White Sapphires vs Diamonds for Wedding and Engagement Rings

  I could make a case for setting white sapphires in wedding and engagement rings. Then again, I could make a much stronger case for using diamonds. Both white sapphires and diamonds are rare and valuable and each is steeped in rich history. They’re both great gems. However only of these gemstones is suitable for…

blue sapphire engagement ring

Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring Ideas

Since I wrote my post on White Sapphire vs Diamonds for Your Engagement Ring I’ve been asked to show blue sapphire engagement rings. That’ll be fun as I’ve designed a lot of engagement rings with blue sapphires. You might want to read the above blog post to see the difference in strength of sapphires versus diamonds….

Skull Ring in yellow gold with multi-colored sapphires

Rubies are Red, Sapphires are Blue (and Green, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Black and Pink, too!)

  Many people don’t know that rubies and sapphires belong to the same gem family, which is called corundum. It’s All in the Family Fun Fact; the source of the name sapphire is the Greek “Saphiros” which means blue. When they figured out that ruby was a corundum they gave it its own name from…

Red spinel and round diamonds semi halo and baguette diamonds on shank in channel setting

Spinel: Now the Prettiest August Birthstone

  Exciting news to everyone with an August birthday – spinel is now one of your birthstones!  The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and Jewelers of America (JA) decided in June to include it with August’s birthstones. Spinel Joins Sardonyx and Peridot It joins sardonyx and peridot on the official list of August birthstones. JA’s president…

Gems of Wisdom Garnet Heart Necklace and Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

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How To Protect Yourself When Purchasing Gemstones Online

Gem Buying and Chunky Monkey Ice Cream As little as 20 years ago, if we wanted to make a purchase from the comfort of home, it was usually in the wee hours of the morning. Propped up on our pillows with blood-shot eyes, we dialed the toll free number of a late night infomercial while…