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Paraiba Tourmaline

Paraiba Tourmaline The Gem of the day is this beautiful brazilian Paraiba tourmaline. Unusually vivid tourmalines from the state of Paraiba, in north eastern Brazil, have attracted great interest since they first appeared on the international gem market in 1989. This article describes what is known of the locality at this time, but focuses on…


Lapis Lazula – The ancient blue gem.

Lapis Lazula – The beautiful ancient gemstone. Lapis is the latin word for stone and lazula, arabic word for blue. For centuries, Afghanistan has been an important source for top-quality lapis. Historians believe the link between humans and lapis lazuli stretches back more than 6,500 years. The gem was treasured by the ancient civilizations of…


Gemstone of the day – Opal

Todays gemstone is Opal. source: Gemological Institute of America Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downward. During dry periods, much of the water evaporated, leaving solid deposits…


Fancy colored diamonds

Fancy colored diamonds The World’s Fascination with Fancy Colored Diamonds   If you love the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond, and are dazzled by the alluring hues of colored gemstones like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, then maybe it’s time for you to consider a growing trend in the world of jewelry – colored diamonds….


Amethyst

Seductive amethyst. Amethyst has been the most-prized quartz variety for centuries. Once available only to royalty, relatively plentiful supplies have made amethyst more widely available in modern times. Today, because of its availability and affordability, amethyst is used in mass-market jewelry as well as custom designer pieces. This makes amethyst one of the world’s most…