The Mystery of Blue Topaz

Are you one of those people who can’t get themselves to express what they’re thinking about and whenever you try to talk out loud, it comes out gibberish or anything but what you want to say? Then don’t feel alone because you’re not only one Read More …

How Zircons Grow in Nature

Zircon crystals grow in many different types of rock and possess a range of optical and physical properties. Some zircons—usually green ones—display much lower values for these properties than others. Scientists have determined that the crystal structures of these gems were almost completely broken down Read More …

The Native American Legend of Turquoise

Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become Sky Stone Turquoise. Turquoise, the “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued Read More …

What do you Know About Zircon?

Many people have heard of zircon but never seen it. This is mostly because of colorless zircon’s wide use as a diamond simulant in the early 1900s. It was long ago replaced in that role by more convincing look-alikes, but its name still means “imitation” Read More …

About Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the blue/violet variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminum hydroxyl Sorosilicate) belonging to the epidote group. It was discovered by a Tanzanian Jumanne Mhero Ngoma in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Read More …

The Largest Turquoise Mined

This gigantic Turquoise nugget is one of the largest ever found. Weighing in at a huge 97 pounds, this surreal piece features a light blue glossy band cutting across the piece of otherwise greenish-blue Turquoise. The surface texture is extremely intricate with an abundance of Read More …

December Babies Have Four to Choose From!

Those who were born in December have the amazing choice of choosing between 3 different minerals to make their birthstones. The birthstones for December are Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz and Turquoise. What these stones seem to have in common is the fact that they all share the same Read More …

Turquoise is Blue, too AND A Rarely Known December Birthstone

Turquoise is one of the world’s most ancient gems. Archaeological excavations revealed that the rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with turquoise jewelry, and Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago. Turquoise is the national gem of Tibet, and has long been Read More …

Tanzanite: An Alternative Birthstone for December Babies

“The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.” – Christian Dior Tanzanite Birthstone There are three birthstones for the month of December: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise. All three of these stones are a deep blue color and have their own history and chemical Read More …

You Have a Blue Topaz. Now What?

As with all light colored gems, the value of the topaz increases with its intensity of color. Topaz has a definite sky-blue color and is uniform in color, often without overtones. While it is often pale, it can also be bright or sometimes even an Read More …