Stella's passion for natural colored gemstones

Aug 20

Searching for the perfect accessories to cap off your outfit? Jewelry is a wonderful way to make someone feel special, so whether it’s a holiday like Christmas or another special celebration like graduation, birthdays, First Communions and more, let us help you make it a day to remember with a gift that truly shines.  Don’t pack the ring box in checked luggage, and keep an eye on your carry-on bag as you go through security.  For honeymoon trips, it is standard to take some precious jewelry along.

If you happen to be looking for other treasures and gifts beyond our fine jewelry selection, we have artistic collectibles and gifts showcasing the work of acclaimed artists like Thomas Kinkade , Lena Liu and more.  The advantage here, unlike with a proposal scenario, is that you don’t need to keep the box hidden from your partner.  You may be asking what a jewelry appraisal does for you.

Of course, we also have a myriad of fine jewelry selections for men, including dog tag necklaces and bracelets engraved with his initials to men’s rings that make a bold personal statement.  All your special occasions will sparkle when you give the gift of fine jewelry from The Bradford Exchange Online.  All of our fine jewelry designs and watches arrive in custom-presentation cases, so they’re perfect for gift-giving.

As I have added quite a few neutrals to my wardrobe lately, I’m on the lookout for great colorful jewelry.  My jewelry of choice is often a contemporary necklace that is unique and well-designed. I get my statement jewelry from a place called BOLD by Kattour.  I also enjoy wearing/making paper necklaces and earrings because, like crochet thread, paper is such a surprising jewelry material. I have taken to making jewelry.

From pendants for grandma and meaningful mother daughter jewelry and to birthstone rings and bracelets for mom, you’ll find plenty of heartfelt Mother’s Day jewelry If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day jewelry or the perfect anniversary gift, our romantic jewelry designs are just the thing.  Look at your existing jewelry insurance coverage to check whether it will be applicable if you take the pieces outside of your home state or country.

Apr 15

Hued gemstone jewelry has been famous for quite a long time and a hefty portion of the recognizable pearl assortments -, for example, ruby, sapphire, garnet, peridot and jade – have been known since artifact. Preceding the approach of the study of gemology, a few mixed bags were not perceived as unique species. Spinel was frequently mistaken for ruby and sapphire, and was initially distinguished by its gemological properties in the late nineteenth century. Jade was perceived as having two truly different species – jadeite and nephrite – just in 1863.

Today there are more than 100 distinctive hued gemstone assortments offered in the business. However in the event that you visit your nearby jeweler you will normally discover they stock jewelry with just a short rundown of pearl sorts, for example, ruby, sapphire, emerald, blue topaz, pyrope garnet, tanzanite, opal and aquamarine.

Mahenge Spinel

The reason that retail jewelers stock just a little number of hued stones is that numerous assortments are hard to come by and there is essentially insufficient material to supply the retail channel. Common spinel, for instance, is one of the top choices of diamond merchants for its brilliant brightness and blaze. However spinel is seldom found in retail jewelry stores because of the deficiency of supply. You are additionally unrealistic to discover regular zircon, tsavorite and spessartite garnet, alexandrite or chrome or rubellite tourmaline in retail outlets.

At the same time the absence of mixed bag in jewelry stores is  by all account not the only motivation to purchase detached gemstones from a particular diamond merchant. Indeed the nature of the shaded stones in business jewelry is normally low, even in expensive things from exceptionally respectable retailers. The reason is that the retailer’s emphasis is on the jewelry, not on the gemstone. While he may have ruby rings, for instance, the rubies are liable to be crack filled African rubies, not fine Burmese rubies. The truth of the gemstone business is that the jewelry maker couldn’t deliver a line of ruby rings with fine rubies, unless little stones, essentially on the grounds that it is so hard to source enough quality rubies to create hundreds (not to mention thousands) of rings.

