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...]

The Progression of a Madagascar Sapphire

Ilkakaka River Valley MadagascarIt is 1998 on the banks of the Ilakaka river valley. It is a hot and dry day and in the warm beating sun a seam of high quality unearthed and unexpected sapphires are glittering brightly like a colored carpet.

This is where the story of this Madagascar Sapphire progression begins. From a mere stone, buried deep in the ground for years to what it is today.

The sapphire more than likely was sent to Sri Lanka or Thailand to be polished and cut, although we will never know that for certain, all we know for sure is that it did end up being set in a ring. [Read more...]