6 Underrated Gems & Stones

it is one of the official birthstonesfor the month of October, along with all of the other varieties of opal gems.There are so many beautiful colored stones, and more getting discovered all the time. Most of us have been introduced to the more popular stones at some point or another: Diamond Ruby, Sapphire Emerald, Pearl, etc... We absolutely adore these gems, but we are here to talk about some underrated gems that we think are simply stunning.

LABRADORITE- This plagioclase feldspar stone is simply beautiful. The plagioclase feldspars are minerals that constitute an important component of almost every igneous rock, which makes up a great deal of the Earth's crust.

While a Gray/Gray Black stone, Labradorite produces adularescence, which boasts a white to pale bluish luster when turned. This optical effect is so unique to labradorite that it has been termed "labradorescence". This phenomenon is caused by the diffraction of light in the layers of rock. When labradorite is exposed to light and viewed at different angles, the schiller can be seen in a variety of colors.

Labradorite is a gemstone that was named after Labrador in Canada, where it was found on the Isle of Paul, near Nain in 1770. It has since been found in other places, including Finland, Madagascar, and Australia

Labradorite is grey to grey-black with colorful iridescence. Popular colors are royal blue and multicolor. Labradorite can also be colorless, orange-red and brownish. The metallic tints of labradorite can show the full spectrum of color, especially in spectrolite, which is named after the full range of color that it exhibits.

Labradorite is a transparent to opaque material and usually, the higher the clarity, the less the play of color.

Although Labradorite has a hardness of 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale, which is softer than quartz, it is a durable material. This is thought to be because labradorite is not brittle.

Overall, Labradorite is a fascinating stone that is both gorgeous, and affordable.

MOONSTONE- This

Its internal structure scatters the light that strikes it, creating a phenomenon known as adularescence. The visual effect is reminiscent of the full moon shining through a veil of thin, high clouds.

Rainbow moonstone is not a true moonstone; true moonstone is comprised of potassium orthoclase feldspar, but it is closely related to moonstone.

Adularescent moonstone was once called “adularia.” The name originated with a city in Switzerland, Mt. Adular (now St. Gotthard), that was one of the first sources of fine-quality moonstone.

Moonstone is the birthstone for the month of June and the stone traditionally given in celebration of the 13th anniversary of marriage.

Moonstone comes from the mineral family feldspar, which is one of the most plentiful in the world, however fine gem quality moonstone is scarce and is becoming more scarce as time goes on.

Moonstone is just DREAMY! With every angle, the play of colors is stunning.

AMBER- Not a stone, but rather amorphous, fossilized tree sap. It is sourced specifically from the Pinus succinifera tree. Amber is a uniquely underrated "stone" that we can't get enough of.

Amber is one of the few varieties of organic gemstones. The most common varieties of organic gems include amber, pearl, coral and ivory

Since amber is a product of nature, it may actually contain insects, (occasionally frogs and lizards too) moss, or pine needles that have been trapped in the resin, since the resin was sticky.

Amber is mostly found in Poland & Russia; also the Dominican Republic (rare blue amber), Mexico, France, Spain, Canada, Romania, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Burma, and Italy.

Unlike most other colored stones, amber has an amorphous rather than crystalline structure. Amber has a very low specific gravity, which means that it is exceptionally light. Amber's low density allows it to float in salt water.

Amber occurs in a range of different colors, but it is mostly yellow, orange or brown. Golden-yellow amber is usually hard, translucent resin from evergreen pine trees. Amber can also occur whitish to pale lemon-yellow and brown to nearly black. The Dominican Republic is known to produce rare blue amber. There is also rare green and red colored amber. Red amber is sometimes referred to as "cherry amber".

The leading source for amber gems is just west of Kaliningrad, Russia. The amber from this region is found in clay about 30 meters below the surface. The second largest source for amber is the Baltic region. Baltic amber originates from the seabed and is often found washed ashore. Baltic amber is known for its fine golden colors.

Amber's unique properties make it a special stone in our eyes.

DRUZY: What is Druzy? Gorgeous encrustations of micro-crystals which cover the surface of a host rock. What makes Druzy particularly attractive is the way the micro-crystals reflect light, producing a subtle yet dazzling sparkle. Druzy gems come in an infinite variety of colours: a great number of these will be gorgeous natural colours, though pigments can also be enhanced.

In geology, Druzy (sometimes spelt ‘Druse’ or ‘Drusy’) refers to a coating of countless tiny crystals which create a sort of sparkly ‘skin’ on a rock fracture surface, geode, vein or within a vugh. Usually, it occurs over another colourful crystal or matrix (host rock), though the Druzy may no longer be attached to it. They occur as coatings of a wide variety of minerals: the most common is Quartz Druzy.

Druzy crystal habits can occur anywhere in the world depending on the mineral forming the micro-crystals and the host stone. There are a great variety of Druzy stones worldwide. The most common is Quartz Druzy, consisting of Quartz micro-crystals over Agate or a larger Quartz rock. Usually, natural Quartz Druzy is clear, grey, purple (in the case of Amethyst), blue (Agate), orange (Carnelian) or brown.

Druzy is everything we dream of: colorful, sprakly, and UNIQUE!

LARIMAR- Larimar is a trademarked name for a rare blue, gem-quality variety of the mineral pectolite. Pectolite is normally gray in color and is actually not that rare, occurring in many locations around the world. But blue Larimar is found only in one location in the entire world - the Dominican Republic.

Larimar is an acid silicate hydrate of sodium and calcium. It is colored by copper, which distinguishes it from other forms of pectolite. Minor traces of iron and potassium may also be present. Most Larimar forms with clusters of needle-like inclusions

Larimar has a hardness of 4.5 to 5 on the Mohs scale, approximately the same as apatite, sphene and turquoise. When polished, it exhibits an attractive silky luster. Due to its distinct pattern and colors, there are really no other gemstones commonly mistaken for rare blue Larimar.

Larimar deposits surface as hot gasses push crystallized minerals up through the volcanic chimneys or tubes. The only known source of blue Larimar is the Filipinas Mine in Los Checheses, located in the Dominican Republic (it may also be found as sediment on the shores of the Caribbean, washed up as alluvial deposits carried down by the Bahoruco River).

Larimar is typically opaque, although some finer materials may appear slightly translucent.

Larimar's color can range from very light blue to greenish blue, and from medium sky blue to 'volcanic blue', similar to turquoise. It rarely forms in solid colors; most stones exhibit white circular marbling patterns. Its color is photosensitive and it fades under exposure to strong sunlight and heat.

Truly unique & impossible to imitate, this stone has our hearts.

OPAL- Opal in general is a very beautiful stone. Boulder opal is one of the most valuable varieties of opal, second only to Australia's black opal.

Boulder opal may be considered to be less valuable than black opal, but it is actually much rarer. Boulder opal accounts for approximately 2% of all of Australia's opal, however, black opal equates to around 8% of the entire yield. The remaining 90% is common opal, often referred to as 'potch' or 'white opal'.

Boulder opal is found embedded in large boulders of ironstone, which is how it earned its name. Occurring as pebble rock, precious opal develops within thin veins, fissures and hollows

Australia produces over 95% of the world's entire supply of opal gemstones, clearly establishing it as the world's leading opal supplier. Boulder opal was first discovered in Quilpe, Western Australia, around the year 1870.

it is one of the official birthstones for the month of October, along with all of the other varieties of opal gems.

the beautiful opal:

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