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Peridot Gemstone Guide

Friday, August 3, 2018 7:21:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

What is Peridot?

Peridot is a type of Olivine mineral. This gemstone comes in a variety of colors, mainly a light green to olive green color. It can have a huge variety of color intensities throughout it. Normally the more deep olive green color Peridot has, the higher value it has. The lighter the colors of the gemstone, the less value it will have.

Chemical Structure: (Mg,Fe)2SiO4

Hardness: 6.5 - 7...

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Tucson Gem Mineral Show 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018 8:41:42 AM America/Los_Angeles

Steve Moriarty has returned from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show with a ton of great buys. He will be showcasing many of the gemstones in upcoming gemstone roundtables and in custom jewelry all year. In this video, he discusses some of his favorite gemstones he picked up this year.

 

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Hi. I'm Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art, the jeweler on the square in Crown Point. We're al...
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Hyalite Opal: The Real Kryponite?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:22:26 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

The Largest Faceted Hyalite Opal

 

Steve Moriarty has just finished the largest faceted Hyalite Opal ever. You can see the completed gemstone here.

 

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I'm Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art. We're a jeweler on the square in Crown Point, Indiana. We're also represented online as moregems.com. Today, we're here Chris Clemens, and he is the president of the Midwest Chapter of the ...

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Does Polishing a Girdle Make a Gemstone More Brilliant?

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:05:14 AM America/Los_Angeles

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Hi, I'm Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art. We represent ourselves online as moregems.com. Recently, on one of the faceting forums, a new cutter asked the question as to whether we should polish the girdle or not. I personally don't currently polish girdles so I told him no, but most everybody else said absolutely polish girdles. I'm not sure I believe this because the girdle is a...

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What is Beryl - Stone Varieties

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:02:28 AM America/Los_Angeles

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Hi, I'm Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art in Crown Point, Indiana. We're also online at moregems.com. I'm here today to talk to you about beryls. The beryls include aquamarine, heliodor, emerald, morganite, and the red beryl bixbite.

 

I'm gonna start out with aquamarine, the blue form of beryl. Aqua and all the beryls are good, tough stones. They have good hardness, so a very wear...

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Hot Springs Arkansas Quartz Mining

Monday, September 18, 2017 6:58:44 AM America/Los_Angeles

 

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We're here near Hot Springs, Arkansas. We're in Jessieville and we're at the Jim Coleman Mine. This is a Quartz mine that you can come and you can fee-dig and you will find Quartz. Soon as we came, we started finding small Quartz crystals in nice clusters. You know, they're not big but they're really beautiful little Quartz clusters that only Arkansas produces. I mean, they have some...

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How We Design Jewelry in CAD

Monday, September 18, 2017 6:55:12 AM America/Los_Angeles

Hi, I'm Chris Moriarty, I am the head designer here at Moriarty's Gem Art. Today I'm going to take you through the process of designing a new piece, and I'm going to show you a piece that I'm actually working on right now. The center stone for the piece I'm working on now is a [hematite 00:00:23]. This particular material is from Madagascar, and it has a really unique minty-blue color to it, which...

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How to Buy Colored Gemstones | The 4 C's

Monday, August 14, 2017 6:31:39 AM America/Los_Angeles

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The cut that we choose does have some affect on the brilliance and the ultimate overall look of the gem.

 

Deep cuts are another thing to consider. I find no issue with deep cuts. Matter of fact, our bestselling cut, which is the Portuguese round, which is citrine, is a Portuguese round gem. Its depth is probably 85% of its width, so it's 85% depth, meaning if it were 10 mm wide, it wou...

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What Color is Garnet?

Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:14:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

Hi. I'm Steve Moriarty from Moriarty's Gem Art. One question I'm commonly asked is about the colors of garnets, and people are usually quite surprised that garnets come in the full rainbow.

 

You can read below or watch our video on Garnet here!


 

We commonly think of garnets as being red. Typically, a darker red garnet is what we've seen in the past. These are the pyropes and almandines that came out...

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Cubic Zirconia vs White Zircon: The Common Misconception

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:10:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

Hi Everyone! In today's blog post, Steve is going to talk about some common misconceptions dealing with cubic zirconia and white zircon. Many people think they are the same thing, but they are very different. Below Steve Moriarty has done a video to show you all the differences and issues arrive with these two "gems".

 

 

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Hi, I'm Steve Moriarty. I'm from Moriarty's Gem Art in Cr...

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