Chrome diopside is a crazy story, crazy in how and where it was found. I envy and respect those explorers and adventurers that brave extreme conditions because they are on a mission and have the drive and mental toughness to see it through. I think there's a lot less of that today, although I might be mistaken. Chrome diopside was discovered in Siberia, very well known to be a most difficult environment. Temperatures dip way below freezing, and the opportunity to mine there is only a couple of months a year as the earth is frozen most of the time. My personal feeling is that because there were previously diamonds found in that region, miners were there looking for more when this magnificently brilliant green gem poked its head through the frozen tundra. I know of no other gemstone with the natural brilliant green of a chrome diopside, and unbelievably enough it is that way completely untreated. I love having that gem in my collection, and I know you will too.
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Jewelry Television is constantly adding new jewelry and gemstone brands that are exclusive to JTV. Over the past few weeks we have added a few new brands to our JTV Signature collections, these include: Merelani Charm Cut™, Merelani Star Cut™, Mezzaluna Glow Cut™ and Saribia Tourmaline.
Merelani Charm Cut™
Merelani Charm Cut, a custom gemstone cut sure to delight our avid gemstone collectors. We have reserved this special cut for one of the most desirable of all gemstones, Tanzanite. The Merelani Charm Cut boasts a total of 72 precision cut facets, many more than typically seen in trillion cuts! Its design lends itself to greater stone loss than seen with many other gemstone cuts. Only fashioned by the finest, most skilled lapidaries, the Merelani Charm Cut embodies the charm of its birthplace.
Merelani Star Cut™
The Merelani Star Cut™ was created to enhance every aspect of the precious generational gem we know as tanzanite. It features a total of 97 facets, with 12 facets on the girdle alone, all of which deliver a dazzling light return of over 75%. When you look at this stone, the brilliance, reflection and precision cut facets will keep you star struck for generations.
This is a Heirloom Tanzanite 2.00ct 8x8mm Sq Cushion Merelani Star Cut where you can see the beautiful cuts.
Mezzaluna Glow Cut™
The soft glow of a crescent moon is one of the most romantic sights in the night sky. We all love to bask in the moon’s light at the end of the day, putting all of our troubles aside for the moment to enjoy its soft radiance. Jewelry Television now offers this splendor in a gemstone cut with the Mezzaluna Glow Cut. Meaning “half moon” in Italian, this cut is named for the crescent shape in its faceting seen from the top. Featuring 53 gleaming facets and precise 2:1 proportions, the Mezzaluna Glow Cut is certain to be a dazzling addition to your gemstone collection.
When Mother Nature gives us something as beautiful as the butterfly, you can’t help but take notice. The same can be said of Saribia Tourmaline, a delightful new offering of Madagascan bi-color tourmaline in faceted slices. Named in honor of the beautiful butterfly indigenous to this island nation, these gems are mined in the scenic high plateau region near Antsirabe. This gemstone collection marks the first time Jewelry Television has offered delicious bi-color tourmaline in faceted slices. With their unique, natural shapes, Saribia Tourmaline gems are available in matched pairs and sets, with each having been hand selected as the ideal match for its mates. Whether you choose to add these charming and aesthetically appealing gems to your collection or create your own unique jewelry ensemble, Saribia Tourmaline will leave you in awe of its beauty.
This is a Matched Pair Of Saribia Tourmaline Min 40ctw Mm. These are unique because the size, shape and facets and color all vary.
Rose gold is one of my newer jewelry loves. I didn't really get into rose gold until very recently but I absolutely love it now! I especially love it paired with black, it really makes the beautiful rose color pop! Shop the stacked Bella Luce Rose Gold Rings, the Bella Luce Rose Gold Earrings and the Titanic Rose Gold Cuff Bracelet all on JTV.com!
Deep red color, endless legend and lore, garnet is the perfect gemstone to celebrate the New Year, new beginnings. The beautiful birthstone of January has been used throughout history, beginning with the Bronze Age. Consider the fact that garnet has the most variety of colors than any other mineral, except blue. Here a few of the members of this amazing family of Garnet:
Almandite - red, orange-red with brown purple red
Andradite - black, green, yellow
Demantoid - green, yellow green
Hessonite - orange to brown
Malaya - orange, red orange, yellow orange
Pyrope - red, orange red, purple red
Rhodolite - purple, red purple
Spessartite - orange-brown, red-orange, yellow, yellow-brown
Mandarin - vibrant orange
Tsavorite - bright rich green
Uvarovite - range of greens
Here are some interesting facts.
The name garnet comes from the word granatus which in Latin means pomegranate and as is obvious the garnet does look a lot like pomegranate seeds. There's a belief with garnet, as there is with many gemstones, that there are healing powers, they were even thought to cure depression (I guess depression existed back then too) and would protect you against bad dreams. Plato actually had a portrait of himself sculpted in Garnet.
Garnets were worn by many people in ancient Greece with the use of Talisman and amulets. Today garnets are found in many places but back in ancient they were found mostly in Bohemia and Slovakia.
Usually when I blog I tend to tell more stories but I thought some of the facts about garnet were worth knowing. It's such a beautiful and ancient stone.
