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Gems — Emerald

My Favorite Color Combos

Posted by Joanne Simmons on

Going gem shopping, for me, isn't only about chasing down the nicest and most unusual gems.  It can also be about finding colors that work well with my designs or my other gems.  I get very exited when I find a bright 1.2mm melee gem that still pops, like the amethyst I recently added to some of my designs.  Amethyst may not be an exiting stone, but having purple melee IS exciting.

So one thing...

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Emeralds: Before the Oil, After the Oil, and After That

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Emeralds: Before the Oil, After the Oil, and After That

So my gemstone dealer D. and I decided to conduct an experiment.  It was an ancient one, and he’s done it before of course, but I never had: we tested how an emerald would change if it got oiled.  Oiling emeralds is as old as the hills, and it is common practice.  Most emeralds on the market are oiled – an eye clean emerald that hasn’t been oiled is a rarity.  I’ve read that cedar wood oil is a...

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