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Emerald

"Want to be stunning and have a youthful look for a lifetime just like Cleopatra or be a goddess of Beauty and Love just like Venus? It's not that the difficult as you revitalize and feel the essence of spring simply by wearing an emerald… a goddess and Cleopatra's favorite gem."

ABOUT THE GEM
Emeralds are some of the most coveted gems in the world, and the finest quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds. VistaBella asks you to explore the beauty of the emerald. With a green that ranges from the light hue of spring leaves to the darkness of a shadowed wood, emeralds have always been a symbol of life and growth.

The first emeralds were mined near the Red Sea over 4,000 years ago, and we have been in love with them ever since. In ancient America, the Incas and Aztecs revered the emerald as a holy stone. To the Egyptians of Cleopatra's time, the emerald symbolized immortality. The rich green of the stone was thought to be the fire of life. The Romans associated the emerald with Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.

Although emeralds are the perfect complement to diamonds, these gorgeous gemstones are also stunning in any gold or white gold setting. Like a diamond, the emerald has inclusions, which are tiny internal flaws. Our professional jewelers treat emeralds with preservative oils which penetrate these inclusions and help preserve the stone's luster and color. Columbian emeralds are some of the finest examples of the gem in the world, with a bright green fire. Some rare star emeralds come from Columbia as well. Brazil, Pakistan and Russia also produce very nice emeralds, but the mines of Columbia are famous in the world of gems for their emeralds.

CARE
This gem usually contains many cracks, fissures, and inclusions. That's why it is immersed in oil that reduces the visibility of the inclusions as well as improves the clarity. Other than oil, wax or clean resins are also used but it should never be immersed in an ultrasonic or subjected to steam cleaning.
We also advise that the cleaning should be done by professional jeweler only.

Mother of Pearl

"If you want to reduce your high blood pressure, heart palpitations and dizziness, well, here's one gem that is best for you. Mother of Pearl has been considered by many Chinese to an aid to some illnesses."

ABOUT THE GEM
Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent lining found on the inside of the shells of some mollusks such as large oysters, abalones, pearl mussels and paua shells. The multi-colored shimmer of Mother of Pearl is caused by variations in the mollusk's diet as well as conditions in the environment.
Mother-of-pearl has been used in gold and silver rings, necklaces, brooches and buttons. This classic material is also used for jewelry, inlay work, combs, knife handles, playing-card cases and fans.
The most important characteristic of Mother of Pearl is luster, the way the light is caught by the mother-of-pearl and returned to the viewer's eye. Very reflective and distinctive colored mother-of-pearl can make elegant earrings and necklaces with a vintage feel.
Mother-of-pearl is believed to reduce stress and is used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve anxiety and promote calmness and peace of mind. 
VistaBella uses the highest grade mother-of-pearl to create our jewelry. We believe that excellent jewelry begins with superior materials. We select Mother of Pearl with outstanding luster and distinctive color to craft our gold and silver rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

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Mother-of-pearl can be coated by a professional jeweler to retain its luster and protect the delicate material from scratches and fading. Clean mother-of-pearl jewelry by wiping with a moist cloth and gently patting dry. Never use ultrasonic or steam-cleaning methods on mother-of-pearl jewelry. Store Mother of Pearl jewelry in individual cases to protect against accidental damage.

Citrine

"This yellow stone has just that mellow, warm tone that seems to have captured the perfectly vivid last falling leaf and the last glow of autumn."

ABOUT THE GEM
Often mistaken for a topaz because of its color, citrine is sometimes called citrine or topaz quartz, and is one of the lovely gemstones of VistaBella. The color of this gem ranges from warm yellow to a red-tinted hue like that of Madeira wine. Its name is derived from the French word citron meaning the "yellow of the lemon." Translucent golden yellow citrine brings a spark of happiness to rings, earrings and pendants. Citrine is the birthstone for November.
The fall colors of citrine are the result of traces of silicon and iron in quartz. These elements breathe warmth into the cold, clear quartz matrix. Citrine is closely related to amethyst, and some scientists believe that natural citrine gems are amethyst crystals which have been heated by volcanic activity.
Jewelers sometimes heat or irradiate citrine in order to bring out its color. Treated citrine tends to have more red and an overall deeper color, while natural citrine tends to be a more delicate yellow. While citrine is beautiful, it is rare to find naturally, and much commercial citrine is actually burnt amethyst or smoky quartz.
Originally used as a gemstone and in jewelry in the time of the ancient Greeks, citrine has been found in Spain, Scotland, France and Hungary. Today, most natural citrine comes from Brazil and Uruguay. It was believed to guard a person against snake venom and evil thoughts.

