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March Birthstone

  • March 1, 2018

Aquamarine is a stone as sea blue as it sounds. The stone ranges from a nearly colorless blue to a blue-green and even somewhat teal hue. The most rare color is a deep, aqua blue. Many sailors kept this stone…

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February Birthstone

  • February 1, 2018

Today, as the most valued quartz variety, Amethyst is placed in designer pieces and mass-market jewelry alike. The gem comes in wine purple, lilac, lavender, and even mauve hues. Amethysts can be found in many regions, but most originate from…

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January Birthstone

  • January 1, 2018

Red garnet is 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

  • November 1, 2017

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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Estate Pieces

  • September 15, 2015

Estate jewelry at A-Bryan’s incorporates a diversity of prospective styles. We carry charms to suit an array of moods and tastes. Items vary greatly in worth and age. Our antique collection encompasses pieces from cameos to brooches, necklaces to bracelets,…

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The History of Birthstones

  • August 26, 2015

The ancient idea of assigning gemstones in a symbolic way originated in Biblical times. In Exodus, the Breastplate of Aaron is vividly described. This sacred article was garnished with twelve distinct gems—ones that signified the twelve tribes of Israel. As…

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Gem Treatments & Enhancements

  • April 15, 2015

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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