Gemology BLOG

January 16, 2019

Featured Gemstone: PERIDOT

        Peridot is the term for gem quality Olivine, a common mineral prevalent all over the earth. But unlike Olivine with is heavy and opaque, Peridot crystals are translucent and luminous! Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in o...

December 5, 2016

MOURNING JEWELRY FROM THE VICTORIAN ERA

     The Victorian era (1919-1901) is famous for it's deeply romantic sentiment, as well as it's tales of hardship and loss. With such a high mortality rate, death was an ever present reality of each day. Women were the public fac...

   Featured Gemstone: GARNET

      When most people think of Garnets a deep wine red gem comes to mind. The truth is that Garnets are a whole family (group) of gemstones that forms naturally in a wide range of colors including green, orange, ye...

April 16, 2016

What is Gemology?

 

     Gemology is the scientific study of the gemstones. It uses the unique physical properties of gems to identify and measure each stones correctly, and ascertain its value.  In addition to lots of training, a Gemologist has certain tools such as a m...

July 3, 2015

           The purpose of this blog post is to extol the virtues of one of one of my favorite gemstones, Chrysoprase. Chrysoprase is a natural vivid green Chalcedony (cryptocrystalline silica) that can rage is color from a pastel mint green to a deep forrest green- but...

February 24, 2015

          Tourmaline is a natural gemstone that come is a wide variety of colors. Tourmaline has a long history of use in jewelry, and was even instrumental in the 19th century when chemists were experimenting with the polarization of light. Tourmaline’s colors have ma...

January 7, 2015

Just a little inspriation!

 

I am obsessed witht this ancient Celtic 'Gimmel' ring made in 1400 CE. It is gold enamel set with diamond and semi precious stones, and the  interlocking hands mechanism twists to open the ring into three bands!...

November 30, 2014

                                                              Sumarian Seal Ring with Rubies and Gold 2700 BCE

 

The sto...

May 1, 2013

Welcome to my blog!

       It’s a place i hope to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about gemstones and antique Jewelry. I have been fascinated with gemstones since childhood, and I have worked in the business for ten years. I am a Gemologist, having completed a graduat...

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