No other gemstone lights the imagination and captures the heart more so than the diamond. Born of fire deep within the earth, diamond has for centuries been the world's most treasured natural element. Representing wealth, status, romance and love, the diamond is truly a precious thing.
We break down what to look for in a diamond, including the 4 c's - cut, clarity, color, carat weight.
Pearls are organic gem and believed to be one of the oldest gem materials. Their use in personal adornment dates back more than 6,000 years.
Pearls are produced by living organisms called mollusks. Mollusks are soft bodied invertebrates, many varieties of which are protected by hard shell exteriors such as clams, oysters and mussels. One thing that all pearl producing mollusks share in common is the ability to build a mother-of-pearl lining on the inside of their shell.
Price is based on two factors - shape and quality. Shape is acceptable in any form and the pearls are classified by the shape. The free forms are the least expensive and the near round and round are the most expensive.
It's all about romance ... (with a little history and lore to keep it interesting!) Some people say it started back in 1477 when the young Archduke of Austria gave his beautiful bride-to-be, Mary of Burgundy, a large diamond set in a simple ring. As he placed this ring on the fourth finger of her left hand and said, "Will you marry me?", a tradition was born. And no nobler tradition exists today than that of giving nature's most beautiful gift to someone you cherish as a representation of the love you share.
The ideal color of aquamarine is a refreshing sea blue; not too pale or too green. If you are looking for a big, durable gemstone, aqua is readily available in larger sizes and is truly dramatic when cut in rectangular or oval shapes. It is a member of the important beryl family, which also includes emerald.
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March, and is also accepted as anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage.