Aquamarine – Gemstone of July

AquamarineImagine the cool blue waters of the Mediterranean with the sun shining and the white sugar sand beach.  This is what I think about when I see a beautiful Aquamarine.  This month’s gemstone of the month is Aquamarine, which literally means “sea water.”

Aquamarine is part of the beryl family and is the birthstone for March and it comes from Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique.  What is unique about Aquamarine is that the crystals can grow to huge sizes, so you will find very large gemstones for jewelry.  Also, the clarity is excellent, which makes it ideal to be used as a center gem for jewelry and larger cuts. [Read more...]

Alexandrite – June Gemstone of the Month

Alexandrite Cushion, 26.75 cts. Bluish green i...

Alexandrite Cushion, 26.75 cts. Bluish green in daylight and purple red under incandescent light, alexandrites this large are extremely rare. Labels First row: Alexandrite, Chrysoberyl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month for the gemstone of the month, I picked one of the most rare stones and one of the most stunning stones. Alexandrite has a color change that takes affect and displays different colors according to changes in lighting. Color change gems change color due to changing light conditions or when viewed from different angles, but Alexandrite is from the light, while some color change sapphires are from viewing at different angles.  [Read more...]