The beautiful, indestructible diamond...hardest known mineral on earth with dazzling sparkle and color play, also April's Birthstone and a Girls Best Friend. Below you will find my opinions (and sometime irritation about how the 4Cs are marketed) and detailed information on the 4Cs (Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight), it is a lot of information so if you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us. What you really should know when buying vintage diamonds (in order of importance)....
The use of Amethyst goes back thousands of years appearing often in the Royal Crown Jewels and religious artifacts. The deeper wine shaded amethysts have been used all the way back the Greek Era where they were thought to bring clarity and intelligence.
Garnets, the birthstone for January and the second anniversary stone, actually come in a wide range of colors even a color changing but are most known for the deep red Pyrope Garnet. These Garnets have stunning translucence and clarity which has made them quite popular in two very different jewelry styles.
The last month of the year is another double birthstone month and they could not be more different. One is ancient with an opaque quality, and is found in several areas in the world. While the other, is a relative baby to the gem world, has a stunning clear clarity and is only found in one place. So let's dive into all you need to know about December's birthstones Turquoise and Tanzanite.