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Spinel Ascending

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Spinel Ascending

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A trend strengthening over the last two years: young couples getting engaged truly wish to have something unique and different from everyone else. This desire translates to wanting a color stone over a diamond as their engagement ring. When choosing a colored gem for bridal wear, durability becomes very important and we recommend that it be no lower than 8 on the Moh’s scale, as it will be worn everyday and softer stones easily abrade over time. Following Corundum, Spinel offers the best range of colors to choose from. Also, just last month, Spinel was announced as an alternative August birthstone!

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Stop by our website for our beautiful offering fine gem Spinels!

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How ripe is your “Peach”?

Monday, August 26th, 2013


Talk about noticing trends!!
Over the last month or so, we have had an unusually high number of requests for peach colored gems, primarily Sapphires. For the most part the calls have been very specific in that they were wishing to duplicate a certain shade of color in a picture of a finished ring in a Sapphire. Almost all the gemstones in the pictures were not Sapphires.

Yes, Sapphires are amazing in that they cover a real extensive range of colors, sometimes leaving one to assume they can pre pick any shade of color, then find it in a Sapphire.

The most coveted color in Fancy Sapphire with the peachy (orangey pink) tones are called “Padparadscha”. This prestigious designation really needs to be backed by a certificate from a Lab establishing that the color of the gem falls within the very narrow agreed upon range of colors. There still exists a wide difference of opinion on the boundaries of this color range between prominent labs.

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Padparadscha and Peach Sapphires

 

Any stone not certified as a “pad” within these colors, we refer to as “peach”. Imagine a peach; there are many shades present there, golden, orange, pink, salmon low to high saturation of colors. What matters in the end, is that one can only offer what is actually available and possible in nature and falls within the range of colors Sapphires actually exist in.

To avoid disappointments and fruitless searching, it is best to be aware of this fact before you promise to deliver Sapphires matching pictures of other gems exactly.

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A Topaz for Every Taste

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Being the November birthstone, Topaz has enjoyed long-time recognition and demand. When the inexpensive irradiated blue colored Topaz was introduced in to the market, it allowed the masses to own very affordable pieces of jewelry with Topaz. Since then other treatments such as coatings have allowed more variety of colors available for low priced commercial pieces of jewelry.

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Precious Topaz has always remained strong in its own category, consistently known as being a “gem”. Under the heading of Precious Topaz, you will find colors ranging from a light yellow to gold, to golden peach. The intense peachy pinks or sherry colors are given an increased distinction and acknowledgement of their rarity by being called Imperial Topaz. Super rare and expensive, they occasionally exhibit shades of strawberry red. Pink Topaz are not as common and come in soft pastel shades up to intense medium pinks in the super fine materials. Price per carat is directly based on the shade of color of the Topaz and how much peach and pink it exhibits.

Though the fine gems are wonderful to admire and marvel at, there truly is a range of price on this gem, making them extremely accessible to all your customers regardless of budget. And yes, there always is blue Topaz as a last resort for price.

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Familiarize yourself with these choices, so you can service this request when it walks into your store. Our web search is a great tool for this overview.

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Oval Precious Topaz

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

With a gorgeous saturated color of peach and a touch of gold, this perfectly cut, clean and bright gem is a sure winner. Since Topaz is a heavier gem, this stone also offers  a great face up for its weight, making it a super smart buy. This color of Topaz is most often graded as Imperial in the trade, which increases the asking price significantly. We reserve that term only for stones with more pink and sherry present.

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Item # 2132  – 14.2 x 9.9 mm Oval Precious Topaz – 7.38ct

Availability of nicer precious Topaz has become extremely rare these past few years, making this piece a much sought after item.

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