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Emerald: May’s Birthstone

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers The Pantone Color of the Year is making a huge comeback! Often imitated, never duplicated. It’s a phrase that describes emeralds, May’s birthstone, very well. Since the beginning of time emeralds have been a hot commodity. Cleopatra is believed to have had a huge love and admiration for the gemstone, although most of her collection turned out to be peridot.  Roman Emperor Nero is believed to have had sunglasses made of emeralds, however this is unlikely due to their included and cloudy nature. Nero’s supposed sunglasses were a representation of the stone’s power.

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What Causes Diamonds to Break

Marc Nanasi with NEI Group is today’s guest blogger. Could My Diamond ‘Break’? It’s easy to think that diamonds are invincible, after all, they rank as the hardest substance known to man on the Moh’s scale. Unfortunately, diamonds are not without their vulnerabilities. So, yes, diamonds can break. This comes with good news and bad news. The bad news is that no diamond is impervious to breaking, but the good news is that it is an extremely rare occurrence. The most important step comes when selecting your diamond. Diamonds are formed within the earth and usually have identifying characteristics within them. These

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