May 10, 2021

What is Gemstone Luster?

Adamantine. Silky. Greasy? Gemologists use these and other evocative terms to describe gemstone luster. This simply means how a gem’s surface looks when it reflects light.   […]
April 20, 2021

Gemstones with Health Benefits

For millennia, people have used gemstones principally for ornamental purposes. However, in both ancient and modern times, cultures all over the world have also believed that […]
February 18, 2021

Amethyst: Purple symbolism and legends

The February birthstone, amethyst has many popular symbolic and folkloric associations both ancient and modern, from love and spirituality to supernatural protection. Read on to learn more about […]
February 9, 2021

Garnet: Beauty in Many Colors

From Gem Society   Although garnet is commonly associated with the color red, these gemstones can be found in almost any color and are popular choices […]
January 11, 2021

Tanzanite (Zoisite)

Tanzanite (Zoisite) Tanzanite has had a rapid rise to prominence among jewelers and gem enthusiasts. Although naturally reddish brown, this transparent zoisite variety achieves a stable, […]
October 20, 2020

November Birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz is the traditional November birthstone. Before the 20th century, all yellow gemstones were called topazes. Since then, gemology has recognized topaz as a distinct gem […]
October 15, 2020

Topaz, the November birthstone

Topaz The traditional November birthstone, topaz is a popular gem. Although frequently associated with golden yellow as well as blue, it can be found in a variety […]
September 28, 2020

Rubies for Blood, Emeralds for Truth: The Hidden Meanings and Histories of Your Favorite Gems

From Vogue   While fine jewelry is usually high in monetary value, what often makes it exceptional is that it’s steeped in significance. A piece of […]
September 26, 2020

The Beryl Family includes some of the most popular and expensive gems

The beryl family includes some of the most popular and expensive gemstones. Emerald and aquamarine are well-known and popular choices for jewelry, while red beryl is one of the rarest and most […]
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