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Pearls Vancouver

Where to Buy Pearls, Vancouver

If your birthday is in June, you probably know your birthstone is the exquisite, translucent pearl. But, did you know that pearls were known in ancient times and became the...

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How to Buy Emeralds in Vancouver

How to Buy Emeralds

We all know that the ruby is the King of gems and therefore the undisputed ruler of the gem world. My belief, however, is that the Emerald is a serious contender...

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Why Are Diamonds So Valuable

Why Are Diamonds So Valuable

Ice, sparkle, bling, beautiful, glitter, marvel, wonder, desirable, expensive, status, conflict, brilliance, fancy, awe-inspiring, carbon. When I think of a diamond the above words immediately come to mind as does...

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Diamonds and Sapphires

Sapphire vs Diamonds: Here's The Difference

Also known as the King of all Blue gems, the Blue Sapphire is the stone that has long been associated with and a favourite of royalty and people in power,...

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Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones

Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones: Here's The Details

Gemstones are classified as Precious or Semi-precious but what do we really know about these terms, who created them, where, when and why? I’ve often wondered about these questions –...

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White gemstones

White Gemstones - Information, Buying Guide

Where gemstones are concerned Colour is King but what of the white or colourless gems? Should they be discounted or overlooked simply because they lack colour? Certainly not, since one...

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Purple violet amethyst, iolite, tanzanite, rubellite, sapphire, spinel

Ultra Violet Gemstones, Jewelry

Pantone Pantone’s colour choice for 2018 is Ultra Violet, an intense, exhilarating, stimulating, even intoxicating colour similar to the colour of the Amethyst but a deeper or more intense shade of...

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Labradorite Gemstones, Jewelry

Labradorite Gemstones, Moonstones, Jewelry

Labradorite and Rainbow Moonstone are known as ‘sister’ stones because they belong to the same family and, as in human families, share some characteristics but not others making them individual gems....

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Zoisite Gemstones

Zoisite Gemstones: History, Colours and Buying Guide

Zoisite is a mineral or rather a group or family of minerals just like Quartz, Garnet, Beryl, Feldspar, and Chalcedony. Identifying a Zoisite gem could, therefore, be quick tricky because...

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Blue Pear cut Garnet

Blue Garnet Gemstone and Jewelry: Buying Guides

New Gemstones? You’ve probably heard it said many times that there’s nothing new under the sun. This, I believe, is certainly true where novel plots are concerned because there are...

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Gemstone Amazonite

Gemstone Amazonite: Colours, Locations and Believed Properties

Some weeks ago when jewellery was the featured presentation on The Shopping Channel I took a look out of curiosity to see what was there. The first offering was a...

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Pantone Colors Gemstones

Pantone Colors Gemstones: Here's The Details

As you know, the Pantone Colour Institute in New Jersey, U.S. picks a specific colour for every year. Most often, their choice is applauded by the fashion industry that then...

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