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The Story Behind the Stone: Tanzanite still makes a big splash

Since its debut in the latter part of the 20th century, the luscious blue-violet Tanzanite gem steadily gained momentum with ardent fans who understood the value of its one-source supply.

All natural gems have a finite supply within their deposits, but when only one deposit exists for a gem anywhere in the world, the fervor swells. Opinions vary as to when the mines are likely to cease production, but estimates range from the next ten to twenty five years, and then its history. Since this single source stone is also a stunner; all the better for gem collectors and jewelry lovers.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Some quartz offers more than surface attraction

Quartz is the most plentiful substance on earth. You may have a microscopic speck of it in your eye right now! That’s what that itch is. But it also grows in massive crystals weighing tons.

The varieties of quartz produced have given jewelers beautiful gems to design around for centuries. Ancient Greeks believed the purple tinted amethyst, a quartz variety, prevented drunkenness so they carved tiny goblets from it and drank to their hearts’ content.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Oh Victoria!

Winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Costume Design went to The Young Queen Victoria’s designer Sandy Powell. Historical movie buffs had a ball with the gowns and jewels Victoria wore to her balls. The popularity of this romantic film has drawn revitalized attention to the elaborate jewelry styles portrayed in this visually rich period film.

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The Story Behind the Stone: Kasumiga Pearls - nearly extinct before they’re famous

Avid consumer demand for all kinds of pearl jewelry has propelled pearl farmers to develop ever new pearl varieties from numerous mollusks in fresh and saltwater around the world.

One glamorous type of freshwater pearl is the Kasumiga. Haven’t heard of it you say? Not surprising. This lustrous baroque and round pearl variety is under threat of demise before it’s become a major contender in the trade. Those who know about these luminescent orbs sing their praises.

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The Story Behind the Stone: A look inside Emeralds

Emeralds are so prone to natural inclusions, or jardin as experts call them, that a flawless green emerald is looked upon with suspicion. While the branch-like fractures are common with this verdant beryl variety, some of them could have been avoided.

Different gemstones have their individual method of recovery. Some are harvested by alluvial methods - and that means sorting through riverbed rocks for the sparkly bits. Open pit or tunnel mining define other methods of hunting the glorious rocks that people covet.

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