Gemstones

Aquamarine is the March Birthstone

Aquamarine is the March Birthstone

The word “aquamarine” means “seawater” in Latin. The name alone evokes scenes of summer days on the beach, by the sea, in warm sunshine … Aquamarine is a variety of Beryl with deep blue to slightly greenish-blue colour. Crystals are sometimes big enough to facet gemstones weighing well over 100ct. It is often free from inclusions and as clear as…

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February Birthstone is Amethyst

February Birthstone is Amethyst

Amethyst is not only the birthstone for the month of February, it is also the gemstone for the 6th wedding anniversary. Amethyst is the purple variety of Quartz and it has many popular symbolic and folkloric associations. One of the most well-known is Amethyst’s supposed powers to prevent drunkenness. The story goes back to a myth about Bacchus, the Roman…

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Happy Birthday January Peeps!

Happy Birthday January Peeps!

Garnet is the January birthstone. If you think Garnet is an ordinary red stone, think again. Garnet comes in a variety of species and colours and there is something for everyone! Read on to find out more. There are more colours to choose from than red when it comes to garnets. A full and rich palette includes greens, oranges, pinkish…

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Happy Birthday November Babies!

Happy Birthday November Babies!

Both birthstones for the month of November are happy, vibrant, colourful gemstones and they can even be mistaken for one another: Citrine and Topaz. Citrine is a Quartz variety and its colour is yellow to dark and saturated orangy-yellow. This gemstone is well-loved in the esoteric community as it is known for carrying the power of the sun and being…

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September’s Birthstone is Sapphire

September’s Birthstone is Sapphire

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum and it symbolizes sincerity, truth, faithfulness, and nobility. It has a long history with nobility and clergy, who wore sapphires because they also symbolized heaven. Some Sapphires are quite famous, such as the Rockefeller Sapphire, a 62.02ct rectangular step-cut stone from Myanmar, which is now set in a platinum ring with two…

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Hello! My name is Barbra Ann King and I’m a Rock Star… also known as a Gemmologist.

Hello! My name is Barbra Ann King and I’m a Rock Star… also known as a Gemmologist.

Gemmology is the science of analyzing natural and synthetic gemstone material, from coloured stones to diamonds to organic material like pearls, amber and opals. A gemmologist is a person that is academically trained and qualified to identify and evaluate gems using specialized scientific equipment such as microscopes, refractometers, dichroscopes, spectrometers and more.

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Amethyst, the Magical Stone

Amethyst, the Magical Stone

In the fifteenth century, the traditional virtue of the Amethyst stone was the cure of drunkenness: it had a sobering effect. The word “amethyst” derives from the Greek “amethystos”, meaning “a remedy against drunkenness”. This stone is known to support sobriety. It was also believed to protect soldiers from harm and help hunters capture wild animals. In our day and…

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Canada, What a Gem Part II

Canada, What a Gem Part II

As one of the largest mining countries in the world, Canada has more than 60 minerals and metal produced and processed. Our beautiful country is recognized worldwide as having the safest practices in the industry. Mont St-Hilaire, located in the province of Québec, has over 300 different species of minerals but because it is privately owned, digging for these specimens…

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Canada, What A Gem!

Canada, What A Gem!

The land we live on, the country we call Canada, took four (4) billion years to form. All this massive amount of rock formation, climate change, tectonic activity, volcanoes and continent movement contributed to the formation of gold, copper, zinc and iron, as well as a variety of gemstones such as Diamond, Labradorite, Amazonite, Jade, Ammolite and many more. Ammolite…

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