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...]

How to Find the Perfect Gem for You

If you’ve ever wondered how to select the perfect gemstone for you, one that will flatter and transcend the seasons and fashions, you can start by simply looking in the mirror. It has been said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. By selecting the right gemstones for your earrings, you can … [Read more...]

Tourmaline 101: The Basics

Tourmaline is most known for the broad and dynamic range of colors in which it can be found.   This palette, from crisp greens and blues to deep pinks, purples, reds and every color in between, is how Tourmaline is most commonly showcased within the modern jewelry industry.   Tourmaline, in their … [Read more...]

Aquamarine – All About The Gemstone Named “Sea Water”

Aquamarine is a gorgeous blue variety of beryl that is of high enough grade to be considered a gem stone. Beryl is a clear mineral that is colored by impurities and makes up a variety of gemstones, including Emeralds and, of course, Aquamarine. In the case of Aquamarine, it is iron ‘impurities’, in … [Read more...]

Amethyst – All About The Purple Gemstone

Amethysts are a purple variety of quartz. The coloring is thought to be the result of natural impurities (most likely to be iron and some trace elements). Given that Quartz is probably one of the most plentiful minerals on Earth, Amethysts, one of the most precious forms of Quartz are widely … [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...]

Buying a Gemstone: The Right Questions to Ask

Whether you are in the market for a fine ruby or an amethyst, there is a lot to know before finalizing a gemstone purchase. How can you be sure of what you are getting? Are you aware of the different gem treatments that can alter the appearance of a gemstone? Some treatments will greatly affect a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Your Gemstone Certificate

A gemstone certificate can be a wonderful comparative tool. But what exactly is a “cert” and why should you get one? With all the different gemstone treatments in use today, a detailed evaluation of your gemstone will be a great asset if you need your gemstone appraised or if you plan to sell it. It … [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...]

A Custom Gemstone Creation

The use of gemstones as adornment dates back to the earliest civilizations. Egyptian amulets, jade carvings from ancient China, and indigenous tribal ornamentation all point to a unifying theme in human culture across the globe: as soon as the human eye could recognize the appeal of gems, effort was … [Read more...]