March Birthstones: The Color of Sun and Sea

March offers two beautiful gemstones to symbolize your birth month: bloodstone is the traditional stone, while aquamarine is the modern stone representing the month of March.

Bloodstone is also known as “heliotrope” in Greek, which means “sun turning or turning to the sun,” which seems fitting for the first month of spring. Bloodstone is a dark-green stone sprinkled with red dots from iron oxide. It’s part of the Chalcedony family and comes in many shapes and cuts including emerald, oval, and cushion. The largest source of bloodstone deposits is in India.
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The Reintroduction of Burmese Gemstones

Glittery, glamorous, and gorgeous. Myanmar, formerly Burma, has the world’s most beautiful, well-known rubies and jade. Its breathtaking rubies have strong fluorescence, clarity, hue, and a rich pigeon blood color. The unparalleled beauty makes them one of the most sought-after … Continue reading

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When Buying Diamonds, There’s an Unnatural Alternative

Part 3 in a three-part series about diamonds. Although synthetic diamonds are created in the lab, they essentially have the same chemical composition and hardness of naturally-formed diamonds. Only a trained diamond grader can tell the difference between a lab-grown … Continue reading

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Simulants: An Alternative to Real Diamonds

Part 2 in a three-part series about diamonds. A simulant is an alternative to a real diamond. It is either a natural or synthetic (lab-created) stone, or multiple stones fused together to resemble a diamond. Simulants are not as durable … Continue reading

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Diamonds: Natural, Simulants and Synthetics

Have you ever shopped for a diamond and found the options to be overwhelming? Well, you’re not alone. There are a variety of natural, simulants, and synthetics to choose from. The qualities of each vary about as much as the price for each option. Continue reading

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Buyers Beware: Composite Rubies Fill the Marketplace

RAGE. LOVE. PASSION. DESIRE. RUBIES. The color red denotes depth in human emotions.  As such, red rubies have been known as the “King of Gems” and have mesmerized people for centuries. They have held a variety of roles ranging from … Continue reading

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