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Turquoise Gemstone Jewelry: Southwest Style

By Wade Abel, CG, Director of Gemology, American Gem Society Turquoise is not only the name of this gemstone but also the color of the bright “robin’s egg” blue that this gemstone is known for! This beautiful gem is commonly found in jewelry with a southwest flare or is a bright and cheerful accessory that pairs with any color.  Turquoise gemstone jewelry is often seen set in silver and can be big and bold or more subtle, sometimes used as accent stones paired with other gemstones in elegant settings or in strands of beads. Turquoise gemstone jewelry is common in

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Jewelry From an Era: Art Nouveau

By Isabelle Corvin, CG, Staff Gemologist at Panowicz Jewelers “New Art” is the meaning of “Art Nouveau.” An artistic era, or a movement if you prefer. It swept through the world, gaining popularity mainly between 1890-1910. Art Nouveau was a period of transition in the fine arts, moving from the old into the new. Art Nouveau acquired distinctly localized styles as its geographic influence increased, leading to many regional differences among the movement. However, some general characteristics are indicative of the form. Nature and curved lines heavily inspired this art; begin with a simple, natural shape and make it come

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Fall Jewelry 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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Gifts For Her, Him, and Everyone in Between

By Kimberly Tate, Content Specialist, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories When you’re in love, there’s no need for a special day or event to show your significant other how much you care. However, if you are looking for a reason to splurge on your special someone, National Couple’s Day on August 18th is the perfect day! We want to spread the love of National Couple’s Day with some jewelry inspiration by American Gem Society (AGS) members! For Her When you think of her, lots of ideas can come to mind. Bracelets, pendants, rings, pearls, you name it!  Mixed shape

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Get Your Gold On!

Throughout history, gold has been one of the most sought-after metals in the world. It’s been used as currency, to decorate objects as a thing of beauty, and is also used for industrial purposes. In the jewelry industry, the word “gold,” when used by itself, means “all gold” or “pure” gold, meaning 24 karat (24K) gold. Because 24K gold is soft, it’s usually mixed with other metals called alloys to increase its hardness and durability. If a piece of jewelry is not 24 karat gold, the karat quality should accompany any claim that the item is gold. The karat quality

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Get To Know Peridot

Peridot is one of three stunning birthstones for August, along with sardonyx and spinel. Recognized for its vibrant verdant hue, peridot adds a bold pop of color to any piece of jewelry. Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” believing it protected its wearer from terrors of the night. Some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famed emerald collection may have actually been peridot! Interested in learning more about peridot? Check out this “All About Birthstones” video featuring Danielle Barber from Suna Bros. She tells us why she’s fallen in love with this “go big or go home” apple-green gemstone

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