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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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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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Holiday Gift Guide: Building Blocks For Her Jewelry Box

By Tanya Dukes, INSTORE Magazine, Guest Editor ’Tis the season for giving thanks to the people who mean the most to us. In a challenging year, which is unlike any in memory, focus on gifts that will make life easier and a little more beautiful, like jewelry essentials she’ll want to turn to every time…

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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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Beautiful Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings for Every Budget

Engagement ring metals go through trends much like any other commodity, albeit at a slower pace, but every twenty years or so we see a resurgence in popularity of a new (but actually old) metal color.  Before the 90’s yellow gold was definitely all the rage, just look at your mother and grandmother and it’s…

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Halo Engagement Rings: A Brief History

If you look at many of the most popular styles in modern day, they are influenced by jewelry’s past. Such is the case with the highly coveted halo engagement ring, proving the old adage that ‘whatever old is new again.’ Halo rings were first called cluster rings and date back to the Georgian Era (1714-1837).…

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Every Age

This year more than ever, the lucky lady in your life deserves the best. Fine jewelry makes the perfect holiday gift no matter her age. Diamonds, gemstones and precious metals combine for timeless gifts that truly last a lifetime. ‘Tis the season to go big and wow her with the perfect piece this holiday season!…

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Facets of Life: Why We Are Grateful For The Unexpected Pause

We are in the midst of a remarkable time. Work patterns have been altered, favorite pastimes aborted, social ties snapped. Staying healthy instigated this drastic change, but what so many of us have discovered, is a reawakening of values. Ain’t it surprising how much we are not focused on what seems disposable. How satisfying to…

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A Colorful Life: Everyday Gemstone Jewelry

From subdued and pastel to vivid strong hues—colored gemstones continue in popularity. The trend that started approximately five years ago grows stronger as the palette in stones runs the gamut from familiar favorites to gems we’re just discovering and what will work into our jewelry wardrobes. Different cuts abound and the styling is just enough…

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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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Anniversary Ring Ideas for Her

Whether you’ve been married for a short time or about to celebrate your golden anniversary, a new sparkler for your left or right hand, makes for an amazing and memorable gift that can be cherished always.  Depending on how you plan to wear the ring makes a difference in what type of style is best…

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Read This Before Shopping for an Engagement Ring

Until the 20th century, proposing with an engagement ring was the exception not the rule. The presence of an engagement ring, like many other things, depended on the religion of the couple and their position in society. The modern tradition of giving an engagement ring arose relatively recently – in the first half of the…

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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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