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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
make unique and beautiful jewelry.
Star gems appear to have a lighted star just below
the surface of the stone.
This star effect is known as asterism, and is one
of several optical phenomena that we'll talk about in the next few issues of
Star gems are relatively rare. The most popular star gems
are star ruby and star sapphire. These corundum stars have six
The star is caused by light reflecting off of
"silk" included in the gem. This silk is
actually long, very thin, needle-like inclusions of another mineral called
When enough of these rutile inclusions are present in a
crystal, it can be cut "en cabochon" to produce a star gem. These
domed stones are round or oval shaped.
Star gems, while somewhat rare, do occur in several gem
species in addition to corundum, including:
Spinel and garnet can have either four or six rayed stars.
Chrysoberyl (shown here) and diopside have four rays.
Corundum stars with twelve rays are found on occasion.
Star stones are semi-transparent to opaque. The star
should be distinct, the rays straight and even. The rays should cross at the top
of the gem.
With a star gem you get a unique optical decoration and a
For a limited time we are
selling our American made 7 mm Gemstone Studs at a great low price... You
can get two sets
for only $99.00!
That's less than half
price for these beautiful, natural gemstone and 14 Kt. gold studs.
Choose any two pair, such
as one Amethyst pair and one Oro Verde pair... or all Garnet, choose from
six varieties of natural gems.
They make fantastic gifts!
We have all six varieties in
stock. Order now while the selection is good. Just follow this
link to the Gemstone Earrings Page.
Note: The offer shown above really is special.
The price of gold has nearly doubled since we made
up this last batch of studs.
You can get some great new earrings at old gold prices.
Thieves made off with two diamonds worth
about $14.1 million from a trade fair at Paris' top museum.
The gems were taken from a display case at an antique and
jewelry dealers show at the Louvre Museum complex. The thieves struck when
employees left their booth for about 15 minutes, the BBC reports. The theft
occurred in broad daylight in one of the most public places in the city.
LONDON : The spot price of gold marched above 455 US dollars,
setting fresh 16-year high points as the US currency tumbled to a new record low
against the euro.
Gold's spot price jumped by 3.61 dollars per ounce to as
high as 455.30 dollars compared to late Thursday and was the highest level since
A weaker dollar makes gold, which is priced in the US
currency on world markets, more attractive to buyers using other currencies.
Gold is seen also as a good hedge against fluctuations in the value of the
A Great Book, A Great Gift
From the "I found a
I recently downloaded a new e-book from Dr. Ken Evoy. As
you probably have guessed before, I really like his stuff.
The book is about writing to communicate. It's
called Make Your
Once you get the book you'll see how it applies to selling
your point... in spoken communications as well as written.
It applies to your life, not just your business.
I think the information is worth a lot more than the $10
price. You can get more info by clicking on the title above.
The holidays are
Now's the time to be selling. Almost everyone's a
potential customer during the holidays.
If you need to make up a special piece for a
customer, we probably have the faceted colored stone you need.
Most of our stock is in sizes suitable for rings,
pendants, and earrings.
Send me an email for information on gems that interest
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