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Popular Gemstones
Gemstones are available in an innumerable variety. In fact, some varieties of gemstones like sapphire arrive in many different colors like blue, yellow and so on. Let us study a few popular gemstones in detail.
Turquoise is a semi-precious stone and is greenish-blue in color. The shining sky blue color of the gem is very popular in artistic jewelry. Turquoise is copper aluminum phosphate and it often has blotches running through in a vein pattern called as ‘Turquoise Matrix’ which can be brown, light grey or black.
Ruby is the red variety from the family corundum and its beautiful red color can be accredited to the chrome present in it. Owing to its beauty, bright color and extreme hardness, Ruby commands an important position in the world of gemstones. It is the birthstone for the month of July and symbolizes love, passion and self esteem.
All varieties of the corundum family, other than Ruby red, are Sapphires. The Sapphire color chart comprises of the famous velvety deep blue to pink, yellow, orange, green, purple and white. It is widely popular due to its beauty, magnificent color, transparency and hardness. This September birthstone symbolizes harmony, beauty and prosperity.
Tourmalines have the most glorious and incomparable color spectrum offering a wide variety of colors and multi-toned stones. Due to such extensive variations, it is a favorite of jewelry designers. It’s excellent wear and tear qualities and hardness makes Tourmaline an easy to look after gemstone.
Citrine is a form of quartz with color ranging from yellow to orange to brownish orange. Citrine assists in mental awakening and increasing flexibility in the body. Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November and is also know as the thirteenth anniversary gemstone.
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl group of minerals, available from transparent light blue to slightly greenish-blue color and displays eye clean clarity. Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and assists in connecting with the ocean of awareness, creativity and youthfulness.
The term Garnet is used for a group of closely related minerals. Garnets can be found in a wide array of colors like pink, red, purple, yellow, green, etc. Due to the rich color spectrum of Garnets, they keep pace with changing styles and color trends. It is the birthstone for January and symbolizes passion and exuberance.
Emerald is a member of the beryl species of minerals and has a vivid green hue attributed to the amount of chromium in its atomic structure. Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and enhances one’s fertility and brilliance. It is also the traditional gemstone for twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversary.
This member of the quartz family is found in shades of purple ranging from light lavender to deep purple. A subtle flash of red helps draw attention beyond the conscious mind, to the realm of pure spiritual knowledge. Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the sixth anniversary gemstone.
Peridot is a transparent gemstone ranging from yellowish green to green in color. The deep colored variety of Peridot is often used as a substitute for Emeralds. Owing to its resemblance to Emerald and considerable hardness of the stone it holds a strong position in the jewelry industry. Peridot is the birthstone for August.
Smoky Quartz
It is brown transparent quartz that is sometimes used for its unusual faceted cuts. The commercial market is limited, because there is a rather limited demand for brown gemstones. This variety was sometimes known as Smoky Topaz in the past, though the term is incorrect and misleading.
Topaz is fluorine aluminum silicate occurring in yellow, yellow-brown, honey-yellow, flax, brown, green, blue, light blue, red and pink, or even colorless at times. Topaz is very commonly used in jewelry designing. Blue Topaz is the birthstone for December and stands for love and success.
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