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Traditional Wedding Anniversary Stones

YEARSTONE 1stPeridot 2ndRed Garnet 3rdJade, Pearl 4thBlue Zircon, Topaz, Amethyst 5thPink Tourmaline, Sapphire 6thTurquoise, Amethyst 7thYellow Sapphire 8thTanzanite, Tourmaline 9thAmethyst, Lapis, Tiger's Eye 10thBlue Sapphire 11thCitrine, Turquoise 12thOpal, Jade 13thMoonstone, Citrine 14thAgate, Opal 15thRhodolite Garnet, Ruby 16thRed Spinel, Peridot, Aquamarine 17thCarnelian 18thAquamarine, Opal 19thGarnet, Topaz, Aquamarine 20thYellow Diamond, Emerald 25thTsavorite Garnet 30thPearl 35thEmerald, Coral 40thRuby 45thCat's Eye, Alexandrite, Sapphire 50thGolden…

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Is Citrine a Yellow Topaz?

Is Citrine a Yellow Topaz?

The yellow topaz and citrine are often confused, and even misidentified by amateur gem enthusiasts.  Although these two gemstones share the coveted spot as November’s birthstone, they are different gems. Each gemstone has different origins that derive from a completely different crystal system,  where they inherit different molecular, optical and physical properties.   Yellow citrine is a quartz crystal that is formed out of silicon dioxide. Topaz is a fluoro-silicate of aluminum.

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Birth of a Pearl

Birth of a Pearl

Pearls are the only gems on earth that form inside a living creature.  Both saltwater and freshwater pearls form inside mollusks –  such as oysters, clams, mussels and abalone.  A pearl forms when an irritant (like a parasite, or a tiny piece of coral) lodges itself within a mollusk’s mantle tissue. It gets so deep inside the shell the mollusk cannot expel it. 

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Ernie Seifert

Ernie Seifert

Ernie Seifert ( née Horst Ernst Seifert Jr;  May 1938 - March 2020) was a German trained artist goldsmith from Ontario,  Canada.  Born in Germany, Ernie learned the goldsmith trade in his father's workshop, located in south central Germany.  He received his gemological training in Idar-Oberstein, a small town 80 miles west of Frankfurt and a global centre for gemstone…

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American Jewelry Artworks

American Jewelry Artworks

AJA became an award-winning workshop, each piece that AJA produced acquired a unique history steeped in design talent, unique gems, and exhibiting some of the best craftsmanship in the world.  True to its name as an artwork, AJA rarely produced a jewellery line, but rather its logo can be found embedded in unique and exclusive one-of-a-kind jewellery items – with a story.

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Prehistoric Works

Prehistoric Works

Prehistoric Works is a collection by jewellery designer, Fatih Yazicioglu, from Istanbul, Turkey. The collection is comprised of unique one-of-a-kind, hand-made, solid 24K gold and gold/silver jewellery, set with precious and semi-precious gems. Often intricate with unique hand work, his designs merge ancient cultures and archeology with modern day themes in jewellery design. The gems are carefully selected for their…

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