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I Love Diamonds! Why would I buy CZ or Moissanite?

It's hard to resist the sparkle and beauty of a diamond, and if you have them, who wouldn't want to wear them every day?  Diamonds will get you noticed but not always by those with the best intentions and your diamonds could make you a target for theft. There's a right and a wrong time to wear diamonds.

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Ideal Cut Gemstones

We've all heard of the 4C's in diamond grading with Cut being one of the "C's".  Since I facet my own gemstones, I also refer to a well-cut stone, but what does Cut refer to when grading?  It goes beyond the craftsmanship and artistry involved in faceting.

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Oceanview Mine Trip

We stopped off at the Oceanview Mine in Pala, California in search of some local facet rough and for the amethyst they featured on their facebook page. 

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Anniversary Gemstones

Here is a list of gemstones that are the recommended anniversary gifts recognized by various professional jewelers and gem societies including The Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Trade Association, Jewelry Industry Council and the Cultured Pearls Association.

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