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  • Aquаmаrinе - Thе Birthѕtоnе оf Mаrch

    The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck and good health. Astrologers long ago attributed supernatural powers to certain gemstones.

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    Named after seawater, Aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.  From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, the aquamarine shines over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors.  It is the birthstone of March and thought to enhance the happiness of marriages and the lucky crystals for the people of Pisces.  It is also the symbol of a 19th wedding anniversary.

    The greenish blue Aquamarine protects those who journey by sea, alleviating the fear of water and guards those involved in any long travel such as flying or driving long distances.

    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе.  It also has the power to benefit its wearer with knowledge, vision and inspiration.

    Aquаmаrinе - tо thе hаррilу mаrriеd!

    Arе уоu a mаrriеd mаn/wоmаn? Thеn thiѕ gеmѕtоnе iѕ thе реrfесt gift fоr уоur bеlоvеd оnе. Thiѕ glittеring gеmѕtоnе iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring оut hаrmоnу, ѕооthing аll thе diffеrеnсеѕ thаt might еxiѕt аmоng a lоving  (or struggling) соuрlе.

    Pоwеrѕ оf Aquаmаrinе

    Aquаmаrinе birth ѕtоnеѕ аrе truѕtеd tо bring соurаgе, viсtоrу, tоgеthеrnеѕѕ аnd inѕight tо itѕ wеаrеrѕ. It ѕignifiеѕ mаking оf nеw friеndѕ. It iѕ viеwеd аѕ a gift оf lоvе. Wеаring аn аquаmаrinе piece of jеwеlrу iѕ ѕuрроѕеd tо bring lоvе аnd аffесtiоn intо уоur lifе.

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    Hеаlth аnd рrоѕреritу iѕ thе ѕуmbоl оf thiѕ роwеrful birthѕtоnе. It iѕ bеliеvеd tо роѕѕеѕѕ thе hеаling роwеr thаt rеduсеѕ thе dереndеnсу оn drugѕ. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр digеѕtiоn, еnѕurе hеаlth оf tееth аnd the jаw аnd is ѕuрроѕеd tо bе a rеmеdу fоr ѕwоllеn glаndѕ.

    Aquаmаrinе - brings роѕitivе роwеr!

    Aquаmаrinе birthѕtоnеs are аll аbоut inѕtilling роѕitivе fееlings. Thiѕ brеаthtаkinglу bеаutiful gеmѕtоnе iѕ bеliеvеd tо rеlеаѕе аngеr аnd nеgаtivitу аnd bеѕtоw оn uѕ реасе оf mind, сlаritу аnd еnѕurеѕ mеntаl аnd еmоtiоnаl bаlаnсе. Aquаmаrinе gеmѕtоnеs are said to hеlр fосuѕ, соnсеntrаtiоn аnd аidѕ in mеditаtiоn.

    Aquаmаrinе Jеwеlrу

    Pеndаnt, brасеlеt, ring оr аn еаrring - аquаmаrinе jеwеlrу аrе fаvоrеd bу thе Piѕсеаnѕ. It has been said that Piѕсеаnѕ, if thеу wеаr аquаmаrinе, thеir birthѕtоnе, will invitе thе роѕitivе thingѕ оf thе univеrѕе intо thеir lifе. Lifе will bе fillеd with lоvе, аffесtiоn, саrе, friеndѕhiр аnd tоgеthеrnеѕѕ. Explore the elegance of the Aquamarine at Day’s.  We have Aquamarine jewelry to suit all tastes and styles including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets with some creations in their designer lines such as Le Vian.

  • Lead Glass Filled Rubies Demystified!

    rubyVirtually everyone knows what a ruby is and can likely tell you what color it is supposed to be.  Fewer people outside of a jeweler can tell you which birthstone of the month it is.  A smaller group can tell you which anniversary it represents.  Very few people actually know the lore and history of the ruby.  Virtually no one knows about the treatments that a ruby may have used on it to make it more beautiful.

    In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk surrounding lead glass filled rubies. Mark Poulin, Manager of Day's Jewelers in Auburn, breaks it down for us. What are they? How are they made? How can you avoid buying one when you expect a natural ruby? "Professor Poulin" will help us learn everything we need to know!

    How did lead glass filled rubies come to exist?

