Gemology

Tiger’s eye, A luminous stone

rhumbaTiger’s eye is a member of the quartz family of chalcedonies and a chatoyant gemstone. Chatoyancy describes the vertical luminescent fiber bands typically found in tiger’s eye, cat’s eye and hawk’s eye. The color range includes red, brown, gold, cream, black and blue. Found together with hawk’s eye in slabs of a few inches thickness, the most important deposits are found in South Africa where the export of raw material is forbidden. Tiger’s eye is also found in Australia, Burma (Myanmar), India, Namibia, and in California.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Tiger’s eye is the planetary stone for Gemini (May 21 – June 20) and the gem for the ninth wedding anniversary. Tigers Eye is used for necklaces, costume jewelry, and art. Tigers eye can help one to become practical as well as more grounded. It can eliminate the “blues” and can bring brightness and optimism to the user. It further prompts the admiration for the pure and beautiful, allowing ones life and ones passion for life, to open and blossom.

Picture Shown: Rhumba Necklace of Turkish silver & various sizes of Tiger’s Eye ($775). Includes complimentary 14kt. white gold lever back earrings.

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Emerald The Elite

emerald_gemologyEmeralds have been considered elite gems since the time of Cleopatra. They have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green on earth. Inclusions are well tolerated and even add character to this fantastic crystals. Fine emeralds can even be more valuable than diamonds. Emeralds can be engraved, carved, cut into cabochons (highly polished without facets), or faceted, and made into beads. They are also polished in nugget shapes or kept in natural crystal shapes for dramatic appeal.

The finest of emeralds continue to come from Columbia, however other countries can rival in quality such as Zambia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Pakistan and India. The value of an emerald is determined by the depth of color, the clarity, the size and weight and cut. Material should be selected for the best color and for inclusions that speak the right character for you.

ATTRIBUTES: Emeralds are a stone of inspiration and infinite patience. It is a life-affirming stone with great integrity. Known as the “stone of successful love,” it can bring domestic bliss and loyalty.

The green of the emerald is the color of life and of the springtime, which is inspiration behind Judy’s Eucalyptus Necklace design. An adventurous necklace that is bold, daring and remarkably colorful with hiddenite, emerald nuggets and vermeil.

Tourmalinated & Rutilated Quartz

rutilated_quartz_gemologyCrystalline quartz is sometimes penetrated by slender needles or even large threads of various minerals, creating mesmerizing patterns. The needlelike inclusions in quartz are often referred to rutilated quartz or tourmalinated quartz. The quartz crystals can have extremely fine needles or rather wide tubular needles in varying colors such as gold, black, brown, green, yellow, blue, pink or white. Quartz crystals may also have metal inclusions such as pyrite, marcasite, and silver. Currently the most preferred rutilated quartz is mined out of Brazil, but also historically Switzerland, Mexico and Russia have produced very good quality quartz crystals.

ATTRIBUTES: These beautiful threadlike inclusions in quartz crystals create an effective grounding stone that strengthens the body’s own energy field, aura and increases problem-solving skills. Tourmalinated quartz belongs to zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Left Turn Necklaces photographed:
Copper in Sand – Freshwater Keshi Pearls, Smoky Quartz & Rutilated Quartz
Sateen – Rutilated Quartz, Hand Carved Tourmaline & Vermeil
Black Ribbons – Tourmalinated Quartz, Spinel, Sapphire, Turkish Silver