Tsavorite Garnet

If you need to purchase top evaluation common gemstones, particularly untreated stones, you will improve by counseling a specific gems merchant. You will likewise have a much more prominent determination of hues, cuts and sizes, subsequent to the pearl merchant’s stock is much bigger than the jeweler’s. Higher end jewel merchants will likewise routinely offer accreditation from perceived gemological research facilities for the stones they offer; this is not yet standard in the retail jewelry business, with the exception of diamonds.

Experienced gemstone purchasers likewise realize that it is much more secure to purchase a detached stone than one effectively set in jewelry. Jewelry settings can conceal considerations in a diamond and even change the shading of the stone. Important gems ought to dependably be assessed unmounted, and gemological labs want to do their testing on unmounted stones.

At long last, when you purchase a fantastic detached gemstone for a custom bit of jewelry, both the pearl and the jewelry setting will be an expresson of your individual taste. Making an one of a kind one-a-kind bit of jewelry that can be worn with pride and passed on to your youngsters is an experience not to be missed.

Apr 13

The customary engagement ring in numerous nations is diamond. This is really a genuinely late improvement, going once more to colossal diamond finds in South Africa around 1870. There was such an extensive supply of diamonds that a significant publicizing crusade was mounted by the De Beers consortium to partner diamonds with affection and marriage. The battle took decades to succeed, however it in the end changed the way of life of marriage.

However there are a few signs that the diamond ring custom has started to debilitate, and that numerous couples mulling over marriage are considering choices. The explanations behind change are numerous, including troublesome financial times, the terrible exposure encompassing blood diamonds, and the apparent absence of singularity of diamonds. A few purchasers now comprehend that diamonds are not uncommon and that the costs are kept artifically high by the cartel that controls the supply and dispersion of diamonds.

Colored gemstones display an appealing option to diamonds for engagement rings due to the extensive scope of hues and the various styles, sizes and value focuses. VIPs have likewise help make shaded stone engagement rings a design pattern. The most renowned case was the blue sapphire and diamond ring that Prince Charles provided for Lady Diana Spencer upon their engagement in 1981. The same ring was utilized by Prince William for his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2011. Ruler Andrew, the more youthful sibling of Prince Charles, additionally gave his fiancee Sarah Ferguson an engagement ring with a shaded gemstone in 1986 – a pigeon’s blood ruby.

So far the jewelry business has not been exceptionally eager about showcasing hued gems for engagement rings. Retail jewelers are learned about diamonds, yet less acquainted with hued gems. Without a doubt the diamond business would want to keep up the norm. Numerous couples who need a shaded gemstone engagement ring wind up purchasing a hued stone from a specific gems merchant and afterward having it set by a jeweler in a configuration of their decision.

Not every sort of hued gemstone is suitable for an engagement ring which is worn consistently. The top decisions, taking into account hardness and sturdiness, are ruby and sapphire. Other suitable decisions incorporate spinel, tsavorite and spessartite garnet, aquamarine, alexandrite and chyrsoberyl. Some famous stones, for example, tanzanite are not by any stretch of the imagination hard to such a degree as to be worn consistently.

Top evaluation shaded gemstones can be found in an extensive variety of cuts and sizes. However excellent sapphires and particularly rubies can be truly costly in bigger sizes. In spite of the fact that rubies are constantly red (or pink-red), sapphires can be found in various hues, including blue, green, yellow and pink

Mar 24

Aquamarine, alongside emerald (and morganite), is an individual from the beryl gang. Both gems have the same compound creation – beryllium aluminum silicate. They have the same hardness – 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale – and the same thickness and refractive record. Be that as it may separated from these imperative likenesses, they are about as diverse as two gems could be.

Emerald is a standout amongst the most included of all gems, regularly showing surface-arriving at crevices. Aquamarine, by differentiation, is one of the cleanest gemstones known, and can frequently be discovered loupe clean.The contrasts are numerous. Unadulterated beryl is dismal and emerald is shaded by hints of chromium and vanadium, while aquamarine is hued by hints of iron. Emerald generally shows a rich soaked shading while aquamarine is quite often pastel in shading. A few aquamarines are so pale as to show up just about dry.

