What to Know About Tourmaline

Tourmaline is the official birthstone for October as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It also the traditional birthstone for October, the stone for the Zodiac sign of Leo, and the accepted gem for the 8th wedding anniversary. The name Tourmaline Read More …

Your Other October Birthstone: Tourmaline

Somewhere in Brazil in the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador washed the dirt from a green tourmaline crystal and confused the vibrant gem with emerald. His confusion lived on until scientists recognized tourmaline as a distinct mineral species in the 1800s. The confusion about the stone’s Read More …

The Galaxy Opal

Galaxy Opal is the world’s largest polished opal, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992. It was found at the Boi Morto Mine in north eastern Brazil in 1976. It is today part of a private collection. The finished opal weighs approximately 3,749 carats, or 0.75 kg. It was carved Read More …

Fire of Australia Opal

The world’s finest uncut opal, a 998-gram gem called the Fire of Australia, has gone on permanent public display for the first time since its discovery more than 60 years ago. Valued at more than $675,000, the stone is the largest known high-grade opal in Read More …

The Butterfly Stone / The Red Admiral Opal

This amazing opal resembles the British butterfly the Red Admiral and the predominantly red color is visible from every angle. It’s also called the Butterfly stone. It was found in the Phone Line field during World War 1. It was named in the year 1920 Read More …

The Aurora Australis Opal

The “Aurora Australia” is considered the world’s most valuable Black Opal. Found in 1938 it was dug up in an old sea bed at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. Bought by Altmann & Cherny’s as a semi rough Opal which they cut and polished into Read More …

The Olympic Australis Opal

The “Olympic Australis” is an extraordinary & unique Opal that is reportedly the largest & most valuable Gem Opal ever found. It was found in August 1956 in Coober Pedy, South Australia at the “Eight Mile” Opal field. The Miner who found it was prospecting Read More …

Be Careful! Opals Are Fragile!

Opal is a wonderful stone for earrings, pendants, brooches and rings. However, it is softer than most other gemstones. Opal has a hardness of about 5.5 to 6.0 on the Mohs hardness scale. Because of that opal is best suited for use in earrings, brooches and Read More …

What Do You Know About Opals?

The science: gem-quality opal is one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash every color of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that can surpass the “fire” of diamond. The best opals can command prices per carat that rival expensive diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Read More …

October Lovelies: There’s a Treat For You: You Have 2 Birthstones

For all of you October babies, your birthstone brings a treat for you! Not only can choose Opal, the traditional birthstone but you also can choose Tourmaline with its rainbow of colors, just like the Opal! The Opal derives its name from the Latin word Read More …