Blue Topaz may be the birthstone of December and also of of Sagittarians, but its vibrant blue is admired by all regardless of when they are born. The gem is named after Topasos Island in the Red Sea.
It occurs in pegmatites and high-temperature quartz veins, also in cavities in granites and rhyolites, as a rock forming mineral in igneous rocks, pegmatites and rhyolites, hydrothermal veins, metamorphic rocks and greisens.
Transparent, Translucent, its colors range from colorless, white, pale blue, light green, yellow, yellowish brown, or red. Topaz is a very hard material and durable, on Mohs hardness scale is an 8.
November claims the warm orange Topaz, but December with its cooling Season is a better fit for the Blue Topaz; I say Summer heat waves can use some of the cooling nature of this stone.
Blue Topaz in nature is very rare indeed, and tends to a very pale blue. The vivid blues available in the market have all been produced by treating white Topaz. The color change is permanent and stable.
Topaz is a fairly common and inexpensive gemstone. The largest Topaz producer is Brazil. Other sources are in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and the U.S. (California, Utah, and New Hampshire).
Of all the topaz gems, blue topaz is the most popular. There are also known by the three hues of Blue Topaz which are Sky, Swiss and London Blue. The deepest blue is London Blue and is often used as a substitute for Sapphire.
HEALING AND MAGICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT TOPAZ:
If you dream of a blue topaz, it translates into protection and good fortune in your affairs. It is no wonder that Topaz is associated with the zodiac Sagittarius as it promotes movement in your business, action and motivation, which are strong personality traits of the December/January sign. Like the Sagittarius straight arrow shooter, Topaz promotes bold truthfulness in relationships. It helps control passions and also helps in forgiveness.
If you have thyroid issues, wearing a topaz jewelry against you or having a topaz gem on you, is very helpful. It is said that it strengthens the Thyroid. On a last note, it is also known to help blood circulation.
Traditions hold that topaz bestowed many benefits upon its wearer. It would dispel cowardice, calm the temper, cure madness and plague, and sharpen the wit. It was also thought to aid in sleep and eliminate nightmares, as well as cure rheumatism and soreness in the joints. The stone has also been credited with being effective against bleeding and heart disease. It has been said to instantly lose its color to indicate that poison is present, thus protecting its owner. The stone has also been thought to bring fidelity and friendship if constantly worn without being set aside. It was also believed to be an effective talisman against accident and fire, and to bring increased intuition and long life. To Christians, it has been known as a symbol of uprightness and virtue.
While I wouldn't promote Topaz as a medical cure which it is not, wearing one in a beautiful jewelry setting not only helps promote all the above mentioned, but will bring a wonderfully cool and bright disposition to the wearer.
Soft yet vivid, enchanting and magical, these are the characteristics of the beauty of the Morganite semi-precious gem. Often set in Rose Gold, but equally brilliant in white or yellow, this gemstone brings a rare elegance to a piece. Its stunning hue not often seen in gemstones, it is considered to have a calming, soothing effect.
Morganite used to be known as the Pink Beryl up until 1910, from the family of Beryls such as Emeralds and Aquamarines, its name was then changed to Morganite after famous banker and gem collector John Pierpont Morgan. Gemmologist George Kunz proposed the name Morganite at a meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences on 5 December 1910 to honor his friend and customer J.P. Morgan for his financial support for the arts and sciences, and his important gifts of gems to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and to the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Morgan was one of the most important gem collectors in the early 1900s – his collection was partly assembled by Tiffany and Company and their chief gemologist, Kunz.
Pure Beryl is colorless, Morganite’s subtle color is caused by traces of manganese.
Untreated morganite often has a strong orange color component, creating a salmon color.
Morganite is found primarily from deposits in Brazil, Afghanistan, Madagascar and right here
in California. Morganite can form large crystals,
miners in Brazil have found crystals as
large as 22 lbs!
On October 7th, 1989, one of the largest specimens of Morganite was uncovered. It was found in the Bennet Quarry of Buckfield, Maine, and it was somewhat orangish in hue. This well-formed crystal weighed in at just more than 50 lbs, and was called ‘The Rose of Maine’.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., includes two faceted gems
weighing 236 cts. and 250 cts. in its collection.
Morganite’s color range includes pink, rose, peach, and salmon. In today’s market, the pink and rose tints are more fashionable. The peach and salmon hues seem less popular, but some collectors value untreated peach-colored material more highly than heat-treated pink stones.
When choosing a morganite, bigger is better, since only in stones larger than a certain size does the unique allure of the gem’s color show to its best advantage. Strong hues in morganite are rare, and these gems typically need to be large to achieve the best color.
