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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.
Gem origins are of interest to many gem
fanciers. This month we continue our visit in Brazil, a most important gem producing
Located along the eastern coast of South
America, this former Portuguese colony dominates the continent in both land mass and
As we stated in last months newsletter... Brazil may well be the most prolific gem
producing country on earth.
This month we'll look at Brazil's treasure of
The many colors and other traits of gem
quartz make it a favorite of mine.
the purple variety of gem quartz is a favorite of many gem stone fanciers the
world over. Amethyst is among the top selling gems every year. Brazil is the world's largest producer of amethyst.
Citrine is another famous gem quartz. This
yellow to orange gem occurs naturally in a variety of shades. It is also well known
among Brazilian miners that gentle heating of the local amethyst can produce beautiful citrine.
quartz is a favorite material for bead makers. This mostly translucent material
exhibits very pleasing colors. Rose quartz is also cut in cabochon form for use as
pendant and earring stones. On rare occasion, the earth yields transparent,
Rutilated quartz can be striking in jewelry.
Golden or black needles of rutile running through crystal clear quartz produce
dramatic effects, and inspire jewelry artists.
Natural gem quartz occurs in many, many
colors. Some are unique and rare.
quartz makes a good jewelry stone. It's relatively hard and tough.
stones often exhibit internal play of light, luster, pleasing color, and
other fine-gem qualities. In the trade we say a stone like that is
One of the best features of gem quartz is
it's price. It's not expensive, so you can have several jewelry pieces featuring
amethyst, citrine, and fancy colored quartz gems.
The State of Minas Gerais is where much of Brazil's gem
quartz is mined, usually along with other gem varieties. Many gem mines in
the area produce more than one type of gem.
Brazil also produces smoky quartz, quartz crystal, and
collectable quartz mineral specimens.
Next month we'll look at Brazil's fabulous
Early reports indicated that holiday jewelry sales were
strong, including high-end pieces.
As the economy continues to strengthen, so will gem
and jewelry sales. It always has.
Well ladies and guys, it was a pretty good season.
Now we can take a week or so off, recharge our
batteries, and get ready for the Tucson Shows in early February.
And then it's Valentines Day, Easter, Mother's Day. Don't
forget birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other special occasions.
There's always a market for gems and jewelry.
Keep talking about your jewelry business to your friends,
treat the people well that they refer to you, get someone to host a jewelry
party and expand your business.
There are many ways to grow your business.
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Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?
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