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Zircon

At just under 3 inches long (at full length, and 1 3/8 inches minus the removable center section), these handcrafted in 14K white gold, culminate with a matched pair of blue zircons (about 14 carats each, or 9/16 inch diameter). These in turn are crowned by a smaller pair of blue zircons (totaling 8.50 carats), along with two pairs of diamond white zircons. The extension sections alternate with white baguettes (zircons) and small blue zircons, surmounted by a white zircon stud. Circa 1930s-40s.Zircon

Prized as a talisman since medieval times. zircon was believed to clarify the mind, improve confidence and inspire the spirit. Among its many attributes, zircon was thought to bring wisdom, wealth and protection to those who wear it. Available in several colors including yellow, orange and green, with blue and red most sought after, and brown most available. Brown zircon is commonly enhanced by traditional heating methods to produce red and blue colors, while yellow is occasionally heated to improve its color. Green is not typically enhanced. To clean, use warm soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid contact with chemicals. Ask you jeweler for details regarding enhancement and care.

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Turquoise

Turquoise

Egyptian Revival 18kt Gold, Turquoise, and Enamel Pendant Necklace, Marcus & Co.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Discovered by ancient Egyptians, turquoise was widely used in treasures fit for pharaohs. Old Europeans credited turquoise with helping achieve a higher state of consciousness. Tibetans revered the gemstones as a talisman of good fortune. Native American Indians used it as a shaman’s stone. A December birthstone, turquoise is a light to dark blue or blue-green gemstone. The finest color is an intense blue that is uniform throughout. It may contain narrow veins of its host rock known as the matrix, sometimes in a web like pattern. Routinely enhanced to improve color and durability. To clean, wipe with a soft, damp cloth and dry. Avoid rough treatment and contact with chemicals.

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Tanzanite

Tanzanite

No recent discovery has had a greater impact on the gemstone market than tanzanite. In 1967 a Portuguese prospector discovered tanzanite in Tanzania while looking for sapphire. Named and promoted by Tiffany, tanzanite won the public’s heart. A December birthstone, tanzanite is the recognized gift for the 24th wedding anniversary and also for the birth of a child– inspired by the native Maasai tradition of wearing blue beads and fabric for a heathy and positive new life. Tanzanite occurs in various colors including yellow, golden-brown and green. It’s routinely enhanced by traditional heating methods to produce shades of violet blue to purple. Fine tanzanite is typically free of inclusions. To clean, use warm soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid ultrasonic and steam cleaners, and contact with chemicals. tanzanite ring. Vivid dark Tanzanite beats Amethyst every single day of the week. Unless you can find top notch brazilian amethyst

 

 

 

 

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Topaz

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Cast your eyes upon the ocean waters as the setting sun displays its dance of color, and you’ll discover all the rich spectral hues of topaz. On its cool side, it ranges from a soft sky blue to the richest and most vivid aqua and greenish blues imaginable. Warmer tones take on the golden hue of a fine chardonnay or the blush of a tree ripened peach. Some of the most rare and exceptional shades of topaz include rich pinks and sherry reds.

Known as the November birthstone. In recent years blue topaz has been used as an alternate birthstone for December.

It owes its long lasting popularity to many things, but chief among these is its remarkable combination of beauty and affordability. Found in many different colors and sizes, topaz continues today to be one of the Worlds most desirable and sought after gemstone.

This gemstone is a hard gemstone that is very resistant to scratching, but because of its internal structure it may break or split if subjected to hard blows or sudden changes in temperature. It should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. This can be cleaned with most any commercial jewelry cleaner or mild soap and lukewarm water using a soft brush. Other colors range from rich, warm browns to lusty variations of orange and cinnamon. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

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Peridot, Gem of the Sun, For August

Prized by the ancient Egyptians as the gemstone of the sun, peridot has been credited with a host of healing and magical powers. A guard against the evil eye, peridot was thought to sweeten dreams and reveal insights.

August’s birthstone, peridot is also recognized as the preferred gift for the 16th wedding anniversary. Historically, peridot was believed to bring happiness, to attract love and foster friendship. The gem of bliss and good fortune, peridot illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.

Formed in volcanos, peridot ranges in color from yellowish green to deep olive. While its color can be exceptional, it will never reach the shade of green or intensity of emerald. The finest peridot is green with no tinge of yellow or brown. Peridot comes in a variety of shapes and small sizes, but larger gemstones, especially in flawless quality, are difficult to find.

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Ruby July’s Desire!

Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion. This fiery red gemstone -the color of the heart- has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, ruby signifies great courage. Ruby’s durability and hardness make it an ideal gemstone for all types of jewelry, especially rings.

July’s birthstone, ruby is also recognized as the traditional gift for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Historically ruby was believed to attract and maintain love. Ruby is a popular gemstone choice for brides who want to express their individuality.

Ruby is recognized as a talisman to ensure harmony, guard against sorrow, inspire confidence and bring great success. The gem of gusto, ruby brings light to the electrifying personality of those who wear it.

With the name derived from the Latin ruber meaning red, the corundum family gem, sister to sapphire, only comes in one color. But, the shades of in which it comes vary from purplish and bluish red to orangey red in medium to dark tones. Color is key when considering value. Prized colors are pure red with no overtones for brown or blue. Better qualities are usually free of inclusions. Ruby  in sizes over 2 carats is rare. In its finest quality, any size is rare.

Rubies are routinely enhanced by traditional hearing methods to produce, intensify or lighten color and/or improve clarity. To clean ruby, use soapy water or commercial solvent and a brush. Mechanical cleaners are generally safe.

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Sky Blue Aquamarine for March

The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.
Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable. This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Like emeralds, this gemstone is actually a variety of a mineral called beryl. Large stones have been found all over the world, including one stone found in Brazil that weighed over 240 pounds. Aquamarine grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to a foot long, making it a great gem to be cut and polished in larger carats for statement pieces.

 

 

Not only is aquamarine one of the March birthstones, it’s also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries. It’s a beautiful stone with little or no yellow in it, so it looks great in many settings with different colored metals and gemstones.

 

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Amethyst, the Birthstone of February

Amethyst is the beautiful birthstone for February and the gem for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries,  it is the purple variety of the quartz mineral species.  It’s the gem that’s most commonly associated with the color purple.  Amethysts color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple, and from brownish to vivid.  St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.  Amethyst is believed to quicken intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts,

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Garnet for those Capricorns in January!

Garnets are a set of closely related minerals that form a group, resulting in gemstones in almost every color. Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem buyers can pick from a rich palette of garnet colors: greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues.

Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.

Demantoid is a rare and famous green garnet, spessartine (also called spessarite) is an orange garnet, and rhodolite is a beautiful purple-red garnet. Garnets can even exhibit the color-change phenomenon similar to the rare gemstone alexandrite.

All garnets have essentially the same crystal structure, but they vary in chemical composition. There are more than twenty garnet categories, called species, but only five are commercially important as gems. Those five are pyrope, almandine (also called almandite), spessartine, grossular (grossularite), and andradite. A sixth, uvarovite, is a green garnet that usually occurs as crystals too small to cut. It’s sometimes set as clusters in jewelry. Many garnets are chemical mixtures of two or more garnet species.

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