April Diamonds

History of the Diamond as the April Birthstone
This impenetrable gem comes from the Greek work “ADAMAS”, meaning “invincible,” The most popular colour for a diamond is a brilliant white. Diamonds come in a wide range of colors such as black, yellow blue, green, pink, red, orange and purple. The color is dependent upon the type of impurities that are present in the stone. Very few jewellers have ever seen the rarest of diamonds: the red diamond.
Although diamonds date back billions of years, it wasn’t until the 1950’s when the popularity of diamonds as an engagement ring became traditional. Yellow diamonds are gaining popularity because the younger crowd is looking to break tradition. Celebrities are getting coloured diamonds as engagement rings. The public always likes to be trendy and follow what celebrities are doing and wearing. But, the white diamond is still the top choice!


APRIL GEMSTONE
Deemed as the “King of all Birthstones,” diamonds make the ideal selection for an April birthday gift. (She’ll love you for it!) The diamond is April’s gemstone. It has captured the hearts of many and is the most coveted gemstone to date!

Inspired by the unique creation of love: A Diamond Engagement Ring

The April birthstone, diamond, is a symbol of everlasting love. This is what brings to us our tag line at Lorne Park Jewellers  —Everlasting Beauty —. All gems have an everlasting beauty. But, the diamond is always known as the king of birthstones.

Princess Cut Yellow Diamond
Surrounded Smaller White Diamonds

RAREST OF THE RARE
Red Diamonds are in a completely different league. These diamonds are so rare that at any given moment, there probably are not more than a handful available in the market for sale that have a certified, unmodified red color and are above 0.20ct.

A Brazilian farmer found the flawless Moussaieff diamond: ($8 million). It’s the largest red diamond in the world today.

The strength of our love is as strong as a diamond! Come and visit Lorne Park Jewellers for diamond consultation. No appointment necessary.

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

March Celebrates Aquamarine

This gemstone is named “aquamarine” , derived from the Latin word for seawater. The aquamarine has a deep blue color which reminds us of the sea and watercolors ranging from pale blue to blue-green or teal. Some gemstones are heated to high temperatures to enhance the color and/or clarity of a stone. Aquamarines are no exception. They are often heat-treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue, a permanent color change. To the untrained eye, blue aquamarine is sometimes mistaken for Blue Topaz.
AQUAMARINE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
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HARDNESS
It is a relatively easy stone to cut and is often found in standard shapes. Gem cutters experiment with new and unique forms. The aquamarine is rated as 7.5 to 8 on the hardness scale. aquamarine-2017 It is a very durable stone to wear. The green aquamarine used to be sought after. Today, popularity for the aquamarine has shifted to the blue shade for this shimmering gem.

Caring for your Aquamarine
The best way to clean your aquamarine gem is with mild liquid soap and warm tepid water using a soft bristled tooth-brush. Rinse well to avoid any residual soap. Avoid enzyme cleaners and detergents It is also not advisable to clean aquamarine in an ultrasonic tank. soapy-water Avoid sudden temperature changes. The reason you would clean your gems is to clean up the build up of dust, oils and hand creams. Washing your hands with mild soap while wearing your rings helps. Take your rings off in the shower or heavy cleaning or gardening.
COMPLIMENTARY CLEANING: Take your jewellery to a professional jeweller once a year. Diamonds and all other gems needs to be checked by a professional jeweller at least once a year. Lorne Park Jewellers provides complimentary cleaning and inspection of your jewellery. He or she will look through the prongs and mountings. It important to inspect your jewellery to ensure the settings are not going to spring out unnoticed and disappear. When checked regularly, you can feel confident that the diamond is firmly in its settings.
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vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an on-site Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

