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The Amazing Asscher

The Asscher Cut was developed by Joseph Asscher, who was commissioned by the Royal Family to cut the world’s largest diamond in history; the 3,106ct Cullinan diamond, after which he invented the now-famous Asscher cut. This cut reached its peak of popularity in the 1920’s in very limited production. Up until 2001, the Asscher cut was a...

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September Sapphires ~ A Royal Stone

Sapphire is the traditional stone for the 45th wedding anniversary and September birthstone. Ever the stone of royalty Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge engagement ring which once belonged to Princess Diana is a stunning 18 carat oval sapphire encircled by...

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Peridot for August Birthdays

The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. The color of most gems is caused by traces of other elements but the color of peridot is an integral part of its structure. If you love citrus tones or earth tones, you’ll find that peridot is an integral part of your jewelry wardrobe. Its...

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Ruby Fireworks for July

Throughout most of recorded history, ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone. Even diamond was considered common in comparison to the supreme beauty and value of this glowing red gem. Named from the Latin word for its hue, ruber, ruby is the epitome of the boldest of colors: the gem of desire, passion, courage,...

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Pearls – June Birthstone and Traditional 30th Anniversary Gifts

Nothing is as elegant as a simple strand of pearls against a black dress. But cultured pearls today have an exciting range of colors, sizes and shapes that make them ideal for a wide range of jewelry. Cultured pearls come in many beautiful colors, from palest cream and white to rose, lilac, green, gold, gray,...

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Alexandrite – The Magic of Science

One of the birthstones for June, Alexandrite is a rare and beautiful gem. If you love magic, especially the magic of science, you’ll love alexandrite, the color-change gem. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem, with a warm raspberry tone. You can watch it...

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The Importance of the Diamond Cut

The cut of a stone is often thought of as the shape of a stone. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes including Round, Princess, Oval, Pear, Marquise, Asscher, Radiant, Emerald, and Heart. Cut quantifies the proportions on the surface of a diamond using mathematical formulas to determine the shape with the maximum light return....

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Emerald “Nothing Greens Greener”

The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond. The timeless appeal of emerald can be summed up in three words written in the year 50 AD:...

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Diamonds Add Sparkle to April Birthdays

  Diamond. The mere mention of the word fills the mind with a multitude of concepts and images. Diamond is a mineral, a natural crystalline substance, the transparent form of pure carbon. Diamond is something superb, the peerless “king of gems” that glitters, dazzles, and symbolizes purity and strength. Diamond is indomitable, the hardest surface...

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Aquamarine

The very name aquamarine brings to mind the limpid, clear blue tint of the sea. Legend says that Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids, and from then on, it has brought love and luck to all who have owned it.    Aquamarine exists in many shades of blue,...

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