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A Glossary of Gemstone Faceting Terms for Beginners

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.
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Always Wanted A Ruby Pendant? Try Online Auctions

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.
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

The ancient Egyptians valued personal adornment highly and Egyptian jewelry was worn by women and men, and of all social classes.
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Are Diamonds Really Rare? The Truth And History About Diamond Popularity

Are Diamonds Really Rare? The Truth And History About Diamond Popularity

Have you ever wondered why diamonds are so popular? Turns out, rarity isn’t the reason. Are diamonds really rare? Learn the truth and history of diamond popularity.
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Are Emeralds Clear or Cloudy?

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.
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Are Irradiated Gemstones Dangerous?

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.
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Argyle Pink Diamonds

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.
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Bidding Strategies For Winning Online Bargains

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.
  • Wayne Sedawie
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Blue Gemstones: A List of 33 Blue Gems

Blue Gemstones: A List of 33 Blue Gems

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
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Blue Topaz Vs. Aquamarine — Which Blue Jewel Reigns Supreme?

Blue Topaz Vs. Aquamarine — Which Blue Jewel Reigns Supreme?

Are you on the hunt for a dazzling blue gemstone? Read our guide for side by side comparison of blue topaz vs. aquamarine to find out which blue jewel suits you best!
  • Steve Thomas
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Brown Gemstones: A List of 15 Brown Gems

Brown Gemstones: A List of 15 Brown Gems

What gems are naturally brown? So many! Find out all the brown-colored gems, brown crystals, and their uses and healing properties!
  • Admin Iris
  • 17th Nov 2021
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Cocktail Rings - History and Allure

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.
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Diamond Alternatives: Non-Traditional Engagement & Wedding Rings

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
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Diamond Cuts and Diamond Shapes

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.
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Fluorescent Minerals - Rocks That Glow

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.
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Fossil Safari - Dinosaurs and Fossil Hunting In Morocco

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.
  • Wayne Sedawie
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Gemstone Colors - List Of Gemstones By Color

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 gemstones, green gemstones and more!
  • Steve Thomas
  • 7th Nov 2021
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Gemstone Shapes, Cuts, and Sizes — A Full Guide

Gemstone Shapes, Cuts, and Sizes — A Full Guide

Gemstones come in a variety of shapes, cuts, and sizes like round brilliant, pear, and marquise. Find a roundup list of gemstone shapes in this comprehensive guide!
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Gemstone vs Antiques In Value War

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.
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Gemstones From Ancient Egypt

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.
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Gold Price Is Set To Explode

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.
  • Wayne Sedawie
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Green Gemstones: Which Gems are Green?

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.
  • Admin Iris
  • 7th Nov 2021
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Grey Gemstones: List of 15 Grey Gems

Grey Gemstones: List of 15 Grey Gems

Grey gemstones channel calm and collected energies while helping you feel connected to the earth. Learn all about the uses, meanings, and healing properties of grey stones and crystals!
  • Admin Iris
  • 21st Nov 2021
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Highest Quality Sapphires Within Your Financial Reach

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.
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How Are Pearls Made?

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.
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How Did Birthstones Start?

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.
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How Did The Incas Carve Massive Rocks?

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.
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How To Become A Gemstone Dealer Or Gemologist: A Complete Guide

How To Become A Gemstone Dealer Or Gemologist: A Complete Guide

Does the fast-paced and exciting world of gemstones interest you? Then why not get paid to do what you love? Learn how to become a gemstone dealer or gemologist in this career guide!
  • Content Writter
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Is Goldstone A Real Gemstone or is it Man-Made?

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!
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Is Hand Sanitizer Bad For Gemstones? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is Hand Sanitizer Bad For Gemstones? Here’s What You Need To Know

Are you loading up on hand sanitizer? Then chances are, your gemstones are getting a little residue. Is hand sanitizer bad for gemstones? Learn the secret to balancing safety for you and your gems.
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Marquise Diamonds - What To Look For

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
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Mayan Zodiac Calendar

Mayan Zodiac Calendar

The ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica developed accurate written calendars and of these, the calendar of the Maya is the most sophisticated.
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Mining For Mineral Specimens In Ancient Greek Mine at Attica

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
  • Stephen Maroulis
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Mining Sunstones In Oregon USA

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
  • Gerald L Hanson
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Obsessed With Pink? List of the Top 10 Pink Gemstones!

Obsessed With Pink? List of the Top 10 Pink Gemstones!

Are you obsessed with pink? Then you’ll love this list of the top 10 pink gemstones, from pink sapphires to rose quartz; there’s a shade of pink for everyone on this list!
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Orange Gemstones: A List of 23 Orange Gems

Orange Gemstones: A List of 23 Orange Gems

Orange gemstones are radiant crystals that offer joy and creativity with warm, nurturing energy. Explore the characteristics, meanings, and uses of orange gemstones from amber to orange zircon!
  • Admin Iris
  • 1st Nov 2021
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Pearl Grades - The Seven Value Factors

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.
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Purple Gemstones: List of 15 Purple Gems

Purple Gemstones: List of 15 Purple Gems

Purple gemstones aren't just for royalty anymore! Find out all about purple crystals, including their uses, meanings, and healing properties!
  • Admin Iris
  • 26th Nov 2021
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Recutting Gemstones for Profit

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.
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Red Gemstones: List of 19 Red Gems

Red Gemstones: List of 19 Red Gems

Red gemstones are popular for igniting passion and connecting to the root or sacral chakras. Learn the properties, meanings, and uses of every red gemstone from garnet to red diamond in this guide!
  • Admin Iris
  • 7th Nov 2021
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Sard, Sardonyx and Carnelian - What's The Difference?

