If you like lore, you’ll love sapphires: they’ve been associated with protection from envy and harm, heavenly blessings, chastity, and the ability to influence spirits. This 3.08 ct. blue Kashmir sapphire is a particularly fine specimen. Courtesy Edward Boehm, JOEB Enterprises
This 19.69 cts tourmaline comes from Mozambique. Its brilliant color comes from copper. Lapis Lazuli has been cherished since antiquity. The finest quality specimens frequently come from Afghanistan. Gems courtesy of Mayer & Watt, Maysville. Kentucky.
This 20.15 ct cushion cut tourmaline from Brazil is a close match to Marsala. California, Madagascar and Afghanistan are fine sources of red tourmaline (called Rubellite). The presence of manganese produces red and pink colors. Tourmaline was once prized by the Chinese Dowager Empress Tz'u (1835 – 1908). New intense colors of tourmaline came to market with discoveries of it in Brazil the 1980s and 1990s. Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin Collection.
Tourmaline was discovered in 1554, and thought to be emerald until the 1800s. It is found in many locations around the world. This 13.87 ct. gemstone comes from Afghanistan. Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gubelin Collection This Fancy Vivid yellow diamond came from alluvial deposits in the Zimmi mining area in southern Sierra Leone. Courtesy of Israel Eliezri.