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Green Jade

Jade refers to an ornamental mineral, mostly known for its green varieties. It can refer to either of two different minerals: nephrite, a silicate of calcium and magnesium, or jadelite, a silicate of sodium and aluminium. Jade is featured prominently in ancient Asian art, but also has an important place in many other cultures.

Today, it is estimated that Burma is the origin of upwards of 70 percent of the world's supply of high-quality jadeite. Most of the jadeite mined in Burma is not cut for use in Burma, instead being transported to other nations, primarily in Asia, for use in jewelry and other products. The jadeite deposits found in Kachinland, in Burma’s northern regions is the highest quality jadeite in the world, considered precious by sources in China going as far back as the 10th century.

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Peridot

Peridot gemstones have been found in a large number of locations, including Brazil, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Sri Lanka, USA and Egypt.

This is the gem quality stone of Forsterite Olivine, and it is a beautiful transparent, green colored stone. Hence its ancient name Olivine, although the color may range from a light yellow green or lime green color through to the darker olive green shade, including a brownish green.

Taking into consideration the amount of time that this stone has been in use, it has only been known by this name for around two hundred years.

The meaning of the name Peridot comes from the French word 'peritot' which is believed to come from an Arabic word 'faridat', which means precious stone.

It has also been called names such as 'Peles tears'.

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Blue Sapphire

As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person.

Its pure Blue Ray brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truths and to utilize that knowledge. Associated with the planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire embraces order, structure, and self-discipline, and is ideal for accomplishing goals and manifesting ideas into form. Sapphire’s power to transmute negative thoughts and energy also makes it highly effective for healing.

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The Star of Asia  The 330-carat Star of Asia is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. – Courtesy Boltin Picture Library/The Bridgeman Art Library

The Star of Asia
The 330-carat Star of Asia is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. – Courtesy Boltin Picture Library/The Bridgeman Art Library

 
The Star of India   The 563-carat Star of India is in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History. -Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution

The Star of India
The 563-carat Star of India is in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History. -Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution

Star Sapphire

Star sapphires are rare beautiful stones that maintain a high value in the market. Their characteristic intersecting light bands are best presented under a direct light source. The six rayed star light will appear across the surface of the stone.  

This rare phenomenon, called asterism, appears when a gemstone is cut with a precise orientation to its rutile inclusions . Once the specific orientation is found, the top of the stone will be cut into a smooth dome. The en cabochon cut brings out the star effects best. 

Star sapphires are ideal for jewellery that are exposed to one direct light source.  You can find our star sapphire collection in our E-boutique. 
 

 

ALEXANDRITE

Source: JTV

Source: JTV

Source: Chemistry Blog

Source: Chemistry Blog

The alexandrite is from the family of chrysoberyl. Chrysoberyl is relatively common but the gemstone’s variety, alexandrite, is one of the rarest and can be very expensive. Alexandrite was named after Tsar Alexander II of Russia. It is known for its dramatic colour change. It is famously described as “an emerald by day, a ruby by night.” The colour change is effected by white light and warm light.

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