Zircon Gemstone

Zircon gemstone

Zircon gemstone

Though a beautiful completely natural stone with its own merits the zircon is perhaps the most misunderstood and least well known gemstone today mainly because it is often confused with the artificial diamond stimulant cubic zirconia (CZ).

The two of course are completely different because the CZ is a lab-created gemstone with a very different chemical composition to that of the distinctly natural zircon whose fire and brilliance can rival those of a fine diamond and sometimes even outshine mediocre diamonds thus making the zircon a less-expensive stand-in for the diamond.

No surprise then that the completely natural colourless zircon, prior to the introduction of diamond stimulants like CZ, was once one of the most popular diamond substitutes. The only connection to each other is that they both contain the element zirconium in their chemical structure, hence the name cubic zirconia.

The zircon also differs from the diamond in hardness because it registers 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness whereas the diamond is a 10 on that same scale. Also, the diamond is carbon-based whereas zircon is a mineral and the oldest known mineral on earth, older even, say the scientists, than the moon whose formation is said to be 4 billion years ago with samples from Australia dating back 4.4 billion years. An impressive and interesting history for sure because in addition to all that the zircon led to the emergence of the discipline of ‘zirconology’.

Other Differences between the Diamond and the Zircon

The zircon is far heavier than the diamond, so if you were to buy 1 carat of each the zircon would weigh more than the diamond yet look smaller than the diamond or other gemstone varieties of the same weight. Also, the zircon is brittle and thus chips and cracks more easily than the extremely hard diamond. A really important difference, however, is that the zircon is radioactive but not enough so as to make it unsafe or pose any health hazards and to minimize or remove any risks, the stones must be heated to stabilize them for use as gems. Heating, of course, also occurs to enhance the stones colours and increase transparency.

Zircon Myths & Colours

Many ancient cultures for many thousands of years knew zircon and being highly superstitious they believed the zircon to be imbued with magical powers. in the Middle Ages, for example, where it was treasured, the zircon was believed to be the stone of prosperity that would bring untold wealth to its owner; be a sleeping aid; bring wisdom and honour to the wearer/owner, and be of help for blisters, varicose veins, and testicle problems.

In its purest form, the zircon is completely colourless – just like a quality diamond – but the inclusion of impurities causes a wide range of interesting colours, just like the diamond comes in a variety of colours. These colours of zircon include yellow, golden-yellow, orange, yellow, golden-brown, brown, rose, rose-orange, red, green, blue, violet, purple, green, and other in-between colour variations. The most popular colour is blue, specifically a bright to medium-dark pure blue and in this colour the most valuable but the most expensive of all, due to its rarity, is the Green Zircon. The less popular colours, perhaps because they are less often seen in jewellery, are pink, purple, and yellow. And another rarity in some stones is the cat’s eye chatoyancy.

Similar Gemstones

As in the case of many other gemstones and because the zircon occurs in so many colours mistakes – genuine or otherwise – are often made in the identification process. Example, the pastel-blue zircon resembles and can be mistake for the Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Blue Tourmaline, and Blue Spinel; the Golden-Brown Zircon resembles the Citrine, Topaz, and Sapphire; the Pink Zircon is similar to the Morganite, Pink Topaz, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, and Pink Spinel; and the Yellow Zircon can be similar to the Yellow Diamond, Topaz, Beryl, and Yellow Sapphire.

So, a word to the wise if a zircon of any colour is in your future to only buy from someone you can trust implicitly – Joe or Monika at LL Private Jewellers – so you know you’re getting a genuine Zircon, the completely natural diamond alternative that you can also outfox your friends with. The zircon, by the way, is also the traditional birthstone for December.

For more information about zircon, please contact LL Private Jewellers at-604-683-3918.

Aug 28, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Gemstones

Turquoise Gemstone

Turquoise - gemstone

Turquoise – gemstone

Turquoise is an ‘old’ gemstone with a history that dates back thousands of years, and known by many ancient cultures from many different areas of the world including the Americas, China, Tibet, and Pharaonic Egypt where it was used to decorate the funeral mask and tomb of the boy King Tutankhamen.

