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The Perfection of Peridot, part 5: The Tale of Topazios

The Perfection of Peridot, part 5: The Tale of Topazios
The written history of peridot gemstones begins sometime during the 5th Century B.C.E. when the ancient Egyptians are thought to have first discove...

The Perfection of Peridot, part 4: Provenance and Pedigree

The Perfection of Peridot, part 4: Provenance and Pedigree
Although peridot is found all over the world, there are some locations which produce stones in significantly higher quantities and yield significan...

The Perfection of Peridot, part 3: A Joy Among Jewels

The Perfection of Peridot, part 3: A Joy Among Jewels
Peridot is a wonderful stone to use in bespoke jewellery designs due to both its colour and reasonable availability. Although the rapid weathering...

The Perfection of Peridot, part 2: A Nuanced Name

The Perfection of Peridot, part 2: A Nuanced Name
The history of peridot’s nomenclature is even more complex than its current labelling. In the 18th Century, the mineral now known as “topaz” was of...

The Perfection of Peridot, part 1: A Glorious Green Gem

The Perfection of Peridot, part 1: A Glorious Green Gem
Species Forsterite Olivine var. Peridot Chemical Formula Mg2SiO4 w/ Fe2+ and/or Fe3+ Mohs Hardness 6.5 - 7  Cleavage Poor ...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 6: A Recent Return

The Splendour of Spinel, part 6: A Recent Return
Spinel now holds an important place in the world of bespoke gemstone jewellery, but for a large portion of history the stone was underappreciated. ...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 5: Mysterious Marvels

The Splendour of Spinel, part 5: Mysterious Marvels
The spinel mines of central Asia produced many of the world's greatest spinels, and by extension some of history’s greatest “rubies”, but among the...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 4: Tajik Treasures

The Splendour of Spinel, part 4: Tajik Treasures
During the centuries in which the spinel mines of the Pamir Mountains were at their peak of productivity, countless high quality gemstones were une...

Skyjems.ca at The Toronto Gem Expo, Nov. 11-13, contact for complimentary VIP Entry from Skyjems

Skyjems.ca at The Toronto Gem Expo, Nov. 11-13, contact for complimentary VIP Entry from Skyjems
Contact us for complimentary VIP+1 Entry to The Gem Expo ($20 Value) Click the link above or: email david@skyjems.ca More about The Toronto Gem E...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 3: Early Exploitation

The Splendour of Spinel, part 3: Early Exploitation
Even though it is a lesser known gemstone, spinel’s history still stretches at least as far back as pre-Christian antiquity; some of the oldest kno...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 2: Types and Treatments

The Splendour of Spinel, part 2: Types and Treatments
Spinel is one of many gemstones for which there are numerous varieties. Just like its cousin corundum, spinel gems can occur in a myriad of differe...

The Splendour of Spinel, part 1: A Cousin to Corundum

The Splendour of Spinel, part 1: A Cousin to Corundum
Species Spinel Chemical Formula MgAl2O4 Mohs Hardness 7.5 - 8 Cleavage None Luster Vitreous to Subadamantine Refr...
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