Entries by Kathy

October Birthstone: Tourmaline and Opal

October is a lucky month for people who love variety… it has two birthstones, Tourmaline and Opal! TOURMALINE Tourmaline is a fascinating gemstone that can come in almost any color—or mixture of colors! It is a boron silicate crystal mix. Strong pink-to-red tourmaline (also known as Rubellite) is the traditional present for October birthdays, but […]

September Birthstone: Sapphire

September’s birthstone is the Sapphire. Did you know sapphire is the name given to the corundum mineral species when it appears primarily in shades of blue? Red corundum is classified as ruby. Any non-red shade – including pink and colorless – is considered sapphire. There are other categories known as “fancy sapphires” (violet, green, yellow, […]

August Birthstone: Peridot

August’s birthstone is the Peridot. Did you know peridot (from the Arabic word “faridat” which means “gem”) is a member of the olivine mineral group—so named because of its unusual olive green color? Found in iron and magnesium rich volcanic rocks called basalts, peridots formed deep inside the earth and were forced to the surface […]

July Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby is the name given to the corundum mineral species when it appears in shades of red. Blue and pink shades of corundum are classified as sapphire. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. In its purest […]

June Birthstone: Alexandrite and Pearl

June is one of only two months in the year where there are two exceptional choices for a birthstone: Alexandrite or Pearl. ALEXANDRITE: EMERALD BY DAY, RUBY BY NIGHT Alexandrite, along with sapphire and garnet, is a chameleon in the world of precious gemstones. Discovered in Russian emerald mines in the 19th century, Alexandrite is […]

May Birthstone: Emerald

Emerald is the green variety of beryl (blue beryl is aquamarine, pink beryl is morganite). The most desirable color is a slightly bluish green in a medium dark tone with strong to vivid saturation. Emeralds are formed from two very rare substances, beryllium and chromium, that under normal circumstances are not found together. Only during […]

April Birthstone: Diamonds

April’s birthstone is the diamond. Diamonds have been revered as a symbol of the richness of the Self, inspiring creativity, ingenuity, inventiveness, endurance and abundance in all areas of life. As the hardest mineral of all, it is especially esteemed for its beauty, purity, and ability to reflect light. As long-time jewelers, we receive many […]

Buyer’s Guide: Diamonds

DIAMOND BUYER’S GUIDE: OVERVIEW No matter how beautiful a diamond may look, it is not necessarily an indication of its true quality. When beginning your diamond search, make sure you have a a basic understanding of how cut, carat weight, color and clarity affect a diamond’s value and price. Known as “the 4 C’s”, these […]

Buyers Guide: Diamonds, Part 1, Cut

A DIAMOND’S CUT If sparkle factor is your main requirement when purchasing a diamond, you must take the cut into consideration. The cut of a diamond is, hands-down, the most important contributor to how well or how poorly it reflects light. Along with cut comes proportion. A diamond must be cut to an ideal depth […]

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