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August Birthstone – Spinel, the Stone That Created the Science of Gemology

August 20, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

It wasn’t long ago that spinel was thought to be a ruby due to its lustrous orange-red color. Mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome de Lisle was able to identify differences though between rubies and spinel minerals in 1783. Multiple stones previously assumed to be rubies are now able to be recognized as a spinel. There […]

The history of Rubies – the July’s Birthstone

July 17, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

Discovered 2,000 years ago in India, the bold and beautiful ruby is considered the King of Gems. Signifying wealth, success, romance, health, and devotion, the gorgeous stone was utilized by ancient warriors on the battlefield, as well as royal figures throughout the world’s history. In the first century AD, the Roman scholar Pliny included rubies […]

Increasing use of colored gemstone engagement rings

June 7, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

Colored gemstone engagement rings are unique and, today, very desired engagement rings. It turns out that diamonds are not anymore girl’s best friend when wedding rings are in question. Diamonds may have been a girl’s best friend once upon a time, but it seems they’ve lost their sparkle among millennials. Young couples are increasingly choosing […]

The Most Famous Diamonds in the World

May 8, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

  All diamonds symbolize elegant beauty, but some go above and beyond to adorn royalty, inspire conspiracy and make a lasting impression on the world. From the world’s largest diamond to the crowning jewels of royalty, here is the list of the most famous diamonds the world has ever seen:   The Hope Diamond   […]

March Birthstone – Bloodstone, One of the Most Powerful Gemstones

March 18, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

The month of March is associated with two beautiful birthstones – one of them is Bloodstone, the other is Aquamarine. We wrote about the second one two times. Bloodstone may not have the overt beauty of aquamarine, but many prize this stone for its symbolism and other properties. But the other birthstone, bloodstone is even […]

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

February 22, 2019 | Svetlana Pantelic

Items of personal adornment from the Nile Valley are an important part of the history of jewelry. More than mere body ornament, Ancient Egyptian Jewelry was used to display rank, proclaim wealth, and designate social status. It was also fashioned into powerful amulets, objects of barter and trade, accouterments of daily attire, diplomatic gifts, military […]