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Gemstones hold significance in many cultures. What can be fun, though, is learning the significance of a particular stone and then being able to tell people the reason you’re wearing them. Various cultures have traditions on how to wear certain stones. The ruby is one of them. Here is how to wear ruby ring, and when to do it. Vedic Astrology According to Vedic tradition, the ruby represents the sun. It can come in a variety of colors ranging from dark red to a light pink . It is believed that the ruby gives power and improved health, and increases a positive social reputation. Rubies, according to some astrological beliefs, can protect the wearer from enemies. Politicians will wear a ruby to enhance their position. What Carat Ruby Should You Wear For the applications of power and health you must wear a 3 to 6 carat ruby . Wear the […]

Birthstones & Anniversaries Birthstones: January Garnet: The versatile garnet comes in a virtual rainbow of colors, from the deep red Bohemian Garnet to the vibrant greens of the Russian demantoid and African tsavorite. The oranges and browns of spessartite and hessonite hail from Namibia and Sri Lanka and the subtle pinks and purples of the rhododendron flower, are also yours to explore. February Amethyst: Designers celebrate amethyst as the ideal choice for jewelry because of its regal color, variety of sizes and shapes, affordability and wide tonal range from light to dark purple. March Aquamarine: It is the symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift. April Diamond: Diamonds may also be colored in a variety of hues. Extreme heat and irradiation permanently enhance certain innate color properties, allowing them to display their […]

What’s estate jewelry? Estate jewelry usually means that the piece was previously owned, so it was not new. Some people think that the jewelry came from someone who passed away but this is not necessarily true, and is not always antique. Jewelry must be at least 100 years old to be considered antique, and made after the 1940s and through the 1980s to be considered vintage. Periods of Estate jewelry: Georgian Jewelry (1714–1837) Georgian-era jewelry is handmade and rare. This era often featured nature-inspired designs, such as leaves, birds, and precious stones. Memento Mori jewelry was also popular at the time. The phrase Memento Mori means “remember that you will die.” Memento Mori jewelry contains heavy usage of skull and coffin motifs. Early Victorian Romantic Jewelry (1837–1855) Early Victorian-era jewelry also featured nature-inspired designs, similar to jewelry of the Georgian era. Frequently, these designs were delicately and intricately etched into […]

The 4 C’s of Diamonds Cut Cut refers not only to a diamond’s shape, but more importantly to its proportions. A well-proportioned diamond brings out the maximum beauty. Diamonds cut too deep or too shallow lose light through the side or bottom, resulting in loss of brilliance.   Clarity Clarity is the degree to which a diamond is free from inclusions and blemishes, which can hinder the light as it passes through your diamond. Like people, diamonds have natural “birthmarks” that vary in size, shape, position, quantity and color. These birthmarks, or inclusions and blemishes, are formed deep in the earth during the diamond’s growth. Blemishes can also result from the diamond cutting process.   Color Fancy color diamonds aside, the best, most beautiful color for a diamond is no color at all. The Gemological Institute of America has created a scale to measure diamond color, ranging from D (colorless) […]

Due to their rarity and unique visual properties, nearly all colored gemstones are enhanced using various techniques. Many of these techniques have been used for centuries. Colored gemstones that have not been enhanced are very rare and command extravagant prices. There are many methods of enhancing colored gemstones. The most common enhancements are heat treatment, filling, heating and pressure, impregnation, lasering, infusion, coating, bleaching, dyeing, irradiation, diffusion, waxing/oiling. For example, most rubies and sapphires go through a heating process to improve color and clarity. Gemstones are enhanced and embellished by many techniques. Any property that a stone may have has a potential for an enhancement. Generally, enhancements are relatively easy to do and cause an appreciable increase in the gemstone’s worth. Color and clarity can be enhanced in many gems and there are many methods of doing so. Some enhancements are standard techniques that cause a permanent change. These are […]

Blue is considered the normal colors of sapphires, yet they can be found across a full range of spectral colors– from very light to dark blue to violetish-blue, bluish-green, yellow, slightly reddish-orange, brown, nearly opaque black, colorless, pink, violet and pinkish-orange. The finest sapphire color is rich, velvety cornflower blue. Fine, needle-like inclusions are what give sapphires their velvety quality. Blue sapphire: Color in gemstones breaks down into three components: hue, saturation, and tone. Hue is most commonly understood as the “color” of the gemstone. Saturation refers to the vividness or brightness of the hue, and tone is the lightness to darkness of the hue. Blue sapphire exists in various mixtures of its primary (blue) and secondary hues, various tonal levels (shades) and at various levels of saturation (vividness). Blue sapphires are evaluated based upon the purity of their primary hue. Purple,violet, and green are the most common secondary hues […]

The colors of rubies range from purplish and bluish red to orangish red. Prices of rubies are primarily determined by color. The brightest and best “red” called pigeon blood red. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds, a clear stone will command a premium, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions will indicate the stone has been treated one way or another. Cut and carat (size) also determine the price. The color of Ruby ranges from bright red to dark reddish-brown. The most preferred color is a deep blood red with a slightly bluish hue. Such Ruby is known as “Burmese Ruby” or “Pigeon’s Blood Ruby”. Ruby from Burma is famous for its exceptional coloring, and has traditionally produced the finest Rubies. However, Burmese Ruby rarely exceeds several carats; large flawless Burmese Rubies can be worth millions of dollars. Many Rubies on the market are from Thailand, and these […]

It is said that the power of Ruby is in its encouragement to follow your dreams and your bliss, helping you to change your world. Ruby will bring light to the dark places in ones life, bringing a spark of awareness to those places where you might still need work, and giving you the opportunity to clear that path. Ruby also heightens our love for life, giving us motivation and inspiration to choose wisely for ourselves and others. Eliminates the “Martyr” syndrome, the underlying belief that you are somehow “less than” that sets you up to fail by thinking you need to experience pain and suffering to learn. The Universe has all of infinity at its disposal to teach you, it does not need you to be its whipping boy. Ruby’s wisdom is in teaching you how precious you are. You were handcrafted in Love, and meant to be happy. […]

Throughout most of recorded history, ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone. Even diamond was considered common in comparison to the supreme beauty and value of this glowing red gem. Named from the Latin word for its hue, ruber, ruby is the epitome of the boldest of colors: the gem of desire, passion, courage, and emotion. The Rubies are the king of precious stones.  Early in the eleventh century, Persian sage Al-Biruni was only conveying the popular wisdom of the time when he wrote that ruby has “the first place in color, beauty and rank” among all gems. Nine centuries later, British author Max Bauer, in his 1894 Masterpiece Precious Stones, writes: “A clear, transparent, and faultless ruby of a uniform red color is at the present time the most valuable precious stone known. Granted, the value of fine ruby relative to other highly prized gems wasn’t as extreme […]

Sapphire is one of the most popular gemstones, and is used extensively in Jewelry. The blue variety is most often used in jewelry, but the yellow, pink, and orange “fancies” have recently become very popular. Green and light blue Sapphires are also known, but are less commonly used in jewelry. This amazing stone is used in all forms of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings. It is used both as centerpiece gemstone in pendants and rings, as well as a secondary stone to complement other gemstones such as Diamonds. Star Sapphires are polished as cabochons, and, if clear, are extremely valuable. The word Sapphire is derived from the Greek word “Sappheiros” which means “precious stone.” It is a member of the Corundum (aluminum oxide) family. It is one of the four precious gemstones, the other three are diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Sapphires symbolize a pledge of trust and loyalty. […]

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