Category: Gem News

  • Feldspar – The unknown Beauty

    Last month I wrote about the beautiful gemstones in the quartz family like amethyst and citrine.  Because quartz is so common, most everyone has heard of it and its gemstones.  However, quartz is only the second most common mineral on earth.  Winning the gold medal for composing over 60% of the earth’s crust is feldspar.  While most feldspar that is mined or excavated is used…

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  • Quartz – Common Yet Beautiful

     Quartz, the second most common mineral on earth (the most common is feldspar), is something that most everyone has seen at one time or another.  What most people don’t realize, however, is that they have seen much more of it than they realize.  Quartz can be used to make beautiful jewelry and lovely decorations for the home.  This article will introduce you to some examples…

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  • 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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  • Spinel- A Forgotten Beauty

    As a young man, spinel was the first gemstone aside from diamond that I was aware of, only because that was the choice of blue gemstone for my high school class ring. It was a beautiful medium blue color and I thought it was perfect. Little did I know about gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds that were worth much more. As fine jewelry became…

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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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  • Is My Ruby Real or “Fake”?

    How to tell if your Ruby is real, or not. The ruby ring your grandmother left you has always been your favorite. Even when you were young, you couldn’t help noticing it when your grandmother wore it. Of course, there was often mention of its size. “It’s a 5 carat ruby, the finest pigeon blood red color.”. So you know it must be worth a…

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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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  • 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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