Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Birthstones

The birthstones of November, Citrine and Precious Topaz, capture the colors of Autumn within beautiful gemstones.


The word Citrine is derived from the Latin word for lemon. Citrine is the most popular gemstone in today's Jewelry market for the yellow and orange color range. Citrine can be found in a wide variety of sizes, sometimes in excess of 8 pounds.

To view more Citrine Jewelry online, please visit our Citrine Jewelry Gallery.

Precious Topaz:

While Blue Topaz is widely available in the Jewelry industry, orange and red varieties are considered Precious Topaz and are much more valuable. Topaz is pleochroic, meaning it can display different colors depending on the angle of light. Topaz can be found in extraordinary sizes, with the record-holder weighing in at 596 pounds.

To view more Topaz Jewelry online, please visit our Topaz Jewelry Gallery.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Tallahassee Opal Jewelry

Opal, one of the birthstones for October, is a beautiful gemstone known for brilliant displays of rainbow colors that flash across its surface. Opal is formed in dry areas where seasonal rainwater washes silica down into the ground, forming deposits in cracks between rocks. During dry seasons, much of the water evaporates and the concentrated silica hardens to form Opals. The Silica forms a structure of sub-microscopic spheres arranged in a grid-like pattern, much like a box of ping pong balls. This structure causes light to bend in varying colors as it bounces off the tiny silica spheres, producing its incredible display of color. Opals can be found in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ethiopia, Japan, and China, but over 97% of the world’s opals come from Australia.

Tallahassee Opal Pendant

The word Opal comes from the ancient Romans, who called it “opalus”, which means “precious stone”. Throughout most of history, Opal was believed to be the most powerful and lucky of all gemstones because it holds all colors. Opal is known to symbolize hope, love, purity, and truth. Ancient Greeks believed that Opal would protect them from disease, and could bestow the gift of prophesy. According to Arabic legend, Opal fell from heaven in lightning. While today we may understand the science behind Opals, it does not take away from the incredible beauty and wonder associated with this amazing gemstone.

No two Opals are exactly alike. There is a very wide variety of drastically different colors and patterns found in Opals. Because of this, Opals are divided into one of five main categories:

White Opal: White Opals generally have a mostly solid white color.

Black Opal: Black Opals are generally dark, often black or blue.

Boulder Opal: Boulder Opals are generally left in the rock where they were formed, creating intricate patterns of color within the rock.

Crystal Opal: Crystal Opals can range from translucent to almost completely transparent.


Fire Opal: Fire Opals generally come in shades of red, orange, or brown. They are often translucent like a Crystal Opal.

The Gem Collection has many varieties of Opal Jewelry in our Opal gallery. Be sure to visit our store or check out our online Opal Jewelry Gallery to see some incredible Opals on display.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Tallahassee Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphire, the birthstone for September, is one of the more well known gemstones, mostly famous for its intense blue color. Throughout history, Sapphire has been sought after by nobility, royalty, and prominent members of the church. Sapphire is a symbol of truth, faithfulness, heavenly blessing, peace, and nobility. Sapphire comes from the mineral, Corundum. Sapphire is most commonly found in East Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and some places in the United States.

Tallahassee Sapphire Jewelry

While most think of Sapphire as a blue gemstone, it can actually come in nearly any color, including orange, yellow, green, purple, pink, white, gray, brown, or even black. The only color Sapphire cannot be found in is red, because a red Sapphire is called a Ruby. Some sapphires even appear to change colors with different lighting. One very rare and valuable variety of Sapphire is Padparadscha Sapphire. Named after the color of the lotus flower, Padparadscha Sapphire is a fusion of Ruby and Yellow sapphire.

The gallery at The Gem Collection in Tallahassee showcases Sapphire Jewelry in a wide variety of colors, cuts, and sizes. To view more Sapphire Jewelry available in Tallahassee, please visit our online Tallahassee Sapphire Jewelry Gallery.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jewelry Charity Donation: Grace Mission Evening of Grace Fundraiser

Grace Mission is holding its annual Evening of Grace fundraiser event on September 27. This event will feature local music, a meal with locally grown food, local brews, and a silent auction to raise money for the many ministries and services provided by Grace Mission to the community. For more information on the Evening of Grace fund raiser event, please visit the Evening of Grace website.

Grace Mission provides over 40,000 hot meals to the needy in our community each year. It also provides clothing, child care, education, rehabilitation services, showers, laundry, and religious teaching for people in need. For more information about Grace Mission, please visit the Grace Mission website.

