Faceted Celestine from Madagascar. It is a difficult species to facet and typically we see a less than ideal polish - not at all the case here, the stone is dazzling and bright. Celestin gems need to be a significant weight to keep any of the faint blue color that is characteristic of these. Unfortunately, at 3 to 3.5 on the Mohs Scale, Celestine is too soft for most jewelry.

Faceted Celestine from Madagascar. It is a difficult species to facet and typically we see a less than ideal polish - not at all the case here, the stone is dazzling and bright. Celestin gems need to be a significant weight to keep any of the faint blue color that is characteristic of these. Unfortunately, at 3 to 3.5 on the Mohs Scale, Celestine is too soft for most jewelry.

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Some couture cut gems by Glenn Lehrer

Some couture cut gems by Glenn Lehrer

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An incredible color shift Umbalite Garnet. Only a small percent of this material exhibits color shifting properties.  In bright fluorescent light this gem takes on a reddish purple color, which you can see in the lower of these two photos.  Under incandescent lighting the color becomes much more saturated and the red more intense.

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This is an Umbalite Garnet, a special type of Rhodolite Garnet I’d never heard of until yesterday. What makes it unique is that in addition to the almandite and pyrope that creates the special red/purple of a Rhodolite is spessartite, which on its own creates a vibrant orange color garnet. The spessartite doesn’t really change the color much, but adds more sparkle.

This is an Umbalite Garnet, a special type of Rhodolite Garnet I’d never heard of until yesterday. What makes it unique is that in addition to the almandite and pyrope that creates the special red/purple of a Rhodolite is spessartite, which on its own creates a vibrant orange color garnet. The spessartite doesn’t really change the color much, but adds more sparkle.

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I never knew there was such a thing as a gray diamond. 
Ranging from smoky to deep graphite, gray diamonds are an intriguing alternative to colorless/white diamonds. Distinguished and elegant, gray diamonds offer a neutral color that helps them blend with any look. The metallic hues offer the sparkle and fire of a traditional diamond and avoid the opaque look of darker stones such as black diamonds. The diamonds get their color from hydrogen trapped in the atoms during the creation process, resulting in stunning shades of silver that bring dignified and dramatic touch to the classic diamond look. Gray diamonds often feature blue and green hues as secondary colors.

I never knew there was such a thing as a gray diamond. 

Ranging from smoky to deep graphite, gray diamonds are an intriguing alternative to colorless/white diamonds. Distinguished and elegant, gray diamonds offer a neutral color that helps them blend with any look. The metallic hues offer the sparkle and fire of a traditional diamond and avoid the opaque look of darker stones such as black diamonds. The diamonds get their color from hydrogen trapped in the atoms during the creation process, resulting in stunning shades of silver that bring dignified and dramatic touch to the classic diamond look. Gray diamonds often feature blue and green hues as secondary colors.

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Deep Blue Halite

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Purple Montana Sapphire

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Blue Montana Sapphire (I didn’t even know there were sapphires in Montana!)

Blue Montana Sapphire (I didn’t even know there were sapphires in Montana!)

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Sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Omi Prive 2013, at the 2013 Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show

Sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Omi Prive 2013, at the 2013 Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show

Gorgeous interplay of rhodolite and diamonds, if a bit large…Sterling Silver 1.33ctw Diamond & Rhodolite Garnet Triple Halo Ring - Item number 134-542

Gorgeous interplay of rhodolite and diamonds, if a bit large…Sterling Silver 1.33ctw Diamond & Rhodolite Garnet Triple Halo Ring - Item number 134-542