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Ammonite

Ammonites are the ancient equivalent to the modern-day chambered Nautilus. These sea faring squids built a chambered shell in which they would pump air into the empty chambers and float at different levels of the ocean in search of food. This unique ability to float at different depths of the ocean is what inspired Jules Vern (the famous science fiction writer) to call the first submarine the Nautilus. Ammonites lived approximately 400 million years ago.

Opalite

A purple, lavender, white stone sometimes with patches of mauve, yellowish-brown and black is found in beryllium ore (Bertrandite) . This stone is known as opalite, ice cream opal, opalized fluorite and opal fluorite. The name Tiffany Stone presumably comes from the jewelry company of the same name that used it in some of their designs. Mined in the state of Utah, USA, this is a form of opalized stone that forms in mineralized nodules. It is composed predominantly of dolomite, opalized fluori

Spectrolite

Spectrolite, the most valued type of labradorite, comes from Finland. The name is derived from Labrador which is the main and original source of the Canadian variety of this feldspar stone. Labradorite is also found in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and RussiaA type of translucent feldspar which displays strong iridescence when viewed from different angles, Finnish spectrolite exhibits vivid colors of bright aqua, golden yellow, peacock blue, reddish orange, greens and red. Also see labr

Kono Dolomite

Named after the Kona Hills south of Marquette County, Michigan where it is found. Kona Dolomite is an ancient rock in which formations of fossil stromatolite (blue-green algae) occur. The stone is between 2.1 to 2.2 billion years old. These stromatolite formations are from some of the first life on earth. These fossil formations are found in the lower eras of the Middle Precambrian Period. Because of the great age, and due to the many trace minerals present, kona dolomite can be found in a wid

Gibeon Meteorite

Since it was first discovered in 1836 in Great Namaqualand, Namibia, Africa, more than 25 tons of Gibeon meteorites have been recovered and although export and sale was banned by the Namibian government, it is still one of the most commonly available meteorites on the market today. The Gibeon meteorites come from broken asteroid fragments or an exploded star and radiometric dating places the age at around 4 billion years old.Gibeon meteorites are composed of iron, nickel and small amounts of cob

Gaspeite

Gaspeite is a relatively rare mineral, found only in a few localities. Its light green, almost apple green color is quite unique and some varieties are almost a neon green. It may contain brownish patches which may give it a distinctive character.Gaspeite is found around nickel sulfide deposits and is named for the locality of Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada where it was originally found. Sources are Canada and Western Australia. Hardness is 4.5 - 5 on the Mohs scale.Folklore, Legend, and Healin

Peruvian Blue Opal

Peruvian blue opal is relatively rare and is only found in the Andes mountains near San Patricio, Peru. It is a very translucent stone with color similar to the Caribbean Sea. Depending on how the stone is cut it can be clear, scenic (showing varying degrees of color) or dendritic which has black fern like inclusions. This is the national stone of Peru and, unfortunately, in recent years dyed stones have been mass marketed by unreputable dealers as Peruvian Blue Opal. If the blue color is une

Charoite

Discovered in Russia in 1978 in the Murun mountains in Yakutia. This the only known location for this rare mineral. The name Charoite is derived from the Charo River which is near where it was found.The colors range from bright lavender, violet and lilac to dark purple with swirling patterns of black Augite, transparent crystals of microcline feldspar, and/or orange Tinaksite.Charoite is so unusual looking with its chatoyancy and strange looking spirally strands of fibrous material that it

Boulder Opal

The gemstone Opal is the official October birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Libra. See the birthstone tables for additional references to this stone.Boulder opal is found in Australia where precious opal forms in veins and patches within brown ironstone boulders. When the opal is mixed through the ironstone it is called matrix opal. Hardness ranges between 5.5 and 6 on the Mohs scale.Boulder opal is v

Beryl

The gemstone Beryl is the Star Sign for Scorpio and the Talismanic Stone for Sagittarius. See the ancient birthstone tables for additional references to this and other ancient birthstones.Pure beryl is colorless, but it also occurs in a variety of colors including green, yellow, greenish-yellow, blue to blue-green, red, colorless and pink when tinted by impurities. The pink variety is known as Morganite, red is very rare and known as Bixbite, Goshenite is the colorless form. Golden beryl is a

