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.
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!