Emerald is routinely treated with oils or saps to fill surface-arriving at gaps. Aquamarine is generally untreated however a few stones are warmed at low temperature to lessen any hints of yellow. However this treatment is imperceptible, since the temperatures are sufficiently low not to influence any inside structures.

Emerald is very uncommon while aquamarine is generally basic. Emerald is particularly uncommon and lavish in bigger sizes, while aquamarine can in some cases be found in substantial sizes, up to 40 carats. However while aquamarine is generally normal, the stronger hues are truly uncommon. In purchasing aquamarine you will discover that blue stones have a tendency to be evaluated higher than those that are transcendently green, and that extraordinary soul are more costly. Aquamarines with a darker tone are likewise valued higher by numerous merchants, actually when the blue is not extremely soaked.

Since aquamarine is by and large clean, you ought to expect a brilliant aquamarine to be in any event eye clean. Little considerations are worthy if the shading is great. In any case you will find that numerous aquamarines are pretty much totally clean actually when inspected under a jeweler’s loupe at 10x amplification.

Aquamarines are given diverse cuts relying upon the unpleasant material and the shading. Particuarly fine hues may be given an emerald cut or scissor cut, subsequent to the extensive features hotshot the shading great. This cutting technique is average with emerald also. In any case you will likewise discover numerous faceted aquamarines, since the little aspects expand the brightness of lighter hued stones.

Despite the fact that substantial aquamarines are not extraordinary, top evaluation stones of great shading are uncommon and genuinely lavish in sizes more than 10 carats. Still, the every carat costs for these substantial aquamarines are truly appealing, since they can be found in the $400 to $600 every carat range.

Mar 15

Ask any budgetary consultant, and he or she will let you know that a key to safeguarding and developing riches is discovering the right resource distribution. Holding a differentiated portfolio gives insurance against the sudden.

Notwithstanding a stagnant stock exchange and low investment rates, resource designations are evolving. Numerous speculators are looking for plan B to stocks and bonds for a share of their portfolio. Driving money related counsels now prescribe that high total assets people put 10% of their portfolio in hard resources, which incorporate items (area, oil, valuable metals, gemstones) and collectibles (craftsmanship, jewelry, stamps, mint pieces).

In times of genuine financial instability, the move to hard resources is significantly more proclaimed. At the point when speculators see national banks frantically printing more cash to produce monetary development, they comprehend that the estimation of the money will fall. Moving a few resources into things with unmistakable quality is a powerful approach to diminish cash hazard. “The best diamonds have ended up uncommonly important,” Geoffrey Munn, overseeing chief of the London-based jeweler Wartski, said in a meeting with Bloomberg. “There’s a sense right now that cash is similar to sand going through fingers and there’s a scramble to purchase jewels as a support.”

In the most recent 5 years we have seen gold costs climb around 140%. Gemstone costs have additionally seen upward weight, drove by developing interest from more quickly developing economies, for example, China and India, But as The Economist noted in September 2011: “A second compel is financial instability. Like gold, gemstones are seen by a few as a substantial store of quality in turbulent times. Merchants are progressively being approached to assemble accumulations for well off Americans who need to enhance far from paper speculations.”

One of the focal points of gemstones over gold is that they are conservative and exceptionally compact. Fine gemstones can likewise be delighted in a manner that gold bars can’t: gems can be set in jewelry and appreciated for their excellence. As a rule gemstone ventures are not sold yet passed on through eras as family treasures.

Despite the fact that gemstones are not as fluid as gold, a brilliant Burmese ruby or Ceylon sapphire will dependably hold its esteem. New disclosures, in the same way as the important neon spinel found in Mahenge, Tanzania in 2007, give chances to new gatherers. Be that as it may when all is said in done, the world interest for fine gemstones far surpasses the supply, and gemstone costs for the most part move upward over the long haul.

