Monday, September 28, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: TOURMALINE ( stone of October )
Tourmaline has a variety of colors.from blues and greens, to reds, yellows and pinks.Gem and specimen tourmaline is mined chiefly in Brazil and Africa. 
Almost every color of tourmaline is found in Brazil, including a new blue and green variety that was found in the state of Paraíba. Another recent discovery in Mozambique has colors a bit less bright than the Brazilian, but it tends to be clearer and larger than that found in Brazil. 
Some fine gem quality material has been produced in the United States, During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. Typically the colors are raspberry reds and bright pinks and mid-range greens as well as some bicolor in California.
Chrome tourmaline, found in Tanzania. is a rich green color due to the presence of chromium which also produces the green of emeralds.
Top quality indicolite (blue )and verdelite (green) are found in Afghanistan.These tourmalines have beautiful clarity and very intense color.
Pictured is The “Candelabra” Tourmaline, mined by Pala at the Tourmaline Queen mine in 1972. Today it is on public display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. (Photo: Harold & Erica Van Pelt)
* Take 15% off all pieces with October's 2 birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline
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Pink diamond expected to reach up to $28 mn at Geneva auction

Pink diamond expected to reach up to $28 mn at Geneva auction

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bentley & Skinner emerald, ruby and rose-cut diamond Victorian dragonfly brooch, with two pairs of pierced veined wings pavé set with rose-cut diamonds, silver set to a yellow gold mount, circa 1880.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The shimmer of light of the moonstone is something very special in the gemstone world. The inner construction of the gemstone causes light rays to be refracted and scattered in the stone. This very unique light effect is known as 'adularisation'. 
The classic moonstone, which is almost transparent with a bluish shimmer, come from Sri Lanka. However, they are also found in the USA, Brazil, Australia, Myanmar and Madagascar. For a few years, there have also been some green, brown and orange specimens on the market, as well as some with smoky and champagne colors, mainly originating from India.
Prices for Moonstone have the most astonishing range. The more intense in color, the larger and the more transparent, the more highly valued the moonstone. Bluish moonstones of good quality have been becoming more and more of a rarity in recent years and the prices for these will continue to rise exponentially.
A beautiful Edwardian Gold Moonstone Necklace. 1901-1914

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ethiopian Opal has the same molecular structure as Austrailian Opal. They are basically hydrated forms of Silica in a a unique formation. This formation does not crystallise in a regular form, and is called amorphous.
The main difference in Australian and Welo Opal is how much water they contain. Australian Opal is found deeper, so it has more pressure exerted on it and contains more water. Australian Opal is usually about 6% to 10% water and Welo Opal is closer to 3% to 5% water. Australian Opal has a tendency to dry out but Welo Opal can actually absorb more water.

Monday, September 14, 2015

More Fair Trade Opal on the way!
Busy fingers this morning! Some of what's on the way: Labradorite, Aqua Blue Chalcedony and Moss Aquamarine Briolettes

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Who would wear this cuff and with what kind of outfit would you wear it?
This brooch was made by Fortunato Pio Castellani & Sons. Itca. I
The sapphires in this brooch are naturally blue. The largest is carved with a figure of Cybele or Isis (the personification of Italy), with which Castellani both referenced antiquity and celebrated Italy's reunification, which had occurred during the latter half of the 19th century.
It is in the Cooper Hewitt Collection of The Smithsonian

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The fashion was inspired by 18th century French courts and the look was light and delicate. Stars, ribbons and bows were favorite motifs for this period. Pastels, white-on-white, lace, Diamonds, Pearls and Platinum ruled the look.
The look of jewelry that looked like embroidery and lace was made possible by advances in platinum fabrication. Pale colored stones such as amethysts, aquamarines, peridots, pale green garnets and blue sapphires were also popular as well as black opals from Australia.
Pictured is an Edwardian diamond with Pearls and Sapphires and set in Platinum. A perfect example of the period as well as the Stone of September!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

- 10% off pieces with Citrine, Iolite, Lapis and Moonstone & t5% off pieces with Sapphire, the birthstone of September
- 10% off all purchases of $50 to $99 and 15% off purchases of $100 or more
- Pictured natural color Sapphire, 24k Vermeil beads and 14k gold-filled chain. Normally $45, this month only $38.
September's Stone: The Sapphire
Sapphires from Sri Lanka are known for their beautiful, clear, light to medium blue color. Several extremely large stones have come from this area that weigh several hundred carats. The largest set stone in the National Gem Collection is one of these fabulous gems! The 420 + carat Logan Sapphire is in a brooch setting surrounded by twenty round brilliant-cut diamonds. It was a gift to the Smithsonian Institute from Mrs. John A. Logan in 1960.