December Birthstones – Turquoise and Blue Topaz

Where it can be found Turquoise – It can be mined in the U.S., Mexico, Iran, Chile, China, and Tibet. Blue Topaz – Deposits of topaz have been found in Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the USA. Natural light-blue topaz is found in Northern Ireland and the UK.   Turquoise Read More…

November Birthstone – Topaz, Citrine and Yellow Sapphire

Where it can be found Topaz can be found in Russia it is also very frequently found in the United States, Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sweden, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Flinders Island, Sri Lanka, Czech Republic, Norway,Afghanistan and Mexico. Most citrine comes from Brazil, but almost all of the Brazilian material is heat-treated amethyst. Natural citrine can also be found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Read More…

How to fix Jewelry: Open a Jump Ring

Unfortunate situations happen to our favorite pieces with time. We already have discussed How to Clean your tarnished Jewelry. But today continuing our topic of Jewelry 101 I will share the most useful trick you would need to fix your jewelry. Here’s a tutorial on how to open a jump ring. So instead of throwing it away, you can fix it Read More…

October Birthstones – Opal and Pink Tourmaline

Where it can be found Most of the precious opal deposits that have been discovered are in Australia. The mines of Australia produce at least 90% of the world’s precious opal. In addition to Brazil, tourmaline is mined in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar,Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malawi.   Opal Facts Opal is formed from rain. There is some conjecture on how Read More…

September Birthstone – Sapphire

Where it can be found Sapphire is found in only a few locations in the world. The three most famous regions for blue sapphire are Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka. Sapphire has also been mined in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and India.   Facts Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 5th or Read More…

August Birthstone – Peridot

Where it can be found Gem quality peridot comes from Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.   Facts According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with Sardonyx since 1912. There is no synthetic or manmade version of peridot, but imitations do exist.  These are usually made Read More…

July Birthstone – Ruby

Where it can be found The most recently found ruby deposit is in Myanmar. Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and in Pakistan.   Facts The word ruby comes from the Latin “rubens” which means red. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They Read More…

June Birthstones – Pearl and Moonstone

  Both the pearl and moonstone are considered Junes birthstone and they are used interchangeably. Which do you prefer? Moonstones Where they can be found: Junes birthstone, the moonstone, is named because of its uncanny resemblance to the iridescent sheen of the moon. It was considered by ancient civilizations to be a sacred stone, bestowing the wearer with great spiritual Read More…

May Birthstone – Emerald

Where is can be found Most emerald deposits are currently mined in Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia. They are mined throughout the world (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Australia, United States) but these are the three major sources.   Facts Emerald is always green. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone. Emerald always has some inclusions. If there are none, it’s more Read More…

April Birthstone – Diamond

  Where it can be found Diamonds are present in about 35 countries. South Africa, Russia and Botswana are the main producers of gem diamond while Australia produces most of the industrial diamond. They are also found in India, Brazil, China, Canada and the United States.   Facts  Diamonds are the most expensive stones in the world – I looked Read More…

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

  Where it can be found The majority of aquamarine is found in Brazil. Other important deposits are in Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado/USA, and Zambia.   Facts Aquamarine is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces and the Read More…

3 Effective Ways to Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry

One of the most common questions I get from my friends and customers is:   How can I clean my tarnished jewelry?    Most of the jewelry I make is made of sterling silver which is a fine metal and no matter how you take care of it, eventually it will probably tarnish. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it again Read More…

February Birthstone – Amethyst

  Where it can be found Amethyst is mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Siberia, Canada, India, Bolivia, and Argentina and in the U.S.; most of the Amethyst comes from Zambia.   Facts Amethyst was once revered as the “jewel of the gods”. Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario. Amethyst has been used to symbolize deep Read More…