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Tell Me about My Gemstones

Kyanite is named after the Greek word for "blue". Its color indeed can make it a lovely gem with a near sapphire-like blue. However kyanite also comes in colorless, white, gray, green or yellow. Color is often not consistent throughout the crystal, often showing white streaks in an medium blue. Kyanite is a layered crystal with a luster that is vitreous to almost pearly, which gives it an interesting and unique look. Its variable hardness is a significant characteristic that has to be taken in consideration by the gem-cutter. The hardness of kyanite is 4-4.5 (Mohs scale) when scratched parallel to the long axis of the crystal and 6-7 when cut perpendicular to or across the long axis. It's a very nice gemstone for earrings or pendants, cut in cabochon or facet cut. Set in silver or white gold, kyanite becomes a fine piece of jewelry. Kyanite is believed to aid self-expression, communication and supernatural abilities.

Mojave turquoise is a rich vibrant color presenting in shades of purple green blue and orange with copper-colored veining. Sourced from the Arizona Kingman Mine. Member of the turquoise family. Mojave turquoise is a breathtakingly vivid Turquoise that has been crafted through a process using hydraulic press by assembling turquoise nuggets. A bronze metal matrix is introduced throughout the base of brick turquoise.

Turritella Agate is the popular name used for a brown, translucent to semi-transparent, fossiliferous agate found in the Green River Formation of Wyoming. It is very easy to recognize because it contains large fossil snails that stand out in a white-to-tan color that contrasts with the brownish agate. For at least the past fifty years, Turritella agate has been prized as a unique and beautiful gem material. People who see these beautiful projects marvel that so many spectacular fossils are preserved in the rock. These make great pendants, belt buckles, bolos, ring stones, and earrings. 

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