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  1. Gem in the Spotlight: Topaz

    The old baseball joke, “Who’s on First?” “Yes, Who’s on First…” always comes to mind when I hear people discussing Topaz…. An electron bombardment in a linear accelerator results in the light Sky Blue Topaz. If both treatments are used, they produce Swiss Blue Topaz. Determining where one color ends and the next color begins is always a hard call in … also be red, orange-brown, brown (Smoky Topaz), green, and pink. The modern era has given us many new advances in gems. One of the biggest is blue Topaz. Gem suppliers use a neutron bombardment method in a nuclear reactor to produce the

  2. Loose opal gemstones

    Gem in the Spotlight: Opal

    The opal has been described as containing the wonders of the skies, sparkling rainbows, fireworks, lightning, the … itself The value of an opal lies in its body color. When opals contain a perfectly aligned grid of silica sphere, they show color. The color’s strength depends on background colors and the transparency of the gemstone. Since there are a… that opal had the fire of the ruby (or the carbuncle), the brilliant purple of the amethyst, and the sea green of the emerald all shining together in incredible union. Opal was thought to prevent disease and to strengthen one’s sight. …

  3. 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 …’s sacrifice. Legend tells that garnet lights up the night. Noah used a garnet lantern to navigate the Ark at night. The ancient world is full of praise for the carbuncle, the glowing red gemstone we now know as garnet. Early scientists … and yellow garnet was the prescription for jaundice. Legend holds garnets guard travelers against perils during the journey. The traveler is also protected against diseases and preserves their honor and health. All these powers were …

  4. High end emerald jewelry at Arden Jewelers

    Gem in the Spotlight: Emerald

    …ancient Egyptians believed emeralds stood for fertility and rebirth. Dedicated to Venus, the emerald was a symbol of the reproductive forces of nature. Emerald was used in the Middle Ages to foretell the future and was thought to ward … is closely associated with love, and with contentment in marriage and by changing its color is said to reveal the inconsistency of lovers. This brilliant green stone reinforces love and creates harmony in the family. One poet wrote: “…

  5. 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… reputed benefits was an ability to quicken the intelligence and make the owner more successful in business, protect the soldier and assure victory, help hunters, guard against contagious diseases, and control evil thoughts. About 50% of… in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today. In the end, a gem‘s value to a person is not always the price paid but the beauty of the jewelry…

  6. A stunning rich blue oval sapphire

    Gem in the Spotlight: Sapphire

    Few gems capture the imagination as does sapphire. Sapphire’s beauty inspired people to wonder. Ancient cultures had many … a beggar one day. King Edward had nothing of value on him except for his sapphire ring, which he generously gave to the beggar. The beggar was really a messenger from God, who later returned the ring to the King during his journey to … from his grave, the sapphire from his ring was brought by the Abbot of Westminster to the Royal British Treasury. The famous sapphire remains there, decorating the Imperial Crown ordered by Queen Victoria. Deriving its name from the

  7. Tanzanite is a beautiful blue purple gemstone that is very rare

    Gem in the Spotlight: Tanzanite

    … of the equation, are the cut and clarity. As with all colored gems, the value of Tanzanite comes from its color. The size of the gem (carat weight) is also important, but how it looks in jewelry is essential. The History of Tanzanite is…universally heat treated. Because Tanzanite is a brownish color in its natural form, it is heat treated to bring out the natural beauty in the gem. Tanzanite has become one of the most popular gems in the jewelry market place. Some …

  8. A fiery red cushion cut ruby

    Gem in the Spotlight: Ruby

    …. Ruby for much of human history has been the most prized gemstone. And the list goes on synonymous with passion, the ruby is believed to protect one from being seduced and has the ability to soothe anger. The ruby has always been a … was believed that wearing rubies in war made a soldier invulnerable. The highest quality rubies are said to protect their owners from all kinds of misfortune. A fine ruby assured the owner he would live in harmony with his neighbors. It…

  9. Gem in the Spotlight: Quartz

    …, but yet a surprise? What is affordably priced sometimes and sometimes very pricey? If you answered quartz to all these questions you would be right (but naturally you looked at the title and knew). Quartz is one of the most common … like brown, green, etc. The microcrystalline varieties have a long tradition of being special to people. These are the gems you can find. This will not be a complete list. Crystal Name Color Chalcedony Any microcrystalline quartz, …