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New Birthstone for August: Spinel

New Birthstone for August

New Birthstone for August: Spinel, a favorite gemstone for so many reasons. Multiple color choices, brilliant reflection and durability are just a few of the reasons we love to design with spinel. Spinel is found in shades of vivid red, orange, pink, blue and lavender.  It’s durable enough to use in all types of jewelry pieces including rings. It is usually…

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Let Your Necklace Speak For You

NECK WEAR When you wear a ring or bracelet you can look down and see the brilliant sparkle of a diamond or the warmth of the gold. When you wear a necklace you usually only see it in a mirror, but anyone who is facing you sees it. So your neck can be a good place to make a statement…

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Opal or Pink Tourmaline For October Birthstone?

OPAL      Opal is probably the most popular October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has…

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Sapphire Fun Facts, September Birthstone…

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire  Traditional Gift for 5th and 45th Wedding Anniversaries   Fun Facts: “Royal Blue” The world’s most famous engagement ring is Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire. Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon…

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Update on Hope Spinel Auction

Hope Spinel Blasts Estimates, Record at Bonhams The Hope Spinel, the 50.13 ct. octagonal-cut stone that was once part of Henry Philip Hope’s renowned gem collection, sold for an incredible $1.5 million at the Bonhams London Sept. 24 auction, breaking the record for price-per-carat for a spinel.  The price-per-carat was $30,000, nearly double the previous price-per-carat record for a spinel—$16,000, set…

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October birthstone is Opal

AUSTRALIAN OPAL Rarest and most prized among all opals is Black Opal, an opulent and stunning variety found in Lighting Ridge / N.S.W. Australia. Also the most valuable of opals, Black opal is characterized by black potch (ie dark common opal beneath opal with play of color. This layering of polished opal over the dark potch creates a gorgeous depth…

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Emerald Green Is Not Just For May This Year

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Emerald green is reflected every year in the lush burst of spring showing itself as the color of rejuvenation and possibility. This color has been prized for centuries and is one of the four colors found in the “precious gems” recognized the world over. Every year Pantone, the leader of color communication in design, selects a color for the year.…

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Rubellite Tourmaline, October’s stone

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Rubellite comes from the Latin word “rubellus” meaning reddish, and while tourmaline comes in many colors only the finest of the pink color are called rubellite. Pink tourmaline is one of the traditional birthstones for October and the stone used to commemorate the 8th wedding anniversary. Continue reading

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