Tag Archives: garnet

How Precious Am I?

What do Imperial jadeite, black opal, demantoid garnet, and alexandrite all have in common? First of all, they are all exceptionally rare gemstones. Second, they can command thousands to tens of thousands of dollars to even millions of dollars per carat. Third, they have all historically fallen under the unfortunate appellation “semi-precious” because they are…

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Emerald Alternatives

I’m a colored stone guy. I love colored stones. I love selling colored stones. I love helping people foster a greater appreciation for colored stones. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that not all colored gems are created equal, and it’s important for a client to know their options when designing a piece…

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The Green Garnets

Most people born in January know their birthstone is the garnet. Most people who know that think of garnets as red. Predominantly, that’s true. Of the six species of garnet, one is exclusively red, and three others grow in – if not true red – very warm tones from orangey red to brownish red. But…

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Spessartite

Anyone who has ever been into my store and looked at my custom work knows I’m a fan of colored gemstones. I especially like warm tones. Carnelian, rubellite, coral, citrine: I love working with those colors. One of my favorites is spessartite garnet. You’d be hard-pressed to find another orange in the whole gem world…

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Garnet – January

Garnets have been called a lot of things over the years, but never once have they been called “underappreciated.” Whether it’s the “fire-eyed” pyrope, or the traditional carbuncle, garnets have been known and treasured for thousands of years. Garnets can shine so brightly that they were once believed to glow in the dark. During the…

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On the 4th Day of Christmas…

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Marc Aronstam on color-change gem stones

Gem stones are amazing things. The science and nature-loving geek in me loves to study each gem before I ever consider how it might look housed in a ring or a necklace. Particularly fascinating to me are the gems that change from one color to another depending on the type of light, from red to…

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