At the point when purchasing gemstones for venture purposes, it is basic to purchase top evaluation gems. Minimal effort business evaluation stones are basically useless: they experience the ill effects of average shading or clarity, and are commonly inadequately cut, lacking splendor and blaze. Fine gemstones are recognized by distinctive, exceptional shading, remarkable clarity, and phenomenal cut. Purchase the best you can manage, continually remembering that this is cash not spent, yet rather contributed.

Feb 27

In gemology, pearl hardness is measured on a scale known as the Mohs scale, which allocates minerals a worth between 1 (mildest) and 10 (hardest). This scale was concocted by a German mineralogist, Frederick Mohs, in 1822. It characterizes hardness as far as scratch safety, where a harder mineral will scratch a gentler one, however not the other way around.

Gems with a hardness rating of 1-2 are viewed as delicate, while those in the scope of 3-5 are medium hard. Gems more than 6 are viewed as hard and hence suitable for jewelry.

The shine of gems with a Mohs hardness of under 7 can be harmed by normal dust, which contains minor particles of quartz (hardness 7). Along these lines milder stones need to be worn and put away precisely, and repolished occasionally to keep up their gloss.

This outlined diagram shows hardness evaluations for 151 regular gemstone mixtures. It is the most finish and exact hardness scale for gemstones accessible on the web, and incorporates numerous uncommon assortments.

