Opal necklace - guide to jewelry care
04 Jul 2016

Caring for Your Jewelry

This guide will teach you basics of jewelry care. For when you wear jewelry, when you store it, how to clean and repair it and even how to ship it safely!

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Large yellow citrine crystal
29 Jun 2016

Citrine Guide

Popularly known as “gold topaz,” citrine is a mesmerizing gemstone which is actually most closely related to amethyst.

As the birthstone for November, it has the benefit of being affordable as well as beautiful. Let’s learn more about this beloved form of quartz!

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Amethyst crystals
28 Jun 2016

Online Gemology Schools

Whether you love gemstones and simply want to learn more about them, or you are considering a career in gemology, you may be wondering if it is possible to become a gemologist by studying online.

While you might think this is an area of study where you would need hands-on experience, there actually are a lot of opportunities for budding gemologists looking for distance learning opportunities.

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Sugilite
19 Jun 2016

Sugilite Guide

For those that love purple, sugilite is one of the most beautiful gemstones. It’s a fairly rare mineral, sometimes also called “lavulite”. Occasionally, you may see sugilite marketed under the trade name “Royal Azel”.

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Blue benitoite crystal on matrix from the USA
05 Jun 2016

Benitoite Guide

If you are in search if a rare and compelling gemstone which could serve as the crowning jewel for any collection, you will want to take a look at benitoite.

Benitoite is found in a number of locations, but gem-quality specimens have only been discovered in California. For this reason, it is the state’s official gemstone.

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Chalcedony (SiO2) from the National Museum in Prague
14 Mar 2016

Chalcedony Guide

Chalcedony is not actually a species of mineral, but rather any form of microcrystalline quartz. So it is actually is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of semi-precious gemstones. Many of these will be familiar to you from the rock shop, including agate, carnelian, heliotrope, onyx, and others.

Let’s learn more about chalcedony in all its forms!

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Orange sphalerite and galena (metallic) from China
11 Feb 2016

Sphalerite Guide

Sphalerite is not a very well-known gemstone, but it is certainly an intriguing one. Sphalerite gems are usually a bright, fiery orange. Faceted the right way, they can be dazzling to behold.

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Closeup of polished charoite
05 Jan 2016

Charoite Guide

If you love purple gemstones or know somebody who does, but want to shop for something a little more interesting and unique than amethyst, charoite is a great alternative.

This gemstone is chatoyant and features marvelous patterns of swirls which can be quite entrancing.

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Polished azurite cabochon
28 Dec 2015

Azurite Guide

At the gem shop, have you ever picked up a piece of malachite and found that part of the stone was a deep, mesmerizing blue?

If so, you may have actually been looking at a specimen which contained azurite. Click to learn more about this stunning gemstone!

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Polished petrified wood closeup
14 Dec 2015

Types of Petrified Wood

Sometimes if you are out hiking, if you are very lucky, you will stumble across a gemstone which feels like rock, but looks like wood. This is petrified wood.

“Wait,” you may be thinking, “How can wood be a gemstone?” Read the article and find out!

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