Opal and Pearl Jewelry

Opal Jewelry

Let us at first have a look a Opal Jewlery and later on compare it with Pearl Jewelry. The reason why we chose to compare these two to each other should be obvious! So let’s go for it!

Opal jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a opal ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. The Romans believed opal was the symbol of hope and purity. They called it cupid paederos (child as beautiful as love) and thought the wearer safe from disease. The Arabs believed that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning.

Ancient Greeks also believed the opal had the power of giving foresight and the light of prophecy to their owners. Cleopatra is said to have worn an opal to attract the attention of Mark Anthony. Most often the opal is associated with the gift of prophecy.

Opal Jewelry

Birthstone: Opal is the birthstone for Libra: Sep.23 – Oct.22.

Wedding anniversary: Opal is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th and 18th year of marriage.

The name’s origin: Opal takes its name from the Latin word Upala meaning precious stone.

Color:  Opal which have a rainbow-like iridescence. Opal is a very fun stone which has many colors. Red Opals are called “Fire opals“. Peruvian Blue Opal and Peruvian Pink Opal lack “fire”, however come in extremely attractive colors.

Enhancement Method: Some opals are treated with oil, wax or resin to enhance their finish. Store opals in water soaked cotton wool to slow loss of water. Opals are sensitive to pressure and blows, as well as heat and chemicals.

Hardness: 6.5

Care and treatment: Do not expose this stone to prolonged natural light or to heat as the fire and color will fade.

Healing ability: Opal is said to keep blonde hair from fading with age.

Mystical power: To enhance personal power, wear a black opal. Use fire opals with caution if you are very sensitive to energy, as it may make you jumpy or uncomfortable. It is their belief that the opal represents something an ancestor left behind as a sign of his or her presence.

The Wangkumara people have a legend which tells how their people gained fire from opal stones with the assistance of a Muda – a Creator who switches from human form to pelican. Opals are said to impart bad luck on those who stray in love or attempt to use the power of the stone for selfish or evil purposes.

Deposits: It is found near the earth’s surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once flowed.  Southern Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Brazil, Peru, Canada, Honduras, Czechoslovakia and Nevada. All black opals come exclusively from Australia.

Alright, so now let us have a closer look at pearls!

Pearl Jewelry

Two pearls next to each otherWhen a foreign irritant is introduced, the oyster immediately surrounds it with layers of a substance called “nacre“. This forms the exquisite gemstone known as pearl. The pearls can be harvested after five to seven years, but can take up to twelve years depending on the size desired. Pearls are characterized by their translucence and lustre and by a delicate play of surface color called orient.

Pearl jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a pearl ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. The more perfect its shape (spherical or droplike) and the deeper its lustre, the greater its value. The surface of a pearl is rough to the touch. Pearls come in a wide range of sizes. Those weighing less than 1/4 grain (1 pearl grain = 50 milligrams = 1/4 carat) are called seed pearls. The largest naturally occurring pearls are the baroque pearls; one such pearl is known to have weighed 1,860 grains.

Birthstone: Pearl is the birthstone for Gemini: May 21 – Jun.20.

Wedding anniversary:  Pearl is the anniversary gemstone for the 1st, 3rd, 12th, and 30th year of marriage.

Color:  Pearls are white with a touch of grey, to yellowish-grey white, but they may also be steel grey, bronze, blue, green, purple, pink, copper, gold, or luminous black.

Shopping guide: To some extent, the older the pearl, the larger and more valuable it is.

Hardness: 2.5 – 4.5

Care and treatment: Because Pearls are organic gemstones and relatively soft, and porous, they should be worn with care.

Healing ability: Said to relieve indigestion when ground up and drank–however, this is a rather expensive antacid. Thought to increase fertility and ease the pain of childbirth. Perls eliminate emotional imbalances. They help one master the heart chakra, aid stomach, spleen, intestinal tract & ulcer problems.

