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Gemstone Love: Aquamarine

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Gemstone Love: Aquamarine

Birthstone month: MarchColor: Varies from pale, watery blue to intense greenish blueFamily: BerylMoh's Hardness: 7.5 - 8.0Transparency: Transparent Aquamarines range from blue to greenish blue, with intensity ranging from pale, watery colors through more intense blues. Smaller stones, particularly under five carats, typically lean towards the paler end of the spectrum. Larger, deeper stones are more likely to exhibit a more intense blue color.     Just like emeralds, aquamarines come from the beryl family. Aquas often grow in large, eye-clean crystals that are excellent for creating gem-quality gemstones.Aqua is the traditional birthstone for March, and is also the gemstone...

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Gemstone Love: Garnet

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Gemstone Love: Garnet

Birthstone month: JanuaryColor: Red, orange, pinkish orange, purplish red, green, gray, black, blueFamily: GarnetMoh's Hardness: 6.5-7.5Transparency: Transparent to semi-translucent (there are opaque varieties, though these are generally not considered gem quality)Garnet is a transparent to semi-translucent gemstone that comes in a wide range of colors, though it's most recognizable as a dark, brownish red. Rather than being a single, cohesive mineral, the garnet family is actually comprised of several types of closely related minerals. Red garnets are the most recognizable of their family, but color variations include orange, pinkish orange, purplish red, green, gray, black, and even blue! The garnet...

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Gemstone Love: Turquoise

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Gemstone Love: Turquoise

Birthstone month: DecemberColor: Turquoise ranges from sea foam green to teal blueFamily: TurquoiseMoh's Hardness: 5-6Transparency: Semi-translucent to opaque There are a number of birthstones for December: tanzanite, topaz, and turquoise. Turquoise is a quintessential American gemstone that many people associate with sterling silver Native American jewelry, but it has a broad history that reaches well beyond North America. Some pieces of turquoise jewelry found in Egyptian tombs are among the oldest pieces of jewelry in the world, and the Chinese have been carving turquoise for over 3000 years. Turquoise is a slightly porous, semi-translucent to opaque gemstone that is most...

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Learn the Lingo: Miracle Head

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Learn the Lingo: Miracle Head

A miracle head, or illusion head, is a design specifically created to alter how a gemstone appears. A miracle head can be designed to make a stone look larger, or to make a stone look like a different shaped stone. Below is an example of a ring I designed where a round center diamond is set into a larger, cushion-shaped box. This alters how the stone appears to a casual observer.   Often, a miracle head will have a fluted or scalloped design that mimics the facets of the center store in order to create a more believable illusion. The...

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Gemstone Love: Citrine

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Gemstone Love: Citrine

Birthstone month: NovemberColor: Citrines range from pale honey yellow to deep brownish or reddish orangeFamily: QuartzMoh's Hardness: 7Transparency: Transparent to semi-transparent Citrine is from the quartz family, which includes other colorful stones such as agate, amethyst, chalcedony, jasper, rose quartz, smoky quartz, and tiger's eye. In fact, since natural citrine is rare, most citrines you see are actually heat-treated amethyst (GIA). Because amethyst and citrine are both from the quartz family, occasionally a bi-colored hybrid gemstone will occur, aptly named ametrine. Ametrine displays a transition in color from amethyst's purple to citrine's yellow. The citrine gemstone is transformed into a...

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