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Garnet – January Birthstone

Red garnets are one of the most prevalent of gems.  The word “garnet” originates from “granatum,” meaning seed. The stone was originally named for its semblance in color to pomegranate seeds. Garnet is mined in places such as Brazil, Nambia,…

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November Birthstone: Citrine

Citrine, the November birthstone and thirteenth anniversary commemorator, appears in shades from pale yellow to brownish orange. Traces of iron within this quartz gem account for its yellowish orange color. The name citrine originates from the old French word "citrin,"…

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Birthstones, A History

Birthstones have been around for a while, but not necessarily in the way we know them today. The ancient idea of assigning gemstones in a symbolic way originated in Biblical times. In Exodus, the Breastplate of Aaron is vividly described.…

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Jewelry Wear & Tear

#1 Clean it. Jewelry, like pretty much anything else you use regularly, gets dirty. But dirt isn’t the only reason to get your jewelry cleaned. Minor jewelry damage, like bent prongs, lose stones, and other problems are often detected during…

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Gemstone Treatments & Enhancements

There are two common processes used to alter the characteristics of a stone that are very similar, yet drastically different–enhancement and treatment. We will cover the types of enhancements and treatments to diamonds and gemstones, their underlying affects and the…

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