What is Spinel?

Vivid pink spinel lucky charm earrings with diamond prong accents in 14kt gold. $1450 Probably the most common question we get concerning spinel is “what’s that?” A standard reply goes something like “well, it’s a manganese aluminum oxide, of course.” I hardly know...
Color Spectrum of Sapphires

Color Spectrum of Sapphires

I actually expect perplexed looks when folks first learn that sapphires occur in every color since sapphires and gems in general, are not at the forefront of most people’s mind. They are exotic and ancient – thought of as symbols of power, wealth and luxury....
The Surprising Spectrum of Garnet

The Surprising Spectrum of Garnet

When we think about garnet, the red January birthstone usually comes to mind. The name garnet derives from the Latin word ‘granatum’ meaning pomegranate, the fruit that garnet crystals most closely resemble. Common garnet may be red, but it occurs in a surprisingly...