A Glossary of Gemstone Faceting Terms for Beginners
A comprehensive glossary of gemstone faceting terms for students and beginner gemologists, covering all terms relating to the world of gemstone cutting.
Always Wanted A Ruby Pendant? Try Online Auctions
Always wanted A ruby pendant? Online auctions are a great place to find loose Rubies to make into any type of pendant.
Ancient Egyptian Jewelry
The ancient Egyptians valued personal adornment highly and Egyptian jewelry was worn by women and men, and of all social classes.
Are Emeralds Clear or Cloudy?
As you might’ve guessed—it depends entirely on the emerald. Flawless emeralds are not cloudy, but are highly transparent or clear.
Are Irradiated Gemstones Dangerous?
There is a trend at the moment of people asking if irradiated gemstones are dangerous? The good news is, no they are not. Let us explain.
Argyle Pink Diamonds
Argyle Pink Diamonds are Australia’s rare pink diamond from the remote Argyle mine in Australia. Less than one tenth of 1% is classified Pink.
Bidding Strategies For Winning Online Bargains
Follow these 8 easy bidding strategies and start successfully winning online auctions. Smart bidding strategies for those who wants to save money and win quality items online.
Cocktail Rings - History and Allure
Cocktail rings are big, bold and make a statement by anyone who wears them. Cocktail rings originated in the 1920's when almost everything was outlawed.
Diamond Alternatives: Non-Traditional Engagement & Wedding Rings
Although diamonds have been the traditional choice for many years, couples are starting to opt for gemstones more often for a number of reasons. Gemstones are not only more affordable than diamonds, but also offer a wider range of choices in sha
Diamond Cuts and Diamond Shapes
When buying a Diamond it is important to understand the relationship between the Diamond cut, the shape and the four C's.
Fluorescent Minerals - Rocks That Glow
One of the latest phenomena that are being exhibited in museums is fluorescent minerals or in simple terms, rocks that glow.
Fossil Safari - Dinosaurs and Fossil Hunting In Morocco
If you ever find yourself wondering what to expect on a fossil hunting trip in Morocco, have a read of our amazing Moroccan fossil safari and cultural experience.
Gemstone Colors - List Of Gemstones By Color
If you want to shop by gemstone colors this handy guide will break down each gemstone just for you. Red gemstone, green gemstones and more
Gemstone vs Antiques In Value War
Antiques used to be the item of choice for long term investment but over time the value of these have dropped. Gemstones on the other hand have continued to increase in value.
Gemstones From Ancient Egypt
Aside from gold, Ancient Egyptian jewelry was often made from precious and semi-precious stones. Lets explore what these gemstones are.
Gold Price Is Set To Explode
Gold prices always rise with uncertainty. Today uncertainty is rampant with the UK Brexit, Trump causing waves in the US presidential election, the hung election in Australia and China’s slow down.
Green Gemstones: Which Gems are Green?
Green gemstones are popular among jewelry aficionados, designers, and collectors alike. The vibrant to rich hues make them equally exciting to wear and work with.
Highest Quality Sapphires Within Your Financial Reach
Sapphires might seem like they are expensive so where can you find the highest quality Sapphires within your financial reach? We will show you.
How Are Pearls Made?
Pearls are made when a small irritant finds its way inside an oyster or mollusk. This can be a grain of sand or a piece of shell but is more typically a little parasite.
How Did Birthstones Start?
Modern Birthstones are used as gifts to people born in certain months. But how did birthstones start? Did you know that they date all the way back to the Bible. Learn more about birthstones and view our stones for sale.
How Did The Incas Carve Massive Rocks?
The ancient Incas had the ability to set massive rocks together and join them with near perfect joins. Some of the rocks were over 5 meters tall and fitted together perfectly.
Is Goldstone A Real Gemstone or is it Man-Made?
Is goldstone made from gold? Is it a natural gemstone? The truth is that goldstone is a man-made glass used in jewelry. Learn all about the myths and misconceptions of goldstone!
List Of Blue Gemstones
Blue Gemstones are highly sought after because of their calming color. We have complied a list of all of the blue gemstones that are available for purchase on Gem Rock Auctions
Marquise Diamonds - What To Look For
Marquise Diamonds were first created in the 18th century. Now they are symbolic with royalty and fame. Check out what to look for when purchasing one
Mayan Zodiac Calendar
The ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica developed accurate written calendars and of these, the calendar of the Maya is the most sophisticated.
Mining For Mineral Specimens In Ancient Greek Mine at Attica
Watch one of our verified sellers mine for minerals in his home country of Greece. Amazing pictures of the mining operation
Mining Sunstones In Oregon USA
Watch one of our verified sellers mine for sunstone in his home country of the USA. Amazing pictures of the mining operation
Pearl Grades - The Seven Value Factors
Many people don't know that there are different types of pearls let alone a way in which to grade them like how we grade diamonds.
Recutting Gemstones for Profit
The art of the recut is not for the faint of heart. It’s a skill that requires an experienced eye and an experienced cutting hand.
