Colombian emeralds have always been at the forefront of emeralds, but there is a new contender in the mix. These African stones obviously have many similarities as they are still emeralds, but there are some differences due to the origin.
For others, stones take up a lot of emotional space in their life. As a matter of fact, the use of Chinese or Herbal medicine, reflexology or homeopathy therapies have expanded in the past few years in the quest of a healthier and more natural lifestyle amongst which we can find Lithotherapy, a method that cures using stones. In fact, gems and semi-precious stones have been used for decades in solving health problems. Lithotherapy is a technique that uses stones, gems, crystals or quartz to reach a therapeutic effect on a body. For example, if the use of diamonds is completely excluded, opals are protective stones that intensify emotions, sooth the mind, stimulate creativity, beat infections and help sleeping. In addition to cure a sore, each stone have different caracterics carrying a specific energy power.
Birthstones are very popular. In fact, each month is associated with a range of stones. Many people find interesting to know which ones are associated to them in order to carry one around with them at all times. As a form of protection these stones can be set on a piece of jewelry or carried around in its rough form. A stone will energize the body and the mind in one-way or another. In this section, The Eye of Jewelry presents birthstones of the month, introducing their characteristics, powers and virtues to the soul. In addition, when stones come to mind, our readers often think about their provenance, their mining and sourcing stages.
When and if possible, we disclose as much information as we have in order to be transparent about the side of the jewelry industry not many really know about. You can also read our investigative reports on regulations, conflict free diamonds and sustainable programs some brands get involved in regards to the acquisition of stones and the making their jewelry. You will also hear about stones when we meet with gemmologists, gem-setters, stone dealers, certified designers or creative directors who handpick their stones prior to designing a jewelry collection or a bespoke piece. At the end of the day, there is so much you can learn about stones from a therapeutic to a holistic or business level.
Since the start of culturing pearls in the early 1900s, Akoya Pearls have been very popular in jewelry. Other cultured pearls such as Tahitian, South Sea and Freshwater Pearls have all found their place in the jewelry market as well.
Marquise cuts are the 2018 trend in jewelry transforming the stone from being old-school to super-cool
As much as rose cuts did in the past few years, the marquise cut diamonds are making a huge comeback especially when it comes to custom pieces and designers. Described as a the football-shaped cut but also the navette, a…
Rose Cuts: The comeback. Long forgotten, this cut has been faceting the jewelry trend for the past two years
The rose cut cut diamonds are some of the oldest and most unique cuts to be found in jewelry. While their popularity drastically decreased over the last decades, they have recently made a comeback in jewelry trends more than ever.