Ruby – So Red and Rare

Few gemstones have the visual impact of a ruby, the rich red color catching the eye from the instant that it is seen; it is the color which defines a ruby. Any stone either slightly too dark, or bordering on pale and pink is regarded in the jewelry trade as a pink or purple sapphire, even though … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Having Custom Jewelry Made

Custom jewelry is an exciting world, where a one of a kind piece of jewelry can be created for a specific customer.  Is there a piece of jewelry you’ve always wanted?  Have you ever wondered how a custom piece of jewelry is made?  Do you know the steps involved and how much time can it take?  This … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: 8 Tips on Purchasing Fine Gemstones Online

Purchasing gemstones online can be more complicated and difficult than purchasing in person, but purchasing in person means visiting a retail store where prices may be much higher and selection limited.  This online price advantage can have numerous disadvantages.  Viewing a gemstone in person … [Read more...]

Heavy Metal and Rock Stars: The Setting of a Gemstone

If you have purchased an un-mounted or “loose” gemstone, there are several things you need to know before choosing a setting that will show off your gem to its best advantage. The kind of jewelry metal, the type of setting, even how you choose to wear your gem can greatly alter its visual … [Read more...]

Alternative Metals: Exploring a New Jewelry Trend

In recent years, prices in the precious metal market have, at times, resembled a roller coaster. However the overall trend is one where the price of Gold and Platinum has increased significantly. As a result of the higher prices for precious metals typically used in fine jewelry, a few alternative … [Read more...]

Precious Metals Demystified: Understanding the Metals Used for Fine Jewelry

Have you ever wondered about the difference between White Gold and Silver? Or wanted to learn more about Platinum and Palladium? Do you know what makes for a “precious metal” and how they are used in fine jewelry? Read on to find answers to these and many other questions on the typical metals used … [Read more...]

Finding Your Gem Dealer: Where and How to Look

Are you in the market for a gemstone? How can you be sure that you are dealing with a reputable company? Are there any industry watchdogs on your side? Apart from customer reviews, is there a way you can investigate and evaluate your gem dealer before deciding on that big gemstone purchase? Here are … [Read more...]

Ten Tips for Buying a Gemstone Online

When shopping for a gemstone online, it is just as important to find the right website as it is to determine the type of gemstone you desire or your budget. If you are a savvy shopper, there is no reason why you should be hesitant to shop online. Here are ten tips you should keep in mind when buying … [Read more...]