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The science of sapphire – a gemmological view of September’s birthstone

Many people are impressed with the sheer beauty and sparkling magnificence of sapphire, but behind the dazzling outward appearance, there are plenty of fascinating facts and figures. Some of these attributes are essential for gemmologists for identification purposes. Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the oxide mineral corundum, comprising of the two elements aluminium and […]

Diamond

Birthstones – a year in gems (part 2 of 4 – April to June)

Certain gemstones are associated with particular months of the year and are known as birthstones. There are lists of birthstones from a number of different organisations, as well as certain regional variations. These are the more common month/gemstone combinations for April, May and June: April – Diamond Diamond is by far the world’s most popular […]

Amethyst, 12.18 carat, emerald cut

Birthstones – a year in gems (part 1 of 4 – January to March)

Certain gemstones are associated with particular months of the year and are known as birthstones. There are lists of birthstones from a number of different organisations, as well as certain regional variations. These are the more common month/gemstone combinations for January, February and March: January – Garnet From the reds and oranges of pyrope, hessonite […]