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October’s Birthstone: Opal History and Symbolism

October’s Birthstone: Opal History and Symbolism

Opal: October’s Birthstone There are few stones as magical as the “kaleidoscope gem” also nicknamed “Empress”, “Pandora”, and the “Light of the World”. Which stone could inspire such grand monikers? Opal! Opals are so fascinating they have been compared to volcanos, fireworks, and galaxies. Their fantastic display of color is what makes them so mesmerizing. Formed by heavy rains carrying silica down…

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How To Measure your Ring Size At Home

How To Measure your Ring Size At Home

Don’t you hate receiving an online purchase in the mail only to find out it doesn’t fit? If you’re investing in fine jewelry the heartbreak is tenfold. So, if you’re online shopping for rings how do you know which size to buy? If you can’t make it to Les Olson Jewelers to get your finger sized by a professional, you’re in luck! We have…

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Montana Sapphires – The Finest Sapphires in North America

Montana Sapphires – The Finest Sapphires in North America

Have you ever been arrested for “worrying the squirrels?” No? Well, maybe that’s because you’re not from Montana where such a heinous act is considered a crime. (Hopefully you’re kind to squirrels too!) Montana, known as the treasure state (originally because of gold and silver deposits), not only produces some strange laws but also some of the most desired sapphires in…

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The 5 Best Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings

The 5 Best Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings

The 5 Best Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings There are plenty of reasons to choose a diamond: they’re sparkly, traditional, and timeless. They’re also the hardest stone known to man, which makes them very durable. This durability has come to signify long-lasting undying love. However, in recent times, more and more couples have been choosing to go a different direction. Colored (or…

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All About Sapphire: September’s Birthstone

All About Sapphire: September’s Birthstone

What’s the best thing about being born in September? Cooler temperatures? Labor Day weekend? National Cheese Pizza Day (yes, that’s a thing)? Or is it that you have one of the most sought-after gems as your birthstone? September’s birthstone is the sapphire, a stone as deep and mystical as the ocean and as wonderous as the night sky. When we think of…

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August Birthstone: The Peridot

August Birthstone: The Peridot

The often underestimated but never duplicated beautiful bright green peridot is a gem that was revered by the ancients, but in recent times has felt like poor old Rodney Dangerfield. It can’t get no respect! Well today we’re going to show some respect to “the gem of the sun”, the magical green peridot. Born deep in the earth’s core, these gems come…

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How to Clean a Cloudy Diamond Ring

How to Clean a Cloudy Diamond Ring

The deep violet color of amethyst has long made it a prized stone for royal jewelry, with church officials and the British Crown Jewels having many pieces made with the gemstone. Based on Greek myths, amethysts originated from a nymph named Amethystos who refused Dionysus, the god of wine.

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An Overview of the April Birthstone

An Overview of the April Birthstone

What is the birthstone for the month of April? A birthstone is a gemstone that represents a person’s birth month. Birthstones are believed to bring the wearer luck, good health, and protection. For those born in the month of April, their birthstone is that of the diamond. Diamonds are known for being one of the hardest stones on Earth, requiring billions of…

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It’s Important to Know the 4 C’s of Diamonds

It’s Important to Know the 4 C’s of Diamonds

What exactly are the 4 C’s of diamonds? The 4 C’s of Diamonds and What You Need to Know The most valuable pieces of jewelry you own are probably worth the least. Your cameo brooch that your grandmother and mother wore or the noodle necklace your child made in kindergarten are priceless to you. When it comes to diamonds, however,…

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Eight Different Types of Necklace Clasps

Not only is it important to wear your clasp with confidence, it’s also important to put on the chain with ease. Nothing is worse than trying to get ready in the morning and having trouble putting on jewelry because your necklace clasp is difficult. And you most certainly don’t want to end your day realizing the necklace is missing because the…

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