Runways Sizzle With Flirty, Sexy Fashions; Playful Jewelry to Carry Fashion Message
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Pearl Birthstone June

What feminine look is complete without pearls, you ask? Choose your pearl jewelry with the same options as colored gemstones, with dramatic blacks, silvery greys and peacocks of Tahitian pearls, shimmering gold South Seas and rainbows of natural tints in freshwater pearls.


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2) Diamonds have one direction of cleavage.  

3) Diamonds are the hardest substance in nature. 

4) Purple stones were popular for royalty. 


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April 2011
Pearl Birthstone June


European designers showed ruffled dresses in brightly patterned pastels. Runways sizzled with body-clinging chiffon dresses in sherbet colors. American designers added lace and sheer layers to their collections. In short, femininity is "in," and the playful touch of jewelry is essential for carrying on the fashion message.


Of course, no stylish look is complete without diamonds: subtle sparkle by day, razzle-dazzle at night. Earrings are long, lean and dangling. Some sport small diamonds stationed on fine chains; others have Victorian-inspired drops with tiered designs accented with diamonds. Pav´┐Ż-encrusted hoops are another favorite, small for day, big as bangles at night.


With the trend for rich color continuing, consider colored gemstone jewelry as the perfect accent for any outfit. This season, the most popular colors are soft pastels of pink, green and blue. Pink sapphires, tourmalines, rubellites and rhodolite garnet are standouts. Delicate tints of green and blue can be found in tourmalines, aquamarines and peridot.

David Weiss 

April Birthstone: DiamondApril Birthstone Is Diamond


Diamond is the ultimate gemstone, having few weaknesses and many strengths. It is well known that diamond is the hardest substance found in nature, but few people realize that diamond is 180 times harder than the next hardest natural mineral, corundum (sapphire and ruby). But even as hard as it is, it is not impervious. Diamond has four directions of cleavage, meaning that if it receives a sharp blow in one of these directions it will cleave, or split. A skilled diamond setter and/or jeweler will prevent any of these directions from being in a position to be struck while mounted in a jewelry piece.  


Diamonds are found in many areas including South Africa, Russia, and even in Arkansas in the USA.  In all cases, the diamonds formed deep within the earth's mantle, and were brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions.  In many cases, the diamonds weathered out of the kimberlite by natural processes, and were transported downstream by water.  Many diamonds are mined in the resulting alluvial deposits in areas such as along the coast of South Africa.

A Variety of Purple ColorsPurple Gemstones


Jewelry with purple gem stones comes in a variety of different shades, including amethyst, heliotrope, lavender, lilac, magenta, mauve, mulberry, orchid, reddish blue, violet and wine.


Purple color has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that it has been so popular through the history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. 


Some common and uncommon purple stones including amethyst, opalite, sugilite, tanzanite, charoite, garnet and jasper.