It was revered by all those ancient cultures not just for its beauty but also its believed special powers such as healing (Tibet) and regeneration (Egypt). It is the traditional birthstone for December but its combined cool colours of blue, like the colour of the sky, and green like the ocean make it the perfect summer gemstone because it compliments all the pastel shades we associate with summer clothing. It is also the only gemstone that has a colour named after it.

The root of that name ‘turquoise’ comes from the French ‘turqueise’ meaning ‘Turkish stone’ and because it was originally transported to Europe from a Turkish nation, the name and colour stuck and continues as the gemstone we recognize as turquoise.

Colours of Turquoise

Turquoise colours are blue and green combined into one colour creating a distinctive sky-blue (also called robin’s egg blue or Persian blue), blue-green, or apple-green colour. Though all are beautiful, the most popular colour is the radiant sky-blue turquoise or the Persian Turquoise, and being the rarest, the most expensive and most desirable.

The stones that have veins, to my mind, are much less appealing or attractive because those veins – black, dark grey or brown whether dense or sparse – detract from that gorgeous blue-green colour. Nonetheless, those veined stones are popular and are often used in Navajo jewellery. Turquoise is also often referred to as a cousin of lapis lazuli and sometimes mistaken for the greener variscite or confused with chrysocolla.

Safe to say then that the turquoise is widely affected in the marketplace either by imitations, whether from mislabelling a lesser stone as a turquoise, or severe treatment to make it appear what it is not, a genuine turquoise. So, a word of caution: only buy from a reputable source or someone you can trust implicitly, e.g. Joe or Monika at LL Private Jewellers because they will recognize the genuine article by its chemical properties, hardness, density, and transparency.

As for jewellery, the turquoise is mostly cut en cabochon for all types of jewellery and compliments all metal colours. It is also 5-6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.

Other Myths both Past and Present associated with Turquoise

Like many other gemstones known by ancient cultures, the turquoise also has a long history of use as an amulet or talisman that would protect the wearer from harm, bring good luck, longevity, and reflect the wearer’s health. In the matter of health the colour was believed to change with it becoming deeper and more vivid if worn by a healthy person whereas on a person of ill health the colour faded.

Today, the turquoise is still believed to hold certain magical powers: facilitating leadership and clear communication; beneficial for travel and careers; alleviating migraines; benefitting the throat, lungs, neck, eyes, ears, and brain; and bringing forth feelings of balance, peace, and harmony. In feng shui the turquoise represents or carries a pure and uplifting water energy; is believed to attract wealth and money; and improve the wearer’s health and well-being.

And for those of you who are interested in the Zodiac calendar, turquoise is the stone for Sagittarius.

Please for more information about turquoise contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Jul 28, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Gemstones

Ruby Gemstone



AKA “King of the Gemstones”, the ruby is the birthstone for July. But what makes the ruby so special to have earned such an illustrious title as the undisputed ruler of the gem world? Well, there are many reasons, the most important being its colour: that magnificent red that is synonymous with love and passion, vitality and warmth.

It also boasts outstanding brilliance and an excellent hardness (9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness and second only to the diamond), and for thousands of years has been considered the most valuable of all the gemstones on earth. It is also one of the ‘big 4’ precious gemstones but unlike the others in that designation – emerald, sapphire, and diamond – the ruby in finer specimens is considered extremely rare, as rare in fact as perfect love.

History, Name Root or Origin, and Symbolism

Though found in many parts of the world nowadays, the classic country of origin was always thought or considered to be India due mainly to that country’s literature and paintings celebrating the beautiful red ruby, particularly in royal households or as insignia of those households. Since then, deposits have been found in Vietnam, Thailand, Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, Laos, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tadzhikistan, East Africa, Kenya, Burma (Myanmar) and Tanzania. The most important of these finds, however, is Myanmar, again because of colour, which is then held up as a yardstick to measure all other rubies from other areas, which explains why experts will often describe a stone as a Burmese Ruby even though it is not from Burma (Myanmar).

