Amethyst, with its purple wine color, has been associated since the time of the Greeks with the ability to prevent drunkenness. There are two similar stories about how this came to be. In neither of them is the god Dionysius, known for his lechery and his tendency to over imbibe, shown in a good light. […]

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Amethyst is probably one of the most well-known gemstones, and possibly one of the most loved, due to the rich reddish purple to violet color it can achieve in the finest qualities. But it is only the birthstone of those born in February. ABOVE: This magnificent carved amethyst, in an 18k yellow gold pendant by Deborah […]

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The colors of amethyst (from lavender to deepest purple) and the variety of shapes it is cut into (faceted, cabs, bullets, crystals, and geode slices) offer designers limitless possibilities to use the stone either as a focal point or an accent in gemstone jewelry. ABOVE: Dagny Stacking Ring. Courtesy Dara de Koning. Sometimes the saturated color […]

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Editor’s note: The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco may have closed its doors at the end of 2017, but its impacts on jewelry artists, jewelry education, jewelry creation, jewelry arts and design, and the jewelry business are still felt and will be for a very long time. Former students who have gone […]

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No tale of garnet gemstones would be complete without a variety of fun facts. After all, it’s things like this that make birthstones special. ABOVE: Spessartite garnets, like this 7.98 carat oval, have been known as mandarin garnets, probably because their color is similar to a mandarin orange. Photo Mia Dixon, courtesy Pala International. Garnets […]

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You’ll hear a lot of names for garnet gemstones. Firstly, this is because garnets are actually not a single mineral but a group of minerals. They share a similar crystal structure and chemical composition formula, but within that formula, garnets bring in various chemical elements. The proportions of those elements in each particular garnet produces […]

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Like natural gemstones? Garnet is your stone. As far as I know, garnets are not treated in any way, nor are they commonly synthesized for the jewelry market. However, synthetic garnets were, for a brief time, produced as diamond simulants. Photo above: This GGG (gadolinium gallium garnet) cut by John Bradshaw shows why–for a brief moment […]

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Okay, January kids, you absolutely cannot complain about your birthstone, garnet. Yes, I know you may think of garnets as the dark purplish or brownish red stones you see in antique stores. And yes, it’s true that their very name may have come from the Latin word for pomegranate–granatum—referring to their most common color: red. […]

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Hard as it is to believe, some people born in December don’t like turquoise. It may be the color. It may be the fact that it is opaque. Perhaps they prefer transparent faceted stones. You are so lucky. You have two alternatives to turquoise. (And you thought being born in the same month as Christmas […]

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