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Gemstone Education

Learn more about the characteristics and care of each birthstone Borsheims’ carries in our gemstone education guide. Gemstone images provided by GIA.

Alexandrite Gemstone

Alexandrite Gemstone

Alexandrite is a rare form of chrysoberyl that was first discovered in 1830 in the Ural Mountains in Western ...

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Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst is a member of the common quartz family and develops in large crystal ...

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Aquamarine Gemstone

Aquamarine Gemstone

A member of the beryl family, aquamarine is typically light greenish-blue to blue with the highest quality being ...

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Citrine Gemstone

Citrine Gemstone

Citrine is a member of the common quartz family, and a sister gem to ...

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Emerald Gemstone

Emerald Gemstone

Emerald is a member of the beryl family and is formed by metamorphism and hydrothermal processes associated with ...

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Garnet Gemstone

Garnet Gemstone

The name garnet derives from the Latin word for grain because of the similarity of their rounded crystals to the seeds ...

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Opal Gemstone

Opal Gemstone

Opal forms as a low-temperature deposit around hot springs, often embedded in ...

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Peridot Gemstone

Peridot Gemstone

Peridot is the gem-quality form of the mineral ...

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Ruby Gemstone

Ruby Gemstone

Ruby belongs to the corundum family of crystals, and its color comes from chromium ...

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Sapphire Gemstone

Sapphire Gemstone

Sapphires are considered one of the “big three” in the jewelry ...

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Tanzanite Gemstone

Tanzanite Gemstone

Tanzanite is a rare variety of the common mineral zoisite colored by atoms of ...

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Topaz Gemstone

Topaz Gemstone

Natural topaz can be colorless, or occur in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, red-brown, blue, pink, red ...

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Tourmaline Gemstone

Tourmaline Gemstone

The tourmaline group refers to a number of related types of minerals and ...

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