Why is it that some gems are more valuable than others?
Part of it is simple economics – those in the highest demand command the highest price. Why they are in demand, however, is more complicated and has to do with a combination of cut, quality, and color. Today we are going to focus on the different color shades of blue sapphires.
Each colored gem has its own color range. For blue sapphires, colors range from a very light blue to a rich blue so saturated it’s almost black. Tone and saturation play a very important role in determining the color quality of a sapphire, with the most valued sapphires a vividly saturated and brilliant, medium-toned blue.
The graphic on the left shows how saturation and tone play an important role in gem beauty and valuation.
As you can see, moving left to right, the saturation of the color plays an important role in the color of the gem, even while the tone stays the same. The same is true from top to bottom when the saturation stays the same but the...
Rubies are red and sapphires are… not red (and most often blue). Though rubies and sapphires are both the mineral corundum, since we identify gems by both mineral and color variation, rubies are not sapphires, and vice versa. So which is which? Rubies are red corundum while sapphires encompass all other gem color variations of the mineral (which happens to be second only to diamonds in hardness).
Summer is here, and much like your skin and hair, your birthstone rings and pendants needs a little extra TLC during these months of sun, surf and sand. Here are some simple tips to protect your birthstone jewelry and keep it safe and clean all summer long.
• Before swimming. Salt water and Chlorine can eat away at precious metals and gemstones, and cold water can cause your fingers to shrink, allowing rings to slip off.
• Before sunbathing. Direct sunlight can bleach certain materials, and sunscreen not only coats and dulls your jewelry, but it can get into crevices of chains and loosen prongs.
• Before heavy physical activity. Your own sweat can tarnish and dull jewelry, especially sterling silver, and outdoor sports put you at greater risk for jewelry loss.
• Before gardening. Sand, dirt and rocks can scrape or break jewelry, and garden gloves...
A “push present” or “push gift” is a gift a father gives to the mother to commemorate the birth of their baby. A push gift is a wonderful way for husbands to thank their wives for all that she’s gone through during the pregnancy and to bring their baby into the world.
Although many consider their new baby to be reward enough, a little gift for the new mother is well deserved after a long labor and delivery. We’ve put together a list of some of the top push present ideas to help you drop hints to your husband about what you might really want. (Plus, emailing him the link to this article or leaving this open on your browser might help him get the hint too!)
For a push present that acknowledges your sacrifices over the last nine months, consider asking for some well-earned “me time” at a salon or spa. A gift certificate for the mani-pedi you’ve been putting off or a facial is perfect for some pampering now that your delivery is over. A full body specialty massage is can be a great way to relax, relieve stress, reduce...
The bond between sisters is a very special one that can often be difficult to put into words. You’ve shared experiences throughout your lifetime together. She’s seen you at your best and at your worst, helped you get through the good times and the bad, and been a constant in your life all the other times in between.
Although you and your sister may not always get along, there are a million reasons that make your sister the perfect best friend – and the perfect recipient of a sibling ring!
Here is our list of the top 10 reasons why your sister is your optimum best friend:
10. Your life has been one giant sleepover with each other.
9. No one else will ever fully understand your inside jokes.
8. You have two times the clothing options because, let’s face it, everything and anything you own is a shared commodity.
7. You’ve probably waged World War III over #8, but the borrowing still continues.
6. She knows your age, and your secret is safe with her.
5. Your sister already knows...
Nearly 60 years ago, a jeweler was searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for his wife when he came up with a brilliant idea. He took two wedding bands and joined them together with the birthstones of their three children. In doing so, he created the very first mother’s ring.
Since the first mother’s ring was created, the popularity of mothers rings and other keepsake birthstone jewelry has grown tremendously. Now, mother’s rings are treasured by mothers all over the world, likely for the very same reason that the first mother’s ring was treasured by its recipient: mother’s rings represent the close bond shared between a mother and her children. It embodies the love and family relationship that in so many ways define who a mother is and shape the family she has created.
The concept of a mother’s ring may have originated as a simple birthstone ring, but this style of keepsake jewelry has evolved as its popularity has grown....
Sometimes inexpensive costume jewelry can be difficult to distinguish from fine jewelry crafted from high quality materials. The visual appearance of these two very different types of jewelry can be quite similar, making them hard to differentiate without performing a close examination.
What is Fine Jewelry?
Pieces made out of precious metals including gold, silver and platinum and decorated with diamonds, pearls and authentic, high quality gemstones are typically regarded as fine jewelry. Fine jewelry is typically more expensive than costume or fashion jewelry. It is often expertly crafted and sometimes passed down from generation to generation, giving it a longer lifespan than most inexpensive fashion jewelry.
What is Costume Jewelry?
Costume jewelry is often referred to as fashion jewelry and is typically jewelry pieces not made of fine or rare materials. This jewelry is still very stylish and may even incorporate some gold or silver in its design, but it is not entirely made of the same high quality materials that...
