19. November 2015 · Comments Off on Tip of the Day: Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring – Tip 9 – Perfectly Pink · Categories: Gemstone Engagement Rings, Pink Sapphire, Tourmaline · Tags: , , , ,
Rare 4.02 ctw Cushion Cut Pink Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k

Example of Bright Pink Sapphire from MyJewelrySource

Tip #9- Perfectly Pink: If she is partial to the feminine shades of pink, there are many gorgeous options like pink sapphire, pink tourmaline, kunzite and pink topaz.  Pink is the color of romance and passion and is also the color of happiness.

Pink sapphires are found in colors ranging from pale baby pink, rose pink, bubble gum, cotton candy, fuchsia, raspberry, hot pink to pinks with hints of lavender and peach. Light pink sapphires can even look like the very rare pink diamond. Pink sapphires are by far the rarest of the pink gemstones. At MyJewelrySource, we offer over 70 carefully selected styles of pink sapphire engagement rings. For each and every ring, the center pink sapphire was hand picked for its exceptional color, clarity and overall appearance. Pink sapphires in sizes of up to 1 carat are fairly easy to find in all shapes, but in sizes over that, certain shapes are very rare. For example, one shape we will find very infrequently is the princess cut in sizes over 1.5 carats. The gem material is so valuable and cutting a princess cut stone leads to a lot of wasted material, so gem cutters simply do not cut large princess cut pink sapphires.

Pink Diamond Pink Sapphire

Example of Light Baby Pink Sapphire from MyJewelrySouce (looks like a pink diamond)

Pink Tourmaline Ring

Example of gorgeous Pink Tourmaline Ring from MyJewelrySouce

Pink tourmalines are a very unique stone with trichroic properties. This basically means that a given gemstone will display three distinct colors when viewed from different angles. So for example, the traditional pink tourmaline color of a raspberry pink may will generally show flashes of purple, magenta and peach. How cool is that!? Tourmalines are often found with inclusions in large size stones but at MyJewelrySource, we have an amazing selection of eye to loupe clean large size gems. Tourmalines are also found in a light pink shade, which reminds us of a pink diamond.

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on Tip of the Day: Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring – Tip 3 – Radiant Red · Categories: Gemstone Engagement Rings, Ruby, Tourmaline
2.03 ctw Rubellite and Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold with Filigree Detail

Example of Rubellite Tourmaline Engagement Ring. Tourmaline is the alternate October birthstone.

Tip #3- Radiant Red: If she loves red, consider garnet, rhodolite garnet, ruby or rubellite tourmaline. Red gemstones look great in white and yellow metals. The yellow metals are warm and complement the red gemstone and the white metals are a striking contrast with the red gemstone. Garnets are generally more of a burgundy while rhodolite garnets have a hint of pink. Rubies can be cherry red, blood red, or have hints of purple or pink. Rubellite tourmaline, one of the prettiest, most striking gemstones, is generally a deep vivid reddish magenta but can also be found as a hot pink or a reddish pink. Rubies are the most expensive of the red gemstones, sometimes commanding prices of up to $30,000 per carat for the very finest material.  Don’t despair, while more expensive than the other red gemstones, a beautiful ruby engagement ring still be found at a much more affortable price. Garnets and rhodolite garnets are very affordable and are readily available in many shapes and sizes.

Magnificent 2.46 ctw Burmese Ruby and Trapezoid Diamond Ring in 18k white gold

Example of a Burmese Ruby and Trapezoid Diamond Engagement Ring. The fiery color of this ruby symbolizes devotion, passion, desire, and luxurious opulence. Ruby is the birthstone for July.

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on Fun Fact: Rubellite Find during Final Week of a Six Month Dig · Categories: Fun Fact, Gemstone Mining, Tourmaline · Tags: , , ,
1.41 ctw Rubellite Tourmaline and Diamond Ring in 14k white gold

Rubellite Tourmaline from MyJewelrySource.com

One of the world’s renowned mining areas is the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The location produces some of the finest tourmalines, aquamarine, morganite, chrysoberyl, and emerald, just to name a few. Mining is a very risky and difficult task as it is always a gamble as to whether or not exceptional gem deposits will be found. One amazing story involves the Jonas mine located in Minas Gerais. In 1978, the mine was thought to contain large deposits of rubellite tourmaline, but after 6 months of digging with absolutely no good results, the miners only had financing for one final week of digging. One of the miners had a premonition of a huge gem pocket which encouraged the miners not to give up and to keep digging.  As luck would have it, they found a truly magnificent pocket that once excavated was 8 by 10 feet in size. It had almost 450 pounds of spectacular rubellite tourmaline crystals. One crystal was large enough to yield a million dollars worth of cut gems. A smaller second pocket was also found but it was not as spectacular as the first. Although mining at this location was essentially exhausted after a couple weeks of excavating, the miners hard work sure proved to be worth it.

It is interesting to think about all the things what could have happened to cause the difference between a 100% loss of their investment and their big payoff.  The pocket containing the crystals was on 8 by 10 feet.  Imagine how easy that would have been to miss.  Imagine how many gem containing pockets have been missed by other miners in the past and how many must be out there.