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7 NON-Jewelry Ways We Use Precious Metals & Gemstones

7 NON-Jewelry Ways We Use Precious Metals & Gemstones
Megan Proctor ConnelleyJeweler, S+S Founder, Gemologist, & Crazy-Crystal-Lady. 7 NON-Jewelry Ways We Use Precious Metal &...

Crystal Healing Energy.... Help or Hype?

Crystal Healing Energy.... Help or Hype?
Tracy Brown Fashion Editor, Beauty Writer, Lover of Sand & Salt Water | Kennesaw, GA unsplash-logo Victoria Kure-Wu The Pow...

Carat vs. Karat

Carat vs. Karat
Do you mean carat or karat? Very few people know that there’s actually a huge difference between the two words. The dueling terms actually have very different meanings in the jewelry world. But we're here to break down the differences!

The Fallacy of Flaws

The Fallacy of Flaws
If you’ve ever shopped for a diamond (or even a colored gemstone), you’ve probably heard the word "inclusion". This word is a common industry term used to describe the appearance of gemstones. As a jeweler & Graduate Gemologist, I want to explain why inclusions are important, how they can be a good thing, and why I NEVER refer to them as flaws.

Pearls of Wisdom: Myths & Fun-Facts about this Classic Gem

Pearls of Wisdom: Myths & Fun-Facts about this Classic Gem
There's a lot of terminology used to describe pearls: natural, cultured, imitation, saltwater, freshwater.... Despite the popularity of this lustrous gemstone, there is still much confusion surrounding them. We're here to bust some myths and shine some light on the truth about pearls!

25 Gem Show Survival Tips from a Jeweler & Gemologist

Strands of opal beads at gem show
Since we are heading to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show this week, I'm sharing 25 tips from a trained jeweler and graduate gemologist on how to survive (and enjoy) shopping at a Gem Show.

SEA+STONE is going to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

SEA+STONE is going to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show
  Y'all. I'm BEYOND excited right now! I am leaving for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in two days!! If you don't feel like reading the details,...

Friday the 13th: Our favorite opal jewelry for a day of superstition!

Sea and Stone jewelry opal and diamond stud earrings
Friday the 13th has a long history & superstition of being an unlucky day. And today is that day! Does it feel heavy with the possibility of mi...

This one's for keeps!

Emerald and diamond ring on finger
It's been over three years since my trip to the emerald mines in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The trip was unforgettable and such a valuable experience fo...

Graduate Gemologist!

Sea and Stone founder Megan Connelley examining stone through her microscope
This week was huge for me! I've been working on my gemology degree from GIA since 2012. Over the past two years, I've learned all about colored gem...