Mystical power: A pearl is the product of an oyster’s defense mechanism. Pearl is said to help one see themselves and help improve self-worth. As an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl symbolizes love, success, and happiness.

In the following video we are going to have a close look at how pears are actually formed:

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Lapis Lazuli Jewelry and Moonstones

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli GemstonesLapis lazuli has been widely used as a semiprecious stone throughout history. It is most often seen as a necklace of beads or carved pendants. Lapis lazuli jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a lapis lazuli ring makes a wonderful gift. The best lapis is a deep rich blue with well distributed fine flecks of pyrite. Too much pyrite causes stones to look greenish and dull. Too much calcite lightens color. However, this lighter lapis has recently found a niche in the jewelry trade as “denim” lapis, because of the color resemblance.

Wedding anniversary: Lapis Lazuli is the anniversary gemstone for the 7th and 9th year of marriage.

The name’s origin: The name lapis comes from word pencil in Spanish.

Color: Lapis Lazuli is dark blue possibly with white spots of calcite.

Shopping guide: Fine natural Lapis Lazuli can be rather pricey. Jewelry with the high quality stones with no calcite or pyrite veins can be quite expensive. Lapis Lazuli can easily be scratched or chipped. Water will dissolve it’s protective coatings.

Hardness: 5.5

Healing ability: The stone is said to increase psychic abilities. Lapis is said to be a cure for melancholy and for certain types of fever. Lapis lazuli eliminates negative emotions. It relieves sore throat pain.

Mystical power: It is said that Lapis helps one understand the mind. It helps to expand your viewpoint. It is good for connecting the heart and the mind when worn over the heart. use in rituals to attract spiritual love. Take a piece of lapis with
sharp edge and inscribe a heart on pink candle. Place stone near candle, light candle and envision a love coming into your life. Through the ages, lapis has been associated with power, wisdom, love and most frequently as a stimulant for psychic abilities. It makes us more open in all ways, including openness to psychic experience. Wear everyday to increase your overall psychic awareness.

Deposits: Lapis Lazuli is found in Afganistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, and the US.

Moonstones

Beautiful MoonstoneMoonstone was very popular with the Romans, who thought it was formed out of moonlight, also used in Roman jewelry since 100 AD. Moonstone jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a moonstone ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. In India moonstone is considered a sacred stone to this day. Moonstone is usually set as a cabochon. Moonstone was very popular early in the 20th century and was extensively used in Art Nouveau jewelry. Moonstone is often given to young lovers in India to help them discern what their life will be like together.

Birthstone: Moonstone is the birthstone for Cancer: Jun.21 – Jul.22.

Wedding anniversary: Moonstone is the anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.

The name’s origin: The moonstone named for its semblance in color to the moon.

Color: Moonstone is usually whitish-blue, but can be colorless, yellow, orange, gray, or even reddish.

Shopping guide: Stone has a rainbow-like array of colors and will pick up colors you wear. The best moonstone has a blue sheen, perfect clarity, and a colorless body color.

Hardness: 6

Care and treatment: Moonstone can be easily scratched as it has a hardness of 6. Store moonstones carefully and never allow two specimens to touch each other.

Healing ability: Moonstone has a powerful effect on women’s menstrual cycles. Women are cautioned about wearing or carrying moonstone at times of the full moon or when they are menstruating.Vibrating with the feminine wisdom and Goddess energy of the waxing and full Moon, Moonstone has a reflective, calming energy. It helps to strengthen intuition and psychic perception. Moonstone is said to help kidney problems. A feminine stone, it is said to have calming properties. It brings balance and harmony.

Mystical power: Moonstone is most powerful during the full moon, and may be used at that time to solve difficult problems or relationships.  Buried in a garden, it will enhance growth, and is effective to encourage fruit bearing trees to fertility.  Moonstone is gently protective and is excellent for children and for ensuring safe pregnancy and delivery for pregnant mothers.

Deposits: Moonstone is found in Brazil, European Alps, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and USA (Pennsylvania and Virginia). Sri Lanka has the highest quality moonstones.

