Monthly Archives May 2017

Aquamarine – Stone of Courage & Stability

Aquamarine is a type of beryl, and is actually just a lighter, bluish colored version of emerald. Its hardness is about 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. The color of aquamarine ranges from pale blue to deep blue, to light green, and can be either opaque or clear. Like all beryl gemstones, aquamarine crystallizes as hexagonal prismatic crystals with vertical striations, and large, near-perfect crystals over 5 inches long are sometimes found, although opaque specimens caused by inclusions are much more common. Most aquamarine is found in Brazil and Colombia, which are traditionally the top emerald producing countries as
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Opal Gemstone – Fire in the Ice

Opal is a gemstone that is famous for its internal glowing color, which takes on myriad hues and shades, rather like smoldering flames in a block of ice. It crystallizes in the form of masses and is not a very hard stone (only 5.5 – 6 on the Mohs scale), but is still used as jewelry due to its striking color variations, of which there are many. Its color is caused by its unique internal composition and structure – it is a hydrated form of silica (SiO2·nH2O) essentially making it a “watery stone”, and light is diffracted through it. Two
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The Regal Properties of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli (or simply called lapis) is a very well-known and prized stone since ancient times. The color of lapis lazuli is a deep blue, almost always coupled with flecks of other minerals, usually calcite and pyrite. The main component of lapis lazuli is lazurite, which gives it its deep blue color. Lapis lazuli is only found in masses (although lazurite crystallizes into dodecahedral crystals), and then cut and polished into ornaments or jewelry, such as pendants and bracelets. The main sources of lapis lazuli are in central Asian countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, although smaller sources are located
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Druzy Jewelry

The word “druse” or “druze” pertains to a hard rock base (usually a sunken area) enclosed with small individual crystals, such those seen inside geodes. Gem minerals which display such characteristics are said to have a coating of druse/druze. Until about ten years ago, druzy crystals were not a very common form of jewelry. Now, the times have changed! Druzy crystals are in demand and many gem carvers and jewelry designers use it in their jewelry. Druze gives the sparkling impression of small crystals over the surface of another mineral. It is very appealing when used in any jewelry. Druzy
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