Birthstone of the Month – December

Birthstone of the Month – December

BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

Gem Gallerie Reveals the Mystery and Beauty of Turquoise

You name it: brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and ornamental objects…

Turquoise is valued extensively.

With its long Native American history, Turquoise is a distinctively American gemstone.

You can be proud that the Southwest U.S. is now the world leader in Turquoise output. Despite being a relatively “soft” and porous gemstone, during the 16th century Indians of the Southwest even used Turquoise as currency.

Did you realize Turquoise has always been the “Gemstone of the Peoples?”

The popularity of Turquoise was so universal it got its name (“Turkish stone”) from a common trade route through Turkey.

Turquoise has been revered for thousands of years as a holy stone. As far back as 3000 B.C. the Egyptians have inlayed graves with Turquoise. Obviously, one of the oldest gemstones known to man is our gemstone of the month:Turquoise.

From the Pharaohs of Egypt to the Victorian era to the modern day perennial fashion trend of silver set “Indian Jewelry”, Turquoise has never lost its appeal.

Today, Turquoise deposits are in Iran, Australia, China and Israel. State side, Turquoise is abundantly found in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.

Most popular State side is Turquoise Matrix.

Coming from the “hosting rock” some Turquoise develops an interesting spider web pattern from the matrix or mother rock. Hence Turquoise Matrix.

This spider web pattern gives Turquoise unique appeal. Spectacular interspersed streaks of brown, dark gray or black veining make up this wonderful “web.”

Rare specimens are a blue-violet hue…quite a sight to behold.

Persian Turquoise, favored in the Eastern world, is vein-free.

Aside from the rare and expensive transparent variety, Turquoise is common in sky-blue, blue-green and apple-green hues.

The brilliant sky-blue color has made Turquoise a classic gemstone, especially when set in silver.

Besides being known as a good luck charm, a “holy stone” and birthstone of December, Turquoise is the accepted anniversary gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.

Best of all, Turquoise is an affordable gemstone for its carat weight and sure to liven up your jewelry collection.

Happy Holidays and thank you for interest and discovery this past year into the wonderful world of gemstones!

We at the Gem Gallerie love to assist inquisitive gem enthusiasts like you.

Come visit our proprietor and graduate gemologist Karen Simmons at the Gem Gallerie and find a jewelry design that makes your soul come alive.

Going to be out and about the Sherwood Park area?

BONUS: Visit the Gem Gallerie, Sherwood Park’s most established jewelry store, and we’ll help ensure the security of your current gemstone with a complimentary inspection.

Why delay another day?

Be sure browse www.gemgallerie.com now and browse our online jewelry store.

Karen Simmons

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

Author, Perfectly Clear, Buying Diamonds for Pleasure and Profit

Endorsed by Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

P.S. We’ve recently moved to a brand new fun store in the Broadmoor Heritage Plaza!  Come by and pick up a free gift on us!

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

#370, 800 Broadmoor Blvd

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 4Y6

1-780-467-3005

 

Birthstone of the Month – November

Birthstone of the Month – November

BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

Gem Gallerie Reveals the Mystery and Beauty of Topaz

Topaz is so tremendously stunning that a giant colorless Topaz, the Braganza (1640 carats), was set in the Portuguese Crown and was first thought to be a diamond.

Yes, clear Topaz, at first glance, was mistaken for a diamond.

What a testament to the terrific Topaz!

In fact, the resemblance doesn’t end there. Topaz is almost as strong as diamonds which makes Topaz very versatile and durable enough to be set in a multitude of fashionable jewelry.

With Topaz, you receive a vast array of variety. Pink Topaz is splendorous but very rare. Popular are green and blue hues while most common is yellow. Wine-yellow crystals have come from the Schneckenstein (German Topaz-bearing rock) in Saxony for over 250 years. Imperial Topaz (golden-yellow) is relatively scarce.

Feeling special?  Then treat yourself to Champagne Topaz, a rare naturally colored light brown variety of Topaz primarily found in Mexico or Imperial Topaz, the most sought after of all natural Topaz brought to you from Brazil.

Want to get the inside scoop on “Swiss” and “Electric” blue hues of Topaz? Neutron and electron bombardment creates the beauty of these variations of Topaz and after a “cool off” period they are ready to face the world.

Ask our proprietor, Karen Simmons, about Sky Blue and London Blue Topaz which happens to be the most stunning and saturated of the blues…and most valuable too.