    Ruby is a gem coveted for thousands of years and, until recent history when new deposits opened up, was only available to those of wealth.  Despite the new sources, supply of higher quality goods could not keep up with ever increasing demand.  This lead to enhancements or treatments being adopted to make lower quality goods more visually appealing.  Some of the treatments are very stable and accepted as normal practice by the FTC and gemologists throughout the world.  Others are very unstable and actually can be damaged by heat sources or chemicals.  Most rubies are treated, but we should realize that all treatments are not created equal.  Below is a brief description of the more common stable treatments to rubies:

    • Heat Treatment:  The most common of the treatments.  It is done to enhance the color and/or clarity of the ruby.  This is used both alone and with fracture filling.
    • Fracture Filling:  A substance is usually heated and flowed into fissures in the stone to increase durability. High heat is used to promote a solid bonding of the new material to the original.

     

    What, exactly, is a lead glass filled ruby?

    At face value, the process to create a lead glass filled ruby seems the same.  They use heat and a substance to alter color and fill the fractures that exist in the stone.  This creates a more transparent, eye clean, brighter gem that resembles a more expensive ruby.  So what's the problem with that you might ask?  Very simply put, the process is not permanent and can be damaged not only at the workbench by a jeweler, but also by the consumer with normal wear.  In addition, they are sometimes being sold for the price of a genuine ruby... without disclosure.  Imagine paying $3,000 for a ruby ring and then discovering that it is only worth $1,000 because it is filled with lead glass.

    How are these kinds of rubies still on the market?

    This is a relatively new treatment dating back to 2004-2006.  Like many things, technology sometimes outstrips the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to set rules into place that effectively protect the consumer.  In addition to this, many cutters overseas do not disclose what they have done to the stones.  Unfortunately, very often it is a "let the buyer beware" climate.  Currently, high profile gemologists in the jewelry industry are working to educate the FTC and help them set rules.  The expected conclusion will be that full disclosure of the treatment and care guides must be disclosed at the time of sale.

    If I do have a lead glass filled ruby, how can the treatment be damaged? 

    Heat and chemicals are the most likely causes of damage to the treatment.  Normal heat a consumer would come in contact with should pose no issues.  Jewelers, on the other hand, can destroy the treatment completely if they try to use a torch around a ruby with lead glass filling.  Acidic or harsh chemicals are likely to remove the filling and color.  For a jeweler, this is usually when a final acid bath is given to the ring to remove solder flux and other coatings in the repair process.  For the consumer it could be lemon juice or other household cleaners. Common jewelry cleaning solutions can also damage this treatment causing the stone to crack and fall apart. None of these are usually issues for regular ruby treatments.

    How can I tell if I have a lead glass filled ruby?

    It is likely that you cannot tell if you have one or not.  There are plenty of information sites out there to tell you what to look for, but unless you are a trained gemologist, you likely will not really understand what you are looking for.  If you believe you may have purchased one, your best bet is to seek a trained GIA gemologist to make a positive identification.

    How can I avoid buying a lead glass filled ruby?

    Your best defense is common sense.  Buying from someone you trust is the first step.  Jewelers who have earned your trust did so because they held to a code of ethics and treated you fairly.  This does not guarantee they cannot make a mistake themselves and unknowingly purchase these types of stones, but you know from experience they will do what is needed to protect their clients and their reputation.  If you choose to purchase from an unknown source, look at the deal.....if it is too good to be true, it probably is.  Lastly, simply ask the question "Are these lead glass filled?"  An educated jeweler will have a policy and be able to provide information on the subject.  If they cannot answer and do not know, you may want to have a second opinion on the item should you decide to make the purchase.

    In my opinion, lead glass filling has no real place in rubies.  Its incredible lack of stability and difficulty to easily detect makes it too much of a liability to the consumer.  Hopefully it will either be banned in the United States for retail sale or at the very least not be allowed to be called a ruby.  Until then, I hope this helps you avoid purchasing these types of stones.

    About the Blogger:

    MarkPoulinMark Poulin, Store Manager, 
    Day's Jewelers Auburn

    Mark's favorite part about his job is customer service, he loves working with customers and teaching them about jewelry. He provides his customers with all the information they need to make an informed decision about their jewelry purchases. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to answer questions.

    Learn more about Mark.

     

     

  • Learn About Peridot, August's Birthstone

    jpdpe0297Happy Birthday to all of our August readers! I love your birthstone, Peridot.

    Peridot is a unique and radiant lime green stone, prized by Hawaiians as the goddess Pele's tears. Some beaches in Oahu contain crushed grains of Peridot in the sand. The depth of green in this August birthstone can vary from a light yellow-green to an olive brown color and grows more intense beneath evening light.