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The process of heating and irradiation are used by professional jewelers to further come out with Citrine's best color.

Do not expose your gem to strong light for a long period of time as this may affect the color.

You may use steam cleaning but not ultrasonic cleaners. And remember to always put it in its own jewelry box so to avoid scratches and for other gems to be scratched as well.

Blue Topaz

ABOUT THE GEM
Allow the cool blue topaz to chase away sadness and fear and give you the calm and balance needed to bring your desire to reality. Reputed to give the wearer clarity of sight as well as the gift of speech, jewelry accented with blue topaz is a welcome gift to your favorite poet or actor. Like every gemstone from VistaBella, you'll only find the best blue topaz in our jewelry.

Yellow and brown are the most common colors of topaz, but you can find green, red and pink varieties of this precious stone. Blue topaz is the rarest natural color of this gemstone, and the color is very faint, but professional jewelers can irradiate common clear topaz and create the blue color.
VistaBella can create precisely matched blue topaz gems for a stunning effect in cluster settings for a necklace. We offer topaz that displays a delicate robin's egg blue which is cool accessory to a spring-themed outfit. As an accent color, blue topaz adds a light touch to your wardrobe. Paired with silver, platinum or mirror finished stainless steel; blue topaz makes an icy and unforgettable fashion statement

CARE
To enhance the clarity and color of this gem, professional jewelers use the process of Irradiation.
For those who want to clean their gems in their houses, you can use a clean soft brush and warm soapy water for it. But make sure that you don't use ultrasonic cleaners.
Put your gem into its safe box, so to avoid getting it scratched and losing it as well.

Onyx

Want to wear the nails of Venus? Or maybe interested in some black magic? If that so, then, this is the perfect gem for you.

ABOUT THE GEM
Today, we know onyx as black chalcedony quartz, but during the time of the ancient Greeks, all shades of chalcedony from white to dark brown to black were called onyx. The Greeks named this stone onux, which means "fingernail," and included a story of its creation as part of their mythology:
Once upon a time, when Venus, the goddess of love, was asleep in her garden, her son Cupid crept into the garden and trimmed her nails as a joke. He scattered the clippings and because all things of Venus are eternal, as well as beautiful, the bits of her nails became the onyx stone.
Onyx is distinctly banded, with swirls of white and black. In the Middle Ages, onyx was thought to be a representation of evil because of the sharp separation of the layers of color. Other varieties of chalcedony have bands of dark and light brown as well as black and white. Sardonyx is a type of onyx that has layers of red and reddish-brown along with white and light cream layers. Today, onyx is mined in Brazil, India and Madagascar.
Onyx is an ideal material for carving or engraving because it is hard and durable and can be fashioned into beads, spheres and bowls, as well as paper weights, pen holders, bookends and boxes.
Onyx jewelry is reputed to restore confidence and enhance the wearer's ability to think before acting.

CARE
Professional jewelers dye this gem to achieve color uniformity. Steam cleaning and Ultrasonic cleansers can be used to maintain the beauty of this gem.
Always put it in its proper place right after using it to avoid scratches, dusts and accidental damages.

Opal

"It has the fine flicker of Almadine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow of Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire. All these colors glisten together to emanate a very unique glow."

ABOUT THE GEM
The name Opal has many origins, from the Sanskrit "upala," meaning "valuable stone," to the Greek word "opallios," meaning "color change," and to that of the so-called "opalus," or a "stone from several elements" to the Romans.
Opal possesses a special quality called "Iridescence," which effect is like that of the rainbow colors. This effect is due to small spheres from silica gel that caused interference and refraction manifestations. The tiny spheres of silicon dioxide form a pyramid shaped grid interspersed with water. It is arranged in more or less compact structures that succeed in dissecting the light on its passage through the gemstone and turn it into all the colors of the rainbow, always new and always different.
There are different kinds of Opal. The Dark or Black Opal, White or Light Opal, Milk or Crystal Opal, Boulder Opal, Opal Matrix, Yowah Nuts from Queensland,  the so-called "picture stones", and also Mexican and Fire Opal. All of these display their unique play of colors except for Fire Opal, which due to its transparency, however, is nevertheless also considered a Fine Opal specimen. If Opals are lacking the typical play of colors, they are simply named "Common Opal".

