January 27, 2022

Citrine and the Four Cs

With autumn hues, citrine makes a great and affordable option for trendy jewelry. As the yellow to reddish orange variety of quartz, this gem is available in large sizes […]
May 19, 2021

Moonstone Symbolism

With a silvery light that seems to come from within, moonstone has many associations with the Moon. That connection isn’t surprising. However, this beautiful gem also has a […]
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 […]