Here it is the beginning of March; Spring is around the corner and it is one of the coldest days I have seen this winter. It makes me think of sun and sea and warmth. The colour of Aquamarine, the gem for this month, reminds me of both of these seasons with the colour ranging from the pale blue of ice to the greenish blue of the sea. Usually a Beryl that is free of inclusions, it may contain liquid filled inclusions, 2phase or 3 phase inclusions, hollow or liquid filled tubes. Found in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, the US or USSR. It is not uncommon to find large gems in this gem species ranging from 10ct to 1000 ct. Beryl or Aquamarine has a hardness of 71/2 -8 and is fairly tough so wears well in jewellery. For information about gems look at the General Interest Courses or Vocational Courses at the Canadian Gemmological Association at http://www.canadiangemmological.com
Spring is the time for cleaning up the house and taking stock of what you have. This is a good time to make sure the appraisals for your jewellery are up to date. Inventory your jewellery and with the current up dated appraisals, put these papers in a safe place in case of accident or theft.
Why am I telling you to get your jewellery appraised? The prices of gold and gems change and fluctuate with the market prices and thus it is important that in the current climate of change you have made sure to keep your valuations current. Every two years is a good time frame.
Get one of your spring cleaning jobs out of the way and contact your local Independent Jewellery Appraiser. For more information on finding an Independent Jewellery Valuer (Appraiser ) and why you should choose an Independent go to the website -www.independent-jewellery-valuers.org.
Have a good month and if you are having a holiday for the March break with your family, I hope it is a great one.
I will be happy, as always, to answer any questions you may have about your gems, jewellery or appraisals.