Category Archives: Gemstones

Topaz and Citrine gemstones

November gemstones

November 28, 2020

The birthstones – yes, there are two – for November are Topaz and Citrine. They are not related, as being in the same family, for the Topaz belongs to a silicate mineral family whereas the Citrine belongs to the quartz family. They are similar in hardness on the Mohs Scale, for the Topaz is an […]

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Pantone Colors Gemstones

Pantone Colors Gemstones

October 15, 2020

Pantone Colors 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 incorporates it into new designs often making it the focal point. Often too the colour choice for whatever year matches well with or […]

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Zoisite Gemstones

Zoisite Gemstones

July 15, 2020

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 many of its members, just as in other gemstone families, are known by other names, e.g. Thulite, Fuchsite, Calcite, Lepidolite, Anyolite, and the most important […]

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Purple Tanzanite Gemstone

Tanzanite Gemstone Vancouver

March 23, 2020

Unlike many other gemstones – Moonstone, Pearl, Opal, Lapis Lazuli, and Amethyst that were known in antiquity –Tanzanite is a youngster or even a baby in gem-world terms of age because it’s only 52 years old this year. Also, unlike many other gemstones, we do not know for sure who discovered the Tanzanite because there […]

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Opals gemstones

Opal gemstone

November 28, 2019

The Opal is the birthstone for October but if your birthday isn’t in October, would you wear it? Your answer, most likely, depends on your belief in the supernatural, specifically a superstition that claims bad luck for the wearer whose birthday is not in October. But where did this superstition come from? Is there any […]

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Living Coral

Living Coral

May 29, 2019

Pantone’s Colour for 2019 Every year the Pantone Color Institute (New Jersey, U.S.A.) selects a new colour for that year. This year, 2019, that colour is Living Coral that has absolutely nothing to do with Coral Reefs or the Coral gemstone that comes from those reefs in the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Rather, the […]

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Tsavorite gemstone

Tsavorite Gemstone

April 30, 2019

Also known as the King of Green Gemstones, the Tsavorite is a member of the colourful Garnet Family of Gemstones. It is also one of the most popular and expensive varieties of green garnets – its sister-stone being the green Demantoid Garnet – whose price is determined by carat size; example, stones up to one […]

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Topaz Gemstones

Topaz gemstones

March 5, 2019

If your birthday is in November you know the Topaz is one of your birthstones. The Topaz is sometimes referred to as a precious stone while at other times it is said to be a fairly common, inexpensive gemstone because it comes from or is made of a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluoride, which […]

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Ruby gemstone

Ruby gemstone

January 23, 2019

If your birthday is in July, you know the Ruby is your birthstone. You might also know that the Ruby is one of the ‘top drawer’ or precious gemstones – the others in that select group being Diamond, Emerald, and Sapphire – with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs Scale just below that of […]

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Amazonite Gem Info Large Gemselect

Amazonite gemstone

December 6, 2018

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 pendant with a beautiful bluish-green stone with a faint sheen making me immediately think turquoise but that was wrong because it was in fact a […]

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