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Lapis Lazuli Jewelry

Lapis: Magical Properties and Intense ColorRevered by the ancients and coveted by today's most stylish designers, the incredibly vivid opaque blue of the gemstone lapis lazuli has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Lapis was prized in Babylonia, Egypt and the Middle East, often worn by royalty as a protection from evil.For many cultures, lapis lazuli was regarded as a holy stone. In fact, artists creating pictures of the Madonna used paint created from lapis lazuli.With its phenomenal

Sodalite Jewelry

odalite: Blue of Sea, White of WavesWhen a large deposit of sodalite, which is named for its high sodium content, was discovered in Ontario, Canada in 1891, it became a popular choice to craft into ornaments and jewelry. Deep, deep blue and opaque, sodalite's appearance is similar to that of lapis lazuli. However, sodalite exchanges lapis lazuli's flecks of golden pyrite for veins of creamy white calcite. This combination of enchanting blues with streaks of bright whites results in a stone of ot

Apatite Jewelry

Apatite: colored by natureGem-quality apatite is prized for its wide range of striking shades, including blues, greens, yellows and violets. Nature is to thank for apatite's varied color spectrum as the gemstone gets its hue from the presence of rare earth elements and natural irradiation.Apatite comes from the Greek word "apate" meaning deceit, most likely due to the gemstone's similarity to other stones such as topaz, tourmaline and peridot.All of apatite's shades add a distinctive shimmer t

Tanzanite Jewelry

Tanzanite Gemstones: African RoyaltyBeneath the snows of Kilimanjaro in wilds of East Africa comes the magnificent Tanzanite. Arriving to the jewelry market in the late 1960's Tanzanite is heralded by the world's foremost jewelers including Ross-Simons for its vivid purple and blue color scheme. The color of royalty in ancient Rome, regal purples radiate from Tanzanite in hues that dress the most fabulous jewels.Look for fresh finds and exclusive one-of-a-kind Tanzanite rings in our Estate J

Iolite Jewelry

With its shimmering violet-to-blue color and ability to change shades depending on the angle it is viewed from, iolite has captivated since Viking times. Coming from the Greek word "ios", meaning violet, the iolite gemstone is known as the Vikings' Compass. The legendary seamen used a thin piece of iolite as a polarizing filter. By looking through the iolite on overcast days, they could determine the position of the sun and navigate their way.Fall under the spell of iolite. Our designers use thi

Marcasite Jewelry

Marcasite: a metallic shimmer with antique flairMarcasite jewelry has been around for centuries, with early examples discovered in Incan ruins and Egyptian tombs. Marcasite was thought to have therapeutic properties and was often used as a healing stone. Many cultures also believed marcasite would attract wealth and inspire creativity.It was during Queen Victoria's reign that marcasite jewelry gained great popularity. After her husband died, Queen Victoria donned only dark clothing and jewelry t

Agate Jewelry

Agate: Stripes Earned by Nature  

Carnelian Jewelry

Carnelian: A Cherry on the TopFrom antiquity, carnelian has been worn in cameos in the belief that it will ward off insanity and depression. Carnelian was considered sacred in Egypt during the reign of King Tut and ancient Egyptians placed the carnelian stone on mummies to assist the dead in their journey to the afterlife.Named after the red-orange Kornel cherry, carnelian was believed by the Romans to be a stone of courage — able to shore up confidence and strength. In contemporary time

Turquoise Jewelry

Turquoise Gemstones: deep blues and greens admired for centuriesWhen Venetian merchants travelled to Turkey in the 16th century, they were captivated by the wonderful blue hue of a rare gem traded in the local markets. Sourced from mines in Persia, the gem became known as Turk's Stone, and today, we know it from the French name Turquoise.And even centuries before, Turquoise captivated jewelry makers and royalty alike — indeed King Tutankhamen's golden mask is cloaked in magnificent lapis

Aquamarine Jewelry

Aquamarine: The Marriage of Ocean and SkyAquamarine, a translucent blue gemstone whose name originates from the Italian word for seawater, embodies the magnificence of the oceans and the grandeur of the skies. Legends refer to aquamarine as the treasure of Atlantis, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.To many ancient cultures, dating back to the Middle Ages and beyond, aquamarine was a symbol of happiness, courage and everlasting youth. The blue stone is said to be used by healers to r

Gemstone Jewelry Guide

Since the time of the ancients, gemstones have dazzled the senses and captivated the hearts of people all over the world. Treasured for their vibrant spectrum of hues, brilliant shimmer, and rarity, gemstones, such and diamonds and sapphires, have served as objects of adornment, esteem, and tradition. There are even gemstones to represent each month of the year, or symbolize certain moods or characteristics.Overtime, gemologists and jewelers have created new ways to use gemstones and increase
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