Good as Platinum

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist As beautiful and valuable as gold is, France’s King Louis XVI declared platinum to be “the only metal fit

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The Violet Gemstone

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist The violet gemstone known as iolite is commonly referred to as “water sapphire” because it bears a resemblance to

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A Sterling Choice

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist Sterling silver jewelry makes a sparkling, contemporary style statement and is very affordable. To make it harder and give

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Which Garnet?

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist When garnet, the birthstone for January, is mentioned, most people are likely to think about a red gemstone. This

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Unlocking Secrets

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist Keys have long been subjects of fascination because they are symbolic of the ability to unlock secrets. The gift

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No Weak Links

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist If you are as enamored of the current fashion of layering gold necklaces as many women seem to be,

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Lend an Ear

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist   If you are a man who wants to give the woman in his life the perfect gift, consider

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Topaz Tales

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist   With a relatively high refractive index that induces sparkle and a Mohs hardness rating of 8, topaz, November’s

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Something Different

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist For those who already own a fine complement of white diamonds and want something unique, there are yellow diamonds.

Wisdom of Pearls

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist Women have adorned themselves with pearls for at least 5,000 years. Today, these lustrous orbs continue to occupy a

Absolutely Charming!

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist When it comes to selecting the perfect holiday gift for a young girl, few are better received than a

Style That Grabs You by the Throat

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate Gemologist There’s nothing subtle about the latest trend in necklace wear. Evoking some of the boldness of the oversized 90s,