A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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Peridot beach August birthstone

BeachWhat better way to commemorate the birthstone of August then with a whole beach lined with it! The birthstone of the month is peridot and it comes in abundance on a small beach in Hawaii.

Papakolea Beach is a green sand beach; the sand came from a volcanic eruption that spewed green ash sand over 49,000 years ago. The green colour formed from Olivine rock fragments that came from the mountain. Olivine (more…)

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

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With Mothers Day just around the corner there’s a lot of decisions to make on how to treat your precious mother, and since you only ever have one mom why not treat her to a solitaire! Honoring our mothers with something timeless, just like their love, is a special way to show them you care. Diamonds and pearls are always a good choice; it’s a classic look for mom.

An elegant solitaire necklace (more…)

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