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- Sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow?
- that you should never clean Iolites with an ultrasonic cleaner?
- Amethysts and Citrines are the same mineral, only different
colors, and excessive heat can change the color from one to
- we have Sapphire mines in the United States - most notably
- an Aquamarine and an Emerald are the same mineral?
- you can dig for diamonds in Arkansas at the Diamond Crater
- violet-blue Iolite has the same polarizing capability as
a pair of sunglasses, and the Vikings used to carry Iolite
with them and look through it to find the sun on a cloudy
- when Sapphires have a pinkish to pinkish-red hue they are
called "Pink Sapphire," but when the dominant hue becomes
red, they are called "Rubies?"
- ancient Greeks named Amber from the word "electron" because
if rubbed Amber gives off static electricity?
- fossilized tree sap must be at least 30 million years old
to be considered Amber?
- if you sand Malachite it can give off a poisonous dust?
- that Obsidian is a natural glass formed during volcanic
- beautiful blue-violet Tanzanites come out of the ground
colorless, and must be heated to attain their beautiful depth
- that Tourmalines and quartz will develop an electrical
charge when heated, and tourmaline jewelry will attract dust
when displayed under hot lights?
- there is no such thing as "Jade" - green "Jade" is actually
either one of two different minerals, Jadeite and Nephrite,
and Jadeite is the more valuable of the two?
- the second most valuable color of Jadeite is lavender?
- you can dig and pan for colored gemstones such as emerald,
aquamarine, moonstones, garnet, citrine, amethyst, ruby, and
sapphire at Gem Mountain, in Spruce Pine, North Carolina?
- that there is a new man-made brilliant white stone called
Moissanite, which can fool a jewelry store Diamond tester?
- that the big "Ruby" in the royal crown of England is actually
a red Spinel?
- Ivory imitations are carved from corozo nuts, tagua nuts
and duom palm nuts?
- if allowed to sit in moist or humid conditions too long,
Hematite jewelry has such a high iron content it will actually
- black Jet, made popular for use in jewelry by Queen Victoria
in the 19th century, is actually a type of fossilized coal
formed 180 million years ago from dead trees?
- it takes one to three years to grow a cultured Pearl?
- Goldstones are not stones at all - they are actually glass
containing copper crystals that give it aventurescence (quick
bright flashes of light)?
- "black Onyx" is actually orange and brown Sardonyx that
has been dyed black, and should be cleaned carefully to avoid
removing the dye and dulling this porous Quartz?
- cultured Pearls are made by inserting a small shell bead
into an oyster as an irritant, and waiting years for the oyster
to cover the bead with its luscious nacre?
- Amethysts can fade if exposed to too much sun?
- historically, before science could tell minerals apart,
all yellow stones were called "Topaz"?
- they were synthesizing Rubies in the late 1800's and actually
charging more for them than the real thing?
- Pearls, by law, must be called "cultured Pearls" unless
they are completely natural, and most Pearls sold today are
cultured (made with help from man)?
- a "Herkermer Diamond" is actually made of Quartz?
- "smokey Topaz" is not a Topaz at all - its a misnomer for
- radiation causes Diamonds to turn green?
- some Diamonds are artificially (and safely) irradiated to
achieve a green color - but early on, before the process was
refined, some green Diamonds were actually made radioactive
and are confiscated by the U.S. Government if found today?
- a new process has been recently developed to achieve a green
color in Diamonds using just pressure and heat?
- in ancient times the term "Sapphire" meant all blue stones,
but usually meant Lapis Lazuli - which was considered the
most expensive stone in the world?
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gemstones and jewelry, and if you have any questions, please
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us here at Mrs. Gottrocks.