Diamond Of the First Water

Diamond Of the First Water

Diamonds, diamonds every where and not a drop to drink… Dreaming of diamonds by Swamibu I recently have had cause to most thoroughly research diamonds for an upcoming custom order. A gentleman approached me on his wife’s behalf, and asked if I could help...
Birthstones that Rock

Birthstones that Rock


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Birthstones are just totally rockin’.  Rock.  Birth-Stone.  *ahem* Bad puns aside- I’m getting really excited for November.  It’s my favorite month of the year, in my favorite season, with a completely beautiful patron birth-gemstone: Citrine.  Wait....

Chrome Diopside

Today I’m writing about Chrome Diopside, which is one of my all time favorite green gemstones. Why, you ask, when there are so many fabulously famous green gemstones like Emerald and Tourmaline? The answer is simple. I love deep flawless gorgeous green, and my...

Marvelous Malachite

So you can see why Malachite is so soft and brittle, though, right? Something that forms from water and copper oxides is going to be nowhere near as strong as rocks that are formed from solidifying lava, like granite. But there’s an upside to the softness of...

Ancient Amber

Faceted Amber by Sea Moon We humans have held some fascinating beliefs in our history upon this earth.  We’ve believed that the earth was flat, that the moon was made of cheese, and that divine magic known as electricity came from Amber.   Ancient Greeks also...

Sapphire Secrets

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The Magical Topaz of… Invisibility?

Fabulous Friday Gemstones I come across more lapidary artists than I can shake a stick at (or afford), but one of my major down falls are unusually cut gemstones, like this stunning blue Topaz from Dr. Barbara Smigel’s course on Gemology shown here from her website:...