Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and oceans levels changed.
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals such as silica, iron and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: FOSSILIZED CORAL ( a.k.a. Agatized Coral )
Corals have been around for almost 500 million years. They lived in warm shallow waters and over time were buried as land surfaces shifted and  oceans levels changed.  
Over long periods of time the original tissues were replaced molecule  by molecule with a mineral or minerals.This replacement product is generally agate. Sometimes  the contrast between the soft tissues and the skeletal remains of the corals is remarkable as different minerals silica, iron  and manganese impart different colors to the stone.
Pictured is Indonesian Fossil Coral.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far.
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material.
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMAZONITE
Amazonite is a member of the feldspar family, which includes Moonstone, Sunstone and Labradorite. In the earth’s crust the feldspars are the most abundant mineral by far. 
When Amazonite crystallizes at relatively low temperatures which happens often, the two different feldspars which comprise the rocky
separate into layers. This gives beautiful white bands within the green material. 
Large prismatic crystals are found in the Pike’s peak area of Colorado, the mountains of Russia, Madagascar, and Brazil. The specimens from Colorado are sometimes found with smoky quartz and other minerals. When this is the case the value is much higher.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz along with Citrine and Smokey Quartz. Most of the amethyst on the market today is the pink- lavendar commonly found in Brazil and Uruguay. The finest Amethyst is the deep grape colored stone that comes from Zambia and limited production from Tanzania and Namibia.
Russian amethysts, which were mainly mined in winter in the Urals, were once famous for their particularly beautiful colour, which - unlike most Amethyst- remained good even in artificial light.
Amethysts are often found in spaces lining agate almonds and druses in igneous rocks. The largest recorded cavity was discovered in 1900 in Southern Brazil. It measured 33 by 16 by 10 feet and weighed an estimated eight tons.
In the picture: originally owned by Queen Therese of Bavaria, Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen (b.1792-1854)

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMETHYST
Amethyst belongs to the macrocrystalline branch of quartz along with Citrine and Smokey Quartz. Most of the amethyst on the market today is the pink- lavendar commonly found in Brazil and Uruguay. The finest Amethyst  is the deep grape colored stone  that comes from Zambia and  limited production from Tanzania and Namibia.
Russian amethysts, which were mainly mined in winter in the Urals, were once famous for their particularly beautiful colour, which - unlike most Amethyst- remained good even in artificial light. 
Amethysts are often found in spaces lining agate almonds and druses in igneous rocks. The largest recorded cavity was discovered in 1900 in Southern Brazil. It measured 33 by 16 by 10 feet and weighed an estimated eight tons. 
In the picture: originally owned by Queen Therese of Bavaria, Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen (b.1792-1854)

Friday, August 8, 2014

I don't understand why chocolate is not a food group & jewelry is not tax free this weekend. I can't do anything about the chocolate, but since we all know jewelry IS a necessity, take 10% off all purchases this weekend!
I said I wasn't ordering any more briolettes until after the gem show. I lied.

Thursday, August 7, 2014



Pantones colors for fall. Beautiful! Let's see, stones I need to stock up on: Blue Chalcedony, Rutilated Quartz, Mozambique Garnet, Labradorite, Smokey Quartz....

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Did you know that most pendants can be customized on the spot? One accent color of your choice is always included in the price and most chains can be switched if you would prefer all sterling, for example, over a chain with both sterling and 14k gold-filled.

Photo: Did you know that most pendants can be customized on the spot? One accent color of your choice is always included in the price and most chains can be switched if you would prefer all sterling, for example,  over a chain with both sterling and 14k gold-filled.