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Get to Know Your Pearls

Traditionally, pearls are June’s birthstone, a title they vie for with other equally beautiful but less well known stones. Unlike every other birthstone I have written about here, pearls are not exactly stones. Pearls are made of calcium carbonate, like most hard objects in the ocean created by organisms. Oh, yeah, that’s the big unique […]

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An Almost Magical Gem For People Who Can’t Pick Just One Favorite Color

Yeah, so that name is long and cumbersome, but so is the name of this gem: tourmaline. It gets a little more complicated; since tourmaline comes in every color, sometimes all in the same stone, each color and most color-combs of tourmaline have their own name, like schorl (black tourmaline) or rubellites (red tourmaline). The […]

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September Sapphires and July Rubies, Or How I Hit Two Gems With One Stone

Sapphires can be any color ““ blue, green, purple, clear, yellow, maybe even a little orange or pink ““ but they can’t be red. Even orange is a little questionable. Pink is sort of on the fence. OK, now I’m just stalling before the big reveal: sapphires cannot be red because if they are red […]