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By the heavenly light to the deep blue sea, Aquamarine shows all the nuances of an extraordinarily beautiful range of the usual blue.
It 'a stone really fascinating, one of the most' popular in the market thanks to its brilliance exciting.
Women all over the world prefer for its beautiful blue color, which fits almost perfectly to any skin or eye color.
Even the creative gemstone artists find inspiration for new cuts more often dall'acquamarina than from other stones.
The aquamarine blue is indeed a divine and eternal color, the color of the heavens, as well as the color of water with its life-giving properties.
And in fact aquamarine seems to have incorporated the blue of the seas. This is not surprising, since according to legend it has its origin in the treasure chest of the legendary mermaids, and for years was considered the lucky stone of sailors.
According to the ancients, its strength grows best when the stone is immersed in radiated by the sun.
Its light blue arouses feelings of sympathy, trust and harmony. Good feelings, which makes a welcome gift for a partner, as a symbol of lasting relationships.
The Aquamarine, like emerald, belongs to the family of beryl. although compared to other stones of the same color family is more evenly distributed throughout the stone.
Found more often than its famous green brother, Aquamarine is usually almost free of inclusions. Its good toughness makes it quite robust and generally protects it from getting scratched.
His brilliance has made it one of the stones more 'popular ever in trade around the world. The more intense is its color, the higher its value. The deposits most 'famous of this wonderful gemstone are found in Brazil and Central Africa.
Iron is the element responsible for the color in, and the shades of blue displayed range from pale blue, almost colorless to bright blue of the sea. The more intense the color of an, the higher its value.
Agate is a variety of quartz that is formed by the deposition of silica within the cavities of volcanic rocks guests.
His training and gradual cooling process, determines its characteristic striped coloring, which makes it unique in the world of stones collection.
As a result of this process, in fact, the Agata is often found in a rounded form and presents concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk.
The Agate, was once considered a talisman. It was said that protegesse extinguished thirst and fever.
A famous collection of four thousand agate bowls which was accumulated by Mithridates, King of Pontus, shows the enthusiasm with which agate was regarded.
Agate bowls were also popular in the Byzantine Empire: Collecting agate bowls became common among European royalty during the Renaissance and many museums in Europe, including the Louvre, have spectacular examples today.
When the Agate comes in flat and parallel bands of contrasting color (light / dark), takes the name of Onyx (from the greek Onyks = nail, because of its translucent appearance).
Esitono different types of Agata, depending on its colors:
- Agata Arborizzata: white colored crude dendritic inclusions of iron silicate, which ramify along the entire surface of the stone.
- Moss Agate: is formed by sedimentation rhythmic silica cavity inside 'of basaltic rocks. Slightly transparent, light blue moss green inclusions.
It has a hardness of 7 and its deposits most 'famous are located in Germany, Uruguay and Brazil.
A stone that is used as a good luck charm. Promotes the ability to communicate, promotes awareness and helps to calmly deal with critical situations.
The Alexandrite is a rare variety of chrysoberyl, which has so frequently the phenomenon of iridescence, showing red when illuminated with artificial light and green when illuminated with natural light.
The effect is due to the replacement, in small part, of aluminum and chromium. The same impurities of chromium are also present in corundum (which in this case is called ruby) and in the emerald.
Even in the latter case the chromium is due to an effect of iridescence: the light appears to the emerald green, while UV light appears red fluorescence ...
Discovered by mineralogist Nordenskjold in Russia on the slopes of the Ural Mountains in 1831, on the birthday of Alexander II of Russia, was called by the name of the Tsar.
It has become the Russian national gem because of its colors (red and green) are those of Holy Russia.
His major fields are currently in Brazil, Zimbabwe and Russia.
This extremely rare semi-precious stone, the value of which sometimes exceeds that of diamond, it changes color depending on the light: it appears emerald green in daylight and dark red in artificial light.
It can be cut gem and samples that show evidence of iridescence may have very high prices.
Used in high jewelry, is, for its beauty, hardness and rarity, one of the more expensive stones on the market and its price increases as the iridescence is visible (the inclusions affect less on price).
It has a fairly high hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale. Among its therapeutic uses, is used to control the emotions, disorders of the pancreas and strengthens sensuality and sexuality '.
The Amazonite stone is a metamorphic or magmatic origin that belongs to the class of mineral silicates.
You can 'also found in nature in crystals of considerable size (if you know some heavy a few hundred pounds) and is formed in granitic pegmatite’s.
Its colors range in a pastel blue-green hue very delicate, reminiscent of ancient worlds, wonderful, mysterious, submerged and disappeared today as the mythical Atlantis.
The amazonite was nostalgia to the Indians of the Rio Negro in Brazil, due to its similarity with nephritis, I associated the origin of the "Land of Women".
He also appears in Greek mythology, according to which the indomitable warriors wore armor adorned with a blue-green gem and just this owed their extraordinary physical prowess and vehemence combative.
The ancient Egyptians used it to make cups, as talismans and amulets against drunkenness to propitiate the gods against the vices.
The vibrations stimulate of Amazonite to finish what you started, then makes persevering and strengthens the ability to make decisions.
This stone is also worn by gamblers to attract money and luck. It also makes use anyone faces risks to ensure success.
The Amazonite is a wonderful stone, whose color varies from light green to darker green, to blue.
It often contains white crystalline veins which give it the beautiful light reflections.
Its color is greenish or blue-green semi-opaque due to the presence of lead. It 'also called "Amazon Rock" as it recalls the water of a river, such as the Amazon, where there are the most' important deposits.
