Jewelry guides and blog

The GIA colored stone grading system

Yves Lemay | Aug 28, 20

The beautiful color of a gemstone is its most defining characteristic, and many jewelers consider it to be the most important evaluation criterion. Color is divided into three basic properties: Hue, Tone, and Saturation.

Yves Lemay | Aug 23, 20
How to appreciate the quality of jewelry (before you buy)

When it comes to appreciating the quality of a piece of jewelry, there are three major things you must look for: -Base metals -Gemstones -Craftsmanship

Yves Lemay | Aug 18, 20
Everything that you need to know about jewelry metals

If I say the word "ring," the first image that will come to mind for most people will be yellow-colored. Gold has been a metal of choice for jewelry for thousands of years... and still is today. The king of metals is seemingly irreplaceable, even though many other metals made their entry into the market in recent years.

Yves Lemay | Aug 12, 20
The 4 types of pearls that you need to know before purchase

There are two major types of cultured pearls; freshwater and saltwater pearls. Freshwater pearls primarily come from China.Saltwater pearls, which include Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea, are grown in bays, inlets, and atolls in many places around the world.

Yves Lemay | Aug 10, 20
The 6 cultured pearls quality factors

There are 6 main factors to keep in mind when determining a pearl's quality and worth: Nacre, Luster, Surface, Shape, Color, and Size. When it comes to quality pearls, like most things, size does matter. A critical factor in a pearl's value is its size, with the larger pearls generally being the more prized.

Yves Lemay | Aug 09, 20
How pearls are made

Pearls are unique among gemstones, being the only ones found within a living creature and the only ones that require no fashioning before use. Another distinctive feature is its near-exclusive use by one gender. Although some efforts have been made to market pearl jewelry to males in recent years, pearls remain the most "feminine" of all gemstones. Designated officially as the June Birthstone, it is, unofficially, a near requirement for brides. 

Yves Lemay | Aug 05, 20
What is corundum

Rubies and sapphires are the same minerals: corundum, with different trace minerals the give either shades of red or blue.Rubies and sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years. They were named long before anyone realized they were actualy the same mineral.