White is the most common color of Opal. On the other end, Black is considered the most valuable as it enhances and accentuates the play of color. Fire opal (yellow, orange or red) is often faceted and can resemble ruby. Green and blue opals are rare.
The play of color is the most important factor that determines the price of an Opal. It is also important if the stone is transparent, translucent or opaque. Black Opal or Opal with a dark grey body shows the most brilliant play of colors imaginable. Crystal opal, which comes immediately after Black Opal in the hit list, should be more transparent with a deep play of colors. White or milky Opals show more diffuse colors and are the least expensive Opals.
For centuries, Opal had been considered by Romans as a symbol of hope and purity while it embodied the powers of foresight and prophecy for the early Greeks. Arabs on the other hand, thought of it as that which had fallen from heaven in flashes of lightning with unique play of color or "opalescence." Opal has been also tagged as "the queen of gems" by Shakespeare. It is also believed to solve depressions and help its wearer find true and real love.
Ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts. Australia is the country of origin for Opal and is the most important supplier of Fine Opals until now. The remaining five per cent are mined in Mexico, and in Brazil's north, also in the US states of Idaho and Nevada, but recently the stones have also been found in Ethiopia and in the West African country of Mali.

CARE
Opals often contain water. And due to the differing percentage of water, it may easily become brittle. if exposed to heat over a longer period of time, it will show fissures and the play of color will become paler. Therefore, Opal jewelery should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.

Opals are not very hard as it has only 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs' scale. Therefore it must have a protective setting. In earlier days Opal's sensitive surface was often oiled, but today also sealing them with colorless artificial resin has become quite popular.

Steam cleaning and ultrasonic cleansers should be avoided.
After wearing it, make sure to place it on its own jewelry box to avoid having it scratched by another gem.

Alexandrite

"As deep green as the color of the forest is during the daylight and when the night falls, thus, its deep green turns into a bloody red like wine…that's what an Alexandrite is."

ABOUT THE GEM
Alexandrite is named for Russian Tsar Alexander II and is reputed to aid creativity and inspire the imagination. This gemstone is a type of chrysoberyl that contains iron and titanium as well as a dash of chromium. These elemental impurities give alexandrite the ability to change color under different lighting conditions. VistaBella is proud to present these beautiful gemstones for your consideration.
In daylight, alexandrite is green or bluish-green, but as night falls, the gemstone shifts in color, transforming to a soft red with hints of purple and raspberry. Other stones may be yellowish, or pink in the daylight, and become a darker shade of these at night. The finest alexandrite displays the purest colors without any traces of gray or brown and is rarer than ruby, sapphire or emerald. Faceted alexandrite is also the most expensive gemstone in the world.
This gemstone was first discovered in the Ural Mountains, and Russia is still the primary source of alexandrite. Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe also contribute to the supply of alexandrite.

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Colorless oils, waxes and resins are commonly used to improve the appearance of these gemstones, but you should let a professional jeweler apply them to your pieces of alexandrite jewelry.  Alexandrite jewelry should be stored in individual cases to protect the gemstone and the settings from damage.

Garnet

ABOUT THE GEM
Garnets are usually small and resemble seeds, which earned them their Latin name granatus. These tiny gems can be clustered together to create beaded drapes of color for a necklace or pave set into a ring at VistaBella. Other jewelry arrangements have a radiating pattern of the smaller garnet stones surrounding a central, larger garnet called a rosette in many styles of jewelry.
Like the maker of the Faberge eggs, many jewelers find green garnets from Russia for jewelry, and select the richest red garnets and the fieriest orange and yellow stones from Africa and India to create garnet accented rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Garnets are sometimes mistaken for rubies, but these two precious red gems couldn't be more different. Unlike rubies, garnets display a wide range of colors: dark red, fiery orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black and shades of pink. The most common garnet color is red or ox blood.

Although the clarity of a garnet varies from glass-like to milky amber, a well-cut gem, no matter what the clarity, responds abundantly to light, which is basis for the belief that a garnet will guide and protect the wearer through the night. Noah is supposed to have lit the path of the Ark with a lantern cut from a single huge garnet.

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Its has a good hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale and the only thing that these gem can't endure well is being knocked about or subjected to improper heat treatment, so avoid it.
It can be cleansed using a soft brush and warm, soapy water or jewelry cleaning solution. Ultrasonic cleaners may also be used.

Don't forget to keep it to its own jewelry box so to avoid scratches and dusts.

Coral

Want to feel the heat of the sun and the warmth of summer in a perfect beach while you're driving your car and off you go to work? Impossible as it may be but to feel such a feeling is not all that impossible when you wear a jewelry designed with Coral.

