Author: Steve

  • Sapphire, the Birthstone of September

    Sapphire, the birthstone for September, is a variety of the gem species Corundum and comes in all the colors of the rainbow. Pink, purple, green, orange, yellow, and blue are all colors that sapphires are available. I did say that sapphires are available in all colors of the rainbow yet I neglected to mention red as a color for sapphires. That is because red Corundum…

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  • What is the birthstone for August?

    If you were born in August you have two birthstones to choose from: One is Peridot. Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring whoever wears it power, influence, and to have a wonderful year. Peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes in Hawaii. It…

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  • 18k Buffalo Nickel Belt Buckle

    Summertime at Images is a fun time. We get to take some time for ourselves to create the new and up and coming ideas and designs. Recently I had some design work that led me in the direction of ideas along the line of the 1912 Buffalo nickel. I was working on a man’s belt buckle and wanted the appearance of it to be shiny…

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  • Ruby: The Red Birthstone of July

    July’s birthstone is among one of the most highly prized gems throughout history. The ruby was considered to have magical powers, and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought to grow darker when danger was imminent. Rubies are made from Corundum. The mineral corundum creates two distinct stones, the first is ruby, and the second is sapphires. Sapphires can come…

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  • Moonstone: The Other Birsthstone

    According to tradition, wearing your birthstone or keeping one in your environment brings you many blessings. For those of you with June birthdays looking for birthstone jewelry, you have one of the most magical gems on Earth as your birthstone. Since ancient times, the translucent moonstone – with its constantly shifting and changing colors and dimensions – has been tangibly connected to the magic of…

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  • Alexandrite and Color Change Gems

    Why settle for one color when you can have ALL the colors? Gemstones that display unique colors or optical effects have always held a special fascination for collectors and consumers. Called “phenomenal gems” by gemologists, they all feature an exceptional optical effect that sets them apart from their more traditional counterparts. Sapphire, spinel, garnet, tourmaline and Turkish diaspore gems all feature varying degrees of optical…

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  • Where Did Engagement Rings Come From?

    History of Engagement Rings Long before we learned that diamonds are forever and before they became a girl’s best friend, engagement rings were made of simpler stuff. While there‘s no historical record of the first time a man slipped a ring on the finger of the woman who promised to be his bride, there is enough evidence to suggest that the tradition at least dates…

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  • Three Birthstones, One Month

    Children of June get their choice of three birthstones Unlike the other months, June has three traditional birthstones:  Pearl, Moonstone and Alexanderite. Pearls:   Most gemstones are found inside the earth, but pearls have an organic origin.  They are created inside the shells of certain species of oysters and clams.  Some pearls are found naturally in the mollusks that inhabit the see or freshwater rivers. …

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  • Do You Suffer From Large Knuckles?

    What do you do when your ring is both too large and too small? Ladies and gentlemen!  How many of you have a special ring in your jewelry box that you no longer wear either because you can’t get the ring over your knuckle or, because you had it sized large enough to get over your knuckle, it spins around your finger that the stones…

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  • Diamonds Aren’t The ONLY Gems For Engagement Rings

    Sapphire Engagement Rings Are More Popular Than Ever While the words diamond and custom engagement ring have been used in concert since the late Victorian era, the tradition isn’t unbreakable. In fact, a growing number of future brides forgo diamond engagement rings altogether – based on personal preferences, moral grounds or financial reasons. Like its sister, the ruby, sapphires are gems of the mineral corundum.…

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