April 24, 2017

Obviously we are too far-gone to return to the bartering system; however, we can learn from the meandering of markets and the fact that alongside the inflation and deflation of our currency, gemstones have steadily increased in value over time.  With far greater histor...

April 24, 2017

Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the treatment of gemstones has existed. Currently, many of the treatments are still being used. Treatments of the gemstones bring some Broadway changes in the gemstone itself or in clarity.

Heat Treatment:

  • Ruby Gemstone is heated a...

March 31, 2017

Imperial Translucent Black Omphacite Jadeite Jade Carving of a Buddha Face Pendant

Known to the Chinese people as ‘Mexican Green’, this translucent black omphacite jadeite occurs in only 1 small region on the whole planet. The Kachin State located in a remote area of no...

February 26, 2017

The 'Star ruby' is a rare variety of ruby that exhibits an asterism; a six-rayed star that shimmers over the surface of the stone when the light is moved.

December 17, 2016

These types of black jadeite materials consist of a multitude of different minerals mixed together into what is known as a ‘solid solution’ (solution that has solidified) and depending upon the ratio of those chemicals in the solution, the overall color, transparency/t...

May 31, 2016

In feng shui, there are eight directions: north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west and northwest. Eight represents each of the cardinal directions and their sub-directions. Eight also represents the number of sides of a bagua, the octagon that is often...

Jadeite found to be in Black is in fact not a real Black. They are just too dark in green color and composed of jadeite in the form of short prismatic grains. They appear black in reflected light but deep green in transmitted light.

In humanity's entire recorded history, there has never existed a more intimate relationship between a culture and a stone than that between the Chinese and jade. To the people of the Middle Kingdom, jade was not simply hardened earth – but, instead, solid magic – a...

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