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September is for Sapphires

As we turn our calendars to September, we start thinking of things like heading back to school, indulging in a pumpkin spice latte, and planning our fall fashions. For those celebrating a birthday in September, they’re thinking of their birthstone: the sapphire! Although sapphire typically refers to the rich blue gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, this royal gem actually occurs in a rainbow of hues. Sapphires come in every color except red, which would then be classified as ruby. Trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium give naturally colorless corundum a tint of blue, yellow, purple, orange

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Celebrating September with Sparkling Sapphire

We’re getting a jump-start on September! September’s birthstone is the sapphire, a beautiful gemstone that has been popular since the Middle Ages. According to folklore, sapphires bring wearers good fortune, spiritual insight and provide them with protection from envy and harm. Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark greenish or violet-blue, as well as various shades of pure blue.  The most prized colors are a medium to medium dark blue or slightly violet-blue.  Sapphire is a variety of the gem species, corundum, and occurs in all colors of the rainbow.  Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known

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September Sapphires Fuel Our Fire

By Kevin P. McVay September’s birthstone is the sapphire, a beautiful gemstone that has been popular since the Middle Ages. According to folklore, sapphires bring wearers good fortune, spiritual insight and provide them with protection from envy and harm. As one of the more well-known gemstones in the world, sapphires are commonly worn in jewelry. Though blue is the most common shade, sapphires can come in a variety of colors including yellow, green and even pink. Sapphires are one of our personal favorite gems here at the American Gem Society. They’re versatile and can be worn with just about anything, but

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Yellow and White Gold Collide in This Spectacular New Collection

By Kevin P. McVay American Gem Society members have shared some truly spectacular jewelry collections with us over the last few months. Last week, we received a sneak-peak of a new collection by Jye International, Inc., the 2013 winner of the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards. Their new collection features stylish yellow and white gold pieces decorated with brilliant diamonds and stunning gemstones. Some of the most notable pieces include a 18k yellow gold bangle with 0.4ct of premium round diamonds, an exotic bird inspired brooch decorated with 3.07ct of multicolor sapphires and 1.24ct of diamonds and fashionable citrine stone earrings set in

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Spinel: The Coolest Gem You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

By Isabelle Corvin, CG, Staff Gemologist at Panowicz Jewelers Spinel is an oxide mineral that crystallizes in the cubic structure and has quite the mixed-up history. As of 2016, it is also the newest birthstone to be added to the birthstone list! August babies now have a choice between vivid peridot and alluring spinel. The word “spinel” comes from the Latin word Spinella, which means “little thorn” or “arrow-shaped.” Spinel gems come in a wide range of colors and saturations, though perhaps the most famous (and mistakenly infamous) is the red variety. In ancient cultures, red spinel was always grouped together

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How to Shop for Diamond Engagement Rings

Buying a diamond engagement ring is a momentous occasion. If you’re ready to purchase a ring, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. With such an important expenditure as a diamond engagement ring, you want to feel confident in your decision. You want to feel like you’ve purchased the perfect ring! Doing your research, shopping around, and careful consideration go a long way toward making that happen. It also helps to have informed advice from professionals in the industry. The American Gem Society is the country’s preeminent jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection. We’re dedicated

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October Birthstone Options

The birthstones for October are opal and tourmaline. Yes, October has two birthstones, offering a broad range of choices to mark this special month. If you are celebrating an October birthday or even an October milestone, you have a unique opportunity to choose jewelry that aligns with your style, as there are so many intriguing options available in both opal and tourmaline. Why October has two birthstones Opal has long been the traditional October birthstone, celebrated for its iridescent beauty. The American National Retail Jeweler’s Association created the standard list of birthstones, one for each month, in 1912. Forty years later,

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Dreaming of Gems

It’s not every day you get to see high-end or award-winning jewelry. Even if you may only be able to wear them in your dreams, they’re just as aesthetically pleasing when viewed from afar! For some fashion inspiration, we’re sharing a few jaw-dropping gems and some everyday pieces from members of the American Gem Society (AGS). X-Tension 2010 Winner by The Inspired Collection. An extendable bathroom mirror was the inspiration behind X-Tension, an award-winning white and yellow gold necklace holding a trillion cut green tourmaline, designed by Nigel Wong of The Inspired Collection. “Fascinated by the concertina-like movements of the extendable

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Jim Lobb joins Uneek Jewelry as Regional VP of Sales – West

Uneek Jewelry is pleased to announce that Jim Lobb will become the Regional Vice President of Sales for the Western US region. Jim brings over 33 years of experience from the watch industry, serving both the Omega and the Cyma Watch Corporations. After enjoying 21 years of working with Simon G, Jim is delighted to join the family of Uneek Jewelry. Uneek’s Vice President of Sales, Cortland, welcomes Lobb, “I have always wanted to work with Jim. He has been a top player in our industry for decades. I consider it a true testament to us, that he is now

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Uneek Jewelry Announces Jim O’Hare as New Regional Vice President of Sales

Contemporary bridal, fashion, and high-end jewelry brand, Uneek, is proud to welcome Jim O’Hare as its new Regional Vice President of Sales for the Northeast. With over 30 years of experience in the jewelry industry, O’Hare serves as Uneek’s key point person to grow business in the US Northeast region. He graduated with a Business Administration degree from Union College and made an impressive name for himself in the jewelry industry. Uneek’s Vice President of Sales, Cortland Shopper (GJG), welcomes O’Hare, “In all my years in our wonderful industry, I have never heard so many retailers say such positive things

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