The Timur Ruby and its Storied History

Though the fiery red color and luscious character of rubies have allured the world since centuries, yet some specific pieces have created niche for themselves in history. One of them is the Timur ruby. It has a rich history behind it. Asian in origin, it remained in the continent for long, before it was finally […]

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 […]

How to Choose Alexandrite

Alexandrite tends to contain few inclusions. Good color change and strong colors have a higher value. Green/purple hues are more desirable than yellow/brown. Look for a medium lightness that allow for maximum color vibrancy. Stones that are too light look washed out while stones that are too dark can appear black. When certain types of long, thin […]

Ural Mountains and the Discovery of Alexandrite

As the story goes, Alexandrite was initially discovered in the 1830s, in the emerald mines of the Ural Mountains of Russia. The bright green stone was at first mistaken for emerald, until the sun went down. In the light of candles, its greenish hue vanished and a bright purplish-red took its place. This was no […]

Is Alexandrite the Most Expensive Gemstone in The World?

Along with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, top quality alexandrite’s are among the most expensive gemstones in the world. In larger sizes over 4.00 or 5.00cts., Burmese rubies are more rare and expensive than alexandrite’s but in sizes below 1.00cts., alexandrite’s are generally more expensive than both rubies and diamonds.   It is rare to find […]

The World’s Largest-Faceted Alexandrite

The Smithsonian Alexandrite was unearthed in Sri Lanka, and holds a cushion mixed cut. Typical of most alexandrite, the Smithsonian jewel is red and green in color, and weighs 65.08 carats. It is currently one of the rarest, and most valuable, jewels in the world. Its status as the world’s largest alexandrite, however, is very […]

How to Care For and Clean Your Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a beautiful, rare, and durable gemstone. Hardness and toughness Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. The numbers are based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one mineral can be scratched by another. But the Mohs scale is deceptive. The steps between the minerals are not evenly spaced. […]

A Little Bit About Alexandrite: June’s More Expensive Birthstone

Alexandrite, with its chameleon-like qualities, is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light.Alexandrite’s dramatic color […]

Once Owned by Catherine the Great, ‘The Sleeping Lion’ Pearl Hits Auction Block and Falls Short

Once owned by Catherine the Great, the world’s largest known freshwater blister pearl was expected to fetch more than $600,000 when it hits the auction block in The Netherlands. However the pearl, did not reach it’s estimate and sols for $374,000. Dubbed “The Sleeping Lion” due to its unusual shape, the extraordinary quarter-pound natural pearl […]