What do you Know About Zircon?

Many people have heard of zircon but never seen it. This is mostly because of colorless zircon’s wide use as a diamond simulant in the early 1900s. It was long ago replaced in that role by more convincing look-alikes, but its name still means “imitation” to many people. That’s unfortunate because zircon is a beautiful […]

The Virgin Opal

Opal is not known to be a very expensive gemstone, but this beauty broke the ceiling and then some. Opal, a valuable stone that forms out of silica and of course, glows with an astonishing array of colors that you’re bound to love. It truly is a beautiful stone, but have you seen the Virgin […]

The Aurora Australis Opal

The “Aurora Australia” is considered the world’s most valuable Black Opal. Found in 1938 it was dug up in an old sea bed at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. Bought by Altmann & Cherny’s as a semi rough Opal which they cut and polished into an oval shape. Apart from the distinctive impression of a […]

The Olympic Australis Opal

The “Olympic Australis” is an extraordinary & unique Opal that is reportedly the largest & most valuable Gem Opal ever found. It was found in August 1956 in Coober Pedy, South Australia at the “Eight Mile” Opal field. The Miner who found it was prospecting 30 feet down in the mine at the time. He […]

Where Do Rubies Come From?

The Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar (Burma) was for centuries the world’s main source for rubies. That region has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but in recent years very few good rubies have been found there. The very best color in Myanmar rubies is sometimes described as “pigeon’s blood.” In central Myanmar, […]

The Lore of Ruby

Like a perfect red rose, the Ruby’s rich color speaks of love and passion. Called the “Rajnapura” or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers and was worn by royalty as a talisman against evil. It was thought […]

Facts About Pearls

Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Mollusks produce pearls by depositing layers of calcium carbonate around microscopic irritants that get lodged in their shells—usually not a grain of sand, as commonly believed. While any shelled mollusk can technically make a pearl, only two groups of bivalve mollusks (or clams) use mother-of-pearl to […]

The World’s “Largest” Emerald Is a Fake

The story begins with much excitement. The gem, named Teodora, was found in Brazil and cut in India, before being sold to rare gems dealer Reagan Reaney in Calgary – but there are doubts over whether it is in fact a true emerald. ‘I’m positive it contains emerald but I’m not sure how much of […]

World-famous Emeralds

One of the world’s largest emeralds is the so-called ‘Mughal Emerald’. It dates from 1695, weighs 217.80 carats, and is some 10cm tall. One side of it is inscribed with prayer texts, and there are magnificent floral engravings on the other side. This legendary emerald was auctioned by Christie’s of London to an unidentified buyer […]

Emerald Gemstone and Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Precious emerald is sensitive to pressure and vulnerable to household chemicals. Although emerald is one of the harder gemstones, it does still require careful handling, due to its naturally included and flawed formation. Extra care should be taken when handling emeralds as they are more fragile than other forms of beryl. Avoid wearing emerald jewelry […]