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December Birthstones : Tropical Blue Sea meets the Autumn Blue Sky

Turquoise had been popular in many ancient civilizations such as those in Egypt, Persia, China, and the Americas. Europeans got to know about this then “exotic gem from the east” from the Turkish traders (hence the name) that brought them over from Persia.
Turquoise art
Turquoise gems are still widely sought after today because of their unique combination of color and opacity. It is one of the most popular non-transparent gems around. Turquoise looks good on any setting, metal or otherwise. Cabochon, beads, and other fancy shapes are the most common cuts instead of facets. Exceptionally large nuggets and blocks of turquoise can also be sculptured into various types of wearable works of art or non-wearable decorative items.
Turquoise character
Turquoise has hues that vary from blue to green or yellow green, with all the possible combinations in between. It has a sheen or luster that is typically similar to that of wax or rough glass; and it is one of the softest of gemstones, having a Mohs scale hardness rating of only 6, which is one rank below that of the common mineral quartz. Turquoise specimens are also highly porous because they are made up of millions of individual interlocking cryptocrystalline turquoise crystals. Brown, black, or gray-brown flecks or veins made up of other minerals such as pyrite are often found embedded in turquoise.
Turquoise care
Because of its softness, turquoise is usually treated either with wax or resin. Wax treatment of turquoise has been practiced since ancient times and it does not add or detract from the value of the gem since most turquoise has a natural waxy luster. Bare turquoise pieces must be periodically waxed (with beeswax or paraffin) to protect them from light, heat, perfumes, moisture, sweat, and so on. Resin treatment imparts greater durability to each individual specimen compared to waxing. Resin treatments are sometimes preceded by color-enhancing treatments; but the highest quality turquoise gems do not need to be color enhanced and as such are only treated with colorless protective resins.
Blue Topaz
In contrast to the opaque turquoise, blue topaz–the substitute modern birthstone for December–is exceedingly clear and transparent, particularly the highest-quality gem specimens. Topaz typically has the luster of diamond or glass, which also contrasts with the waxy or rough glass luster of turquoise. Naturally blue topaz is quite rare and usually has a pale blue or sky-blue tone. The purer the blue hue (little or no extraneous browns or grays), the higher the values these gems acquire.
Topaz treatments
Some blue topazes get their color from radiation and heat treatments. These treatments are acceptable as long as they are declared. Usually the darker the resultant tone (e.g., London blue), the more expensive the specimen. However, note that irradiation and heat treatments may make topaz gems more brittle thereby making them more sensitive to mechanical stress and wear. Reputable labs that treat topazes indicate the appropriate enhancement codes and gem re-fashioning warnings on their product literature.
For additional information on topazes, please see our previous article on this November birthstone.

Astral Topaz: November’s Birthstone From the Sky

From azure blue to yellow sun to orange sunset, topaz is the jewel of the sky. The pure transparency plus the vivid colors of topaz remind one of being on top of a mountain and reveling in the changing beauty of the sky.

Topaz variety

Topaz is clear and transparent when pure and it’s the impurities that give it its various shades of yellow, gold, pink, orange, red, light-purple, light-brown, green, and blue. Blue topaz has become very popular and its color ranges in tone from the very light sky blue to the mid-toned Swiss blue, and finally, to the darker-toned London blue. Pink and yellow precious topazes are particularly well sought after as they are quite rare, with some of the yellow gems exhibiting the even rarer (among topazes) cat’s eye effect. Imperial topaz shows the characteristic but varying combinations of pink, yellow, tan, orange, and red hues.

Topaz charm

Topaz legends ascribe various beneficial effects on someone wearing this gem such as better vision, greater strength, increased intelligence, higher creativity, and so on. When choosing topaz jewelry pieces, consider carefully the design of the settings, making sure that the gem is adequately protected from the jolts and knocks of daily use. Jewelry worn on parts of the body that do not often come into contact with everyday objects are the ideal pieces for setting topazes. Earrings and Necklaces, for example, are ideal mounts for topaz gems.

Topaz is harder than quartz and ranks 8 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale. Topaz is in fact the indicator mineral for that rank. Topaz also exhibits a perfect cleavage in one direction which make it less tougher than other gemstones such as beryls and sapphires. But when set properly in well-designed mounts, topaz gems can last a lifetime and can easily outshine other more well-known gems.

