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  • Opal Myth Debunked!

    “It’s bad luck to wear opal if it’s not your birthstone.”

    This is something that we hear from our guests on a regular basis. Where does this superstition come from? Frank, from Parle Jewelry Designs/Idaho Opal and Gem Corporation let us in on history of this well-known belief:
    In 1829, Sir Walter Scott published a novel titled, Anne of Geierstein (or The Maiden of the Mist). This according to Frank, was the Harry Potter of its time! In this novel. The Baroness of Arnheim wears a talisman made of Opal bestowed with magical powers. When holy water is splashed on the opal, it loses its colors and the Baroness becomes a pile of ash. It is because of this fictional scene that people started to associate opals with bad omens.
    Long before Sir Walter Scott’s fantastical tale, the ancient Greeks and Romans thought the opal was a symbol of good luck and fortune. Due to its many colors, the opal was a symbol of hope like the rainbow. It was often given as a gift to bring protection and wealth to the wearer. The “gift from the heavens” women often wore the gem in their hair to ensure their hair color would not fade. Opals were originally thought to possess magical qualities and bring its wearer foresight. They were used to help shy, timid people be more open in social situations as they were thought to have the power to amplify feelings and desires and promote spontaneity.
    Throughout most of history, the opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all of the gems because it can show all colors. Black, boulder, fire or doublet, there is no denying the magnificence of opals. A single gem can flash every color with fire and intensity beyond that any diamond.

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    About the Blogger:
    Kristin Beaulieu
    South Portland Assistant Manager

  • 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.

  • The Difference Between a Synthetic, Genuine, and Imitation Gemstone

    What a great question to be asked! Also one that is hard to answer without confusing the guest.  I can remember my first discussion on this when I began in the jewelry industry and I remember thinking that it simply did not make much sense. It took a few more times discussing the terms and asking many, many questions before I fully understood it, so I can relate to those struggling with these concepts.

    Here it goes, I am going to try to make this as simple and easy to understand by first defining, then giving examples of how the terms are used. Read along remembering one thing: Do not lock any gemstone into one definition...2 or 3 may apply to it. Keep that in mind and it should be a little easier to follow.

    What exactly is a genuine(natural)gemstone?

    This is the easiest of the definitions. Simply put: A genuine gemstone is one that was produced in the earth through natural processes. Mankind may treat them to enhance their beauty, but had no hand in creating them. They are mined from the earth and are rare, some extremely so. Their value in most cases will exceed the value of any gems created by man, though there are some exceptions to this. You know these gems already. They encompass all of the birthstones as well as many other popular gemstones present in jewelry. Price is impacted by the rarity of the gemstone.

    Example: Diamond is a naturally occurring, genuine gemstone. It can sometimes be treated with heat, radiation, pressure, or a combination of some of the methods. This changes their color to white, blue, teal, green, pink, black, yellow, and brown. This does not change their definition. They are still genuine, as they are mined from the earth. They are described correctly as a natural diamond when untreated and a natural treated diamond when they have been altered by man.

    What is a synthetic gemstone?

    A synthetic gemstone is one that is grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions by man. The gem will share almost all the optical and chemical properties of the genuine gem. The cost will usually be significantly less than the genuine and larger gems do not increase in price as rapidly as the genuine gemstones do, so you can get a much larger gem for your money. These gems are priced on production cost. Rarity is not a consideration in pricing. Some natural gems that are available as synthetic: Moissanite, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Cubic Zirconia, and Alexandrite.

    Example: Chatham Emerald is grown in a laboratory under controlled pressure and temperature. When completed, the gem IS an emerald and has most of the attributes, color and wear limitations that the natural gem has. Becasue it is grown in a lab, it must be referred to as synthetic.

    What is an imitation and/or simulant?

    An imitation or simulant is a gem that mimics the color and sometimes the light performance of a natural gemstone. It does not have to have gem properties, but it can. This sounds confusing because most people try to make simulants/imitations a separate category from natural and genuine. The better way to look at them, however, is as an additional description. Below are some examples of how simulant/imitation can be used in a description. You will note the descriptions can and sometimes do contain synthetic and genuine as well.

    Example One: A Cubic Zirconia is a man made gemstone and would be called a synthetic. It is also a diamond simulant because it looks like a diamond.

    Example Two: In the past, colored glass was set into rings to make rings more affordable. Since these only mimicked the color of the stone they replaced, they are properly referred to as imitations or simulants.

    Example Three: Rhodalite Garnet is a natural gemstone, but is sometimes used to replace Alexandrite in jewelry. When it is used in this manner, it is a simulant for Alexandrite.

    In summary, if you separate the terms it becomes easier to understand what a jeweler is talking about when discussing types of gemstones. Hopefully this article helps remove some of the confusion for our guests.

  • 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.



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