Gemstones Uncovered: Zircon

ZirconZircon is named after the element it contains, Zirconium. Zirconium is a shiny white-gray metal that looks like titanium. Its name comes from the Persian word Zargun meaning gold-like. It is not a well-known stone and is often confused with a similarly named stone Cubic Zirconia. However, these two stones are completely different. Zircon has a very different chemical composition and is a natural mineral.

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Emerald by Day, Ruby by Night

AlexandriteThis colour changing chrysoberyl was first discovered in 1834 in Russia. This was around the same time that the Russian Tsar Alexander II was in power and therefore it was given the name Alexandrite. It is an extremely rare gemstone and is therefore not often found in jewelry. This gemstone is not fascinating at first, but once you have seen it in the light it has a unique beauty.

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Mohs Scale

Mohs ScaleThe Mohs scale measures the hardness of select minerals. Hardness is the degree to which a gemstone resists scratches. It is determined by the strength of the chemical bonds between its atoms. The scale ranks minerals from one to ten, with ten being the hardest. Each mineral has the ability to scratch all of the minerals ranking below it. The Mohs Scale was originally devised by Friedrich Moh, a mineralogist, (more…)

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Birthstones Basics

Traditionally, a birthstone is associated with each month of the year. However, not all of them are created equal. April’s designated birthstone is the diamond, the most coveted out of all the gemstones. There is also an exception to the gemstone rule, the pearl is what someone born in June might receive.

The origins of birthstones trace back to 1912 to the breastplate of Aaron, a ceremonial religious (more…)

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