Natural Diamond Diamond 10
Natural Ruby Ruby 9
Star Ruby Star Ruby 9
Sapphire Sapphire 9
Star Sapphire Star Sapphire 9
Color Change Alexandrite Alexandrite 8.5
Alexandite Cat's Eye Alexandrite Cat’s Eye 8.5
Chrysoberyl Chrysoberyl 8.5
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye 8.5
Vanadium Chrysoberyl Vanadium Chrysoberyl 8.5
Taaffeite Taaffeite 8-8.5
Spinel Spinel 8
Topaz Topaz 8
Imperial Topaz Imperial Topaz  8
Pezzotaite Pezzotaite 8
Emerald Emerald 7.5-8
Enstatite Enstatite 7.5-8
Aquamarine Aquamarine 7.5-8
Morganite Morganite 7.5-8
Goshenite Beryl Goshenite Beryl 7.5-8
Golden Beryl Golden Beryl 7.5-8
Painite Painite 7.5-8
Phenakite Phenakite 7.5-8
Red Beryl Red Beryl (Bixbite) 7.5-8
Andalusite Andalusite 7.5
Euclase Euclase 7.5
Hambergite Hambergite 7.5
Dumortierite Dumortierite 7-8.5
Almandine Garnet Almandine Garnet 7-7.5
Danburite Danburite 7-7.5
Iolite Iolite 7-7.5
Pyrope Garnet Pyrope Garnet 7-7.5
Spessartite Garnet Spessartite Garnet 7-7.5
Rhodolite Garnet Rhodolite Garnet 7-7.5
Color Change Garnet Color-Change Garnet 7-7.5
Chrome Tourmaline Chrome Tourmaline 7-7.5
Malaia Garnet Malaia Garnet 7-7.5
Paraiba Tourmaline Paraiba Tourmaline 7-7.5
Rubellite Tourmaline Rubellite Tourmaline 7-7.5
Tourmaline Tourmaline 7-7.5
Uvarovite Garnet Uvarovite Garnet 7-7.5
Amethyst Amethyst 7
Aventurine Aventurine 7
Ametrine Ametrine 7
Citrine Citrine 7
Gem Silica Gem Silica 7
Kornerupine Kornerupine 7
Rock Crystal Rock Crystal 7
Rose Quartz Rose Quartz 7
Smoky Quartz Smoky Quartz 7
Jeremejevite Jeremejevite 6.5-7.5
Sillimanite Sillimanite 6.5-7.5
Zircon Zircon 6.5-7.5
Agate Agate 6.5-7
Axinite Axinite 6.5-7
Bloodstone Bloodstone 6.5-7
Carnelian Carnelian 6.5-7
Chalcedony Chalcedony 6.5-7
Chrome Chalcedony Chrome Chalcedony 6.5-7
Chrysoprase Chrysopase 6.5-7
Demantoid Garnet Demantoid Garnet 6.5-7
Diaspore Diaspore 6.5-7
Grossular Garnet Grossular Garnet 6.5-7
Hessonite Garnet Hessonite Garnet 6.5-7
Hiddenite Hiddenite 6.5-7
Jadeite Jade Jadeite Jade 6.5-7
Jasper Jasper 6.5-7
Mali Garnet Mali Garnet 6.5-7
Kunzite Kunzite 6.5-7
Leuco Garnet Leuco Garnet 6.5-7
Onyx Onyx 6.5-7
Peridot Peridot 6.5-7
Serendibite Serendibite 6.5-7
Sinhalite Sinhalite 6.5-7
Spodumene Spodumene 6.5-7
Tanzanite Tanzanite 6.5-7
Tsavorite Garnet Tsavorite Garnet 6.5-7
Idocrase (Vesuvianite) Idocrase (Vesuvianite) 6.5
Cassiterite Cassiterite 6-7
Epidote Epidote 6-7
Maw-Sit-Sit Maw-Sit-Sit 6-7
Unakite Unakite 6-7
Amazonite Amazonite 6-6.5
Andesine Andesine 6-6.5
Oligoclase Oligoclase 6-6.5
Benitoite Benitoite 6-6.5
Labradorite Labradorite 6-6.5
Moonstone Moonstone 6-6.5
Nephrite Jade Nephrite Jade 6-6.5
Orthoclase Orthoclase 6-6.5
Petalite Petalite 6-6.5
Prehnite Prehnite 6-6.5
Scheelite Scheelite 6-6.5
Sugilite Sugilite 6-6.5
Sunstone Sunstone 6-6.5
Zoisite Zoisite 6-6.5
Amblygonite Amblygonite 6
Clinohumite Clinohumite 6
Hematite Hematite 5.5-6.5
Mexican Fire Opal Mexican Fire Opal 5.5-6.5
Opal Opal 5.5-6.5
Rhodonite Rhodonite 5.5-6.5
Actinolite Actinolite 5.5-6
Azurite Azurite 5.5-6
Hackmanite Hackmanite 5.5-6
Hauyne Hauyne 5.5-6
Scapolite Scapolite 5.5-6
Sodalite Sodalite 5.5-6
Moldavite Moldavite 5.5
Diopside Diopside 5-6
Chrome Diopside Chrome Diopside 5-6
Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli 5-6
Poudretteite Poudretteite 5-6
Turquoise Turquoise 5-6
Brazilianite Brazilianite 5.5
Datolite Datolite 5-5.5
Eudialyte Eudialyte 5-5.5
Obsidian Obsidian 5-5.5
Sphene (Titanite) Sphene (Titanite) 5-5.5
Apatite Apatite 5
Cat's Eye Apatite Cat’s Eye Apatite 5
Dioptase Dioptase 5
Hemimorphite Hemimorphite 5
Smithsonite Smithsonite 5
Charoite Charoite 4.5-5
Gaspeite Gaspeite 4.5-5
Larimar Larimar 4.5-5
Kyanite Kyanite 4-7
Bastnasite Bastnasite 4-5
Carletonite Carletonite 4-4.5
Ammolite Ammolite (Korite) 4
Fluorite Fluorite 4
Rhodochrosite Rhodochrosite 4
Williamsite Williamsite 4
Aragonite Aragonite 3.5-4
Azurite Azurite 3.5-4
Cuprite Cuprite 3.5-4
Malachite Malachite 3.5-4
Sphalerite Sphalerite 3.5-4
Coral Coral 3-4
Celestine Celestine 3-3.5
Cerussite Cerussite 3-3.5
Howlite Howlite 3-3.5
Calcite Calcite  3
Pearl Pearl  2.5-4.5
Jet Jet 2.5-4
Lepidolite Lepidolite 2.5-3
Chrysocolla Chrysocolla 2-4
Amber Amber  2-2.5
Cinnabar Cinnabar 2-2.5
Ulexite Ulexite