A Fine Sri Lankan Cushion Sapphire
Diamonds are for April, right? We all know this because our modern list of birthstones was originally formulated at the National Association of Jewelers, in Kansas City, in August of 1912. Apart from a few additions, our current list of birthstones has been the same
A Rare Rich Violet Blue Tanzanite
Tanzanite, is found in just one place on earth, in northern Tanzania, not far from the watchful eye of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tiffany & Co named this blue-violet variety of zoisite in honor of Tanzania, where it was first discovered in 1967. Because the crystals show
Zircon is one of the most amazing and sparkling gems found in nature

Zircon – Decembers Birthstone

Zircon, Decembers birthstone is one of my favorites. One of the reasons for this is that it’s brilliant color, its extreme brilliance and its reasonable price, has been the delight of so many of my clients. It is the gem that really sparkles like few
Sapphire – Part 3 Welcome to part 3 of our, non scientific guide on looking at blue sapphires. We are going to start off with a little story. The encounter  follows a flow of conversation that I have seen literally hundreds of times working with
This is a gorgeous 1.97ct, oval, blue sapphire from Sri Lanka
How To Evaluate Clarity In A Blue Sapphire Part 2 (Judging Clarity For Non-Scientific People) Hi, and welcome to this simple guide, on how to understand blue sapphire. Buying sapphires, especially blue sapphires, can be quite tricky. In my previous blog I discussed the basics
How To Buy, (Or Sell), A Blue Sapphire Part 1 (Selecting Color For Non-Scientific People) Hi, and welcome to this simple guide, on how to understand blue sapphire. Buying sapphires, especially blue sapphires, can be quite tricky. In this discussion I will emphasize on how
Spinel, is one of the most sparkling and rare gems found in nature. Spinel is one of the gems I really search for, when I travel overseas. I remember one one trip to Sri Lanka, I found a gorgeous, fire engine red, spinel in amongst
Peridot is one of the most beautiful, verdant green gems found in nature. It is August's traditional birthstone and one that has tremendous history and ancient lore.
Fine Peridot Can Truly Sparkle Like Non-Other. One of my favorite, sparkling, summer colors, is the verdant and vibrant green of Peridot from Myanmar. Those who in the past have complained about their August birthstone are often delighted and mesmerized when, for the first time,
Sri Lankan Ruby 1.09ct, Round. Fine quality.

Ruby – The King of Gems

Ruby – July’s birthstone, is one of the most ancient and rare gemstones. In Sanskrit, ruby is ratnaraj, meaning the king of gems. Ruby is associated with affection, passion, power and enthusiasm. In ancient cultures such as Indian, Latin and Greek, Ruby was sacred and
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This rare alexandrite oval pair displays a vibrant color change
Alexandrite – June’s main birthstone and one of the most valuable gems found in nature. It is often described by gem enthusiasts as ‘emerald by day and ruby by night’. The reason for this, is that finer quality gems display a dramatic and seemingly magical
Brazilian Emerald
Emerald – May’s Only Birthstone One of the most beautiful and rare gems found in nature is emerald. It is the most valuable variety of beryl and it is the only birthstone for May. Other beryls include, aquamarine, morganite and golden beryl (heliodore) as well
Pray For Sri Lanka – Ratnapura Tragic Flooding Hits Ratnapura, Sri Lanka is a picturesque, yet bustling town in the heart of the gem bearing area of southern central Sri Lanka. I have been visiting this area for well over 15 years, buying Sapphires and other gems,