Friday, January 31, 2014

Amethyst

Tallahassee Eleganza Amethyst Pendant
Amethyst, the birthstone of February, is the most popular purple gemstone on today’s jewelry market. Amethyst is the most valuable color variation of Quartz. Amethyst can be found naturally in six-sided crystals in a wide range of size and quality. Some Amethyst crystals can weigh over 150 pounds. Throughout history, Amethyst has been sought out as a symbol of royalty and power. Many Royal Crown Jewels are set with Amethysts. Before large Amethyst deposits were discovered in Brazil in the 19th century, Amethyst was as valuable as Sapphire, Emerald, and Ruby.

Tallahassee Amethyst Jewelry

The word Amethyst is derived from the ancient Greek word, amethystos, which means “not drunk”. It took on this name because its wine-like color led the Greeks to believe Amethyst would prevent intoxication. St. Valentine was said to wear an Amethyst ring with a cupid carved into it. Amethyst has been sought after by religious leaders and royalty since ancient times. Some pieces of Amethyst jewelry have been dated back as far as 2000BC.

We have a wide variety of beautiful Amethyst Jewelry in our online Amethyst Jewelry Gallery.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kids Incorporated Havana Nights Fund Raiser




Kids Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "Supporting and educating families and young children through quality early learning, health & family services." This organization has been serving our community since 1972, and today provides direct services to over 300 families in Leon, Jefferson, and Madison County. Kids Incorporated is hosting its 3rd Annual Havana Nights Fund Raiser on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 7pm-10pm at Capital City Country Club. For more information about Kids Incorporated and this fund raiser, please visit their website.

The Gem Collection has donated this beautiful Pearl Necklace for the silent auction to support Kids Incorporated. To view this beautiful pearl necklace online, please visit our Tallahassee Pearl Jewelry Gallery.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Have A Heart 4 Horses Fund Raiser


Triple R Horse Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works with neglected and abused horses to care for them, rehabilitate them, and find them permanent homes where they will be loved and cared for. Since its founding in 2009, over 60 horses have come through their program. The Triple R Horse Rescue is hosting its Third Annual Have A Heart 4 Horses Fundraiser on February 8th, 2014 at Dover Farm. The theme is “Southern Comfort” and attendees are encouraged to wear their best casual western wear.

The Gem Collection has donated these beautiful pieces of Equestrian Jewelry for the silent auction to support the Triple R Horse Rescue. To view these pieces and more Equestrian Jewelry in our online gallery, please visit our Equestrian Jewelry Gallery.

For more information on the Triple R Horse Rescue, please visit their website.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Staff Favorites: Brian Barfield

Tallahassee Hearts on Fire Jewelry
Brian Barfield: 200-03022

My favorite item is the sweet dream pendant by Hearts On Fire. This is my favorite diamond pendant because of the simplicity and elegance that it offers. You can dress down or dress up and it provides a superior fire and brilliance because of the perfect cut.

- Brian Barfield

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Demantoid Garnet


Demantoid Garnet is a very rare variety of Garnet from the Ural mountains of Russia. Demantoid Garnet is generally bright green, and exhibits greater brilliance and light dispersion than even a diamond. Demantoid Garnet is also known for containing hair-like inclusions that add to its unique beauty.



The Gem Collection had some specimens of this unique and beautiful gemstone on display at its 2013 Tallahassee Colored Stone and Jewelry Show.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Garnet

Tallahassee Garnet Jewelry
Garnet, the birthstone of January, is most famous for the dark red hue that shares its name. While red Garnet is one of the most common gemstones on today’s market, some of the more exotic varieties of Garnet can be very valuable. Garnet can also be found in green, pink, purple, orange, or even blue. Some Garnets even change colors, much like Alexandrite. The term Garnet denotes a whole group of very similar minerals which are all commonly known as Garnets.

Tallahassee Garnet Jewelry
Garnet has been one of the most widely traded gemstones for thousands of years. One Garnet bead necklace that was found in a grave in ancient Egypt dates back over 5,000 years. Ancient Romans used carved Garnet signet rings to stamp important paperwork. In the Middle Ages, Garnet was very popular among important officials and nobility. Today, Garnet is still prized as a very important gemstone in a wide variety of jewelry.



Some of the more exotic varieties of Garnet include:

Tsavorite Garnet: This green variety of Garnet was named after the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, where it was discovered.

Rhodolite: This purple variety of Garnet can range from reddish purple to brilliant pink.

Spessarite: This variety of Garnet is known for its intense orange colors.

Demantoid Garnet: This bright green variety of Garnet found in Russia is known for intense fire that rivals that of a diamond. Some specimens exhibit hair-like inclusions of tiny crystals.