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

Tourmaline

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

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


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.