Emerald is a green variety of the mineral Beryl. There are many green Beryls but the Emerald variety is characterized by its "Pure Green" which is considered the best color.   The GIA considers Emerald to be "vivid, slightly bluish green". Major sources of Emerald are Columbia, Zambia, Brazil, and Afghanistan. The best

Sapphires ~ Origins, Value, & Durability

Where do sapphires come from? Sapphires have been prized from antiquity. Some of the very first gems to ever be cut and polished were sapphires. A member of the highly valued gem type corundum, sapphires are found in many countries around the world - from Australia and Malawi to Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and even

Caring For Your Pearls

Pearls are an organic gem and they require a very specialized care that if done properly will protect them for a very long time. They can be harmed by contact with many chemicals found in household cleaners, perfumes, cosmetics and hair care products of all kinds. Pearl ring available in our store Never use toothbrushes,

April Birthstone ~ Diamond

What is a birthstone? Birthstones are a collection of precious and semi-precious gemstones, with each stone representing a month of the Gregorian calendar. The idea behind the birthstone can be traced back to the Breastplate of Aaron, a religious garment holding the twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. In today’s present culture, each

Light On Diamonds

How Does Light Affect How My Diamond Looks? If you've ever wondered why your diamond looks different in sunlight versus candlelight or daylight versus office lights, it's because the cut of your diamond responds differently depending on the light and the environment you are in. How - and where - you look at your diamond