High-quality topaz gems have no visible blemishes (surface scratches) and few or no visible inclusions (internal “bubbles” or tiny trapped non-topaz crystals). Large topaz gems of the highest clarity (“flawless”), vivid colors, and sparkling cuts command the best prices. The pink, red, or deep-yellow colored natural topazes, especially cat’s eye topazes, are the most valuable.

Famous topaz gems

Considerable topaz gem deposits can be found in many parts of the world from the Americas to Asia, Europe, and Russia. Famous topazes include the colorless Braganza (previously mistaken for a diamond) on the Portuguese Crown, the El-Dorado Topaz (31,000 carats, yellow-brown color), and the Lua de Maraba (>25,000 carats, gray color). All of these topazes are Brazilian in origin.

Opal beauty: October’s birthstone in a class all its own

The modern birthstone associated with the month of October is opal. Opal is one of the things that Australia is famous for, and that country has the largest known deposits of this amorphous mineral. Consequently, the Australians have adopted precious opal as their national gemstone.

Opal structure

Although most opal has a non-crystalline or amorphous structure that is somewhat similar to that of glass, some opals do exhibit localized micro-crystalline structures. Viewed through a microscope, regular amorphous opal consists of tiny spheres of silica that have been stacked together in layers, with water filling the spaces between the silica spheres. Generally, the greater the micro-crystallinity of an opal specimen, the more striking its appearance becomes and the more its value increases. Other minerals that find their way into the opal structure become impurities that provide additional physical properties (color variations, for example) to an opal.

Play of color

Opals come in a wide variety of colors and color patterns; but the most valuable types, the precious opals, display different shimmering rainbow-like color “flashes” or patterns when viewed from different angles. This striking visual display of “color play” is a type of iridescence which occurs as white light passes through the layer boundaries of the silica spheres and gets diffracted into the separate wavelengths of visible radiation that comprise white light. Also, the multiple structural layers redirect or reflect these diffracted wavelengths of light in such a way that they mix or interfere with one another. The same optical phenomenon can also be observed on the plumage of some birds, on insects wings, on some snail shells, on some pearls and agates, and on soap bubbles.

Hydrated stones

Opal stones typically contain about 10% water by weight. This water is chemically bonded to the silica spheres but the bonding is weak enough that excessive exposure to heat can cause this water to evaporate. Therefore opals need to be kept away from sources of heat to prevent them from dehydration. Excessive heat can alter the color or translucence of an opal gem and can even cause the gem to crack.

Opal beauty

Numerous legends, both good and bad, have been associated with opals since ancient times; but it is the distinctive and delicate beauty of the opal that has made it desirable to many men and women throughout history. World-renowned opals include the Olympic Australis, the Andamooka Opal, the Flame Queen Opal, the Halley’s Comet Opal, the Roebling Opal, and so on. Combined with other precious gems as accents and set in silver, gold, palladium or other metals, the opal is truly a beauty to behold.

Emerald Gemstone: May’s Birthstone, Facts and Folklore

When purchasing jewelry as a gift, you may want to consider buying emerald Gemstone that includes a person’s birthstone. For this month, the month of May, emerald is the birthstone of choice.As stunning as this popular, precious stone is, there is much to consider when purchasing it.You may be in the market for a loose emerald stone, emerald ring, emerald anniversary band, emerald diamond ring, three stone emerald ring, emerald bracelet, emerald necklace, whatever your choice, there is much to look for and consider. Learn about emeralds and buy with confidence. The 4c’s cut, clarity, color and carat, apply to emerald as well as diamonds, and to all gemstones. There is also much folklore and history that surrounds the emerald stone.

Emeralds, belonging to the beryl family are most often found in different shades of green. Depending on the presence of  chromium and vanadium, the emerald’s color can range from a grassy green to yellowish or bluish green.The finest quality emerald bears a “lime jello” color. Color is the most important factor when determining its’ price.In fact, smaller emeralds with richer, better color, command a higher price than bigger stones with a weaker color. When it comes to cut, the precision and delicacy of the cut determines the price of the stone.emeralds can be cut in a variety of ways including the traditional “emerald cutas well as rounds, ovals, squares and cabuchons. Heavily flawed stones are most frequently given cabuchon cuts. As far as clarity goes, (clearness of the stone) unlike diamonds,emeralds, almost always have inclusions and are rarely flawless.In fact, emerald connoisseurs will not purchase an emerald unless they can see the inclusions because they assume they are fake or laboratory created.emeralds are measured in carat.emeralds with the best color and few inclusions become very expensive, as they are so rare.