The Colour Purple

February’s birthstone is the ‘Royal Purple’ Amethyst. A beautiful and elegant gemstone. amethyst-gobletIf it were not for its widespread availability, amethyst would be very expensive. The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek and means “not drunken”. The shape of some Amethyst may resemble a bowl. That’s what the ancients used as drinking goblets. You might wonder why the colour is so pale. Amethyst comes in a group of colours. february-5-amethyst Purple is the most popular colour. Amethyst can be heated or irradiated to produce a green colour. The consumer is not aware of this process resulting in very few green amethyst pieces in jewellery stores.
WHAT IS A VUG?
Crystals form in what’s called ‘druzy’ crusts that may be found on the inside of some large volcanic rock pockets or “vugs”. Some of these vugs may have been formed from trees that were engulfed in a lava (or ash) flow. This would be millions of years ago in order to form the crystallization. Other vugs are gas bubbles found in the lava. Some vugs can be quite large. The colour of the crystals that form from ‘vugs’ are usually light to medium in color and only colored at the tops of the crystals. this would be your bright, deep purples.
HOW STRONG IS THE AMETHYST?
Mohs scale ratings may not mean much to the customer. If we compare common items like a knife blade which is rated as 5 mohs. Window glass is 5.5 mohs and steel is 6.5 mohs. It will give you a better idea of the strength of an amethyst at 7 mohs.mohs-scale

CUSTOM DESIGN
With many years of experience, we, at Lorne Park Jewellers design jewellery for you.  Many customers have been delighted with custom work by Vanig that is unique and special.

Lorne Park Jeweller's Creation
Amethyst and Diamond Ring

With A keen eye and high standards of excellence, Vanig is passionate about his work and stays long hours after the store is closed to work on his designs. Vanig makes exquisite designs based on his wealth of knowledge in the jewellery business along with his passion for helping the customer with beautiful jewellery that lasts a lifetime and generations to come.
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY?
Just the other day, I received an email/testimonial from our website.
Request /Testimonial (Feb 2, 2017)

I have never given a testimonial for a business before but felt I must in this case. I needed to have my engagement ring redone. I worked with Vanig and told him what I was looking for and he designed the most perfect ring. When I received the ring I was overjoyed with the results. Both the quality and the price were excellent. I am extremely happy and will wear the ring with pride. I want to thank Vanig for his design and the honest advice he gave me. For anyone looking to have jewellery designed or re-designed and built you can count on Lorne Park Jewellers to give you the very best. Also, thanks to Raffi for his customer service. For all future needs, Lorne Park will be our jeweller of choice.
Peggy H.
Alliston,ON

What a lift! It fills my day with such joy and gratitude! We truly give our best to each and every one that selects our services and fine, quality jewellery.
vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an on-site Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

December Blues

Breast-Plate with gems
Breast-Plate with gems

Modern birthstones did not exist until 1912, when the jewellers of America developed a standardized list of birthstones for each month. Some say that the idea of birthstones came from the Israeli tribes symbolizing a gem for each of the 12 tribes, The priests wore the gems on a breast-plate. It is thought that birthstones dated back to these origins. As far back as the 12 tribes of Israel written in the bible. With lack of documentation, it still remains a mystery.

December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them, are best known for beautiful shades of blue. The Blue Topaz is sometimes listed as December’s birthstone. It is said to be the most popular birthstone for December babies to celebrate their birth date. As long as it’s a blue gem seems to be the criteria. People often rely on their jeweller to tell the difference between a topaz, an aquamarine or tanzanite; even a blue sapphire. If you really want to know, visit Vanig, the gemologist at Lorne Park Jewellers. He will be happy talk with you about gems.

BABY BLUE TOPAZ

Blue Topaz
Brilliantly Cut Blue Topaz

The blue topaz, like most other gems come in many shades. A blue topaz will range from a pale clear blue to a vibrant blue. Topaz is rated as 8 (mohs ) on the hardness scale . A diamond is 10 mohs. The topaz is a hard, brilliant stone with a fine color range. In fact, the color of a topaz is more important than the size in determining its value. Because there is an abundance of clear, colourless topaz, they are given gamma rays and sometimes heat-treated to be enhanced into a brighter range of blues. This treatment is acceptable by the gemologist society. One of the amazing things about the topaz is that its crystals can grow to enormous sizes. Deposits of topaz can be found all over the world.

