Gemstone Jargon ~ MaggieMays' Blog

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Russian Chrome Diopside - What Is It? Where Does It Come From?

What is this green gemstone that everyone is calling "Russian Chrome Diopside"! Why are so many people trying to purchase it and for what reason? I'm going to try and explain this wonderful green gem.Then, in 1988, rumors of a momentous new green gem from Russia started circulating in the trade. Dealers who saw this material when it first surfaced in Europe raved about the resemblance of its color to that of tsavorite and chrome tourmaline and raved as much about its price: only a fraction of these gems. After the wall fell and dealers began exploring the new possibilities for marketing Russian gems, the rush was on. Since then, Chrome... » Read More

Arthritis Magnetic Jewelry

A lot of us suffer from different types of Arthritis that leaves us to the point of not being able to wear jewelry. MaggieMays Fine Jewelry has Handmade a couple of Arthritis Magnetic Therapy Jewelry Necklace's which I have described them as "Easy Peasy" with no clasp for those of us that have a terrible time using our hands. A beautifully designed necklace that can be worn in different configurations which accents your fashion and performs therapy at the same time. Here are the links: and is an illness tha... » Read More

What to look for when Buying Citrine Gemstone's

To my readers and customer's, this part two of The Amazing Citrine Gemstone by MaggieMays Fine Jewelry. In this post you will receive information on what to look for when purchasing not only Citrine but your other gemstone's as well.What to look for when Buying Citrine Gemstone's: Quartz varieties are very affordable relative to many other gems, citrine is a great starting place for a new collector of gemstones. Here are a few suggestions:Distribution of color: Some varieties of quartz have lighter and darker areas due to a characteristic know as zoning. Zoning detracts from value, so be sure to look for a gem with uniform color throughout.... » Read More


MaggieMays Fine Jewelry would like to share some informative information on the Citrine Gemstone. I have introduced this series of articles explaining terms of each individual gemstone starting with citrine so that my reader's and customer's will be able to quickly find out what a term means when speaking about gemstones. If you have any question's or are unsure about any terms used please leave a comment or email ( me directly, and I will be happy to help.Also, I have set up a blog category called Gemstone Jargon; This is where I will be posting about different gemstone's information, characteristics, def... » Read More

Synthetic Yellow and White Diamond Ring

With the holiday's fast approaching and knowing how the economy is at this time; I wanted to give my customer's something that will fit their budget. I went to a gemstone show and came across some gems. I bought some yellow and white synthetic diamonds that have the same brilliance, sparkle and a abundance of color. As always, I carry my handy 10X Loupe to check for quality and much more. All my gemstones are put through various testing before even being mounted. Be reassured that MaggieMays Artisan Jewelry only uses the highest quality gems possible, I know, you hear the word synthetic which I've found out deters customer's from pu... » Read More
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SilverRiverJewelry said: This ring is beautiful, I am so pleased with it! Fits perfectly and was shipped very quickly. I will enjoy wearing this ring for many years to come!

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wildcatleatherco said: "Thank you, it's always a pleasure!"

earthegy said "An absolute pleasure to do business with, thanks so much!"

"I cannot say enough good things about Marge, the lovely lady who sold me this beautiful emerald. She is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She made sure I knew what I was getting and went out of her way to get me this stunning emerald pendant! The color is just beautiful and I could not be happier! Just perfect! A very professional seller who knows what she's talking about-I encourage you to check out her shop. Many thanks Marge!!!"

"Amazing artist.. perfect order, fast shipping and extremely pleasant to work with. Highly recommended artist."

"Shopping at MaggieMays was a great experience! Marge is very knowledgeable and answered my emails and any questions quickly and professionally. The emerald pendant is just beautiful and MaggieMays gets a perfect score from me! I highly recommended MaggieMays if you are shopping for a beautiful, fine quality piece of jewelry. And thank you for the free shipping special-what a nice surprise!"

