Sapphires – the Gemstone for a Princess

Oh the stories a gemstone can tell! … History says that the tablets brought down by Moses with the Ten Commandments were made of Sapphire. The Persians believed that the world stood on a sapphire and the color of the sky was a mere reflection of that stone’s color. Many cultures believe that … [Read more...]

Tourmaline: A colorfully sly family of gemstones

Tourmalines have, for centuries, been captivating collectors with their varied and uniquely intense colors.  Historically, they eluded identification and instead were attributed as everything from rubies and emeralds to topaz, peridot and sapphires.  Tourmalines are a complex and interesting family … [Read more...]

Aquamarine – A Gemstone Cut and Colored for the Night

The value of Aquamarine gemstones is very much determined by their aesthetics. As with most gemstones the 4C's of cut, color, carat, and clarity all come into play when pricing this gemstone. Color: Color is probably one of the more important determinants of Aquamarine value. The richer and … [Read more...]

The World of Emeralds Demystified

The world of precious emeralds is a captivating one.  Known as the Stone of Venus and discovered in Cleopatra's Mines in Egypt in 1600 BC they hold a special fascination for most gemstone lovers. A gemstone can have great value and this value is determined by the 4C's - color, clarity, cut and … [Read more...]

Understanding the Four C’s

If you have ever shopped for a gemstone, you have no doubt encountered the Four C’s. The Four C’s were developed by the Gemological Institute of America in the 1940’s to 1950’s as a means to communicate to the diamond buying public the four major value determinations that affect a diamond’s price. … [Read more...]

More About Opals

Like most gem stones, glamorous opals are valued based on their color, cut, clarity and size, but the criteria for this jewel is a little different. First and foremost, the type of opal affects the value. Precious Opals For an opal to be classified as precious, it must display a bright and … [Read more...]

What Everybody Ought To Know About Garnets

Looking for Garnet Jewelery? Click here, if not read on to learn more about the gemstone.... While the most common Garnet is the deep red, this is far from the whole story because it is a gemstone which occurs commonly in many colors other than blue. This includes many variations in green, … [Read more...]

A Colorful World

Gemstones are a delight to the eye and it is easy to understand how a collector can easily become infatuated with these gifts from nature. Occurring in every color of the rainbow and many hues in between, gemstone color is a major value factor and a large source of the gemstone’s appeal. Here we … [Read more...]

The Play of Light in Gemstones

Much of a gemstone’s perceived beauty lies in the performance of how light reflects and refracts throughout the stone. Reflection is the amount of light that bounces off the surface of a gemstone and is returned to the eye. This is the “sparkle” of a gemstone. Refraction is how the gemstone bends … [Read more...]