Faux or Fabulous? Amber

Faux or Fabulous? Amber

Amber Time!For me, nothing quite has the warmth and glow of amber. I can almost feel it just talking about it. Get comfortable, relax, and enjoy the warmth and glow of amber…This is the fourth part of my Faux or Fabulous series. The first was about evaluating...
Faux or Fabulous? Jade

Faux or Fabulous? Jade

Let’s Talk Jade… I hope you’ve grabbed your favorite beverage and a comfy chair. It’s time to sit down and talk about exotic luscious jade. This is the third part of my Faux or Fabulous series. The first was about evaluating family heirlooms,...
Faux or Fabulous? Jewelry Shopping

Faux or Fabulous? Jewelry Shopping

Welcome Back! It’s a beautiful, breezy day here in Northern California, I have a fresh cup of tea on hand, and I’m ready to tell you all about shopping for genuine jewels. If you haven’t read the first post in this series, you can do so here. So sit...

September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

Intro to Sapphires I think of sapphire as the king of gemstones. It’s available in every color of the rainbow, it’s both hard and tenacious, and some sapphires have stars. What’s not to love? Formation Sapphires are gemstones made from the mineral...
August’s Birthstone: Peridot

August’s Birthstone: Peridot

  Formation of Peridot Would you believe me if I told you that there are volcanoes that erupt gemstones? It’s true! Peridot is the gemstone name given to green olivine. Olivine crystals form in the Earth’s upper mantle at depths up to 250 miles, and...