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Diana Jarrett

The Story Behind the Stone: Pretty Prehnite

Jewelry collectors are an adventurous lot today - boldly going where no gemstone fan ventured before. Sure you can pick up amethyst or citrine. They are glittery specimens for the jewel box. But for those of you yearning for highly individualized stones, consider the elusive and delicately toned prehnite.

The Story Behind the Stone: Keeping it personal

Consumers are more savvy than ever. They value shop today, and the jewelry items they self-purchase or give as gifts must be meaningful. When jewelry was first made centuries ago, all adornment was highly individual with the owner in mind. Because that one item was made with just one person in mind.

The Story Behind the Stone:Out of the Blue Zircon

You don’t need to know the complex details of zircon, like the fact that this mineral belongs to a group called nesosilicates. You also don’t have to track its rich and ancient history. But Arabic, Persian and other far eastern cultures claim their language as the root for the modern word, zircon. It’s that old.

The Story Behind the Stone: Ruby Talk

Rubies have been, throughout the centuries, one of the most coveted colored gemstones. Their rich eye-catching hues are the stuff that makes royal accessories look regal. They are more rare than diamonds, and their recovery from remote deposits is often more treacherous than the harvest of other precious gemstones.

The Story Behind the Stone: Bewitching Sapphires

Black is back, in gemstones that is. One could argue that it never faded from public demand. But there are few pricey black stones that can truly be fit for couture jewelry. Black diamonds are one such gem. Many of these ebony beauties rely on irradiation to even out the distribution of inky black tone across the entire stone. Large black diamonds often suffer from surface reaching fractures which could compromise the stone’s integrity.