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Gold’s History in the United States

Gold has been part of American history since people were here, from the Native Americans living here thousands of years ago and today through modern times. Its history with gold has been fraught with fortunes made and lost, and it has had critical connections to banking and currency and even wars. The country has mined …

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The World’s Most Valuable Precious Gemstones

Most precious gemstones are formed in nature through the unique power of the planet involving a combination of huge pressure, minerals and heat generally coming from tectonic plate movement or volcanic activity. The process of gemstone created in this way is called metamorphism. Historically people have valued and admired gemstones due to various facts including …

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Gemstone Cuts Explained

A lapidary cuts natural rough stones into gemstones, as the public knows them, so they are usable in the making of custom jewelry by custom jewelers. Cutting a gemstone sounds simplistic but it is not. When a gemstone is cut into to create a shape with specific facets the final shape it becomes allows the …

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Stunning Gemstones that Beat the World Famous Diamond’s Price Per Carat

Diamonds are valuable because they are somewhat rare, but its high cost per carat is really driven due to supply conditions controlled by the planet’s largest diamond company De Beers. There are several precious gemstones more rare that diamonds. Those stones include sapphires, rubies and emeralds. It just so happens that a rare colorless diamonds …

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How Emeralds are Formed In Nature

In mother nature the formation of emeralds starts with a growth of an emerald crystal one molecule by one molecule. Emeralds are natural gemstone crystals. An emerald’s crystals form into a matrix of crystals when the physical environment is ideal. Emerald crystal formation takes both adequate formation time and required open area to provide the …

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Truly Engaging Facts About Ruby Gemstones

The ruby is one of the most illustrious gemstones found in the world. The breathtaking built-in magnificent qualities of this gem makes it more special than most by precious gemstone collectors and jewelry aficionados. Since the ancient times when rubies were first found eons ago, the gemstone had been at the top of high desirability …

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A Breakdown of White Gold’s Composition and How it is Made

Most people are familiar with the popular precious metals, platinum, gold and silver. One precious metal that that is used by custom jewelers often is white gold. However, many folks do not know what precious metals compromise white gold. More than likely it is not known how it is manufactured or created or how yellow …

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14 karat Rose Gold “Zia” pendant

Material: 14 karat Rose Gold “Zia” pendant measuring 1.5″ wide and 1.5″ tall plus the bail.  The pendant and bail are hinged so it flexes nicely when worn.  It is pictured with a Turquoise center stone but any inlay material can be used. Artist: Patrick Barnes Price: $1495.00 #SWGP0001 Custom Order

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