Pink Gemstones and Diamonds
Green gemstones are beautiful in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings; they can all make great gifts. The natural world has produced gemstones of all imaginable shades of green expressed in amazing clarity and beauty. If the person you will be giving jewelry to is especially fond of pink, however, you might want to search specifically for pink gemstones. The beauty of the natural world is nearly endless, and there are many different gemstones to choose from as you search for the perfect one for your recipient. If you look online for pink and green stones, you are sure to find a variety of lovely jewelry designs that come with price tags much lower than what you would find in local stores.
Serpentine, jade, malachite, and emerald are just a few of the most popular and easily recognizable green gemstones. Some of them are very dark and almost appear black while others are light and subtle hues of green. Having several different gemstones in all variety of shades of green is nice because it lets you carefully select the exact stone and style that will fit the taste of your jewelry gift’s recipient; they will be sure to love it.
Modern jewelry designers have been using pink gemstones extensively and they have steadily grown in popularity in recent years. Some of the most rare and costly gemstones in the world are pink diamonds, so perhaps that has influenced the popularity of other pink gems. The grand majority of folks, though, will not be looking for pink diamonds but instead more reasonably priced gems that still look amazing in all forms of jewelry. There are many different kinds of pink stones such as tourmaline, morganite, rose quartz, sapphire, ruby, spinel, and kunzite; rose quartz is the most affordable of these options.
For people who love jewelry and are always searching for new and unique gems to add to their collection, zultanite gemstones are a rare and special option. They are green and pink because the light they are bathed in affects the way they are perceived. The gems are harvested in only one mine in the entire world, which is found in Turkey.
Green gemstones and pink gemstones can be used to create one of a kind jewelry that your gift recipient is sure to treasure. Rare gems make lovely gifts and look fabulous in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry.
Citrine and its properties.
Natural bright yellow Citrine is the rarest of the Quartz varieties. It is named from the old French word citrin, meaning yellow. The ancient Romans used it for jewellery and intaglio work and was very popular for jewellery in the 19th century.
It is the birthstone of November and is also recognised as the gemstone to celebrate the 17th wedding anniversary.
By far the largest supplier of Citrine is Rio Grande do Sol State in southern Brazil, although other mines are located in the USA in Carolina, Colorado and California. The most valuable stones are the darkest, sometimes known as Madeira citrine for their resemblance to the colour of fortified wine. In nature , citrine’s colour is due to tiny impurities of ferrous oxide.
Citrine is sometimes confused with TOPAZ, which is much more precious and expensive. Be wary of stones called “Topaz Quartz” or “Citrine Topaz” or the like. They often signal the fact that the less costly citrine is being passed off as something more valuable.
In its golden form, the ancients revered the gemstone as a gift of the sun and they considered it a powerful antidote to the viper’s venom.
The gemstone is thought to posses the power to disperse depression and manage anger.
If a man wears the gemstone he is thought to become more striking and intellectual. For a woman, it is said to make her fertile, happy and contented.
Lapis Lazuli and its properties.
Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful blue opaque gemstone. It has been considered as a holy stone, a friendship stone and a stone of truth throughout its lifetime of use, Lapis Lazuli encourages the wearer to speak their mind and create harmonious relationships.
Lapis, historically, was ground and the pigments used for paint by artists. It provided a bright blue colour that was extremely rare. Hence it was always used sparingly. When found in artwork it was a sign that the person commissioning the piece had spent a great deal of money.
Lapis Lazuli was mentioned in 2650 BC in the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. The ancient Egyptians used it extensively in religious ceremonies, and Lapis Luzuli items were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Lapis Luzuli is cut and polished to make gemstones for jewellery and is also used as a decorative stone. Because it is slightly soft, it is normally cut as cabochons and used for beads, inlay material and small carved items.
The value of this gemstone is largely determined by the abundance and colour of the dark intense blue lazurite. The colours range from greenish-blue to purple-blue. The flecks of gold pyrite and white calcite can often increase the value. However, when these are too numerous or too large, they can decrease the value.
General Knowledge of Gemstones
Ever since their evolution, gemstones are the center of attraction for human civilization due to their exceptional luster, natural beauty, and cosmic powers. The legends, folklores, and myths about gemstones make them even more enigmatic and fascinating. Loose gems have always been preferred for their strong properties and healing powers.
