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Spirit of the moon.

The Hindu legend says that moonstone was moonlight that had been solidified, due the glow of the stone, also known as sheen or billowy effect. Just like pearls moonstone comes in several different colors. Moonstone can be found in many countries around the world, but was originally discovered in Sri Lanka. Moonstone has many different […]

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“Emerald by day, ruby by night”.

Alexandrite Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 by miners in the Ural Mountains of Russia; and now is also found in Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. This gorgeous stone is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl, and it changes color in different lighting. What makes Alexandrite unique is the presence of titanium and iron, […]

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The stone of purity

Pearls have been known and loved for thousands of years. The oldest mention of natural pearls, was written by a Chinese historian in 2206 BCE (before the common era). This precious stone can be found inside mollusks in large bodies of water, around the United States, China, Australia, and more. There are different types of […]

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June Birthstone

June is one of the three lucky months to have three birthstones the other two months are August and December. June’s three birthstones are pearls, alexandrite, and moonstone. These three precious gemstones are such beautiful and interesting stones. Pearls are simple yet elegant and they come in many different colors and sizes. This stone can […]

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Facts about Emeralds

Emerald is the birthstone of May and is the traditional gift for the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversary in the US.  Emerald is made from beryl just like the gemstone aquamarine. Emerald measures between 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Though they are durable stones, emeralds are susceptible to chipping and cracking. Colombia yields the […]

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Facts about Diamonds

1. The term “diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas”, which means invincible or indestructible. 2. Since the diamonds are pretty hard, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. 3. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that diamonds came from the tears of the gods 4. Most diamonds have ages between […]

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The Softer Side of Blue

Aquamarine The Softer Side of Blue for Aquamarine, the Birthstone for March. Aquamarine holds its place securely among the world’s most desirable gems. Ranging in tones from a very light to medium blue, many aquamarine will exhibit a slight tint of green in their body color. Generally the darker shades are more valued, but many […]

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Believed to quicken intelligence and dispel evil thoughts. “Amethystos” means “not junk” in ancient Greek, because of its wine like color, early Greek legends associated amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. it was believed that wearing amethyst, a quartz, prevented drunkenness. A member of the quartz family, amethyst comes in a variety of purple […]

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Gems of Intense Color

A December birthstone is Gems of Intense Color, turquoise is a light to dark blue or a blue-green gemstone. It may contain narrow veins of its host rock known as the matrix sometimes in a web-like pattern. Turquoise was discovered by ancient Egyptians, used in treasures fit for pharaohs. Tibetans revered the gemstone as a […]

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Kissed by the Sun

Durable gemstone with a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness scale. Durable gemstone with a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness scale. November birthstone Citrine, is the recommended gift for the 13th Wedding Anniversary signifying faddily and bliss. The gemstone of joy and contentment, citrine illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear […]

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