The lovely Chrome Diopside ring (1 stone + 4 around it) plus the Ruby pendant, plus the re-mounted Lapis Lazuli in the fine sterling silver mount, all received on time and all excellent. Thank you, Marge

Dear Marge, Splendid to talk with you and Don. I truly appreciate the care and detail with which we can make our informed decisions.

Thank You, The necklace arrived promptly and was well packed. I gave the necklace to my daughter for her 22nd birthday. She loves the necklace and the chain as well. Also, she has sent me several links to your website for future gifts.

Orange is one of my most favorite colors lately and this Agate Citrine Quartz cuff bracelet is outstanding. Beautiful piece.

Your jewelry is beautiful!

MaggieMays Thank You for such a lovely and beautiful Sri Lanka Sapphire Necklace; your quality, expertise and knowledge certainly shows in your design's

Margaret, Did receive the ring. I Love it! The color is beautiful. Been wearing it since I received it. Thanks for quick service. So appreciated!

Unclassified! Received the necklace. Thank You so much.

I ordered this beautiful Mandiore Ametrine White Topaz Ring. From the minute I ordered, I was receiving communication from MaggieMays about when it would be shipping, how to care for it properly, and when it was shipped. I received it within a few days of order and it is stunning; just a beautiful piece. I have several pieces of gemstone jewelry, but have never been given tips on how to care for it. The service was great and I have a ring that I will treasure. I love it!

Hi Marge, I received the ruby earrings and they are gorgeous! Thank You for the tips on taking care of the earrings.

"I recently bought a beautiful multi gem silver necklace from MaggieMays and couldn't be happier with the necklace or the service. I was contacted by Marge Pierson direct from MaggieMays and we had a couple of lovely email chats about the necklace and the method of shipment, as I live in Australia. Marge went to the trouble of exploring all the shipping options and kept me informed all the way. She posted me the necklace and it arrived about a week later, intact and well packaged. The necklace is absolutely beautiful and I have had so many comments about it whenever I wear it! I would definitely shop at this site again."

Customer commented: The Amethyst bracelet you sent looked amazing on her wrist! She really enjoys her new piece. The communication throughout this whole transaction was great! The packaging was very good and allowed her new bracelet to arrive unharmed and looking exquisite. I would definitely shop with you again and have told a few friends about my experience. In good regards, Thomas

Beautiful as are all of your wonderful pieces, Margaret. I especially like the delicate pink coloring of this rubellite tourmaline earring set. :-)

Comments received on Fluorite and Blue Topaz Necklace: Judith - That is absolutely out of this world beautiful! Pam - So pretty!! Dana - very pretty!! Charlene - Knocked my socks off and I pinned it too :) Sonja - Very Pretty! Pam - So Pretty! Dianes Dangles - Blue Fluorite is so pretty! Love this necklace; Karen - This is such a beautiful necklace Margaret, as all your pieces.

It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Marge at MaggieMays. She responded to my questions promptly regarding a moonstone pendant and earring set. The jewelry is stunning and Marge went "above and beyond" answering my many questions about the stones and how to care for my new jewelry. I've completed many transactions on the web, and this was by far one of the most pleasant. ~ Carol K, San Diego,

Hi Marge, Thanks so much for your "above and beyond" assistance with this transaction. I'm too old to say this phrase, but that won't stop me, you ROCK! That's a good thing!

Just received your package. The set is gorgeous, completely different from my original moonstone from the 1980's. Maybe because mine isn't faceted? Or is this set moonstone/topaz? Doesn't matter. I just love It. Very sparkly!! Thank you so very much for your above-and-beyond communication on this transaction. You are a true asset to buyers.

"David Salerno here: i think you have some beautiful jewelry designs! I just followed you on Twitter so I can tweet your wonderful merchandise and I wish you great success and prosperity in the future!"

Absolutely beautiful creations Marge! Very nice looking Artfire shop too!

