Lab-grown diamonds– what are they?

Lab-grown diamonds– what are they?

For thousands of years, the diamond has been sought after for its timeless beauty and rarity.  Today, a new diamond is quietly entering the arena of bridal and fashion jewelry. Enter the "cultured" or lab-created diamond. These lab-grown diamonds are grown in a highly...

Ravishing Rubies: Birthstone of July

Ravishing Rubies: Birthstone of July

  Ruby is the birthstone for July and the gem for the 15th and 40th anniversaries. Rubies symbolized beauty and wisdom in the Bible. In Sanskrit ruby is ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.” Many medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom,...

Diamond Fluorescence: is it desirable?

Diamond Fluorescence: is it desirable?

The following is a post by our very own principal, Peter Stavrianidis, PhD, GG, CGA. He is a Certified Gemologist and an Appraiser and in the following discusses the effect of fluorescence on diamonds. Quite often I am asked about the effect of fluorescence on...

Perfect Pearls for June

Perfect Pearls for June

June babies are lucky-- the pearl is your birthstone! Pearls have been treasured throughout the ages. It is a timeless piece which has remained in vogue regardless of the current fashion. Cleopatra was believed to have dissolved a pearl in wine or vinegar and drank...