Dreaming of Moonstone: Properties, History, and Lore

A shimmering orb of light, ethereal and pearlescent, full of mystery and romance… These words would be just as apt describing a moonstone as they would the celestial body this gem is named after. Moonstone has been coveted since antiquity, its characteristics undeniably reminiscent of a full moon. Beyond their beauty, moonstones have a certain…

Love, Wine, and the Beauty of Amethyst

Amethyst is well suited to be February’s birthstone. Legend has it that the patron saint of romantic love, Valentine, wore an amethyst carved with the image of Cupid. Once reserved for the rich and powerful, amethyst has since become a favorite in jewelry. Because amethyst is so ubiquitous in the gem world, it can be…

Ten Varieties of Garnets You Should Know

Garnets have a long and ancient history, from the beaded necklaces of Egyptian pharaohs, to the carved signet rings of Ancient Rome, to the pavé jewelry of the Victorian Era. These days, January’s birthstone is no longer only for the privileged, and it makes the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. Here are ten important…

How To Wear Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

It’s official: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. In their words: “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” We love coral for its many variations and how beautiful it looks set into jewelry. Not only is coral flattering to every skin…

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… Read the full article…

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 the…

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……