Gemstone Education

Gemstones are some of the most treasured stones used for jewelry because of their colors (purity of their hue, the depth of tone, and the color saturation) and durability. Gemstones are taken from their rough and jagged natural states and cut and polished into bold, bright, and breathtaking stones that can become treasured heirlooms in the time to come. Gemstones are classified in 2 ways – precious and semi-precious. Precious gemstones are diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Semi-Precious gemstones are all other gemstones including Amethyst, Aquamarine, Peridot and Citrine to name a few.

Every gemstone has unique characteristics. Considerations in everyday care, how and when you wear your fine jewelry, will dictate longevity. Gemstone hardness and durability may factor into your choice of gemstone ring. Many gemstones are durable for everyday wear, yet other gemstones may require special care. Abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals, and sharp blows can damage even the most durable gemstone. Removal of your ring when active will maintain the beauty and ensure every piece endures for years to come.


Amethyst: Gem of Stability

Amethyst Crystals are found in geodes (rocks where minerals combine and form in their hollow center) and come in various shades of purple from light lilac to a deep red/violet mix. The birthstone of February, its purple hues beautifully complement all metal tones and settings. Amethysts are believed to represent peace and devotion, making them a perfect stone choice for those who wish to give a meaningful gift to their loved one.


Aquamarine: Gem of Tranquility

Citrine gemstones range in color from light yellow to brownish orange. The name “Citrine” from the French word “Citron” meaning “lemon”. Traces of iron in these stones creates their various shades of color. Citrine is the most popular yellow gemstone and a worthy alternative to a topaz or yellow sapphire. Citrine looks best in yellow gold but also looks modern and fresh in white tone settings.


Sapphire: Gem of Loyalty

Sapphires are usually associated with the royal blue variety of this gem, but it actually produced in a rainbow of hues. The royal gem can come in any color except red because then it would classified as a ruby. Interestingly enough, pink sapphires walk a fine line between a ruby and a sapphire. As of today, Madagascar leads the world in sapphire production; although these gems can also be found in many other countries, it’s their origin that can affect their value as much as color, cut, clarity, and carat size.


Topaz: Gem of Comfort

Topaz gemstones symbolize friendship and can be many different colors. They are mostly connected to warm hues like orange, yellow, and brown. The rarest Topaz colors are pinkish-red, purple, and orange. Yellow Topaz is the birthstone for November, and Blue Topaz is the birthstone for December.