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Jade vs Jasper Gemstones

Jade Gemstones

Jade GemstoneJade jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a jade ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. There are two types of Jade: Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is rarer and the highest quality is known as imperial Jade. Jade is a universal stone. It is well suited to people born at any time of the year. Jade allows one to actualize aspirations and attain limitless achievements.  Jade is a protective stone and acts as a ward against negative energies.

Birthstone: Jade is the birthstone for Virgo Aug. 23 – Sep.22.

Wedding anniversary: Jade is the anniversary gemstone for the 12th, 30th, and 35th year of marriage.

Color:  Jadeite is rarer and the highest quality is known as imperial Jade. Jadeite comes in many colors: red, yellow, green, lilac, black, orange, white, pink, blue and brown. Nephrite Jade is more common and is often used in chinese carvings. Nephrite Jade comes in various tones of green — mostly with an olive green tone.

Shopping guide: The most valuable form of jade is known as imperial jade and comes from Myanmar, it is an emerald green color.

Hardness: Jadeite has a hardness of 7. Nephrite Jade has a hardness of 6.5.

Healing ability: The Chinese credit Jade with clarity,  Jade is said to stimulate kidney function and has been used as a cure for kidney stones for centuries. Jade is also said to be beneficial to the heart, the nervous system, and to promote health in the organs that purify blood.

Mystical power: Jade is linked to wisdom, longevity, practicality, tranquility, and serenity based on knowing how to live in harmony with the laws of nature.  Jade is sometimes known as the “Dream Stone” or the “Stone of Fidelity”. Placed under the pillow, it helps with dream work.  It is a stone for strengthening, wisdom, protection and luck.

Deposits: Jadeite is from Myanmar, Japan, and USA (Alaska and California). Nephrite Jade is from Myanmar, Russia, China and USA (Wyoming).

One important issue we also wanted to address is the following question: How do you tell fake from real Jade?

Watch the following video and find out:

So that’s it for Jade Gemstones. But how do these actually compare to Jasper Gemstones?

Jasper Gemstones

Jasper GemstoneJasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature. Jasper jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a jasper ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. Jasper is said to aid quickness of thought, allowing your mind to function with less distractions and aiding clearness of thought. Jasper is also said to help dispel negative energies and reduce stress. These qualities make jasper an excellent choice for executives and others in the business world.

Birthstone: Jasper is also the birthstone for Virgo: Aug 23 – Sep 22.

The name’s origin: The name jasper is from the Greek iaspis.

Color: Jasper comes in red, brown, green, greyish-blue, and yellow. Often jasper is multi-colored.

Shopping guide:  Jasper is a very pretty, inexpensive gemstone. It is usually worn as beads or cabochon jewelry.

Hardness: 7

Care and treatment: The polish on jasper will often be washed away in water. Clean your jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth.

Healing ability: Jasper is thought beneficial for throat disorders, thymus problems and blood diseases. “The supreme nurturer”, Jasper is known as the “Patron stone of Counselors and Healers”.  It is very healing and balancing and was often worn by Shaman for protection.

Mystical power: Sometimes referred to as the “Goddess Stone”, Angelite is thought to help us tune in to the voice of the Great Mother Spirit–and it’s a two-way communication as Angelite is thought to improve both sending and receiving. It’s thought to help us return to the innocence and purity of purpose we had as very young children and tune out the hurts and corruptions acquired during a lifetime of living. It is therefore thought important in healing anger.

Deposits: Urals, North Africa, Sicily, France, India, Venezuela and Germany, Arizona,California, Utah and Wyoming.

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Our Whiteflash Diamonds Review!

Today we will have a closer look at Whiteflash diamonds.

Whiteflash is particularly well-known for their A Cut Above signature diamonds. Whiteflash has an excellent reputation when it comes to working with the most reputable diamond grading labs.

Why do Whiteflash diamonds have such a good reputation?

For one thing Whiteflash diamonds always come with an AGS Platinum Grading Report!

