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Laboratory-Grown Diamonds FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What are laboratory-grown diamonds? Laboratory-grown diamonds are a marvel of science and technology. They share essentially the same properties of a natural diamond chemically, physically, and optically. Whether you choose a laboratory-grown diamond or a natural diamond, they each took a different journey to reach your hands. Where can I buy a laboratory-grown diamond? Many jewelry stores offer laboratory-grown diamonds as another option for their clients. The easiest way to find out is to call your local jeweler and ask them directly. We strongly suggest you speak to an AGS jeweler, as they adhere to strict standards

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The Folklore of Topaz

Traditional legends claimed that topaz could harness the power of the sun. This gemstone is commonly found in warm yellow hues, but can be treated to produce other colors, such as blue. Pink topaz was linked to spring and summer, while other topaz colors were linked to fall. Topaz symbolized the Egyptian Sun god, Ra. Ancient Egyptians felt it was an incredibly powerful stone. Hindus believed in the gemstone’s protective abilities. They felt it could protect homes from burning down, while also protecting their health and beauty. African shamans also treated the gemstone as sacred, using it in their healing rituals. They

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How to Buy Turquoise

December Birthstones How to Buy Turquoise Turquoise, the traditional birthstone of December, is also gifted on the 11th wedding anniversary. But buying turquoise doesn’t require a special occasion. Its namesake blue color has been internationally revered for centuries as a symbol of protection, friendship, and happiness. Thanks to its historical and cultural significance in many Native American tribes, turquoise remains most popular throughout the southwestern U.S. This area supplies most of the world’s turquoise today. Turquoise is one of few gemstones not judged by the 4Cs of diamond quality. Instead, the main factors that determine its value are color, matrix,

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How to Buy Zircon

December Birthstones How to Buy Zircon Whether you’re buying blue zircon to celebrate a December birthday, or selecting another shade just to own a gorgeous piece of Earth’s oldest history, zircon offers many options. A wide range of colors at relatively low costs makes zircon a popular gemstone with collectors. While zircon gems generally follow the same value factors as diamonds, it’s best to visit an American Gem Society jeweler who can help you select the right gemstone for you. Zircon is available in a rainbow of colors. Reddish-brown earth tones are common, but bright red or green gemstones have higher market

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How to Buy Moonstone

June Birthstones How to Buy Moonstone Whether you’re celebrating a June birthday or honoring Florida’s state gemstone, moonstone jewelry makes a luminous gift. Like diamonds and other gemstones, moonstones are assessed by the 4Cs: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. An American Gem Society jeweler can help you find the moonstone you want. Generally, the more transparent the stone and the bluer its adularescence (or sheen), the higher its value. Historically, the highest-quality moonstone gems came from Sri Lanka, but since those sources have essentially dried up, prices of classical blue moonstone have risen sharply. Indian moonstones, in colors ranging from brown

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Emerald Overview

May Birthstone Emerald Overview Emerald’s name is derived from the Greek word smaragdus, meaning “green gem.” Like aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length. Emerald color can range from light green (though there is some argument whether these very light beryls are truly emeralds) to a deep, rich green. Emeralds are also like aquamarine in that the way the color presents itself in jewelry depends on a good cut by a skilled gemologist. The deeper or more green an emerald is, the more valuable it is. The rarest

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How to Buy Amethyst

February Birthstones How to Buy Amethyst Whether you’re purchasing amethyst gemstone jewelry for yourself or a loved one, you’re making an investment in beauty that will stand the test of time. Amethyst makes a great gift for individuals born in February or as a celebratory milestone for a sixth or 17th wedding anniversary. Of course, you’re also welcome to purchase amethyst gemstones “just because.” It’s a beautiful gemstone that ranges in color from a light pinkish violet to a deep red or blue-purple violet. It complements a number of metals and settings. Amethyst is a durable gemstone that works well

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How to Buy Garnet

January Birthstones How to Buy Garnet If you’re looking to purchase a garnet birthstone for yourself or someone special, it is a great way to celebrate friendship, toast a second wedding anniversary or recognize the wearer’s January birthday. When buying, first visit an American Gem Society jeweler who can assist you in purchasing a garnet gemstone that’s right for you. Look at how the garnet reacts under light—both natural and synthetic—and check for intense, saturated color. Garnets commonly come in a wide spectrum of reds, but can also be green, pink, blue or even colorless. The price of the piece will likely

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The Folklore of Citrine

Citrine has been loved for thousands of years. The word was first used in 1385 to refer to yellow gemstones. This November birthstone has become a symbol of manifestation, wealth, and imagination. Its yellow hues evoke the warmth of the sun and life-giving energy. In ancient times, people believed that citrine gemstones could calm tempers, soothe anger, and manifest desires. To leverage these powers, Egyptians used citrine gemstones as talismans, the ancient Greeks carved iconic images into them, and Roman priests fashioned them into rings. Legends say that the gemstone made men more handsome and intelligent. It was also believed

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