The Japanese phrase “wabi-sabi” describes finding the perfection in imperfection. It has usually been applied to crafts such as ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. In the diamond world, you can’t get much more imperfectly perfect than black, rough, or included diamonds. If diamonds are your birthstone, what better way to tell the world that you, too, […]

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There is something about diamonds that makes men lose their minds. ABOVE: Raw diamond from Oranjemund, Namibia. Getty Images, Anthony Bannister. In February of 1872, two scruffy prospectors arrived in San Francisco with a pouch full of hundreds of uncut diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. They soon had the attention of the richest and most […]

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Two Latin words meaning “sea water” are the origin of the gem name aquamarine. Appropriately, aquamarine’s color is usually interpreted to be greenish blue or bluish green, like the sea. It’s no wonder the name was given to the beryl variety that exhibits that color. ABOVE: This 33.58-carat cushion-cut aquamarine is a beautiful example of why […]

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Aquamarine, the birthstone for the month of March, is associated with love, the moon, the sea, and the goddess Venus. However, the alternate birthstone for the month of March, bloodstone, has a distinctly darker flavor. ABOVE and below right: These beautifully cut and polished bloodstone pendants are courtesy of cutter David Vance Horste.  Bloodstone is a […]

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Beryls, with their range of color from almost colorless to rich green emerald, have fascinated human beings for millennia. Emerald’s distinct color and rarity means it has given rise to many myths specific to it. But the other, more pastel beryls–yellow, pink, light green, and aquamarine–have attracted legends of their own magic. If aqua is […]

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Two powerhouses of the beryl family take their places in the birthstone cycle. One is emerald, appearing in May. The other is aquamarine, the birthstone for March. ABOVE: This 12.47 carat, light blue Burmese aqua is an example of the delicate pastel range of aquamarine. Photo by Mia Dixon, courtesy Pala International. Aquamarine Clarity Besides its […]

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Shopping for colored gemstones can be fun, and with amethyst, there are so many shapes, styles, and forms out there–faceted gemstones, cabs, carvings, crystals, beads, and objects–that your choices are virtually limitless. But gem buying can be fraught with anxiety, too, knowing that treatments, synthetics and imitations are out there. No one wants to be […]

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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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