The Burmese Ruby is therefore classified as a luxury gem when compared to a gem of lesser quality from any other area. Example: compare a 5-star hotel with luxurious accommodation to a mediocre or plain hotel, inn, or hostel and you have the perfect definition of a Burmese Ruby.

The word ruby comes from the Latin word ‘rubens’ meaning ‘red’, an incomparable red, meaning warm and fiery, an undiluted colour full of passion and power. The symbolism, also relating to the colour, refers to the concept of blood and fire that then implies warmth and life for mankind. In other words, ruby-red is not just any red but a red that conjures up powerful feelings of love and passion, like the love and passion people can feel for each other.

That Fabulous Colour

Clearly, the most important feature of the ruby is its magnificent blood-red colour, with or without inclusions, but a ruby is not always a genuine ruby because some red gems have improperly been labelled ruby when in fact they are spinels. Example, the Timur Ruby and the Black Prince Ruby in the British Crown Jewels are not rubies at all but spinels. That fabulous colour in both the ruby and the spinel comes from the element chrome but it was that chrome that caused fissures and cracks in the growing crystals while they were being created deep inside the earth’s core millions of years ago that now are the inclusions in the gemstone.

But these inclusions are not a pediment to the stone’s beauty, quality, or value. Rather, they might be seen or perceived as the stone’s fingerprint of individuality and proof that it is the genuine article. A ruby that is free of inclusions is extremely rare and will therefore cost you a staggering amount often surpassing the price of a diamond in the same category, of the same carat size.

A Word of caution

If you’re thinking of buying a ruby, you need to talk to someone you can trust -at LL Private Jewellers – because, like all other gemstones, there are many fakes out there and you might end up with a chunk of red glass or a spinel when you’ve paid a very handsome sum for a genuine ruby.

Please for more information about rubies contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Jun 29, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Gemstones, Rubies

Jade Gemstone

The first image that comes to mind when I think of jade is an unforgettable intricate ancient Chinese sculpture once featured on an episode of Antiques Roadshow whose appraisal value was in the hundreds of thousands (the exact figure escapes me) but that price pales in comparison to the exquisite green jade necklace that was sold at Christie’s Auction in 1997 for a staggering US$9.3M.

Jade Gemstone

Jade Gemstone

But there’s so much more to jade than just its ticket price for it was known thousands of years ago by prehistoric peoples the world over who used it to make weapons of all descriptions, tools, ornaments, jewellery, and religious artifacts. This was possible because jade is a very hard and durable mineral that resists fracturing when subjected to stress, making it equally a very desirable material for gemstones of every design and shape.

And another interesting feature is that it was considered the purest of all minerals and therefore imbued with certain magical or mystical powers that would inspire the wearer’s highest spiritual aspirations yet remain sensual and self-indulgent enough to satisfy his/her materialistic cravings.


Other Interesting Facts about Jade 

Everyone, including the appraiser on that Antiques Roadshow episode, refers to this beautiful ornamental green rock as jade but the fact is jade is made of not just one mineral but two: Jadeite and Nephrite with jadeite being the prized rock of choice for those prehistoric peoples all over the known world at that time – China, and Central America among the Aztecs and Mayans – who used it for their carvings, jewellery, ornaments, and even medicine; hence the name jade given the stone by the early Spanish explorers after witnessing the natives pressing the stone to their bodies in the belief that it would cure or relieve their various aches and pains.

The discovery, by a French scientist, Alexis Damour, of the existence of the two minerals did not occur until 1863 but was known by Chinese master craftsmen in the 1700s who, working daily with the green stone, recognized that the jade from Burma (Jadeite) was different than that mined in China and thus was born the jade that became known as the exclusive Imperial Jade available only to the Emperors.

The fact that these two minerals are so similar in their physical properties – hardness, colour, lustre, specific gravity, and toughness – explains why the existence of two escaped notice until the 19th century. In fact, the only or perhaps the main difference is in their chemistry property for Jadeite is a pyroxene silicate whereas Nephrite is an amphibole silicate.