Pictures of Blue Gemstones

Blue is seen as a calming color and wearing a pendant, ring or earrings with blue gemstones can help increase your peace, faith and creative expression. Blue is the color of the element of Water. It symbolizes the ocean, sleep, the sky, and twilight. Blue is considered pacifying and refreshing, calming and healing and it is thought to promote psychism, patience and happiness. Ammolite Spectrolite- Jewelry with Spectrolite

Eudialyte Jewelry

Eudialyte: a rare red stoneEudialyte, a rare mineral, was discovered in 1819 in Greenland. At first, eudialyte was thought to be a single mineral. It wasn't until recently that scientists determined eudialyte was actually a group of minerals.Eudialyte's name comes from the Greek words "eu" and "dialytos", meaning "easy to dissolve" which refers to the mineral's solubility in acids.Eudialyte is thought to be a personal power stone that helps inspire confidence and balance the emotions. It is

Tourmaline Jewelry

Tourmaline: The Gemstone of theRainbowThe name tourmaline comes from the Singhalese (Sri Lanka) words 'tura mali'. In translation, this means something like 'stone with mixed colors', referring to the colour spectrum of this gemstone, which outdoes that of all other precious stones.According to an old Egyptian legend, the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow. And that is why it is s

Morganite Jewelry

Morganite: romantic shades of pinkWhen morganite was first discovered in the early 1900s, it went by the name "pink beryl." With its pretty pink palette, the gemstone became a favorite of the famed New York City gemologist G. F. Kunz, who bought all he could.In 1911, Kunz suggested naming the gemstone in honor of J. P. Morgan, the tycoon banker and gem collector who was one of Kunz's biggest customers. Pink beryl became known as morganite from then on.Morganite, l

Larimar Jewelry

Larimar: A Caribbean TreasureIn 1974, Dominican native Miguel Mendez stumbled upon a bit of rich, blue stone in an untamed corner of the Dominican Republic. In fact, he had rediscovered a unique gemstone previously known only to a few local inhabitants. Mendez named the gem 'Larimar,' combining the name of his daughter, Larissa, with the Spanish word for sea, 'mar.'Larimar ranges in color from an airy, bluish white to a deep, entrancing blue, with hints of a seagreen that seem to reflect Cari

About Pandoratm Jewelry

Pandoratmis a universe of jewelry. Each piece of Danish design is handcrafted in sterling silver or 14K gold and world-famous for the bracelet and twist-on charm design. Many pieces incorporate pearls, semi-precious and precious stones for a personal and intriguing look.Pandoratmbracelets are easily interchangeable and the modular design allows you to change the beads to dress up the bracelet for an elegant look, or cha

Drusy Jewelry

Drusy: The Beauty of Sparkling CrystalsAlthough there may be variations in the spelling of its name drusy, druse, drusies, druzy one constant remains of this pervasive gem: drusy is truly a thing of beauty.Comprised of tiny quartz crystals that form on or inside other stones, drusy quartz is a mineral with seemingly unlimited artistic possibilities. The shimmering, clear crystals sparkle like miniature diamonds in the sun. Reflecting the light, the drusy crystals often appear in a rainbow

Citrine Gemstones: The Stone of the Sun

What is Citrine? Citrine is a transparent yellow gemstone from the quartz family. It is used for jewelry, ornamentation, and metaphysical practices. Citrine is also one of the most popular November birthstones.Since the dawn of time, the bright yellow rays of the sun have inspired and motivated mankind. These energizing beams seem to be captured in the glorious gemstone citrine which has been called the "sun stone." The Romans hailed citrine as the stone of Mercury, the messenger god, and

Howlite Jewelry

Howlite: white rocks on With distinctive veining and a subdued luster, howlite has the look of turquoise, but in a creamy palette of white. Howlite is named after Henry How, the Canadian geologist who discovered the mineral back in the late 1800s. Howlite is naturally white or gray and features speckled veining that adds to the stone's character. Because howlite is porous, it can be dyed to resemble other gemstones, like turquoise and lapis lazuli. Howlite is believed to be a calming stone, he

Pyrite Jewelry

Pyrite: Common Mineral, Uncommonly Beautiful We've all heard of "Fool's Gold", but how many of us know this plentiful mineral by its real name: pyrite? A shiny, brassy yellow mineral, pyrite is a favorite among rock collectors. Interestingly, during WWII pyrite was used as a strategic chemical when sulfur supplies ran low. The name 'pyrite' is derived from the Greek word 'pyr' which means fire and pyrite translates as 'of fire' or 'a gemstone that strikes fire.' The golden color of this minera
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