Popularly known as “gold topaz,” citrine is a mesmerizing gemstone which is actually most closely related to amethyst.
As the birthstone for November, it has the benefit of being affordable as well as beautiful. Let’s learn more about this beloved form of quartz!
Whether you love gemstones and simply want to learn more about them, or you are considering a career in gemology, you may be wondering if it is possible to become a gemologist by studying online.
While you might think this is an area of study where you would need hands-on experience, there actually are a lot of opportunities for budding gemologists looking for distance learning opportunities.
For those that love purple, sugilite is one of the most beautiful gemstones. It’s a fairly rare mineral, sometimes also called “lavulite”. Occasionally, you may see sugilite marketed under the trade name “Royal Azel”.
If you are in search if a rare and compelling gemstone which could serve as the crowning jewel for any collection, you will want to take a look at benitoite.
Benitoite is found in a number of locations, but gem-quality specimens have only been discovered in California. For this reason, it is the state’s official gemstone.
Chalcedony is not actually a species of mineral, but rather any form of microcrystalline quartz. So it is actually is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of semi-precious gemstones. Many of these will be familiar to you from the rock shop, including agate, carnelian, heliotrope, onyx, and others.
Let’s learn more about chalcedony in all its forms!
Sphalerite is not a very well-known gemstone, but it is certainly an intriguing one. Sphalerite gems are usually a bright, fiery orange. Faceted the right way, they can be dazzling to behold.
If you love purple gemstones or know somebody who does, but want to shop for something a little more interesting and unique than amethyst, charoite is a great alternative.
This gemstone is chatoyant and features marvelous patterns of swirls which can be quite entrancing.
At the gem shop, have you ever picked up a piece of malachite and found that part of the stone was a deep, mesmerizing blue?
If so, you may have actually been looking at a specimen which contained azurite. Click to learn more about this stunning gemstone!
Sometimes if you are out hiking, if you are very lucky, you will stumble across a gemstone which feels like rock, but looks like wood. This is petrified wood.
“Wait,” you may be thinking, “How can wood be a gemstone?” Read the article and find out!
If you are in the market for a remarkably unique-looking gemstone which will captivate your senses, look no further than pietersite.
This gemstone showcases a spectacular rainbow of hues with a distinctive, sparkling shine.