Education is one of Linh’s core values. Her intention is not only to provide a broad selection of jewelry and gemstones, but also to enlighten her customers on the natural and intrinsic qualities of the diamonds and gemstones she sells in her store.
The descriptions of the gemstones you will find on this website will include a combination of the history, science, and the romantic legends of each gemstone including how they are identified and graded by GIA graduate gemologists such as Linh herself. Her goal is to generate excitement about the unique characteristics of each stone as well as to inform her customers. The references page will provide links to the peer-reviewed sources used for this gemstones educational page, so please visit those sites for additional information.
In gemstones, visual appeal typically results from a combination of color, symmetry, and surface appearance. Of these factors, color is usually the most important for colored stones. Symmetry encompasses the balance and harmony of cut. Certain cuts balance a gem’s beauty because a stone is most appealing when the shape and proportions are balanced. A gem’s chemical composition is important because it’s like a recipe that describes the type and relative quantities of atoms in a given substance. A material’s chemical composition is expressed by a chemical formula. Nothing is absolutely pure, and every gem contains at least a few atoms that aren’t part of its normal chemical formula. These trace elements usually take the place of other atoms and commonly cause the colors that we recognize and appreciate. The way the atoms are arranged is also important because most gems have an orderly internal arrangement of atoms known as crystal structure. The gems without crystal structure have not such orderly-arrangement. These are amorphous materials such as Opal.