This difference, however, can only be discerned by a jade specialist. Hence a word of caution to buy jade only from a reputable source or someone you trust because of the many fakes that abound in the marketplace.


Jade Colours and Ancient Symbolic Motifs

While the most highly prized and of course most expensive colour is the best ‘Imperial Green’, similar to that of a fine emerald, jade also exists in many other colours: various shades of green; yellow, white, reddish-orange; grey; black, brown, lavender, and streaked or mottled colours. Sculptors and carvers love these streaked and mottled colours that give the stone an interesting visual texture for them too create stunning and truly imaginative effects.

The ancient symbolic motifs still used in modern jade carvings include: Bat (for happiness); Butterfly (long life); Dragon (for power, prosperity, and goodness); Peach (symbolizing immortality), and Bi – a flat circular disk with a hole in the centre – (for heaven) and a symbol of great spiritual significance. Jade is also, in Chinese culture, associated with purity of spirit and clarity of mind and symbolizes success, prosperity, and good fortune.

For more information about jade please contact LL private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

May 28, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Gemstones, Jade

Green Gemstones

Green Gemstones

Green Gemstones

When I think of the word ‘greenery’ the first image that comes to mind is the green stuff florists put in their bouquets, green stuff of every description, leaves, ferns or any type of foliage for decoration.

GREENERY, however, is Pantone’s color for 2017 therefore opening the door, so to speak, for you to adorn yourself in all those lovely green gems in your jewellery wardrobe knowing you’re very fashionable, even a fashionista this year.


If green isn’t your favorite color so have avoided buying green gems, let me enlighten you as to what you’re missing because there are at least 15 gorgeous green gems, starting with the ‘top drawer’ emerald followed closely by the Russian Chrome Diopside (2 of my personal favourite gemstones), tourmaline, peridot, tsavorite, alexandrite, jade, garnet, diamond, apatite, chrysoprase, chrysoberyl, garnet, fluorite, and another favourite of mine, the absolutely stunning paraiba tourmaline.

You should also contact Monika and/or Joe at LL Private Jewellers to see these beautiful gems in person to see what you’ve been missing. All of these gems, also, fit the category ‘greenery’ because they are all varying shades of green, from the palest (the fluorite and apatite) to the deepest green (the Chrome Diopside). So, if you want to sparkle in GREENERY this year, you really need to investigate green gems.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that all green gems are the genuine articles that were created by some cataclysmic event in nature, such as an earthquake or volcanic eruption because not all are the real thing. I refer here to the gorgeous green Helenite, similar in colour to the Chrome Diopside, which was featured months ago on the Liquidation Channel. I loved the colour but had to check it out for myself and while its origin is an interesting story, the Helenite gemstone is a fake.


The Helenite’s story begins in 1980 with the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s in Washington State (US) when an enterprising scientist, chemist or perhaps alchemist took some of the superheated volcanic rock dust into his lab where he, or maybe she, created the Helenite gemstone. Its clear, vivid green has earned it the label, ‘America’s Emerald’ because it rivals the emerald’s colour but however beautiful and considerably less costly than the ‘top drawer’ emerald, it is still a fake, a lab-created gemstone just like the cubic zirconia.

This is really a cautionary tale encouraging you to deal only with reputable, trustworthy gemologists like Monika or Joe at LL Private Jewellers because anyone – I’ve even heard it said that certified gemologists have been fooled by really good cubic zirconia – can buy ‘a pig in a poke’ thinking they’re buying the genuine green gem of whatever family when in reality it’s a lab-created gemstone such as the beautiful Helenite.

Considering the list above of genuine green gems in a variety of prices, from really expensive (emerald) to the more affordable but equally beautiful (tsavorite, apatite, or fluorite) why settle for a fake gemstone?

