Colored Gemstones Education
A large variety of stones are available as alternatives to diamonds when thinking about your engagement ring or other special jewelry piece. We carry a broad selection of sapphires which come in almost any color (including white) and are an exceptional choice for a durable and beautiful focal stone. We are happy to work with you in selecting the best gemstone, as well as, make recommendations for your particular piece.
All of the gemstones that we bring in to the store are ethically mined and conflict-free. Government regulations are upheld to ensure the miners are being treated ethically and that the mined stones are not being sold to support war efforts. These regulations and standards are why we only purchase or order stones through select companies that actively ensure their gemstones originate from ethical and environmentally responsible sources.
When it comes to grading colored gemstones there are many different standards used. We have a experienced appraisers on site that are happy to answer any questions about colored gemstones you may have. We also offer gem testing and do appraisals on loose gemstones, as well as finished pieces.
The essence of the color purple, amethyst is beautiful enough for crown jewels yet affordable enough for fashion rings. Amethyst, a violet variety of quartz (SiO2), is a semi precious stone that owes it's color to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. With a hardness of quartz, 7 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, it is suitable for use in jewelry and the traditional birthstone of February!
Metaphysically, amethyst is a gem that lends logic and temperance to the wearer, enhances creativity and spirituality, and is believed to prevent intoxication. Crushed amethyst was said to have been used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a way to ward off intoxication by mixing it in their wine or crafting drinking cups entirely of amethyst.... talk about "on the rocks"!
Aquamarine's fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a sparkling ocean-like pool and named after that beautiful blue green water of the sea we all love! It has been said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March's birthstone is also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages, which is why suitably it is also the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.
Like many beryls, aquamarines (Be3Al2Si6O18) form large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings. The largest gem-quality aqua crystal mined to date is 19 inches long!
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