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Gemstone of the Month: Freshwater Pearls

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Gemstone of the Month: Freshwater Pearls Pearls, the birthstone of those born in June, have long been a highly prized gem. In ancient Rome, pearls were the most valuable gem available and the wealthy showed their importance by wearing ropes

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Gemstone of the Month: Amazonite

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Gemstone of the Month: Amazonite Amazonite is a lovely pale green feldspar, used often as a gemstone in beading. Some say it is named after the Amazonian warrior women, a matriarchal society from the bronze age.  Others say it’s named for

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Gemstone of the Month: Moonstone

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Gemstone of the Month: Moonstone . Moonstone happens to be my favorite gemstone!!  I’m not alone though – the beautiful shimmer of moonstone has made it a favorite stone of many cultures.  The Greeks and the Romans associated moonstone with

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Gemstone of the Month: Larimar

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Gemstone of the Month: Larimar Found in just one square kilometer of the Dominican Republic, larimar is known as the stone of the sea.  In fact, it’s name comes from the Spanish word “mar”, or sea.  Locally, larimar has been known

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Gemstone of the Month: Garnet

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Gemstone of the Month: Garnet The beautiful dark red of garnet is so beloved and well known, designers have named products after it.  We’ve probably all owned a garnet sweater or garnet towels at some point, and we can picture clearly

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Gemstones for Surviving Family Gatherings

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Gemstones for Surviving Family Gatherings It’s holiday season, and for many of us that means lots of family gatherings.  While some families are more harmonious and some are more tricky, we can all agree that getting that many people in

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Gemstone of the Month: Turquoise

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Gemstone of the Month: Turquoise . Here in Arizona, no gemstone is a greater part of the collective culture than turquoise. We are blessed with two of the most highly prized mines in the world. Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe

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Gemstone of the Month: Crystal Quartz

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Gemstone of the Month: Crystal Quartz . . Easily the most commonly used gemstone in beading, clear crystal quartz is the undisputed queen of beads. Also known as rock crystal, pure quartz is attractive, durable and quite inexpensive. Whether tumbled

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