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Fall Trends You Won’t Want To Miss

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories Fashion trends during the fall season often incorporate warm colors and heavier clothing to stay cozy in the cold weather. When transitioning from short sleeves to sweaters, you might want to update your daily jewelry selection or even create a personalized jewelry capsule. Birthstone jewelry is always a great place to start but if you aren’t sure where to go from there, keep reading to stay on top of what’s trending and gaze at inspiring designs by American Gem Society (AGS) members! Birthstone Jewelry There are many beautiful birthstones

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Four Fun Facts About Sapphire

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories A new month means we have a new birthstone(s) to celebrate! Sapphire, the birthstone of September, has been a cherished gem for thousands of years. In honor of this breathtaking gem, we’ve listed four fun facts about sapphire so you can learn more! 1. A Birthstone with Many Hues Although typically thought of as blue, sapphires come in a rainbow of colors. Its hues vary from violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Sapphires in any color but blue are called “fancies.” However, red is an exception

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Tips from Jewelers Mutual Group: August’s Birthstone—Peridot in the Limelight

Peridot’s signature lime green glow looks good any time of day! It’s one of few gemstones that come in one color, though the green hue can vary from yellowish-green to olive to brownish-green, depending on how much iron is present. Interested in learning more about this beautiful birthstone of August? Click here to read Jewelers Mutual® Group’s August’s Birthstone: Peridot in the Limelight. Burmese Peridot by B & B Fine Gems

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The Birthstone of March: Aquamarine!

March has historically been an unusual month. This is a transitional time, from winter blues to summer blues. It’s also a windy month, and the weather can be fickle as one day is cold and the next warm. It’s supposed to be the first month of spring, but it can feel like the last month of winter. Even literature views it as a conflicted month. Shakespeare warned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March” in his eponymous play, “Julius Caesar.” Despite the ups and downs of this month, one element remains bright, shining, and beautiful: the March birthstone, aquamarine. A

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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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The Beauty of Opal

With its amazing display of colors and kaleidoscopic patterns, opal is a unique and spectacular gemstone. They’re stunning as rings, pendants, necklaces, and any other jewelry style you can think of! As one of the two birthstones representing October, and the gifting gemstone for 14th wedding anniversaries, there is more to opal than one might think. If you have ever wondered what makes opal special beyond its eye-catching colors, keep reading! Opal and diamond earrings by Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford Each opal has its own uniqueness, but many might not know how they developed. Seasonal rains soaked the

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The Power of Pearls

We’ve heard that history repeats itself. Pearls embody that saying as they are a timeless trend, again and again. They’ve grown from a symbol of status to a status of style. Over the past few years, pearls have remained a trend with different shapes, colors, and sizes. AGS members like Krainz Creations have kept up with the latest! These earrings have been described as a pearl with ocean colors. You can find these button-shaped earrings from Krainz Creations and so much more on our Trending Now page. As we look forward to the newest trends, we can also look back

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Pearl Insights: Baroque Pearls

By Baggins Pearls The word Baroque comes from the Portuguese word “barroco,” which refers to a pearl with an elaborate shape. It was during the Baroque Era (1600–1750) that these non-round pearls were first used in jewelry, hence the name, which doubles as a reference to the luxuriant art and architecture of the period. Baroque pearls are irregularly shaped or “imperfect” pearls and they come in almost all varieties of South Sea pearls; White or Champagne South Sea, Tahitian, and Golden. Their organic beauty captivates the attention. Each unique shape is more appealing than the other. No two Baroque pearls

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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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