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How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate

A diamond’s brilliance and beauty may capture your heart, but understanding its quality requires delving into the world of gemology. Thankfully, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) provides a diamond grading certificate, a document that serves as your diamond’s passport, detailing its key characteristics. While these reports contain a lot of detailed information and can […]

June 3, 2024

Where Do Pearls Come From?

While most precious gems are formed in the Earth, pearls are the only “gemstone” created inside of a living creature. Pearls are formed by mollusks, a soft-bodied animal group that includes oysters, mussels, and clams. These mollusks create pearls as a defense mechanism against irritants that enter their shells. Let’s learn more about how they […]

May 20, 2024

What Is the Significance of Birthstone Jewelry?

The practice of assigning different gemstones to different birth months has ancient and possibly even biblical origins. Today, these birthstones are a symbol of identity, often worn in necklaces and even engagement rings. Here’s how you can find your birthstone (or birthstones) and what exactly this significant gemstone means. How Can I Find My Birthstone? […]

April 26, 2024

What is a Herkimer Diamond?

Herkimer diamonds are double-terminated quartz crystals, boasting exceptional clarity and natural facets. These crystals were formed millions of years ago within the dolostone rocks of Herkimer County, New York, and the surrounding Mohawk River Valley. The crystals are stunning works of nature that have a diamond-like geometrical shape hence the name Herkimer “diamonds”. While not […]

March 25, 2024

Is a Cultured Pearl a Real Pearl?

Since the modern-day cultured pearl industry began in the early twentieth century, cultured pearls have become both more common and more affordable than their natural counterpart, featuring in jewelry ranging from classic pearl necklaces to diamond drop earrings. However, the average shopper may not know the difference between cultured and natural pearls — likely because […]

March 15, 2024

What is Tsavorite?

Step aside, emeralds, there’s a new green gem in town. Tsavorite is the stunning green variety of the grossular group of garnets, and this captivating gemstone, boasting a vibrant, verdant hue and mesmerizing brilliance, is quickly stealing the hearts of jewelry enthusiasts and collectors alike. These rare gems are more affordable than emeralds  and are […]

January 22, 2024

Can a Birthstone Be an Engagement Ring?

A growing trend in the engagement ring world is using your partner’s birthstone, which speaks to a growing desire for individuality and personal symbolism and moving beyond mass-produced designs towards something genuinely unique. While this can be a romantic and beautiful idea, not all birthstones are durable enough for daily wear. Keep reading to learn […]

December 11, 2023

Can Opal Jewelry Be Worn Everyday?

Opal is a beautiful gemstone known for its captivating play-of-color, displaying flashes of different colors when viewed from different angles, and is one of the most unique gemstones in the world. While opal is a rather fragile stone, and requires special attention and care, there are ways to set it and protect it for use […]

December 4, 2023

Are Emeralds Too Soft For Engagement Rings?

Emeralds are commonly referred to as a “soft” gem, which implies that they scratch easily and are difficult to maintain. The problem with this notion is that emeralds are actually extremely hard and quite scratch-resistant. While they aren’t as indestructible as diamonds, and may need a little extra care and attention, emeralds are actually a […]

November 20, 2023

Are Sapphire Engagement Rings Popular?

Traditionally, engagement rings have been designed with diamonds, but other gemstones have begun to gain popularity. Nowadays people may want to wear a little color, and are choosing gems like emeralds, rubies, or sapphires for their rings. Sapphires in particular have surged in popularity, with their stunning hues and durable nature, they’re a great alternative. […]

October 9, 2023

How to Spot Fake Pearls

While most precious gems are formed in the Earth, pearls are the only “gemstone” created inside of a living creature. Pearls are created mostly by oysters in freshwater or saltwater environments. Natural pearls formed without human intervention are extremely rare, almost all pearls on the market today are cultured. Fake or imitation pearls are man-made […]

September 26, 2023

What’s the Largest Gemstone?

Gemstones come in a wide range of types and colors and are found in various geological environments around the world. The formation of gemstones involves complex geological processes that take place deep within the Earth’s crust, and their stunning beauty and vibrant colors make them visually captivating and appealing to people of all ages. Many […]

September 18, 2023