Precious and semi precious stones bring good luck, peace, and prosperity in the life of their possessor. Inscriptions from the mythological era praise them for their ability to influence human behavior and fate.
The Indian gemology believes that all the gems are related to nine dhatus of which a human body is constituted. They correspond to the nine planets as well. Depending upon these effects, their classification into precious and semi precious stones is made to determine their influence on electromagnetic field, chemical composition, and psyche of the human body.
Loose gemstones are mostly preferred for astrological purposes. They are mono crystals with non metallic mineral composition. They have certain properties that are inherent to their natural existence while some properties are added to them artificially in labs. Here is some basic knowledge about the features and properties of various loose gemstones.
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is now becoming harder to obtain and therefore more expensive to buy.
There has been a vast reduction in the quantity being mined and this has resulted in it beginning to be rare.
It is said that the mines in Arizona will not be able to produce much more of the gem, if any, as the months go by.
It is a gem with a pure clarity and vivid colour. There are no marks on the stone and when set as a multi gem item, all the stones will match in colour and clarity exactly.
It first became popular when it was announced that it would become rarer in the future and many people have been buying both made up jewelry as well as single gemstones as an investment. Like other gems such as Tanzanite, it has become now a very desired gem to own and to keep. It looks good in Silver and Platinum as well as Gold. You can obtain it in Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and Pendants knowing they will all match.
Its beautiful Blue colour means that it can be worn for all occasions, Daytime, evening wear, special occasions and for any reason you may wish. It has all the qualities of Turquoise with all the meanings behind such a lovely gem.
by Ben McLeod
Observing how a baby reacts to visual stimuli and it is easy to see how jewelry gets the attention of children and adults alike. Beauty, color and shine are universal attractants not limited to humans. Many species of animals and insects all react and respond to visual cues that often utilize elements of color and brilliance.
The effect on primitive man may be safely inferred the effect such objects produce upon infants. When an infant is shown a brilliantly colored object, they reach for it and gaze into the object. Vibrant colors pleasure the optic nerve. This can also be seen in the animal kingdom as well. Some animals especially birds will collect objects to build their nests with. The birds often travel great distances to find some of the objects. They are very meticulous and even though a similar bone may be close to their nest, they may not want it and travel a long distance to get one that looks very similar.
Jewelry designs for children have roots in many ancient cultures. Gifts of jewelry have been presented to honor the birth of child or to recognize other milestones in a childs development. Even today, many cultures adorn children with body jewelry at an early age. Body piercing is common even in western countries. It is not unusual for parents to pierce the ears of a newborn, adorning the child with earring jewelry. Though there is a great of debate surrounding this practice, it reflects customs that go back thousands of years.
Not limited to body jewelry, gifts of precious metals and gemstones for children are well documented throughout history. The Magi are said to have brought the newborn Jesus a gift of gold to honor him. Jewelry that has been in the family for many years is often given to child in hopes of carrying on a generational tradition. Birthstones, precious gems that have a connection to astrology, are common gifts for children. History is replete with stories and lore about the powers of precious gems and amulets. Bead jewelry has always had a strong cultural significance for children.
The moonstone is regarded as blessed or holy and is thought to bring good fortune to the wearer. In some cultures, the stone was thought to make the wearer invisible and is now believed by some in the New Age community to impart a level of spiritual permanence or even immortality to the wearer. It is widely believed that small children and infants are granted certain protections by owning the stone.
Along with the power of associated with gems, amulets and talisman, the sheer beauty of precious metals and gemstones is not lost on older children. In western cultures, jewelry has been thought of as an adornment primarily for females. Bracelets, rings and earrings have been considered must have items for modern girls and young women. The fascination of gold has not been lost on men and young boys.
Men have worn rings, tie tacks, stickpins and other items of jewelry as a display of wealth and influence. The late twentieth century saw a tremendous growth in the market for jewelry designed for boys and young men. In todays modern times, it is not uncommon to see young boys sporting earrings and body piercings. The hip hop culture has had a tremendous influence, creating a completely new language to describe flashy, audacious jewelry.