ABOUT THE GEM
Many etymologists argued as to where its name really originated. From the Greek 'korallion', meaning hard, calcareous skeleton of the coral animals, or from 'kura-halos', or 'mermaid', as the fine branches of the coral sometimes look like small water creatures. Others also think that it came from the Hebrew word ‘goral' that is a small stone used in the drawing of lots.
Wherever the name comes from, we are assured of one thing that Coral came from the depths of the ocean. It is the product of tiny living beings settling in enormous colonies in the depths of warm seas.
To be able to get the Coral, little coral trees were brought up from the depths with trawl nets but this was the old ways. Nowadays, divers go down and harvest the sensitive coral branches. The branches are then cleaned, sorted and processed by means of saws, knives, files or drills. Coral is not usually ground or cut on a wheel.
Fresh and newly got Coral is lusterless not until it has been polished that is emanates its beautiful shine. Less quality Coral is often porous and is full of holes or cracked while high quality Coral has an even color tone and is free of cracks, blotches, stations and holes.

Red is the typical color of Coral such as pale pink or salmon, all the way to a deep dark red, but it doesn't have to be necessarily like of that color. It may appear from red to white and from blue and brown to black to gold. The white of the angel skin coral is of precious stone while the blue ones are extremely rare. Today, Black corals and gold corals are the innest trend in fashion. Other well known colors are the Japanese Moro coral, the pale pink 'Boke' and the red 'Sardegna'.

Red colors are believed to protect the wearer against evil spirits in many cultures. It is also said to relieve tension and fear and promotes positive forms of social life.

Corals are mostly found in the waters around Japan, Taiwan and in the Malaysian Archipelago, in the Red Sea, in the Bay of Biscay and around the Canary Islands, as well as in north-east Australia and the Midway Islands. In the Mediterranean, there are coral banks in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Sardinia, off Tunisia and Algeria, former Yugoslavia and Turkey.

CARE
Corals are sometimes filled with colored wax to improve its appearance.
With its hardness of 3.5, they are much softer than any other gemstone material that it might get scratches from those gems that are harder and it can be damaged with a big blow.
Cosmetics, hot water and strong lights may impair the beauty of a Coral so make sure that you avoid these things.
It should be kept in a safe place and from time to time cleaned with a soft, damp towel. If the surface of the coral does get scratched, only a professional the jeweler can have it re-polished.

Amethyst

"It is considered as the "Gemstone of the Gods and Goddess." So if you want to be like a God or a Goddess this gem is the right pick for you."

ABOUT THE GEM
Once believed to protect the wearer against drunkenness, and now put into beautiful jewelry by VistaBella, amethyst is a form of quartz that contains bits of iron, which give the gemstone its characteristic lavender to deep purple coloring. The unique structure of the crystal gives the colors of amethyst a layered appearance that a skilled jeweler can emphasize with careful heating of the stone.
In addition to protecting against excesses, amethyst was also touted by Pliny as a means of protection against snakebite. The gemstone also became known as the Papal Stone due to its use in jewelry worn by bishops. It was also quite revered by the ancient Egyptians as a gemstone used in reverse reliefs. This stone is the birthstone for February birthdays, and is associated with some of the zodiac symbols.
Although Brazil and Uruguay lead the world in amethyst production, the quality and the color of this gemstone varies depending on its source. Dark, highly saturated amethysts are found in Australia and Madagascar, while Siberia yields deep purple, red, and even blue amethysts.

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Some amethysts pale almost to colorlessness in daylight. Although the reason has not yet been discovered, it is possible to re-color them by means of radium radiation. These stones can lose their color; therefore, it should not be worn while sunbathing, in a solarium or in a discotheque with black light. Sudden changes of temperature can also be harmful to the stone.

Amber

"Feel like traveling back in time during that of the dinosaurs' era? It is not impossible anymore as you can feel like being on that age when you wear Amber."

ABOUT THE GEM
Acting as the window to the past with its ability to preserve the organic tissues of pre-historic life forms, this gemstone that had been a favorite of the Scientists ranges around 2 million to 360 million years in age.
Amber may contain plat debris, small animals and different pre-historic insects that had been trapped by fresh sticky resins from coniferous trees ages of million years ago.
This gem is also termed as "Seastone" because it is buoyant in salt water.
Baltic Amber is the most valued for jewelry and ornamental objects. It appears in yellow, gold, and brown colors. It also known as a "Succinite" due to its parent tree Pinus Succinefera that date backs some 50 million years ago.
Other ambers include "Burmese or Burmite" that is colored cherry-red to dark brown; "Romania" that is clear pale yellow color and "Simetite" that is from Italy and Sicily ranges from different colors and has a strong fluorescence.
Demand is high for amber with insects inside it. The two main sources of this are the Baltic States and the Dominican Republic. It is in the West of Kaliningrad, the Baltic region in Russia is where you can find the largest mine. However, Baltic amber can also be found in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Russia, and as far as it can be washed up on Denmark, Norway and England. Other sources are Canada, Myanmar, Lebanon, Sicily, Italy, Mexico, Romania, and Germany.

