Category: Gem News

  • 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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  • 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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