October Birthstones

multicolor tourmaline earrings

  People who are born in October get to choose between two luscious gemstones as birthstones – Precious Opal and Tourmaline.   Opal and Tourmaline are two of the most beautiful gemstones. Traditionally represented as pink,  tourmaline comes in many colors of the rainbow and a range of shades for each color. Opal is available…

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GEMSTONES I LOVE – SOME FACTS ABOUT TOURMALINE

Facts about Tourmaline: Tourmaline is a crystalline boron-silicate mineral with additional elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone occurs in a wide variety of colors. Tourmaline is actually a group of related varieties rather than a single species. The mineral Elbaite is…

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More of My Favorite Gems

Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how they bend light), luster, hardness, etc.  Perfection in appearance is of primary importance in the finished gemstone.  Many gemstones have long and complex histories.   Some specific gems have a lot of…

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My Favorite Gemstones Part 4 – Tourmaline

Another of my favorite gems is Tourmaline.  Since I love green and pink, I am particularly fond of the  multicolor and watermelon varieties. The tourmaline family aluminum and borosilicate minerals includes several separate minerals, one of which is called elabite.  Elabite is the mineral in most gem tourmaline.  Tourmaline has a Mohs scale hardness of…

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My Favorite Gems

I love gems, so picking favorites is difficult.   It’s a long list, but here are some of my favorites and some information about them.   Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how they bend light), luster, hardness, etc.  Perfection in appearance…

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Multicolor Tourmaline Earrings

Tourmaline is one of my favorite gemstones and  I really love multicolored tourmaline jewelry – the play of colors in these stones delights my senses.  These dainty little faceted tourmaline earrings are strung on fine silver with a pink tourmaline brio accent.   The earrings are perfect for business wear and easily make the transition to an evening out.  …

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