Sunday, December 15, 2013


Zircon, one of the Birthstones for December, is the oldest known mineral on the planet, dating back 4.4 Billion years. While the most popular color of Zircon is currently a turquoise-blue, Zircon can be found in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and white. Because of its brilliance and fire, the colorless variety of Zircon has been commonly mistaken for diamonds throughout history. Because of the similarity in name and appearance, there is also often confusion between natural Zircon and synthetic Cubic Zirconia. Zircon exhibits double-refraction on the facets of a cut stone, and rainbow-colored fire is often visible. Zircon is mainly found in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, SriLanka, and Myanmar. Throughout the Middle Ages, Zircon was believed to promote riches, honor, wisdom, sound sleep, and to drive away evil spirits.

The Gem Collection will have some beautiful Zircon on display for our upcoming Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show on October 11-12. Don't miss this chance to view this amazing gemstone with your own eyes.

The following videos from GIA display some beautiful Zircon gemstones.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ricky Frank Jewelry Designer

Ricky Frank Jewelry

Ricky Frank is a fine jewelry designer known for his intricate and beautiful enamel jewelry. Each piece of Ricky Frank jewelry is a unique, hand-crafted masterpiece that glows and comes alive as every angle of light draws out waves of vibrant colors. His pieces often contain stories inspired by the challenges and triumphs of life. These miniature mosaics of dancing light and vibrant color dazzle the eyes and inspire the imagination.
Ricky Frank Jewelry
After thirty five years of experience, Ricky Frank has mastered a unique enamel technique that allows him to create these brilliant pieces of art. He uses a very difficult process that requires a great deal of time, patience, and care. He layers intricate designs onto the metal and works them into intricate patterns on its surface. He then paints brilliantly colored enamel powders to create the glowing portraits on each piece. He melts layers of glass onto the surface and fires it between ten and fifteen times until the enamel achieves the perfect finish. The enamel is then smoothed and polished until it shines like a gemstone. Many Ricky Frank pieces are adorned with exquisite jewels to accent the priceless work of art in the enamel. 

Ricky Frank started working with enamels on pennies when he was a child as a very short-lived hobby, but he instead pursued a graduate degree in sport psychology, peak performance, and creativity. He worked as a soccer coach for some time, but later returned to his passion for creating beautiful artwork and started his business in enamel jewelry design. He now applies his passion for human development and psychology to create intricate wearable works of art that symbolize and inspire the emotions of the human spirit.
To view more Ricky Frank Jewelry online, please visit our Ricky Frank Jewelry gallery.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Tallahassee Tanzanite Jewelry

Tanzanite, one of the Birthstones of December, is a beautiful and unique gemstone that can appear to change color from light blue to deep purple depending on the angle of lighting. This ability to change colors based on the angle of light is called pleochroism.
Tallahassee Tanzanite Jewelry

Tanzanite gets its name from Tanzania, the East African country where it was discovered in the 1960’s. Tanzania is the only known place in the entire world where Tanzanite can be found. Tanzanite is extremely rare because the supply is often limited by civil unrest and extreme weather conditions that hinder commercial mining in Tanzania. Tanzanite comes from crystals composed of the mineral, Zoisite. While Tanzanite is a relative newcomer to the gem industry, it has risen in popularity to rival some of the more well-known gemstones. Tanzanite is now considered one of the birthstones for the month of December and the gem for a 24th anniversary.

The Gem Collection will have some beautiful Tanzanite on display for our upcoming Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show on October 11-12. Don't miss this chance to view this amazing gemstone with your own eyes.

This video from GIA shows some of the color changes visible in Tanzanite as it catches different angles of light.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Tallahassee Citrine Jewelry

Citrine is one of the birthstones of November, along with Precious Topaz. The word Citrine is derived from the Latin word for lemon. Because Citrine is the yellow or orange color variation of Quartz, Citrine crystals are more readily available and come in a much wider range of sizes than most gemstones. Gem quality Citrine can often be found in sizes of over 20CTW, and some Citrine can exceed eight pounds. Citrine is the most popular gemstone in today's jewelry market for the yellow and orange color range.