Emeralds have a fascinating history.Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment. emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers. Mummies were often buried with emeralds and the gems were popular in ancient Rome, but some think that many of the stones called emeralds in ancient times were actually peridot. They have graced Crown Jewels and embellished the thrones of some of the oldest dynasties in history.In ancient times emeralds held a real fascination for the people.emeralds were, in fact, considered to be a cure for many diseases. As a result of such claims, emeralds were greatly sought after and a profitable trade was established between Egypt and nations as far away as India. The Egyptian monopoly on the world supply of emeralds lasted right up until the Sixteenth Century, C E. Cleopatra valued her lustrous emeralds so greatly that the ancient mines in Egypt are now called Cleopatra’s Mines — there they discovered emeralds of breathtaking size and beauty. From mines in the Egyptian desert, not far from the Nile River, emeralds made their way to all parts of the ‘known world’. The finest emeralds are found in Colombia; other sources are Russia, Zimbabwe, and Australia. In ancient times emeralds were believed to improve low I Q and poor eyesight.emeralds have an interesting legacy of violence, romance, and controversy. Scholars wore emeralds to strengthen their memory and become more eloquent. Unlike diamonds and rubies, there is no abundance of emeralds, and that is probably the reason why these mystical pagan green gems are more expensive than any other jewel. And, carat for carat, they are the most expensive gems in the world. Why such a high price? A large part of the reason is that emeralds are rare gems.

Buying emerald jewelry for the May birthday girl, makes it that much more personal and special.The emerald, so brilliant,beautiful and steeped in history and folklore, will make the perfect gift, as long as you know what you are buying, so you get the best quality for your money.

The Power of Healing in Gemstone

Gemstones are the life force of the mineral kingdom. They are said to be
storehouses of cosmic energy radiated to earth from the cosmos and the other
planets in our solar system. In a way they are a connection between the Earth
and the other heavenly bodies. In Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology it is taught
that gems will harness specific energies that will have the power to enhance
the overall quality of a person’s life.White light is divided into the
seven rays of visible color (as seen in the rainbow), as well as two rays that
are invisible, infrared and ultraviolet. In Ayurveda the proper balance of
these rays in the body is an inherent part of both physical and emotional
health. Whenever there is a lack of any of these cosmic rays within the body,
disease begins to manifest.

These cosmic rays are stored in great abundance within natural gemstones
and can never be depleted, even after years of use in gem therapy. Actually,
the color we see a gem to be is not necessarily the cosmic color that it
radiates. A simple experiment of viewing a gem through a prism will reveal the
actual cosmic color. Ruby is actually red and emerald green, but diamond
radiates an indigo color, blue sapphire a violet color, pearl an orange color
and many others actually transmit colors now seen to the naked eye. When used
in healing practice the gems will release the concentrated colors to the
physical and ethereal body.

Ayurveda and Vedic astrology speak of using specific applications of gems
for amplifying cosmic rays. A dynamic effect on one’s physical and emotional
health and wellbeing is brought about when gems are correctly prescribed and
utilized. Nine specific gems are used that transmit the nine specific light
rays of visible and invisible color. These gems’ healing qualities have been
written about in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Following are the cosmic
colors transmitted by these gems and just a few of the myriad benefits of each
to improving and maintaining health.

Ruby (transmits red color) transmits a powerful solar force that is
warming and stimulating, promoting blood circulation, strengthening the
heart and the flow of energy within the body.

  • Pearl (transmits orange color) transmits a gentle lunar force to cool
    and lubricate. It can counter dryness, strengthens the respiration and
    soothes the emotional self.
  • Red Coral (transmits yellow color) transmits a heating and strengthening
    force to the blood, muscles and bones. It is said to also be able to
    strengthen male sexual energy and is used as a remedy for impotence.
  • Emerald (transmits green color) transmits a cooling energy that will
    relieve pain in the body, calm tremors and calm mental nervousness. It
    promotes healing of burns and wounds and many other skin disorders such as
    eczema.
    Yellow sapphire (transmits blue color) fortifies body tissues in general
    and promotes vitality and longevity of life. It is wonderful as a general
    “tonic” for strengthening the body and has shown particularly dramatic
    results in the elderly.
  • Diamond (transmits indigo color) is energizing to the body and mind. It
    will strengthen lung function and is also used for female sexual problems
    from infertility to lack of desire.
  • Blue sapphire (transmits violet color) cools, cleanses and detoxifies
    the body. It has a phenomenal calming energy that in clinical treatments
    often puts a person to sleep, only to be awakened with freshness and
    increased vigor after only 20 minutes.
  • Hessonite garnet (transmits ultraviolet) strengthens and detoxifies
    nerve tissue and the endocrine system.
  • Chrysoberyl cats-eye (transmits infrared) increases heat in the body and
    removes toxins from the nervous system.

