Pristine Gemstone Jewelry

Blue Green Sapphires for Sapphire Engagement Rings

Blue Green Sapphires for Sapphire Engagement Rings

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

The Blue Diamond Alternative! Blue green sapphires have gained tremendous attention recently in the engagement ring industry.  And it is no wonder!  Take a look at these beautiful hues!     Of course, there are quite a range of hues and tones available as well as terms to describe the various blue greens; from peacock to teal, to blue green, and then there are parti sapphires, which display two or more separate colors.  The best advice that we can give you for choosing your favorite shade is to judge with your eyes! 😍😍😍😍😍 One thing that we can say for certain, is that by creating an engagement ring with a blue green sapphire as the centerpiece, you are sure to have...

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The Importance of a Precision Cut Gemstone

The Importance of a Precision Cut Gemstone

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

Before you buy: Important information on gemstone cut When shopping for gemstone jewelry, the difference between precision cut gemstones and many native cut gemstones is not something about which most people are aware. However, when comparing a native cut gemstone with a precision cut gemstone, the difference can be very noticeable. Before – native cut sapphire. After – the same sapphire precision cut by Rogerio. My name is Rogerio Graca.  I am a professional gem cutter/lapidary and founder of Pristine Gemstones since 1991. Having been a gem cutter and a wholesale supplier of colored stones for over 28 years, I feel it is important to educate people about the “cut” in gemstones. Main photo – sapphire precision cut by Rogerio. Inset...

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Tourmaline The Gemstone of Many Colours

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

I can’t think of any other gemstone available in as many different colors as tourmalines. Not mention the popular bi-color or watermelon tourmaline, which can present up to three different colors in one single crystal or gemstone (usually pink, white and green). Please visit our Gemstone Collection to view our tourmalines as well as other popular loose gemstones Tourmaline is a boron silicate mineral compounded with aluminum, iron, magnesium and a few other elements. Its name comes from a Sinhalese word which means a “stone of mixed colors”. If you like a variety of colors or an unusual color in gemstones, tourmalines are good candidates for offering a wide range of colors. In fact, there are many varieties of tourmalines based...

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Sapphire for Engagement Rings and Other Fine Jewelry

Sapphire for Engagement Rings and Other Fine Jewelry

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

  Ceylon blue sapphire engagement ring. Very similar to the ring worn by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana. Sapphires are beautiful, durable, natural gemstones that come in many brilliant colors making the sapphire for engagement rings and other fine jewelry an ideal choice as a center piece. Please visit our Sapphire Engagement Ring Collection for inspiration or visit our loose sapphire collection! Sapphire Color Choices Sapphire is a variety of corundum made of aluminum oxide. Although the blue sapphire is the most popular corundum variety, colors such as peach, yellow, orange, green, pink and a mix of these colors are also found naturally.   The peach sapphire for engagement rings has become the number one choice in recent years.  Sapphires even come in...

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Peach Sapphire Engagement Rings

Peach Sapphire Engagement Rings

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

Peach Sapphire Engagement Rings and Padparadscha Sapphire Engagement Rings Peach sapphire engagement rings have become very popular over the past few years.  And no wonder!  The warm tone of a peach sapphire is beautiful and feminine, and something worn easily every day. To view our sapphire engagement rings, just click here.   Visit our Engagement Ring Collection for ready to ship peach sapphire engagement rings.  We also have a selection of loose peach sapphires precision cut by Rogerio ready for your design ideas!  Just visit our Sapphire Collection. To learn more about this trend, keep reading! “Peach” is not an official gemological color term for sapphires.  Peach is actually a combination of pink and orange, and even sometimes a bit of yellow.  However, for ease of understanding,...

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Non Heat Treated Sapphires by Pristine Gemstone Jewelry

Non Heat Treated Sapphires by Pristine Gemstone Jewelry

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

Non Heat Treated Sapphires It is rare to find a sapphire that has not received heat treatment. To view our collection of loose sapphires just click here or continue reading about heat treatment! Approximately 95% of sapphires on the market have received heat treatment. Heat treatment is a common, stable, well accepted practice. It is basically an extension of the natural formation of gemstones; heat and pressure and it only causes subtle improvements in color and clarity, if at all. It is such a common practice that it is the only treatment of sapphires that is not required to be disclosed, as it is just assumed heat treatment is present. All other known treatments must be disclosed. It is when a sapphire...

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Morganite Engagement Rings and Alternatives

Morganite Engagement Rings and Alternatives

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

Considerations about Morganite Engagement Rings Morganite Engagement Rings have become very popular due to the lovely soft pink or peach shades of the gemstone.  As a gem cutter having worked with gemstones for 25 years, morganite would not be my first recommendation as a pale pink or peach gemstone to be used for an engagement ring.  Morganites are not ideal for daily wear.  They are approx. 7.5 on the Mohs Scale, and there are more durable colored stones better suited to daily wear. Also, morganite is often irradiated to get its color, and radiation in morganites is not a stable treatment; therefore it can fade over time from exposure to natural sunlight.  There are other gemstones that come in similar...

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Pristine Gemstone Jewelry Custom Orders: The Process

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

So, you have decided to make a custom piece of jewelry with Pristine Gemstone Jewelry. We are grateful for your business and your confidence in us! To help answer some of the questions that may be going through your mind, we have prepared this blog that outlines the steps involved from completion of your order to receipt it at your door. Note that we have also provided estimates on the amount of time each step usually takes.  The process generally takes 4-6 weeks from beginning to end.  However, this is a rough estimate depending on the item in question: Step One:  Gather details to help bring your idea to life We will be asking you for the following information: Ring size...

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Spinels - Take a Closer Look!

Spinels - Take a Closer Look!

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

Although many people have never heard about spinels, when they see a fine spinel, it is love at first sight! The Many Attributes of Spinels Spinels come in many different colors but the red spinel is the rarest and most expensive of all. Spinels are also found in blue, purple, gray, orange, brown, pink, and even an inky green. Red spinels have been mistaken for rubies for centuries. Some of the most famous large rubies, such as the "Black Prince's Ruby" and the "Timur Ruby" in the British Crown Jewels are actually spinels, and not ruby as thought to be at the turn of the century. Spinels are very affordable compared to rubies and other precious colored gemstones. Spinels are...

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Tsavorite or Green Garnet, the Undiscovered Gem

Tsavorite or Green Garnet, the Undiscovered Gem

by Andrea Van Wilgenburg

One of the more rare garnets and less well known is the green Tsavorite garnet. Tsavorite garnet is one of the most beautiful and vibrant of gemstones. The color can range from a fresh mint green to a deep forest green. One of my favorite green garnet hues is the neon medium green color seen in very few pieces. The tsavorite measures 7 to 7.5 in hardness on the Mohs scale, so it makes a fine gemstone for a lasting piece of jewelry. Tsavorite garnet is a type II gemstone, which means the conditions in which Tsavorites are formed in nature are not always favorable, so inclusions are common in pieces over 1 carat. Like most gemstones, garnet has borrowed...

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