The FTC recently made several key changes to it's jewelry guides including removing the term "Natural" to describe mined diamonds. The term "Cultured" was also added to describe laboratory grown Diamonds. The new guides are confusing to the consumer and need further interpretation as lab grown diamonds are becoming increasingly prevalent in today's jewelry market. To read more from the article in National Jeweler Magazine click: here
Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, colored by the element chromium. All other colors of gem-quality corundum are called sapphire, which means color is key for this royal stone.
Accordingly, the name “ruby” comes from rubeus, the Latin word for red. In ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to ratnaraj, which meant “king of precious stones.” These fiery gems have been treasured throughout history for their vitality.
The chromium that gives ruby its red color also causes fluorescence, which makes rubies glow like a fire from within. Paradoxically, chromium is also what makes this gem scarce because it can cause cracks and fissures. Few rubies actually grow large enough to crystallize into fine quality gems, and these can bring even higher prices than diamonds.
Burma’s Mogok Valley historically produced the finest ruby material, famous for its deep blood-red color with purplish hues. These Burmese Rubies, also called Pigeon’s Blood Rubies, command a premium over brownish or orange-tinged varieties from other regions. For more information click: Here
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is mined in a rainbow of colors. From the fiery orange of Mandarin Garnet to the rich green of Tsavorite Garnet and to the most widely recognized color of Pyrope Garnet, it is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust. To read more: click hereRead More
With best wishes for a Happy New Year from Boston Estate and Gem Appraisal. Make one of your New Year's Resolutions to update all your Jewelry Appraisals for Insurance and/or Estate Planning.Read More
Those of you born in October get two (2) birthstones: Opal & Tourmaline. Opal's beautiful "play of color" shows multi colors when moved. Tourmaline comes in many different colors and in gem quality is often confused with Ruby, Emerald, and/or Sapphire. For more information click: here
Gemstone Identification is one of the many services we provide. An article by Brecken Branstrator in National Jeweler magazine, discusses some of the equipment used to determine gemstones. To read the complete article click: here
I am excited to announce I have achieved an Accredited Senior Appraiser designation from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). This designation is the culmination of four years of hard work involving classwork, testing, and a review of my report writing by the ASA International Board of Examiners.
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