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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    Red, what a beautiful ring!

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    That is an amazing ring and the color of the stone stunning. Amethyst with red or blue flashes are some of the most impressive Amethyst I've ever seen. I've seen natural Siberian Amethyst and some of the best Zambian/African Amethyst can come pretty close. A few years ago there was a find of Amethyst that had a slight color shift property I've seen, and the blue is obvious depending on the lighting, I think it was another African country but can remember which. I bet Blaire would remember those.

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    Love that color of the year! Reminded me of my amethyst ring (amethyst is my birthstone). I was told this is Zambian amethyst. It has flashes of red in sunlight.
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    Nice gems, Red! Ok, these amethystes have rare blue tones. The most special specimen I had in my collection was purple nearly like a beetroot...
    Pearl Dreams, the true great blue tanzanites are also found natural, not all treated. But I agree with you, the number of treated gems is a shame. For exemple, 90% of citrine are, in fact, heated amethystes, nearly 100% of blue topazes are irradiated colourless stones, and I don't talk about lab synthetised gems...

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    Thank you, Katbran, PD, BPD, and ericw. The stones all came from Mastercut Gems.

    The cab is set into a pendant to coordinate with the ring. Pendant design and setting work by Stephen at Stephen Vincent Designs in Minneapolis.

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    Gorgeous stones and design, Red ... just lovely
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    Love them!!! I love purple and green together with yellow gold.

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    Beautiful pieces Red! What is the green stone in the pendant?
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    Thank you, CathyKeshi, BWeaves, and JerseyPearl.

    The green stones are chrome tourmaline.

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    I love tourmalines.

    OK, I love everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    I love tourmalines.

    OK, I love everything.
    Sure, you may love tourmalines, BWeaves: these gems show every colours we can imagine, and without any treatment, even a few tones unknown elsewhere, like the special blue of paraïba specie which has elevated tourmalines to the level of icons in the jewelry world.

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    ericw, I think two under appreciated stones are tourmaline (most only know green or pink) and zircon.
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    Maybe, JerseyPearl, but, in fact, zircon shows rare nice colours, as red. Most colours of zircons have been damaged by there own radioactivity (very low and not dangerous for health, of course), that to turn them in dust green.
    I should think that spinel is in the same case to be impaired, however looking like geatest rubies, and colour-stable. For exemple, the famous Prince Charles rubie is a spinel.
    That's a little different for tourmaline: its refractive index is lower than sapphire and rubie, thus it's not so brilliant after cut (moreover the same think for emeralds and aquamarines), and tourmaline colours have been a long time impaired against corindon species. First to appreciate such coloured gems has been american people, much earlier than europeen.
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    I agree, Spinel does not get much love. I think the problem is that so many people got synthetic spinel in their high school class rings, so they thing Spinel is an artificial stone, when it is a natural.

    Zircon also suffers because people think it is related to cubic zirconia.

    My favorite tourmaline ring is a green cats eye. I've never seen another one like it. Even the photos I've seen, mine looks way better. I still can't decide if mine is a natural cats eye, or if the effect was made by the lapidary by etching parallel lines on the back of the cabochon. The eye is very straight and sharp. I'll try and post a photo, but it's hard to photograph.

    I'm also amazed at how sparkly Topaz is. It's another stone that doesn't get enough love because so many other stones have been mistakenly marketed as Topaz.

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    Wow, BWeaves, a cats eye tourmaline?! I didn't know it was possible, maybe that's the effect of a special cut.
    Spinel is one of the first stones which reputation has been damaged by faulse gems buziness, but I think that every gems must be truly seen at the same level of suspicion, now.
    Only a few kinds of colombian emeralds, containing very special inclusions, are really fraud-proof under gemologist test tools.
    About topaz, their blue tone is never natural, now. It was, a long time ago, but so much scarce than true alexandrites. Nice natural imperial topaz can be still found, the best look like padparadscha, but less brilliant.
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    I was in an amethyst mood this week after seeing everyone's latest photos.

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    And here's my green tourmaline. 4 close light sources, so the cat's eye looks wider than normal.

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