Entries by Kathy

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 […]

Buyer’s Guide: Diamonds, Part 2. Carat

  A DIAMOND’S CARAT WEIGHT Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip. The term karat, as in “18K gold” on the other hand, refers to the purity of the gold. A carat is divided into 100 points;  for example, […]

Buyer’s Guide: Diamonds, Part 3. Color

  A DIAMOND’S COLOR While we feel that cut is the most important attribute to consider when choosing a diamond, subtle differences in color can dramatically affect a diamond’s value. Two diamonds of the same cut, weight, and clarity may differ in price based on color alone. Even the slightest hint of color can mean […]

Buyer’s Guide: Diamonds, Part 4. Clarity

A DIAMOND’S CLARITY Because diamonds were formed deep within the earth under extreme heat and pressure, they often contain unique birthmarks, either internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. Diamonds without birthmarks are extremely rare (IF stones make up less than 1% of the world’s gem […]

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