September 21, 2017

October’s Birthstone: OPAL & TOURMALINE

OPAL Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground […]
August 21, 2017

September’s Birthstone: SAPPHIRE

Blue sapphire belongs to the mineral species corundum. It can be a pure blue but ranges from greenish blue to violetish blue. The name “sapphire” can […]
July 21, 2017

August’s Birthstone: PERIDOT & SPINEL

PERIDOT Peridot has always been associated with light. In fact, the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some believed that it protected its owner […]
July 15, 2017

Gemstone Personality

In 2014, the International Gem Society (IGS) held an essay contest. Members were asked to write short pieces promoting awareness of colored gemstones. The following essay […]
July 12, 2017

New Testament’s Foundation Stones

June 22, 2017

July’s Birthstone: RUBY

Red is the color of our most intense emotions—love and anger, passion and fury. It’s associated with objects of power and desire—like fast cars and red […]
June 21, 2017

June’s Birthstone: PEARL

People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for thousands of years. A Chinese historian recorded the oldest written mention of natural pearls […]
June 12, 2017

TOPAZ Symbolism

Through the ages, topaz’s most popular and enduring mystical association has been with wealth. However, topaz symbolism and lore has also covered many other areas, such […]
May 26, 2017

What Creates Gemstone Color?

Gemstone color owes a little to pigments and a lot to light. Some gems get their color the same way paints receive their color.  For example, […]