Five fun stones that you might not know about!

Five fun stones that you might not know about!

So you think you’ve got it all figured out, you've seen your emeralds, sapphires, and the very common diamond. I mean who hasn't? Tired of the same looking jewelry? Well we've got 5 gemstones you've probably never even heard of, just waiting for you to wear. 

Alexandrite –

Alexandrite is a rare, color-changing gemstone that's a variety of the mineral chrysoberyl. It's known for its ability to appear different colors depending on the light source, which is often called the "alexandrite effect":

Daylight or fluorescent light: Alexandrite can appear green or bluish-green

Incandescent light: Alexandrite can appear brownish, purplish red, or soft red

Spinel –

Spinel is a rare, lustrous, and brilliant gemstone that can be transparent or opaque and comes in many colors. Spinel is known for its durability and can be hard enough to use in jewelry like engagement rings and wedding bands. It's also known for its shifting colors, which can appear different depending on the lighting conditions. For example, spinel can appear steely blue-gray in daylight, metallic violet indoors, or lavender in certain light. 

Paraiba Tourmaline –

Paraiba tourmaline is a type of tourmaline, a semi-precious gemstone, that was first discovered in Paraiba, Brazil (where it receives its name, as you could probably guess). Only recently discovered, in the 1980s, these stones often have a blue-green hue, with intense coloration derived from their copper content.

Haüyne –

Haüyne is a brilliant blue gem sought by collectors for its vibrance and rarity.a rare, opaque-transparent, tectosilicate sulfate mineral that belongs to the sodalite feldspathoid group. It can range in color from blue to green, but can also be white, yellow, pink, or red, depending on its sulfur content.

Jadeite –

Jadeite is a rare, valuable, and highly prized gemstone that's a sodium-rich pyroxene mineral and one of two forms of jade.

 Jadeite is the dominant mineral of the most desirable variety of jade. This was prized in traditional Chinese culture, where it was worked into a great variety of beautiful ornaments and utensils. Jadeite gets its color from minor chemical changes in its mineral composition. For example, imperial green jadeite gets its color from chromium, while pink jadeite gets its color from manganese impurities. Other colors of jadeite can be caused by oxidation.

So next time you’re thinking about purchasing jewelry, keep these in mind. 

From statement pieces to dainty ones , these stones are very likely to catch the eye. 


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