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    Canada Day and the Red Maple Leaf

    Canada Day and the Red Maple Leaf

    Did you know that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017? 

    Canada Day celebration
    Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st of July to celebrate the British North American Act,
    when 3 colonies formed to become Canada in 1867. 

    Almost a hundred years later, Canada changed its flag to the well known red Maple Leaf in 1965.

    Canada Flag
    The red maple leaf played a great role in Canadian culture and has been used as far back as the 1700's.Throughout the years, it was used in badges and emblems, as decorations for royal events, in songs, in the anthem, on Canada's coins and eventually on the national flag.

    There are 150 species of Maple trees in the northern hemispheres and Canada natively has 10. The most popular is the sugar maple, which is famous for its maple syrup. It takes an impressive 50 gallons of tree sap to make just 1 gallon of syrup!

    Maple tree wood is used in many ways as well. It is used to smoke food, to produce Tennessee whiskey and also to make guitars and violins.

    Although maple trees generally live up to 300 years old, the oldest maple tree in Canada is 400 years old. It is known as the "Comfort Tree" and is located in North Pelham Ontario.It is 80 feet tall and 20 feet wide. 

    Maple Tree Canada Comfort Tree
    Show how proud you are to be Canadian on Canada Day by wearing a one-of-a-kind Maple Leaf cameo !
    Canada Day Jewelry Maple Leaf Cameo

    Rio Olympic Gold Medals

    Rio Olympic Gold Medals

    The summer Olympics in Rio are done and all 812 gold medals have been awarded.

    How much gold do these first place medals actually contain though?
    Each nation that hosts the Olympics is responsible for creating the medals
    while following the guidelines of the Olympic committee.
    The gold medals produced by Brazil were a little bit larger than average,
    each medal weighed 500 grams (1.1lb) with a diameter of 8.5 cm (3.35 inches). 

    The Rio gold medals which weighed 500 grams only contained 6 grams of gold,
    which is the bare minimum required by the guidelines. 

    The guidelines state that each gold medal must have the following:

     1) each gold medal must contain at least 6 grams of pure gold
    2) the remaining medal must consist of silver with a grade of 0.925 (Sterling Silver)
      This means the gold medals in Rio contain 6/500 grams of gold, which is 1.2%.

      2016 Jewelry Trends: Opals

      2016 Jewelry Trends: Opals

        Despite the world of fine jewelry being dominated by diamonds and colored gemstones such as sapphires, opals continue to become more popular among all age groups and styles. Opals vary greatly in color due to their ability to diffract light. It is said that no two Opals are alike. 

       The word Opal stems from the Greek work opallios, which means a “change of color”.
      Opals rate 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs scale, which is only slightly harder than glass. The gem is usually mined from wet sources at lower temperatures and contains 5 to 9 percent water. 

      There are 3 types of Opals:
      Common Opal
      Precious Opal
      Fire Opal

        Common Opals
        They do not exhibit many colors and look milky white.
        They are found in many parts of the world.

        Fire Opals
        They exhibit warm colors ranging from yellow, orange to red.
        Fire Opals mined in Mexico have a very distinct orange tone. 

        Precious Opals
        They are known to exhibit many colors, giving them a rainbow effect when viewed from different angles. Precious Opals are found predominantly in Australia. In fact, 95% of the world’s precious Opals are mined in Australia.

        Black Opals, which are in this category, are some of the most precious and valued Opals as they have very interesting displays of color. 

        Opal Infographic

        Birthstones Infographic

        Birthstones Infographic

        Mother's Day is almost here! Impress that special woman in your life by giving her something more than just a card and flowers. Let us help you give her a gift of sparkle!
        This info graphic guide is a quick and easy way to find out which gemstone would make the perfect gift for her.
        Show her how much she means to you with beautiful and unique gemstone jewelry. 

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