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  1. Beautiful iolite jewelry and loose gemstones

    Gem in the Spotlight: Iolite

    Iolite is maybe not the first gemstone people think of for their blue-violet jewelry, but it should be near the top of the list. Iolite’s color range of blue, blue-violet, and violet competes for public attention with sapphire, tanzanite, and amethyst. They may have name recognition, but iolite has a rich, unique color and great gem value on its side. It is more subtlety nuanced than amethyst and deeper than many tanzanites. Iolite’s name comes from its violet color. It is from the Greek word “ios” meaning violet. Unlike many... read more »

  2. Blue Zircon loose gems and jewelry

    Gem in the Spotlight: Blue Zircon

    Zircon may be last in the alphabet of gemstones, but it is first in sparkle. The crystal structure of zircon creates one of the liveliest displays found in any colored gem. In fact, before any of the manmade diamond simulates were made, the colorless version of zircon was used in jewelry to mimic diamond. Why? Natural zircon is known for its scintillation, brilliance, and flashes of color or fire just like diamond. Zircon also is known for its variety of colors. Blue zircon is the most popular color. But, zircon... 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. Peridot is a bright yellow-green gemstone

    Gem in the Spotlight: Peridot

    Peridot is a lovely yellow-green gem with a rich history. Legend has it that Peridot was the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra. The ancients called it the “gem of the sun”. It was believed that peridot could chase away evil spirits and dissolve curses but only when set in gold. Peridot is the birthstone for August. It is also the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage. Peridot’s unique yellow-green color is very attractive. The name “Peridot” is simply a French word derived from the Arabic for green. Peridot’s... 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. 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 has an impressive family tree. It is a beryl gem which puts it in the same family... read more »

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

    Gem in the Spotlight: Tanzanite

    Beauty and rarity are two wonderful traits in a gemstone. Tanzanite has them both. In fact, it is estimated that Tanzanite is 1,000 times rarer than diamond. But, what makes Tanzanite so popular is its color. Tanzanite’s gorgeous color is a captivating mix of blue and purple. The deep hues of violet, indigo, and blue come together in an unrivaled blend only found in Tanzanite. The amazing look of Tanzanite demands a price to match. Yet, even with its dynamic look, Tanzanite is still less in price than better known... read more »

  8. A pure white round cultured pearl

    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: Topaz

    Topaz is a gemstone with amazing variety. Topaz is naturally colorless and clear like a diamond, but it can also take on an entire range of colors. Yellow to reddish-orange is known as Precious Topaz or Imperial Topaz. Imperial Topaz is one of the expensive varieties of Topaz. Gem suppliers can even bombard Topaz in a nuclear reactor to produce various shades of Blue Topaz. Topaz is the birthstone for November, and they make great gifts for anyone born in November, or for anyone that just likes beautiful jewelry... read more »

  10. 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 »

  11. 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 »

  12. A fiery red cushion cut ruby

    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 »

  13. Gem in the Spotlight: Quartz

    Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth. Many of quartz’s gems are common for gemstones but, some varieties are very rare. Some are Plain Jane like rock quartz, others are exotic like Drusy Quartz. Some quartz material is a dollar per pound others are $1,000 per carat. Quartz is a gemstone with surprising variety... read more »

  14. Loose opal gemstones

    Gem in the Spotlight: Opal

    The opal has been described as containing the wonders of the skies, sparkling rainbows, fireworks, lightening, the gentler fire of the ruby, the rich purple of the amethyst, and the sea-green of the emerald. Opal’s lore is as colorful as the opal itself. The ancient Greeks felt that the opal gave foresight and the gift of prophecy to the wearer. The Romans believed opal was the symbol of hope and purity. In fact, Pliny, the ancient Roman scholar in about 70 A.D., wrote that opal had the fire of the... read more »

  15. 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 »

  16. 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 lore and beliefs about the sapphire. The ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire whose reflection gave the sky its color. Ancient priests and sorcerers honored sapphire above all gems, for this stone enabled them to interpret oracles and foretell the future. Symbolizing truth, sincerity and tradition, it has been said that when Moses received the Ten Commandments they rested on tablets of sapphires. Marriage partners put great faith... read more »