 

Gems are most effectively used in specially formulated “gem therapy” lamps
and the most advanced usages also utilize an electronic medical instrument
that imposes an additional vibration upon the light as it passes through the
gemstone and is beamed on the body.

Leading resort spas are using these instruments and lamps for calming and
energizing, as well as for increasing elasticity of skin. Specific spa
treatments have been developed and now used in conjunction with massage,
facials and other popular spa treatments. At a recent Resort and Medical Spa
exhibition one such instrument made by Balaji Gem Instruments, called the “Navaratna
Gem Lamps” attracted crowds as they were giving complementary treatments to
spa owners and attendees to show how effective this therapy is.

A prominent publisher of a European spa magazine proclaimed his belief that
“this kind of gem therapy is the medicine of the future”. Not only are natural
health practitioners such as naturopaths, Ayurvedic practitioners,
chiropractors and doctors of oriental medicine adding this therapy to their
practice, but a few progressive allopathic physicians and surgeons as well, we
feel that his comment could well be quite prophetic.

Just as ancient Ayurvedic healing is being embraced by numerous other
practitioners of different health care systems, this amazing method of healing
and revitalization is certain to become an important part of medicine and
healing worldwide.

How To Combine Birthday With Spirituality

Sometimes, it can be harder than expected to find that perfect present for her –
whether the ‘her’ in question is a close female relative, your wife or a
girlfriend that you’ve been with for several years. Maybe you got her a necklace
for her Valentine’s Day and a pair of earrings for Christmas – but don’t feel
that you’ve exhausted the gift possibilities of jewellery. Birthstones, for
instance, can make a fantastic – and unique – birthday present that will lend a
wonderful personal touch to her birthday.

Each month of the year is represented by a separate birthstones, each of which
has its own distinct meaning. And the use of the birthstone as a symbol of good
luck on one’s birthday has a history which is said to stretch back as far as the
first century. In 1912, the American national association of Jewellers – the
Jewellers of America – created a standardised
People born in January have the garnet as their birthstones, a deep red stone
that was originally used in thirteenth century as an insect repellent and a
guard against evil spirits! Essentially, the garnet birthstone is said to
represent constancy, a symbol of faith and devotion. The February birthstone –
the delicate purple amethyst – on the other hand, was once considered by the
Greeks as an effective antidote against drunkenness! Despite this association,
the amethyst birthstone is now seen to infer sincerity.

Those born in March will have the benefit of the clear blue aquamarine as their
birthstone, a precious jewel that symbolises courage – a feature that
perhaps dates back to the stone’s use as a “magical” antidote to poison in the
Middle Ages. But April birthdays will enjoy the luxury of having the world’s
most stunning jewel, the diamond, as their birthstone. Diamonds have been a
symbol of purity and innocence since their first discovery, with attachments to
divine beings across the world. If your loved one is born in April, a diamond is
sure to show them how special they are.

People with a birthday in May will take pleasure in the rich green emerald, a
symbol of love and success, as their birthstone, while June birthdays will be
able to enjoy the soft hues of the pearl as their unique birthday stone. The
pearl symbolises health and longevity, and has traditionally been an emblem of
feminine regenerative power – an aspect of this particular birthstone that’s
sure to have its female recipients beaming with glee.

The strong red of the ruby, July’s designated birthstone, has long been
associated with the passion of love. But the birthstone ruby is more than this –
it also stands for contentment, freedom and charity. If your special someone has
a birthday in August, you’ll be able to offer them the light green peridot, a
birthstone that is said to traditionally bring its wearer peace and good luck.
What’s more, the peridot is a symbol of marital happiness – so if your wedding
anniversary is in August as well, the peridot will have a rich double meaning
for your wife.