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Dying and heating are usually applied to enhance the color of amber, although heating is usually what is done, it is still best that you let professional jewelers do it for you. Remember that steaming and ultrasonic cleaners can not be used in cleaning this gem.

Like any other gemstone, it is best that you put it in its own place to avoid having scratches or marks that could lessen its beauty.

Jade

"A combination of the traditional and modern look is what you can find in this wonderful gemstone that symbolizes energy and beauty. It stimulates creativity and mental agility while having a balancing and harmonizing effect bringing joyful life to its wearer."

ABOUT THE GEM
The "Stone of Heaven" in ancient China or more popularly known as "Yu." Other than the Chinese term, jade was also known as "piedra de ijada" in Spanish. This loin-stone had been recognized as a remedy for kidney ailments by the Amerindians and was also named "lapis nephriticus."
This gem is composed of silica and magnesia. Its color is determined by the amount of iron present in the mineral. White, cream,  yellow, gray, green, blue, red, brown, and lavender are the colors produced with less iron contents while darker colors like dark gray and dark green are produced with more iron contents.
There are two kinds of jade; the Jadeite and the Nephrite which is both regarded in China as a genuine jade. Both are tough but they differ from their chemical composition and colors. Nephrite ranges mainly from mid to dark green or grey-green, but it can also be white, yellowish or reddish while Jadeite displays hues of green, white, pink, red, black, brown and violets. Nephrite and jadeite often have veins, blemishes and streaks running through them, which are considered particularly valuable.

Since Jadeite is rarer than nephrite, it is therefore regarded as more precious. Jadeite can be found in China, Russia and Guatemala, but the best stones come from Myanmar. On the other hand, Nephrite deposits can be found in China, New Zealand, North of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Alaska U.S.A, Mexico, Southern Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada, Wyoming (Wind River Range) U.S.A,  Russia, Guatemala and the Swiss Alps.
Color, Intensity of color, vivacity and texture, clarity and transparency are the factors that determine the value of a jade. Emerald green, spinach green, and apple green are highly valuable in USA and Europe while pure white or a fine yellow with a delicate pink undertone is much adorned in the Far East.

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Nephrite is not usually treated as it is less likely to take up dye or stains than Jadeite. Professional jewelers use colorless polymer impregnation followed by acid treatment or dyed is usually applied to improve the color and uniformity of this gem.
Steam Cleaning may be used to clean this gem but not ultrasonic cleaners.
Remember to always put your gem in its own jewelry box to avoid dusts and scratches.

Aquamarine

"From the hue of the perfectly weathered sky to the waves of the sea on a perfectly weathered day… Nothing can replace the sparkle of an aquamarine to these incomparable nature ways."

ABOUT THE GEM
A proud member of the beryl family with color as varied as the sea, aquamarine inspires feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship, making it the perfect stone for any of VistaBella jewelry. This divine gemstone is a perfect color complement for drop earrings and pendants. People in medieval times thought that aquamarines could be used to fight the effects of poison, and now, it is the birthstone representative of the month of March.
The many colors of aquamarine have earned many names. The rare, intense blue of Santa Maria aquamarine comes from Brazil, while its close cousin, Santa Maria Africana, is found in Mozambique. Espirito Santo aquamarine is also from Brazil, but its blue is less intense than that of the Santa Maria. One variety of aquamarine is named for a South American beauty queen of the 50's, the Martha Rocha.
The color and clarity of aquamarine can be enhanced by careful heating. Professional jewelers bring out the depth and richness of the blue color by removing impurities that give the stone a greenish tint. Brazil gives the world the best aquamarine, but Marambia, Mozambique, Zambia. Madagascar, Afghanistan, and Pakistan also produce quality stones.

CARE
Just like Amber, the process of heating is also used to enhance the color and clarity of this gem which should only be done by professional jewelers.
To maintain the cleanliness of this gem, a soft brush and warm soapy water are used. But never use ultrasonic cleaners for this gem.
Remember to keep it to its own jewelry box for it may scratch other gems and vice versa.

SAPPHIRE

"As blue as the deep blue sea, as dark as the night sky and as brilliant as the stars… that's what truly a Sapphire is."

