Cut and Color in Gemstones

The world of colored gemstones is enticing and beautiful. Minerals formed deep within the earth are brought to light and then expertly fashioned by lapidarists into coveted and prized treasures. Gem cutting is an art, a collaboration between man and nature. And while no two people perceive color in … [Read more...]

From Pebble to Perfection: The transformation of a gemstone

What would you think if you saw this nondescript lump of brown on the side of the road?  Would you even bother to pick up this unassuming little pebble?  What if I told you that the water-worn stone in that first photo would turn into this fiery yellow zircon? This is the story of how humble … [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...]

Making the Cut

Gemstones are mined from the earth as rough crystals. Formed deep within the earth, heat and pressure cause minerals to crystallize in symmetrical patterns. Different minerals have different crystal structures depending on the individual arrangement of their atoms or molecules. The gemstones … [Read more...]