For more information about the green gemstones please contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Apr 23, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Uncategorized

Aquamarine gemstone

aquamarine-octagon-gemstone-250x250The birthstone for March, the Aquamarine is a gem of incredible beauty that is loved by women the world over because it compliments every skin tone and every eye colour. It is also a favourite with gem designers and cutters for it inspires them to create new artistic cuts again and again. Its colour is blue like the lucid blue of the ocean or the blue of the summer sky and is therefore said to be a divine, eternal colour that evokes feelings of harmony, trust, and sympathy.

The name, Aquamarine, comes from the Latin ‘Aqua’ meaning water and ‘mare’ or marine meaning sea. Its colour is identical to that of the Light Blue Topaz and therein lies the potential for fraud perpetrated by unscrupulous dealers who, whether accidentally or on purpose, may sell you a blue topaz, which is generally cheaper, as an Aquamarine.

Hence the need to deal only with designers you trust because not only is the colour of these two gemstones – Aquamarine and Light Blue Topaz – identical but their physical properties are also similar.

Aquamarine’s family

The Aquamarine belongs to the Beryl family and is therefore related to the Emerald, also of the Beryl family. The Aquamarine, though, unlike its more famous cousin, the emerald, is almost entirely free of inclusions with a more even colour than that of the emerald. It also has a good hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale making it tough as though protecting it to a large extent from scratches and nicks and, unlike the emerald, a fabulous shine making it almost as popular as the emerald or any of the other classic and precious gems: ruby, sapphire, and diamond (the ‘big four’ of the gem world: emerald, sapphire, ruby, and diamond).

Aquamarine’s colour

The Aquamarine’s colour range is all shades of light blue, from the palest or almost indiscernible blue colour to the darkest or deepest sea blue, like that of the Blue Zircon. Its colour comes from iron and the more intense the colour the more valuable the stone, for it is that clear blue that epitomizes the Aquamarine’s transparency and spectacular shine.

Aquamarine History, Myths & Truth

The Aquamarine is an ancient gem that, according to legend, was a lucky stone for sailors. This is not at all surprising considering the myth of its origin, namely, that it came from the treasure chests of mermaids. Also in the myth category was the belief that the Aquamarine’s strengths – those of arousing good feelings promoting mutual trust and harmony in relationships – would be further developed if the gem were placed in water that was bathed in sunlight.

But surely better to just wear it since, again according to legend, the Aquamarine is believed to bring joy and wealth to the woman who wears it. In other words, the Aquamarine is the ideal gem both for single and married women because it also promises a happy marriage.

A truth though is that the Aquamarine is a natural and abundant stone that has been found in many countries of the world including Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Afghanistan thus no need for synthetic or lab-created Aquamarines so you are at least safe there buying what you think or are told is the real thing when it’s actually a fake. But, to be safe, rather than sorry, in the knowledge that you’re buying a genuine Aquamarine and not a light Blue Topaz, only deal with a trustworthy designer such as Joe at LL Private Jewellers.

Please for more information about the aquamarine contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Mar 23, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Aquamarine, Gemstones

Ametrine Gemstone

Ametrine gemstoneDo you know the Ametrine gemstone? Could you identify it if you saw it in a collection of gemstones where there was no caption as to names of those stones? If your answer is no to either of these questions, prepare yourself for an eye-candy experience because the Ametrine really is a spectacular bi-coloured stone, like the Alexandrite (red and green in a single stone or the Tanzanite (blue and purple in a single stone).

The Ametrine’s colours are none of those colours but rather, in a 50/50 split, they are purple and yellow and, unlike many gemstones that are named for or to honor an individual (the exquisite Morganite) or the place of discovery (the Tanzanite from Tanzania) the Ametrine is named for the two gemstones its colours represent: Amethyst (purple) and Citrine (yellow), hence the name Ametrine (Ame (Amethyst) and ciTrine (Citrine). Isn’t that clever?

