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  • Tourmaline

    Tourmaline is another gemstone that comes in many colors.  A pink one is an alternative birthstone for October. It is actually very rare to have a uni-colored one, and its name comes from "Turamali," which means "stone with mixed colors." Tourmaline's most desired colors are intense pink and green. Varieties include rubellite (pink to red), schorl (black, often [...] Continue Reading
  • Sapphire

    Today, I want to tell you more about Sapphire, which is in the Corundum family.  Most commonly thought of as blue, sapphire actually comes in a variety of colors.  What we know of as a Ruby is a red Sapphire.  A pinkish orange one is a Padparadscha Sapphire, which means "Lotus Flower."  Red is caused by [...] Continue Reading
  • Alexandrite

    Hello to All! To begin our Gemstone Roundtable count-down, I want to give you some interesting facts about Alexandrite. This gem was only discovered in the 1830's in the Urals.  Although today, it is mined primarily in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The largest cut Alexandrite weighs 66 ct. and is located in the Smithsonian Institution. [...] Continue Reading