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  • Gemstone of the Month: SEPTEMBER

    Gemstone of the Month: September Pre-Owned Sapphire Ring NAME: Sapphire MEANING: Some linguists propose that the word sapphire derives from Sanskrit “Shanipriya”. Literally meaning "dear to Saturn". Alternatively, other believe that it derived from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue. COMMON SPECIES: Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. COLOUR: It is typically blue, but sapphires also occur in yellow...
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  • Gemstone of the Month: AUGUST

    Gemstone of the Month: August NAME: Peridot MEANING: The origin of the name peridot is unknown. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests it has an Anglo–Norman origin (classical Latin pæderot), but could also originate from the Arabic word faridat, meaning "gem" or the French word peritot, meaning gold. COMMON SPECIES: Peridot is a silicate mineral, a magnesium rich variety of Olivine. COLOUR: Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur...
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  • Gemstone of the Month: JULY

    Gemstone of the Month: JULY NAME: Ruby MEANING: Rubies are said to represent love and happiness. The name ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. COLOUR: The most preferred colour is a deep blood red with a slightly bluish hue. Such Ruby is known as "Burmese Ruby" or "Pigeon's Blood Ruby". MOHS HARDNESS: 9 – Very tough. OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Inclusions of tiny, slender, parallel Rutile needles in...
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  • Gemstone of the Month: JUNE

    NAME:  Pearl MEANING: A pearl traditionally symbolizes love, happiness and success. In many cultures, pearls symbolize purity and innocence, which is why it’s traditional for a bride to wear pearls on her wedding day. COMMON SPECIES: Pearls have an organic origin are not found within the Earth like most gemstones. The rarest pearls are natural pearls made in the wild. The majority of pearls sold today are cultured or farmed...
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  • Gemstone of the Month: MAY

    NAME:  Emerald MEANING: Emerald comes from the word “smaragdus,” which means “green” in Greek. COMMON SPECIES: Emerald is a variety of beryl. COLOUR: Light green to a deep rich green. MOHS HARDNESS: 7.5-8 OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Double refractive. HISTORY IN JEWELLERY: Cleopatra was known to cherish emeralds, even claiming ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS: Traditionally Emeralds can be oiled to fill surface cracks...
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  • Gemstone of the Month: FEBRUARY

      NAME: Amethyst MEANING: The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos” meaning “not drunk,” and was believed to prevent its wearers from intoxication. COMMON SPECIES: Amethyst is a variety of quartz. COLOUR: Faint mauve to a rich purple. MOHS HARDNESS: 7 OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Double refractive. HISTORY IN JEWELLERY: The Egyptians made bracelets of multiple strains of coloured gemstones including amethyst, carnelian, green feldspar, and turquoise. TREATMENTS AND ENHANCEMENTS: ...
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