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Sulfur Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Although sulfur is very abundant, facetable material is not. Sulfur is also enormously difficult to cut and almost impossible to wear, so faceted pieces have some scarcity value for collectors of unusual gems.

Pearl Symbolism

Prized for millennia, pearls are organic gems with strong associations with the Moon, great value, and weddings. Learn more about pearl symbolism and the lore of the June birthstone.

Variscite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

With beautiful green to blue-green colors and interesting patterns, variscite is a popular hobbyist material for cabochons.

Button: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams

Inspired by faceted shell and mother of pearl buttons from the Roaring Twenties, the Button design by Jeff Graham is a simple cut perfect for large, lightly colored gemstones.

Watermelon Tourmaline Buying Guide

Looking for a fun summertime gem? Watermelon tourmaline adds a pop of color that’s perfect for a playful summer look. Learn about the quality factors for this gem in our watermelon tourmaline buying guide.

Chrysoberyl Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Although many gems show a cat’s eye effect, when the term “cat’s eye” is used alone, it always refers to the rare gemstone chrysoberyl. Chatoyant chrysoberyls can be cabbed to display their spectacular eyes, while non-chatoyant specimens can make wonderful faceted stones.

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