ABOUT THE GEM
The sky-blue sapphire is a symbol of loyalty, sympathy and harmony, which makes this stone a fitting choice for engagement and wedding rings. When set in gold, white gold or platinum, the sapphire smolders with a rich blue flame.
Once, people believed that the Earth was held within an enormous blue sapphire. The color of the sky was thought to be the light of the sun shining through the facets of this gem and radiating down on all the lands of Earth. The sapphire has long had a reputation as a mystic and holy stone. The Persians believed that the sapphire could be made into an elixir which cured the scorpion's sting, and that the gemstone could be worn as a protective amulet against evil spirits.
This gemstone is nearly as hard as a diamond because sapphires are formed under conditions of heat and pressure which are similar to those that produce diamonds. The raw amethyst crystals are blue, purple, yellow, pink or shades of green, depending on how much iron and chromium is found in the crystal matrix.
Some sapphires are so dark blue that they appear black, which can be enhanced by the cut of the finished stone. The gems can also be heated by a professional jeweler to purify the color. Much of the world's sapphire comes from mines in Burma, Ceylon and Sri Lanka, but Kashmir sapphires are the most valuable stones because of their rich color.

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Clean sapphire jewelry with a soft brush and mild soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners can safely be used on sapphire jewelry. Store sapphire jewelry in individual cases to protect accidental damage.

 

TOPAZ

"What gem reminds you of a perfectly toned sunset in a beach, a blazing fire or the golden glow of a candle? Isn't it this precious Topaz.."

ABOUT THE GEM
The topaz gets its name from the ancient Sanskrit word tapas, which means "fire." This gem displays sunset hues of honey-yellow, flax and red, but topazes of blue and blue-green are more popular today. Some topazes have their color enhanced by a process known as irradiation.
Long believed to be a symbol of beauty and power, the topaz is also known as the apocalyptic stone, for its legendary ability to protect the people of Jerusalem against their enemies.
Australia, China and Russia, as well as Brazil, Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Nigeria all produce this gemstone. Rich orange-pink topaz from Brazil is known as Imperial topaz, from the Russian Czarinas who coveted the gem for their crown jewels.

CARE
To make the color of Topaz be more radiant and beautiful as well as make it clearer, the process of irradiation is being used by professional jewelers. This is usually done to improve the color intensity or to produce its unique colors.
To clean it, one can use a soft brush or soft cloth together with warm, soapy water, rubbed gently to the surroundings of the gem. Don't ever use ultrasonic cleaners in cleaning this gem.

Make sure that you place it on its own jewelry box to avoid getting scratches from your other jewelries and to preserve its beauty for a long time.

 

PINK TOPAZ

"Girls, Lady, Women…Young ones or even old ones who feel young at heart will surely love the color of this feminine youthful glow gem."

ABOUT THE GEM
Coming from the Topaz family is the Pink Topaz is easier to find than that of the blue ones.
This gemstone gets its color from chromium which acts as a substitute for aluminum in the crystals. Believed to open the base chakra and balance the exhausting energies of passion and power, Pink Topaz can help control the temper of the bearer and transform anger into productive resolutions instead of senseless fights.
With its lively fire, clarity, beautiful colors and hardness, Pink Topaz is ideal for jewelry such as clips, necklaces, brooches, and bracelets.
Pink topaz comes mainly from Brazil although recently it has been mined in the Ural Mountains of the Soviet Union. In both places, intensely colored reddish or purplish specimens have very occasionally been found.

The more intense the color of the Pink Topaz is the rarer is its value

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Heating is one way that is done by professional jewelers to enhance the color of this gemstone.
You may use a soft brush and warm, soapy water to clean it but make sure to avoid using ultrasonic cleaners and steam cleaning as well.
This gemstone may fade or revert to its original color when exposed to strong light. So, do not wear or expose it to extended periods under these conditions.
Always remember to keep it to its proper place right after using it.

TIGER'S EYE

"Is it really a tiger's eye or a gem? Well, confuse yourself no more, for this is truly a gemstone."

ABOUT THE GEM

Evoke the power and serene majesty of the greatest of the big cats with the distinctive tiger's eye. Rich gold and saffron are streaked with threads of shadow which when properly cut create the illusion of a feline eye.

Roman soldiers and travelers used this gem to protect themselves from misfortune. The similarity of the gem to an eye also led to the belief that the stone granted clarity of vision, both mentally and spiritually.

VistaBella selects the best tiger's eye stones from Africa, India and Brazil for our jewelry because our customers are connoisseurs of finely made earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings and will accept nothing less that the finest specimens of tiger's eye gems in their jewelry.

Excellent tiger's eye is an opaque quartz which has fibers of silica running through the stone. When properly cut, these fibers flow under the surface of the stone, and give the finished gem its distinctive appearance. Golden brown and tawny yellow tiger's eye is formed into round or square cabochon pieces for necklaces and pendants. Some specimens of tiger's eye are blue and are sometimes known as hawk's eyes.

