Alexandrite Facts!

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SELL WITH A STORY: ALEXANDRITE

missing imageBy gemstone standards, alexandrite is a newcomer. What does it matter that it was formed 2 billion years ago? It didn’t exist for us until 1833, when emerald miners in Russia’s Ural Mountains found what looked like an emerald — but not quite. Count Lev Alekseevich Perovski, who managed the Imperial family’s estates (i.e. the mines), was a gemstone connoisseur and sent the “emerald” specimen to the famous Finnish mineralogist, Nils Gustav Nordenskjold (1792-1866).

The Double Take

Nordenskjold quickly realized the Perovski’s specimen was too hard to be emerald. That evening, he looked at it again and was astonished to see it was red like a ruby. After further studying its properties, he named it “diaphanite” which means “two unseen and shown” in reference to the color change. Continue reading

Garnet Facts

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GARNET:JANUARY

The word garnet is derived from the Latin word granatus meaning “grain” or “seed”. Legend says that Noah hung a large garnet in the ark for illumination. It is believed that the garnet gives the wearer guidance in the night and protection from nightmares. According to the ancient Egyptians, it is an anecdote for snakes bites and food poisoning. Garnet jewelry has been dated all the way back to the bronze age. Anyone who is subject to depression should carry a garnet with them as it encourages joy, willpower and hope while its beautiful fiery red color drives away tiredness and stimulates the imagination.

The Bypass Ring Trend

bypassbannerBypass Ring – A ring that coils around the finger, with the ends of the band passing each other on top. In some designs, the ends are completed with pavé or channel set diamonds. Others have larger diamonds set on or between the ends.

 – Diamond Council of America

 

It’s a style that has been around since at least the 1830s, but most of us have probably never noticed the elegant, yet twisted style wrapped around our friend’s finger, until the last couple of years when the bypass ring became a growing trend.

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The bypass ring became popular during the Victorian era. The ring was giving to the woman as an engagement ring, symbolizing two souls coming together as one. The popularity of the two different colored stones during that era also added to the symbolization of two coming together.

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One of the most famous bypass rings dates back to the 1950s. John F. Kennedy proposed to the then, Jacqueline Bouvier, with a beautiful 2-carat diamond and 2-carat emerald bypass ring tapered with baguettes. The design by Van Cleef & Arpels, is still replicated to this day. The ring can be seen in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

December Birthstone

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BLUE TOPAZ:DECEMBER

Blue Topaz was long ago considered a stone that had “cooling properties” meaning that if it were thrown into a pot of boiling water it would immediately cool it down. This belief also led to the idea that it was able to cool down hot tempers. Some healing properties that it was thought to have were: the ability to cure insanity, asthma and weak vision. Blue Topaz was also thought to have magical powers that could make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation. It is the hardest of the silicate materials and comes in a variety of colors such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink. If you were to go looking for a place to mine Blue Topaz you would want to travel to Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, China or the United States. Who knows, you might have some waiting to be dug up right in your back yard, but that’s highly unlikely. If you were thinking of giving a gift of Blue Topaz to someone it would symbolize love and fidelity.

Fall Styles!

FALL LOOKS WE’RE HEAD OVER HEELS FORtrillion

Fall is here  – and with it, tons of new fall trends and fashions. I’m sharing five of my favorite looks below – things I’ve seen on runways and stores. I’m betting if you look around, you’ll see them, too.

The warm rose gold hues really make the gemstones pop. Rose gold continues to be a huge trend for us. These earrings are great because you can add in any color combinations.

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OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE

Pink Tourmaline’s Big Dreams

missing imageMake no mistake. Pink Tourmaline is honored to be October’s birthstone. But with all her beauty, grace, and style, she has far greater ambitions. No, she doesn’t want to rule the world. She does want to find her way into every woman’s jewelry chest. And her savvy plan begins by playing to her strength — incredible colors ranging from light purplish or peachy pink to richer fuchsia and magenta. She offers a tempting range of feminine shades that capture subtlety, sophistication, and high fashion with broad appeal to many women’s styles. Her bold ambition requires your cooperation. So create a special place for her in your case and introduce her by name. One look and your customers will fall in love with her.

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