Opal Fossils
Gemstones

Opal Fossils

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Fossils are the preserved remains of once-living plants and animals often found in rock formations. These great little treasures can be found almost anywhere in the world and are a perfect snapshot of the past. Fossils can help scientists determine what life was like in a certain area thousands or even millions of years ago. […]

Gem Journey:  Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala
Travel

Gem Journey: Rough Stone Street Market in Nivithigala

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Apart from the cut stone market in Ratnapura, a distinctly different market operates in a smaller town, Nivithigala, about 19 km away.  It’s distinctly different in several respects – one, no cut stones are traded there and, two, the traders expect cash (no credit cards) for payment.  I would learn the hard way what it […]

Silver and Gold
Fashion & Trends

Silver and Gold

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“Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold, everyone wishes for Silver and Gold” – Burl Ives Isn’t that the truth, though? Everyone wishes for those two treasured metals: in their homes, in currency, in science and, well, in their wardrobe. These metals exist independently and their worth differs, but the use of silver and gold in […]

Gem Journey:  Cut Stone Market in Ratnapura
Travel

Gem Journey: Cut Stone Market in Ratnapura

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If the highway from the airport to Colombo reminded me of a modern U.S. interstate highway, I’d need to go back a few years to think of a similar road that would describe the road we took from Colombo to Ratnapura.   About 90 km away, Ratnapura is east and slightly south of Colombo and […]

Gem Journey:  On to Gem Island!
Travel

Gem Journey: On to Gem Island!

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From the fabulous reception of our vendors to the fun interactions with the JTV team on the ground in Mumbai, our positive experiences made the days pass all too quickly.  Truly it was hard to leave Mumbai. At the same time, we were very excited for the next destination on our gem journey – Gem […]

Jewel School Weekly with Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
Jewelry Making

Jewel School Weekly with Dale “Cougar” Armst…

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Jewel School Program Monday Oct 20, from 10am-noon (EST)- Featuring colors and styles inspired by autumn, we welcome back the multi-talented Katie Hacker! Created by using a variety of components that include either the Flat and Twisted Wire Kit in Gold & Silver Color or in Gunmetal & Rose Gold Color, check out this gorgeous bracelet […]

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Welcome to JTV's Jewelry Blog! Find information on everything you ever wanted to know about jewelry and gemstones. Learn how to mix and match your favorite pieces for the perfect finishing touches or go to Jewel School and see step-by-step directions on how to make your own! We'll show you everything from behind the scenes photos and facts on your favorite gemstones to fun and easy tips to remember when choosing your jewelry. Don't just throw on any old pair of earrings. Love what you're wearing with JTV's Jewelry Blog!

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