Gemstones

Bloodstone / Heliotrope

Bloodstone is also known as Heliotrope, is the traditional birthstone for March. This silicate mineral is a type of chalcedony. In its classic form, it is a dark green with red jasper inclusions. The word bloodstone refers to the small jasper inclusions which are deep red in color and are supposed to reflect small patches of blood. Heliotrope is greek …

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Faceted Gemstones

Faceting refers to cutting and polishing the surface of a gem into many small, flat faces, or facets, in order to give the stone a brighter appearance. Light enters the gem and is refracted at different angles to be dispersed throughout the stone. Jewelers began developing faceting techniques during the Renaissance to increase the beauty …

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En Cabochon

A ‘cabochon’ is a way of processing a gemstone. It is a way of polishing and shaping a gemstone as an alternative to it being cut and faceted. Such as the moonstone jewelry in the image above. A gemstone ‘en cabochon’ normally has a smooth rounded convex front face and a flat back. It is often …

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Sapphire

Like the ruby, sapphires are a form of the mineral corundum. While most commonly used in jewelry, both natural and artificial sapphires are also used in a number of other applications. Manufactured sapphires are often used in decorative crystal boules. Contrary to popular belief, sapphires aren’t just blue. You can find natural sapphires in a …

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