The Ancient Beauty of Blue Zircon

Of all the popular blue gemstones, none can match the fire and brilliance of blue zircon. Zircon has the unique distinction of being the oldest mineral on earth at 4.4 billion years. Its icy blue hues and festive sparkle make it our favorite December birthstone, yet it is still relatively unknown to those outside the world of gem collecting. Below, we explore why blue zircon is such an exceptional gemstone.

Fall In Love With Citrine

The color yellow is having a kind of renaissance at the moment, which makes citrine the perfect gem for our time.  As the autumn leaves fall in colors of amber and russet, we crave the warmth and sunny disposition of citrine jewelry.  Whether large and sparkling in a cocktail ring, or richly hued in a…

Gem Mystique: A Guide To Gemstone Meanings

Gems and crystals are having a resurgence in popularity right now.  From healing ailments, to attracting abundance, gems and crystals have a long history of being used metaphysically based on their believed properties.  Read on to learn more about popular gemstones and how they are used in metaphysical and spiritual practices. Agate Agate is found…

Tourmaline: The Electric Stone

It took nearly three hundred years for gemologists to recognize tourmaline as a unique gemstone.  Although considered a semi-precious stone, tourmaline is found in a wide range of beautiful colors that can rival some of the world’s finest gems.  From peachy pinks to forest greens, there is truly a tourmaline for every taste.  Read on…

Sphene: A Rare Beauty

It is difficult to describe the extraordinary colors of a sphene gemstone.  The flashes of fiery orange in the depths of green are not unlike the burst of color in changing autumn leaves, or the first rays of sunlight across a field glittering with morning dew.  Though not as well known as the sapphire or…

Peridot: The Gem of the Sun

Peridot is often overshadowed by its green counterpart, the emerald, but there’s more to this vibrant gem than meets the eye.  Beloved since Ancient Egypt, the peridot has long been associated with light.  It’s fitting that this gem is the official birthstone for August, matching the lush hues of summer and it’s long sunny days. …

Turquoise: Stone of the Ancients

Turquoise is a stone that has fascinated cultures for millennia.  Turquoise jewelry was found in the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian queen, and is among the world’s oldest know jewelry.  Prehistoric indigenous tribes of the U.S. mined turquoise in the southwest.  In Persia, China, and Tibet, turquoise has been revered for thousands of years.  Perhaps…

Opal: The Queen of Gemstones

Opals are truly one-of-a-kind.  Gemstone identification books will tell you that opals cannot be mistaken for any other gem.  They glow and sparkle with a rainbow of colors, ethereal and enigmatic.  To look into the depths of a precious opal is to perhaps see the way Impressionist painters saw, a world full of movement and…

The History of Cameo Jewelry

There are few pieces as synonymous with antique jewelry as cameos.  There’s something about those ghostly white figures, carved as if by magic, that seems so classic and so enchanting.  Come with us on a journey into the history and beauty of this iconic piece. What is a Cameo? The term “cameo” usually refers to…

Amber: The Million Year Old Beauty

Looking into a piece of amber is like entering another world.  Molasses like tendrils seem frozen in time, kissed by a golden sunset and surrounded by glittering, confetti-like inclusions.  There is a warmth about amber that other gems lack.  It’s soft in the hand, and carries with it the evidence of a prehistoric world.  These…