All About Aquamarine

All About Aquamarine Your time has come, March babies! Beautiful blue aquamarine is our gemstone this month. You have probably seen its sparkly, delicate, light blue hues in many necklaces and rings. Aquamarine is usually mined in Brazil, but can also be found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique. This stone grows in very … Continue Reading

Thai Silver Beads vs Sterling Silver Beads

Thai silver beads are incredible unique works of wearable art. Sterling silver beads are a jewelry making classic but what are these silver beads really?  Silver is as common in jewelry as gold and it’s just as versatile. Much like gold, there are various types of silver, including plated silver, sterling silver, and Thai silver. … Continue Reading

Azurite and Malachite: copper based gemstones

Azurite and Malachite are cousins in the mineral world. They’re both copper based minerals, though with slightly different ratios. Azurite Azurite was originally called “kuanos”, the Greek word for deep blue, in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia, and the root for the green blue color cyan. The name Azurite, and its color azure, come from the … Continue Reading

Pearls: Stunning Jewelry and Strange Terminology

Despite our love of Pearls, not many people who stop by our store are all that interested in them. Is it because they’re not as shiny as other gemstones? Or maybe they’re not perfectly uniform like our strands of round or faceted beads? Or is it they aren’t in that exact shade or size or … Continue Reading

Everything you didn’t know about emeralds

Emeralds are renowned for their beautiful green color and unique cut. They’re a popular gemstone that looks fantastic against every skin tone and suits every occasion. Emeralds are a beryl crystal, putting them in the same family as aquamarines and morganite, and are naturally hexagonal in shape. Emeralds get their color from trace amounts of other … Continue Reading

Amber – More than just a pretty stone

In honor of Arbor Day, let’s discuss amber. Amber is one of the rare semi-precious gemstones created by plants. Resin is a substance found in most plants and is used much like platelets in to scab over wounds. It protects the plant from invading bacteria and insects trying to get under the bark to eat … Continue Reading