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Gemstone of the Month: Dumortierite

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Gemstone of the Month: Dumortierite Oh, Dumortierite…one of my favorite gemstones!!  I can’t begin to tell you how many clients have brought this beautiful stone up to the front counter and asked, “What is this — and HOW do you SAY

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Gemstone of the Month: Chalcedony

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Gemstone of the Month: Chalcedony Chalcedony Briolettes . Chalcedony is truly a beader’s gemstone. Available in a rainbow of colors, and easily dyed into even more colors, there is a chalcedony bead for every project. That’s because chalcedony is actually a huge

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Gemstone of the Month: Coral

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Gemstone of the Month: Coral Coral Pendants . A favorite summer gemstone, Coral evokes feelings of tropical vacations & family beach trips.  As one of the only bold, red gemstones, it gives us that pop of color that we often crave

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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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