Sunday’s Gem — Iolite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Taking its name from the Greek ios, meaning violet, Iolite is the jeweler’s name for cordierite, a silicate mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks in Sri Lanka, Africa, India, Brazil, Norway, and Madagascar.

1.83 ct. violet-blue Iolite mined in Madagascar, photo from www.geology.com

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Sunday’s Gem — Moonstone

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

A birthstone for June, along with Pearl and Alexandrite, Moonstone is a feldspar mineral exhibiting a watery opaqueness and something called andularescence (a fancy way of saying there’s a soft glow of light appearing to float just below the surface, rather like that of the moon glowing through a thin cloud cover).

This is an 83.7-carat rainbow Moonstone cabochon, oval in shape, mined in India. It sells for $355.72. Thanks to www.mineralminers.com for the photo.

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Beading in the Storm

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough. ~Frank Crane, Presbyterian minister and writer

I’ve heard that when a healing bracelet breaks, it’s a sign the stones have done all they can do for you, and you need to move on.

Recently, my bracelet did just that, so I used a gloomy, stormy day to make another:

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Sunday’s Gem — Pyrite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Nicknamed “Fool’s Gold,” Pyrite is a brassy-gold iron sulfide mineral formed in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks around the world.

Pyrite crystal (thanks to http://www.pixabay.com)

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Sunday’s Gem — Tanzanite

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Natural blue Tanzanite, thanks to Geology. These pieces are actually the same. Viewed from different directions, Tanzanite can display as different colors.

Not discovered until 1967 in Tanzania, Tanzanite immediately soared in popularity, thanks to a public education promotion initiated by Tiffany & Company.

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Sunday’s Gem — Emerald

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

We’ve already talked about two of the “Big Three” colored gemstones — Ruby and Sapphire.

Now it’s time to move on to the other one, Emerald!

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Sunday’s Gem — Amber

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Polished Amber stone, thanks to the Gemological Institute of America, Inc.

Neither a true crystal or a mineral, Amber is an organic gem (others include pearl, coral, and petrified wood) deriving from the fossilized resin of now-extinct evergreen trees over millions of years.

The oldest Amber on earth is estimated to be 320 million years of age!

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Sunday’s Gem — Sapphire

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

Considered by many as the gem of gems, Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, royalty, prophecy, and Divine favor.

A symbol of power, kindness, and good judgment, Sapphire is composed from the mineral corundum (the same as Ruby). It’s trace amounts of iron and titanium that make the corundum blue, ranging from very pale to very dark, from a green to a violet shade.

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Sunday’s Gem — Topaz

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

A hard silicate mineral formed in the cavities of igneous rocks, Topaz is a gemstone that typically presents itself as colorless, yellow, or brown.

While found throughout the world, Topaz in gem-quality form usually comes from Brazil or Sri Lanka. In the U.S., Topaz is the state gemstone of Utah.

Natural topaz, compliments of the Natural History Museum of Utah

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Sunday’s Gem — Opal

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

You’d be hard pressed to find a gemstone more clothed in mystery and superstition than the fiery Opal, birthstone for those born during October.

Australian Opals in rainbow colors, thanks to http://www.jewellermagazine.com

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