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To improve its color, jewelers use different treatments such as dyeing, bleaching or heating.

Just be warned not to expose this gem to strong lights as its color might fade. You may use soft cloth to wipe its dust off but make sure not to use any ultrasonic cleaners for this stone.

Lastly, keep it to its right place after using it, to avoid dusts and scratches.

TOURMALINE

"Rainbow doesn't just appear every after rain, as it can appear right before your very eyes, you can even hold it with your two hands. Yes! That's a true you can reach the rainbow by having this gemstone of the rainbow."

ABOUT THE GEM
Tourmaline from the Singhalese words "Tura Mali" meaning ‘mixed' displays up to 100 different colors and is the most diverse gem type in the world. Hues from red, green, blue and yellow are present in this gem. What's even more fascinating with this gem is that its light changes from daylight to artificial light, and some show the light effect of a cat's eye. Apart from its wide range of color is its dichoroism.
Because of its varying color, Tourmaline has different names according to the color it manifests. That which shows an intense red is known as a rubellite. When it changes accordingly with the light source, it will then be referred to as a pink or shocking pink tourmaline. Blue tourmalines are known as indigolites, yellowish-brown to dark brown ones as dravites and black ones as schorl. Green Tourmaline are called verdelite in the trade. The most popular in the group of Tourmaline is the ‘Paraiba tourmaline' which appears to be an intense blue to blue-green.
Aside from particular names of Tourmaline according to its color, those having two colors are called bi-colored tourmalines and those with more than two are called multi-colored tourmalines.
Because of its wide spectrum of colors and a good hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, specialists really do love this gem. But take note that not only the specialists do love this gem but Scientists as well. Why do Scientists love this gem is because of its unique property that can become electrically charged when heated and then allowed to cool. It then, they possess a positive charge at one end and a negative one at the other.
Major producers of Tourmalines are Brazil, Sri Lanka and South and South-West Africa. Other countries that produce this gem are Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tourmalines are also found in the USA, mainly in Maine and Utah.

CARE
The process of Irradiation is being used by professional jewelers to enhance the color and clarity of this gem.
And for keeping it dust free, clean it with soft brush of soft cloth with warm, soapy water, but do not use ultrasonic cleaners for this gem.
After using your jewelry, make sure that you put it in its own place to avoid it from getting scratches from other gems.

TANZANITE

"A mixture of Sapphire and Amethyst as it exudes a perfect blue with drops of violet. A sparkling royal blue in daylight and vibrant purple under the glow of the candlelight…that's what Tanzanite is."

ABOUT THE GEM
Choose tanzanite for a one-of-a-kind person. This precious stone has been described as a mixture of sapphire and amethyst because the gem presents a blue glow when viewed from one angle which turns into a vibrant purple when viewed from a different angle. Jewelry set with quality tanzanite is an ideal gift to show off the wearer's confidence and individuality.
Tanzanite is an aluminum silicate, a blue variety of the gemstone ziosite. Found in colors ranging from blue to a light violet, the most sought-after stones for jewelry are deep blue and free of inclusions. The natural stones frequently have a brownish-yellow cast to their coloring, but jewelers are able to remove this discolored veil by carefully heating the stone, leaving behind a rich, pure blue.
Discovered in Tanzania, a country in east Africa, in 1967, this one-of-a-kind gemstone was popularized by Tiffany's of New York, and is still only mined in one place in the whole world. Tanzanite can be cut in a wide variety of styles to take advantage of the gem's royal blue shine and looks stunning with gold, white gold, platinum or silver.

CARE
It has a value of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale and because it is not as tough as Ruby, therefore it should always be worn with cautious. It should be cleaned using a soft brush with warm and soapy water. Never use ultrasonic cleansers and acids to clean this gem.

Don't forget to keep your jewelry in its right place after using it so to avoid having it misplaced; also to make it dust and scratch free. But most importantly is to keep its lasting beauty for a long time.
At VistaBella, we select tanzanite that meets the some of the highest standards for gems in the world. That dedication to quality shows in our tanzanite jewelry.

 

PERIDOT

ABOUT THE GEM
The Romans were fond of the moon and sun of the gems, the peridot. Peridot takes its name from the Greek word peridona, which means "to give richness." The peridot is considered a luckstone, and is reputed to bring good fortune to the wearer, as well as peace. The emerald of the evening complements summer colors of raspberry and yellow, and is accented by silver or white gold jewelry settings.
Like the emerald, the peridot has a rich green color, but traces of iron give the gem slight tinges of gold. Professional jewelers use special oils and waxes to preserve its appearance. Olive, yellowish green and brownish green are also common colors for this gem, but the purest greens are the rarest and most valuable. Star or cat's eye peridot gems are rarer still.