Sard, Sardonyx and Carnelian - What's The Difference?
Sard, Sardonyx and Carnelian are gemstones that are often confused with each other. Find out what the difference is and what they all have in common.
Space Stones - Gems That Originated in Outer Space
When we think of how gemstones form, we assume they all come from the planet we inhabit. That is not the case for these exterrestrial gemstones. Let’s look at some gems that originated in space.
The 10 Biggest Diamonds Ever Found
Lets take a look at the 10 biggest Diamonds ever found. You will never guess how big the Diamond is that takes out the number one spot.
The Best 3D Printer for Jewelry
The ancient craft of jewelry making can now be done with technology through 3D printing. Lets take a closer look at some of these printers.
The Pros and Cons of Buying A VVS Diamond
There’s no way around it: VVS diamonds are pricey. The higher the clarity grade, the more expensive the diamond will be. But should you buy one or is there a better alternative?
The Truth about Chocolate Diamonds
Let me tell you a little about what chocolate diamonds really are. Chocolate Diamonds is a trademarked name owned by the Le-Vian group to describe the lavish shade of a brown Diamond.
Top 5 Most Expensive Gemstones
Rarity, size, and uniqueness are just a few of the factors that drive the value of gemstones. Check out our list of the five most expensive types of gemstones in the world to see which rank highest!
Wedding Anniversaries: Gemstones and Jewelry Gifts By Year
While you love and honor your significant other every day, your wedding anniversary gives you a chance to show the love of your life just how valuable they really are to you.
What Are Conflict Diamonds
Conflict Diamonds or Blood Diamonds are Diamonds where profits are used to funds wars and conflict. Learn how the world put a stop to the sale of these Diamonds
What Are Organic Gemstones?
Organic gemstones are gemstones that are produced by a living organism. Unlike other gemstones that are made of minerals, organic gemstones are renewable and in some cases can be farmed (like Pearls).
What Are Peacock Sapphires and Mermaid Sapphires?
From the sumptuous spectrum of peacock feathers to Ariel’s dreamy underwater colorscape in The Little Mermaid, there are few tones as ethereal and breathtaking as those emitted by these stunning sapphires.
What Are Salt and Pepper Diamonds?
Salt and Pepper Diamonds are taking the world by storm. Once an undesirable Diamond, these stones are now considered unique, rare and beautiful. Read more about what makes these gemstones incredible.
What does Amethyst, Ametrine and Citrine have in common?
Amethyst, Ametrine and Citrine re all from the same family of gemstones, Quartz. Learn more about this gemstone and browse the beautifully cut stones we have for sale.
What Is A Padparadscha Sapphire?
A Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the worlds rarest and majestic gemstones. This Sapphire shows incredible pink / orange colors and is one of the most expensive Sapphires
What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia (CZ) was introduced in the commercial market in the 1970s. Take a look at what Cubic Zirconia is and why so many people love them
What Is Filigree Jewelry? — Filigree Definition
There are some outstanding jewelry pieces out there, but Filigree is one that truly stands out from the crowd. Let's take a closer look at what this style of jewelry is and how it is made.
What is Gemstone Cleavage?
Gemstone cleavage is an important physical property of gemstones that allows them to be easily split in certain directions.
What is Medusa Quartz?
Medusa Quartz is also known as Paraiba Quartz. It has a very unique appearance due to the Gilalite inclusion inside the stone. Learn more about this incredible gem.
What is Mystic Topaz?
Mystic topaz was first seen in September of 1998, at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair. Learn how this gemstone gets it's color and how it should be cared for
What is Special about the Asscher Cut?
The Asscher cut is a Diamond cut that has history, elegance and a stature. It is one of the few cuts that have lasted centuries and kept up with modern trends.
What is the Kimberley Process for Diamonds?
The Kimberley Process is the system that is aimed at eradicating the trade in conflict Diamonds. It has helped to stop the trade of blood Diamonds into the market.
What Is The Meaning Of Scarab
What Is The Meaning Of Scarab and how far back in history does this symbol begin? This symbol has a very interesting history
Where Are Emeralds Found In The World
Though Emerald can be mined all throughout the world, the three main sources are in Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia.
Which Minerals are Used in Sandpaper?
Like many tools and utilities, sandpaper is constructed with natural minerals from the earth. Which minerals, you ask? Lets find out
Who is Harry Winston (aka the King of Diamonds)?
Who is Harry Winston (aka the King of Diamonds)?
Why are Rubies Red?
Rubies get their distinctive red color from a natural process including atoms and light. So, why are rubies red and what causes it?
Zircon - World’s Oldest Gemstone
Zircon is a gemstone with incredible brilliance and color flashes of fire. It is considered to be a rare gemstone, but is actually a very common mineral in the earth and the oldest known gemstone of any kind formed on Earth.
Zultanite, Csarite And Diaspore – What is The Difference?
Zultanite, Csarite and Diaspore are all causing confusion among gem collectors. Whats the difference? Let us explain what the difference is.