Beryls are some of the most valuable of all the coloured gemstones, although pure beryl is colourless and is known as Goshenite. Beryls occur in green, yellow, greenish-yellow, blue to blue-green, red, colourless and pink when tinted by impurities. The pink variety is known as Morganite, red is very rare and known as Bixbite. Golden beryl is a yellow-green and called Heliodor.
The most famous varieties of beryl are Aquamarine and Emerald. Aquamarine come from the latin aqua marina, meaning, "water of the sea" and is a blue or turquoise. The deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in the country of Madagascar. Its color fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment, though the colour returns with irradiation. Emerald are green beryl and are coloured by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium.
Jet is not actually a stone but the fossilised remains of the water logged monkey puzzle tree and occurs in black or dark brown and is a variety of coal known as lignite with the finest jet coming from England.
Jet has a long history of use with Jet jewellery being produced in Britain as long ago as 1500 B.C. and the ancient Romans importing Jet jewellery made in York. Jet carvings were also used as talismans and for mourning in 14th and 15th century Spain.
Larimar is a rare blue variety of Pectolite, Larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic and is also known as the Dolphin Stone, Blue Pectolite, Atlantis Stone, and Stefilia's Stone. Originally discovered in 1916, it was named by the Dominican who re-discovered it in 1974, taking the first letters of his daughter's name, Larissa, and the Spanish word for the sea, mar, to create Larimar.
Larimar occurs as needle-like crystals, grown together in a solid mass and forms in cavities within basaltic lava. The copper substitution in Pectolite instead of calcium produces beautiful translucent shades of soft blues, white and turquoise marked with streaks and patterns of white, and may contain red or brown areas of oxidation or Hematite inclusions. The more intense the blue and contrast within the stone, the rarer and higher its value. Also the blue is photosensitive and may fade over time if exposed to too much light or heat.
Tanzanite was first discovered in Tanzania, East Africa and is part of the Zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa. Tanzanite is very rarely a pure blue and usually exhibits rich purple overtones.
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. African folklore also says that Tanzanite helps to relax and slow down intense individuals who deal with pressure on a regular basis, allowing them to lead less stressful, more productive, healthier lives. This keeps them more organised and sensitive to others around them. Tanzanite crystals are also said to be are high vibration stones and stones of transformation.
Corundum is a crystalline aluminum oxide and comes in a range of colours. Corundums are more commonly known as includes rubies and sapphires. The ruby is a stone of nobility and the energy of the ruby is said to be intense and vivid. Many believe the Ruby brings love, confidence, loyalty, and courage.
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