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Aventurescence In Gems
Aventurescence in gems sounds serious, but it
is often a good thing. The term simply refers to metallic glitter in a gem. The
term "schiller" is also used to describe the phenomena.
Aventurescence is our last in the series on optical
The best known gems that display this optical effect are aventurine
quartz and sunstone (a feldspar family gem).
Aventurescence is caused by tiny (often microscopic)
platelets of natural metals such as copper, mica, or hematite (iron).
The golden sunstone shown here displays the metallic
glitter effect handsomely.
The bits of shiny metal in the
near-transparent gem crystal reflect light and cause the glitter.
Sunstone has become more
popular in recent years, due to the discovery of a more reliable source in
body colors range from pinks and tans to
oranges, greens and reds.
Aventurescence in iolite is also known. The metallic
inclusions are reddish hematite. The blue-violet iolite with these red
inclusions is known as bloodshot iolite. I mention this material as
a curiosity, since I've never seen it in gem quality.
Aventurescence is a term said to be derived
from the Italian "a ventura" or "by chance."
Diamond Wholesaler robbed
Two masked gunmen
posing as deliverymen pulled off a $5 million armed robbery at a wholesaler in
New York's Diamond District recently.
No arrests have been made in the robbery at Diamart Inc.
on West 47th Street.
Because of a holiday, security at the building where
Diamart had its offices on the seventh floor was not as intense as usual, another
tenant told reporters.
A manager at the diamond wholesaler buzzed the men inside
the street door after they identified themselves via an intercom as deliverymen,
police said. Once on the seventh floor, the men put on masks and pulled handguns
before looting the business of $5 million in diamonds.
No one was injured in the holdup, and the bandits walked
out the front door of the building.
Mother's Day and graduations are coming. These occasions
present great sales opportunities, as do birthdays and wedding
Check your inventory! Is it time to make up a few new
pieces? We have the gem stones you need and you already have the resource information to buy the
mountings and have the stones set.
Now is the time! Talk it up, and
make those sales.