AGS Platinum Grading ReportAn AGS platinum grading report has the advantage that it provides very deep data on the light performance of a diamond. For instance it provides a computer generated ASET analysis. The ASET analysis of a diamond is very important in order to know where light gets lost and where it gets reflected back to the viewer.

In fact, only AGS is providing this kind of informaton in their gradings reports as opposed to GIA.

It is for this particular reason that Whiteflash is working with AGS for their signature cut diamonds.

How to choose a Whiteflash diamond?

Basically if you choose a signature A Cut Above diamond you will simply have to know that all of these diamonds are absolutely excellent. You will never find a bad A Cut Above signature diamond!

This is quite simply due to the fact that Whiteflash has very strict quality procedures in place that ensure that every chosen diamond only belongs to the very best of the best.

For this particular reason you will only find so-called super ideal cut diamonds. Super ideal cut diamonds that are within very specific proportions as far as the crown and pavilion angles are concerned!

In the graphic below you can see the typical proportions for super ideal cut diamonds:

Super Ideal Cut Diamonds

As all of Whiteflash’s signature diamonds are within these super ideal cut proportions it is very hard to distinguish between several diamonds.

In fact even diamond experts would have great difficulty to differentiate between two ACA diamonds. This is mainly due to the fact that in most diamonds you will find very similiar proportions. For instance you will only find diamonds with crown angles between 34 and 35 degrees. And you will also only find diamonds with pavilion angles between 40.6 degrees and 41.0 degrees.

This ensures that all Whiteflash diamonds have a maximum of fire, sparkle and scintillation and no light leakage at all!

Are Whiteflash diamonds expensive?

Considering how much you are actually getting as far as diamond quality is concerned it actually turns out that Whiteflash is not expensive at all!

Whiteflash is a truly great diamond vendor that is first focused on the best diamond cut and on the best diamond quality. It is only natural that such diamonds must be a premium product which demand a premium price.

But anyone who really knows something about diamonds also knows that Whiteflash diamonds are not expensive for the price that they go for.

Let us for instance have a look at the following Whiteflash diamond:

1.057ct Whiteflash diamondThis diamond has 1.057ct and looks really exceptional!

One can clearly make out the hearts and arrows patterning in the diamond!

A hearts and arrows pattern is basically nothing else than a pattern that indicates an enormous amount of symmetry in the diamond. From one side of the diamond you can see arrows and from the other side you can see hearts.

One trick of major diamond graders such as Brian Gavin is to only look at the hearts image of a diamond. This is due to the fact that a perfect hearts arrows can only exist when the arrows are just as perfect. And it is easier to see deviations and imperfections in the hearts image rather than in the arrows image.

If we have a look at this particular diamond above we will see that the symmetry is really astounding! But it is not only this one diamond above that has such an exceptional symmetry but in fact ALL of Whiteflash’s signature diamonds turn out to have such a symmetry!

Thus, if you are looking for the most high quality symmetrical diamonds Whiteflash is the right choice for you!

Diamond Symmetry vs Diamond Cut

One question diamond buyers very often have is whether the diamond symmetry or the diamond cut is more important for the perfect light performance of a diamond. In fact this is a very common misconception!

The diamond cut is actually the deciding factor in the light performance of a diamond! You have to be aware that it is the crown and pavilion angles that determine in which way the light is reflected within the diamond.

Thus, these proportions are really crucial for a diamond to sparkle very brilliantly.

The diamond symmetry however is much less of a deciding factor. A diamond could be quite unsymmetrical but it could still have the perfect crown and pavilion angles!

Such a diamond would still perform in an excellent way!

On the following picture you can see different diamonds with light leakage:

Shallow and Deep diamondsAs you can see a shallow or a deep diamond loses a lot of light. This will result in a diamond with a lot less brilliance and sparkle.

You can also see that the loss of light does not have anything to do with the diamond symmetry but rather with the specific crown and pavilion angles.

