Gemstones - Colored
Articles about the gemstone actonolite.
Articles about amethysts.
Article about ammolite, the rarest of all gemstones, will comments by our gemology expert, Barbara W. Smigel, PhD., Graduate Gemologist, GIA.
What do emeralds, aquamarine and morganite have in common??
Start here to learn more about birthstones and their origin.
Blue Lace Agate
When featured in jewelry, blue lace agate lends a romantic, elegant appeal. A beautiful gemstone, blue lace agate is perfect for spring and summer jewelry with its translucent pale sky blue and pale periwinkle blue hues.
Chakra Jewelry is derived from the belief the body has certain areas or Chakra's. Learn more about Chakra's and using gemstones in balancing them.
Citrine - Yellow Quartz
Citrine, or yellow quartz, is a beautiful gemstone that is ideal for rings, bracelets and other jewelry that gets a lot of wear. Although pale yellow citrines occur naturally, the majority of the richly-colored citrines found in jewelry are the result of heating smoky quartz or amethyst.
Within the voluminous world of gemstones are those mercurial species which exhibit color change when viewed in different light sources. For us gemstone jewelry collectors, this fascinating optical phenomenon makes these gemstones highly attractive.
Everything you ever wanted to know about emeralds, links to shopping for emeralds, and more.
Our Gemology Expert, Barbara W. Smigel, PhD. GIA, Graduate Gemologist is my favorite resource for information about colored gemstones and tells us about the emerald in this comprehensive article
Beautiful garnet comes in a wide variety of colors, except blue.
Gemstones precious vs. semi-precious
Ever wonder what the difference is between precious and semi-precious gemstones means and are those terms accurate??
Grading the Padparadsha Sapphire
The padparadscha sapphire is a gemstone of spectacular beauty. Highly sought-after, many collectors focus on collecting only jewelry that features this magnificent stone.
Hematite, Healing Stone
Hematite is a lovely charcoal gray to black stone polished to an incredible shine for jewelry with timeless appeal. It is also one of the major healing stones. With its diverse qualities and possessing multiple "powers," hematite is wonderful for cool, contemporary jewelry designs.
A beautiful gray to black gemstone.
Lapis Lazuli is not a pure mineral like most gemstones, but rather a rock composed of varying proportions of minerals; lazurite, sodalite, hauyne, calcite and pyrite. Lapis is primarily the result of contact metamorphism of certain limestones.
Rare and highly prized, lepidolite is a deep purple to pale pink, colored gemstone, a more affordable alternative to the pricey sugilite. Although it is a relatively soft stone, it is wonderful in jewelry if harsh wear is avoided. Shop for earrings and necklaces featuring this lovely gemstone.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the lovely opal.
In a series of intriguing articles we celebrate the exquisite beauty of this rare gemstone.
Pearl Value Factors - Judging and Evaluating Pearls
Amy Hourigan is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America's Graduate Pearls program, fashion writer, and accessories buyer for Moon River Pearls. I invited Amy to be our Guest Author this week.
Ruby - Birthstone for July
Ruby is a fiery red gemstone that is ideally suited for jewelry you wear every day. It is durable and the second hardest gemstone next to a diamond. Ruby bracelets, earrings, rings, brooches and necklaces are a great investment and certain to become family heirlooms.
Safe Cleaning Methods for your Gemstones
Collecting gemstones of all colors and types is a great hobby. Here are the best and safest methods to keep your gems gleaming!
Spectrolite, Irridescent Gemstone
Spectrolite is Finland's national gemstone. It is an exceedingly rare variety of labradorite feldspar, dubbed "Spectrolite" by Aarne Laitakari. This brilliant, multi-hued and irridescent gemstone is fabulous in fine art jewelry; its beauty and rarity makes pieces featuring it highly collectible.
The story of the mineral Staurolite.
The Color of Garnets
Garnets species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink and colorless. The rarest of these is the blue garnet, discovered in the late 1990s in Bekily, Madagascar
From the creamy blue of "Sleeping Beauty" turqoise to rich green/blue, this semi-precious gemstone is a collector´s favorite.
Turquoise in Jewelry
Turquoise is the centerpiece of many of our jewelry collections. It's been around since about 200 B.C., originally used to make solid turquoise beads, carvings and inlaid mosaics by Native Americans. It's use in jewelry, especially paired with sterling silver has been popular since about 1880.
One of our favorite colored gemstones, yellow topaz is one of the lovliest and adds a sunny elegance to jewelry. In addition to its power to enhance jewelry, it is one of the most powerful healing stones with a rich list of facts and legends associated with wearing jewelry made with the stone.
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