnets allow for great personal diversity and style. The wide world of garnets invites all to become a garnet fan. Garnet is January’s birth stone. January babies born in the midst of cold, white (valley fog) and at times stark surroundings are rewarded with one of the most varying birth gemstones…Garnet. Garnet’s pizzazz energizes the gloomiest day. Garnet varieties brighten the world in colors of yellow to gold, bright orange to true orange, brown to cinnamon... read more »

  3. Tsavorite garnet is a rare and beautiful green gem

    Gem in the Spotlight: Tsavorite Garnet

    The discovery of Tsavorite in East Africa in the 1960s changed the jewelry world. Here was a gem with the color to rival the most exquisite emeralds and the clarity of the cleanest sapphires, all with the time tested durability of garnet. Tsavorite is a unique form of garnet with a stunningly vivid green color. It is bright and lively with a high refractive index giving it excellent sparkle and scintillation. Tsavorite is also a very rare gemstone. It is uncommon to find Tsavorite in sizes larger than five carats... read more »

  4. Gem in the Spotlight: Amethyst

    Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry. Purple has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand over the years. Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the Middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and bishops still often wear amethyst rings. The Greek work “amethystos” basically can be translated as... read more »

  5. Loose fantasy cut aquamarine

    Gem in the Spotlight: Aquamarine

    Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin which literally means “seawater,” a tribute to its beautiful blue color. As a member of the beryl family, Aquamarine has some illustrious cousins in addition to a rich tradition of its own. The Mythology of Aquamarine Long associated with tranquility and happiness, aquamarine was also thought to instill courage, cure laziness, and sharpen the intellect. The ancient Greeks used aquamarine often in jewelry believing it captured the true spirit of the sea. Best known for its beautiful blue color, aquamarine was used to... read more »

  6. High end emerald jewelry at Arden Jewelers

    Gem in the Spotlight: Emerald

    Springtime exudes life, full of bright colors and renewed energy. Emerald, May’s gemstone captures this enthusiasm for life in rich elegance. Spring and green symbolized faith and fertility. Emerald then became one of the green stones representing spring, a time of birth. This brilliant green stone reinforces love and creates harmony in the family. For most gems this would be sufficient praise but emeralds are steeped in history, superstition and lore. A symbol of love and rebirth, the emerald has been treasured for over 4,000 years. Emeralds are said to... read more »

  7. Morganite is a beautiful soft-pink gemstone

    Gem in the Spotlight: Morganite

    Morganite is a beautiful, soft pink gemstone and a graceful expression of elegance. It is not a very well-known gem, but it definitely should be. It is pastel or pale in color by nature and known for its transparent peach-pink hue though it also occurs as soft pink, violet-pink, or pale salmon. It is the subtle, understated nature of Morganite’s color that sets it apart from many of the more popular gemstones. Morganite’s has an impressive family tree. It is a beryl gem which puts it in the same family... read more »

  8. Gem in the Spotlight: Pearl

    Pearl has been a favorite of people of many cultures. Pearls have been recognized as the emblem of modesty, chastity and purity. They have come to symbolize a happy marriage. Often associated with love and tears, pearls were dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and symbolized the tears of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. In antiquity, pearls were said to prevent newlywed women from shedding any tears. Muslims cherished the pearls because they were believed to represent Adam and Eve’s tears, repenting of their sins and resembling... read more »

  9. Gem in the Spotlight: Ruby

    Is it Ruby’s color that we love? Or is it Ruby’s beauty? Is it Ruby’s rarity, thereby is high cost? What ever it is, Ruby’s impact on humans is broad and deep. Ruby is the red variety of corundum. Any other color of corundum is called a Sapphire. The red color in ruby is caused by trace amounts of the element chromium. Ruby is 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. Ruby is the accepted birthstone for July. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the 15th and 40th year. Rubies are sturdy stones, but are still vulnerable to breakage and chipping... read more »