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    This gemstone is said to remove all traces of fear and create a state of restfulness for its wearer. Bestowing wisdom and courage, Peridot is also considered by many to be a sign of wealth (this must be why I like it so much, I have always been told I have expensive taste).

     

    jerpd0302Peridot comes lava fields and meteorites. Actually, most Peridot is mined right in the USA, in Arizona. However, within the past twenty years, new deposits of Peridot have been discovered in Pakistan among the Himalaya Mountains. The most famous and rare variety, Kashmir Peridot, is a very vivid stone that comes from Pakistan.

    Peridot ranks a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs scale and is suitable for every day wear. However, some Peridot edges can be brittle so it should be warn with some caution. Peridot is sometimes permanently heat treated to bring out the brightest green possible.

    If you have any questions or comments please let us know. Happy Birthday again to all of our August fans, friends, readers and customers.

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    Here's MY favorite Peridot item at Day's, the Metalsmiths Sterling Peridot Necklace. Happy Shopping! ~Melissa

     

  • Some Fascinating Facts to Feed Your Passion for Gemstones

    jenst0823With their remarkable and fascinating colors, it’s no wonder why we continue to be fascinated by nature’s gems. Just when you thought you knew everything about colored gemstones, we just had to surprise you with a few facts!

    Remarkable Ametrine - Did you know that ametrine is a natural gemstone that is bi-colored and only mined in Bolivia? Combining the magnificent hues of purple amethyst and golden citrine, this intriguing gemstone dazzles with its rare beauty for a mesmerizing effect. You may also be surprised to know that although it’s a rare gemstone, ametrine is just as affordable as amethyst or citrine! One look at this gorgeous gemstone and you’ll marvel at nature’s beauty as if it was created with you in mind.

    Breathtaking Iolite - Long before iolite was crafted into fine jewelry, it was originally used by the Vikings to navigate the open seas. The violet blue gemstone was effective in filtering the haze and minimizing glare. It is incredible to think that the purpose of this gemstone has transformed from functional sailing to creating exceptionally gorgeous jewelry! Iolite also offers a more affordable option to sapphires and tanzanite by offering the rich hues of blue to create a look that is undeniably chic.

    jplbr0386Lustrous Pearls - The only gemstone to be harvested from a living creature, the natural pearl offers an iridescent sheen that is irresistible with its symbolic beauty and timeless appeal. Ancient Chinese legend believed that pearls were created from and inherited the celestial glow of the moon. Since natural pearls are now a rarity, the technique of culturing pearls has become a more common way to harvest such splendid beauty, from the fresh waters of China and the Tennessee River to the salt waters of Japan, China, Tahiti, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia. We would love to hear where your pearls are from and welcome any suggestions you may have for other customers!

    Carat Weight - Did you know that a 1 carat ruby may appear to look smaller than a 1 carat emerald? People often associate carat weight with size. While this is a common method, collectors must also be aware of density which is represented in the Mohs scale of hardness. For instance, a ruby is denser than an emerald which explains why a 1 carat ruby would appear smaller in size.

    rtmd0815Maine Tourmaline - Are you dreaming about that vacation in Maine? When that day comes, we sure hope you’ll visit us at one of our six store locations. But until that time, why not have the next best thing? A little piece of Maine to call your own - Gorgeous Maine Tourmaline! Mined from the western mountains of Maine, the vibrant pink and green gems are a fashionable way to capture the essence of natural beauty while serving as a keepsake of precious times spent with loved ones. Did you know that tourmaline is found in all colors making it the most colorful gem? Pink, green, red and blue are the most common colors. There are also pink and green bicolored gems and a unique watermelon variety that is cut to display its pink center, a white ring and green edge. What can be more fun to wear during those summer days!

    Precious Gems - You may wonder, “I don’t have any ruby, sapphire or emerald jewelry, does that mean that my fine jewelry is considered semi-precious?” We would say, “Absolutely not!” In the past, many people considered rubies, sapphires and emeralds to be precious stones and all other gems to be semi-precious. While these three types of gems are still considered more valuable to this day, the distinction between precious and semi-precious gems has become outdated. All natural colored gems are precious and rare. What differentiates the price is the quality and rarity of the particular gem.

    jerrb0495Radiant Rubies - July is right around the corner, so we definitely need to mention a thing or two about rubies! Did you know that the only natural gemstone that is harder than July’s birthstone is a diamond? So if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry for everyday wear, those with rubies make an excellent choice.

