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The Extraordinary Gift of Beads and Jewelry

Looking to give the perfect gift but don't know where to start? Sometimes the best gifts are those that come from a place of love and appreciation for those special to you.

Diamond Buying Guide

This Diamond Quality Guide is designed to help jewelry artists understand how diamond quality and value is determined. Diamond grading standards are defined by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Diamond experts evaluate diamonds for rarity...

Gemstones: Natural, Synthetic/Man-Made and Imitation

Use this helpful guide to learn the difference between natural, synthetic and imitation gemstones to ensure you're getting exactly what you're looking for.

Gemstone Grading

Our buyers are experts in the field with years of accumulated training and maintain ongoing training of industry standards and availability of gemstone materials. This article is offered to create an understanding of the intricacies of gemstone...

The Glorious Pearl: Learn About Pearls Before You Buy

This FREE pearl guide is all about pearls and includes information on the difference between natural and cultured freshwater pearls and other popular pearls including Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, South Seas pearls, White Lotus™ pearls, saltwater...

Gemstones: The Unearthing Process

Gemstones are found all over the world. They begin as minerals, rocks and organic formations and become desired for their specific colors, phenomenon, shine, inclusions or rarity. There are gemstones found in primary deposits (their places of...

A Closer Look at Gemstones

Being familiar with the characteristics of a gemstone can go a long way towards helping make good designing decisions. Not all gemstones are appropriate for all applications, so having a working understanding of certain terms can aid in unlocking a...

Turquoise Mines Closing in China

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has always had a passion for turquoise. You could say it's in our blood; after all, it is the favorite stone of owner Stuart Freedman. In the early '70s Stuart was a gemstone hobbyist, cutting rough turquoise into...

Pearls: What is Affecting the Price of Elegance?

Surprised by increasing pearl prices? Read on to discover the numerous factors affecting the financial aspects of the pearl industry.

I Dream of Druzy

Discover the dreamy designs of druzy. Druzy’s sugar-like texture and eye-catching luster come in a rainbow of colors, making it the perfect choice for adding a touch of glamour.

The Lure of Larimar

Overflowing with waves of ocean-blue color, larimar is a rare blue variety of pectolite. The serene blue color results from the substitution of cobalt for calcium in the stone and varies from white and light-blue to green-blue and deep blue or...

Gemstones Around the World

Discover the origins of your favorite gemstones from around the world.

Metaphysical Properties

When jewelry makers encounter information about gemstones, they frequently discover where a stone is mined, what it's made of and the phrase "metaphysical properties." What is that information and how can a jewelry maker use it in designs?...

A Guide To Buying Turquoise

The always-popular stone is enjoying a huge revival in designer jewelry and current fashion. Learn what turquoise is, types of turquoise gems, typical gemological enhancements and buying tips for this popular blue-green gemstone. Natural turquoise...

Minerals, Rocks, Gemstones, Crystals - What’s the Difference?

Minerals, rocks, gemstones, crystals: unless you are a professional or amateur geologist--or maybe earned a merit badge studying them as a scout--you probably will have a hard time explaining the differences amongst these four hard substances found...

Reiki Jewelry: Balance Your Body and Mind

Discover the universal energy known as reiki and how practitioners of this Japanese style of energy healing has growing in popularity in the US.

Gemstone Optical Properties

Optical properties refer to the way gemstones interact with light. Color, interference and inclusions are all examples of optical properties. The first optical property is also the most obvious--color. Color happens when light hits a stone and some...

What Is a Cabochon? How this Jewelry Component is Made and Used

The shape (KAB-oh-shon) refers to a piece of gemstone (or other material) which has been shaped and polished, instead of faceted. Such stones have a domed front surface and a flat back. The process of creating this shape is called cutting , and...

Special Effects in Jewelry-Making Materials

The fire of the diamond, the play of colors in an opal, the shimmering asterisk in a star sapphire--these optical effects make gemstone materials even more beautiful. Read this article to learn about these fascinating effects.

Rolling with the Rocks: The Role of Gemologists

Gemology is the study and identification of gemstones and a gemologist is the person who does that studying and identifying. Gemologists learn to recognize different gemstones by knowing the scientific properties of the gemstone materials and how...
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