Morganites generally do not have inclusions that are visible to the unaided eye. When shopping for a piece of morganite jewelry, consider cut as well as color, because only a skillful cut will highlight the brilliant beauty of the sparkling pink stone. Morganites are cut in all standard shapes, as well as in distinctive designer cuts. Morganite combines affordability, durability, and the singularly exquisite color of hope, love, and promise. These highly desirable qualities make morganite an outstanding choice for a gift of love.
So your favorite gold chain broke, and your diamond ring won't slide on your finger as it used to because you either gained weight or lost weight, you're thinking "I need to take these to a jeweler". Your first thought is the chain jewelry stores, but here's a few reasons you should consider your local family owned jewelry store.
Jewels Quest is one of those small businesses owned and operated by family for over 13 years. Now 13 years doesn't mean our experience in the jewelry industry is that long, in fact it is much longer. From father to son, the expertise in jewelry making, repairing and selling goes as far back as 40 years. And even though the store opened only in 2000, the people running it have been in the industry for two generations.
Coming to a small business jewelry store, ensures you will get extra personalized service, a one on one communication with the owner/jeweler expert, and you will also find the prices far more competitive. With a lower overhead, a small jewelry store will be able to pass down savings to you.
Jewels Quest will also repair your precious jewelry right there on the premise. A lot of large jewelers send out your diamond rings and pieces to a third party. Not Jewels Quest, and this has been a very important factor with our customers. Often leaving their diamond rings in-store and feeling secure that their piece will not leave the premise is very reassuring.
Top reasons to go to a small business jeweler like Jewels Quest:
1. One on one personalized service
2. Expert repair service done on the premise
3. Lower prices on repairs
4. Faster service
5. Helping small businesses
Here's a reality about larger jewelry chain stores:
1. Often send their repair jobs out to third party
2. Turn around time longer
3. You deal with sales persons, not owner
4. Prices are higher (they have larger overhead)
5. Yes they have bigger discounts up to 75% off on merchandise, but their mark ups are very high to begin with.
So next time you are in the market for jewelry, or need jewelry services, consider Jewels Quest, a mom and pop small business. You'll be getting superior service, great deals and helping your local business at the same time.
There was a time when every green gemstone was considered an Emerald. You say the word emerald and visions of intense vivid greens come to flash before our mind's eye. It is a stone that has been used to make jewelry for as long as history. From the Egyptians to the Romans to modern day, Emerald much as many other gemstones, has great value and significance. From the ancient belief that it brings fertility and eternal youth to today's notion of its great exotic nature.
At Jewels Quest, we carry a few pieces of Emerald jewelry and often disclose much about it to our customers who desire to buy an Emerald. It is a beautiful stone and knowing and understanding fully the features of this gemstone before you buy it leaves customers better equipped to make their decision before buying it.
Let's begin with the 4 c's of Emerald, these are the same as diamonds, cut, clarity, color and carat weight. The difference is the importance of the order. In diamonds, you'd be more concerned with the clarity grade while with emeralds we look at color which is the most important aspect to consider with emeralds, while the carat weight will be the least important.
Tip#1: The darker the color, the more valuable: It would have to be a dark blue green while still brilliant and translucent, simply dark green opaque stones isn't enough to be considred valuable, these can be quite cheaper in fact.
Tip#2: Inclusions in the emerald are what cause the beautiful green color: Remember that point, and don't be surprised at how highly included these precious stones are. It is also the reason why the emerald rough must be cut away so much. This weight loss is the main reason of their high cost.
Tip#2: Symmetrical and uniform facets providing maximum color and brilliance are an Emerald's ideal cut: If the cut is too shallow, light will be lost at the bottom of the stone and the emerald will not have maximum brilliance. If the cut is too deep, the light will escape out of the sides and the emerald will appear dark.
Caution when cleaning your Emerald jewelry: Clean your emerald with a soft, dry cloth. Oil is used during the stone treatment, therfore you should never clean an emerald with an ultrasonic cleaner because this oil could be removed or damaged. In addition, do not clean emerald in hot soapy water since it too can remove this oil. Avoid sudden temperature changes as emeralds lose their color when strongly heated. t.
Rhodium is a precious metal not feasible to make solid jewelry, and believe it or not it is about ten times if not more costlier than gold, however it is great for plating white gold jewelry. Rhodium is much more whiter, chrome like and makes a piece dazzling.