To be fair, diamond symmetry does play a minor role in evaluating light performance but it has a much smaller impact than people commonly think!

As Whiteflash diamonds all have an excellent diamond with the best super ideal cut crown and pavilion angles all Whiteflash diamonds perform very brilliantly!

Conclusion of our Whiteflash Review

As a conclusion it does have to be said that the quality of Whiteflash diamonds surprised us very much indeed!

The A Cut Above signature line does not only meet but it even surpasses the expectations that you might have towards such a superb diamond!

We think that you cannot do anyhing wrong with Whiteflash if you are truly committed to having a diamond with an ultra high quality in your possession.

If you want to know even more indepth information on Whiteflash please continue reading here.

Please don’t be shy to reach out to us if you have any further questions!

 

 

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Diamonds

In today’s post we will have a closer look at diamonds and what they are actually all about!

Diamonds have long been valued for their hardness and incredible brilliance. Diamond jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, or a diamond ring makes a wonderful gift that is guaranteed to impress. Unparalleled hardness and brilliance has earned diamond the right to be the world’s most famous and desired gemstone.

Diamond luster is greater than that of other gemstones, due both to its high refractive index, and its exceptional hardness. It is in fact the only gemstone capable of scratching corundum.

So let’s have a look at the facts:

Birthstone:  Diamond is the birthstone of Aries: March   21 – April 19.

Wedding anniversary:  Diamond is the anniversary gemstone for the 30th and 60th year of marriage.

The name’s origin:  Diamond derives its name from the Greek word adamas, which means “invincible”.

Color: Diamonds are usually colorless. However, brown, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, red, gray and black variations are also found depending on the impurities present.

Shopping guide:  If you want a nice diamond be prepared to pay a nice price. Low price means low quality. Be aware of numerous imitations of diamonds: cubic zirconia, synthetic moissianite, synthetic rutile, strontium titanate, colorless topaz, colorless sapphire, and many others. Scratching glass is useless test as many imitations made of quartz, which also scratches glass. Consult a professional, independent retail jeweler to insure you are getting the real thing.

Hardness: 10

Healing ability: Mary, Queen of Scots had a large diamond she thought protected her from poisoning (she was beheaded). Alternately there are treatises that speak of it’s ability to poison.

Mystical power: They also believe diamonds to be “amplifiers” and no woman should wear more than 1 carat total weight of diamonds, and then, only in accent to other stones. They believe the stone’s power is directly proportional to it’s size. Any diamond showing hints or tinges of red is said to bring ruin upon the wearer and his household. Diamonds have been used as crown jewels for centuries–many of the European Crown Jewels were taken from India. Many fearful legends surround the largest diamonds, for instance the Hope Diamond. Thought to have been stolen from an Indian idol, it became part of the French crown jewels of Louis XIV.

Deposits: Diamonds are mostly found in Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA (Arkansas, California, Colorado, and North Carolina), and Brazil.

Diamonds are a nowadays particularly use a lot for engagement rings. Engagement rings used to be normal rings without any diamonds but recently more than 50% of all engagement rings turn out to be diamond engagement rings!

Not a bad development for the diamond industry :)

If you want to know more about diamonds you will have to inform yourself properly especially if you want to buy a high quality diamond.

We recommend you go and check out the Pricescope Forum in case you have any questions about diamonds. It is a community full of jewelry professionals that are dedicated to answering any questions that you might have and we really recommend it to make a great purchasing decision.

Other than that you can always reach out to us and we will help you as well!

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Why should I buy gemstones?

You have found information on gemstone birthstones, wedding anniversary stones, hardness of gemstones, name’s origin, deposits, mystical power, and healing ability of gemstones.

Gemstone jewelry has a special allure, in their infinite variety, their brilliant colors, their inner glow or their dazzling fire, have inspired mankind’s dreams since the beginning of time. For these gemstones, men down the ages traveled to the ends of the worlds they knew, endured incredible hardships, fought and died.

