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What is a Princess Cut Diamond?

When choosing an engagement ring, the shape of the diamond or main stone is often where the design journey begins and the entire structure of the ring is usually created to compliment the center stone. The evolution of cuts and technology has given us an extraordinary array of shapes to choose from including the princess […]

June 23, 2022

What Color is Garnet?

Garnet is not a single mineral but actually a group of several closely related ones. The gemstones’ most widely known color is dark red but garnets are available in a variety of other colors. In addition to being found in many colors, garnets are fairly hard and durable gemstones that are ideal for jewelry use. […]

June 17, 2022

What is a Herkimer Diamond?

Herkimer diamonds are beautiful quartz crystals found around Herkimer, New York.  The crystals are stunning works of nature that have a diamond-like geometrical shape hence the name “Herkimer diamonds”. While not actually diamonds, they are lovely gems that make for unique jewelry.  What is a Herkimer Diamond? Herkimer diamonds are a unique type of quartz […]

June 10, 2022

What Color is Aquamarine?

Although aquamarine is exclusively blue, it’s found in a range of shades within the blue family from a pale sky blue to blue-green. Just like many other minerals, the color can be lighter or darker depending on the stone. Aquamarine is a relatively rare and beautiful mineral that can be found in a variety of […]

May 13, 2022

What Color is Emerald?

Though emeralds are classically green, they actually range in color from yellow-green to blue-green. An Emerald’s color is based on three aspects: its hue (color), saturation (intensity) and tone (purity). Let’s learn more about this highly precious gemstone of the Beryl mineral family and whether it’s a good choice for an engagement ring stone. What […]

April 14, 2022

How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate

A diamond should come with a report from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or similar gemological organization or laboratory that contains a full scientific and unbiased assessment of your diamond’s 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat). While these reports contain a lot of detailed information and can seem overwhelming, they are relatively easy to […]

April 7, 2022

What Colors Go With Rose Gold?

With its romantic glow and warm tone, rose gold is gaining momentum as a top choice for engagement rings. Its delicate and feminine pink glimmer gives a unique touch to traditional engagement ring rings and jewelry. Putting a twist on elegance, rose gold complements many colors and can be paired with multiple palettes. Whether cool […]

February 15, 2022

What Color is Tanzanite?

Tanzanite’s only source is a 4km strip of land near Mount Kilimanjaro making it a thousand times more rare than diamonds. Tanzanite is trichroic, meaning that in its rough form, it radiates three different colors from each of its crystallographic axes: blue, violet and red. Once cut and polished, tanzanite ranges from electric violets to […]

January 20, 2022

What Color is Citrine?

Citrine is a variety of transparent quartz. Its name is derived from the Latin word citrina meaning “yellow”. Its color ranges from a juicy lemon yellow to a dark rich honey gold, but it’s always found in some shade of yellow. In all of its glorious golden colors it lights up your jewelry. Let’s learn […]

December 28, 2021

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. Mollusks including oysters, mussels and clams are the bivalves responsible for creating pearls. These beautiful round jewels are the result of a biological process within the oyster as it protects itself from foreign substances. Let’s […]

December 13, 2021

What Color is Amethyst?

Amethyst is a variety of quartz and the world’s most popular purple gem. It’s the birthstone for February, and has been used for personal adornment for thousands of years. Like the word “turquoise,” “amethyst” is now the name of a color as well as the name of a gemstone. Let’s learn more about this beautiful […]

December 1, 2021

What is Morganite?

Due to its naturally occurring blush tones and exceptional clarity, Morganite has become one of the most desired gemstones for diamond alternative wedding and engagement jewelry. This lovely pink stone matches beautifully with all metal types and is durable and affordable. Here’s everything you need to know about this uniquely beautiful stone. What is Morganite?  […]

November 16, 2021