While for many, September may signal the beginning of the year’s short days and
long nights, people with birthdays in September will love the feeling of having
the sapphire as their birthstone. One of the most beautiful blue jewels, the
sapphire is conventionally believed to attract the favour of the Gods, while it
represents clear thinking in the birthstone context. Opals will adorn the skin
of people with birthdays in October; opals are unique in that they’re available
in a variety of colours and hues, and symbolise hope.

November birthdays take the topaz as their birthstone. This orangey-brown jewel
has long been seen as the gemstone of spiritual rejuvenation and fidelity.
Ultimately, people born in December will be able to take pleasure in the
prophylactic qualities of the turquoise stone, a blue gem that is said to bring
prosperity to its owner – something that’s sure to come in handy at Christmas.

Birthstones can be set in a variety of jewellery type and in a range of
different types of metals. So whether you’re seeking sapphires set in white gold
earrings for your girlfriend’s birthday in September, or you’re keen to find a
diamond gold necklace for your mother’s 50th birthday next April, you’ll
definitely be able to find birthstone jewellery to fit your budget and your
special someone’s personal tastes.

Dazzling Diamonds, April’s Birthstone

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14k Solid Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud (0.50.ct.tw)

“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”

If you were born in April then you may be lucky enough to receive a large amount of diamond jewelry in your lifetime, as this is your birthstone.  Diamonds are formed when carbon deep in the earth is compressed under massive pressure to form a clear stone,  this diamond ore is brought closer to the surface by volcanic activity.  Diamond’s are the hardest natural mineral in the world, and this, along with their ability to reflect light makes them highly desirable in jewelry.

 

Roughly 130 million carats of diamonds are mined each year,  and almost 50% of these come from Africa.  Diamonds are also found in Australia, Russia and even the US.
Diamonds have always been considered attractive and valuable gemstones, and have been associated with engagement rings and weddings.  Although many men struggle to find just the right engagement ring, with the huge selection of designer diamond rings available at reputable locations, there are hundreds of beautiful rings available to suit any budget or style.

Diamonds are believed to pass their clarity and longevity to the wearer and their relationships, helping them to find balance, strength and courage.  The stone is associated with the crownchakra, meaning that when worn it is thought to be able to encourage clearer thinking and focus.

Diamond jewelry is a gift to be treasured forever, and diamonds have been included in the designs of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and broochesfrom as early as the 8th century BC, when they were only found in India.  Traditionally, alongside diamond engagement rings,  diamond tennis bracelets are one of the most popular jewelry designs to use the stone,  and these are often given as a special gift to express love.

Sapphire is sometimes considered an alternative birthstone for April, and with the popularity of colorful gemstone rings , why not treat your loved one to a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring with a dazzling pink, blue or yellow sapphire.

A Tanzanite and diamond ring is another beautiful combination,  as the vibrant purple Tanzanite is highlighted by the clear, white sparkle of diamonds.

The traditional birth flower associated with April is the daisy,  so what better gift that a piece of jewelry which incorporates both diamonds and daisies?  Flower designs in jewelry have been particularly popular over the recent months, and the trend looks set to continue.  Diamond and daisy jewelry is a wonderful birthday gift for milestone ages such as 18, 21, 30 and 40, as the diamonds add class and significance while the daisy shape creates a feeling of fun and youth.  These diamond daisy earrings are cute and fashionable.

Of course, if you like things simpler,  what woman wouldn’t be overjoyed to receive a classic pair of diamond stud earrings for her birthday?  And if she was born in April,  your gift will hold even more meaning.

Mystical Aquamarine, The March Birthstone.

