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Amethyst- most desirable gemstone

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Amethyst is a violet or purple variety of quartz often used as an ornament or jewelry. The name comes from the Greek A (not) and methuskein ("to intoxicate"), a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness; the ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglios. Beads of amethyst are found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Amethyst has been in use for thousands of years in...

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Tanzanite- 8 Truths to Note About This Unusual Gemstone.

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Did you know that while other gemstones can be found naturally in more than one country, Tanzanite is mined only in Tanzania. This makes Tanzanite even more exclusive. More Precious. Tanzanite is a modern gemstone. The newest one in fact as it was discovered in 1967. Although Tanzanite is a vivid blue gemstone which looks a lot like sapphire, aesthetically, it has an advantage over coveted sapphire. Tanzanite’s strong trichoism properties makes this a very interesting gemstone. From some angles, it appears purple or brownish yellow. The most prized Tanzanite stones have a lilac hue overlaying the beautiful blue shade....

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Blue Sapphire- worn for good luck

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 Mohs hardness rating: 9 - Found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Australia. Sapphire is the name for any gem in the Corundum family of gemstones that is not red -- red Corundum is the gemstone we call Ruby. Sapphires are found in green, orange, pink, gray, colorless, black, brown, and purple. But of course, the most treasured sapphire color is blue, and the name sapphire comes from the Greek word for "blue." Precious and strong, the sapphire was a choice gem among kings, gracing crowns from India and Burma to England. For those who prefer a colored stone for engagement...

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Ruby- can bring wealth

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  -- Mohs hardness rating: 9 -- Found mainly in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania. The name of this rich and noble gemstone comes from Latin rubens, for "red." The ruby is a member of the Corundum family, like the sapphire. In fact, any stone that is not identifiably red is considered a sapphire. In Sanskrit, the ruby is called ratnaraj, "the king of precious stones." Long before diamonds were in fashion, nobility around the world coveted rubies and placed them in the finest and most treasured royal jewelry. Even today, large, fine rubies are more expensive than diamonds...

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Emerald-interesting lore

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- Mohs hardness scale: 7.5-8 - Found in Columbia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Afghanistan, US The name of this remarkable gemstone comes from Greek smaragdos, meaning "green stone." Long a stone of myth and mysticism, emeralds were considered to be the gem of seers and sorcerers, those who wished to look into the future and know its events. So strongly connected to the spirit world was the emerald that it was used to help exorcise evil spirits. Legend has it that that looking into an emerald increased eye strength and eliminated eye pain. Emeralds were believed to be an antidote...

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