Tourmaline is the most colourful of all gemstones and occurs in all colours, but pink, red, green, blue and multicolored are its most well-known colours with blue (Indicolite) being one of the rarer colours.
Liddicoatite tourmaline is a calcium-rich lithium tourmaline, typically exhibiting extraordinarily beautiful geometrically patterned colour zoning usually in the form of triangles or the “Mercedes” star shape.
Scientifically though , tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a group of minerals related in their physical and chemical properties. The mineral Elbaite is the member of the Tourmaline group that is responsible for almost all the gem varieties. Three other members of the group - Schorl, Dravite and Liddicoatite, are seldom used as gemstones.
Tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania, East Africa and is part of the Zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa.
Legend says it was Masai cattle herders that first noticed Tanzanite some 30 years ago after a fire caused by lightening burned areas in Tanzania. The herders noticed that brown zoiscite crystals had turned a deep blue-purple due to the heat from the fire.
While Tanzanite is often a blue colour when first mined it is very rarely a pure blue and usually exhibits rich purple overtones. It can also be brown and is routinely heat treated to permanently draw out its exotic bluish-purple colour.
Citrine is a translucent, variety of Quartz, ranging in colour from pale to golden yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown to reddish-brown, and may contain rainbow or sparkle inclusions. The name comes from the French word citron, meaning lemon. It was used in Greece as far back as 300 B.C., and because of its colour, is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Gold Topaz, Spanish Topaz, or Safranite.
Most commercial Citrine on the market is heat-treated Amethyst or Smoky Quartz that produces an enhanced Citrine colour, usually a deeper amber or orange-reddish shade. Most Natural Citrine is a pale yellow colour.
Natural Citrine, it is said, does not hold or accumulate negative energy, but rather transmutes, dissipates, and grounds it, making it extremely protective for the environment. It works out problems on both the physical and subtle levels, transforming negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones.
Citrine is the birthstone for the month of November as adopted by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912. It is also the Planetary stone for the Sign of Virgo and the accepted gem for the 13th and 17th wedding anniversary.
Mandarin Garnet is a rare form of Spessartine Garnet ,which is one of the lesser-known and rarer varieties of Garnet. The name, "spessartine" comes from the Bavarian word, "Spessart", meaning "forest", which is a mountain range in Germany where spessartine garnet deposits were found in the 1880s.
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