Smoky Quartz: Water Solidified

Smoky Quartz, the brown variety of Quartz, is the national gem of Scotland. These gems range from a light grayish-brown to a deep black. Even the darkest shades of Smoky Quartz are almost always transparent to translucent. These lovely gemstones almost always lack flaws. Because of this, Smoky Quartz can reach several hundred karats with… Read more »

Princess Anahi’s Ametrine

Ametrine gemstones are a combination of Amethyst and Citrine. The two separate crystals, with their individual colors, are intergrown to form a pattern of purple and yellow. The words Amethyst and Citrine were combined to form the name Ametrine. This lovely gem is also known as Amethyst-Citrine, Trystine, Bicolor Amethyst, Bicolor Quartz, and Bolivianite (or… Read more »

The Sea’s Garden

Coral forms in the sea from small marine invertebrate animals, such as polyp. The remains of these animals gather together and build up over thousands of years, thus forming Coral reefs, colonies, or islands. Coral varies in color, from bright to dark red, orange-red, pink, blue, black, and white. Red Coral is the most sought-after… Read more »

Onyx: The Gem of Saturn

Onyx is a black stone ribboned with white stripes that has been highly prized, revered, and even feared since ancient times. The word Onyx comes from the Latin and Greek words that mean “claw” or “fingernail.” This is because of the resemblance of the stone to the human nail. In Arabic, the word for Onyx… Read more »

Gold of the Sea

Amber stones are ancient, as they are the fossilized form of tree resin. These gems formed about 50 million years ago. Amber often fossilized with an animal or piece of plant inside, usually mosquitoes or other insects. These gems, which are usually orange, yellow, or brown, have their leading source just west of Kaliningrad, Russia…. Read more »

Light Up the Night with Garnets

Garnets come in many colors, but the most common color of Garnet is dark red. The word “garnet” comes from “Garanatus,” a Latin word that means seedlike, in reference to a pomegranate. Small Garnets look like the red seeds found inside a pomegranate. This durable gemstone has been used in jewelry as far back as… Read more »

Lapis Lazuli: A Starry Night

Lapis Lazuli is a metamorphic rock that is a rich medium to royal blue with gold flecks. The name, “Lapis Lazuli” comes from the Latin word “lapis,” meaning stone, and the Persian word “lazhuward,” meaning blue. The Lapis Lazuli, which is also called Lapis, has been one of the most sought after stones for thousands… Read more »

Tiger’s Eye: Eye of the Gods

The Tiger’s Eye, also known as the Tiger Eye, is a gemstone that has been revered since ancient times. The Tiger’s Eye is a variety of Quartz that is known for its chatoyancy, or having a band of bright reflected light, and layers of rich brown and gold colors. Tiger’s Eye gems mostly come from… Read more »

Labradorites: Capture the Northern Lights

Labradorite is very rare in mass-merchant jewelry. This gorgeous gem is most often used by designers who create unique pieces of jewelry, like Jennifer Reeves. Labradorite is highly prized because of its wondrous iridescent properties, which often appear as blue and green metallic tints. The iridescence can also appear as red, orange, and yellow. This… Read more »

From Floral Art to Gemstone Masterpieces

Despite the magnificence and mastery with which Jennifer Reeves Designs jewelry masterpieces, Jennifer has not been creating gemstone jewelry for her whole life. Believe it or not, her story began not as a brilliant gemstone jewelry creator, but as a floral artist. Jennifer practiced her first artistic love at a floral boutique in North Queensland,… Read more »