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March’s birthstone is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool!

Aquamarine_GIA_2Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.   The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes.  Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones.  This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Famous Aquamarines


The Hirsch Aquamarine is an enormous 109.92 carat fancy emerald-cut gem. It is 100% natural, free of any heating or other color enhancing treatments as is so common in aquamarines. The color is a perfect aquatic blue as rich as the stone’s wealthy namesake. The luster of this gem is absolutely amazing. In recent history, a rumor began circulating that the table facet of the Hirsch Aquamarine had been scratched. However, that was nothing more than urban legend as anyone who has personally inspected the stone can verify for themselves. the House of Louis XV has created an exquisite pendant by intricately appointing the stone with 118 diamonds set in 18K white gold.


The Dom Pedro Aquamarine was mined from a Brazilian pegmatite in the late 1980s, and  was named for Brazil’s first two emperors, Dom Pedro Primeiro and his son, Dom Pedro Segundo. Before cutting, the portion of the beryl crystal from which the obelisk-shaped gem was fashioned measured 23.25 inches long and weighed nearly 60 pounds. The obelisk, designed by world-renowned gem artist Bernd Munsteiner, stands 14 inches tall, measures 4 inches across the base and weighs in at 10,363 carats or 4.6 pounds. These impressive dimensions render the Dom Pedro the largest cut-and-polished gem aquamarine known. A pattern of tapering “negative cuts” faceted into the reverse faces of the sea-blue obelisk serves to reflect the light within the gem, giving the piece surprising brightness and sparkle. With the proper lighting, this remarkable sculpture appears to be illuminated from within.

Sources:  American Gem Society and Gemological Institute of America, World Famous Gems and the Smithsonian.

The Grandness of Garnet – January’s birthstone

Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gemstone for the second anniversary – signifying eternal friendship and trust.  The name “garnet” is derived from the word granatum, meaning “seed”, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites.

Thousands of years ago, red garnet necklaces adorned the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs, and were entombed with their mummified corpses as prized possessions for the afterlife. In ancient Rome, red garnets were among the most widely traded gems. Signet rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax that secured important documents.  In the Middle Ages (about 475 to 1450 AD), red garnet was favored by clergy and nobility.   Red garnet’s availability increased with the discovery of the famous Bohemian garnet deposits in central Europe around 1500. This source became the nucleus of a regional jewelry industry that reached its peak in the late 1800s.  Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Garnets are a set of closely related minerals that form a group, resulting in gemstones in almost every color. Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem buyers can pick from a rich palette of garnet colors: greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues.   Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.   Demantoid is a rare and famous green garnet, spessartine (also called spessartite) is an orange garnet, and rhodolite is a beautiful purple-red garnet. Garnets can even exhibit the color-change phenomenon similar to the rare gemstone alexandrite.

At The King’s Jewelers, we are proud to have one of the best selections of garnets and colored gemstones in Northern California.  I invite you to come in and experience this grand gemstone firsthand.

Sources: Gemological Institute of America and the American Gem Society

Great Ways To Pop The Question This Christmas!


A young man drives the love of his life to a romantic hillside location. Since they always exchanged gifts on this day, she was not expecting anything unusual when a small wrapped box was revealed. She opened it to find a signet ring, but the wrong initials were engraved on it. She was a little confused until he told her to read the inscription on the inside of the ring – “Will you marry me?” Of course, the initials were her “initials-to-be” if her answer was yes. They came happily the next day to pick out a diamond engagement ring.

As the above illustrates, there are some marriage proposals that are unique, memorable, and a story worth sharing. Any marriage proposal is special and certainly remembered by the involved couple. But in case you are looking for something a little different, we thought we could inspire you with a few more proposal ideas-

  • Propose where your first date occurred, or where you first met – park, restaurant, campus, library, work, etc.  It is a great way to tie in the past to where you are now and where your lives together are going.
  • Walk or drive to one of the highest elevated locations you can find – Mt. Diablo, Yosemite, etc…  As you to look out at the amazing view below, tell her you want to “lay the world at her feet”.  How could she say “no”?
  • Have her plan a day trip to her own liking – aka have her plan her own proposal. Gently suggest a couple of ideas so it will be somewhere special. Once you find out the planned stops,  wait for an opportune moment to pop the question.
  • Send your sweetie on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home. Then send him or her on a tour of your favorite spots – all over town or just around the house. When he or she gets to the last hint, the treasure should be you offering the ring. No other clues are necessary!
  • Food is a tempting addition to any successful proposal! Spell out “Will you marry me?” in M&Ms, jellybeans, or Hershey’s Kisses on the table. Send your loved one in to read it; when they say yes, you can toast your future with a mutual sugar rush!
  • Propose in a different language or lots of different languages – starting with French, the language of love.

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