     

    Shop all jewelry at www.daysjewelers.com. As always, we are here to answer any questions info@daysjewelers.com!

     

  • April Birthstone, Part 3 - Diamond Carat

    April Birthstone, Part 3 of our Diamond Learn About Series.

    Diamond Carat:

    When Jewelers refer to a diamond's carat they are actually referring to the weight of the stone, not the size. In jewelry, the size of a stone is measured in millimeters; since diamonds can be cut shallow, deep or ideally, it is impossible to accurately convert a diamond's carat weight into an exact mm size. However, a very rough conversion can be made. Despite the ability to very roughly convert carat weight to size, the only accurate way to know the true carat weight of your diamond is to weigh it. Thus, 1 carat has become universally known as being a metric weight of 0.02 grams. The weight of a diamond has the most significant impact on its price. Since the larger a stone is, the rarer it is; one 2 carat diamond will be more expensive than the total cost of two 1 carat diamonds of the same quality. The carat of a diamond is often very important to people when shopping but it is a mistake to sacrifice too much quality for sheer size.

     

    You may also hear jewelers refer to a diamond's carat weight as a number of "points."

    Below is a generally accepted list of point conversions to fractions of a carat.

    Acceptable Diamond Conversions

    1/10 Carat= 9 points -12 points
    1/7 Carat= 13 points -17 points
    1/5 Carat= 18 points – 22 points
    1/4 Carat= 23 points - 29 points
    1/3 Carat= 30 points - 36 points
    3/8 Carat= 37 points – 46 points
    1/2 Carat= 47 points – 56 points
    5/8 Carat= 57 points – 68 points
    3/4 Carat= 69 points - 81 points
    7/8 Carat= 82 points - 94 points
    1 Carat= 95 points - 110 points

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  • April Birthstone, Part 2 - Diamond Clarity

    Part two of our April Birthstone - Diamond Series!

    Diamond Clarity:

    Clarity refers to the number of "inclusions" that are found inside of a diamond. Inclusions are scratches, trace minerals, or other tiny characteristics or markings that can detract from the way light bounces from mirror to mirror (known as "facets") within a diamond.

    It is extremely rare to find a diamond without inclusions. Inclusions are distinguishing characteristics which represent the uniqueness of each diamond and are often called the diamond's "fingerprint" because no two stones are exactly alike. If a diamond is found without any inclusions it ranked "flawless," and can be quite costly.

    The number of inclusions in a diamond is determined on a scale based on the visibility and location of these flaws when the diamond is beneath 10x magnification. Two common diamond grading houses are the Gemological Institute of America [GIA] and the American Gem Society [AGS]. Each has its own unique way of ranking and ‘grading' a diamond's clarity.

    Left is a chart displaying the rankings from Flawless to ‘Included' and which AGS numbers correspond with which GIA letters so you can most effectively compare "apples to apples" in your quest for the perfect diamond.

    "Feathers" look like a bird's feather in the stone and can be a structural problem if any of the tiny cracks are close enough to the diamond's surface.

    "Pinpoints" look like clear or white bubbles within the diamond and can change the way light is distributed throughout it depending on their size.

    "Carbon Spots" are black, brown or other dark colored dots or specks inside the diamond. Many low priced I clarity stones are priced low because of distracting carbon spots in obvious places that cannot be hidden or removed.

    "Clouds" are simply a group of pin-point inclusions. Clouds look like empty masses within the diamond and can cause the diamond to be more susceptible to breakage if they are close enough to its surface.

    "Needles" look like thin, empty tubes and can be very obvious or small and slight. If they are close enough to the surface or stretch long enough they may cause the diamond to be more susceptible to cracking.

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  • April Birthstone, Diamonds.

    Over the course of the month of April, we are going to talk about the 4 C's of Diamonds (1 a week for the month of April!). Diamonds happen to be the birthstone of the month for April as well.

