**GEMSTONE AND JEWELRY CARE CARD IS SHIPPED WITH EVERY ORDER**
In addition to cutting and polishing my own cabochons, I use a lot of faceted gemstones in my work. This page is chock full of information you may be interested in when choosing your gemstone pieces.
QUALITY OF STONES
All of my gemstones are of high quality and purchased from one of the most reputable stone dealers in the US. They are a member of the AGTA and must follow strict guidelines when selling gemstones. The stones all have a wonderful clarity and sparkle. With the exception of Chatham stones, as described below, all of my gemstones are genuine and diamonds are conflict-free.
APPROXIMATE CARAT WEIGHT OF DIFFERENT SIZE/SHAPE STONES:
The weights listed below are approximate and can vary slightly depending on the type of gemstone.
3mm: .15 carats
4mm: .25 carats
5mm: .55 carats
3mm: .22 carats
4mm: .56 carats
5mm: .80 carats
5x3: .25 carats
6x4: .52 carats
7x5: 1.00 carats
Emerald Cut Gemstones
5x3: .35 carats
6x4: .70 carats
7x5: 1.30 carats
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GEMSTONE JEWELRY
I sell a polishing cloth and cleaner that will wipe away any tarnish almost instantly. Never use harsh detergents when cleaning stones. Most setting and stones only need an occasional polish with the polishing cloth. Never clean ultrasonically. Never steam clean. Please do not shower, bath or swim while wearing gemstone jewelry. The chlorine in swimming pools can damage gemstones. No gemstone setting is waterproof. If you are constantly washing dishes or showering with jewelry on, a buildup can accumulate underneath the stones which will cause them to lose some of their clarity and sparkle.
GENUINE OR LAB-CREATED STONES
All of my gemstones and cabochons are genuine stones, unless they are stated as "lab-created" in the case of the Chatham stones offered. I only use these stones as substitutes and at the customer's request. They are available for Rubies, Emeralds and Blue Sapphires. I will always offer the genuine stones but find that, in some circumstances, lab-created stones are much more cost-effective. The lab-created stones are offered in my "Customize It!" and build your own rings.
What is a lab-created stone? It is important to know the difference between a lab-created stone and a simulated stone. A simulated stone is NOT a gemstone and I don't offer them on my website. A simulated gemstone can be created with a piece of glass or plastic. Please be aware that a lot of sellers are selling simulated stones as lab-created. If the price looks too good to be true, beware. If you purchase a lab-created stone from me, it will be a CHATHAM lab-created stone. It will come with a certificate and a lifetime gaurantee. Chatham lab-created stones are the best in the industry. More information on Chatham stones can be found here.
A Chatham lab-created stone is not considered an imitation. Lab-created gemstones are created in a lab environment to possess identical chemical and physical characteristics to the naturally occurring variety. They are very common substitutions for precious stones - ruby, sapphires and emeralds - because they are a fraction of the cost as the naturally occurring stones.
January - Garnet
Garnets are attributed with the power of protecting you from nightmares and snakebites, and also to provide you guidance in the dark. Tradition connects the stone with blood. They are a popular choice as presents for second wedding anniversaries.
*As a burst of color, I like to offer the Raspberry Rhodolite Garnet shown above on the right. It is a nice alternative if you do not want to go with a red gemstone.
February - Amethyst
The amethyst is believed to induce peace, serenity and temperance. In addition, amethyst can improve your skin and hair, and will prevent baldness. It will protect you from deceit. Its purple shade is linked to royalty and makes an ideal gift for the sixth wedding anniversary.
March - Aquamarine
Aquamarine has lovely attributes of good health, love, youthfulness, and hope. Sailors believe in its protection. Generally chosen as a 19th anniversary gift, this stone is in the beryl family, the same as emerald.
April - Diamond
Diamonds are traditionally linked to love, and both endure forever because of diamond's eternal strength. The name diamond is derived from the Greek adamas, which means invincible. Traditionally diamond is accepted as the 10th and 60th wedding anniversary presentations.
*White Sapphire and White Topaz are alternative gemstones for April.
May - Emerald
Emeralds will cure you of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for the wearer. Also, it was believed that the wearer of emerald could see into the future.
June - Alexandrite
June birthstone rings are often Alexandrite. Though pearl is the modern June birthstone, for rings, Alexandrite, the traditional birthstone, is a more durable stone. Pearls are a symbol of beauty and chastity; Alexandrite is thought to be a good omen.
Moonstone is also a traditional June birthstone. I use Rainbow Moonstone, the rarest type of Moonstone. It gives off a bluish iridescent flash.
Due to its scarcity and almost magical ability to change from green/bluish-green to red/purplish red, alexandrite is one of the most valuable gemstones in the world.
July - Ruby
Rubies will bring harmony of life to the wearer, so one can expect a peaceful life when wearing this stone.
August - Peridot
Peridot is believed to protect the wearer from evil, particularly from the forces of darkness. It can also increase the healing power of medicinal drugs.
September - Sapphire
Faith and purity will come to the wearer of this stone. Said to give the wearer useful foresight into the future.
October -Opal and Tourmaline
October birthstone jewelry is usually made of opals though tourmaline is also commonly available. Both opal and tourmaline are the modern birthstones for October while the traditional birthstone is only tourmaline. Opal can be either white or black with multicolor sparkles. I use Australian Opal that is white with multicolor sparkles. Tourmaline is commonly pink or green though it can be other colors as well. Opal symbolizes beauty and happiness; Tourmaline is said to protect the wearer. I offer both pink and green tourmaline.
November - Yellow Topaz and Citrine
Yellow Topaz has the power of healing and preserving ones sanity. The stone is associated with life and strength of body and mind. It was once thought that the wearer would become invisible when danger was near.
December - Swiss Blue Topaz/Turquoise/Blue Zircon/London Blue Topaz (shown from left to right)
Blue Topaz is seen as a stone bringing strength.