Polished lapis lazuli with pyrite and calcite guide
06 Feb 2015

Lapis Lazuli Guide

Lapis lazuli (also known as simply ‘lapis’) has been in use as a gemstone for at least 9000 years. Its deep blue color and golden sparkle has never lost its charm and it is still a very popular gemstone today.

Once only worn by the rich and noble, it is now within reach of every gemstone enthusiast or jewelry lover.

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purple amethyst crystals geode
01 Feb 2015

Amethyst Guide

Amethyst has been a popular gemstone for thousands of years. Once it was a gemstone only affordable by the rich. However, discoveries of vast deposits means it is now in reach of every gemstone enthusiast. With its stunning purple and violet colors it is no surprise that amethyst jewelry is still very popular.

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14 Aug 2013

Snowflake Obsidian: Ancient Glass

Snowflake obsidian is a semi-precious gemstone known for its black background and snowflake-like white spots. It has long been traded by jewelers and collectors alike. Obsidian is a naturally created glass that is formed from lava during volcanic eruptions. What is Snowflake Obsidian? Snowflake obsidian is also known as flowering

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14 Aug 2013

Rutilated Quartz: Golden Threads in Glass

Rutilated quartz is an exotic and attractive variant of the extremely popular quartz stone. Other varieties of quartz include rose quartz, citrine and amethyst. Rutilated quartz is a quartz crystal that includes needle-like inclusions of the mineral rutile. This inclusion creates a dramatic effect within the stone. What is Rutilated Quartz?

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13 Aug 2013

Watermelon Tourmaline – Grab a Slice of This Wonderful Gem

If you are in the market for a unique, fun, and colorful gemstone, watermelon tourmaline may be just the gemstone you are looking for. Named for is resemblance to a watermelon, with its pink interior and green exterior, the watermelon tourmaline is both beautiful and playful. What is Watermelon Tourmaline Tourmaline

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13 Aug 2013

Petoskey Stone – Michigan State Stone

The petoskey stone is a very unique type of stone. Formed from natural, fossilized coral, the petoskey stone features complex, hexagonal designs that were once the components of a living creature. Petoskey is only found in certain areas of Michigan and is the official Michigan state stone. What is a

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26 Jan 2013

Turquoise Guide

The unique color of the turquoise has made it a favorite ornamental stone and gem for thousands of years. Even today it is gaining ground. The unique color makes it a favorite for fashion-minded people all over the globe. The abundance of this gemstone means that you can easily get

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19 Aug 2012

Ruby: The King of Gemstones

This bright red gemstone is one of the best known gemstones in the world. The word ruby is derived from the Latin word ‘ruber’ meaning red. Natural rubies are quite rare and expensive. Larger transparent rubies are exceptionally rare, far more rare than diamonds. Some rubies have a slight blue

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19 Aug 2012

Emeralds: Stones of Life

This green gemstone has been among the most beautiful and valued gemstones since ancient history. High quality emerald prices can be higher per carat than those of diamonds. Not only are emeralds expensive, it is a hard gemstone to cut as well. This makes top-quality emerald jewelry as expensive as

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18 Aug 2012

Diamonds: The Most Popular Gemstone of All Time

The diamond is the best known gemstone in the world and still increasing in popularity. It is mostly known as a clear gemstone, though colored diamonds do exist. They are called fancy diamonds and can be far more expensive than the ‘normal’ white diamond. What Are Diamonds History of Diamonds

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