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Fun Facts About Emeralds

The Luxurious May Birthstone In March I talked about Aquamarine, which is a beryl.  Did you know that Emerald is also a Beryl and included in the top 4 list of precious stones? Emeralds are the green variety of beryl, … Continue reading

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Diamonds? April Birthstone

OK…. if you know me, you know how I feel about diamonds. While highly praised for centuries and hyped as “A girl’s best friend” and “two months of salary…” – I ALWAYS recommend a natural white sapphire to my clients … Continue reading

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It’s March!

Birthstone: Aquamarine   Astrological signs: Pisces and Aries Aquamarine (aqua) is a Beryl, along with emerald.  Most usually found in Brazil, it is often blue to blue green in color.  It’s clarity and closeness to blue in color, makes it more … Continue reading

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Amethyst . . . OH! IT’S PURPLE!

Amethyst…the beautiful  birthstone of February! Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. I’ve always known it to be the stone of . . .’drunks and fools’ 🙂 While not suitable as a ‘fire in place’ stone, for metal clay work, … Continue reading

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January….still is

AND the birthstone for January is Garnet! Generally purchased in it’s deep red color, did you know Garnet comes in other colors? In my own research, I’ve found something a little different in where the name comes from, among other … Continue reading

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The Value of a Talisman

Everything has energy and that energy can effect us in ways we may not appreciate, if we are not mindful. As is the case frequently, there is a lot going on. School started for many a child….and parent, politics are … Continue reading

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SAPPHIRE . . . awesome sapphire – December’s Birthstone

Sapphire has been identified in about 450 color variations. Experts in the field of gemology have identified color variants and placed different value on them. For example, “cornflower blue” sapphire . . . which is a softer, brighter, blue is … Continue reading

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Birthstones . . . a little Catch Up

Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a corundum, like Sapphire, so it is a hard stone and durable – a 9 on the hardness scale. Highly prized for it’s color and rarity it is also a pricey … Continue reading

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Imperial Topaz

A little known fact. Imperial Topaz is the birthstone for November – not Citrine.  Because of the rarity of the color variation of Topaz, many commercial jewelers have convinced people that thier birthstone is Citrine.  It’s also less expensive. Isn’t … Continue reading

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October Birthstone

The highly underrated Opal is the true birthstone of October. Pink Tourmaline is the alternative, and we’ll get to that later. Opal is what many of us in the gem trade call, a “water stone” and yes, I just put … Continue reading

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