How much is the stone from Uncut Gems on Netflix? In Uncut Gems (released on Netflix), Adam Sandler plays a jeweler looking to auction off his enormous opal. In the past, we have ranked opals towards the bottom of our Rarity Pyramid. Nevertheless, we find it necessary to debunk any myths or rumors about rare … Read more How Rare is the stone from Uncut Gems the Movie?
10 Ct Alexandrite Origin Mystery Alexandrite origin identification is very difficult. Even the best labs have trouble figuring out an Alexandrite’s origin. Alexandrites from Ceylon, Africa, and Brazil, and other countries, might have colors that support where they come from, but the reality is that labs are not perfect in this determination. One of … Read more A Unique 10 carat Alexandrite
A Brief Summary of Alexandrite of The Urals (Russia) The International Colored Gemstone Assocation (ICA) recently published a lengthy article in their InColor Magazine Publication (Issue 44- Fall 2019) regarding the current status of Alexandrites from Russia. We recently blogged on the topic regarding Yakov Kokovin’s historical connection with Alexandrite, and how he had been … Read more A Brief Summary of Alexandrite of The Urals (Russia)
In the past, we have emphasized the importance of gem labs when it comes to buying gemstones. Most recently, we discussed how certain sapphires that appear to look like “Padparadscha” need to go through color stability testing in order to make sure they do not lose their color. That is, losing their color so they … Read more From Padparadscha to Pink Sapphire | GIA’s Color Stability Test
A common issue customers and gem dealers face is when two labs disagree on a gemstone. A lot of times these disagreements are about heat treatment v. non-heat treatment, and correct origin (Ceylon v. Burma etc..). The same issue arises when one lab calls a certain variety of sapphire as “Padparadscha,” and another classifies it … Read more GRS Type Sunrise and Sunset Padparadscha v. GIA Padparadscha
What is Sapphirine? The scintillating blue stone was given the name of “Sapphirine” due to its striking resemblance to sapphire. However, both minerals have completely different chemical make-ups and properties. The stone owes its namesake to its striking blue color, but in some instances it forms in a reddish-orange color. The stone is very rare … Read more What is Sapphirine?
What are Birthstones? Birthstones are stones that are associated with certain months of the year. January Birthstone Garnet Garnet refers to a variety of minerals that typically shine with a rich red color, yet they could potentially be different colors: greens, oranges, pinks, red and even some blues. Historically, the gem traces its roots back … Read more What are Birthstones?
Taaffeite Taaffeite’s History Originally thought to be spinel, Taaffeite was unknown to the world of gemology until a relatively recent discovery. The first sample was located accidentally in a small jewel’s shop in Dublin, Ireland. In 1946, Count Richard Taaffe, the man to which the gem owes its namesake, found the stone already cut and … Read more What is Taaffeite?
Russian Alexandrite’s History The origins of the first Russian Alexandrite (Chrysoberyl with strong change) require official credit to a person named Yakov Vasilevich Kokovin, or Y.A. Kokovin. According to gem historian Richard A. Wise, Kokovin was the Russian Ural Mountain Mine Manager around the 1800s. (Wise, 2016). Wise’s reference to Kokovin, albeit brief, is to … Read more Russian Alexandrite’s History
Introduction To Padparadscha A Padparadscha Sapphire is a fancy colored sapphire that is a mix of orange and pink color. Gem Labs Definition According to many gem labs, the precise definition “is a variety of corundum from any geographical origin whose colour is a subtle mixture of pinkish orange to orangey pink with pastel tones … Read more What is a Padparadscha Sapphire? (UPDATED 2019 Definition)