Uncut Diamonds. What Do They Look Like?

Four uncut diamonds

What do uncut diamonds look like? This is not something that diamond lovers often think about. These days, we generally only see cut rather than uncut diamonds.  But it is fascinating to think about the history of jewellery and the changing nature of what we think of as being beautiful. When you see an uncut
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Sapphire colours: Unusual Particoloured Gemstones

Colour sapphires in this blue green hue are rare

Sapphires are one of the most beautiful gemstones nature has given us. Many people are surprised to learn that sapphires are found in a multitude of colours. Sapphire colours can be almost anything from blues to pinks to greens, purples, orange yellows, apricot, violet, orange and many shades in between. Sapphires can also even be
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Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March

Aquamarine ring, 6.90ct. and 40 x round brilliant cut diamondsd

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It is also the gemstone for your 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is a beautiful, transparent blue. It sometimes has a slight greenish blue tinge. The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin word for seawater. Like the sea, it can be light to dark blue and has a vitreous (glass
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Amethyst: The Birthstone for February

Amethyst crystal before it is cut into gemstones for jewellery

I can’t believe it but January is over and already we are half way through February! Like most other years this one is flying by. This blog is one of a series providing info about the different birthstones for each month of the year. The birthstone for February is the beautiful gemstone amethyst. My apologies
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Opal Fossicking: Finding A Gemstone

Rare pineapple opal unique to White Cliffs

What an interesting country we live in! Australia has a rich history of mining for gold, diamonds and for other gemstones too of course. Although large scale mining for many top quality gemstones is nearing the end of its life here in Australia, it is still possible to find some great gems. Fossicking is a
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What is the Birthstone for January?

Birthstone for January: garnet

With the beginning of a new year, many of us like to take stock of the year that was and make fresh plans for the start of a new year. And of course we are all working on those New Year’s resolutions too, aren’t we?? In the world of jewellery, different birthstones are associated with
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