Things you didn’t know about Pyrite: (April) Fool’s Gold

Fool’s gold, or “pyrite”, fools fools who are looking for gold in all the wrong places. It has a brassy color that can appear yellow, but that’s where the similarities end. Part of the reason fool’s gold can fool an untrained eye is because it can be found near or in small deposits of gold. … Continue Reading

Gem Grading: What is important?

What is involved with Gem Grading? Gems are graded by four characteristics known as the “four C’s.” Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat, (size). Learning a bit about gem grading is helpful for assessing how valuable a gemstone is. In our quest to learn more about gem grading we went online to The International Gem Society website to … Continue Reading

Tourmaline: The Gemstone of Many Colors

Tourmaline is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous and versatile gemstones known to mankind. Its name originates from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali”, which means “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” That’s because this semi-precious gemstone can be found in shades of blue, pink, green, and even black. Tourmaline can also have a chatoyancy similar … Continue Reading

Know Your Rocks: Pyrite

Pyrite, also known as “Fool’s Gold”, is literally a strikingly magnificent semi-precious gemstone. Pyrite earned its name from the Greek term “pyros”, which means fire. When struck together or against a hard surface, it has the ability to emit sparks. Pyrite is often called “Fool’s Gold”, due to notoriously being mistaken for actual gold. In … Continue Reading

Gemstone of the Week: Amethyst

Amethyst is a beautiful, semi-precious stone that varies in different shades of purple. It is supportive of the emotional body, thus restoring balance to those who are overworked and stressed. It is believed that amethyst has the power to protect its wearer from drunkenness and can calm those who are hot-tempered. Many people believe this … Continue Reading