February 24, 2020

Many people throughout the last handful of decades have either of heard of Tanzanite or fallen in love the indigo hues of this rare gemstone. Unlike many popular gemstones,such as Garnet & Emerald,Tanzanite is quite a rare & young gem. Tanzanite was discovered a few ye...

For some,opals are a far away dream swirling in a hazy spectrum of colors.For some Opals are not even on the spectrum of familiar.Luckily,for many others it is a large presence in their entire lives.For the residents of Coober Pedy,they live in tightly knitted in a reg...

June 18, 2018

We do not usually think of Pearl in the way of gemstones. It doesn't form miles under the Earth's crust,but miles under the surface of the ocean resting on the ocean floor. It is organic,like raw gemstones,but the formation is unique and very different from the way may...

Some people may have never heard of Alexandrite,

some may even have a piece in jewelry in their own collection if they are lucky.

Alexandrite is ranked alongside Tanzanite and Benitoite as one of the most rare of all gemstones in the entire world. Size always affects ale...

April 6, 2018

Most people around the world are aware of the popularity of diamonds,but how much does one even know about diamonds themselves?  There is a long and extensive history of diamonds that has been going since before humans walked the earth. There is evidence that diamonds...

March 26, 2018

If you happen to be a rockhound or collector or artist or designer with a eye for the beauty of what is Mother Nature,there is a chance you have heard or seen Jasper. It might have been in someone's yard as a alternative placement for sidewalk or garden gravel,or it co...

December 6, 2017

Even though December has a handful of birthstones,the main three that have been celebrated for hundreds of years are Turquoise,Blue Zircon and Tanzanite. The best part of these dazzling birthstones is that all three of them are available here at the Emerald Hollow Mine...

December 4, 2017

You would think that summer would be the ideal time to dig,and to some degree it is. However,if you are a rock hound or geologist or seasoned Snowbird (outdoor adventurist 24/7) from the South East US then you know how brutal the summers can be! Winter is actually a fa...

With the Armistice of Compiègne, after the French location in which it was signed, the First World War ended November 11, 1918. World War I., fueled by technological innovations and the industrial revolution,  was a conflict as never experienced before by humanity. Lar...

December 4, 2017


Birthstones originated around 1912 and since then have been altered and changed with the times.

Although this time of year is strongly associated with holiday hues of red,green,silver and gold,those with December birthdays have far more color options when it comes to D...

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