Imperial Topaz

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

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

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

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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