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The Gemstone Morganite-pink to purplish pink

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Morganite is the pink to purplish-pink variety of Beryl. Beryl is best known for its gem varieties Emerald and Aquamarine, but other gem forms such as Morganite are also used. Morganite was first identified in 1910, and was named the following year by George F. Kunz in honor of financier and banker J.P. (John Pierpont) Morgan. Morgan was an avid collector of gemstones. Besides for the extremely rare Red Beryl, Morganite is the least common gem form of Beryl. Its color tone is usually light pink, deeper pink stones and those with an orange tinge are more valuable. Large clear...

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Jade - a treasured gemstone and its variour colors

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Although Jade has been found in Myanmar (Burma) for hundreds of years it is treasured in China as the royal gemstone. It has appreciated at many levels thru time: first as an object of daily life, then as an object of ritual and later as an item for barter and wealth. Today it is used as personal adornment. Jade is usually cut into smooth dome shapes called cabochons. Jade can be used in almost all forms of jewelry. Bangles are extremely popular in Asian countries. Beads are usually made into necklaces and some of the finest green colored necklaces can...

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Opal - the amazing flashes of color.

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Opal is the most colorful of gems. Its splendid play of color is unsurpassed, and fine examples can even be more valuable than Diamond. The play of color consists of iridescent color flashes that change with the angle at which the stone is viewed. This phenomenon is often called opalescence. The play of color may consist of large, individual flashes of color (known as schillers), or may be of tiny, dense flashes. The intensity and distribution of the color flashes is a determining factor in the value of an Opal. Opals displaying play of color are known as Precious Opals,...

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The Gemstone Peridot-the evening emerald

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Peridot is a well-known and ancient gemstone, with jewelry pieces dating all the way back to the Pharaohs in Egypt. The gem variety of the mineral Olivine, it makes a lovely light green to olive-green gemstone. The intensity of color depends on the amount of iron present in a Peridot's chemical structure; the more iron it contains the deeper green it will be. The most desirable color of Peridot is deep olive-green with a slight yellowish tint. Deeper olive-green tones tend to be more valuable than lighter colored greens and yellowish-greens. The history of Peridot is intrinsically tied to the...

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The Gemstone Tsavorite (Garnet)-emerald green color with brilliance

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Tsavorite is a trade name for the emerald-green variety of Grossular Garnet that originates in Africa. Tsavorite has become one of the most popular and expensive Garnets, due to its rarity combined with effective marketing tactics. This gemstone was first discovered in Tanzania in 1967. It was subsequently found in the same geological formation across the border in Kenya in 1970 near Tsavo National Park, a wildlife preserve in the African Serengeti, and given its name after the national park. Tsavorite was named by both Campbell Bridges, the discoverer of Tsavorite, and by Henry Platt, the president of Tiffany &...

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