Monthly Archives January 2008

The allure of the pearl

Pearls are one of the most well known gemstones in the world. In literally every culture and continent, pearls are held in high regard, and as a natural gemstone, it has no equal. Pearls are grown within the confines of the shells of mollusks, but only mollusks with inner shells that have the iridescent material called nacre, or mother of pearl as a surface lining, will produce commercial grade pearls. Pearls come about as a result of an intrusive, foreign object finding its way into the pearl oyster. In response to this “intrusion,” pearl oysters will develop layers of nacre
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The refreshing properties of fluorite

The fascinating mineral that is fluorite Fluorite (CaF2) is a mineral better known for its teeth protecting abilities rather than any crystalline virtues, but it does crystallize as beautiful crystals of blue, green, yellow, purple, and practically any shade from the rainbow you can think of. It is sometimes called fluorspar or simply, fluor, after the Latin word fluo, meaning “flow,” in reference to its use as a flux in industry. You’d think that the word fluorescence was originally derived from fluorite; it is true! Fluorite is actually fluorescent, but this fluorescence really depends on the mineral impurities contained within,
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Jade for health and wealth

Jade is famous the world over for its ornamental qualities, and revered in many Asian cultures as well as Central and South American civilizations. Jade is often mistaken for either nephrite or jadeite. In actual sense, jade is a general term for both nephrite and jadeite; nephrite is a calcium and magnesium rich form of jade (jade + actinolite), while jadeite is a sodium and aluminum rich variety (jade + pyroxene). Jade has a complex mineral formula; both types of jade sometimes occur with other minerals in the mix. Jade occurs in many shades of green, with the greatest variance
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