Jon's Gems

Jon’s Gems

Planning the Perfect Proposal

You’ve found the perfect person and you’re ready to take that next step in your relationship: engagement. While movies and TV shows often depict elaborate proposals going off without a hitch, reality sometimes isn’t as simple. So how do you pull off the perfect proposal that will be meaningful to both you and your partner?

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Topaz: November’s Birthstone

The November birthstone is topaz, a lustrous gem that spans from fiery orange to icy blue, with many magnificent shades in between. It is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine with the chemical formula Al2SiO4(F, OH)2. The name topaz comes from Topazios, the old name for an island in the Red Sea. However, no topaz was ever produced on Topazios!

Pearls: The Gift of the Oceans

Pearls are an organic gem grown in oysters: the wonderful gift of the oceans. The majority of pearls are cultured which means human assisted. Weather pearls are 100% natural or cultured they are both susceptible to chemical damage. Most faceted gemstones are impervious to chemical exposure. Pearls are subject to damage from strong chemicals such

Allergic Reactions to Metals

Jewelry reactions to skin contact may be due to different reasons, and we often have new customers who visit and tell us how their prior jewelry allergies may have limited their choices. In the following article, we will work to help you understand why this happens. The most common metal that causes problems is nickel.

Birthstones

Birthstones combine beauty with durability in spectacular – and often valuable – displays of color. They capture the imagination with their history and lore. Of the countless varieties of colored gemstones, the traditional birthstones below are most popular. Durability is measured on the “Mohs Hardness scale” – which refers to a stone’s resistance to scratching.