The Many Meanings Of The Color of Tourmaline

While geologists appreciate tourmaline for its mineral makeup, others believe that the gemstone offers both physical and mental healing properties. One feature that distinguishes tourmaline from other minerals is its three-sided prisms, as well as its vertical striations. Metaphysically, this is considered to create strong channels Read More …

The Steamboat Tourmaline

In 1907 the famous Steamboat Tourmaline was unearthed by Frank Barlow Schuyler in San Diego County in a rich tourmaline-bearing pocket zone in the mine which was named the Tourmaline King. It was then sold by Schuyler to Washington A. Roebling and it is now Read More …

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 …

Pearl Harbors

During the long history of pearls, the principal oyster beds lay in the Persian Gulf, along the coasts of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and in the Red Sea. Chinese pearls came mainly from freshwater rivers and ponds, whereas Japanese pearls were found near Read More …

The Guinness Emerald

The Guinness Emerald Crystal discovered in the Coscuez emerald mines is one of the largest gem-quality emerald crystals in the world and is the largest emerald crystal in the collection of emeralds belonging to the Banco Nacionale de la Republica in Bogota, the capital city Read More …

Mining for Emeralds in the United States

You don’t have to go to another country to mine for emeralds. One of the unique experiences available to the visitor to Emerald Village is the opportunity to prospect and dig for emeralds in the dumps at the Crabtree Emerald Mine. This mine produced emeralds Read More …

The World’s “Largest” Emerald Is a Fake

The story begins with much excitement. The gem, named Teodora, was found in Brazil and cut in India, before being sold to rare gems dealer Reagan Reaney in Calgary – but there are doubts over whether it is in fact a true emerald. ‘I’m positive Read More …

World-famous Emeralds

One of the world’s largest emeralds is the so-called ‘Mughal Emerald’. It dates from 1695, weighs 217.80 carats, and is some 10cm tall. One side of it is inscribed with prayer texts, and there are magnificent floral engravings on the other side. This legendary emerald Read More …

Emerald Gemstone and Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Precious emerald is sensitive to pressure and vulnerable to household chemicals. Although emerald is one of the harder gemstones, it does still require careful handling, due to its naturally included and flawed formation. Extra care should be taken when handling emeralds as they are more Read More …