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All things Coral!

All things Coral!

Megan Proctor ConnelleyJeweler, Gemologist, & Ocean Lover | FL + NC CORAL 2019 COLOR OF THE YEAR + PRIZED ORG...
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!
Strands of opal beads at gem show

25 Gem Show Survival Tips from a Jeweler & Gemologist

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,...
Sea and Stone jewelry opal and diamond stud earrings

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

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...
Emerald and diamond ring on finger

This one's for keeps!

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...
Sea and Stone founder Megan Connelley examining stone through her microscope

Graduate Gemologist!

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...