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The Gemstone Smoky Quartz- brownish color and affordable

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Smoky Quartz is the brown "smoky" variety of Quartz. It ranges in color from light grayish-brown to deep black. Smoky Quartz can be opaque, but is almost always transparent to translucent, even when in its darkest color shade. Smoky Quartz is very common and was never an historically important gemstone. Only in very recent times has it become a popular gemstone. Smoky Quartz is an affordable gemstone, and it has become popular in jewelry. Since it is very common and often lacking flaws, small Smoky Quartz gemstones are rarely encountered. In fact, gemstones can reach several hundred carats with minimal...

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Precious Topaz-strong color orange, higher the price

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Topaz makes an ideal gem. A good hardness and desirable colors, combined with a relative abundance and availability makes it one the most popular gemstones. The most valuable colors of Topaz are the golden orange-yellow type, called Imperial Topaz, and the dark pinkish-red and orange-red colors. Value increases with a deepness of color in orange and reddish hues. The most commonly used colors of Topaz in jewelry are the blue types. It was not until this past century that blue Topaz became widespread on the gem market, since virtually all blue gem Topaz is irradiated and heat treated. Topaz is...

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The Gemstone Ametrine- unique formation

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Ametrine is a relatively new gem term, and the word is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine. Ametrine is a unique gemstone in that it is essentially combined of two separate gemstones. Although Amethyst, the purple variety of Quartz, and Citrine, the yellow/orange variety of Quartz belong to the same scientific mineral classification, they have always been distinguished as individual gemstones. The unique color combination of Ametrine has sparked an interest and appeal to this distinctive gemstone. The only significant source of Ametrine is the Anahí Mine in Bolivia. The mine is operated by Minerales y Metales del Oriente. This...

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The Gemstone Kunzite- pink to light purple

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Kunzite is the pink to light purple gem variety of the mineral Spodumene. Spodumene is a common mineral, but only in several localities does it occur in transparent gem form. The main gem form of Spodumene is Kunzite, the other is the rarer Hiddenite. Yellow and colorless gem forms of Spodumene also exist, but are not commonly faceted as gemstones. Kunzite has a lovely pink color and is becoming increasingly popular in the gemstone market. Kunzite is a relatively recent gemstone, having been first discovered in the 20th century. It was first found in the pegmatites of Pala, California, in...

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The Gemstone Garnet- unique in the varity of colors

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Garnet is not a single mineral, but describes a group of several closely related minerals. Garnets come in a variety of colors and have many different varieties. However, the most widely-known color of Garnet gemstones is dark red. When the term "Garnet" is used, it is usually connotative of the dark red form; other color Garnets are usually given more descriptive gemstone terms. The properties below are generic to all Garnets; see the specific Garnet gemstone pages for more precise details. Almandine and Pyrope are the most widely used Garnet gemstones. Though Almandine is the most common Garnet, it is...

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