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Gems — tourmaline

Diamonds are a Girls....

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Since I deal mainly in untreated gemstones, I have stayed away from using colored diamonds.  Most of them are irradiated and while I make exceptions for heat treatment, irradiation is a no go - it's the reason I don't carry Morganite.

In the last few months, however, I started to increasingly play with natural yellow and pink diamonds, so I thought it might be fun to share some of my insights, and...

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Tourmaline: Heated or Unheated?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Tourmaline: Heated or Unheated?

It has been a while since I blogged about a particular type of gemstone, but having heard some new and interesting things about tourmaline, I thought I’d share.
As many of you have noted, a lot of gemstone prices have risen sharply in the last couple of years. But tourmaline? Isn’t that a common gem? Yes, it is, but world demand for this gem has gone up, especially the bright pink variety called...

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Why Don’t All Gems Come in Any Cut?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I got the following question from two customers just this week: can I supply a matched pair of Merelani mint garnets, elongated pear shape.  The answer – and I don’t even have to look – is “no.”  (I actually did find one pair, so I was wrong, but you’ll see the astronomical price tag on my Etsy site!)
So why doesn’t any gem come in any cut? The answer is really simple. Gems are cut to maximize the...

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