The Ametrine is also, as you might expect, a favorite among cutters and sculptors because it challenges their artistry and artistic skills as they play with light and color to create unique and mesmerizing pieces and even sometimes landscapes in a single stone. Really, you have to see it to appreciate this play with light that seems to pass through the stone’s two colours blending them into shades of peach, orange, and magenta. And, if you love the purple-yellow combination as much as I do, you’ll fall for the Ametrine with no need to compromise regarding which to choose because the Ametrine delivers giving you two varieties of quartz for the price of one. Surprisingly, too, the Ametrine is very affordable even though it comes from only one place in the world, Bolivia.


Ametrine History

While it may be new to you and many others, the Ametrine, according to legend, is an old stone known by the Ayoreo Indian tribe in eastern Bolivia, where the Anahi mine is located, for more than 500 years but not introduced to Europeans until the 17th century when it was used as a dowry when a Spanish conquistador married an Ayoreo princess. After that there seems to have been little interest in these zonal coloured, purple and yellow, natural quartz crystals until 1925 when the American Mineralogist magazine published an article about them.

Then, in the 1960s reports began circulating about this beautiful purple and yellow mixed stone but because it was still relatively unknown, except perhaps by experts in the jewellery trade and because no country of origin was given, many thought it was a synthetic or lab-produced stone. And many may well have been synthetics because, in 1994 a Russian lab created ametrines using heat and a coloration method that they then exported to other countries using the name Ametrine that only gemologists or experienced mineralogists could immediately recognize as fakes. Therefore, a word of caution if you’re interested in acquiring an Ametrine: buy only from a reputable source or someone you trust.


Birthstone Lore

I’m pretty certain that the Ametrine isn’t a designated birthstone for any month, whether ancient or modern but in terms of the Zodiac gems for each month the Amethyst has been named as the gemstone for Sagittarius and since the Citrine is one of the gemstones for November I see the Ametrine as the perfect alternative birthstone for the month of November. Wouldn’t you agree particularly if, like me, you like, even love both colours in a single stone?

Now, if I have piqued your interest sufficiently to see the gorgeous Ametrine for yourself – no words or pictures can do them justice – and if you don’t want to buy ‘a pig in a poke’ (a fake) I suggest you make an appointment and go see Joe at LL Private Jewellers for his advice and expertise about the Ametrine because he will know the real Ametrine from the fake. Also, he’s the someone you can trust implicitly.

Please for more information about Ametrine contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Feb 23, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Category: Ametrine, Gemstones




Do you know the Peridot gemstone? Those whose birthday is in August most certainly do because Peridot is your birthstone. For those of you who don’t know this beautiful gem you’re in for a lovely surprise, especially if you like or even love green, because it is the colour of new leaves and it is therefore the ideal gem to compliment light summer clothing.

But its beautiful green colour with just a hint of gold could also make it the perfect birthstone for November or December when green is in short supply in nature to add a splash of colour to dark winter clothing or just to give a much needed lift or to brighten up the dark, dreary days of late fall and winter.

But how green is the Peridot? Well, that’s a matter of debate with no clear consensus because it has been described as lime green, olive green, or emerald green. Describing it as olive green is totally understandable because its source is the mineral olivine and, in fact, in much earlier times it was simply known as the olivine gemstone. Describing it as an emerald colour is also not surprising because it has often been mistaken for an emerald.

The differences between the Peridot and the emerald though are the intensity of colour: the Peridot being a softer intensity and softer also in terms of hardness at a 6.5-7 on the Mohs Scale. But whatever the colour or shade of green, it is a beautiful gemstone that compliments every other gemstone so if you’re of a mind to design your own jewellery know that it pairs well with ruby, alexandrite, opal, onyx, white topaz, red and green garnets, citrine, tourmaline, and my favourites tanzanite, blue topaz, and aquamarine.



The Peridot is an ancient stone, known as far back as Egypt’s pharaonic times and therefore no surprise that it is Egypt’s national gemstone. It was first discovered in 1500 BC on the Topazo Island (now known as St. John’s Island) in the Red Sea where it was believed to have magical and mystical powers. In ancient Rome too Pliny the Elder in 50 AD wrote that for the strongest magic the Peridot must always be worn on the right arm and regarding its colour he compared the Peridot to hot coals saying in daylight hours it is dull whereas at night it glows like a hot coal.

