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Gemstone Facts


"These gems have life in them: their colours speak, say what words fail of" George Eliot

Gemstone

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Amazonite   A beautiful deep blue-green stone, often with delicate white veins, named after the Amazon River
Amber   One of the most beautiful natural forming compounds in the world, amber is fossilized resin of trees that has hardened over the millennia. Most Amber today is said to be from 30 to 90 million years old.
 Amethyst   Named after a beautiful girl who was mistakenly turned into crystal by the goddess Dionysus, amethyst comes in delightful shades of violet, purple, lilac rose, and mauve.
 Aventurine   The name aventurine derives from the Italian "a ventura," meaning "by chance." The most common colour of aventurine is green, but it also comes in hues of orange, brown, yellow, blue or gray.
 Carnelian   Carnelian comes in delightful and warm shades of red, orange or yellow. Ancient Egyptian tombs are full of carnelian jewellery, as they believed the gemstone had great power in the afterlife.
 Coral   Coral is often mistaken as a gemstone or a mineral while it is actually created by living organisms. It comes in a variety of colours including white, black, orange, salmon, pale pink and red.
 Citrine   Citrine has a beautiful yellow colour which can vary from a light or pale yellow, to a yellowish orange to having tinges of other colours present within its facets. Citrine is closely associated with Amethysts.
 Garnet   The most popular and valuable garnets are the deep, warm red ones. They shine and give off light wonderfully, due to their delightful refractive properties.
 Jade   One of the most popular stones in Asia steeped in rich heritage. It’s most valuable colour is a rich and intense green. In China, it was the pride of emperors and the imperial family.
Lapis Lazuli   A gemstone straight out of a fairytale with a deep blue hue and golden streaks which shimmer like little stars. The euphonious name is composed from 'lapis', the Latin word for stone, and 'azula', which comes from the Arabic for ‘blue’.
 Moonstone   Moonstone is perhaps the most mystical of all gemstones, believed to bring wonderful dreams. It has a striking shimmering quality and is fascinating to look at. Moonstones can be found in many colours, the most treasured being is the blue flash
 Obsidian (Black)   Obsidian is created by lava that has surfaced and cooled off extremely quickly, giving it a beautiful glossy sheen. This stone has been known to man since the dawn of time, previously even used as weapons and for religious symbols.
 Onyx    Onyx is a beautiful type of quartz that comes in a variety of colours most famously in striking black. It is also available in a beautiful emerald green hue
 Pearl    An organic gemstone from the sea, its lustre and iridescence make it one of the most prized gems. Pearls come in a wonderful array of colours; however, the most popular being white.
 Peridot    Pronounced as Pear-ih doe, this wonderful gemstone is not found in many regions of the world but is found in space! For those looking for a wonderful apple green, this is perfect. These gemstones are commonly called the“evening emerald” and is said to have been the favourite of Cleopatra.
 Prehnite    This pale green stone has the distinction of being the first mineral named after a person who brought the first specimen to Europe. Famed as the "prediction stone" among spiritual healers,
 Rose Quartz   The Greeks had originally named Quartz, Krystallos, the word for ice . A lovely stone – with its delicate and feminine hue from pale pink to rose. The symbol of love and warmth, it is also known as the Stone of the Heart.
Smokey Quartz   A unique hue of burnished gold, this gem goes beautifully with gold metal. Believed to be a sacred stone , Queen Elizabeth I’s court spiritualist’s crystal ball was Smoky Quartz.
Lemon quartz   Lemon quartz is also known as green gold or lemon topaz depending on its delicious hue.
Topaz (Blue)   A delightful cool blue as the noon sky, this gem was believed to have cooling properties. The word Topaz is derived from Sanskrit which means ‘fire’ for its brilliance.
Tourmaline   Tourmaline comes from the Singhalese word tourmali which means mixed stone as it comes in a dazzling array of colours, virtually every colour under the sun.
Turquoise   Turquoise is known for its beautiful hue of blue. In addition to the colour, there are sometimes veins that run through the gemstone, usually called the Matrix, which enhances the beauty of the stone.