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January Birthstone: Garnet
January 27 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Those born in January are lucky to have the stunning and versatile garnet as their birthstone. Garnet is a gemstone that is known for its beautiful deep red colour, although it can be found in a variety of colours and hues. This vibrant and eye-catching stone makes a great focal point for any piece of jewelry. Here is some more information about this beautiful and one-of-a-kind January birthstone.

What Is Garnet?

Garnet is one of the most durable gemstones found in the world. Garnet can be found around the globe, including the Czech Republic, Greece, Russian, Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, and the United States. Garnet comes in a variety of colours, but most commonly it comes in a rich reddish hue that can range from a rusty red-brown to deep violet-red.

Garnet History and Folklore

The name garnet comes from the 14th century Middle English word gernet, which means “dark red,” and the Latin word granatum, which means seed. The colour of garnet is often compared to that of a pomegranate seed, which explains the origin of the gemstone’s Latin name.

Garnet has an extensive history with lots of myths and folklore surrounding it. It is believed to bring peace and prosperity to the wearer, earning it the title “The Gem of Good Faith.” Garnet has also come to symbolize deep and lasting friendships, so it makes an ideal gift for a lifelong friend.

Find The Right Garnet Piece with Marlow’s Diamond and Design

Garnet is one of the most unique and stunning gemstones available, so it makes sense that it’s the birthstone for January, the first month of the year. Garnet is a beautiful gemstone to feature as a necklace pendant or studded earring. Garnet’s signature and sophisticated colour makes it one of the most timeless options for jewelry. To learn more about garnet, and to have your own custom garnet jewelry piece designed for you, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.

December Birthstones: Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise
December 23 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna collection of gemstones


People born in December are lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three different birthstones. Tanzanite, zircon and turquoise are each known for their own unique and eye-catching shade of blue. Available in a range of styles, cuts, colours and rarities, it’s easy to find the December birthstone that best suits your personal tastes and budget. Here is some more information of tanzanite, zircon and turquoise, the three birthstones for the month of December.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral zoisite. Tanzanite is named after the country Tanzania, which is its country of origin. Tanzanite is so rare that it can only be found within a few square miles of Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite is known for its exquisite blue coloring, which can range from pale blue to aquamarine. Tanzanite is a sensitive stone that can easily be damaged, so it’s better suited for earrings than rings or pendants.

Zircon

The name zircon comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning gold-colored. Despite this word origin, zircon is actually available in a wide variety of colours, including red, orange, yellow, green and brown. However, the most popular colour for zircon is blue. Blue zircon is variety associated with the month of December. People have believed for centuries that zircon helps to promote sleep in the wearer, as well as ward off evil and encourage prosperity.

Turquoise

Turquoise gets its name from its bold and magnetic blue-green hue. The word turquoise comes from the French expression pierre turque (meaning “Turkish stone”) because it was introduced to Europe by Turkey in the 13th century. Turquoise is one of the softest gemstones, which is why it can be found in so many different carved shapes and patterns. Turquoise has been said to grant power and protection to the wearer.

Anyone born in December is fortunate enough to have three of the most beautiful blue gems as their birthstones. To have custom tanzanite, zircon or turquoise jewelry created for you, contact our expert jewelers today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Benefits of Choosing Lab-Created Gems
June 3 , 2016 | Written by: gemstones

Lab-created gems are identical to their original counterparts in their chemical composition. They are not fakes in any way. There are widespread misconceptions about these types of diamonds. “Created gems” are legally identical to genuine gems in terms of chemical, physical and optical characteristics. Expel all these misconceptions you may have about lab-created gems and learn about all their positives in this guide.

They are Not Treated

One misconception about lab created gemstones is that they are treated. Interestingly, lab-created stones are not dyed, heat treated or irradiated. On the other hand, it is natural gems which are popularly being treated as a trend.

They Are Not Super Expensive

Lab-created gems typically cost much lesser than their mined counterparts. They deliver almost equivalent value without you having to spend a fortune. In fact, it can be impossible to tell the difference between a high quality, natural gemstone and its lab-created counterpart. The only difference is that the latter is much more affordable.

Never Compromise on Beauty

Another misconception about gemstones is that they are not as beautiful as the mined ones. Interestingly, it can be the very opposite in most cases. As these stones are created in controlled lab environment, the output is something that even richer and more even. Whether its clarity or color saturation, they can be more beautiful.

Lack of Inclusions

Another misconception about lab-created stones is that they don’t have inclusions like natural gemstones. Natural stones are loved, not only for their beauty but also for their imperfections. Interestingly, these gems can be created with inclusions just like their natural counterparts. The inclusions can form in them as part of the crystal growth process. In fact, the inclusions can be so real that it can be difficult to tell the lab-created gems from the natural ones.

Lab-created diamond give you a positive reason to cherish them for a number of reasons. Above all, it has a splendid story of all the science and tech involved in making a diamond. There is nothing that robs sits value from it, and there is nothing that allows you to tell the difference from a natural one. In fact, it is also a natural diamond as it has the same characteristics and chemical composition as a mined stone.

Lab-Created Diamonds are Environment Friendly

There are excellent environmental reasons why more people now prefer lab-created diamond. Natural, mined diamonds are sourced by mining operations which cause significant damage to the ecosystems. But man-made diamonds don’t affect the environment in any way. They involve the use of modest amounts of natural resources for growing the stones. You could further offset the environmental effects of your custom jewelry by choosing recycled precious metals such as 18k gold or platinum.

More Affordable

Whether it’s purely clear diamonds or yellow, pink or blue diamonds, they are all more affordable than their natural counterparts without any differences in terms of quality and originality. Natural blue diamonds can cost up to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yellow ones may cost lesser, mostly in tens of thousands. But identical lab-created diamonds in same colors can cost up to a quarter or even a tenth of the price. You can wear them without ever worrying that they lack in any way compared to the mined diamonds.

Interestingly, white lab-created diamonds can be almost as expensive as mined white diamonds. There’s good reason for that. White diamonds are the most difficult to grow, but they are more readily available in their natural form. Without concern which color of diamond you choose, lab-created diamonds carry the same value and there is nothing that says that they are not original.