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What You Need to know about Akoya Pearls

Carla Grimaldi Akoya Pearls Pinctada Fucata Martensii

What You Need to know about Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearls By far the most popular of all pearl types, the akoya pearl is famous for its small, perfectly round shapes and bright, mirror-like luster. Their amazing ability and consistency in producing near-perfect round cultured pearls make them ideal for adorning some of the world’s finest pearl jewellry.   The Akoya pearl remains a pure symbol of elegance and beauty. Ranging in size from 2.0-9.5mm, the akoya offers one of the most versatile and wardrobe ready looks of all pearl types. Akoya pearls are measured in half-millimeter increments; popular necklace and earring sizes are 7.0-7.5mm, 7.5-8.0mm and 8.0-8.5mm. Cultured mainly...

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What You Need to know about Turquoise

Carla Grimaldi Turquoise

What You Need to know about Turquoise

Turquoise is an opaque mineral with an intense blue to green color. It is considered as a rare stone, and it has achieved the grade of gem and ornamental stone. It is beautiful and it has been known to have a great importance in many cultures. Turquoise is nearly always cryptocrystalline and massive and assumes no definite external shape. Crystals, even at the microscopic scale, are exceedingly rare. Turquoise has a triclinic crystal system and has a hardness rate 5-6 mohs. Turquoise is a stone with legacy. It is perhaps one of the oldest stones used by mankind for various...

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What You Need to know about Pink Kunzite

Carla Grimaldi Pink Kunzite

What You Need to know about Pink Kunzite

Pink Kunzite is a variety of the colored pink to lilac crystals of Kunzite; which are part of a larger family of minerals called Spodumenes. This crystal is somehow new, at least its name, because it was named after the G. F. Kunz in 1902, who was a mineralogist and a jeweler. Kunzite has a monoclinic crystal system; and has a hardness rate of 6.5-7.0 mohs. Kunzite’s peculiar lilac to pink color has a lot to do with the presence of manganese. Sometimes kunzite is exposed to high temperatures to increase the tonality for gemstone purposes. It forms naturally with...

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What You Need to know about Emerald

Francesco Fellini Emerald

What You Need to know about Emerald

Emerald Natural, transparent Emerald is one of four “precious” gemstones (including Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire), and is the green variety of Beryl, a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral colored by trace amounts of chromium and/or vanadium. Emerald occurs in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the finest being a pure verdant green hue, medium to dark in tone. Light colored gems are usually known by the species name, Green Beryl. Most Emeralds are highly included with surface breaking fissures, so their toughness, or resistance to breakage, is usually classified as generally poor.  According to Indian lore, the name Emerald was...

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What You Need to know about Red Garnet

Carla Grimaldi Garnet Jewelry Red Garnet

What You Need to know about Red Garnet

Red Garnet Garnet comes in many colors, but now we will speak only about red Garnet. Garnet, the birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage. It signifies eternal friendship and trust and is the perfect gift for a friend.  The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” in reference to a pomegranate. This reference makes sense as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate. The garnet has been a popular gem throughout history. Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a...

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