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Exploring American Gemstones
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Exploring American Gemstones

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Exotic gemstones can be found all over the world, especially in remote places. But what about the gems located closer to home in the United States? Let’s head west to explore American gemstones such as sunstone, fire opal, turquoise, peridot, sapphire, rhodochrosite, and garnet. Join Gem Expert and Rockhound, Renata, as she uncovers some of […]

Spinel – a Master of Disguise
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Spinel – a Master of Disguise

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Things aren’t always what they seem and that’s definitely the case with Spinel. This durable gemstone comes in many colors and is a master of disguise, often mistaken for royal gems such as ruby and sapphire. Don’t let this imitator fool you though, Spinel stands on its own and is a perfect affordable alternative for […]

The King of Gemstones – Ruby
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The King of Gemstones – Ruby

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There’s no place like home and there’s no gemstone like a ruby! Its passionate, rich red color and powerful legacy, dating back thousands of years, make it one of the most popular and valuable gemstones in the world. Join Gem Expert and Rockhound, Renata, as she debunks some of the myths about this “King of […]

December Birthstones – Topaz, Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zircon
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December Birthstones – Topaz, Tanzanite, Turquoise…

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December, the wonderful time of year that ushers in evenings next to a warm fire sipping coco with the smell of evergreen trees in the air. For us Tennesseans, December means the start of frigid cold mornings and the possibility of snow. For everyone born in the month of December, having a blue Christmas isn’t […]

Zircon – The Oldest Natural Gemstone
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Zircon – The Oldest Natural Gemstone

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They have similar names and are often confused, but can you tell the difference between zircon and cubic zirconia? Zircon is the oldest natural gemstone with its own fire and brilliance, while cubic zirconia is a popular man-made gemstone used as an alternative to diamond. When deciding between the two gems, make sure you know […]

Gemologist vs. Geologist – Sphalerite
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Gemologist vs. Geologist – Sphalerite

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We are back again with another Gemologist vs. Geologist! Today we are tackling Sphalerite, a beautiful stone that is relatively unknown outside the collector’s world. The coloring of Sphalerite reminds us of a crisp fall day. As the leaves are changing we can’t stop thinking of the beautiful fall colors. What’s attracted us to Sphalerite […]

Sapphire – an Incredible Gemstone
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Sapphire – an Incredible Gemstone

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Sapphire’s variety is corundum, the same as ruby. It’s colors range from deep blues to colorless to vibrant oranges. Most sapphire is found in Africa and southeast Asia, but there are a few mines in the United States located in Montana. For those of you with September birthdays, sapphire is your birthstone! What comes to […]

Go Green with Chrome Diopside!
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Go Green with Chrome Diopside!

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Chrome diopside is famous for the harsh conditions miners must face to find this striking gemstone. The color is known as a deep, saturated green different than anything in the business. We can thank chromium for this hue. For those who love emerald, chrome is diopside is a perfect alternative because of its striking appearance. […]

Rarest of the Rare: Pure Gold Crystal
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Rarest of the Rare: Pure Gold Crystal

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When we think of gold, we think first of its beautiful color and polish, but there’s a lot more to its use in jewelry than that. Gold is known for its ductility and malleability, its respective ability to be pulled into a piece of wire or hammered into a thin sheet. Deposits of gold are […]

Magnificent Morganite
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Magnificent Morganite

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Be pretty in pink with morganite! This peachy-pink gemstone, named after financier and gem enthusiast J. P. Morgan, wasn’t discovered until the early 1900s in Madagascar. Morganite is still considered a baby in the gemstone world, but its clarity, durability and brilliance will last for ages. Join Gem Expert and Rockhound, Renata, as she shares […]

Solar Eclipse: Out of This World Gemstones
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Solar Eclipse: Out of This World Gemstones

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We all think gemstones are “out of this world” but there are gemstones and ornamental materials that are literally not from this world. Outer space has come to centerstage because of the impending solar eclipse. This incredible phenomenon has peaked public interest in the extraterrestrial. The gemstones and minerals you will see in this blog […]

Pretty in Peridot – August Birthstone
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Pretty in Peridot – August Birthstone

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Peridot is a must-have in your jewelry and gemstone collection, whether you’re an August babe or not. Peridot is a timeless gem which has been celebrated since the early Egyptian’s got their hands on it. The stone still remains as the country’s national gem, and for good reason! Cleopatra cherished this green gem in her […]

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