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All about the Amethyst Gemstone
Amethyst is known to be a purple variety of the mineral quartz and is often used to make beautiful
amethyst jewellery including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. The name amethyst
comes from the Ancient Greek where it meant “not intoxicated”. This stemmed from the belief that
the stone would protect the ..
WHAT IS SCAPOLITE?
Scapolite is fairly unknown to jewellery makers, despite it having good
design potential. It can be used as a transparent faceted stone or as a transulcent cabochon and is becoming more widely available.
SCAPOLITE DERIVED FROM GREEK FOR "ROD" OR "STONE"
The name scapolite derives from the Greek words for "stone" and "rod" which in si..
One of the most important figures in
Finish jewellery design Elis Kauppi’s
vision of a new jewellery style
inspired a generation of designers and
launched Finland onto the international
jewellery design scene.
In 1945, in Turku, Finland at the age of 24 ,
Kauppi started his renowned jewellery workshop
named Kupittaan Kulta. He was part of a young
group of makers wh..
WHAT IS PERIDOT?
Peridot only comes in greens,
from pale yellow green, through
intense bottle green to vibrant
apple green. The best material
comes from Pakistan near to the
Afghan border. The large fine
deposit of peridot found there
have a beautiful deep colour
and sell for high prices. Peridot
is termed an idiochromatic gemstone.
This means that the colour comes
WHAT IS TOURMALINE?
Tourmaline was first introduced
to the Western world when the
Dutch beganto import tourmalines
from Sri Lanka.It appeals to
jewellery designers due to it's
versatility and different colours which
include pastels, intense neons,and unique bi
- and tri-colours.The demand for the most
sought after coloursmeans that the price for
these colours has almost ..
TYPES OF TOURMALINE
Indicolite covers all shades
of blue tourmaline from blue-
green turquoise colours to
the strong blue of a sapphire.
A lot of blue tourmaline is dark
and inky. This is not popular
with buyers so as a result much of
blue tourmaine is heated to lighten it.
Rubelite is one of the most valuable and desired in the toumaline family.
TYPES OF CHALCEDONY
BLUE CHALCEDONY -
This is a very attractive
stone with different hues
ranging from lilac to periwinkle
blue to lavender. The great
increase in the popularity
of blue chalcedony over
recent years has pushed
its price up and good quality
strong blue material can be
Carnelian has been a popular stone for man..
TYPES OF BERYL
The beryl species has a
great mix of gemstones
which are all viewed as
precious gems. They
include the following:
The colour of emerald varies
according to its source and
location in the world.The most
prized colour is a strong slightly
blueish - green.Colombian emeralds
are pure green with a slight hint of
blue.They are dichroic which mea..
About Beryl Gemstones
One of the most glamorous
gems in the beryl species is
emerald. In addition to emerald
the species also includes aquamarine,
morganite and helidor.They are all
precious gems and are very popular
with jewellery designers.The main
feature that determines value of these
gems is the intensity of the colour
Sources of Beryl
Emerald - Best sources are ..
What is Labradorite?
Labradorite is part of the feldspar
mineral group. The feldspar
group has two different varieties,
the orthoclase (alkali) feldspars,
which include amazonite,
orthoclase and moonstone, and
the plagioclase feldspars. The
plagioclase feldspars include
labradorite and aventurine
Labradorite is a colourful and inte..