Friday, February 08, 2013

Getting To Know Your Stone BEADS

Hematite necklaces


Hematite and Hematine are the same 'mineral' the difference is Hematine is the geologic name for the mineral, and hematite is the jewelry name given to any hematite that has been melted down and poured into beads, pendents, cabs and more! 

Gold Stone:

Gold stone is man-made! It is a type of resin with copper flakes in it! The various colors of gold stone are actually just dyed during the pouring process, and the reason it comes in so many different shapes is because it can be poured instead of hand polished. 

Labradorite Chip Beads

Labradorite, as you may know often has a beautiful play of color just like fire opal! But did you know that labradorite is a feldspar mineral, meaning it is a cousin to Moonstone, Sunstone, and even closely related to Granite. Maybe that's why Labradorite looks so stunning when paired with moonstone and/or sunstone! 

Blue Chalcedony: 
Blue Chalcedony (also called blue agate and blue onyx) is found all over the world! Including places such as Namibia, Turkey, Malawi, Romania, Arizona and Utah. When the bands are flat and parallel it is refereed to as blue onyx, when banding is not present or is more swirl like it is refereed to as blue chalcedony or blue agate! 

Green Amethyst: 
Green Amethyst is actually a misnomer. There is no such thing as Green Amethyst since Amethyst is part of the quartz family; each member of the family is named after its color and the chemicals naturally coloring the quartz. For instance rose quartz is pink, and amethyst is purple and what is marked as Green Amethyst is actually Prasiolite (green quartz) which is still just as cool... 

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