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What to Look for When Buying Aquamarine Gemstone Online

Secrets to Finding a Great Aquamarine Gemstone Deal

Aquamarine Gemstones are actually one of my favourite stones given their relative availability and the fact that they are way more transparent and free of inclusions as compared to Emerald. However, you may not be aware that Aqua is ‘Beryl’ and is actually from the same family of stones as Emerald but takes on a more ocean green-blue color that we all know and love. For those of you that are gemologically inclined, the stone has a hexagonal crystalline structure and a vitreous lustre and is easily identifiable under a microscope.

Aquamarine is the birth stone for March and is in fairly strong demand both for collections and to be placed into retail jewellery which means that there are plenty of lab created and synthetic stones doing the rounds that you need to be careful to watch for. Firstly, color wise, most real Aqua’s will never be darker than Swiss Blue Topaz and if the color presents in this manner then it would be worthwhile to get the stone certified at a GIA lab somewhere. Continue reading What to Look for When Buying Aquamarine Gemstone Online

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Returned from Bangkok With a Haul of Semi Precious Stones!

So after an exhausting few weeks of splitting my time between Thailand and Myanmar I am finally safely arrived back in New Zealand. Travel is always taxing, for lots of reasons, and this sourcing trip was no different. I spent most of my time shuttling between the Bangkok Jewelry Trade Center (JTC), Chantaburi, and Myanmar and I’ve come back with some wonderful semi precious stones purchases. However, it’s likely going to take me a few weeks to get all of the gemstones photographed and up on the website available for purchase so please bear with me!

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