Equally interesting as to its origin is the fact that in 1749 it was found in a meteorite that landed on a desolate, uninhabited area in Siberia while on earth it was born of fire from volcanic eruptions.


Unlike many other gemstones – e.g. garnet, topaz, tourmaline, tanzanite that come in different colours – the Peridot is one colour only, green or various shades of green. Its colour range though is light yellowish-green, lime green to a darker olive green, to a brownish-green and the most desirable a brilliant green without a hint of yellow or brown, which has earned the Peridot the name the ‘Evening Emerald’ because it seems to glow in artificial light.


With such an impressive pedigree dating all the way back to ancient Egypt it’s hardly surprising that the Peridot is said or believed to possess certain mystical powers such as increasing the wearer/owner’s self-esteem, aiding him/her to let go of guilt, as a talisman to protect him/her against psychic attack and, being a stone of warm energy, bring light and beauty into his/her life. As well, it is particularly important in financial matters because it is believed to promote growth in prosperity and increase the flow of money to the wearer/owner. Hence its label: the Prosperity and Happiness gemstone.

Therefore, even if it is not your birthstone, you might consider it as a worthwhile addition to your jewellery wardrobe so I suggest you make tracks to LL Private Jewellers where you can see this brilliant green gem for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Please for more information don’t hesitate to contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3919.

Dec 23, 2016 | Comments: 0 | Category: Uncategorized

Black gemstones

Black diamonds

Black diamonds

How do you rate Black gemstones, as in do you like, maybe even love them and wear them confidently?

Or do you avoid them because of that old notion held several centuries ago of associating Black gems with death and thus worn as mourning jewelry? In more recent times too, Black gemstones were considered perfect for the goth fashion.

Fortunately, nowadays, both the death connection and the goth fad have faded away as no longer relevant so we can better appreciate these Black gems for their particular beauty to create a dramatic look – black and white – or just to compliment white or pastel-colored clothing, or to add a flourish. I’m sure you can name many of these Black gemstones, e.g. Black Diamond, Black Opal, Black Pearl, Black Spinel etc. but did you know the Black Opal is more expensive than a Black Diamond?

And, as a birthstone for those of you born in October, you can add the Black Opal to your jewelry wardrobe providing, of course, that you’re not superstitious about opals of any colour or subscribe to the above notion that they should only be worn as a sign of mourning. Also, if you really like black gems and are thinking to add some to your jewelry wardrobe, you have more than a dozen to choose from.


Black Gems from the most expensive to the more affordable

Because it is so rare, found only in Australia, the Black Opal tops the list of the most expensive Black gemstones with the equally beautiful Black Diamond in the second spot. The third in line, and this was a surprise, is the Black Beryl, also rare, hence again its high price and second only to the red beryl. The Black Beryl comes from Madagascar and Mozambique and is the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Third in line re cost and rarity is the exquisite Black Pearl AKA Tahitian Pearls and the birthstone for June with the Black Sapphire occupying the fourth spot. In the 5th spot, there’s another surprise because it’s new to me, is the Serendibite from Burma (Myanmar). And in the 6th spot, one of my favorites, is the gorgeous Black Spinel, mostly from Thailand.

Next, in the 7th place, is the Black Star Diopside from India and therefore also known as ‘the Black Star of India’ that differs from the Black Star Sapphire, which has six rays whereas the Black Star Diopside casts a four-rayed star. in the 8th spot there is the Black Garnet, followed by the Black Tourmaline, Black Fluorite – another surprise for I thought fluorite was only in the blue, green, yellow, and pink pastels – Black Zircon, Black Moonstone, and Queen Victoria’s favourite, Jet, which is not a true gemstone as it’s not a pure mineral but rather wood decomposed under high pressure over millions of years. I may have these out of order in terms of value so I suggest you speak to Monika or Joe at LL Private Jewellers for clarification in case you’re thinking of adding any of these black beauties to your jewellery collection.


