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Tourmaline, the beautiful, multi-colored gem

Tourmaline is often overshadowed by other more “famous” gemstones, but is beautiful and unique in coloring.  Tourmaline occurs in: black, violet, browns, pink and greens, most with muted undertones.  The pink and green hues can be combined in specimens called watermelon tourmaline (some...

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Frederick Cares Community Cookbook

We are very excited to announce the arrival of our Frederick Cares Community Cookbook, “A Collection of Pink Ribbon Recipes”.  This wonderful community has all pulled together to create a fundraising cookbook and would love your help to meet our goal of 1000...

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What is Mokume?

Mokume, which translates into “wood eye metal”, was developed by Japanese craftsmen for the adornment of samurai swords. Most mokume bands are available in 4-8 millimeter widths and sizes 3-18 (whole, half and quarter sizes). Bands can be made in full mokume (which...

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Raw Diamond Jewelry

What comes to mind when you think of Fine Jewelry? Maybe it’s gleaming, high polished gold and silver, or brilliantly sparkling diamonds and gemstones with all of their facets precisely cut. Well, the times are changing!  I’m sure we have all heard that...

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Kunzite: A “Sensitive” Gem

Kunzite is considered to be a “new” gem since its discovery just over a hundred years ago.  It was named after George Frederick Kunz, the man responsible for documenting and describing its qualities.  Kunzite is mostly a faint, delicate pink color with hints...

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De Beers Diamond Company

I am pretty sure you have heard of De Beers, right?!  Well, that is the company that Rhodes established around 1888!  An interesting bit of trivia about Rhodes, when he died in 1902, he left most of his fortune to his alma-mater, Oxford...

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