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Happy Lunar New Year Gem Lovers!


It is time of the year (especially across Asia) when many families have been celebrating together. Celebrating the change of lunar year & saying goodbye to the Rooster and welcoming the Dog. Each year of the lunar calendar is characterised by the strengths, weaknesses and virtues of the associated animal. And each of these animals are said to have an associated gemstone. The year of Dog is associated with Ruby.


What’s the dog like you ask? Well… the dog is said to be of kind-hearted nature, always listening to others while ruby is associated with love and said to trigger the sensual pleasures in life, stir the blood and stimulate the heart. Guess this year will be full of weddings and miracles… and a lot of love driven event.


Ruby is one of the most desired (and priced!) gemstones globally. Why? Well, in addition to its beauty, it is exceptionally hard which makes it highly resistant to scratches and damage. This makes it ideal for lifelong jewellery, passed on to the next generations. Myanmar (Burmese) rubies are famous for their “pigeon blood” color. They are amongst the rarest & most valued in the world, making them ideal to pass on down the family heritage!


As all rubies are a highly sought after with a price tag to match, the market has plenty of imitations (stones which look like rubies e.g. natural red spinel or glass!) as well as synthetic stones (same composition as a natural ruby, but man-made in a lab). The first synthetic ruby was in fact made already in the late 1700’s! If this is not confusing enough, most commercial rubies have undergone multitude of enhancements, one of the most common is heat treatment.

Imitations, synthetic stones and enhancements provide more affordable & available stones to the mass market, but still look fabulous. However, if you are looking to purchase even a small natural ruby, it is important to educate yourself prior to the purchase decision. If you like gemstones, it is actually quite interesting & fun! Understand the value (color, clarity, origin and enhancements), know the questions to ask and if in doubt do check at a trustworthy gem lab. If you’re still curious, ask us. As you may already suspect, we are mad about gemstones and everything related, so we would be ecstatic to help!


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To celebrate the year of Dog and associated Ruby, we will be posting stories on ruby (and other gemstones) throughout the year so keep a look out if you’re interested in this topic.

Wishing you a Happy Year of the Dog!

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Out With The Old & In With The Garnet


Happy New Year gem lovers & appreciators! MDG wishes you a very happy, healthy & successful 2018! …or a least until next month when it’s time for our Chinese New Year wishes!

January has sneaked in and past us all. Don’t know about the rest of you but for us it seems like the first month of the year is always the most fast-paced. Caught between the fond memories of the holidays, rest, friends, family, gifts (of course we mean jewelry & gemstones gifts) & most importantly – freedom! Now it’s back to reality & out of the romantic bubble of life we were all living in December.  Don’t worry though – with the help and love for the colourful world of gemstones, you will still have your little piece of the fairy tale living, at least until Chinese New Year when there’s another occasion to be spoilt (as if a true gem lover ever needs one).


So again, we have a reason to celebrate; to celebrate gemstones, to celebrate those born in January & of course to celebrate the start of a new year – a white canvas filled with dreams, hopes & wishes which are yet to manifest during the next 12 months. That’s exciting!

Speaking about celebrating gemstones, did you know that they originate deep from the earth? This results in the gem’s materials absorbing and transmitting vibrations. These vibrations are believed to have a positive impact on the people who wear them; hence the tradition to wear or carry one’s birthstone.  Whether one truly believes in this or just feels attracted to a particular gemstone, we can’t ignore that there is a positive impact from these beautiful precious stones.


January’s birthstone is Garnet. This stone is far more interesting than what initially meets the eye. Garnet is an abundant mineral group containing various gemstone species, some common, some very rare. One of the more common colors is brownish red. This color exists naturally in every other color except blue. Some alternative color choices are green (even emerald green), yellow, bright orange, pink, violet and a violet-red which can rival that of ruby. Red garnets are the most affordable, while rare orange and green garnets are the most expensive. Most garnets do not benefit from enhancements; hence, you will most likely be able to purchase a non-treated gemstone, making us feel even more connection to mother earth!

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Happy Birthday January Children!