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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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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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Marika Desert Gold

Marika Desert Gold

Marika Desert Gold is a collection of 14K yellow gold, hand crafted jewellery by Israeli designer, Ms. Marika. Her designs capture the most important couture jewellery themes of our time. As art, her designs emphasize the moments in our lives that challenge

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