Tallahassee Citrine Cuff
We have a wide variety of beautiful Citrine jewelry at the Gem Collection, both in our store and on our Tallahassee Citrine Jewelry Gallery.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Staff Favorites: Michael Nicholson

Michael Nicholson: 200-03022

My favorite piece of jewelry at the Gem Collection is this incredible 10.79CTW Tanzanite ring. Tanzanite is an amazing and very rare gemstone that changes colors when light hits it at different angles. The masterful cut of this extravagantly large gem causes ripples of intense electric blue light to dance across the deep royal purple stone as one gazes at it from different angles. The Tanzanite stone is cradled by 18K White Gold, and adorned with 1.29CTW Diamonds and 0.36CTW Blue Sapphires that sparkle brilliantly in the light.

Tanzanite was only recently discovered in the 1960’s in the small East African country of Tanzania, which is the only place in the entire world where Tanzanite can be found. Because of unstable political and natural conditions surrounding Tanzanite mines, there is a very limited supply of this highly sought after gemstone available on the market.

A stunning Tanzanite stone of this size and quality is an extremely rare and valuable treasure well worth beholding with your own eyes.

- Michael Nicholson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Staff Favorites: Dorothy Vodicka

Sydney Lynch Jewelry
Dorothy Vodicka: 240-02542

I love this bracelet because it is so unique and so comfortable! It bends to fit your wrist perfectly and there are no sharp edges. The garnet is a rose cut, meaning it is a faceted cabochon coming to a slight point in the center, much like diamonds were cut at the turn of the century. The bracelet top has a granulated surface and two champagne colored bezel set diamonds, which add a magical tribal priestess feel to the piece!

- Dorothy Vodicka

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Staff Favorites: Veronica Almarode

Alishan Jewelry
Veronica Almarode: 160-01323

I love Alishan! My favorite piece of jewelry has to speak to me and Alishan does on so many levels. I love the combination of old and new ideas in a unique piece of jewelry. You can tell this necklace is handmade in 18k yellow gold and oxidized silver with rose cut natural diamonds in a range of colors that make me smile. It has a strongly feminine and playfully seductive feel at the same time. I like that it will be a signature necklace for the lucky one who wears it. - Veronica

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Staff Favorites: Lindsey Hamilton

Lindsey Hamilton: 230-3221

I cannot get over this piece because of the huge display it holds and the low price for such a statement making piece of jewelry. This shade of tourmaline tiptoes on the edge of pink and red, making it a breathtaking deep pink, which is a rare color to see. This STUNNING Rubellite Tourmaline measures approximately 10 carats. Rubellite, definines the brilliant dark pink color that any girl is sure to fall in love with. The trillion cut stone dangles delicately from a trinity knot diamond bail which slides gracefully along the chain. The bail also features a hidden diamond on each side, although with the sparkling display they are far from hidden. Not only are these diamonds beautiful but they are of great quality. Total diamond weight measures approximately .68 carats with clarity ranging VVS1-VS2. The pendant and chain are 18 karat white gold and the design was put together by Mark Scheider.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Tallahassee Tourmaline Jewelry

Tourmaline is a beautiful gemstone that can be found in a very wide variety of colors. Along with Opal, it is the birthstone for October. Tourmaline is also the stone for an eighth anniversary. The color of most Tourmalines can vary from light to dark depending on the angle of light, but some can show striking differences in hue. Some Tourmalines can even exhibit two or three different colors within the same gem.

Tallahassee Tourmaline Jewelry
Unlike any other gemstone, the crystals in Tourmaline are arranged in a trigonal system, which means they are composed of three-sided prisms. When heat or pressure is applied to Tourmaline, it will become electrically charged. For centuries, the diverse color varieties of Tourmaline have been mistaken for other more well-known gems. When Tourmaline was exported from Sri Lanka in the 1700s, it was known as toramalli, which means “mixed gems”. Tourmaline became known as the American Gem in the late 1800’s because of its deposits in California and Maine. Tourmaline can also be found in Africa, Russia, Brazil, and Pakistan. 

Tallahassee Tourmaline Jewelry

Paraiba Tourmaline is one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones in today’s market. The Paraiba variety of Tourmaline is often called Neon Tourmaline because of its intense green, blue, or purple colors. Paraiba Tourmaline gets its name from the Brazilian state of Paraiba, where it was discovered in the late 1980’s. Since the advent of Paraiba Tourmaline on the market, its unique beauty has caused its popularity to skyrocket, but the original supply has been completely exhausted. Because of this, the very limited supply still available on the market is incredibly valuable.