The Gem Collection has donated this beautiful Sapphire and Diamond Cross Pendant to the silent auction to support Grace Mission. For more information on this beautiful piece of jewelry or to view more Religious Jewelry online, please visit our Religious Jewelry Gallery

Friday, August 1, 2014


Tallahassee Peridot Jewelry

Peridot is the birthstone for August. Its color can range anywhere from bright yellow-green to Olive-green. Peridot is known for often showing a double refraction in the facets of a cut stone. Peridot comes from the mineral, Olivine, which is found deep in the earth, in lava, or sometimes even in meteorites. Peridot is most commonly found in crystal form in hardened lava flows where magma brings it up from deep in the Earth's mantle. Some of the most common sources for Peridot are the United States, China, Vietnam, Finland, Myanmar, Zabargad, and Pakistan. Peridot has been found in meteorites, and even in samples of stardust from space probes.

Peridot Pendant

Throughout history, Peridot has generally been associated with light, and believed by some to ward off evil spirits. Peridot was mined in ancient Egypt, where it was referred to as “the gem of the sun”. Some historians believe that Cleopatra's famous collection of emeralds may have in fact been made up of Peridot. In ancient times, Peridot was often confused with emerald.

Alishan Peridot Ring

The gallery at The Gem Collection in Tallahassee showcases Peridot in many cuts, and sizes. To view more Peridot jewelry available in Tallahassee, please visit our online Peridot Jewelry Gallery.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Ruby, the birthstone for July, is the most famous red gemstone. Ruby is is composed of Corundum, the same mineral as Sapphire, but this striking red variation has earned its own identity throughout the ages. The word Ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, which means red. The Sanskrit word for Ruby is ratnaraj, which means King of Gems. This is fitting as Ruby can fetch the highest price per carat of any colored gemstone on the market. Rubies often exhibit strong fluorescence from ultraviolet light, and even sunlight. This further enhances their intense red glow.
Ruby Heart Pendant

The deep red color of ruby has come to symbolize passion, love, wealth, success, and desire. Early cultures believed Rubies held the power of life. Ruby has been treasured throughout history, mentioned in numerous historical texts across many cultures. It was believed that the glowing red of Ruby was from an inextinguishable flame burning within the stone.

We have some stunning Ruby Jewelry on display in our online Ruby Jewelry Gallery. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tallahassee Top Singles Charity Event

Tallahassee Magazine will host their 2014 Tallahassee Top Singles Event on August 23 at 7pm at Hotel Duval. This event is designed to raise money for local Tallahassee Charities. After a night of food, drinks, music and fun, participants will have a chance to bid on a date with one of the Tallahassee Top Singles. These singles will also compete to promote and raise money for their chosen charities until the day of the event when the winners with the most donations will be announced.

The Jewelry worn by the Tallahassee Top Singles is provided by the Gem Collection. Pictured below is Tallahassee Top Single, Dedra Mitchell with Gem Collection Sales Associate, Amy Hinson.

To view more information on the Tallahassee Top Singles Event, view profiles of the Tallahassee Top Singles, or donate to their charities, please visit the Tallahassee Magazine 2014 Top Singles Event Page.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mokume Gane Jewelry

Mokume Gane is an ancient metalworking technique from Japan used in Samurai swords. The word, Mokume Gane means "wood grain metal", because of its resemblance to the grain in wood. During the process of Mokume Gane, thin sheets of two different metals are layered together and exposed to extreme heat and pressure until they fuse together as one.

Mokume Gane is a popular metal for wedding rings because of its unique beauty and deep symbolism. Mokume Gane represents the perfect union of two souls that come together as one, yet maintain their individuality. Through pressure and heat, the two are fused together into one new inseparable creation that is stronger and more beautiful than either part was alone.

Throughout the Samurai era, Mokume Gane was used in adornments that symbolized wealth and high status. Today it is popular in all kinds of jewelry because it combines the intricate natural beauty of wood, with the timeless durability of modern metal.

To view our Mokume Gane Wedding Rings online, please visit our Men's Wedding Rings gallery.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Alexandrite, one of the birthstones of June, is an incredible gemstone that can drastically change color depending on the lighting. It is often described as Emerald by day, Ruby by night. In natural sunlight or fluorescent light, Alexandrite takes on a green or blue color. In incandescent or candle light, Alexandrite appears purple or red. Alexandrite is the very rare color-change variant of Chrysoberyl. Its drastic color-change, known as the Alexandrite Effect, is caused by the unique way it absorbs light. Alexandrite can also exhibit some pleochroism, meaning its color can also change even more with different angles of light.

Alexandrite was first discovered in Russia in the 1830's. It gets its name from Russian Czar, Alexander II, who was known for freeing the serfs of Russia. While today Alexandrite can also be found in Africa, Brazil, and Sri Lanka, Alexandrite of good quality is still very rare and extremely valuable.

The video below shows the radical shift in color of an exquisite 8.44CTW specimen of African Alexandrite at about 1:50.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Tallahassee Diamond Jewelry

Diamond, the birthstone of April, is by far the most popular gemstone in today's jewelry market. More Diamonds are sold than all other gemstones combined. Diamonds are known throughout the world as a symbol of eternal love and everlasting commitment. When a Diamond is passed down in a family, it will look exactly the same for 4-5 generations and hundreds of years. The word Diamond comes from the Ancient Greek word Adamas, meaning "indestructible and unconquerable". Diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man, 58 times harder than anything else on earth. The only thing in the world strong enough to even scratch a Diamond is other Diamonds. While Diamonds are generally known to be colorless, they can also be found in yellow, green, blue, red, orange, pink, brown, and black.

