Smoky quartz crystal from Russia
25 Aug 2016

Smoky Quartz Guide

If you have ever looked through the quartz selection at a rock shop and spied a dark grey, brown, or black variety of quartz, you may have seen a specimen of smoky quartz.

Smoky quartz is a popular form of quartz for jewelry and general collecting purposes, and is a close relative of another form of quartz called citrine.

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Wire-wrapped moonstone pendant
21 Aug 2016

Moonstone – The Complete Guide to Moonstone

If you are looking to add a gemstone to your collection which will definitely turn heads, search no further than moonstone.

Moonstone is quite a remarkable stone, exhibiting a distinctive visual effect unlike any other. As you turn it in your hand, an ethereal sheen skips across the surface. This sheen may even appear to glow, often with a ghostly blue hue.

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Polished malachite from Katanga, DRC (Congo)
18 Aug 2016

Malachite Guide

Malachite is probably one of the most recognizable minerals around. When you walk into a gem store, you can’t miss its bright, vivid green color or its distinctive bands.

If you want to learn more about this distinctive gemstone, you are in the right place!

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This piece of pyrite showcases why it is easy to mistake it for gold
17 Aug 2016

Pyrite Guide

Maybe you remember as a kid finding a shiny golden rock in the wilderness and holding it up in wonder and excitement. “I’ve just found GOLD,” you declared in glee to your parents, who then sadly shook their heads.

“No, that’s fool’s gold,” they explained as your face fell in turn. Though it’s not gold it is still a beautiful mineral, click to find out more!

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Tumble-polished chrysoprase stone
16 Aug 2016

Chrysoprase Guide

If you are a collector of chalcedony, you may be familiar with chrysoprase. While this gemstone may have an unusual-sounding name, it is actually just a form of chalcedony which happens to contain trace amounts of nickel.

Chrysoprase is translucent and typically has a vibrant apple green color. Click to read our extensive guide!

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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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