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March 01, 2017

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Aquamarine: The Water Gemstone

Aquamarines are famous for their icy blue and green hues. Aside from the colors and durability of this gemstone, there are so many things that make Aquamarines a one-of-a-kind and useful stone.

Origins

The name “Aquamarine” comes from the Latin and Italian term “aqua marina” meaning “seawater.” The stone is also said to have kept sailors safe at sea. The stone came into fame around the Renaissance period, although the gem has been around and used for much, much longer. Aquamarines are one of the hardest gemstones. On the Moh’s hardness scale, an Aquamarine rates between 7.5 and 8.0. To put this in perspective, a Diamond is the hardest gemstone with a Moh’s Scale rating of 10.0. Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family. Some other famous gemstones within this family are Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires, and Morganites. Aquamarines are formed in pegmatites - which are igneous rocks (rocks that are made from magma) that have large crystalline structures- when there is an abundance of beryllium. The blue-green color of the Aquamarine comes from trace amounts of iron; the more iron within the stone, the greener the color will appear.  Like a lot of gemstones, Aquamarine is sometimes heat treated to enhance the color to a darker, more vibrant teal-blue. The most valuable of Aquamarines come from Brazil, however they can be found in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Russia.

Mythological Properties

Aquamarine has some mythological properties as well. According to ancient mythology, Aquamarines change color to reveal the truth! The color may change to reveal whether someone is a friend or foe; it may change to reveal whether information is true or false. Aquamarine also supports good memory, brings well-being to the wearer, and is also thought to bring out clairvoyance - having or exhibiting an ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

Healing Properties

There are many ways in which Aquamarine promotes healing within the human body. Spiritually Aquamarine promotes spiritual growth, foresight, farsightedness, mediumistic and clairvoyant qualities, honesty, and goal orientedness. Emotionally Aquamarine promotes light-heartedness, happiness, and a relaxed aura. If you have trouble with confusion or keeping order to your life, wearing Aquamarine directly on your skin or having an Aquamarine specimen near you will help you in these categories. How can Aquamarine help you physically? One way is that when worn directly on the skin, it harmonizes the pituitary gland and the thyroid to regulate growth and hormone balance. Another physical way that Aquamarine may be of assistance to you is if you have an eye infection - for example, pink eye - place Aquamarine directly on your eyelids at night to assist in a speedier recovery.

 

Sources of Information

“Aquamarine.” GIA, https://www.gia.edu/aquamarine. Accessed March 2017.

Aquamarine Facts, Information and Description.” Bernadine Fine Art Jewelry, http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/aquamarine.htm. Accessed February 2017.

Gienger, Michael. Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook. Cassel, 1998.

“Pegmatite.” Geology.com,  http://geology.com/rocks/pegmatite.shtml. Accessed February 2017.

January 27, 2017

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Greenery: Pantone 2017 Color of the Year!

Greenery: 15-0343

 

Everyone can agree that 2016 was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Going into 2017 we needed something that reminds us of rejuvenation, cleansing, and reconnecting. Something that might remind us all of coming back together and increasing our strengths, not as two sides, but instead as a whole.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year "Greenery" gives us all these things and more. Greenery is such a refreshing color. 

One particular gemstone that holsters the color of the year is Peridot. Peridot comes in a variety of shades from a light green, to a deep green with flashes of yellow. 

 About Peridot & the 2017 Color of the Year

Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.  As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan. 

This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens.  Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: an olive-green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green.

Click here to explore our selection of pieces that indulge in this gorgeous Greenery.

 

 Fashion Trends in Color:

Spring 2017

 

"Greenery" is not the only color to watch out for this Spring 2017 season! Pantone has come out with a Palette of the Season as well with an array of hues we are going to likely be seeing in the fashion world this Spring.

Keep a close eye out for "Niagara: 17-4123" in particular. Pantone says that Niagara leads the Pantone Color Report in prevalence this season. 

 

Pairing any of these gorgeous hues this season is going to take your outfit to the next level. When it comes to the jewelry world, keep a look out for Peridots paired with Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarines paired with Morganites, and even Citrines with Pink Tourmalines. 

This Spring 2017 will be filled with any and all of the above color combinations and more. Get ready for a fabulous and fun season! Happy 2017!

 

Need some inspiration?

Click here to view our Pinterest Board for more ideas on how to incorporate the Color of the Year into your life! From your wardrobe to your home, there are so many ways to add a little bit of this fun, trendy color anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

January 25, 2017

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"The Journey of a Ring" - Nicole Guillory, Stuller Inc.

"Each year, everyday consumers purchase millions of engagement and fashion rings. For centuries, this piece of jewelry has consistently proved itself the most popular. But have you ever thought about the journey a ring takes to become a fully set piece?"

Nicole Guillory, Media and Communications Specialist from Stuller, opens our eyes in the article below to the journey a ring goes on from the time the design is created to it being a fully set and wearable piece of jewelry. Click the image below to read and engage with her astounding article. 

 

What did you think of this article? Love it? Would you like to read more like this? Let us know in the comments below or email Diamond Doug directly at Doug@UniQJewelry.com.

 

April 04, 2015

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History of the Engagement Ring

 

  Ever since we were kids, most of us have been dreaming of the day when we would meet our soul mate, get engaged and then married. We see it in all the movies, shows, books, etc. But how did the concept of an engagement ring even come about? And who was the first to use a Diamond?

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