Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Peridot is the national gemstone of Egypt. In ancient times, Egypt was the primary source of the Peridot,stone, which was called the ‘Gem of the Sun’. It is believed that the gemstones worn by the Queen Cleopatra were Peridot, not not Emeralds..
. 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.
Today, most of the Peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Moss Aquamarine from Brazil on the way!
I spent the morning ordering new sparklies! here's some of the greens and blues.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On the left, Peach Moonstone and Fair Trade Balinese Vermeil and, on the right, Grapefruit color Quartz. Chains 14k gold-filled

Very fine London Blue
Topaz and 14k gold-filled chain. The bead is Fair Trade. 24k gold over Sterling Silver.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Citrine is part of the quartz family of stones, and the color ranges from a pale yellow to a deep, almost sherry color. Citrine is usually found inside geodes, and more rarely in larger formations which can weigh several pounds although most are not of gem quality. Citrine crystals can form together with Amethyst or Smoky Quartz to form a bi-colored quartz called Ametrine.
During the ancient times, Citrine was carried by travelers and nomads because it is believed to carry a protection against snake venom, evil and impure thoughts. It is even nicknamed as the “success stone” because it was thought to attract prosperity and success.
Almost all Citrine that is available on the market today is heat-treated amethyst. Natural
Citrine is pale yellow to pale orange, much lighter than the heat-treated material which is a darker orange to reddish-brown. All of the heat-treated material has a red tint, while natural Citrine does not.
Pictured, a Citrine and diamond suite by Parisian jeweler Pierre Sterlé. from about 1950.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bringing back a classic style, Carys (KAH-ris). The name is from the Welsh and means love. In the picture, London Blue Topaz and Sterling Silver, Peridot and 14k gold-filled and Mozambique garnet and Sterling.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ROCK TRIVIA: RUBY, the birthstone of July
Ruby is red corundum, all the other color varieties of the corundum are called Sapphire. Corundum is the second hardest gem on the Mohs scale, only Diamonds are harder. Ruby is one of the most expensive gems, large rubies are rarer than diamonds. 
Rubies range in color and can have a pink, orange, purple or a brownish red tint, depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone. The color of ruby is its most important quality factor. The most sought after color is a strong pure red to red with a hint of blue. This color is called "pigeon's blood". When the color of ruby is very light, it is called pink sapphire, but the line between pinkish-red ruby and pink sapphire varies by definition.
In the picture, a necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, made in 1938 by Rene-Sim Lacaze for the Duchess of Windsor