Diamonds have a chemical composition and structure unlike any other gemstone. They are made of about 99.95% pure carbon, which is actually the same substance as the graphite used on the tip of most pencils. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth, over 100 miles beneath the surface, where immense pressure and heat change them from something plain and common to something precious and beautiful. In order for a Diamond to form, the temperature must be within 1700 – 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pressure must be 650,000 – 870,000 pounds per square inch. Volcanic activity carries these precious stones up close to the surface where they can be reached by humans. Most diamonds have been hidden within the earth for 1-3 Billion years before they were discovered and excavated.

Each Diamond is truly 1 in a Million. On average, most Diamond mines contain about 1 Million times as much rock as diamond. Approximately 200-250 tons of rock must be excavated and prospected to find a single Diamond. Of all the Diamonds discovered, only about 20% are gem quality. The other 80% of all Diamonds brought from the earth are not suitable for jewelry and are used for industrial purposes. Once sorted and identified, rough gem quality Diamonds must then be cut by experts to bring out their true beauty. This process can take anywhere from hours to weeks to execute the perfect cut that makes the Diamond sparkle with brilliant fire. The Diamond will then be carefully evaluated and graded to determine its true value. On average, it takes over 5 months for a Diamond to journey from the mine to a jewelry store once it has been excavated.

Diamonds have been treasured throughout history. They were believed to promote courage, strength, and invincibility. Ancient Greeks believed that Diamonds were shards of falling stars that fell to earth. Ancient Hindus believed that Diamonds were created by lightning bolts hitting rocks. Ancient Romans wore Diamonds to ward off evil. According to Historians, the Diamond trade began in India as early as 400AD. The oldest known Diamond on record was discovered in India. It weighs 116 Carats and dates back to 1028AD. Diamonds rose in popularity in the 1400s when they were exported to Europe and became a fashionable trend among the wealthy elite. Today over 85% of all couples have set their love in stone by owning Diamonds.

This video by Hearts on Fire Diamonds is an excellent depiction of the creation and journey of a Diamond.

To view more of the beautiful Diamond jewelry available in Tallahassee, please visit our online Diamond Jewelry gallery.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jewelry Charity Donation: Red Cross Bourbon & Boots

Elle Jewelry Diamond Cross Pendant
On April 5th, the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host their 2014 Bourbon & Boots charity event. This event will take place at the Eagle Hill Pavilion at WC Dover Farm. It will feature gourmet catering, music by local artists, and a silent auction to support the American Red Cross.

Elle Jewelry Agate Pendant

The Tallahassee Gem Collection has donated these beautiful pieces of Elle Jewelry for the silent auction to support the American Red Cross.

Elle Jewelry Red Agate Ring

To view more beautiful and stylish Elle Jewelry on our website, please visit our online Elle Jewelry gallery.

For more information on the American Red Cross, please visit their website.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sydney Lynch Jewelry Designer

Sydney Lynch Jewelry is wearable art that embraces abstract shape, color, and form. Much of the jewelry by Sydney Lynch is inspired by nature, and reflects the essence of the beauty found therein. She strives to make her jewelry both sculptural and comfortable to wear.

Sydney Lynch says, "Working with the materials is the most exciting part of the process for me. Simply put, I like making things. In my one of a kind pieces, I exercise my love of color, incorporating a wide range of colored stones in the designs...Many of my designs are abstract, leaving the wearer open to finding their own personal, intuitive relationship with the piece"

Sydney Lynch fell in love with jewelry as a child, enamored by the costume jewelry of her grandmother. Since then she has been collecting and arranging objects of value into artistic patterns and designs that inspire her jewelry.
In college, Sydney Lynch worked on the Navajo Reservation where she fell in love with the Western landscape and met some silversmiths that inspired her to pursue jewelry design. She moved from Connecticut to receive a BFA at the University of Colorado. Sydney Lynch eventually established her jewelry studio in Nebraska where she now works with three bench assistants. Her husband, Craig Roper, manages her business.

To view more beautiful Sydney Lynch Jewelry, please visit our online Sydney Lynch Jewelry Gallery.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sydney Lynch Jewelry New Spring Collection

The much anticipated new Spring collection of Sydney Lynch Jewelry is finally here. We will have these unique and beautiful pieces of wearable art on display during our Sydney Lynch Jewelry Show from March 27 - April 5, 2014. These are just a few examples of over 50 pieces of incredible new Sydney Lynch jewelry that just arrived at our jewelry store. To view more Sydney Lynch Jewelry online, please visit our Sydney Lynch Jewelry Gallery.