The Precious Gemstone Amethyst

Gemstone amethyst background texture

This is a picture of the gemstone Amethyst and yellow Calcite (the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate: CaCO3) mined from Uruguay. Amethyst, a gemstone used in jewelry, is one of the several varieties of quartz with its primary colors varying from light violet to deep purple, and sometimes showing any one or both of […]

Elizabeth Taylor: one of the most glamorous stars of all times

Elizabeth Taylor in the film ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, wallpaper

This wallpaper depicting the English-born American actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor is a derivative work made from an old studio publicity photo of her movie ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (1958), which was originally published in the book ‘Hollywood Stars’ (Fog City Press, 2003). ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, directed by Richard Brooks and […]

Vancouver beach sand: free background image

Free background image for websites and blogs made of multi-colored gemstone-quality sand from beach in Vancouver

Have you seen a collection of unpolished or uncut gemstones of all varieties? Perhaps, the above question, or a look at the photograph here gives you the impression that the photo shows a collection of gemstones such as agate, amethysts, cat’s eye, diamonds, hematite, jasper, lapis lazuli, obsidian, pyrite, quartz, ruby, tourmaline and turquoise. Also, […]

An introduction to jewels and gems

Precious and semi-precious gemstones collection

We often hear and speak about jewels, gems or gemstones. Most of us also know that these are expensive, and, we associate them with jewelry. What are gems? The simplest explanation is, most of them are minerals, and some are rocks or pebbles, and pearls (CaCO3 or calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form) naturally grow […]

Gabrielle Diamond by Gabi Tolkowsky

Round Gabrielle Diamond, 3.17ct, by Gabi Tolkowsky

What you see in the photo here is the Gabrielle Diamond (Round, 3.17 carats) created by the world renowned master diamond cutter Gabriel S. ‘Gabi’ Tolkowsky. Tolkowsky created Gabrielle Diamond, the world’s first triple brilliant cut diamond, combining his experience and techniques used in cutting and polishing of De Beers Centenary Diamond (273.85 carats/ 54.77 […]