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Imperial Topaz

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in gem identification | 0 comments

Imperial topaz is the most precious form of topaz. It’s color is offend described as the ‘setting sun’. Pinkish orange to Orangy-red is the desired color when you are looking to buy it. Try to avoid brownish stones that are offend sold as...

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Garnet

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in gem identification | 0 comments

Garnet is a singly refractive gem that is most commonly seen as brownish red. What most people do not know is that garnet comes in almost ever color in the rainbow, and is even known to have a color-change in some stones; changing from blue to pink! This Green garnet is a Demantoid garnet. Photo courtesy of Pala...

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Alexandrite

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in gem identification | 0 comments

Alexandrite is the color-change variety of Chrysoberyl.  Named after Czar Alexander II, Alexandrite is one of the rarest gem materials on earth! The best quality alexandrite is forest green in natural day light and changes to blood red in incandescent light. To truly experience the color change of this gem you will need to view it in multiple light sources.       Photo courtesy of Pala...

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Ruby

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in gem identification | 0 comments

Did you know up until the 19th century three different gemstones where all called Ruby?  Spinel, Garnet and ‘corundum’ Ruby, were all considered to be the same gem material. Ruby as we recognize it today is from a group of gemstones called Corundum. A distinct red color with a slight blue over tone is the color that is most sought after when looking for a true gem quality Ruby. Ruby is the second hardest gem material, with a Mohs’ hardness rating of 9; only diamond is harder at 10. Large rubies are rarer than diamonds of comparable size. Often costing considerable more than a diamond; Ruby can be a very expensive gemstone. You might want to consider hiring an experienced gemologist to help you make the right purchase! Photo courtesy of Pala...

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Independent Appraiser

Posted by on Apr 19, 2011 in appraisal | 0 comments

Independent Appraiser

You have probably heard from friends and family, that you should get an ‘Independent’ appraiser to evaluate your jewelry, but do you know why?  An independent appraiser has no vested interest in the value or stated quality of an appraised item, thus assuring accurate assessment of the item’s quality and worth. You should never get your jewelry appraised at a place that offers to buy or sell...

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Gems

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in appraisal | 0 comments

Gems

Most people see a red stone and think ruby, or a blue stone and think sapphire, but did you know that ruby and sapphire are actually both the same stone: Corundum. Find out more about gemology with our gem blog.         Photo courtesy of Pala...

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Diamonds

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in appraisal | 0 comments

Diamonds

Diamonds are magical. Diamonds are the hardest natural material on earth, and a gem caliber diamond is worth more by weight than even gold! This is a rough (unpolished) diamond crystal.     Photo courtesy of Pala...

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Gem Appraisal

Posted by on Apr 11, 2011 in appraisal | 0 comments

Gem Appraisal

Most people probably do not even know that the science of gemology even exists. Gemology is the study of gem material.  Gemologists are the people that study the field of gemology. Most gemologists usually earn their living working for jewelry companies buying stones or working in  laboratories grading and identifying gem material. At Northeast Gemological, we specialize in grading and identifying gem material as well as giving independent jewelry appraisals. Photo courtesy of Pala...

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