Posts by Robin Lefkowitz-Huska

Peridot: Gem of Prosperity

The word “peridot” comes from the Arabic word “ferdat” which means “gem”. Most gems are formed in the earth’s crust, however the peridot stone is different. They are formed in magma of the mantel of the earth. Approximately 20-55 miles deep. Volcanoes brought them to the surface where we are able to find them. Some…

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Ruby: Gem Of Passion

Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colorless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral’s crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that…

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Pearl: Gem of Purity

Pearls are the only gemstones formed within a living organism, making them the most organic gemstones. Pretty much any shelled mollusk (or clam) can produce a pearl, but just two types of bivalve clams can produce rich creamy-colored, opalescent pearls that are valued in the jewelry industry.  It is a common misconception that pearls can form from a…

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Emerald: Gem Of Rebirth

Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus” which literally means “green.” The soothing yet intense green color can range from a light green to a bold green, the deeper the green, the more valuable it is. The rarest emeralds are those that have a rich green-blueish hue. Though emeralds can be found across the globe…

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Garnet: Gem Of Faith

The garnet gemstone is often associated with its deep red hue, but the most common misconception about garnets is that the gemstone is only produced in an array of reds from rust colored to deep violet-red. In actuality, garnet is the name used for a large group of rock-forming minerals that come in a rich…

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Amethyst: Gem of Stability

Amethyst is the purple variety of the quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. The purple color can range from a light lilac to a deep, intense royal purple, and from brownish to vivid. Amethyst also commonly shows what is called color zoning, which in the case of amethyst usually consists of…

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Blue Topaz: Gem of Harmony

Since the discovery of large topaz deposits in Brazil in the mid-19th century, topaz has become much more affordable and widely available. In the 1960s, processes were developed to turn common colorless topaz blue with irradiation treatment. Topaz is a precious gem that comes in a range of colors. You can find this gem in…

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Citrine: Gem of Motivation

Citrine is a variety of quartz. The color ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Natural citrines are rare. Most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethysts or smoky quartzes, which produces small lines in the crystal. Natural citrine has a cloudy or smoky appearance. “Ox Blood” or “Madeira” citrine is a dark, intensely saturated orangey-yellow. This quartz stone…

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Topaz: Gem of Comfort

Fiery Orange. Honey Yellow. Champagne Orange. Smokey Brown. These are just some of the common warm hues that people associate with topaz. However, the most popular to date and well known is the yellow topaz gem. Throughout most of history, all yellow gems were thought to be topaz, and all topaz were yellowish.  This lustrous…

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Pink Tourmaline: Gem of Peace

Pink tourmaline can be found throughout the world. Rich deposits have been mined in the United States, Brazil, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, and Namibia. But the finest quality stones are to be found in the Muzo mines of Brazil and in Namibia. Namibian pink tourmaline has a very intense color. Truly fine quality tourmaline gems…

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Sapphire: Gem of Loyalty

Sapphire the birthstone of September – a gemstone that has been cherished for thousands of years. Although sapphire typically refers to the rich blue gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, this royal gem occurs in a rainbow of hues. Sapphires come in every color except red, which earn the classification of rubies instead. At this…

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The Life of the Charm Bracelet

The gentle jingling of a Charm Bracelet on the wrist of a woman is a reminder of the personalized charms, talisman, or trinkets that have a special meaning to the wearer. Charm bracelets evolved from an ancient tradition of wearing special tokens as jewelry to ward off evil and bring good fortune.  The ancient charms…

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How the Diamond Tennis Bracelet Got its Name

A diamond Tennis bracelet is one of the most popular and timeless pieces of jewelry. You will find it in most women’s jewelry boxes. Its beauty and elegance make it the perfect bracelet to add a touch of glamour to your style. Originally the classic diamond Tennis bracelet was simply named line bracelet, diamond bracelet…

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Butterfly Necklaces To Make Your Heart Flutter

The butterfly many believe, are a symbol of great change, rebirth and renewal. The metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly reminds us to let go of old cycles and limitations and to embrace a new way of being. Butterflies are the embodiment of spiritual growth and transcendence. Initially, this spiritual animal represents the birth of an…

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Picture Perfect Lockets

While all jewelry is personal, the locket is perhaps the most personal of all. They are one of those sentimental and romantic pieces of jewelry that hold the image of a loved one, engraved message, or a special memento.  A locket is usually worn as a pendant on a chain, but can also be in…

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The Many Promises Behind Promise Rings

While many people give promise rings as a gesture of love and romantic commitment, those aren’t the only reasons people exchange promise rings. The reasons behind exchanging or giving a promise ring often vary, but the intention is basically the same for most people. The giver is making a promise to the wearer about something…

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How to Choose the Perfect Earrings for Your Face Shape

One of the single most distinctive pieces of jewelry is the earring, it brings focus to your face and glamour to your style. With so many options of earrings to adorn your fashion outfits, it’s important to know how to accessorize with the right type of earring for your unique face shape.  Understanding facial structure can…

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Jewelry Etiquette for a Business Professional

Everyone has heard the saying “never judge a book by its cover.” In truth how you dress and your demeanor determines how people perceive and treat you. So choosing the correct jewelry to wear to work is just as important as the rest of your business outfit, whether it be a dress, a suit, or…

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The History of the Ear Cuff

When a classic pair of earrings is just not enough, add a unique ear cuff to elevate your look to cutting edge style. As the obsession with the ear cuff continues to grow every season with designers, celebrities, and women, you may wonder about the history of this avant-garde trend. Once again unique styles are…

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