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Emerald crystals can grow very large. Learn about some of the world’s largest emeralds, whether rough, faceted, or carved.
Heliodor is a member of the beryl family. This stone is known for its range of yellow colors — from pale yellow, greenish yellow, orange-yellow,…
Our gem cutting FAQ covers some common questions from novice faceters. Topics include how to get started, how to clean gemstones, and dopping issues.…
Recently, CNN spoke to independent diamond industry analyst Edahn Golan regarding the recent surge of lab grown diamonds. Golan revealed to CNN…
Some famous emeralds have amazing histories. These seven gems have gone through revolutions, shipwrecks, and thefts to become crown jewels and…
May 17, 2022 Is this the Patiala Necklace? Cartier and Emma Chamberlain have not commented. Photo attribution: Getty Images…
A member of the beryl family, morganite shows a range of pink colors due to traces of manganese. Recently, this gemstone has seen an increase in popularity…
Fantasy gem designs combine elements from faceted and cabbed stones as well as artistic embellishments. Learn the basics of this modern lapidary…
May 13, 2022 Photo attribution: Shutterstock/photo-world The birthstone of May, the verdant, green glow of emerald ushers in the start of spring…
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Encyclopedia has information on over 300 gemstones, from traditional and popular jewelry standards to collector’s stones that rarely appear for sale. Each entry has photos and detailed information about the gem’s properties. Entries for jewelry stones also have price guidelines and discussions of their most important value factors.
has been synonymous with the color green since ancient times. A fine emerald is a truly breathtaking sight, and this member of the beryl family deserves its placement among the traditional “Big Four” gems along with diamond, ruby, and sapphire.
For millennia, artisans have carved intricate cameos from black-and-white onyx
. Solid black onyxes, faceted or cabbed, are also popular jewelry stones.
Few gems have held our attention over millennia as well as sapphire
. The pure blue colors and excellent durability of this gem-quality member of the corundum family make for an exceptional gemstone. However, not all sapphires are blue. The September birthstone comes in every color of the rainbow (except red).
When it comes to engagement ring stones, there’s a lot to consider. In the moissanite
vs diamond debate, we’ll look at three main factors: beauty, durability, and price.
Thanks to its beauty and relative abundance, the February birthstone, amethyst,
is used in all types of jewelry: from the mass market to the finest custom couture pieces.
We’ve compiled information on average costs and sizes for different diamond cuts
and shapes at different carat weights. Learn how the different fancy cuts compare, and the pros and cons of different diamond cuts.
An olive to bottle-green natural glass, moldavite
is a rare material popular with collectors of unusual gems as well as those interested in its formation from a meteorite impact.
Although many associate January's birthstone, garnet,
with the color red, they can come in a variety of colors including red, yellow, orange, green and even blue.