May 4, 2015

Rocks On: Pink’s popularity boosts morganite

By Brecken Branstrator

April 24, 2015

 


Morganite, a member of the beryl family, comes in hues from pink to a more peach shade, such as this 6.65-carat cushion-cut stone from gemstone dealer Mayer & Watt.

 

New York--The influenc...

March 10, 2015

Aquamarine is the blue variety of the gem species beryl and is the sister to emerald and morganite.  The literal translation for aquamarine is "sea water" and hence its long association with the symbolism of the sea.  This gem also symbolizes youthfulness, the spirit o...

February 3, 2015

 

I am Amethyst, handmaiden to the goddess Diana.   Many centuries ago, I was caught in a bitter quarrel between the gods.  Protecting me from the wrath of Bacchus, my goddess transformed me into a transparent crystal.  When the quarrel had ceased, Bacchus, filled wi...

January 13, 2015

2015 will bring us many new trends that are sure to delight the eye.  As evidenced by the recent Golden Globes, big dangling earrings made a dramatic appearance on the red carpet.

 

Some of the styles were timeless classics with Art Deco themes or intricate pave work, bu...

January 7, 2015

With the cold snap that many of us are feeling this week, my frozen fingers decided to type about how the cold can affect colored stone jewelry.  There are some things to consider when the thermometer drops so low.

 

So, what can happen?  Gemstones are rocks, mineral...

October 22, 2014

Ever since I was a kid visiting Idar-Oberstein, Germany, once the cutting capital of the world, I have been fascinated by fantasy cut gemstones. 

 

We keep a small collection on hand of blue topaz, amethyst and citrine gemstones, as you can see to the left.  We try...

July 23, 2014

We are oftened asked where in the world the best peridot material comes from.   Usually we get these questions around this time of year since Peridot is the birthstone for August.  The most amazing colors of peridot come from a region between Pakistan and Afghanistan....

July 15, 2014

We've always liked orange here at Zoma Color.  Our favorite orange is captured in  Spessartite Garnet.   Spessartite is a brillian gem that has an even higher refractive index than ruby and sapphire. 

 

With a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, S...

July 9, 2014