“Sharing the Rough”

On March 3, Faye, Lori & the crew had a special opportunity to visit the Argenta Community Theater’s screening of the highly-awarded documentary, “Sharing the Rough,” and visit with renowned gem cutter Roger Dery and filmmaker Orin Mazzoni about the extraordinary journey of this film. Filmed on location in eastern Africa’s Rift Valley, where powerful…

Happy Birthday, March babes!

The name aquamarine comes from the Latin “aqua” = water and “mare” = sea. Thanks to its sea-blue color, it’s also been called “The Sailor’s Stone.” Legend has cast it as a sacred gem of Poseidon, god of the sea, and a magical treasure found in the lair of mermaids. The breezy blue gemstone is…

Hello, Garnet!

What a way to bring in the new year! The birthstone roll begins with a bang with the garnet’s dazzling fireworks. A greatly prized gem since ancient times, the garnet is also found in a stunning array of colors that rivals even the most glamorous gemstones. Orange spessartite & tsavorite garnet Butterfly // Natural History…

November Birthstones

November’s birthstone’s don’t usually make the top of everyone’s list of favorites. We’d like to change that! Ancients believed that topaz could cool boiling water, hot tempers, and high fevers – a fitting tribute to its fiery glow. It was also thought to prevent colds – making it the perfect birthstone for cold & flu…

Top 3 Most Infamous Haunted Jewels

Legendary treasures endowed with supernatural powers, swiped Indiana Jones-style from ancient temples. Hapless owners mysteriously struck down by violent and untimely deaths. Supernatural or superstitious? Coincidence or marketing spin? You decide. Maybe it’s the common history of fabulous wealth, warfare, and greed that have darkened the shine of these and other spectacular gemstones. In any…

October Birthstones

Did you know… Opals have been attributed with many magical powers. Over the ages it was believed they could grant you invisibility, ease the pain of childbirth, and even keep blonde hair from turning gray. Tourmalines come in the widest color range of any gemstone. 95% of opals come from Australia. Opals are fragile gems,…

Birthstone of the Month: Sapphire

Sapphires, along with emeralds and rubies, are part of the “royal trio” of gemstones. Their timeless deep blue, incredible hardness, and a reputation spanning thousands of years and world empires have earned their stellar reputation among the most highly desired jewels. If your birthday is in September, you can claim this birthstone that has long…