    Diamond Cut:

    One matter of preference is the shape that a diamond is cut into. Any shape other than a classic round is called a "fancy cut". Some of the most common fancy cut shapes are:

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    Fancy cut diamonds make an extremely strong statement and are a unique and beautiful way to distinguish your personality and style.

    dstqf0288_1The most complex factor affecting a diamond's price is its cut. Today, diamond cutting is still done by human hands. When a diamond cutter fashions a stone, he or she must make crucial and often difficult decisions concerning its size, shape and number of imperfections. After these decisions are made, it is the craftsmanship and fine motor skills of the diamond cutter that determines how much the stone will sparkle and how much attention the final product will draw. The slightest mistake can ruin a diamond's symmetry and in doing so, dramatically decline the beauty and value of the stone. Even a flawless and colorless stone can become dull if it is poorly cut.

    When properly cut, a diamond will send almost all of the light that comes into it back out of its top. If improperly cut, a significant amount of the light will exit out of the bottom or side of the stone instead.

    In a correct cut, the diamond will have the following features:

    Brilliance - Return a white shaft of light from its top

    White light is commonly referred to as brilliance. It is produced by light coming in through the various top facets and bouncing off of the bottom facets. Brilliance is what gets your diamond noticed from across a room and can only be quantitatively measured by a GemEx Brilliance-Scope. Though limited quantitatively, the human eye is able to qualitatively measure the brilliance of a diamond.

    stockfoto_26063914_S-300x300Scintillation - Sparkle every time that it moves

    The term used for the radiance or sparkle of the changing color light rays that appear when the diamond is moved or when the light source changes. Scintillation can only be quantitatively measured by a GemEx Brilliance-Scope. Remarkably, the human eye is able to qualitatively measure the scintillation of a diamond.

     

    Fire - Reflect rainbows throughout its many facets

    The ‘dispersion' or colored light of a diamond is commonly referred to as ‘fire.’ Fire is the rainbow that should jump from a diamond. Fire can only be quantitatively measured by a GemEx Brillance-Scope Analyzer that determines what percent of the total diamond returns bright colored light to the observer. Though unable to measure quantitatively, the human eye is able to qualitatively measure the fire of a diamond.

    An appropriately cut diamond will also have symmetrical facets (the windows and mirrors of the stone); good proportions (not too deep or too shallow) and carefully finished details (i.e. flawless polishing and permanent treatments). To better understand the factors of a diamond and how it is cut you can read 34 Factors of a Diamond.

    These elements of a diamond's light mix in unique and fascinating ways. It is solely a matter of each individual's preference as to what the best mixture of these elements is.

     

  • Happy Birthday March, Aquamarine

    Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin word meaning "water of the sea," which accurately depicts its cool light blue, yellow and pink colors. Primarily a gemstone mined in Brazil, Aquamarine can be found in a wide variety of places and colors, but is a deep shade of blue in its rarest form.

    raqd0353Years ago, Aquamarine was believed to be what mermaid's tails were made of. Another legend says that King Neptune of the sea gave aquamarine to mermaids as gifts, and it has since been a symbol of love and endearment, making it a popular anniversary gift. Supposedly, this gemstone was also coveted by sailors as a charm for safety on the water and to remind them of their loved ones far away.

    Aquamarine is a type of beryl stone and is mined throughout the world. Aquamarine that come from the Santa Maria Mine in Brazil are rare, intense blue aquamarines that "make every jeraq0190gemstone lover's heart beat faster" (ICGA). Another famous type of Aquamarine is the Espirito Santo from Brazil which have a blue that is not quite as intense as Santa Maria Aquamarine.

    A durable gemstone, Aquamarine ranks at 7.5-8 out of 10 on the Mohs scale (used to determine gem hardness) and can easily be worn on a daily basis. Commonly worn as the light blue birthstone of March, Aquamarine is sometimes permanently heat treated to remove traces of green from its blue color.

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  • What About Amethyst?

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.

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    Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in ancient times for intaglio engraved gems. The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication – thus making wine goblets out of the crystals. Medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle, as it was believed to heal people and keep them cool-headed.

    Is there any amethyst “history” you have heard about and want to share?
    It is so fun finding out about all the birthstones and what they mean. It’s even more fun to pick out some favorite birthstone jewelry!

    If you have any questions, comments or want to share a story, please email us at info@daysjewelers.com, share it on the blog or post to our Facebook page: facebook.com/daysjewelers. We LOVE hearing what our customers have to say.

     

  • Garnet, January's Birthstone

    Happy Birthday to everyone born in January!! The birthstone associated with January is Garnet, a deep, warm red stone with protective powers. The stone is said to increase strength and vigor and inspires truthfulness. The stone also aids in business and personal success. Garnet promotes friendship and protects travelers. See Day's garnet collection here!

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