One these sold for over $30 Million USD…

According to the International Gem Society, large, gem-quality rubies can be more valuable than comparably sized diamonds and are certainly…

Discovering Enamel

A powdered glassy substance colored by metal oxides, which is melted onto a metallic surface aided by alkaline FLUX. (read: a flowing or flow)Enamel was in use by the second millennium BCE on gold and silver, and later also on copper.

Celebrating in December?

December is a month with lots going on so I guess that’s why it has three different birthstones 🙂 Let’s start with Blue Zircon Zircon is a mineral belonging to the group of nesosilicates. Its chemical name is zirconium. Zircon forms in silicate melts with large proportions of high field strength incompatible elements. For example, hafniumContinue reading “Celebrating in December?”

From GIA: Colored Gemstone Value Factors

Value Factors, Design, and Cut Quality of Colored Gemstones (Non-Diamond)

For November babies…

There’s a couple of months in the year that have more-than-one options for a birthstone. November happens to have Citrine and yellow Topaz. According to GIA Both November birthstones are known to have calming energies while bringing fortune and warmth to the wearer. Today, we will focus on Topaz. Most topaz and citrine birthstones areContinue reading “For November babies…”

November equals Topaz & Citrine

Topaz: Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine. Topaz crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, and its crystals are mostly prismatic terminated by pyramidal and other faces. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals and is the hardest of any silicate (i.e., silicon-based) mineral. This hardness combined with its usual transparency andContinue reading “November equals Topaz & Citrine”

Anniversary Gifts by Year List

Here is a list of anniversary gifts by year. This is considered the modern U.S. list. Year Modern (U.S.) 1st Clock 2nd China 3rd Crystal, glass 4th Appliances (electrical) 5th Silverware 6th Wood objects 7th Desk sets/pen and pencil sets 8th Linens, lace 9th Leather Goods 10th Diamond jewelry 11th Fashion jewelry, accessories 12th Pearls,Continue reading “Anniversary Gifts by Year List”

The History of Diamonds

DIAMONDS Early history Prior to the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in the 1700s, India was the only place where diamonds were mined. Early references to diamonds in India come from Sanskrit texts. The Arthashastra of Kautilya (an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit.) mentions the diamond tradeContinue reading “The History of Diamonds”

My Royal Wedding surprise…

It’s funny how stupid us men can be sometimes! I admit it. Last week at this time, and for the week before that you would have been hard pressed to turn on the TV or the internet and not hear about the royal wedding. I was in the group that was “over it” before itContinue reading “My Royal Wedding surprise…”

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