Peridot: Out of This World!

Peridot: Out of This World!

August 22, 2019

 

Experts have stated that peridot may be one of the world’s oldest gems. According to the Earth scientists at the Natural History Museum in London, the Imilac meteorite is 4.5 million years old and contains olivine material (peridots) from the origin of the universe. It also contains meteoric iron because the Imilac is a type of pallasite meteorite. When this ancient meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere long ago, it exploded and scattered pieces across the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. In 1822, these pieces were discovered. It is estimated to have a total weight of 920 kilograms.

 

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Where is Your Peridot From?

Where is Your Peridot From?

August 15, 2019

Most larger crystals of peridot are found in veins or pockets within solidified molten rock that come to the surface of the earth via lava flows. A number of countries in the world are good sources of peridot, including but not limited to the United States, Finland, Pakistan, and upper Myanmar (Burma) in the northeast of Mogok.

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An Introduction to Peridot, August's Birthstone

An Introduction to Peridot, August's Birthstone

August 08, 2019

Peridot, also known as “olivine”, is the gemstone representing August birthdays or the 16th wedding anniversary. It is said to bring luck and good health to the wearer. Some people are fortunate enough to have seen the best peridot stones so they love it, while many others seem to dislike or even say that they hate it. 

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What You Need to Know Before Buying Rubies

What You Need to Know Before Buying Rubies

August 01, 2019

When looking to buy a natural ruby, there are a few things you should be aware of during your search. Natural rubies may undergo various treatments to bring out their properties. It is always wise to try to find out what treatments a ruby has undergone because some treatments are not desirable. In addition, it is easy to mistaken a synthetic ruby for a natural ruby. Thus, it is important to exercise caution and to do your due diligence in researching the history of a ruby before purchasing it.

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Tales of Famous Rubies

Tales of Famous Rubies

July 25, 2019

There are many famous rubies with interesting stories behind them. Our favorite stories are about two specific rubies: the Sunrise Ruby and the Rosser.

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Finding Rubies Around the World

Finding Rubies Around the World

July 18, 2019

Rubies can be found in various countries around the world, but they are especially plentiful and beautiful in the country of Myanmar. Some of the finest rubies ever mined have historically been found in the Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar, also called “Burma”. These rubies are known for their “pigeon’s blood red” color.

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An Introduction to Rubies, July's Birthstone

An Introduction to Rubies, July's Birthstone

July 11, 2019

If you are born in July, then you are very fortunate because your birthstone is the ruby. Known as the “king” of gemstones, rubies also represent the 40th wedding anniversary.

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An Introduction to Alexandrite, June's Other Birthstone

An Introduction to Alexandrite, June's Other Birthstone

July 03, 2019

Those who are born in June have many options for birthstones. Besides Pearl and Moonstone, Alexandrite is another possible choice. It is a very desirable gemstone since it is considered to be quite scarce, and it carries a price tag to match its rarity. It is very difficult to find at most jewelry stores because many do not stock it. Alexandrite has a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale.

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The Origins of Pearl Culturing

The Origins of Pearl Culturing

June 13, 2019

Pearl culturing is the process where a nucleus (shell bead) or nuclei are inserted into a mollusk, which is an invertebrate animal with a soft, unsegmented body enclosed by a calcareous shell of one or more pieces. The mollusk will then coat the nucleus with nacre, and this will help create a larger pearl in a smaller fraction of the usual time.

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An Introduction to Pearls, June's Birth Gem

An Introduction to Pearls, June's Birth Gem

June 06, 2019

Not only is pearl the birthstone for June, but it is also the gem representing the 3rd and 30th anniversaries. The main types of pearl used in jewelry are Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and fresh water.

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Famous Emerald Mines and Emeralds

Famous Emerald Mines and Emeralds

May 30, 2019

Colombia is home to many famous mines, such as the Muzo and Chivor mines. They have produced some of the best emeralds ever historically mined in the world.

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An Introduction to Emeralds, May's Birthstone

An Introduction to Emeralds, May's Birthstone

May 23, 2019

If you are born in May or celebrating your 20th or 35th anniversary, emerald is the gem for you.

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Carat, Color, Clarity, Cut: The 4 Things You Must Know About Diamonds

Carat, Color, Clarity, Cut: The 4 Things You Must Know About Diamonds

April 09, 2019

There are 4 characteristics that determine the quality of a diamond. Find out how these 4 C's affect the value of your diamond.

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An Introduction to Diamonds, April's Birthstone

An Introduction to Diamonds, April's Birthstone

April 02, 2019

If diamond is your birthstone, then you are very fortunate. Diamonds can be extremely beautiful. Learn more about the history of how diamonds are made.

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