TANZANITE has slipped into December as another gem to represent the month. The Tanzanite stone is named after its country of origin Tanzania and is popular for its intense deep violet to blue color. Tanzanite rates a 6.5 – 7 on the hardness scale and has a brilliant luster. It is a relatively soft and brittle stone, nowhere near as hard as a sapphire or a diamond. Given proper care, it can last a long time. The typical color of tanzanite is blue with a violet tinge.

Tanzanite
Deep Dark Tanzanite

DID YOU KNOW?
The best way to clean your topaz is with warm soapy water. Never clean your topaz in a home ultrasonic cleaner or by using a steamer. A good gemologist will be able to tell you these facts when you are considering to purchase the topaz. It is important to know that the didyouknow2stone should be protected from any rapid temperature change, acids, or heat. Your topaz stone will start to lose its color if it is kept out in the sun or exposed to other kinds of heat. Both blue topaz (8 mohs) and tanzanite  (7 mohs) are durable stones. They may split when knocked or dropped. Jewellers are extra careful when working with softer stones. Their preferences are rubies (9 mohs) sapphires (9 mohs) and Emeralds (7.5–8 mohs) and of course diamonds (10 mohs).

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an on-site Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

The Imperial Topaz: November

November is another month where we celebrate with twins:- Topaz and Citrine as this month’s birthstones.
Topaz is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years for its beauty. All yellow gems in antiquity were called topaz. Often confused with the citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown). As you may well know, quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. The hardness (mohs) of a topaz is rated as an 8. A diamond is 10 mohs.
IMPERIAL TOPAZ
The most prized color of topaz is called Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent deep orange colour. The Czars were the only ones allowed to wear the Imperial” pink topaz.

Sweden's Queen Sylvia wears the Pink Topaz necklace formerly given to MARIA PAVLOVNA by her father TSAR PAUL I in 1804 when she married the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.Eisenach
Sweden’s Queen Sylvia wears the Pink Topaz necklace formerly given to MARIA PAVLOVNA by her father TSAR PAUL I in 1804 when she married the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.Eisenach

A 22,893 carat golden yellow topaz is the largest cut topaz in the world with 172 facets, and is currently in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Museum This huge gemstone was found in the mines of Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1988.topaz-yellow

The Ostro Stone
The Largest 9,381 carats blue topaz went on display on the London Museum of Natural History on Oct 18, 2016. This gem was found in the rain forest of South America in 1986.It was kept under wraps for over 3 decades by Max Ostro. Upon his death, Max’s son Maurice brought this gem to the London museum for everyone to enjoy.

Worl'd pargeste Blue Topaz photo provided by the jewelleryblog.com
The Ostro Stone: World’s largest  Blue Topaz photo provided by the jewelleryblog.com

Imperial  Topaz: Pink, Orange and Red Topaz

Imperial Topaz Shades Photo by Robert Waeldon
Imperial Topaz Shades Photo by Robert Waeldon

Cool Blue Topaz

Treated Blue Topaz. Photo by Wimon Manorotkul
Treated Blue Topaz. Photo by Wimon Manorotkul

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

OPAL ~ October’s Birthstone

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October birthstone OPAL has been used as a gemstone since Antiquity. Even though tourmaline is a more recent discovery. Tourmaline is  dubbed as the “Rainbow Gem” due to the wide variety of colors. When warmed, tourmaline creates static electricity. On the mohs scale, tourmaline has a hardness of  7-7.5, same as aquamarine and quartz. Diamonds are rated as 10 .

OPULENT OPAL
Opal comes from the Sanskrit word “Upala”. The Romans are known to have commonly used the words “opalus” to describe the semi-precious stone.  Opals is part of the mineraloid category. It is a shapeless form of silica. This is due to its water content that ranges between 3% to 21%.

TIFFANY OPAL NECKLACE ~ Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

If you actually want to stand out and bring a little bit of the grandeur of the Ancients, such as Queen Cleopatra, then opt for a Tourmaline or Opal necklace, as the one shown above.
Stand out and bring a little bit of the grandeur of the Ancients such as Queen Cleopatra: Green Tourmaline and Opal necklace ( as the one shown above).

