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Jet Jewelry: A brief history

Jet Jewelry   A brief history  Well, you may not have been thinking long and hard about jet jewelry (which is also called black jewelry). But we think you will be intrigued and surprised to learn about this ancient gemstone. This article may not tell you everything, but it will tell you more than you know now and refer you to sources of […]

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February Birthstone

February Birthstone: The Amethyst  Amethyst is the February Birthstone and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. It is also one of the emblems of the twelve apostles. The lore behind the February birthstone include its wine-like color, leading early Greek legends to associate amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed […]

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January Birthstone

What’s the January birthstone? Unlike December, where there are four birthstones, the January birthstone is a single stone: the garnet.  But—surprise—on the bright side, the garnet comes in a variety of colors. Most people think of garnet as a deep red stone (which it is as shown in the picture on the right). Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem […]

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Antique or Vintage Jewelry

How to identify Antique or Vintage Jewelry If you are interested in older (vintage) or antique jewelry, an important issue you have is  how to identify antique or vintage jewelry.  After all,  just because someone tell you it’s antique or vintage, doesn’t make it so. You need to know how to look for tell-tale signs that the piece is actually what they say.  Here are […]

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December Birthstones

December Birthstones Oh you lucky birthday babies. You don’t just have ONE birthstone, you have FOUR December birthstones. They include Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon.  We’re posting some pictures of the December birthstones but to learn about the history and choices you have for December birthstones,  visit the GIA encyclopedia, where you can learn about each. For example the Zircon comes in a […]

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All About Opals

All About Opals…their history and lore  If you were born in October, then you want to know all about Opals. After all, it’s the October birthstone and it’s said to carry magical powers for those who wear it. Writers have compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave extraordinary opals poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In […]

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September birthstone

September Birthstone

September Birthstone: SapphireIf you were born in September or are celebrating your 5th or 45th anniversary, the September birthstone is the beautiful Sapphire. The September birthstone is almost always thought of being blue in color (we’re blue for you). You may not know it comes in many other beautiful colors. If you’re a sapphire baby or anniversary, learn more about the stone […]

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What Is This Gemstone?

Ever wonder what the stones in your jewelry are named? Well here’s an encyclopedia to help you identify one or all. If you’re looking for a gem with special meaning, you’ll find that information here too. When you see an opal, did you realize there are many, many types of opals, each with a different history and discovery.A jewel by any other […]

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