And 'recognizable by the sharp cleavage, characteristic of feldspars, which assumes a pearly sheen.
Amber is fossilized pine resin, is ancient and valuable, like an antique.
Particularly strong is the demand for amber with insects inside, due to its ability to preserve the characteristics and the DNA of the bodies trapped.
"Amber is like a time capsule created by nature itself," said David Federman, author of Consumer Guide to Colored Gemstones.
"It has helped palaeontologists reconstruct life on earth in its early stages. More than 1,000 extinct species of insects have been identified in".
Already the Stone Age man imbued amber with supernatural powers and used it to wear and to worship. A stone which I keep 'its value and meaning to the Assyrians, Egyptians, Etruscans, Phoenicians and Greeks.
The Greeks called it "electron" meaning "created by the sun": the mythology has it that Phaeton, son of Apollo, convinced his father to allow him to drive the chariot of the sun across the sky for a day, but it went too close to the ground incendiandola.
To save the earth, Zeus struck Phaethon with a thunderbolt and he died when he fell from the sky. The mother and sister turned into a tree to their pain. Their tears, dried by the sun, became Amber.
The Romans sent armies to conquer and control the producing areas. The Emperor Nero was a great connoisseur of amber. In his time, he wrote the Roman historian Pliny, the price of an amber figurine, used to make jewellery, earrings and necklaces, was greater than that of a slave in good health.
E 'a fossilized resin from various species of plants. Amber is from golden yellow to 'golden orange, but it is also green, red, purple and black. From transparent to translucent, occurs in small nodules or masses with irregular shapes.
It becomes electrically charged when rubbed with a cloth and can attract small particles.
It has a hardness of not very high, at 2.5. The main sources of amber on the market today are the Baltic States, Russia, Mexico, Lebanon and the Dominican Republic.
Amber has a strong detoxifying power not only physical but also psychological. Is very useful for severe depression, as its use absorbs negative energy and cancels it.
Amethyst is a variety of quartz purple color, typical of basaltic rocks, which has been since 3000 BC, in Egypt and in Mesopotamia, one of the gems are usually used for making jewellery and seals, as it was considered a sacred stone since ancient times.
The elegance of its color has made a royal stone amethyst is a fact very common to find this mineral in the royal crowns of different populations of the story.
The word amethyst comes from the greek "amethystos” which means "not drunken." A mythological legend says that Amethyst was a wood nymph that Bacchus, the god of wine, fell in love, but the girl to escape the unwelcome courtship, he turned to Diana, who transformed it into a clear glass.
Angered, Bacco overthrew him his cup filled with wine, thereby giving it a delicate violet color, with the power to protect against the effects of intoxicating drink dear to him.
The Greeks believed that it constituted an excellent remedy against the effects of alcohol and the Romans helped fuel this legend. A special label required behavioural fact diners to drink wine in crystal goblets every time the guest approached her lips.
But he was limited to drinking pure water in a goblet amethyst, whose purple highlights 'tinged' water giving it the appearance of the wine. So the guest could stay sober while his gentlemanly diners succumbed to the intoxication.
In the Middle Ages it was thought that the amethyst encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic churches. In particular, it was considered to be the stone of bishops, and still often wear amethyst rings.
The colors of amethyst varies from pale lilac to deep purple. Pale colors are called "Rose de France" and are often seen among the jewels Victorians. The colors are more intense but specimens finest.
Her beautiful purple color, however, has an enemy, prolonged exposure to the sun, in fact, it causes blanching. Its toughness is equal to 7.
Its use is still mainly aimed at the production of jewellery, or cups. The main deposits of this mineral are found in Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, USA and in several African countries.
The Apatite is a phosphatic mineral, mostly opaque, often transparent, or more rarely secondary magmatic origin.
And 'highly fluorescent and is often used as a gemstone cabochon cut.
The Apatites are part of an important family of minerals and different types if they differ according to their chemical conformation: idroapatite, chlorapatite and fluorapatite.
In the past it was often confused with other minerals such as beryl and Calcite. Only in 1786 was identified and received its current name, which, significantly, is derived from the greek word "Apatao" which means fool.
So you do not have information of any kind for what concerns its uses in the medical or scientific prior to this date.
In the past it was used mainly used for the construction of cathode ray tubes with fluorescence to phosphorus, but now practically in disuse.
The fact that it was confused with other minerals has not led to know the real uses in the past.
Aventurine is a raw quartz whose appearance and bright green color comes from deposits Fucsite (Chrome-Mica) in it.
Forms in igneous rocks, in sediments and crystalline schists. Aventurine Quartz is a translucent chalcedony in granular aggregates with small inclusions that reflect light causing the phenomenon of "avventurescenza”.
Its name comes from the Italian "a ventura" which refers to the mica flakes apparently randomly distributed on its surface.
There were unfortunately passed on information about its therapeutic properties and therefore not historical information related to this gem.
Aventurine is a translucent chalcedony in granular aggregates with small inclusions that reflect light causing the phenomenon of "avventurescenza”.
These are normally reeds of mica (fuchsite, actinolite, goethite and others) or chlorite, giving the stone a bright brown or green (the latter mainly due to the color fuchsite.
In the presence of considerable amounts of muscovite, you are having a silvery sheen, while there exists a variety lipoclastic, aventurine Eastern or sun-stone, in which the abundance of deposits of hematite causes of red internal reflections.
It is generally considered a cut stone of great value.
Quartz Aventurine is mined mainly in Brazil, China, India and Russia, while the brown comes mainly from Brazil.
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