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The Facts and Figures About the Fabulous Precious Gemstone, Sugilite

By admin_51480 | February 10, 2021
The Facts and Figures About the Fabulous Precious Gemstone, Sugilite

Sugilite is a moderately scarce, mainly translucent, pinkish purple mineral type named cyclosilicate. It is also cited as lavulite, luvulite, and royal azel by mineral and gem collectors. Its compound chemical formula is KNa 2 (Fe, Mn, Al) 2 Li 3 Si 12 O 30.  Sugilite solidifies into a honeycomb like structure of crystal prisms. …

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Opal – The Precious Gemstone with a Stunning Array of Colors

By admin_51480 | February 10, 2021
Opal - The Precious Gemstone with a Stunning Array of Colors by Southwest Originals 505-363-7150 a

The enchanting opal, obtainable in all varieties of color, and can be classified in two ways, precious or common. To be considered a precious class it must have the iridescent quality known as “play of color”. This is defined as “a pseudo chromatic optical effect resulting in flashes of colored light from certain minerals, as …

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The Cool Facts and Figures of the Precious Gemstone, Sapphire

By admin_51480 | February 10, 2021
The Cool Facts and Figures of the Precious Gemstone, Sapphire by Southwest Originals 505-363-7150

Sapphire is the official birthstone of September and the gem used to commemorate 45th anniversaries with a sapphire jubilee occuring at 65 years. The sapphire is a precious gem and a variation of the corundum mineral. They are most commonly found in the color blue, however natural occurring sapphires are also found in yellow, purple, …

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Fame, Facts, & History of the Stunning Green Precious Gemstone, Tsavorite

By admin_51480 | February 3, 2021
Fame, Facts, & History of the Stunning Green Precious Gemstone, Tsavorite by Southwest Originals 505-363-7150 a

Tsavorite, also known as tsavolite, was first discovered in Tanzania, in 1967 by Campbell R Bridges. It is part of the grossular species of garnet. It is formed by the calcium-aluminum formula Ca3AI2Si3O12 and small amounts of vanadium or chromium, which is what creates its green hue. Mr. Bridges, a geologist and gemstone prospector from …

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