The Wonder of Blue Tourmaline

Blue Tourmaline evokes the tranquility of deep blue water and gliding well beneath its surface. It invites surrender of all thought to the solitude of a liquid silence, a graceful world of letting go; then rising to the light. It is also known as Indicolite, Read More …

The Virgin Opal

Opal is not known to be a very expensive gemstone, but this beauty broke the ceiling and then some. Opal, a valuable stone that forms out of silica and of course, glows with an astonishing array of colors that you’re bound to love. It truly Read More …

Haley’s Comet Opal

“Halley’s Comet”, is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest uncut black opal. The massive stone was found by a group of opal miners on the Leaning Tree Claim at Lightning Ridge known as “The Lunatic Hill Syndicate” about the time Read More …

The Andamooka Opal

The Queen’s extensive post-Coronation tour of 1953-54 yielded several jewels for her collection. The South Australian government wanted to present their new Queen with a stone their region was known for, the opal, and set about finding the best example around. The chosen gem came Read More …

The Underappreciated Gemstone: Opal

Opals are the underappreciated gems of the precious stone world. And it is no wonder opal jewelry is so popular and has been sought after for thousands of years. This iridescent, rainbow-hued gemstone is beautiful. Throughout history, many stories and superstitions have followed opals, including Read More …

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 …

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 …