What Is A Pearl? Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water, such as sand. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is manually inserted into the mollusk to start the process. For both, the quality of the nacre dictates thequality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value. Luster results from reflection of light rays off the pearl’s surface, and from concentric inner layers of nacre, like light bouncing off a convex mirror. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen. Misshapen pearls are called baroque pearls. Four Major Pearl Types Akoya—This type is most familiar to many jewelry customers. Japan and China both produce saltwater Akoya cultured pearls. South Sea—Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines are leading sources of these saltwater cultured pearls. Tahitian—Cultivated primarily around the islands of French Polynesia (the most familiar of these is Tahiti), these saltwater cultured pearls usually range from white to black. Freshwater—These are usually cultured in freshwater lakes and ponds. They’re produced in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. China and the US are the leading sources. Imitation Pearls Imitation pearls are usually a coated glass bead. Most have a high luster, but not the depth of luster seen on high quality cultured pearls. It's possible to separate an imitation from a cultured or natural pearl but it can be a challenge, as many pearls undergo treatments to either enhance their [...]
What Is An Emerald? Emeralds are gem-quality specimens of the beryl mineral family with a rich, distinctly green color. They are found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in a small number of locations worldwide. Igneous - formed from the solidification of molten rock material Metamorphic - modified by heat, pressure, and chemical processes, usually while buried deep below Earth's surface Sedimentary - formed by the accumulation of sediments For over 5000 years, Emeralds have been one of the most desirable and valuable colored stones. Ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, and South America independently discovered Emeralds and made them a gemstone of highest esteem. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine Emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a Diamond. Today, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire form the "big three" of colored stones. The "big three" generate more economic activity than all other colored stones combined. What Makes An Emerald Green? The name Emerald comes from the Greek word which literally means green stone. So, to be an Emerald, a specimen must have a distinctly green color that falls in the range from bluish green to green to slightly yellowish green. Perhaps the most important, however, the specimen must also have a rich color. Beryl, the mineral of which Emerald is a variety, is colorless and known as "goshenite." Trace amounts of chromium or vanadium in the mineral, is the key to developing it’s rich, green color. Trace amounts of iron, however, will tint the Emerald a bluish green or a yellowish green color depending upon its oxidation state. Stones with weak saturation or light tone should be called "Green Beryl." If the beryl's color is greenish blue then it is an "Aquamarine." If it is greenish yellow [...]
What is Aquamarine? The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Aquamarine is a very valuable and special gem made in the depths of mountains by intense heat. It is made when extremely hot magma under the Earth's crust interacts with mineral rich rocks under mountain ranges. As the magma pushes through little cracks and crevices in the rocks it reacts with the minerals present there and gemstones are formed. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable. It grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to a foot long, making it a great gem to be cut and polished in larger carats for statement pieces. Not only is aquamarine one of the March birthstones, it’s also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries. It’s a beautiful stone with little or no yellow in it, so it looks great in many settings with different colored metals and gemstones. Aquamarine Healing Properties Aquamarine properties contain the healing, vibrant powers of our ancient seas. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.The serene blue or blue-green color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Evolved over millions of years, this stone is also very healing when it comes to soothing unpleasant emotions such as grief or loneliness. Aquamarine is a “Stone of Courage and Protection”. Used often with the Throat Chakra, it can promote verbal [...]
Jewelry Appraisals Thursday, January 24th! $10 OFF Jewelry Appraisals with Jane 1/24! Jane Chaikowsky is an Independent Jewelry Appraiser who is Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America, an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), Master Gemologist Appraiser® (MGA) of the American Society of Appraisers and Certified Senior Member (CSM) of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, assuring an unbiased opinion of value. Jane can appraise your jewelry while you watch using portable gemological laboratory equipment. 🔬 Jane only visits our store about once a month so be sure to call and schedule your appointment! 610-434-8001 You can also drop off your jewelry the day before if you are unable to make it in on Thursday!
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What is a Garnet? The name “garnet” originates from the medieval Latin granatus, meaning “pomegranate,” in reference to the similarity of the red color. Garnets have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. Necklaces studded with red garnets adorned the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Signet rings in ancient Rome featured garnet intaglios that were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents. Garnet is actually a group of several minerals. Five of these – pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular and andradite – are important as gems. Pyrope and almandine range from purple to red. Spessartine is found in exciting oranges and yellows, while andradite is mostly yellow to green (the gem variety demantoid). Grossular may have the widest range, from colorless through yellow to reddish orange and orangy red, as well as a strong vibrant green called tsavorite. Physical and Spiritual Healing Properties of Garnet: According to Indian astrology, garnet helps eliminate negative feelings (depression, guilt) and instill greater self-confidence and mental clarity to promote creative thinking and peace of mind. In ancient and medieval times, gems like garnet were also thought to be remedies for inflammatory diseases and to soothe the angry heart. How to Care for Your Garnet: The different types of garnet range between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that this birthstone is more susceptible to damage than rubies, sapphires and diamonds. So while not all garnets are good candidates for daily wear, they are ideal for earrings, brooches and pendants. Give thought to how you store your garnet jewelry. If you let it rub against harder gems – again, think diamonds, rubies and sapphires – it can be scratched. And in turn [...]
SBJ 10 Year Anniversary! This month marks Susan Bella Jewelry's 10 year Anniversary! 🎊Traditionally, a 10 year anniversary gift was aluminum or tin, but (thankfully! 😉) that changed to diamond jewelry in modern times. 💎 So in celebration, Susan wants to offer all of you, our cherished customers, an epic sale the entire month of January! And stay tuned for some VERY exciting news later this month! #SusanBellaJewelry #CheersTo10Years 🥂
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