Aquamarine is the beautiful stone associated with March birthdays. Typically light greenish-blue to blue-green, the stone is found mainly in Brazil, but can also be found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, Mozambique, Australia and Kenya.
The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin phrase meaning seawater, accurately representing the breathtaking sea blue color of the stone itself. Historically, aquamarine was believed to protect sailors out at sea, and was thought to guarantee a safe voyage over water. It was also thought to bring victory during battles and legal disputes, as well as to cure a number of bodily ailments.
Though aquamarine belongs to the same family as the emerald, the two stones are distinctly different. While emeralds are often cloudy, aquamarine gems are typically transparent and clear. Emeralds boast a rich dark green color, while aquamarine is usually lighter in color and appears more blue than green most of the time. The blue color of the aquamarine stone is usually more intense in larger stones, while smaller stones tend to be a pale...
A ring that features the birthstones of each of her children is a great gift to give your wife, mother or grandmother.
It’s also a great gift for your dad, husband or grandfather.
Called father’s rings, these rings feature the birthstones of one or more of the man’s children and/or grandchildren.
The father’s ring is a variation on the mother’s ring. It’s a ring in which a man wears a ring that features the birthstones of all his children, but they are designed in a heavier, bolder fashion than a mother’s ring.
Whether you have one child or grandchild now – or several – we can craft a father’s ring that will accommodate all of the birthstones of all of your children/grandchildren. What’s more, should your family grow by the addition of another child or grandchild after you present your husband, father or grandfather with his father’s ring, we can expand the ring easily to accommodate an extra birthstone.
Giving the man in your life a handsome father’s ring not only shows your love for him, but also lets...
Amethyst is February’s birthstone. This gorgeous purple gem was believed by the ancient Romans and Greeks to ward off drunkenness. It also is said to bestow upon whoever wears it a clear head and quick wit. The word itself comes from the Greek for “not drunk” (amethystos).
This gem is quartz and comes in shades that blend violet and red in gorgeous hues of purple. The amethyst has long been associated with royalty and has decorated crown jewels, royal robes and other regalia for centuries.
This gemstone actually can be traced as far back as 25,000 years ago in France; archeologists have found that prehistoric humans used it as decorative stones. It’s also been found among Neolithic remains.
February is the month for Valentine’s Day. Some believe the amethyst was the stone of Saint Valentine, who wore a gem engraved with Cupid upon it.
Cultures around the world for centuries have displayed the amethyst....
Was your mother or wife born in January? Or does one or more of your children celebrate another year on Earth in the first month of the year?
If so, their birthstone is the garnet.
This gem symbolizes trust and friendship, as well as loyalty and a light heart. The word garnet comes from the Latin granatum, which means seed. The gemstone was given this name because of its likeness to the pomegranate seed.
The garnet has a long history – it’s been found in Egyptian jewelry dating from 3100 B.C. (they used the gem as an inlay)
A garnet actually can come in many colors, from the very rare green (tsavorite garnet) to a luscious red (pyrope garnet). Red is the color most people associate with the garnet. Some garnets, however, are black or even colorless. These colors are extremely rare and so garnets of those colors are considered very special – and expensive.
The gem gets its different colors from metals such as iron, calcium,...
The folks at MothersRings.com wish you a safe evening and a prosperous 2015!
Perhaps your first boyfriend gave you a promise ring. You loved the ring: you knew it wasn’t real, but it was a good looking facsimile of your birthstone and – well – it was given to you by your sweetheart!
But it turned your finger green after just a short time of wearing. You ended up not wearing it very often.
Or perhaps you decided to splurge on yourself and purchased a ring at a department store. It wasn’t overly expensive – perhaps about $50. It sparkled and shone and it just looked so lovely on your finger.
But it also turned your finger green.
So what gives? Why do some rings turn your fingers green?
A ring turns your finger green because there’s a chemical reaction between the metal of the ring and the acids in your skin. (Lotion on your skin also could interact with the chemicals in the metal to turn your finger green.)
Several metals used in less-expensive rings can oxidize (react) with your skin to discolor it. If a green band appears on your...
If you were born in December you have four (four!) birthstones to call your own: tanzanite, turquoise, zircon, and blue topaz.
All three are in shades of blue, making them perfect as beautiful symbols of the ice and snow that can accompany December.
Tanzanite is found only in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It’s a lovely, velvety blue in color, offering a rich overtone of purple. It’s a dazzling stone.
A pure blue tanzanite is very rare; most of these gems have the signature purple overtone. Smaller stones sometimes contain lighter tones (lavender is common).
Tanzanite was only discovered in the late 1960s. Its properties are said to give the wearer compassion and calms an overactive mind. It also is said to connect the wearer with the spiritual world.
The word zircon comes from the Arabic zar and gun (gold and color) and while this gem does come in gold colors, it’s also found in blue, brown, orange, green and can even appear...
