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Tourmaline – colorful gemstone

Tourmaline – colorful gemstone

Tourmaline – colorful gemstone


The family of tourmalines is very numerous and unites a number of minerals with similar characteristics and a diverse range of colors: from black, blue and red to green and colorless. Some varieties of tourmaline are polychrome, i.e. painted in several colors at once. The most interesting and beautiful varieties of tourmaline are considered to be black tourmaline, indigolite, rubellite and verdelite (green tourmaline).
Black tourmaline contains sodium, iron and aluminum. This mineral has a high hardness and is capable of changing color depending on the angle of incidence of light. For a long time, it was used to make funeral jewelry. It gained special popularity in England in the Victorian epoch.
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Jasper – colorful gemstone

Jasper – colorful gemstone

Jasper – colorful gemstone


Jasper is a kind of chalcedony, colored in various colors by impurities of other minerals. Jasper can be gray, red, black, yellow, green, blue, white, purple.
Although the deposits of jasper are found all over the world, the most diverse are the US deposits, where, in addition, they have the jasper of golden tones. In the past, people not only cut jewelry and decoration items, but also used this gemstone in rituals to bring good luck and drive away trouble and illness. Yellow jasper always represented prosperity, well-being, health and wealth, and its vibrant golden color symbolized the Sun.
You can decorate the room with vases and boxes made of jasper to bring peace and harmony to your house. Jasper is also used for making countertops, finishing tiles, etc. Yellow jasper creates around itself an energy field that cleans your house of negative energy.
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Young and beautiful aragonite

Young and beautiful aragonite

Young and beautiful aragonite


Aragonite is a natural calcium carbonate, evolving in the form of thin and elongated crystals. This mineral is white or colorless, and in the ultraviolet light emits blue, pink or yellow fluorescence. It’s named after the place where the largest deposits are located and the most typical samples of this mineral are mined – Molina de Aragón (Guadalajara Province, Spain). Aragonite is enclosed in grottoes and mines, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. The largest deposits of aragonite are found in Romania, in the Austrian Alps, in Greece and Japan.
People make beads for necklaces and earrings, and also cut small decorative figures. Aragonite is a wonderful collection material, so-called “iron flowers” are highly valued.
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Diamond – lord among gemstones

Diamond - lord among gemstones

Diamond – lord among gemstones


Diamond is the lord among gemstones, the most popular, the most precious gemstone in the world. Clean, transparent, with inimitable brilliance, it emphasizes the beauty of any jewelry. It is believed that the diamond gives its owner the courage, brings good luck, and loses its shine when contacts with the hands of the traitor. Shining, attracting, they excite people for centuries. There are stories of bribery, deception, and murders associated with them. Diamonds are surrounded by mysteries. But, no matter what, people still want to own them.
Since ancient times man has appreciated hard materials. The gemstones seemed to him the embodiment of eternity, people believed that they can protect and give strength.
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Agate – masterpiece of nature

Agate – masterpiece of nature

Agate – masterpiece of nature


Agate is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz (chalcedony) with a banded, wavy or concentric pattern of different colors. This gem is found all over the world, but its largest deposits are located in India, the USA and Scotland. Agate is known to people more than 5000 years. Phoenicians, Assyrians and Sumerians cut decorative objects from it, the Egyptians made amulets depicting a sacred scarab and believed that this stone gives its owner strength and a long life, protects the crop and protects against disease.
Since ancient times agate was considered the most valuable species of chalcedony. It was loved not only for a beautiful pattern. Agate has long been recognized as a symbol of health and longevity. It was believed that this stone could be an antidote when bitten by snakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders.
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Amber – Sunstone

Amber - Sunstone

Amber – Sunstone


Amber is also called “a piece of sun in the palm of your hand”. Amber is a hard, yellowish, and often see-through substance that formed from tree resin. The resin that formed amber came from trees that grew millions of years ago. Over time these trees and their resin became buried beneath Earth’s surface. The trees eventually disappeared. But the resin hardened further, until it became amber.
Many pieces of amber contain the remains of insects or plants in the form of fossils. These living things were trapped in the resin before it hardened into amber.
Most of amber comes from the shores of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe.
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Emerald – green fire of life

Emerald - green fire of life

Emerald – green fire of life


When you admire the emerald, the question arises involuntarily: why is this gem so beautiful and how can we explain its unusually pleasant bright green color and radiant shine? And although for more than two centuries it is known that the noble green color of the gem is due to the chromium, still one wants to believe in a different version – the mineral absorbed the lush green of natural beauties. The name “emerald” comes from the Greek smaragdos – “green stone”.
A lot of emeralds are kept in museums in the USA, Germany, Austria, Iran, India and other countries of the world.
This gem gives the owner mental balance and creative inspiration, especially in literature. It is able to relieve stress, calm, improve the work of the heart and intestines.
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