Gemstone Guides

Aquamarine meanings, history, facts & tips

Aquamarine Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourGreen or blue Our SourceBrazil Mineral classBeryl Hardness7.5 – 8 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthMarch Wedding anniversaries19th HARD FACTS Hard Facts The aquamarine derives from the mineral beryl, like emeralds. Its colour varies from pale blue or turquoise to deep blue, depending on the amount […]

Tanzanite meanings, history, facts & tips

Tanzanite Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourBlue-violet Our SourceTanzania Mineral classZoisite Hardness6.5 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthDecember Wedding anniversaries24th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Tanzanite is a blue-violet variety of the mineral zoisite. It is named after Tanzania, where it was discovered. It stands out because of its “trichroism”, which means it […]

Ruby meanings, history, facts & tips

Ruby Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourRed Our SourceThailand Mineral classCorundum Hardness9 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthJuly Wedding anniversaries15th and 40th HARD FACTS Hard Facts “Ruby” comes from the Latin word “ruber”, meaning red. Rubies consist of a mineral called corundum. Rubies can vary from pink to a deep red colour […]

Pink Sapphire meanings, history, facts & tips

Pink Sapphire Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourPink Our SourceThailand Mineral classCorundum Hardness9 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthSeptember Wedding anniversaries5th and 45th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Pink is one of the rarest colours in sapphires. Formed from the mineral corundum, sapphires are found in many hues – like yellow, green and […]

Peridot meanings, history, facts & tips

Peridot Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourGreen Our SourceWorldwide Mineral classOlivine Hardness6.5 – 7 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthAugust Wedding anniversaries16th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Peridot is a type of a silicate mineral called olivine. It’s one of the few gems that occurs in only one colour, green. It’s pigmentation is […]

Pearl meanings, history, facts & tips

Pearl Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourWhite, cream, pink, brown or black Our SourceJapan Mineral classOrganic Gem Hardness2.5 – 4.5 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthJune Wedding anniversaries1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Pearls are “organic gems” formed inside mollusks, such as oysters, clams or mussels. When a tiny […]

Opal meanings, history, facts & tips

Opal Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourAll colours Our SourceAustralia Mineral classMineraloid, a form of silica Hardness5 – 6.5 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthOctober Wedding anniversaries14th HARD FACTS Hard Facts It’s classed as a mineraloid, because it doesn’t exist in crystal form. It’s of a medium hardness, rating 5-6.5 on the […]

Garnet meanings, history, facts & tips

Garnet Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourRed with orange, brown or purple hues Our SourceIndia Mineral classVarying silicate minerals Hardness6.5 – 7.5 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthJanuary Wedding anniversaries2nd and 18th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Garnets are formed from many different silicate minerals. Garnet crystals therefore have varied chemical compositions and […]

Emerald meanings, history, facts & tips

Emerald Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourGreen Our SourceColombia Mineral classBeryl Hardness7.5 – 8 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthMay Wedding anniversaries55th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Emeralds are made from the mineral beryl.Its green colour comes from chromium or vanadium. It registers 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, similar to hardened […]

Diamond meanings, history, facts & tips

Diamond Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourColourless, “fancy coloured” or black Our SourceGlobal Mineral classCarbon Hardness10 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthApril Wedding anniversaries10th and 60th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Diamonds are formed from carbon atoms. But unlike ordinary carbon minerals like coal, diamonds are special. They have a unique molecular structure, […]

Blue Topaz meanings, history, facts & tips

Blue Topaz Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourBlue Our SourceBrazil Mineral classSilicate of fluorine and aluminium Hardness8 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthNovember Wedding anniversaries16th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Topaz is a silicate mineral of fluorine and aluminium. It appears in many colours including yellow, gray, red and colourless – and very […]

Blue Sapphire meanings, history, facts & tips

Blue Sapphire Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourBlue Our SourceThailand Mineral classCorundum Hardness9 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthSeptember Wedding anniversaries5th and 45th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Sapphires are made from the mineral corundum. It exists in a rainbow of colours including pink, yellow, green and grey, but the blue-hued variety is […]

Amethyst Jewellery Buying Advice

Amethyst Guide Buying tips, facts & history POLISHED ROUGH Previous Next ColourPurple or violet Our SourceBrazil Mineral classQuartz Hardness7 Mohs Scale Birthstone monthFebruary Wedding anniversaries6th and 17th HARD FACTS Hard Facts Amethyst is a purple-violet variety of quartz. Its name comes from the Greek word “amethustos”, meaning “not intoxicated” – the name is a reference […]

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