The most abundant OPALS are mined in Australia. The Aussies have the best black opals along with red diamonds. Opals are deep underground and hard to mine. Once found, there is a rich abundant supply of Opals in many colours. Opals are 5.5-6.5 on the hardness scale. They are not precious gems but classified as a mineral. Their beauty is so magnificent that 10th month on the calendar year is celebrated by the OPAL!

Vanig-jellery designer for 35 years
Gemologist Vanig ~ Designer for 35 years

LORNE PARK JEWELLERS ~ CUSTOM MADE JEWELLERY
The artisans at Lorne Park Jewellers design many wedding rings, re-design your keepsakes and will create the most outstanding jewellery for your specification.
Thousands of designs to view with quality and perfection as your guide. Many of our customers are from Oakville to Toronto and beyond. We look forward to meeting you and will provide you with our knowledge and skills in your jewellery requirements.

How is Opal Valued? 
VANIG, a qualified gemologists determines the value of the OPAL at the body tone, brilliance, pattern and colour bar thickness. Other important factors are the play of colours and faults in the OPAL.

Custom Quality at Lorne Park Jewellers
Custom Quality at Lorne Park Jewellers

Vanig will examine the OPAL before purchasing it for customers. OPALS are so varied in color and style they are only purchased when customers request an OPAL pendant, earrings or rings. The customer will see the OPAL before it is fashioned into a cherished custom piece of jewellery. Good service is very important to us at Lorne Park Jewellers.

THE AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION
Typical Opals from Australia come in shimmering shades. You could safely say each opal is unique.

Opals from Australia
Opals from Australia

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).

August Birthstone ~ Peridot

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Cleopatra Wore Peridots

The Peridot is one of the oldest gems dating back to 1500 BC. The Egyptians called it “faridat,” the gem of the sun. The French named this gem is “peritot” – which means gold – perhaps because the stone can vary its shade toward the colour gold in the sunlight. In ancient Egypt, some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually Peridot gems. (Cleopatra photo provided by littleartstudio.com) Peridot is very similar to an Emerald, but the stone is less intensive and softer. In the 19th Century, the mines on Zabargad Island (35 miles off the Egyptian coast) produced millions of dollars worth of Peridot. Mining Peridot has diminished over the years. It is believed that the Peridot you see on the market today is most likely  ‘old’ Peridot not ‘new’ Peridot.
If you are nearing your 16th anniversary, celebrate it with the official Peridot.
DIFFERENT SHADES OF GREEN

Dark Green Shade of Peridot
Dark Green Shade of Peridot

The intensity of color depends on the amount of iron present in a Peridot. The more iron, the deeper the colour. The dark green Peridot also have a higher price tag.

Lighter Shade Of GREEN
Popular pale green is common for this gem. They are now mined in places like Mexico, Arizona and the middle east. The finest quality Peridot is found in Pakistan.

Typical Paridot Colour
Typical Paridot Colour
Green gem Platinum ring 2.40 Ct with .30 Ct diamond cluster at Lorne Park Jewellers.
Green Gem Platinum ring 2.40 Ct with .30 Ct diamond cluster at Lorne Park Jewellers.

vanig4At Lorne Park Jewellers, our quality gem stones have all been professionally graded. LPJ has an onsite Certified Gemologist (Vanig). Your diamond or any stone is of the highest quality at Lorne Park Jewellers.
A personal invitation from Vanig.
Lorne Park Jewellery Store, 1107 Lorne Park Road, Mississauga,ON, Canada.
Tel: 905-891-0001 email: info @lorneparkjewellers.ca
website: lorneparkjewellers.ca
Diamond Engagement Rings www.engagementringsstore.ca
cja_logoCANADIAN Mined Diamonds
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Take confidence in knowing that every diamond engagement ring we sell is certified and appraised by a third-party (CJA).