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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
How Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?
The dream of making a beautiful and valuable diamond from simple carbon has long captivated the imagination of scientists and visionaries alike. Just like the alchemists of old who sought to turn lead into gold, many have tried to achieve this impressive feat. We have only recently been able to produce gem quality, lab grown diamonds that are large enough to be used in jewelry. But, how is it done? Early Efforts Throughout history, many people have claimed to have successfully synthesized diamonds. However, it was not until relatively recently... read more »
Facts about Asteria
Watch the Asteria TV Commercial Discover the cure for the common gift. It’s so good, it should come with a warning. Watch Now How Rare is Asteria? 3.6× Rarer than Diamonds 130 million carats of diamonds are mined every year. There are approximately 992 tons of diamonds in the world compared with only 275 tons of Asteria. 1,246× Rarer than Gold There are approximately 342,857 tons of gold in the world. There are only 275 tons of Asteria estimated to be in existence... read more »
What is Asteria Jewelry?
“You are going to die in 48 hours unless…” No one gives bad news like Dr. House. Giving a boring gift is not as bad as dying, but that’s what it feels like when a gift does not meet the expectations of the one we love. We may not be able to find the cure for cancer or the disease that’s killing Dr. House’s patient, but we have found the cure for the common gift! The cure for the common gift is not of this world alone. It will take... read more »
Why Would a Gemologist Pay Less for Your Jewelry?
If you're a regular reader here, you know that in most cases a gemologist jewelry buyer can pay more for your jewelry. But, there are a few circumstances where a gemologist may actually pay less than a non-professional buyer. Our goal is to help you get the most for your jewelry whether it is from us or someone else. So, read on to learn about the times when a gemologist buyer like us may wind up offering less... read more »
Lab Grown Diamonds
Today, we're announcing an exciting new choice you have for your diamond engagement ring. Lab grown diamonds have been around for decades, but only recently have they become available in high enough quality to be used in jewelry. We'll tell you all about them and explain why you might consider one for your engagement ring. We're also very excited to unveil our new line of eco-friendly lab grown diamond engagement rings called Balance... read more »
How to Find Your Diamond When It’s Lost
Looking for a diamond that has fallen out of your engagement ring is an incredibly stressful and frustrating experience. We have put together this list of tips and tricks for finding a lost diamond from our years of experience in the jewelry trade. We hope that with these techniques, a lot of persistence, and a little luck you can find your missing diamond... read more »
Chocolate Diamonds and a Journey to the Center of the Earth
A tiny inclusion in a chocolate diamond has unlocked a geological mystery. This brown diamond was formed deep in the Earth's mantle and brought to the surface by a volcanic eruption. It holds inside it the confirmation of vast subterranean oceans beneath our feet. This is a very exciting and important discovery. We all know diamonds are a girls best friend, but now it looks like they can be a scientists best friend too... read more »
Why Sell Your Jewelry to a Gemologist Jewelry Buyer?
These days it seems like just about everyone is buying gold. That’s right, the local corner market near our shop is now proudly displaying a “Cash for Gold” banner. With so many options, it can be difficult to know who to trust, and where you’re going to get the most for your jewelry. If only there was an internationally respected organization that trained and certified jewelers as experts in their field… It is with great pleasure that we announce that Angelo has just received his Graduate Gemologist (GG) degree from... read more »
Diamond Selection – 4C’s and an F
Diamond buying is hard enough. First you have to understand the 4C’s, and then you have to try to judge if diamond certifications are accurate. So, adding one more aspect to the decision making process is too much for some people. But then, here comes fluorescence. The natural response is to keep it simple: if it has fluorescence it’s bad, and if it doesn’t it’s good. Unfortunately, simple does not work here. What is fluorescence? Fluorescence is a form of lumination that is created when a diamond is exposed to... read more »