Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: PERIDOT
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, a yellow to olive green. The intensity and tint depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. The most valued color is a dark olive-green. Peridot is a type of Olivine, which is a common mineral often found in lavas and in inclusions which lavas carry to the surface. Peridot can be also found in meteorites.
Olivine is an abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rare.
Peridot crystals have been found in some Pallasite meteorites. Pictured is
a piece of a Pallasite meteorite from Venezuela.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: PERIDOT
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, a yellow to olive green. The intensity and tint depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure. The most valued color is a dark olive-green. Peridot is a type of Olivine, which is a common mineral often found in lavas and in inclusions which lavas carry to the surface. Peridot can be also found in meteorites.
Olivine is an abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rare. 
Peridot crystals have been found in some Pallasite meteorites. Pictured is 
a piece of a Pallasite meteorite from Venezuela.
AUGUST SPECIALS
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amazonite, Amethyst, Fossil, Moss Agate and Peridot
- Take 25% off any second item purchased

Photo: AUGUST SPECIALS
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amazonite, Amethyst, Fossil, Moss Agate           and Peridot
- Take 25% off any second item purchased

Monday, July 14, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: AMBER
Many trees produce resin, but the majority of deposits are broken down by exposure to sunlight, rain, and temperate extremes as well as bacteria and fungi. For resin to survive long enough to become amber, it has to be resistant to all this or be produced under conditions that exclude them. High pressures and temperatures produced by overlying sediment, transforms the resin first into copal. Sustained heat and pressure drive off organic compounds and results in the formation of amber.
Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown, amber can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after.
The most highly prized amber is transparent, rather than the common cloudy amber and opaque amber.
All Dominican amber is fluorescent, the rarest Dominican amber is blue amber. It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other even partially ultraviolet light..Only about 200 pounds is found a year, so it is very expensive.
Amber sometimes contains animals or plant matter that became caught in the resin as it was secreted. Insects, spiders and even their webs, bacteria and amoebae, marine microfossils, flowers and hair, feathers and other small organisms have been recovered in ambers dating to 130 million years ago.
In August 2012, two mites preserved in amber were determined to be the oldest animals ever to have been found in the substance; the mites are 230 million years old and were discovered in north-eastern Italy.

Photo: ROCK TRIVIA: AMBER 
Many trees produce resin, but the majority of deposits are broken down by exposure to sunlight, rain, and temperate extremes as well as bacteria and fungi. For resin to survive long enough to become amber, it has to be resistant to all  this or be produced under conditions that exclude them. High pressures and temperatures produced by overlying sediment, transforms the resin first into copal. Sustained heat and pressure drive off organic compounds and results in the formation of amber.
Amber occurs in a range of different colors. As well as the usual yellow-orange-brown, amber can range from whitish through a pale lemon yellow, to brown and almost black. Other uncommon colors include red amber (sometimes known as "cherry amber"), green amber, and even blue amber, which is rare and highly sought after.
The most highly prized amber is transparent, rather than the common cloudy amber and opaque amber. 
 All Dominican amber is fluorescent, the rarest Dominican amber is blue amber. It turns blue in natural sunlight and any other even partially ultraviolet light..Only about 200 pounds is found a year, so it is very expensive.
Amber sometimes contains animals or plant matter that became caught in the resin as it was secreted. Insects, spiders and even their webs,  bacteria and amoebae,  marine microfossils, flowers and hair, feathers and other small organisms have been recovered in ambers dating to 130 million years ago.
In August 2012, two mites preserved in amber were determined to be the oldest animals ever to have been found in the substance; the mites are 230 million years old and were discovered in north-eastern Italy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's been a productive week! 2 dozen new pendants and 2 dozen new earrings!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JULY SPECIALS:
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amber, Citrine, Peridot, Ruby and Sunstone.
- Buy any two pieces and take 50% off a third

Photo: JULY SPECIALS:
- Take 15% off all pieces with Amber, Citrine, Peridot, Ruby and Sunstone.
- Buy any two pieces and take 50% off a third