17 Aug 2012

Tourmaline: Gemstone of the Rainbow

The tourmaline gemstone can be found in the greatest range of colors of all gemstones. Imagine a color and you can be quite certain that this silicate mineral will have a color to match. Often tourmalines will have more than one color. Some even change color under different lighting. Tourmaline

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17 Aug 2012

Peridot: Emerald of the Evening

One of the few gemstones that only appears in a single color, olive green. This gem-quality variant of the mineral olivine has been brought back from obscurity by the discovery of an extremely rich deposit of the finest peridots in history. Peridot jewelry is rapidly increasing in popularity. Even peridot

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17 Aug 2012

Taaffeite: One of the Rarest Gemstones of the World

Taaffeite is among the rarest gemstones of the world. Only first identified as a separate gemstone in 1945, before that it was thought to be a variety of spinel. What is Taaffeite? The taaffeite gemstone (pronounced TAR-fight) is purple to red and was first discovered in 1945. Count Edward Taaffe

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17 Aug 2012

Andalusite: Beauty in Multiple Colors

The andalusite gemstone is quite unknown, which is unfortunate as it is a beautiful gemstone that displays multiple colors at once. It was first found in Andalusia, Spain in 1789, but has since been found in other localities. What is Andalusite Taking Care of Andalusite Andalusite Buying Guide What is

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17 Aug 2012

Maw Sit Sit: Green and Black Rarity

The Maw Sit Sit gemstone is quite rare on the market today, it can only be found in a small part of Burma. This gemstone has a green color that varies from a dark deep green to almost neon green and is alternated by black spots and veins. It looks

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16 Aug 2012

Howlite: Not Just a Gemstone Imitator

Howlite is a fairly plain looking gemstone that is used extensively in beading. Though it can be seen in jewelry, its main claim to fame is as an imitation of other gemstones. Turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral for example. Natural howlite can look quite good, particularly when used in bead

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16 Aug 2012

Pearls: A Cultured Treasure

Pearls have been a valuable gemstone since ancient history. The introduction of cheaper cultured pearls has not tarnished its image. In fact they are more popular than ever and for good reason: an iridescent pearl simply looks amazing! Don’t hesitate to shop around for your own pearls because they won’t

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16 Aug 2012

Ametrine: Purple and Yellow Hybrid

With its contrasting yellow and purple colors the ametrine is one of the most unique looking gemstones in the world. Newer finds also include other colors like red and orange giving it an even more amazing look. It is a shame that this beautiful gemstone is not more popular. However

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16 Aug 2012

Sphene or Titanite: Amazing Fire and Color

Sphene gemstones (officially known as titanite) are known for their high dispersion (often called fire), which is even higher than that of diamonds. This fire is clearly visible in the video at the bottom of this page. It shows that sphene or titanite is an amazing gemstone that should not

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15 Aug 2012

Apatite: More Than Just Fertilizer

Apatite is a relatively soft gemstone and is usually found in various green colors. New deposits have uncovered high quality apatite with such striking colors that they are becoming known under the name neon apatite. It’s no surprise that this gemstone has been increasing in popularity in the last few

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