If you were born in November, you have not one, but two birthstones to choose from: the topaz and citrine.
Topaz is considered to be the primary birthstone for November babies. This gem actually often is confused with citrine (which is why both gems are November’s birthstones).
Topaz was found in ancient times on a Mediterranean island known as Topazios (hence, it’s name). Most of these gems come in shades of yellow-gold, orange, brown, and yellow (all similar shades to citrine).
When topaz is a fiery reddish orange, it’s known as Imperial topaz and can look like the padparadscha sapphire.
An orange, red or pink topaz is very rare, while topaz colored purple-red, light green and other colors often are mistaken for another gemstone.
Topaz is believed to offer some wonderful healing properties. Wear it and it will help you beat colds, strengthen your breathing, relax you, restore your energy levels, and...
This year, we’ve seen yellow gold as the precious metal of choice on many Hollywood celebrities and stars, which has helped it to finally shed its “90s bling” image. Celebrities including Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Angelina Jolie, Camilla Alves, and Lady Gaga, to name a few, have all been seen on the red carpet sporting yellow gold jewelry and accessories. With no signs of going away anytime soon, it looks like yellow gold has finally made its comeback.
So, why is yellow gold all the rage again? It did not experience the unpopularity in Europe that it did in the United States, however, since 2013, the price of gold has decreased and stabilized meaning that yellow gold is more affordable. Thanks to this, the fashion industry has happily re-embraced its use in fashion, jewelry and accessory designs. Yellow gold has also gotten a lot of attention from fashionistas, fashion bloggers and social media.
Expect to continue to see yellow gold jewelry and accessories sticking around for a while, as we’ve seen gold used in a variety of different...
Designing and purchasing jewelry and birthstone rings can often be an arduous task. With so many designs, styles and colors to choose from, creating a piece for yourself or someone you love can be a challenge! When it comes to choosing a stone for the piece, the challenge is often amplified. It is important to understand all of your options before choosing the gemstones that your piece will feature and showcase.
There are three broad categories of gemstones typically discussed when it comes to designing and purchasing jewelry: genuine, synthetic and simulated. The characteristics of each type of stone vary. Understanding the qualities and benefits of each can help you to understand what variety of gemstone is right for you.
Genuine gemstones are naturally formed in the earth and are collected through the process of mining. Many types of natural stones are rare and hard to come by, making them expensive. There is no way to control the size or quality of natural gemstones. As such, gems that are sizeable and...
We all know what a mother is: it’s a woman who gives birth at least once in her life.
But there’s a lot more to being a mother than giving birth to another human being. What about women who adopt children? They are mothers, too, in the fullest sense of the word.
Perhaps the best definition of the word “mother,” is someone who cares for and raises a young person (baby, child, toddler, or teen, perhaps even a young adult, depending on circumstances) who comes into her life either through childbirth, adoption, foster care, or even by accident for several years, instilling in that child or young person a feeling of safety, security, confidence and unconditional love , tempered with appropriate discipline.”
That can make many women – and even men – a mother. Perhaps even most everyone could be called a mother at some point in a lifetime: the aunt/uncle or grandmother who takes on the caretaking/raising of a youngster when the daughter/sister/brother can’t. Or the foster mother (and father) who take in dozens of children for weeks or months at a...
The Sapphire is the birthstone for those born in September.
Beloved since the Middle Ages (clergy wore the gems to signify heaven), the sapphire is believed to protect the wearer’s loved ones from harm and envy. The Sapphire’s cool blue color is said to mark the shift from summer to fall. If you were born in September and wear your birthstone, it’s said to help you clear your mind and protect you from ill health, envy and fraud.
The most prized colors of this gemstone are medium to medium dark blue, or even a slightly violet colored blue.
The Sapphire actually is a member of the corundum species of gems and can appear in many different colors, from pink, green, orange, yellow, or purple. Fun fact: the ruby is the red variety of corundum.
Who doesn’t like to wear pretty things? Who doesn’t like knowing that one is wearing a pretty, valuable piece of metal? Who doesn’t like receiving these pretty, valuable things as gifts? Who doesn’t like giving pretty, valuable gifts to someone they love? And what better time to give a pretty, valuable thing to someone you love than on the beloved’s birthday?
In a nutshell, that is the history of the birthstone.
Well, not exactly. But that’s pretty much the gist of it.
The history of birthstones comes to us from ancient times. Some scholars believe it hails from the Breastplate of Aaron. As described in the Bible’s book of Exodus, the Breastplate was of religious significance and included 12 precious gems to represent the 12 tribes of Israel.
The idea of using a gem to indicate the month someone was born is believed to hail from the writings of Flavius Josephus in the 1st century AD as well as St. Jerome in the 5th century AD. The two men connected the Breastplate’s 12 stones with the 12 signs of the...