Tahitian Pearl

All About June Birthstone: Discover Pearl Types and Their Formation

By Ileana June 15, 2021

It is difficult to imagine more of a household name gem than pearl.  Yet, not everyone might know that pearl is the traditional birthstone for June. The traditional list of birthstones originated in Poland between 16th and 18th centuries.  Today’s…

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Jewelry Cleaning

How to Clean Your Jewelry Like an Expert

By Ileana April 6, 2021

Spring has arrived in full force and with it comes the spring cleaning.  Apart from your closet cleaning routine, you might be revisiting abandoned jewelry boxes.  Or perhaps you have special occasion jewelry you haven’t worn in a while and…

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Opal: The Rainbow-like Gemstone

By Ileana October 12, 2020

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

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Tanzanite: Mind-Blowing Facts of the Ultimate Rare Gem

By Ileana May 22, 2019

My favorite gemstone beside pearls and a slight obsession ever since I spotted it while vacationing in Tanzania a few years ago, turned 50 last year. 2018 marked half a century from the first time tanzanite was introduced on the…

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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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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 a 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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Peridot: The Golden Gem of Egypt

By Ileana September 16, 2018

At times overlooked in the gemstone world, peridot is nothing short of spectacular natural occurrence. If anything, the way this gem is formed is glorious at the very least. Just like diamond, it forms as a result of pressure but…

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