Got the Blues? Discover Blue Gemstones

In one of his poems (“Fragmentary Blue”), Robert Frost described how we treasure the color blue. Blue gemstones are a case in point. Blue gemstones such as sapphire, turquoise, and lapis have been loved and treasured from antiquity to the point that deposits have played out and prices for fine quality stones have gone through […]

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August. Deep summer, and the birthstone month of peridot gemstones. It’s a time of greens of all shades. It’s the last few weeks before the world begins to change color in September and we start to pack up our shades of green until next spring. ABOVE: This wild pattern in malachite gemstones can evoke turbulent water […]

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One of the fascinating things about gemstones, especially those that have been known for millennia, is that they have collected any number of myths about their mystical and medicinal properties. But could gemstones really heal? Many myths about gemstone medicine developed in the Middle Ages, which, for the bulk of the population, would mean a […]

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Meet the Gemstones: Chrysoprase

Jade has an almost mythic standing in the jewelry world, much of which has to do with its incredible green variety. But some chrysoprase gemstones can rival the finest jade greens. ABOVE: Candala chrysoprase is from the Marlborough Mine in Australia, which produces some of the finest stones today. Photo by Jim Lawson. Chrysoprase is not […]

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Meet the Gemstones: Oregon Sunstone

South Central Oregon features high desert and sage as far as you can see. It’s a place populated with jack rabbits, antelopes, horned toads, and the occasional rattlesnake or scorpion. But it’s also a place where sunstone litters the ground everywhere you step and a field-tripping visitor can get hooked on mining gemstones. No one […]

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Summer is here and vacations are in full swing. If you’re tired of your kitschy souvenirs ending up in a shoebox, why not shop for something more lasting? A ruby, opal, or pearl, for example? Or jewelry made locally? Buying Jewelry as “Souvenirs” I love buying jewelry when I travel. I usually spend less than […]

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Particolored gemstones are a special gift of the gem world. These are gemstones, such as watermelon and bicolored tourmaline, and ametrines, that are not one but two or more colors. They almost always get a second look. ABOVE: These 30% pinkish, 70% light yellow green bicolored tourmalines are a domestic product from San Diego County. […]

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