Once thought to have mystical curative powers that changed with the phases of the moon Topaz was so glorious to Egyptians that they believed Topaz was colored with the golden glow of the mighty Sun God Ra. Romans also associated Topaz with their Sun God.

Going back over 2000 years, Topaz secures its place in history as one of the foundational gemstones of the twelve gates to the Holy City of the New Jerusalem.

Many have marveled at the mystery of Topaz’s pleochroism properties…the appearance of several colors in one and the same stone. Beyond light and dark blue, other hues of Topaz gemstones display lemon-honey, straw-yellow as well as dark red and pink-red. A must see in person.

Topaz is a tremendous gemstone to behold. Topaz comes to you from as far away as Japan, Australia, Scotland and the Ukraine bringing with it brilliance at a very reasonable investment.

Look for Gem Gallerie’s next “Birth Stone of the Month” column where you’ll  discover the alluring nature of December’s birthstone…the Turquoise!

Be sure to visit www.gemgallerie.com now and browse our online jewelry store.

Going to be out and about the Sherwood Park area?

BONUS: Visit the Gem Gallerie, Sherwood Park’s most established jewelry store, and we’ll help ensure the security of your current gemstone with a complimentary inspection.

Why delay another day?

Karen Simmons

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

Author, Perfectly Clear, Buying Diamonds for Pleasure and Profit

Endorsed by Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

P.S. We’ve recently moved to a brand new fun store in the Broadmoor Heritage Plaza!  Come by and pick up a free gift on us!

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

#370, 800 Broadmoor Blvd

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 4Y6

1-780-467-3005

Birthstone of the Month – October

Birthstone of the Month – October

BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH

Gem Gallerie Reveals the Mystery and Beauty of Opal

What embodies the richness of an Amethyst, deep green of an Emerald and gentle fire of a Ruby all at once?

Back in the 1300’s it was the most popular gem used for jewelry in Europe.  In 2013, get a glimpse (at the Gem Gallerie) and admire the glamor and everlasting allure of…the Opal!

Throughout the Middle Ages Opal represented hope, innocence, and purity. In addition, the opulent Opal is now widely popular celebrating the 14th wedding anniversary and status as October’s prime birthstone.

Most common is the white Opal, well known for its white or light body color with many colors flashing like a rainbow.

Looking for something a bit different…even trendy?  Ask us about the “chocolate” Opal, formed within layers of volcanic ash.

Fall weather is here. Warm things up with a Fire Opal!  

This unusual Opal, from Mexico, is highly sought after for its intense orange-red color…rare indeed. Good quality Fire Opal can even be transparent and is sure to catch an eye or two. Romance is in the air, especially shortly after sunrise and before sunset…a truly magical moment to wear Fire Opal.

Best of all, you only need a soft cloth to maintain Opal’s opulence. No fuss, just easy care.

As you would figure, the ancients were enamored by Opals. Due to the milky yet flashy color mix of this precious gem, they believed bolts of lightning created Opals from rainbows.

Interestingly enough almost all Black Opal is mined from Australia…specifically from Lightning Ridge. Coincidence? Black Opal is fascinating since it showcases a black, dark blue or green body color with vivid varieties of red, pink and bright green flashing throughout.

Even Louis XIV of France named one of his horse-drawn coaches “Opal.”

Although most opal is rounded, Tourmaline (multitude of colors) can substitute as a more rugged and faceted gem as an October birthstone.

Look for Gem Gallerie’s next “Birth Stone of the Month” column where you’ll  discover the alluring nature of November’s birthstone…the Topaz!

Be sure to visit www.gemgallerie.com now and browse our online jewelry store.

Going to be out and about the Sherwood Park area?

BONUS: Visit the Gem Gallerie, Sherwood Park’s most established jewelry store, and we’ll help ensure the security of your current gemstone with a complimentary inspection.

Why delay another day?

Karen Simmons

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

Author, Perfectly Clear, Buying Diamonds for Pleasure and Profit

Endorsed by Ernie Blom, President, World Federation of Diamond Bourses

P.S. We’ve recently moved to a brand new fun store in the Broadmoor Heritage Plaza!  Come by and pick up a free gift on us!

Gem Gallerie Goldsmiths

#370, 800 Broadmoor Blvd

Sherwood Park, Alberta

T8A 4Y6

1-780-467-3005