Jewelry Guide

Peridot - Gem of the Sun

Gemstones

Peridot - Gem of the Sun

Shining with a bright green glow even at night, peridot was called the "gem of the sun" by the ancient Egyptians and the "evening emerald" by Romans. It was a favorite gemstone of Cleopatra and was historically mistaken for emerald. The pronunciation of this popular gem is often confused and should be pronounced pair-ee-doh, as opposed to pair-ee-dot. Peridot's name origin is uncertain, but several theories exist. Some sources speculate that it comes from the 13th century Middle English word peridote, meaning "bright spot or bright button", an apt description for this gem, given its brilliance. Other sources attribute it...

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Gemstone Treatments

Gemstones

Gemstone Treatments

Jewels have been objects of desire from the earliest days of mankind. The enduring value of gems and pearls is largely a result of their beauty, durability, and rarity. It is this last aspect that has pushed humans to create less expensive alternatives to the natural product. These include imitations such as glass, fully synthetic counterparts of natural gems, and enhancements that modify gems and pearls to make them more valuable.

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Just Facts - Emeralds

Gemstones

Just Facts - Emeralds

For more than 4000  years, the deep "green fire" of emeralds has been treasured as a symbol of eternal spring and immortality. Shrouded in myth and lore, the birthstone for May isn't just a beautiful gem. Emeralds are also ornaments of power and politics that have created legends and molded world history. Prized by Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs, crowned heads of Europe, and today, gem connoisseurs the world over, emeralds, more than any other precious gemstone, have sparked the eternal fires of our collective imagination.

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The legend of the Amethyst

The legend of the Amethyst

Dionysus, known for his love of grape juice, was the Greek god of wine; however, after a few goblets, he became a little confrontational. One day in the forest, with goblet in hand, the tipsy Dionysus took insult from a passing mortal that refused to show him respect. The incident provoked his wrath, and Dionysus swore revenge on the next mortal that he saw...

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What is Gold?

What is Gold?

Some sources have estimated that the total production of gold from ancient times to present could be placed within a 25-meter cube. A similar cube for platinum would be substantially smaller, barely exceeding six meters. Due to their rarity and value, gold, silver, platinum and members of the platinum group have earned the special nickname of noble metals.

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