Opal

Opal: The Rainbow-like Gemstone

By Ileana October 12, 2020

No other gem has ever been described in so many ways as opal has.  Writers have compared it to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks.  Gem connoisseurs have pointed out its similarities to jellyfish, lightning, and cosmos.   Admirers praised it with poetic…

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International Gem & Jewelry Show-Houston

By Ileana October 7, 2019

It’s that time again! International Gem & Jewelry Show is back in Houston for the last quarter of the year.  It will be held from October 18-20 at the NRG Stadium. This is a not-to-miss event for all jewelry lovers,…

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Tanzanite

Tanzanite: Mind-Blowing Facts of the Ultimate Rare Gem

By Ileana May 22, 2019

My favorite gemstone by far and a slight obsession ever since I spotted it while vacationing in Tanzania, has turned 50 last year. 2018 marked half a century from the first time tanzanite was introduced on the commercial market. Since…

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Alexandrite

Alexandrite: The Transformer Gem

By Ileana January 15, 2019

A truly distinctive, unorthodox, and a rare natural phenomenon of a gem is what alexandrite is known to be. Ever since it was first discovered in 1834 in the Ural region of Russia, this stone has been causing sensation in…

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Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli: The Versatile, Mysterious, and Enchanting Blue Stone

By Ileana January 5, 2019

Possibly one of the oldest known gems, lapis lazuli is nothing short of an enchanting stone. Be it the color, the utilization, or the lore, there is no denying that lapis lazuli makes a statement in all categories. The first…

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Ruby

Rubies: Intensity and Passion of a Red-Blooded Gem

By Ileana November 18, 2018

Oh, where to begin… There is a something deep and mysterious about Ruby that make it so incredibly captivating. I guess it starts with the color. Fiery red blooded and burgundy to brown color tones give this gemstone a different…

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Amethyst: Purple Rain Purple Rain, The Dreaminess of Purple

By Ileana November 13, 2018

Simply known as the purple variety of quartz, amethyst is the most popular purple gemstone and certainly one of the most celebrated gems of all times. So widely spread in jewelry and ornaments, amethyst was a household name in every…

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Turquoise Jewelry

Turquoise: The Powerful, Sky-Blue Gem

By Ileana October 30, 2018

So, how about the gem that has a color named after it?! Well, that’s just how cool turquoise is, you know… Its striking sky-blue color has been admired for centuries. From Ancient Egyptians to Native Americans, from court rooms to…

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline: The Endless Scheme of Colors

By Ileana October 20, 2018

From a geological standpoint tourmaline is a large group of baron silicate minerals. In the jewelry world, it is one of the most beautiful and color rich gems. There are 32 individually named minerals that comprise tourmaline. Therefore, tourmaline can…

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Topaz

The Fire of Topaz

By Ileana October 15, 2018

One of the most popular gemstones used in jewelry, topaz is also one of the largest ones found in nature. It is also fairly available. While topaz can come in different colors, the most recognizable one is golden orange to…

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