Alexandrites

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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

How to Buy A Great Pink Sapphire

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Pink Sapphires are among the most sought after stones because they are much different than traditional diamonds, blue sapphires, and rubies. ColorLike all gemstones, the first thing to look for is the color. In pink sapphires, you want a pink hue, medium to medium-dark tone, and strong to vivid saturation. While darker stones will increase in cost, choose the color you prefer the most. Some people would rather have an extremely light pink sapphire because it resembles a pink diamond and others desire a dark pink. It all depends on the personality of the receiver.ClarityThe next characteristic to examine is the clarity. Pink sapphires are a type 2 stone, like diamonds; therefore inclusions should be difficult to see from the … Read More

Tips To Buying A Great Emerald

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Emeralds are perhaps one of the most beautiful and captivating gemstones. The magnificent color has given the emerald its highly sought after value compared to other green gemstones such as paridot and alexandrite. In the beryl family of gemstones, emeralds are considered the “jewel in the crown” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl). For over 2,000 years, the captivation of emeralds has only grown. Kings and queens throughout the world, such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, and the builder of the Taj Mahal created intrigue surrounding emeralds because of the their beauty.Country of Origin While Emeralds can come from Russia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Zambia and Columbia, Brazil has the the highest production of emeralds. Second in production is Zambia. Unfortunately, due to political tension … Read More

A Tour of the Los Angeles Diamond District

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Here’s a tour of the Los Angeles Diamond District. If you haven’t been to the Jewelry District before, it’s a good video to watch and you can know a bit more of what to expect before you drive to Downtown Los Angeles. The video tour of The Diamond District covers Pershing Square, the Jewelers Mall, St. Vincent Jewelry Center and the New York Jewelers Exchange where INTA Gems & Diamonds is located. According to the Los Angeles Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, it is the largest jewelry district in the United States. The annual reported sales from the Jewelry District is over $2 billion. The Jewelry District comprises close to 5,000 businesses, with vendors on Hill Street, Olive Street, and … Read More