It isn’t spring without emeralds. The emerald is May’s birthstone. It’s a bluish green to green variety of the beryl and derives its color from chromium and vanadium. The word “emerald” comes from “smaragdos,” which means green gem in ancient Greek. The power of the vibrant and elegant emerald has been around for ages. The first emeralds were discovered in Egypt around 330 BC. Egyptian Pharaohs, notably Cleopatra, loved emeralds. Currently the highest quality emeralds originate in Colombia. Similar to the diamond, emeralds are graded using the four Cs: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight. Color is most important followed by clarity. Expect to see some inclusions; an emerald without inclusions is extremely rare. The highest quality emeralds are deep green and have the minimal inclusions. Read More >
March is here and what better way to celebrate it than with its beautiful birthstone, the aquamarine. The word aquamarine comes from the Latin word “seawater;” the color of the aquamarine ranges from light blue to green-blue and is reminiscent of a sparkling ocean. The stone is a member of the beryl family. Other beryls are emeralds but there are very little similarities between the two stones. Emeralds are known to have inclusions while aquamarines are usually crystal clear. Emeralds derive their color from chromium inside the stone while aquamarines get their color from iron impurities. Aquamarines are mainly mined in Brazil. Read More >
February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is a violet colored quartz and derives its name from the ancient Greek words (roughly translated) “not intoxicated.” Amethyst, it was thought in ancient time, would protect wearers from getting drunk. Nowadays the crystal is thought to promote clarity and calmness. We love the amethyst for it’s warm hues that range from pinkish to deep purple. To celebrate February’s birthstone, explore these beautiful Marina B citrine and amethyst earrings set in yellow gold. Read More >
January’s birthstone is the garnet. The name garnet is derived from the Latin word “granatum,” which means seed (because it looks like a deep red pomegranate seed) though garnet appears in almost all colors. Garnet symbolizes good health and was popular among many ancient civilizations. The Egyptians wore garnet as jewelry, and ancient Rome used garnet signet rings to stamp the wax used to seal letters. Nowadays the garnet comes in a variety of types, colors, weights and sizes. It tends to be a more affordable stone and ranks 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs scale. Read More >
Visit our showroom to explore our gorgeous eternity band collection to celebrate a special anniversary this year. Our bands include yellow, white and rose gold and diamond rings as well as bands with emeralds, rubies, peridots, diamonds and sapphires. Read More >
November’s other birthstone (besides citrine) is topaz. Just like citrines, this gem’s color also ranges from yellow to orange and is known for its transparency. But topaz appears in gorgeous pinks, reds and blues and citrine does not. It’s also a harder stone, ranking 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. While topaz is found all over the world, Brazil is known for the largest topaz crystals and Russia is known for blue topaz.
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November’s birthstone the citrine is a quartz and derives its name from the Latin word “citrina.” Its colors range from a gorgeous pale yellow to deep browns and oranges. Citrine ranks 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. There is no need to buy citrine with inclusions that are visible to the eye; citrines are a more affordable stone and are known for their beautiful clarity and transparency. However natural citrines are very rare and most citrines on the market are heat-treated amethyst, which is also a quartz. Brazil is the leading producer of citrines. On a spiritual level, citrine is known as the “merchant’s tone” to attract success and prosperity. The yellow gems used in these earrings are citrines and designed by Italian jewelry house VAID. To explore more VAID pieces, stop by the showroom on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 for our VAID trunk show.
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The mysterious opal is the perfect stone for jewelry lovers and collectors. While opals may not sparkle as much as diamonds or rubies, they are very much appreciated for their multi-color shimmer. Historically opal was a powerful stone among many different civilizations including early Greek, Roman and Arabian cultures. It was said that opal contains special powers that ranged from inspiring hope and purity to ensuring good eyesight! While the opal is found all over the world including North Africa, Hungary and Mexico, since the 1890s it has been mainly mined in Australia. It’s also Australia’s national gemstone.
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October’s birthstone the tourmaline is a versatile stone that appears in almost every color. It’s also a pretty tough stone ranking 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. One of our favorite tourmalines is the rubellite. Its color ranges from pink to deep red and is sometimes confused with rubies. Rubellites derive their name from the Latin word rubellus, which means reddish. Rubellites are perfect for fall, especially these bold and colorful earrings crafted with 18 karat rose gold, 85.67 carats of rubellites and 1.43 carats of diamonds.
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Pink sapphires are very rare and range from light to dark pink. In fact, the more chromium, the deeper the color. However, a very high level of chromium will make a pink sapphire a ruby. Historically pink sapphires were only mined in Sri Lanka and Myanmar but recently they have also been found in Madagascar. Read More >