Gemstones jewelry have a special quality in energy, this can help you in a very gentle way. Many people believe gemstones, rocks and minerals can be seen as a very slow life form. Here on this planet we are surrounded by petrified life that has been formed long before human beings counted for much, let alone that there were so many of us!

On our website we want to give you the most comprehensive information on any kind of gemstone that you could ever stumble upon!

So let’s have a closer look at the most common gemstones:

Alexandrite: Alexandrite is a beautiful, rare stone. It is very difficult to find natural alexandrite. Most Alexandrites on the market are synthetic. Alexandrite rings are very beautiful. If Alexandrite is set in a ring, the wearer can watch the color change.

Amethyst: Amethyst is a wonderful affordable purple gemstone. It is wonderful in rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and bracelets. It is given as a symbol of sincerity, security, and peace of mind.

Aquamarine: Aquamarine is a beautiful, medium priced, light blue or blue-green stone. It is beautiful in rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and more.

Aventurine: Aventurine is a very sweet inexpensive stone. It’s claim to fame is having inclusions that look like sparkles. If you buy extremely high quality aventurine (without the inclusions), it looks like emerald.

Bloodstone: Bloodstone is an inexpensive earthstone. It is often used for bolo ties, pendants and bead necklaces.

Carnelian: Carnelian is a wonderful orange stone. It is used for great beads, cabochons and cameos.

Chrysoprase: Chrysoprase is often referred to as Australian Jade due to its wonderful green color. It is often used for beads, cabochons and cameos.

Diamonds: Diamonds are special gifts due to their glamour, rarity, durability and beauty. Diamonds are welcome gifts for all occasions. They are beautiful symbols of love around the world.

Emerald: Emerald is a beautiful green, well-loved stone. It is used in rings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets. It is a wonderful birthday gift.

Emerald Gemstone

Garnet: Garnet is a reasonably priced stone. It is beautiful in rings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. It is much less expensive than pink tourmaline or ruby.

Jade: Jade is usually carved to bring out its beauty. It is most often used in pendants and statues.

Jasper: Jasper is a very pretty, inexpensive earthstone. It is usually worn as beads or cabochons.

Lapis Lazuli: Lapis is a beautiful royal blue stone often associated with royalty. It is most often seen as a necklace of beads or carved pendants.

Malachite: Malachite is a beautiful green earth stone with black bands. It is beautiful in earrings, necklaces, and pendants.

Moonstone: Moonstone is a translucent stone that has a shimmering affect called adularescence. It is often worn in rings, pendants or bead necklaces.

Obsidian: Obsidian is natural glass. It has been used for jewelry, mirrors, tools and more for centuries.

Onyx: Onyx is a rich-looking, affordable black stone. It is often mixed with pearls to create elegant jewelry.

Opal: Opal is a very fun stone which has many colors. Watching the fire in an opal is enchanting.

pearl: Everyone seems to love the beauty of a strand of pearls. It is a classic piece of jewelry.

Peridot: Peridot is a beautiful olive green stone. It is much less expensive than green tourmaline. It is worn in necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets.

Ruby: Ruby is known as the stone of love. It is worn in all types of jewelry.

Sapphire: Sapphire comes in every color except red (ruby). Blue is the most common color for sapphire. White sapphire is occasionally used as a diamond substitute.

Tanzanite: Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone introduced by Tiffany’s. It’s unique blue color is fabulous.

Tiger Eye: Tiger Eye Quartz is used in cabochons and beads where it’s lovely tiger-like quality comes out best. Generally, you will not find faceted tiger eye. This stone is often called “Tiger’s Eye” or simply “Tiger Eye”.

Topaz: Topaz is a beautiful light blue stone. It is much less expensive than aquamarine. It looks beautiful in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants.

Turquoise: Turquoise is a vibrant light blue stone often seen in southwestern jewelry. It is reasonably priced and quite lovely.

We hope that we could give you a good idea of what the most popular gemstones are like. For more accurate information on each gemstone please check out the International Colored Gemstone Association or follow the provided links!

 

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