Aquamarine gemstones vary in color and intensity, depending on their quality, and come in a range of shades from the pale blue of a waterfall to the strong azure of a deep ocean.  Some aquamarine’s also display a slight sea green tinge.  It is this similarity to water colors that earned the stone it’s name, which literally meant ‘sea water’ in the ancient Italian used by Romans.  Aquamarine jewelry was popular even then, with gemstones rin, earrings, necklaces and brooches. Aquamarine gemstones have also been believed to hold many mystical powers related to water.  It was thought to be able to purify water and grant it special healing powers,  and early mystics would place aquamarine gemstones into vessels of water to be used in their healing and divination rituals.  In the Middle Ages, the stone was also thought to have been a powerful antidote, and was used to treat poisoning.
Modern day healers still believe that Aquamarine has healing properties, particularly against infections, and it is said that wearing aquamarine earrings or an aquamarine necklace can help to ease the symptoms of tonsillitis and throat infections.
Sailors also believed that aquamarine gemstones would protect them at sea, guarding against evil spirits and helping to bring them good fortune on their journeys, so they created necklaces using the gemstone as a talisman.
Traditionally,  aquamarine is said to bring good fortune to those who wear it, and many believe that the stone can rekindle romance, and increase trust and harmony in relationships.  For this reason, aquamarines make a sentimental and meaningful choice of gemstone to add to a diamond eternity ring, or other designer ring.  Aquamarine gemstones look truly beautiful in rings, and their soft blue shade is bound to be admire and appreciated by everyone.
The stones are found all over the world, but most gemstones used in designer rings, necklaces and earrings come from mines in Brazil and Russia.  Aquamarine jewelry is highly desirable,  as most of these gemstones are naturally pure with few blemishes, inclusions or other flaws.  This means that they are also more affordable than some other gemstones such as sapphires.  Pale, sparkling aquamarines make beautiful but cheap engagement rings,  and there is no reason why a semi precious engagement ring should look any less beautiful than a diamond engagement ring.  They also symbolize security and safety for long term relationships, so what better gemstone to use in a designer engagement ring
Aquamarine comes from the ‘beryl’ family of stones and is closely related to the emerald. emerald gemstones are more rare, and therefor more expensive,  but they make beautiful emerald and diamond rings, and emerald stud earrings look great with any outfit.  Aquamarine or emerald jewelry make ideal gifts for loved ones with birthdays in March.  Or why not treat your Mom to a stunning 3 stone emerald diamond ring for Mother’s Day


A Gem Amongst Gems

A gemstone is a breathtaking sight that in some mysterious way to capture our imagination and causes a gasp of admiration. But despite the fact that a gemstone may look great to the eye, it is necessary to inquire carefully about the gemstone quality in order to avoid further disappointment. The factors to consider are the gemstone color and cut as well as the quality of the metal setting.

Sparkling and colorful, all gemstones styles can arouse a wide range of emotions, but not leave anyone indifferent.

Their shine and brilliance is sure to implant admiration even into the most callous soul. In terms of universal respect and recognition gemstone quality jewelry outshines any other object used for personal adornment. Gemstone articles get a great deal of appreciation from those who find true beauty in their dazzling brilliance and the subtle glow of the setting, and this fact triggers the development of gemstones trade.Precious gemstones are also valued and recognized for their durability and their main positive attribute apart from breathtaking beauty, is their permanence. However, there is still risk that due to poor gemstone quality or any external detrimental factors, gemstones of any styles and types will lose their initial look and begin to look pathetic rather than breathtaking. In that case it appears appropriate to use gemstone enhancement methods as a remedy to improve gemstone quality.
There are several types available: permanent methods (namely laser drilling, heating and radiation) and temporary methods (bleaching, oiling and waxing) that can be of considerable help and applicable for all gemstones styles.

Speaking about the gemstones styles available, it is necessary to mention that there is a staggering diversity of options in that respect. To name just a few of those available would be: pear, round, oval, marquise, and others. There are a few even more sophisticated ones like bow-tie style. Before purchasing a gemstone jewelry , it is crucial to take proper care in assuring the gemstone quality as well as the reliability of the metal setting. The notion of gemstone quality is made up of several aspects, namely the gemstone color and cut, size and weight, as well as whether the gemstone has undergone any kind of treatment.

It seems opportune here to provide the reader, who is likely to be the lucky owner of a collection of gemstones, with a few tips concerning the storing of gemstones and their maintenance.

It goes without saying that gemstones are appreciated not only for their appealing look, its amazing glow and shine, but also for their durability, which was recognized already in the earliest times as an intrinsic gemstone quality. Notwithstanding the fact, the certain rules of gemstone wearing and storing, similar for all gemstones styles, are obligatory to observe in order to prevent the precious mineral from losing its charm.

First and foremost it is essential to keep articles of jewelry with gemstones away from each other in order to prevent them from scratching each other; there is additional risk that the gemstone that is intrinsically tougher than metal may damage the surface of the metal setting.

In terms of maintenance occasional cleaning using gentle soap and a soft tooth brush (referred to as gemstone bath is required in order to get rid of the dust maintain the appealing look. Provided that good care of them is taken, including occasional cleaning and appropriate storing, they are sure to last for centuries and therefore successfully acquire the status of a family treasure and be passed on to successive generations.

Combat the Cold of Winter with the Warmth of Garnet