Colored Gemstone Guide – Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer

gemstoneGemstones have been something that I have been fascinated with ever since I went to Tucson to the Gem and Jewelry Show there. I have to admit that I am much more of a novice when it comes to colored gemstones than I am about diamonds. But, like everything else in life, it’s all in the learning, and I am all about learning.

One thing I’ve noticed is that estate and antique jewelry seems to carry quite a bit of different colored gemstones, so it’s important to have a handle on what’s what and to at least be able to recognize the differences in them. If you don’t know the first thing about colored gemstones, then it’s hard to tell an emerald from a tsavorite.

Each month I am going to talk about a different gemstone. I will discuss their properties, how to clean them and take care of them, common treatments that are used on them, so you will be aware if the possibility exists if your stone has been heat treated and what that means. [Read more...]

Emerald – The Pantone Color of The Year for 2013

Emerald and Diamond RingEvery year Pantone comes out with a color of the year, and this year they have declared it to be emerald, which I love, because who doesn’t love an emerald? As you know, there are times when my juices get going when a fabulous piece of estate jewelry comes across my desk, and I get that way when I see a gorgeous emerald.

Over at the Jonathan’s Fine Jeweler’s blog, we published a Gemstone Gift Giving Guide, which I encourage you to all go and print out, but let’s just talk about the emerald.  The emerald is the birthstone for May, the Zodiac stone for Virgo and the traditional wedding anniversary stone for the 20th and the 55th anniversaries.  [Read more...]