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Sue Davidson, G.G.

Recent Posts by Sue Davidson, G.G.

How Do You Begin To Add Color In Your Jewelry?

If this is a self-purchase, embrace your independence starting with or coordinating with your jewelry collection. If you are shopping for colored gemstone jewelry for a loved one, have them read this article.  This will be very helpful giving you the tools you will need to get it right.

Why Do You Pay More For Certain Colored Gemstones?

A gemstone is defined as a pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament. We are all attracted to the colors, the shapes and beauty of gemstones. A gemstone’s charm is individual. It can symbolize emotion, follow generational or cultural traditions and represent memories.

Let's clear the air with the terminology separating gemstones into categories of precious and semi-precious. Traditionally the term “precious” was reserved for the finest gemstones. This term implies they are more desired, rare and costly. The term “semi-precious” is referred to all others, regardless of how rare, unusual, difficult to mine or the level of demand they hold.

In this article, there will not be any distinction between semi precious and precious gemstones. All gemstones are beautiful and are graded for value using the same methods. Alexandrite, for example, doesn’t make “the big three” of what is understood to be a “precious” gemstone (ruby, sapphire and emerald). Often alexandrite, for example, will command as much value as those traditionally labeled “precious."  All gemstones share three important and desired traits. They are: beauty, rarity and durability.

The Legend & Beliefs Behind February's Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February. The most sought after amethysts shine with the darkest, richest purples. The color can range from a light, pinkish violet to a deep purple.

Amethyst is found predominantly in the volcanic rock of Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico, but it is also found in South Korea, Austria, Zambia, India and the granitic rocks of Russia. The supply of Amethyst is plentiful making this gem affordable for just about anyone.

You will see amethyst in higher priced designer pieces as well as in mass mass-market jewelry. Many jewelry fashion pieces incorporate amethyst because it offers a feminine, strong, and sophisticated look. Amethyst has a Mohs Scale Hardness of 7 meaning it's not easily scratched and is durable enough to avoid scratching and chipping during daily wear.

10 "Scary" Fun Facts You Don't Know About November's Stone, Citrine

Halloween is fun time to celebrate the color orange, and a perfect opportunity to introduce one of our favorite gemstones, citrine! 

Not only is citrine the go-to gemstone for the November birthday, it holds sophistication that you just don't see everyday. Citrine, with its rich deep golden hue, feels warm and looks elegant. But, this beautiful gemstone has been ignored over the years for one reason or another. 

We're here to show you why citrine should not be ignored with these "scary" fun facts that we think everyone should know about this sophisticated stone. 

Did You Know: Not All Sapphires Are Blue


Most people know that any blue gemstone you see in jewelry is most likely a sapphire. Classic blue sapphire is a stone that exudes sophistication and has often been linked to royalty. Who can ever forget Kate Middleton's stunning engagement ring passed down from Princess Diana? 

But, sometimes sapphire gemstones experience abnormal conditions when they are formed that can actually change their crystal structure. And because of this, the world gets to experience a wide range of sapphires stones that differ from the classic blue. 

So let's explore the different colors of sapphire and how they are produced:

How to Keep Your Diamond Jewelry Looking Amazing


Like all precious objects, diamonds require proper care and protection. Although diamonds are considered to be the hardest mineral on earth, they are not indestructible.

Everyday exposure to creams, skin oils, hairspray, soap, hand sanitizers, household chemicals and other substances can cause buildup that will dull your diamond's brilliance and sparkle. And what is a diamond without its sparkle? 

We have people asking us all the time how to keep their diamond jewelry looking amazing. So, here are some tips from industry experts on how you can ensure that your diamond jewelry will always be stunning: