All posts tagged "gem profile"

  • Gem Profile July 5: Glass, Crystal and Quartz.

    by Layna Palmer, Glass, Quartz & Crystal Shop Quartz and Crystal Happy Fourth of July! Since it’s a holiday weekend, and we have been busy watching parades, fireworks, wearing red, white and blue and singing patriotic...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Gem Profile June 21: Rutilated Quartz

    by Layna Palmer, Rutilated Quartz Shop Rutilated Quartz Beads This week I thought we’d try something a bit different. We’re going to take a look at two different types of minerals with different chemical compositions, hardness and...

    • Posted June 21, 2013
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    Gem Profile June 7: What is Rhyolite?

    by Layna Palmer, Rhyolite Shop Rhyolite Beads When I was a child, my family took a vacation to Yellowstone every year where I ended up with more pictures of the rocks than of the geysers. One...

    • Posted June 7, 2013
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  • Gem Profile May 31: What is Dumortierite?

    by Layna Palmer, Dumortierite Shop Dumortierite Beads Last week, I took my car to the shop because it was not running very well and would feel like it was misfiring when I hit about 40mph. I...

    • Posted May 31, 2013
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  • Gem Profile: What is Serpentine?

    by Layna Palmer, Serpentine Shop Serpentine Cabochons As we’ve progressed through these profiles, you’ve probably noticed that the naming of stones can be pretty varied and interesting. Some are named after people; some have names derived...

    • Posted May 24, 2013
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  • Gem Profile: What is Seraphinite?

    by Layna Palmer, Seraphinite Shop Seraphinite Beads I like baking. I like taking different ingredients, especially chocolate, mixing them all together, subjecting it to heat and coming up with something wonderful in the end. Rocks are...

    • Posted May 17, 2013
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  • Gem Profile: About Larimar

    by Layna Palmer, All About Larimar Shop New Bead Selection | Shop for a Larimar Cabochon| Shop All Cabochons I’ve often wondered if I love volcanoes because of the beautiful rocks that come from the process,...

    • Posted May 10, 2013
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  • Gem Profile May 3: Apatite

    by Layna Palmer, All About Apatite Shop New Bead Selection | Shop Apatite beads| Shop All Cabochons We’ve all played the game “One of these things is not like the other …” OK, here goes: fertilizer,...

    • Posted May 3, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Apr. 26: Name that Rock!

    by Rose Marion, Gem Profile Contest for April 26, 2013 You know the deal: it’s time to identify 8 rocks from recent gem profiles for the chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The...

    • Posted April 26, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Apr. 19: Peridot

    by Layna Palmer, Olivine and Peridot Shop Peridot Cabochons | Shop Peridot CZ Stones In a previous Gem Profile we discussed Basalt, that bland black rock that makes up magma and lava, as being the most...

    • Posted April 19, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Apr. 12: Diamond

    by Layna Palmer, Diamond Shop Diamond CZ Stones | Shop Quartz Gems | Shop White Topaz Gems “Diamonds are Forever” is a phrase you have heard from DeBeers to James Bond, and it fits, because diamonds...

    • Posted April 12, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Apr. 5: Goldstone

    by Layna Palmer, Goldstone Shop Goldstone Beads | Shop Goldstone Cabochons I’ve always liked goldstone; it’s not really gold, and it’s not really a stone, but it sure is pretty! So, if goldstone isn’t really gold...

    • Posted April 5, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Mar. 29: Unakite

    by Layna Palmer, Unakite Shop Unakite Beads| Shop Unakite Cabochons Unakite (pronounced you-na-kite) is a beautiful green and salmon-pink metamorphic stone. Unakite is an altered form of granite, classified as an Epidote. Epidote is crystallized in...

    • Posted March 29, 2013
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  • Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Abalone Shell Pendant by Cindy Massey
    Gem Profile Mar. 15: Where Paua and Abalone Come From

    by Layna Palmer, Nautilus, Abalone, Paua, & Pinctada Maxima: The Cephalopods, Bivalves, and Gastropods` Shells used in Jewelry Shop Mother of Pearl Cabochons | Shop Shell Cameos | Shop Mother of Pearl Beads | Shop Mother...

    • Posted March 15, 2013
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  • Mother of Pearl Pendant wire wrapped by Joan Madouse
    Gem Profile Mar. 8: Mother of Pearl

    by Layna Palmer, Mother of Pearl Shop Mother of Pearl Cabochons| Shop Shell Cameos | Shop Mother of Pearl Beads So, I have been sitting her singing “Molly Malone” to myself as I’ve been writing this...

    • Posted March 8, 2013
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  • Gem Profile Mar. 1: Lepidolite and Sugilite

    by Layna Palmer, Lepidolite and Sugilite Shop Lepidolite Beads| Shop Flower Sugilite Cabochons Purple is one of my favorite colors and always has been. Purple comes in many exciting, relaxing and fun shades from the muted...

    • Posted March 1, 2013
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