About the Author: Sam Larson

Sam Larson
Gemstones Director
I started with Stuller in 2019 • I've been in the jewelry industry for 20 years •  Love baking, passionfruit, gemstones, mascara, and everyday adventures • Mama Bear • Bug-obsessed pretend photographer • Hoarder of stationary and colored pens • Tetrachromat • Believer that tea is best served with whipped cream

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Bicolor and Color Change Gemstones for the Colorful Enthusiast

Be amazed with unique bicolor and color change gemstones

Gemstones are all beautiful in their own special and unique ways, but there are some that just have a way of catching the eye. Bicolor and color change gemstones are scientific marvels that intrigue you with their color diversity. Want to impress your customers with these fascinating gems? Let’s dive read more…

Sell With a Story: Aquamarine

Aquamarine has long been considered a divisive stone; you either love them or love to hate them. With its unique color — non-replicable in nature — Aquamarine could be the enigma we all seek. Historical Background Adopted as March’s birthstone in 1912, Aquamarine has had varied uses throughout the centuries. read more…

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Sell With a Story: Black Opal

Learn all about mysterious, moody black opal

A sunset, tropical waters, watercolor paintings, Holi color clouds, the galaxy. You might be asking, “What do these have in common?” If you have ever seen an opal, you likely already know. Considered one of the most colorful stones available within the industry, opals show many colors all in one read more…

Sell With a Story: Fancy Colored Sapphires

Explore up and coming and popular sapphire colors!

Did you know that Sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow, except red? Every. Single. Color. Plus a few. Fancy colored Sapphires are all the extraordinary colors outside of traditional blue, colorless, and black. Today, we are going to explore some of the up-and-coming colors as well as some read more…

Sell With a Story: Imperial Topaz

Discover what makes Imperial Topaz such a coveted stone

Topaz crystals are impressive. Some of the largest specimens can weigh hundreds of pounds. The largest faceted stone in the world just happens to be a Topaz: The El-Dorado Topaz weighs in at 31,000 carats (13.6 pounds) and is currently housed in Spain. Imperial topaz represents less than ½ of read more…

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Sell with a story: Red, White, and Blue stones

There are few color combinations as iconic to the United States of America as red, white, and blue. Creating a color collection as classic as little pinwheels this time of year is super easy with many gemstone options in a plethora of shades encompassing red, white, and blue. Below we read more…

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Sell With a Story: Spectrolite

Let me introduce you to the dark and broody cousin of Moonstone. When Moonstone is Hairspray, Spectrolite is Phantom of the Opera. When Moonstone is a bright summer day, Spectrolite is a cold dark night lit up by the bewitching northern lights. Known as the transformation stone, Labradorite (according to read more…

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Sell With a Story: Tanzanite

Broader color variations offered from this classic gem

Everyone has a favorite gemstone, whether it’s classic blue, cheeky pink, sunny yellow, or icy white. Sell With a Story is here to help expand those horizons and turn even the most timid gemstone purveyor into a strong-selling, gemstone enthusiast. This time, I’m going to discuss the mineral zoisite and read more…

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Sell With a Story: Speckled Quartz

Get to know one of the most unusual varieties of quartz: Speckled Quartz

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite new stones: speckled quartz. I first saw this curious and unique material when I was at the Intergem show in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Idar’s rich gem mining and cutting history continue with the addition of this otherwise overlooked variety read more…

Sell With a Story: Tourmaline Gemstones

Learn some basics about captivating, colorful tourmaline gemstones in this installment of Sell With a Story

Every design can benefit from a well-placed pop of color — and there’s perhaps no gemstone better suited for this than tourmaline. With its clean lines, elongated crystals, and range of colors, tourmaline gemstones are just what you need for eye-catching, vivid center stones. A more contemporary design might use read more…

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