Author: Nancy

  • Emerald, the Birthstone of May

    May’s birthstone is the emerald.  The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals.  Beryl is a six-sided symmetrical crystal.  Beryl contains beryllium, aluminum, silicon and oxygen. Several historical artifacts were made of emeralds.  The crown of the Andes is set with about 450 emeralds. Emeralds are one of the rarest gemstones and are typically mined in Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistand and Zambia. Emeralds by nature…

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  • Aquamarine: March’s Birthstone

    The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern day March birthstone.  It also is the suggested gem to give on the 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to a blue/green.  The most sought after color is a deep blue/aqua color.  It is a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness and gets…

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  • Amethyst, February’s Birthstone

    If you are fortunate enough to have Amethyst as your February birthstone, then you will be wearing a gemstone deeply steeped in history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of the birthstone that have been handed down through the ages. Coveted by royalty and treasured for thousands of years, Amethyst was once reserved for the powerful and wealthy.  It is said giving a piece of…

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  • Do You Need A Jewelry Appraisal?

    How Do You Decide If You Need A Jewelry Appraisal? First of all, you have spent your time and money picking out nice pieces of jewelry or have been given special items from family members. Your favorite pieces of jewelry reflect who you are and connect you to special moments with the ones you love, so protecting your cherished items from theft, damage, loss, or…

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  • Grading Diamonds

    Have you ever wondered how to know if you’re buying a nice quality diamond?  It can be a bit overwhelming, but with a little education of a diamond’s quality characteristics it can be simple.  Every diamond is unique as a snowflake, no two are alike. There was no agreed upon way to grade diamonds until the middle of the twentieth century.  GIA, which stands for…

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