Even though the bling has become the thing for many kids today, traditional jewelry gifts for young men and boys are still popular. Whether a watch to signify graduation from school or a class ring.
Andalusite and some of its Properties.
Andalusite holds the everlasting colours of the season of Autumn. It varies in colour from a pale yellowish brown to a dark bottle-green, dark brown or the most popular, greenish red.
It has a very strong and distinctive pleochroism, so that, when turned, the stone may appear yellow, green and red. A true mimic of the beautiful colours of Autumn.
Large crystals may be vertically striated prisms with a square cross section and pyramidal ends. These are rare. More usual are opaque, rod-like aggregates of crystals or waterworn pebbles. It is these pebbles that are usually cut as gemstones.
Andalusite is an aluminium silicate. It was discovered at Almeria in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, from where it gets its name.
It is heated to form mullite, a refractory material with industrial uses such as spark plugs.
Some crystals have carbonaceous inclusions, arranged so that in cross section they form a dark cross. This variety is called chiastolite, named after the Greek for “cross”. Chiastolite existed in schists near the town of Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain. Many amulets of the “cross-stone” were sold to pilgrims. This variety is also found in Australia, China, Siberia, Russia, France, England and United States to name a few.
Agate and some of its properties.
Agate is distinguished by its many, often vivid colours . The bands of colours may be white, red, blue, grey, mauve, brown or black. These are irregular and sometimes curved. The parallel bands follow the wavy contour of the cavity where silica gel solidified.
The stone’s name was derived from the River Achates in southwest Sicily, since it was discovered in that area. This gemstone is one of the oldest known minerals. It was valued by the ancient Sumerians and Egyptians who used it for amulets, receptacles and ornamental pieces.
The Greeks and Romans carved it into cameos and intaglios, and the latter used it for intaglio signet rings.
This stone was especially valued during medieval times. Today it remains very popular for brooches, cameos and other jewellery. It is used as a decorative stone for inlaid work, such as boxes, table tops, table mats, clock faces and ornaments, to name just a few.
Agate can be translucent, transparent, or sometimes opaque. Wavy bands are often inside a geode (nodule) of Agate. The colourful bands are best seen when the geode is sawn through and the flat surfaces of the sections are polished. Cutting the stone into thin slices allows light to pass through and display the bands.
All Agates respond well to polishing and they are strong enough for everyday jewellery.
BIRTHSTONES JULY TO DECEMBER.
JULY BIRTHSTONE RUBY
The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love’s doubt and anxiety.
No other gemstone shares it’s attachment to the feelings of love and passion. In the ancient world people believed that Rubies could help them predict the future. They have been worn as talismans to protect from illness or misfortune. It is also said that the wearer of a Ruby would enjoy romance, friendship, energy, courage and peace.
AUGUST BIRTHSTONE PERIDOT.
Wear a Peridot or for thee
No conjugal felicity.
The August born without this stone
‘Tis said must live unloved and loan.
Long associated with luck, many myths and legends celebrated this magical stone due to its apparent power to ward off evil spirits. Historically, if the stone was set in Gold or in any precious metal its capacity to bring the wearer luck and good fortune was even more intensified. In 2003 a NASA spacecraft identified the gem on Mars. [Read More…] about Birthstones July to December
Moonstone and its Properties.
Moonstone has long been considered as a sacred stone and is often believed to be moonlight in a magical, solid form. A virtually colourless stone, it is distinguished by a blush shimmer that moves across its face as the stone is moved.
Moonstone is ethereal and angelic in its appearance. It is just like gazing at the moon at night as it peeks through the clouds.
This gemstone is usually set in rings, pendants and earrings with the lesser graded Moonstone used in beaded necklaces.
Moonstones are said to possess healing abilities aligning your vertebrae, are a good digestive aid and soothe and balance your emotions.
Its mystical powers are said to protect women and babies. It is also associated with the oceans and planting cycles. It is said to balance “yin and yang” as well as bringing good fortune to the wearer. Legend says that Moonstone is a very prized gift for lovers as it arouses tender passion.
Sri Lanka is the most important source of this gemstone, both in terms of volume and quality. There it is mined by hand, a slow and laborious process. It is one of the few gemstones actually found in “Situ” in southern Sri Lanka, the others are found in gravel.