Commonly Asked Questions: Tourmaline

By Emily on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in Gemstones, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world does tourmaline come from? Tourmaline deposits can be found in various locations around the world including the United States, Brazil, and Africa. Both Madagascar and Afghanistan are known for producing fine red tourmaline. What color are tourmalines? Tourmaline can occur in any color. In fact, it has one of the widest color ranges… Read More


13 Amazing Ammolite Facts

By Emily on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 in Gemstones. No Comments

Ammolite is an iridescent, nacreous layer cut from the fossilized shells of a prehistoric creature, called ammonite. These squid-like creatures became extinct about 66 million years ago (the same time as dinosaurs) and had sharp jaws, a spiral shell, and tentacles. Ammonites were around before there were even seven continents. In fact, there were only… Read More


9 Facts About Morganite

By Emily on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 in Gemstones, Informational, Uncategorized. No Comments

Like emerald and aquamarine, morganite is part of the beryl mineral family. However, unlike emeralds, which tend to have a lot of inclusions, morganite gemstones are relatively free of inclusions, making them more eye-appealing and easier to care for. Morganite is rarer than aquamarine. The gemstone is favored for its pink to orange-pink color, which is caused by… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Aquamarine

By Emily on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstones, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world do aquamarines come from? Aquamarine deposits can be found in a variety of different places. One of the world’s major producers of aquamarine is Brazil. Other notable locations include Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Aquamarine can also be found in Colorado, where it’s actually the state’s official gemstone. How are aquamarines… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Amethyst

By Emily on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstones, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world do amethysts come from? Most of the world’s amethyst comes from Brazil. Other notable locations for amethyst deposits include Uruguay, Arizona, and Zambia. Where does an amethyst’s color come from? Amethyst gemstones get their purple color when iron atoms replace silicon atoms through the process of irradiation. What is green amethyst? Like its… Read More


Commonly Asked Questions: Garnet

By Emily on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 in Commonly Asked Questions, Gemstones, Informational. No Comments

Where in the world do garnets come from? Some of the most notable sources for garnet are Brazil (spessartine garnets), Tanzania (tsavorite garnets), Myanmar (almandine garnets), India (pyrope garnets), Sri Lanka (rhodolite garnets), and Russia (demantoid garnets). What are the different colors/varieties of garnet? When you think of garnet, you probably picture a dark red gem…. Read More


Jewelry Trends: Rose Gold and Morganite

By Emily on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 in Fashion Trends, Gemstones. No Comments

For the past couple of years, we’ve noticed increasing interest in one jewelry combination in particular, rose gold and morganite. Jewelry designers like to create contemporary, modern pieces with this metal and gemstone duo, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a lot of younger jewelry lovers wearing these pieces. So why exactly are so… Read More


Wisconsin’s Pearl Rush

By Emily on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Gemstones, History, Informational, Milwaukee, Pearls. No Comments

Imagine that you’re living in south-central Wisconsin during the late 1800’s. You make $10 a week and have to spend most of that money on food and shelter. Suddenly you read a story in the town newspaper about a local resident who found a pearl in Sugar River and sold it for $100. Later you… Read More