Many people don't realize that White Gold in its natural state truly is champagne color tinted, it is the Rhodium with which it is plated that gives it that incredible bright white shine. Over time and wear, the plating fades revealing the yellowish tint of the white gold. This is when you need to give your white gold jewelry a little trip to what we call the Jewels Quest Jewelry SPA where your precious pieces are first cleaned in special solution, plated with the Rhodium to recapture that white clean glow and given a polish for that extra shine and finalized with a steam bath!
The process makes your dulled rings look as new as the day you purchased it.
Rhodium plating can also be used on silver, most of our silver jewelry collection in store is rhodium plated which helps prevents it from quickly tarnishing as silver tends to do.
Another reason to make sure and give your diamond jewelry a Rhodium plating is that it makes diamonds look bigger and brighter, nothing sets off diamonds like rhodium plating!
Moissanite is a rare mineral found in very limited quantities or as minute particles in the earth. It is a natural silicon carbide within a meteorite. It is also called (SiC) silicon carbide.
Moissante is the Jewels Born from the Stars™ - perfected on Earth.
Harder than Sapphire and Ruby, and second in hardness only to diamond, it is acclaimed for its exceptional brilliance and fire.
Meteorite carrying a trace amount of silicon carbide crashes to the Earth, creating a meteor crater in Arizona, called Canyon Diablo. Particles will not be discovered until modern times. In 1893 French scientist Dr. Henri Moissan examines small geological samples and discovers crystals with extraordinary sparkle. As you can conclude the natural mineral is named after Dr Henri Moissa - in 1905 - an honor recommended by mineralogist, gem experts and former vice president of Tiffany & Co.
These natural silicon carbide crystals were so rare and unrefined, they couldn't be used to make jewelry. It was in the 1980's with the combination of advanced science and propriety technology, that gem-quality silicon carbide was lab-created and finally produced and available for use in jewelry.
In 1995, with the collaboration of a master gem cutter and a world-renowned scientist in the field of physical chemistry, a spectacular jewel with incredible visual characteristics would emerge.
1998 Charles & Colvard created Moissanite and we saw its debute in the jewelry industry. Charles & Colvard remain the sole source of Moissanite today, making the jewel available in many stores. Across the world people today enjoy and cherish the unique brilliance of stunning Moissanite Jewelry.
You know we're around the corner when you need your jewelry sparkling again, a minute dip in our ultrasonic special cleaning solution and you have those rings and pendants shining again like new! But we're not around right now, and most of us exercising the stay-at-home order. So, I'd like to share some home remedies for your jewelry!
Cleaning your jewelry at home can be time consuming, results may not be the same as dropping them off at our store on your way to the hair dresser, or nail salon appointment (as many of you do), but it will give your jewelry a fresh look.
Your jewelry settings will get clogged up with lotion and soap and other everyday dust and hair and so on, but before I tell you how to clean them, let's go over top few things you definitely SHOULD NOT use.
1. Hot water
2. Baking Soda
3. Salt, vinegar
These are all elements which are abrasive and will damage your piece. Vinegar is acidic and will also not be recommended. Hot as well as very cold water may damage certain gems as they don't take well to drastic temperature change, we wouldn't want to crack them.
Best way to clean your jewelry is lukewarm water and dishwater detergent. Dawn is a good one, and you only require a few drops. Let your pieces sit in the solution a while, then gently scrub them with an extra soft brand new toothbrush. Dry off your pieces with a paper towel, or a soft cotton cloth, gently not to snag the prongs.
The Mystical Amethyst
Color purple, the color of royalty and the mystical color of Amethyst and both color and gem have extremely powerful and spiritual vibration. The Amethyst a purple variety of quartz, is the gemstone of choice for psychics as it can take you to higher states of consciousness. It is also attributed to strong healing and cleansing of body, mind and soul.
If you're feeling scattered, Amethyst will help you refocus, and bring you spiritual insights and a better ability in decision making.
The most protective of all crystals, the Amethyst is known as the all-healer. Are you having problems getting a good night sleep or suffering headaches lately? Wearing an Amethyst while sleeping can help you rest. It would be a wonderful gemstone to take along to work, it will sooth you and guard you against anxiety, anger and impatience. If your daily tasks are overwhelming you at work, the Amethyst will be the gemstone to sooth you. Place an Amethyst on your computer table to avoid eye strain.
Indeed the healing properties of the Amethyst are many. A beautiful crystal one should appreciate.
If you have old rings with the Amethyst stone that you no longer wear because you don't like the style, we can redesign a new piece for your beautiful Amethyst to reign on! Or if you would like to purchase this stone, come visit us and browse our showcases, we'll can also show you samples of stones, various sizes and work with you on a new piece.