The arrival of January marks the introduction of a new birthstone: the garnet. Garnets are known for their rich history, vibrant colors, and durability, making them the perfect stone to celebrate the New Year! The word garnet is derived from the Latin word garanatus, which means seedlike. It is believed the garnet received this name
Did you know about one third of diamonds have fluorescence? It is an occurrence that was once believed to be a faulty characteristic. Today it’s a more acceptable, and beneficial trait when teamed up with the right attributes. The Gemological Institute of America defines fluorescence as emission of visible light by a material when it
People born in December have the opportunity to choose between two birthstones: blue zircon and tanzanite. Both of these cool, bluish colored gemstones are beautiful in their own ways, as each have a set of unique properties. Zircon is the oldest gemstone on earth. Pieces of zircon have been found in Australia from almost 4.4
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?
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!
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Did you know that October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline? Each of them has an interesting history as well as an inherent historic spirituality. The opal’s iridescence and the rich spectrum of tourmaline’s colors give a variety of beautiful choices to October babies. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers established an official list
The process of plating is based on electricity transferred between two articles in a bath with suspended molecules. Rhodium plating is deposited at a micron level; it cannot fill in scratches or divots. The reason it costs so much to plate an item is not the precious metal deposited. The cost is the preparation to
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
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.