The Gem Collection had an extremely rare specimen of Paraiba Tourmaline, along with many other color varieties of Tourmaline, on display for its 2013 Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Spinel is a colored stone known for its high quality and rich red, orange, blue, purple, black or pink color. A Spinel of good quality can rival the brilliance and fire of a diamond. Spinel is known to fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Because of its exceptional beauty, Spinel has been mistaken for Ruby or Sapphire throughout history. Many famous Rubies, like the Black Prince’s Ruby set in England’s crown, are actually Spinel. Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania, Brazil, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, and Russia are sources for Spinel. .

The Gem Collection had some beautiful specimens of Spinel on display for our 2013 Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show.


Morganite is the pink variety of Beryl, the mineral that produces Emerald and Aquamarine. Because of its characteristic pleochroism, Morganite crystals will appear to change slightly in color intensity and sometimes hue when viewed at different angles. Morganite crystals can grow to very large sizes. One famous Morganite crystal called the Rose of Maine weighs over 50 pounds. Morganite was named in honor of J.P. Morgan, a famous financier and gem collector. When exposed to X-rays, Morganite is known to produce intense red fluorescence. The largest quantities of Morganite come from Brazil, but they can also be found in the United States, Mozambique, Namibia, Madagascar, and Afghanistan.

The Gem Collection had some beautiful specimens of Morganite on display for our 2013 Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Padparadscha Sapphire

Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the most beautiful and valuable varieties of Sapphire. The brilliant sunset color of a Padparadscha Sapphire is a fusion between the fire of a Ruby and the light of a Yellow Sapphire. The name Padparadscha is derived from the Sanskrit word for the pink color of a lotus flower.

Padparadscha Sapphire is found most commonly in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tanzania, and Madagascar. If you would like to view a Padparadscha Sapphire in person, this exquisite Padparadscha ring is on display in our Sapphire gallery at the Gem Collection.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Haven Cook: Rembrandt Charms "Story of Your Life" Contest Runner-Up

The Gem Collection would like to congratulate Haven Cook for being chosen as a Runner-Up for the Rembrandt Charms "Story of Your Life" Contest. She won a 7" Sterling Silver bracelet with Poodle charm as her prize for submitting the following story.

"The best thing I can compare my life story to is Noah's Ark (Charm #1863). I grew up in Kentucky, and when I think about Kentucky I think about horses (Charm #0356). Right after high school I enlisted in the Air Force and flew away like an eagle (Charm #7817). Afterwards, I went to college on the GI Bill at my hometown university, where the UK Wildcats (Charm #4150) play. The first in my family to ever go to college, I was elated to get accepted into Yale for graduate school, turning in my Kentucky blue for Yale blue and becoming a Bulldog (Charm #2061). The day I graduated, I turned in my cap & gown and flew off to join the Peace Corps for 2 years in Africa, where my favorite memory is riding a camel (Charm #1163)! I've worked for 20 years as a forester in Florida, sometimes stepping over the alligators (Charm #7757) but generally confined to a computer writing environmental impact statements. But every summer I shake off the computer doldrums and like a Phoenix (Charm #6542) rising from the ashes, I head out west as a wildland firefighter. But it gets harder and harder to leave behind my better half, a 5-pound toy poodle (Charm #3042) named YaYa, who is in her 10th year as a therapy dog! My life centers around going on therapy visits to our local hospital with her, and leading our local volunteer Disaster Animal Response Team in operating pet-friendly shelters for the pets of evacuees and working on large-scale seizures from puppy mills, hoarding, and cruelty cases. My life has truly been as full as Noah's Ark!"

The Rembrandt Charms “Story of Your Life” monthly contest invites consumers to tell their life stories through charms. Each month, Rembrandt Charms selects one lucky winner and several runner-ups. The winner receives a free sterling silver bracelet and all ten charms from their story. Runner-ups receive a free sterling silver bracelet and one charm selected from their story. Winners select their favorite local jewelry store to claim their prize. Join the fun and visit to enter and to read previous winning stories.