Kashmir peridot comes from the mines of Pakistan, which produce some of the largest gemstone quality peridots in the world. The impressive size of these gems coupled with their deep green color has made them popular for use in jewelry. China, Africa and America also give the world peridots.
Add richness to the life of a loved one with a gift of peridot jewelry from VistaBella.

CARE
Professional jewelers use colorless oil, and wax to improve its appearance. And it is rarely heated to enhance its color.
To maintain its sparkle, clean it with a soft brush and warm, soapy water. But make sure to avoid steam cleaning and ultrasonic cleaners.
To keep it dust free and scratch free, make sure to place it to its own jewelry box right after using it.

RUBY

"This is the gem that shows the real color of love, so if you want to manifest your love but can't say it in words, let this gem speak for you and surely you'll be loved in return."

ABOUT THE GEM
The radiantly warm ruby manifests every shade of red, from a delicate rose pink to heated vermillion to a vital scarlet. Stunning when paired with a gold setting in a necklace or as a ring, ruby jewelry has long been a gift that expresses passion.
Rubies are closely related to another precious stone, the sapphire. The two stones are formed from the same material, corundum. The only difference between the stones is the presence of various trace elements which gives the ruby its red, and gives the sapphire its range of colors. Like the sapphire, a ruby is hard, almost as hard as a diamond, but with a ruddy crimson glow instead of its cousin's cool blue. The natural ruby is so rare that well cut examples of the stone can fetch higher prices than diamonds.
Natural rubies are so rare that artificial rubies have been made since the 19th century. Unlike natural rubies, these gems are relatively flawless with few inclusions and little of the striation known as silk that marks a ruby. The color of natural rubies can be improved by careful heating, which also clears up some of the internal silk in the ruby's color.
Some extremely rare rubies will present an internal star shape to the viewer when they cut in a cabochon. These are known as star rubies, and fetch very high prices. Much of world's natural rubies come from India, Burma and Pakistan. The ruby symbolizes passionate love and is a stone of nobility. It is said to encourage its wearers to follow their hearts.

CARE
Something as precious ad the "king of gems" should be taken care of. That's if you value your money and want to preserve the beauty of your gem far longer than you want to live. Therefore it is a must to have it checked by your expert jeweler once in a while. To enhance its color and clarity, the process of heating is being used. It is also a must that you maintain its perfectly shining look by having it cleaned with a soft brush and mild, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners may also be used in this case.
As always, it is best that you keep it in its proper place right after using it, so to avoid dusts and scratches.

TURQUOISE

"Want to feel a patch of heaven and sky right here on Earth? Well, here's the perfect stone that will soothe your soul just when you want to feel the heaven in this busy world of ours."

ABOUT THE GEM
Turquoise, a gemstone that hade been associated to bring sky energy to the Earth has been present in the world for thousands of years as a holy stone and is said to be the "gemstone of the peoples."

Some people wear this gem to cast themselves away from depression as it can cheer the person wearing it. It is also believed to promote honest and clear communication from the heart. Also known as the ‘master healer stone,' this gem can speed up the the healing process and can bring abundance to its owner. Aside from that, this is often offered as a stone of friendship, bringing faithfulness and constancy in relationships.

Turquoise is made up of copper aluminum phosphate. Its color is because of certain amount of copper, iron and chrome. It is softer than quartz with a hardness of 6 in the Mohs scale. It appears from hues of sky blue to grey-green, and it is mostly found in places where there is a high concentration of copper in the soil. Some veins or blotches which are brown, light grey or black can be found in this gem. These veins are known as 'turquoise matrix'. Best quality turquoises are that of pure, sky blue color.

The most beautiful turquoise can be found in the North of Iran. Major producers of this gem include Arizona, New Mexico, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan and China. The most beautiful turquoises, in a splendid light blue, come from deposits in the north of Iran. Other contributors include Cornwall in England, Siberia in Russia, France, Germany, Chile, Egypt and China.

CARE
This gem is not as hard as any other gem that is why it's quite sensitive and requires extra care.

Avoid exposing it to strong lights and heat; also from wearing it over a long period of time as its color might fade. Avoid having it in contact with cosmetics. To clean it, it is best to use a soft cloth to wipe it.

Remember to keep it in its own jewelry box right after using your jewelry. This will not just protect your jewelry from having scratches and dusts but also it is a good habit so you can't misplace it.