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Alexandrites, more rare than diamonds, are perhaps some of the rarest gemstones on the planet. First discovered in 1834 in Russian emerald mines, they were named after the Russian tsar, Alexander II. It is hardly used in modern jewelry because of the extreme rarity. While Russia used to be the sole-source for these precious gemstones, they are now found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Burma, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Unknown to many, alexandrite shares the month of June as its birthstone with pearl. It is also a popular gift for the fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. What To Consider When Purchasing An Alexandrite: 1. There are many simulants and synthetic alexandrites on the market; therefore, choose a jeweler you can trust that … Read More

Mother of Pearl

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Summer is approaching and what better way to show her you care than to surprise her with her birthstone for the month of June-the pearl! Even if June isn’t her birth month, pearls still make a beautiful gift, whether it is a pearl necklace, bracelet, or earrings. And in contrast to popular belief, pearls do not just come in white. They actually come in a variety of exotic colors that range from blackish, silver green, blue, pink, eggplant, and other colors. Pearls are also prized for their amazing mirror-like luster. At INTA Gems & Diamonds we have a tremendous selection of gorgeous Tahitian and fresh water pearls. But before you decide to purchase pearls, here are ten useful facts and … Read More

Miss California USA, Nicole Johnson’s Send Off Party

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The INTA Gems & Diamonds crew all went to Nicole Johnson, Miss California USA, send off party. In the photo is Shanna Moakler and Raquel Beezley, Miss California USA 2008. We’ll be going to Vegas to watch Nicole compete for the Miss USA title. Watch it this Sunday on NBC! For more information about Diamond Jewelry please see our website at