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.
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Space Stones - Gems That Originated in Outer Space

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.
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The 10 Biggest Diamonds Ever Found

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.
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The Best 3D Printer for Jewelry

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.
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The Pros and Cons of Buying A VVS Diamond

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?
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The Truth about Chocolate Diamonds

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.
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Top 10 Best Types Of Stones for Rings

Top 10 Best Types Of Stones for Rings

Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, oh my! On the hunt for the perfect sparkling rock for your engagement ring? Then look no further than our list of the top 10 best types of stones for rings!
  • Steve Thomas
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Top 5 Most Expensive Gemstones

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! 
  • Admin Iris
  • 7th Nov 2021
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Wedding Anniversaries: Gemstones and Jewelry Gifts By Year

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.
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What Are Conflict Diamonds

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
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What Are Cultured Pearls? What To Know Before You Buy

What Are Cultured Pearls? What To Know Before You Buy

What are cultured pearls and are they real? Learn about these beautiful organic gemstones, how they grow, and what they’re worth in this buyer’s guide!
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What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds? What You Need To Know

What Are Lab-Grown Diamonds? What You Need To Know

What are lab-grown diamonds and are they right for you? Learn about the process of growing diamonds in a lab, and whether they hold up to natural diamonds.
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What Are Organic Gemstones?

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).
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What Are Peacock Sapphires and Mermaid Sapphires?

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.
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What Are Salt and Pepper Diamonds?

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.
  • Sarajane Newlands
  • 31st Oct 2021
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What does Amethyst, Ametrine and Citrine have in common?

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.
  • Steve Thomas
  • 31st Oct 2021
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What Is A Padparadscha Sapphire? Learn All About This Elusive Gem

What Is A Padparadscha Sapphire? Learn All About This Elusive Gem

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
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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What is Cubic Zirconia?

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
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What Is Filigree Jewelry? — Filigree Definition

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.
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What is Gemstone Cleavage?

What is Gemstone Cleavage?

Gemstone cleavage is an important physical property of gemstones that allows them to be easily split in certain directions.
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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What is Medusa Quartz?

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.
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What is Mystic Topaz?

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
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What Is Nephrite Jade? Meaning, History, Value, And Price!

What Is Nephrite Jade? Meaning, History, Value, And Price!

Jade is one of the oldest gemstones in the world, but did you know that it comes in two forms? Learn about nephrite jade meaning, history, value, and price!
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What is Special about the Asscher Cut?

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.
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What Is The Best Diamond Color for Yellow Gold Rings?

What Is The Best Diamond Color for Yellow Gold Rings?

The best diamond color for yellow gold rings are white diamonds. Learn about the different white diamond grades to help you pick the perfect diamond for your gold ring!
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What Is The Difference Between Nephrite Jade and Jadeite?

What Is The Difference Between Nephrite Jade and Jadeite?

What's the difference between nephrite jade and jadeite? From chemical structure to hardness and desirability, read about the differences between these two similar gems!
  • Steve Thomas
  • 31st Oct 2021
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What is the Kimberley Process for Diamonds?

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.
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What Is The Meaning Of Scarab

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
  • Admin Iris
  • 31st Oct 2021
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Where Are Emeralds Found In The World

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.
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Where Do Conch Pearls Come From? Finding The Rarest Pearl In The World

Where Do Conch Pearls Come From? Finding The Rarest Pearl In The World

Where do conch pearls come from? Learn about the rarest pearl in the world, how it grows within Conch shells, where it’s found, and what makes this ocean jewel so rare!
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Which Minerals are Used in Sandpaper?

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
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White and Colorless Gemstones: List of 15 White Gems

White and Colorless Gemstones: List of 15 White Gems

Diamonds aren't the only white gemstones — there are so many different white crystals out there! Learn what crystals are white in color, as well as all their properties, meanings, and uses.
  • Admin Iris
  • 2nd Nov 2021
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Who is Harry Winston (aka the King of Diamonds)?

Who is Harry Winston (aka the King of Diamonds)?

Who is Harry Winston (aka the King of Diamonds)?
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Why are Rubies Red?

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?
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Why Do People Trust The GIA For Diamond Certificates?

Why Do People Trust The GIA For Diamond Certificates?

There are hundreds of independent diamond-grading labs in the world, but GIA is the industry authority. Why do people trust the GIA for certificates? Find out in this in-depth guide!
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Yellow and Golden Gemstones: List of 27 Yellow Gems

Yellow and Golden Gemstones: List of 27 Yellow Gems

Yellow gemstones send blissful rays of sunshine to your soul and open the solar plexus chakra. Discover all the uses, meanings, and properties of yellow crystals, from citrine to yellow diamond!
  • Admin Iris
  • 20th Nov 2021
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Zircon - World’s Oldest Gemstone

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.
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Zultanite, Csarite And Diaspore – What is The Difference?

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.
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