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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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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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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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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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