Your Creative Self

Black gems whether set in a ring, pendant, bracelet or necklace make a statement but if you desire the truly dramatic and stunning effect pair them with colourless diamonds or the more affordable white topaz. But of course you’re not limited to the dazzling effect of black and white because black goes with every colour except maybe brown so you have an almost unlimited colour range to choose from especially if you’re considering a tourmaline gem.

My particular preference of a complimentary colour for a black gem is blue – blue diamonds, blue apatite, and tanzanite – but for a piece that is uniquely and entirely yours you just have to imagine it and Joe at LL Private Jewellers will make it for you.

Please for more information about black gemstones please call LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.

Nov 23, 2016 | Comments: 0 | Category: Uncategorized

Pink Gemstones

pink tourmaline

Pink tourmaline

If Pink is your favourite colour and you’re thinking to update, spruce up, or simply add to your jewellery wardrobe you’re sure to have a most enjoyable experience if you’re thinking to choose just one pink gemstone. Why?

Because pink gemstones are found in every gem family in every shade of pink and every price range from affordable to the most expensive. But if you’re looking for a particular shade of pink look no further than the Tourmaline family because there you’ll not only find the best Pink gemstones in every imaginable shade and every colour saturation level but also a good range of shapes and sizes.

And, if you like or even prefer more than one colour in a single gemstone again look no further than Tourmaline because there you’ll find many beautiful bi-colour and tri-colour stones. If, on the other hand, your preference is a solid pink you’re again in for a lovely time choosing just one because of the abundance of pink gems of every type. Also, if you’re looking for pink gems in larger sizes, think morganite and/or kunzite.

Pink Stones

The Pink gemstones I know and can name without too much thought – you probably know them as well – are: Pink Diamond; Pink Sapphire; Pink Topaz; Morganite; Kunzite; Pink Spinel; Rubellite; Rhodolite Garnet (a luscious raspberry colour); Pink Pearl (AKA South Sea Pearl); Pink Tourmaline; Pink Fluorite; Pink Zircon, Pink Garnet; Rose Apatite, Rose Quartz, and also Pink Quartz.

But this isn’t the complete list because there are at least 24 types of these pink beauties, some of which I have never before heard of and could not identify even if they were placed in front of me. They are the incredibly expensive Poudretteite ($3,000 per carat) found originally in Quebec and named for the family who owned the quarry where found; Rhodochrosite from Argentina and the national gemstone of that country and the state gem of Colorado whose colour is a lovely rose-red; Pezzottaite whose colour is that luscious raspberry similar to that of the Rhodolite Garnet. But also interesting is the matter of its naming like that of the Morganite and the Kunzite named in honour of a particular individual, and the Poudretteite named for a family.

And the others I am unfamiliar with are: Pink Cobalto Calcite; Pink Agate, Pink Scapolite, Rhodonite, and Pink Moonstone. A surprise on this list though is Pink Zoisite AKA and sold as a Fancy Pink Tanzanite. I had always thought Tanzanite was strictly that beautiful blue with purple but the Pink Zoisite is equally stunning for it’s pink with purple (one of my favourite colour combinations). To see these Pink gems or for further information about any of them – rare and extremely valuable or otherwise – you should contact Monika or Joe at LL Private Jewellers for their unparalleled knowledge and expertise.

Pantone’s colours for 2016

If you’re a fashionista with a passion for pink 2016 is your year because Pantone – that company in New Jersey that designates a particular colour for each year – has, for the first time ever, named two colours for 2016: Rose Quartz (also a gemstone) and Serenity Blue (the colour of the summer sky). So, in this respect and in accordance with Pantone’s choice, you have 2 gems to choose from, both of which display both pink and blue (with white): the exquisite Ethiopian (honeycomb) Opal and the equally stunning Mystic Mercury Topaz.

Please for more information about pink gemstones contact LL Private Jewellers at 604-683-3918.
Oct 18, 2016 | Comments: 0 | Category: Gemstones