Gem Sourcing Library


 

It is a common practice for jewelers to acquire precious and sometimes priceless gems from select sources. We specialize in rare and hard to find phenomenal gemstones, and the creation of heirloom worthy crafted art jewelry and precious objects.

 

The symbolism of gemstones brings added historical wisdom and beauty to our  creations. We believe in the powers of the mind, emotions, and creativity and color to work together to create exotic jewelry.

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If you’re looking for a stone that’s just for you, Victoria can help you source it.

 

Alexandrite

The most highly prized of all gems, valued for its exceptional brilliance and fire, Diamond is most popular in its pure colorless form. Diamond is also found in shades of yellow, green, blue, pink, red and even black. Diamonds are the hardest of all minerals, formed under enormous pressure and high temperatures.

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Sapphire

Sapphires are found in a rainbow of colors including yellow, pink, green, orange, white and blue. Blue is the best known color Sapphire, whereas “padparadscha,” the name given to a very special pinkish orange colored Sapphire, is one of the rarest. Found in Australia, its name means “lotus colored.” Blue Sapphires have often been chosen for engagement rings as an enduring symbol of loyalty and trust.

 
 

Amethyst

A lilac or purple variety of quartz, which is one of the most widely found minerals in the earth’s crust. Created by iron impurities in crystalline quartz, Amethyst is very closely related to citrine and can at times be found in the same crystal. Revered by ancient Greeks as a talisman.

Symbolism: Amethyst was thought to inspire courage and contemplation.

Aquamarine

Best known for its sky-blue color, Aquamarine was in fact named for its sea-green hue. A variation of the mineral beryl, Aquamarine can appear blue when viewed from one angle and colorless from another.

 

Symbolism: It was once believed to keep sailors safe and guard against storms at sea.

 
 

Citrine

A member of the quartz family, Citrine is closest to Amethyst in composition. Its golden color is created by iron impurities in clear crystalline quartz. The ancients considered citrine to be a gift from the sun.

 

Symbolism: Citrine was considered a symbol of warmth and affection.

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Emerald

Fine quality emeralds are among the world’s most enchanting gems. Because of the extremely unique conditions under which an emerald grows, even top-quality emeralds will likely have some inclusion.
 

Symbolism: The Incas and Aztecs worshipped emerald as a holy stone and the Maharajas of India believed the gem brought luck and restored health.

 
 

Garnet

Its name is derived from the Latin word for pomegranate, though with colors ranging from greens and oranges to reds, pinks and purples, it is far more diverse than just the well known red.

Symbolism: It was once believed to have healing properties, particularly with regard to blood diseases.

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Moissanite

50,000 years ago, a meteorite crashed into the Arizona desert. Enveloped in the meteorite fragments was a mineral discovered in the 19th century by H. Moissan and called it Moissanite. It is a nearly clear, very pale yellow-greenish gem. In 1998, Charles & Colvard created it in a laboratory in sizes that allow it to be used in jewelry. (Naturally occurring moissanite crystals are too tiny)

Peridot

The gem-quality form of the mineral Olivine, Peridot has an olive green color. Originally called topaz by the Greeks and Romans, Peridot has been mined for over 3,500 years and was first discovered off the coast of Egypt in the Red Sea.

Symbolism: The Egyptians believed that the gem sweetened dreams and revealed insights.

Ruby

Famed for its blood red color, Ruby is the only color Sapphire with a unique name. Like Sapphire, Ruby is the second hardest gem behind diamond. Its color is caused by the presence of chromium and iron. The color can vary from pinkish to purplish to brownish red. Most gems available on the market have been artificially enhanced to be deep red, a color extremely rare in nature.

 
 
 
 

Tanzanite

Boasting a uniquely sensual appeal, Tanzanite is a pale bluish-purple gem that was unknown until 1967. It was then discovered by Massai herdsmen. To date, the only source of Tanzanite remains the hills of northern Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Topaz

The name Topaz comes from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” meaning “fire.” Topaz is found in a variety of colors including white, yellow, orange and brown. Blue Topaz is not naturally occurring, but rather the result of irradiating Topaz.

Symbolism: The gem was once thought to fuel matters of the heart and to sharpen the wit of the wearer.

Tourmaline

This fabulous stone shows the greatest range of color of any gemstone. Some crystals even occur with multiple colors, such as “watermelon Tourmaline,” which is found with a mix of pink and green.

Symbolism: Legend tells of Tourmaline’s power to attract friends and lovers, while protecting the wearer against bad decisions and danger.

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Zultanite

A rare, ethically sourced gem, Zultanite is mined exclusively in Turkey and distributed by a single supplier. In various lighting, his unique color-changing gem turns from sage green to champagne to pale raspberry. The color is consistent throughout its rough, so any Zultanite piece, old or new, can always be matched with another Zultanite gem.

Zircon

Colorless Zircon is well known for its brilliance and flashes of multicolored light, called fire. Similar to Diamond, the two gems account for centuries of confusion. Zircon occurs in an array of colors. Its wide and varied palette of yellow, green, red, reddish brown, and blue hues makes it a favorite among collectors, as well as informed consumers.