Monday, August 31, 2015

Sapphires belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterised by their exceptional hardness - second only to the Diamond, the hardest mineral on earth.This group of gemstones crystallised as a result of pressure and heat at a great depth. The presence of small amounts of other elements, especially iron and chrome, are responsible for the coloring, which can be blue, red, yellow, pink, purple or greenish. Recently, it has become the accepted practice that only ruby-red ones are called 'rubies' and all others be called Sapphire. Within each broad color category are many variations. For example there is an orange variety with a fine pink undertone which is called 'padparadscha', which means something like 'lotus flower'.
Top-quality sapphires are rare. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa. From the gemstone mines, the raw crystals are taken to cutting-centres. It takes skill to cut an exceptional Sapphire because, not only are the stones hard, but depending on the angle from which you look at them they also have different colours and intensities of colour. So the cutter must orientate the raw crystals stone so that the best color is brought out. Kashmir Sapphires are the most highly valued for their unique color- a pure, intense blue with a very subtle violet undertone. the Burmese is also well regarded for a rich royal a deep cornflower blue. Sapphires value depends on size, colour and transparency as well as whether the color is natural or treated.
A selection of both rough and cut Kashmir sapphires.
The cut stones range from 6-14 ct.
(Photo: Henry Hänni/SSEF)

Friday, August 28, 2015

These are gorgeous!
Did you know the word ‪#‎peridot‬ comes from the Arabic name Faridat, meaning "gem"? Learn more unique jewelry information about this underrated gemstone.…/peridot-jewelry-and-gemstone…/…
More of the August birthstone, Peridot
This beautiful and unique peridot and plique-à-jour enamel necklace was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany around 1910. The gold filigree is accented with Peridot.
Tiffany began designing jewelry in 1902. The plique-à-jour enameling technique in this piece allows the light to come through like it does through a stained glass window.
Gold mines in Uganda will soon undergo Fairtrade audits in hope of achieving recognised standards for their gold. This would be the first time in Africa. This would stop greedy middlemen from taking advantage of the miners’ illegal status and paying them far less than the gold is worth. 
It will allow profits to be re-invested into the mining community cooperatives, raising the standard of living, paying for education of the children and providing healthcare to the communities.
It will also improve the processing safety by removing the necessity for the miners to use chemicals which are hazardous to the miners and to their environment.
Fitting both categories of the month- Georgian and Peridot
Antique Rose-Cut Diamond and Peridot Pendant/Brooch.

Monday, August 24, 2015

- Saturday The SoCo Outdoor Market, 1610 SoCo by Vespaio
- Sunday The Gibson St. Artisan Market, 1318 SoCo by Perla's
11 to 5 both days
- 10% off pieces with Garnet, Opal,Topaz and Tourmaline & t5% off pieces with Peridot, the birthstone of August
- 10% off all purchases of $50 to $99 and 15% off purchases of $100 or more.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Azurite is one of my favorites and this specimen is beautiful!
All the jewelry was handcrafted, using gold and silver and set with diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones.
Life expectancy during this period was not long and mourning jewelry to remember loved ones.was one of the most popular types of jewelry Skulls, feathers and weeping willows were common motifs.
The first Diamond imitation, called Paste, was developed so that the middle class could imitate the fashion worn by the wealthy and the royals.
In the picture, a shell cameo with a grieving woman at a grave site.. The cameo includes the woven hair of the one lost- which was a common practice of the times.