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Spinel

Spinel – a Symbol of Happiness in Love

Spinel is the mineral of varied colors. It forms isometric crystals and irregular grains. Formula: MgAl2O4 Other names of spinel: Akerite, magnesium-aluminate Varieties: The color distinguishes the following varieties of jewelry spinel: Ruby Spinel – blood-red; Balas ruby – pink-red; Almandine spinel – violet-red; Rubicelle – orange-red, yellow; Sapphire spinel, gahnospinel – blue, dark blue; […]

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Danburite

Danburite is the name of the mineral, which derives from the word Danbury – the name of field, where it was first discovered. Danburite is a borosilicate mineral; its main component is boron. Danburite crystals can have white, pale yellow, yellow-brown color. Sometimes you can find colorless, transparent crystals. Only clear crystals are used in […]

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Rubellite

Rubellite – is one of the varieties of tourmaline boron magnesium aluminum silicate. The name of this mineral comes from the Latin word «rubellus», which means “red”. Rubellite is pink, cherry-red, which attributed to the fact it contains manganese impurities. The stone can be as transparent and translucent. Transparent specimens of rubellite are considered to […]

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Zoisite

Zoisite

This stone was named after Sigmund Zois, a philanthropist with the title of Baron von Edelstein. He equipped and sent many geologists to prospection and exploration geological expeditions. Zoisite is a silicate of complex structure, which incorporates aluminum and calcium. It occurs in light brown, green, azure, aquamarine, blue, marsh, light brown, brown, transparent-green color. […]

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Anglesite

Anglesite

Anglesite  is often colorless or white. There are also separate stones with a blackish tint. Anglesite forms orthorhombic crystals, which may be gray, or yellowish due to impurities; however, this mineral rarely occurs in the form of discrete crystals, it often forms dense granular masses. Its damond-shaped crystals have pointed shape. The stone shines with […]

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Venus’s-Hairstone

Venus’s-Hairstone

  Venus’s-hairstone is composed of quartz, which contains impurities of rutile, goethite, tourmaline, actinolite. One of the varieties of this mineral is the so-called “classic” Venus’s-hairstone, which contains impurities of rutile or goethite (which is much rarer), whereby it is called rutile quartz. Quartz with golden rutile strings is the most beautiful variety of this […]

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Vesuvianite

Vesuvianite

This mineral was named after the Italian volcano Vesuvius, as it was first discovered in 1796 in its lava and described by geologist A. Werner. It and its varieties also have other names in the literature: a false jade, California jade, idocrase, volcanic chrysolite, American jade, Pakistani jade, green-aluminium garnet, glass agate, californite. Vesuvianite is […]

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Wavellite

Wavellite

Wavellite belongs to the group of water phosphates. The stone is composed of lathlike crystals. It is usual for wavellite crystals to form druses. The mineral occurs in yellowish, bluish, greenish or grayish colors. The light shines through the stone. It has cold glass luster. The chemical composition includes alumine, water and phosphoric acid. The […]

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Vanadinite

Vanadinite

The word “vanadinite” comes from the name of the chemical element – vanadium, a ductile metal of silver color, because vanadinite is its main source. The mineral usually has warm colors: red-brown, orange-red, dark brown, creamy beige. However, there are translucent transparent crystals of vanadinite. The crystals have nut-like or columnar form, sometimes they may […]

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Dioptase

Dioptase

Initially, this green mineral was taken for emerald: it gleamed in the sun and one could see green sparks through its faces. Later it became clear that the mineral is not what it initially was thought to be. Composition, hardness, perfect cleavage testified that this stone is not emerald. Dioptase is a hydrous copper silicate. […]

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Selection of birthstones What is a birthstone and what birthstones should I be wearing? Maybe these are questions you have asked yourself. Find the answers to all questions you've ever had about birthstones … Read More
Gemstone Meanings Gemstones have and will always be associated with various meanings and symbols. This article will give you an overview of gemstone meanings and includes a list of all covered ... Read More