Alexandrite Overview – The Other June Birthstone

The controversial history of alexandrite dates back to Imperial Russia, where it was first discovered in emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Its Finnish discoverer initially mistook it for emerald before realizing it changed colors under different light sources. According to legend, this gemstone was named for Alexander II because it

The Moonstone – June’s third birthstone

June’s third birthstone, moonstone, was named by the Roman natural historian Pliny, who wrote that moonstone’s shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the moon. The most common moonstone comes from the mineral adularia, named for an early mining site near Mt. Adular in Switzerland that supplied this gem. This site also birthed the term

PEARL HISTORY

Ancient Japanese folktales told that pearls were created from the tears of mythical creatures like mermaids and nymphs. Early Chinese civilizations believed that dragons carried pearls between their teeth, and the dragon must be slain to claim the pearls—which symbolized wisdom. Other cultures associated pearls with the moon, calling them “teardrops of the moon.” Hindu

JUNE BIRTHSTONES & PEARLS

June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. June’s birthstones range from creamy-colored opalescent pearl and moonstone to the rare color-changing alexandrite—one of the most valuable gems on earth. With this spectrum of

THE HISTORY OF THE DIAMOND AS AN ENGAGEMENT RING

A man presents his prospective bride with an engagement ring upon acceptance of his marriage proposal. Anthropologists believe this tradition originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands' ownership. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his

Know Your Diamond Cuts

Since the times of ancient Rome, it has been customary for a man to give a woman an engagement ring. It was put on the finger nearest the pinky of the left hand, for ancient scientists believed this finger held a vein that led to the heart. Indeed, a Roman fiancee was given two rings:

KEEP YOUR GOLD JEWELRY SHINING BRIGHT AND WHITE

KEEP YOUR GOLD JEWELRY SHINING BRIGHT AND WHITE Why should the shine of your true love fade away? Don’t be alarmed when the back of your ring starts appearing dull or you see bits of dull yellow on the surface – this is a natural process when the rhodium on the surface of white gold

Anyone in the market for a giant pink diamond?

One of the most valuable diamonds ever placed on auction will make a return appearance at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale on April 4. “The Pink Star” diamond at 59.60 carats is the Largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. Its estimate is more

Diamond Fluorescence

Did you know that only about 25% to 35% of diamonds fluoresce? GIA considers diamond fluorescence an identifying characteristic, not a grading factor like the GIA 4Cs of Diamond Quality. Learn more how GIA accesses fluorescence. Some trade professionals think blue fluorescence enhances a diamond’s appearance, especially diamonds with I to M color grades. Bluish