5 years ago when I finally received the Gemologist certificate from GIA, I was full of ambition, positive energy and ready to enter the jewelry Industry. I was naive thinking, as long as I fulfil the expensive cost and hard study then past all the exam in GIA. I will be almost half way into the bling bling glamour world. But wait, if things are always so easy then there probably will be more jewelry designers or makers than the products itself now. Of course there are some complications, but what I didn’t know was it’s more tricky than I expected.more
Recently when caught up with a girlfriend who I knew for almost 20 years, she suddenly said: “Do you know I really admire the way you enjoy life each day? You always explore new places, new cities, talk to new people.. and the most important is you’ve done all these “Alone”! To do things “Alone” certainly not what I can managed, I even have issues dining alone at a restaurant.”more
Each year the Oscar are the biggest worldwide event for the film industry, and whichever guests are invited certainly feel it to be a great honor. Apart from their achievement, what interests many in the audiences is always the fashion such as what dress, designer, hairstyle, accessory each celebrity wears or use. The red carpet moment is one that many focus upon apart from the Oscar winner in each category.more
Amethyst has been the most popular variety of Quartz over the centuries. The name comes from Ancient Greek and means “ Not-intoxicated”. People believed the stone protected it’s owner from drunkenness ( I should wear a one before going out for drink perhaps..). Also they thought it had magical and medicinal properties. Fine Amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for ages. It was once considered an equal to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February.more
When we think of an Amethyst, the first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful shade of purple. Well, get ready to be surprised! Amethysts disguise themselves in a whole range of different colours, and we are going to tell you why.
Little did you know…
The colour of an Amethyst can vary from shades of pinks and purples, to deep reds, dark bluey-violets and even greys. In some cases, all of these colours can be seen in one stone alone.
In the gem world, this is known as ‘dichroism’, which means different colours are reflected if different amounts of light pass through the stone. So, depending on how and where you look at your Amethyst, you might see different colours shine through.
Aquamarines were discovered many many years ago. They pre-blogdate even the Romans, but nobody knows exactly where and when they were first discovered. Nowadays, they are found dotted all around the world, with a few select countries being a favourite host of the Aquamarine in particular.
Around the world
The fact that Aquamarines are tough, durable and exceptionally beautiful makes them perfect for jewelry. This means we are always on the search for the best looking Aquamarine gemstones. The most famous countries that harbour the finest Aquamarines are Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia, India, Madagascar and Midwest America.
In addition to zodiac signs and astrological character predictions, every calendar month also has its very own assigned precious stone. Each gemstone carries with it a long line of legendary history, making it possible to represent certain characterisations, often astrological in nature.
Aquamarines as a Gemstone
Even the name ‘Aquamarine’ has a story to tell about this beautiful stone. From the latin words ‘aqua marina’, literally translating to ‘sea water’, the colour of the stone is already given away. The transparent blue-green watery stone brings to mind tranquility and peacefulness, though the most admired aquamarine is normally sky-blue in colour. A fancy cut Aquamarine is truly a thing of beauty.
One of the most fascinating things about gemstones is their incredible history and supposed mythical powers. One legendary stone is the purple Amethyst. Known as the ‘Gem of Fire’, or the ‘All-Healer’ it has a great story worth telling to any gem lover.
What is an Amethyst?
Even the name ‘Aquamarine’ has a story to tell about this beautiful stone. Coming from the Latin words ‘aqua marina’ – literally translating to ‘sea water’ – the colour of the stone is already reflected in its title. The transparent blue-green watery stone brings to mind tranquility and peacefulness, though the most admired aquamarine is normally sky-blue in colour. A fancy-cut Aquamarine is truly a thing of beauty.
The Amethyst is a type of Quartz and can be found all over the world. They come in all shapes and sizes, but what stands out most is the colour. It can vary from pale red-violet to deep violet and be either transparent or opaque, and is a truly stunning gemstone.
The famous “One Thousand and One Nights” tale was about a Persian King who had an unfaithful wife. He had her executed and, after that, was unable to trust another woman for many years.
He had to go on a very long journey before he met Scheherazada, the daughter of Vizier; she used her wisdom and passion for love to slowly melt the cold heart of the King. He fell in love with this lovely wonderful lady, crowned her as Queen, and, of course, they lived happily ever after.
The mysterious colour of London Blue Topaz conjures up images of some late-night fantasy; enhanced when several sparkling melee diamonds are added over the stone.
“I like colour, I love sparkle, I like to stand out whenever I go on one of my occasional girls nights out,” says Jennifer, a senior manager in a Hong Kong-based management company, who has spent the last 10 years dealing with many business clients and government documents.
In our modern times, the majority of women are trained to be independent, have successful careers, live in a comfortable apartment with a life style that everyone dreams of. However, this external sophisticated persona often hides a lovely little girl deep inside their heart, a sometime desire to go back to a pink sweet candy love and laugh. And this certainly happened to Kelly!more
Anna-Maria is 68, and comes from the Mediterranean coastal area of Italy; she is a traditional Italian Mama. After she married her husband Vittorio 45 years ago, her house in the country close to the ocean in South Italy became her whole world. She spends all her time and energy taking care of her husband and raising her three sons. Aside from her regular family duties, Anna-Maria loves the “Mare” (Ocean); taking a swim or a walk along the beach are her great pleasures when she has time to take a break from her daily routines.more