Gemstone Info

 Star Gems

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Phenomenal Gemstones
 
In the gemstone world there are a special group of gems known as phenomenal gemstones. These are gems that exhibit special optical phenomena, including asterism (the star effect), chatoyancy (the cat's eye effect).
 
Since these phenomenal gems are fairly rare, they naturally attract the attention of buyers.

 About Diffusion -  Is it as bad as it sounds ?

Most star Gems have had diffusion with few exceptions in order to enhance the

star phenomenal. It is a simple coating with heat treatment that is applied and will not fade.

          

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Royal Imperial Topaz

This is the only Topaz that has natural color. All other Topaz are treated for color. A little known fact !
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Topaz
In its pure form it is colorless (white). Impurities are what cause variations in color.
Topaz exhibits pleochroism, which is the appearance of several colors in a single stone depending on the viewing angle. 
 
Topaz is often enhanced with treatment to produce the most desirable colors. The most popular color for topaz is blue, but in nature, blue topaz is usually pale blue rather than bright or deep blue. The brilliant blue shades of topaz are usually achieved by artificial means.
 
Deposits of topaz have been found in Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the USA. Natural light-blue topaz is found in Northern Ireland and the UK.
 
Topaz ranges from colorless (white) to yellow, orange, red-brown, light to dark-blue, pink to red, violet and light-green.
 
 The most rare and valuable topaz is yellow, or pink to reddish-orange, and is known as "imperial topaz" or "precious topaz".
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About Tanzanite 
The most beautiful blue violet you have ever seen !
Tanzanite is a unique color combination of blue & violet that rivals sapphire and other gems in popularity .
It is a blue to violet gemstone which is a member of the zoisite mineral group.
 
It was discovered in 1967 in the hills of Northern Tanzania, which remains the sole source of tanzanite to this day. Most
Gems can be found in several areas of the world except Tanzanite.

The vivid blue of tanzanite can rival fine sapphire and makes tanzanite an extremely desirable gemstone. This attractive color is so sought after prices have increased drastically.
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About Moissanite
Discover The Beauty Of Moissanite
Boasting fire, brilliance, and sparkles more than any gemstone on earth. MN unique
gemstone composition and crystalline structure give it significantly greater brilliance.
Moissanite is a man created Diamond of the highest quality that have a high cost of production. In fact they have more sparkle than regular diamonds and about the same hardness 9.25. ( No comparison to CZ at all )
Just like diamond, Moissanite is scratch resistant and will never fade, cloud or change color after prolonged wear.
Moissanite rings sell for thousands of dollars; check it out on the internet. We offer ours at wholesale prices.
 
Why are we selling Moissanite: We purchased one Gemstone out of curiosity and we were so impressed with the quality and brilliant sparkle we decided to offer our customers an alternative to expensive diamonds that cost much more yet no one can tell the difference. No worries about insurance, losing it when travelling or theft.

                 Ruby - Sapphire - Emerald Gemstones

Most of these popular Gems get heat treatment to enhance the clarity and color.

These treatments can not be seen with the human eye. It is all about improving the look and keeping them affordable.

Some Ruby gems get Glass filled to improve the look. These gems sell for hundreds of dollars. If you want  Gems without heating or filling be prepared to pay thousands of dollars.

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The Most Beautiful Blue you have ever seen!
Kashmir Sapphire - Ceylon Blue Sapphire
Kashmir sapphires are no longer available except for small gems.
A very similar sapphire has been found in Ceylon but expensive.
One affordable option is our GL gems ( fashion jewelry ) has the same
Kashmir beautiful blue.          GL - Gem Like man made
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Opals
The most valuable opals are Australian black opals and fire opals.
Australian opals are the best quality and more valuable.
 
Most opals come from Australia,some from Ethiopia and Mexico. 
Fire opals from Australia are bright multi-colors and the Orange fire opals comes from Mexico.
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Lavender Amethyst
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Amethyst
 
Since purple is considered to be one of the royal colors, amethyst has a historical importance as an insignia of power.
 
Amethyst is a purple color, some deep purple to light purple and violet. Lavender is a light purple colored amethyst. Green is something known by gemologists as prasiolite a result of heating.Commercially it is called green amethyst.
The largest deposits of Amethyst are in Brazil,Bolivia,Canada and Uruguay. 
Change in Color Ametrine 

 is a color-zoned variety of macro crystalline quartz. It is sometimes referred to as trystine and is a natural bicolor combination of amethyst and citrine. Color band combinations in ametrine can range from pale-violet to deep-purple and from pale-yellow to gold-brown. Ametrine's color split is rather abrupt and is not a smooth blend of colors. Both the violet and yellow colors found in ametrine are from traces of iron

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Tourmaline

Tourmaline gemstones can be found in all colors of the rainbow. Owing to its wide range of color availability, tourmaline is considered to be one of today's most versatile gemstones.

Most tourmaline is completely untreated. It is the birthstone for those born in October

 

Tourmaline is the national gemstone for the United States, where it has been mined for centuries. Today, the most significant tourmaline deposits come from Brazil,Australia,Mozambique, India and Pakistan.

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Peridot
 
Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in a single color; peridot is found only in green.
The finest quality peridot comes from Mogok in Burma, although Pakistani peridot is now highly regarded as well.
 
Other deposits are found in Australia (Queensland), Brazil (Minas Gerais), China, Kenya, Mexico, Norway (north of Bergen), South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States.
 
Peridot is not typically treated or enhanced in any way.
 
The ancient Romans called it 'evening emerald' since its color did not darken at night, but could still be appreciated by candlelight and the light of a campfire. It is a gem especially connected with ancient Egypt, and some historians believe that the famous emeralds of Cleopatra were actually peridot gems.                           
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Citrine
Natural citrine is actually quite rare and because it is more valuable than most other varieties of quartz, much of the citrine today is actually heat-treated to obtain its attractive golden color. 
 
Citrine's color is thought to radiate positive energy. It is known as the 'success stone', since it is believed to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in situations involving business.
Although citrine deposits can be found all around the world, Brazil is the world's leading supplier. Other notable sources include Argentina, Bolivia, France, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Uruguay and Zambia.
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We do sell Fashion Jewelry with Man Made Stones and they are Clearly identified as such. Some customers like these and they are less expensive.

 International Gem Society

Our IGS membership keeps us up to date on world markets and gem information
so we can offer our customers the best quality Gems at the best price.