I tend to repeat this because it never ceases to amaze me that we have access to this magnificent historic treasure of the Earth. What are the chances that we would be fortunate enough to live in this extraordinary era where so many rare and exotic gems are available to us.
We always make New Year resolutions with the best of intentions so how about this one… In 2013 let's learn about, and collect some of these gifts of nature. Let's start with the birthstone for January "GARNET" It will enhance your life and be worthwhile and satisfying to share the stories with friends and family. Go to JTV.com and be amazed by the variety of garnets that are available...It's a good day, enjoy.
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Well 2013 is almost here and you know what that means... Time for new year's resolutions. Why not make it a resolution to learn more about the beautiful tanzanite gemstone and collect some of these gifts of nature.
Tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone in the world of gemology and jewelry, and though its history is brief, it is no less illustrious than many ancient gems. Since its discovery, tanzanite has sold for as little as $20 per carat and as much as $1,000 per carat or more, for gem-quality, finely colored stones. That price may seem like a bargain in a few years, as tanzanite is a single-source gemstone and that source is expected to be mined out within the next 20 to 30 years based on the latest mining information.
There are many interesting facts about tanzanite. The four key factors are:
1. Tanzanite is a young gemstone in comparison to others in the market.
2. Tanzanite is found and mined in only one location.
3. Tanzanian government mismanaged the mines in early years, stunting growth.
4. Advanced and ‘westernized’ mining operations have changed the tanzanite business.
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How lucky we are to have the opportunity to own such a unique and beautiful gemstone. I first saw kunzite in 1996, and was immediately impressed by the beautiful and unusual soft lavender pink color. It is extremely exciting to be a part of an industry at a time when the world of gemstones has opened up in such an unprecedented way. It is important to consider the limited sources for stones like kunzite. It was discovered originally in Pala, San Diego California, only 50 feet away from where a significant tourmaline deposit was found. Eventually the deposit that changed the world, as far as Kunzite being really available to the public, was discovered in the gem rich state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. But as these gems become recognized as collectible, and the demand goes through the roof, the supply dwindles, and dwindles quickly. The deposit in Brazil hasn't yielded any kunzite in years.....so where do we go? Who knows, finding gems is not a science, it is a culture and tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Would you believe that the other place where significant quantities of kunzite have been discovered is Afghanistan? Besides the fact that we all know this is a war torn country, the specific area where the kunzite is being mined is very hostile geographically. It's the Hindu Kush region, which is in the north part of the country, Northeast of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The towering mountains there reach up to 19,500 feet, separated by narrow steep river valleys. The road network is limited and many of these mines are inaccessible except by foot.
Yet , the amazing part of this story is the fact that you can tune into JTV, or go on to JTV.com and have the most beautiful specimens of this extremely beautiful stone delivered to your door...That is for now. Enjoy your kunzite and your family will for generations to come.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Jewelry Television family!
It is my pleasure on behalf of the Jewelry Television family to send our holiday greetings to you!
Thank you for the trust you’ve placed in us. You, our customers, mean the world to us and it remains our mission to open the fascinating world of jewelry and gemstones to you! We learn from you and are blessed to consider our customers part of the JTV family. It is our pleasure to serve you, and we look forward to many more opportunities in 2013.
In 2012 we enjoyed the opportunity to interact with many of you personally. You may have attended the 3rd annual Jewel School Workshop and learned new jewelry-making skills. Or, you may have met many of your fellow gemstone collectors at our first ever Gem Lovers’ Conference. Perhaps you contributed to the Beads of Courage charity program we have promoted for sick children. Or, maybe in passing through Knoxville, Tennessee you might have had the opportunity to take a personal tour of our production studios.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit us in 2012, we hope you can in 2013. We love to give tours of our facilities and show you what we’re doing. Alternatively, please feel free to offer a testimony during a live show and talk to our show hosts. We love sharing your experiences with JTV products!
We have a fabulous group of employees dedicated to providing great service to you. Thank you for your generous words of praise for our Customer Care team and the many cards and letters we receive. We love to hear from you and our mission is to serve you better.
Look for more great news from Jewelry Television in 2013, as we introduce new products and services.
From all of us at JTV, we wish the best for you during this holiday season and hope that your 2013 is a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!
President & CEO
Emerald Green has been named the color of the year for 2013 by the color corporation, Pantone. Pantone is known for polling and pulling the top colors from designers and brands from their upcoming collections and 2013's color is Emerald. You will be seeing lots of emerlad green in 2013 from emerald jewelry to emerald clothing and even emerald home accents such as bedding.
Here at JTV we couldn't be more happy with Pantone's color of the year since we, in fact, sell Emeralds! We recently introduced Eternity Natural Emeralds and Eternity Natural Emerald jewelry into our collections at JTV and absolutely love our grassy green gemstones. If you're looking to make your purchase of the year we can't think of a better thing to buy than a beautiful emerald. It will forever remind you of 2013 and will be a fun piece of jewelry to pass on to your children or grandchildren one day. You will have the gemstone of year in the color of the year!