Why is Turquoise so Expensive these days?

Why is Turquoise so Expensive these days? Most people remember the popularity of Turquoise throughout the decades but in this latest resurgence of the stone’s popularity, why does turquoise seem more expensive than ever before? There are, of course, multiple influencing factors — but mostly, it’s due to the scarcity of turquoise from over mining. […]

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Taxco Silver

Taxco Silver (compare to champagne), early American Silver came from Mexican, similar to native american b/c same silver until german settlers came in and brought their trade routes. The city of Taxco, Guerrero in Mexico is known for producing the “champagne” of mexican silvers. Usually referred to as simply “taxco,” (pronounced like, “tasco”) taxco silver […]

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Heishi Beads in Native American Jewelry

Heishi, san dominguean native american jewelry, thin discs (silver, usually made out of shells), The literal meaning of heishi is “shell” and specifically refers to pieces of shell which have been drilled and ground into beads and then strung into necklaces. More and more frequently, however, heishi (pronounced hee-shee) has come to refer to hand-made […]

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Cabochon: The Popular Cut You’ve Seen EveryWhere but Never Heard Of

A cabochon (/ˈkæbəˌʃɒn/), from the Middle French word caboche (meaning “head”), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse. Cutting en cabochon (French: “in the manner of a cabochon”) is usually applied to opaque gems, while faceting […]

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Stones Growing Inside of Other Stones

DRAFT The Metaphysical Properties of Rutalated Quartz By cleansing and recharging all chakras, the Rutilated Quartz crystal meaning is associated with its powerful cleansing and purifying effects. It consists of clear Quartz, a big time energy conductor and magnifier, making it a popular healing tool and the multi-vitamin of crystal healing medicine. The Rutile inclusions […]

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All You Need to Know About Antique Cocktail Rings

Cocktail Ring (big stone and nothing else) — wide bands called “Cigar bands”, modernist because lack of detail (Clean and contemporary) Detail in refined parts as opposed to ornamentation, not decorative Cocktail rings are a little misplaced within the world of jewelry. Nobody has ever really been quite sure where they belong in the jewelry […]

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