"Marge, thank you for your continuous communication, distinct and informative information about fresh water pearls. I've been looking for just the right soft color of pink pearls for years and MaggieMays has made my dream come true. You have exquisite and beautiful fine jewelry that is nothing less than high quality. Thanks for sending on how to care for my pearls. I will definitely let my friends know about MaggieMays jewelry and be shopping with you again. Elizabeth

Excellent. I understand (and appreciate highly) your report of your careful observations about the quality of the central Chrome Diopside stone. "Marvelous match in style and joyful green/silver presentation, to the Chrome Diopside ring. The ring is a success, in silver, and with the central beautiful stone surrounded by 4 smaller stones, all Chrome Diopside. Overall, a "vintage" style feel. Your eye for the character and quality of stones is superb.Thank you!!!" Atsuo Kuki

Hi Marge, Received the earrings Saturday. They are beautiful. My wife loves their color. Thank you so much for getting these out to me so quickly. All was perfect ,from ordering on line to seeing the ear rings in my hand. They make an excellent gift. Drew

The pendant has been received in excellent condition and is exactly as described. Marvelous! And again, a beautiful green. The perfect match with the ring makes me look like (!) I know what I am doing with my choices for jewelry...Thank you for your swift action and uncanny knowledge of stones and their subtleties, Sincerely - Atsuo Kuki

I received the Moonstone Necklace. It's much more impressive than the pictures on the web can capture. It is a Christmas gift for my wife and I know she will love it too! She had commented on liking a similar stone she saw on that new gem hunter TV show. Your website made it easy to acquire. Thank you for following up to make sure I received it on time. Also, I give MaggieMays a perfect rating of 5 stars for item as described, customer communication, shipping and packaging!, Craig

Margaret, I would rate MaggieMays with 5 out of 5 stars in all categories; Customer experience and expectations were surpassed, Packaging was superior, Shipping was perfect and right on time, could've even been later, Free gifts and thoughtfulness of wrapping paper were a very nice touch. Thank you for the wonderful experience, Scott

I did receive it. I think my mom's going to love it. Very pretty. I want to thank you for the great communication regarding this transaction. One of the best shopping experiences I have had on the internet. I can highly recommend your store, and have!, Tom L.

WOW! Super fast shipping - THANKS! Thank you for the great customer service. I am taking this gift to the UK as I am buying it on behalf of my brother who saw it and thought it was fabulous. Trish

My life loved the necklace!! Just the right thing. Thanks so much. Please use the following for website reviews. "Artfire customer service and products are amazing. Five stars all around!! I had a great experience buying my wife the perfect birthday gift enhanced by Artfire's personal communications and attention to special requests. I look forward to using Artfire many times in the future." Peter Haase


Dear Marge You have been more than helpful and I now feel that something can be done for my Golden Coral ring. Tonight I polished it with mineral oil as suggested and can no longer see or feel the cracks. The coral has taken on a lustre that I not seen for many years. As the coral has no backing, the mineral oil was applied there as well. I feel the setting of the coral is protective and that is why it has survived 35yrs of wearing. The gem does not sit high above the 'cage' like surround which is a very plain 18ct gold. Your information has given me much hope. I shall keep your company website as I do like contemplating and admiring the offerings. Thank you, Judeth M Materna, Sydney, Australia

Hello Marge, The time came this past weekend in New York City when I gave the Sri Lanka Rainbow Moonstone Pendant to my girlfriend. I wanted to send this communication to you to validate you and your husband's wonderful efforts in crafting jewelry. My girlfriend just absolutely loved the necklace. She was so thrilled to receive it from me. While she was stayed in Sri Lanka for some months, she was within some miles of Meetiyagoda, Sri Lanka, along the coast. She loved her time in Sri Lanka and I know receiving a rare piece of jewelry from a mine so close to her friends was very special to her. Thank you both again for crafting such a wonderful piece of jewelry and bringing a huge smile to my girlfriend's face! :-) Scott Taylor