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California Jade Sterling Silver PendantJade is a term used for two different rocks made up of different silicate minerals. Nephrite jade is composed of amphibole mineral actinolite. Jadeitite consists almost entirely of jadeite. Nephrite and jadeitite were used by people from ancient times for similar purposes. Both are about the same hardness as quartz, and they are exceptionally tough. They are beautifully colored and can be delicately shaped. Thus it was not until the 19th century that it was determined that "jade" was in fact two different materials. Jadeitite is rarer, found in fewer than a dozen places worldwide. Translucent emerald-green jadeitite is the most valued. Jade is the official gemstone of British Columbia, Alaska, and Wyoming Healing Properties  Cabochons

Leopard Skin Jasper Gemstone CabochonJasper is an opaque, impure variety of silica found in a large variety of colors and patterns. It takes a high polished and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone.  Jasper was commonly used and a favorite gemstone in ancient times. Patterns in the stone are caused in it's formation by the flow patterns in sediment or volcanic ash inundated with silica. The jasper may have been fractured or distorted after formation, later bonding into irregular patterns or filling with another material.   Healing Properties   Cabochons

Kyanite Osmena Pearl Pendant Earring SetKyanite (aluminum silicate) is a blue green or colorless mineral which is found in metamorphic rocks. Used commercially in ceramics and as a gemstone. Primary suppliers are in the Ural Mountains, Italy, Switzerland, and the Eastern U.S.  Kyanite crystals have a distinctive shape of and form in elongated columns. The name Kyanite comes from the Greek kyanos, which means “blue.” While some specimens have a rich blue color most samples of Kyanite are transparent, with a pearly luster. The mineral may also be streaked with white or other colors, depending on impurities.  Healing Properties  Cabochons

Labradorite Teardrop CabochonLabradorite is a unique and fascinating mineral. At first glance it may appear to be dark and unremarkable until the colorful shiller glows on the surface. Labradorite can produce a colorful play of light across cleavage planes and in sliced sections called labradorescence. The usually intense colors range from the typical blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges. Some rare specimens display all these colors simultaneously. Light is refracted through layers within the crystal producing the shiller, which is only seen if viewed from the proper angle in the proper light.  Healing Properties  Cabochons

Lapis Lazuli is prized for it’s intense blue color. It has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6,000 years. Formed from more than one mineral with the main component of lazurite.  Most lapis lazuli also contains white calcite, blue sodalite and pyrite. The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks of golden pyrite. Patches of pyrite help in identifying the stone as genuine and do not detract from its value. In addition to the Afghan deposits, lapis has been extracted for years in the Andes, where the deep blue stones rival the quality of those from Afghanistan. Lesser sources include the Russia, Siberia, Angola, Burma, Pakistan, California and Colorado, Canada and India.  Healing Properties  Cabochons

Llanolite Gemstone CabochonLlanite, also known as Llanolite, is found in Llano, Texas. This is a dark brownish stone with rust color patches and spots of opal like iridescent blue. The red and blue spots of feldspar and quartz are contained in a matrix of quartz, apatite, zircon and other minerals.  Cabochons

Lavender Luna Agate CabochonLuna Agate is found in Mexico and has become increasingly rare.  It is characterized by orbicular patterns and is a form of chalcedony or microcrystalline quartz.  Healing Properties  Cabochons

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