What Is a Real Pearl?

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… Continue reading

Emerald: Gem of Rebirth

Made famous by the great Cleopatra and Elizabeth Taylor, the emerald gemstone has been thought to signify eternal youth, rebirth, wisdom and growth granting the wearer good fortune and immortality. Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus” which literally means “green.”… Continue reading

Diamond: Gem of Strength

Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut… Continue reading

Aquamarine: Gem of Tranquility

The meaning behind the name “aquamarine” is self-explanatory. The gemstone’s sparkling ocean-like color contributes to its name which derives from two Latin words: aqua meaning “water,” and marina meaning “of the sea.”  Its hypnotizing clear, blue color seemingly cools the temper… Continue reading