Doug will soon be off again traveling the world for beautiful stones. This time he will focus on pearls in Hong Kong. Doug has a natural eye for the unusual as well as for quality. When he looks at glistening gemstones or lustrous strands of pearls, he envisions beautiful finished pieces to add to his expanding Stewart Douglas line. In fact, he gets so many ideas that his imagination gets ahead of his fingers! If you want a beautiful, unusual pearl ring, now is the time to put in your requests. Just imagine the fun!
What makes a gemstone? To be considered a gem, a substance has to be beautiful, usually in terms of its color and the way it reflects light. It also has to be rare and durable. Gems are either minerals, which have a regular internal structure and fixed chemical composition, or organics, which are produced by plants and animals. Carved fossils are considered organic gemstones. Come see, you’ll be surprised!
What is citrine? How do pearls form? What is the “king of gems? If you like gemstones here are a few answers for you, beginning this week with citrine. Citrine belongs in the quarts family and is colored golden by the iron content. It derives its name from its color – citron being the French for lemon. Citrine, like other quartz, is a seven on the Mohs scratch hardness scale. It’s great colored gemstone for November.
---Just Marci’s Musings
A 43.51-carat yellow diamond (just a little bauble) known as the "Golden Eye" was seized in a federal drug and money-laundering investigation in northeast Ohio. It’s going on the auction block with the minimum starting bid at $900,000. Get out your penny jars!