Sapphire. The word itself has come to represent the color: deep, rich, brilliant blue. And the very best sapphires capture that color. (Take a look at Mia Dixon’s photo of the Ceylon blue sapphire in Gemstones & Birthstones: Smokin’ Sapphires, Just the Facts.) But sapphires of that color are rare and possibly out-of-the-budget world for […]

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Sapphires are endlessly fascinating and if they’re your birthstone, your collection will never be complete. In addition to coming in every color of the rainbow, sapphires can be little performers. Color change sapphires, of course, but sapphires may also be phenomenal “stars.” RIGHT: This blue star sapphire is the gold standard. A sharp star in […]

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Next to diamonds (and probably opal), sapphires are possibly the most widely known gemstones. With good reason. They’re hard, durable, gorgeous, and come in an array of colors. Some can change color and others can exhibit stars. Yes, if this is your birthstone, you have bragging rights. ABOVE: This 11.67 ct. blue sapphire from Ceylon […]

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Think your August birthstone, peridot, is out of this world? You’re right! With the full eclipse of the sun coming up on August 21, it seems timely to talk about peridots in space. ABOVE: 14K yellow gold ring set with 14.02 cts Esquel Pallasite meteorite from Argentina, accented with 20 round diamonds, .10ct tw. Photo […]

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Peridot, the birthstone for August, is another stone that suffers by sharing a hue with a more famous gemstone. The greenish-yellow to yellowish-green of peridot is nothing like the blue-green intensity of emerald. But still, when many people think “green gemstone” they immediately think “emerald.” Just shows you what a bunch of conquistadors can do […]

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