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Gem Identification, Gemstones

What do California rubies, Arizona rubies, and Elie rubies all have in common? None of them are actually rubies; they're garnet! More specifically, they're pyrope garnet, a type of garnet known for its red hues. If it looks similar enough to ruby to give it so many misnomers, you might wonder, what are the differences between rubies and garnets?

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Jewelry Appraisal

When millennials wear their mother's jewelry from the nineties, they often get compliments on their "vintage look." This can be a wake-up call for parents: any of your jewelry made before the 2000s is considered vintage now. This might make you think, is my vintage jewelry worth something? How can I sell my vintage jewelry?

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Engagement

The history of giving symbolic rings as gifts is more interesting than a lot of people realize. Though many other traditions have faded, rings remain some of the most common symbolic gifts. Despite the longevity of this tradition, many people don't know the full story behind some rings.

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Gemstones, Jewelry Care

Knowing how to care for opals properly can prevent them from cracking or becoming discolored. Different types of opals require varying levels of care. Can you get opals wet? What should you use to clean them? We've put together an ultimate opal care guide to answer all of your questions and more.

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Gem Identification, Gemstones

What would happen if you put rocks or gemstones under a blacklight? Would they fluoresce? If you've been in a room lit by a blacklight, you might recall seeing things like paper, plastic, and teeth appear to glow. Banana spots, olive oil, certain flowers, and scorpions all fluoresce under UV light as well. What gemstones show fluorescence under UV light?

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