Category Archives: Individual Gemstones
Posts specific to an individual gemstone.
Next week a rare gems dealer from Calgary, Alberta is set to sell what is being called the world’s largest cut emerald. Is it truly an emerald or is it a beryl (like emerald) that was colourless and has been dyed green?
Peridot is a light green gemstone with inclusions that are commonly called lily pad like inclusions. Why do they form? Can they be found in other gemstones?
Opal displays all the colours of the rainbow. It is the structure of opal that gives us all the colours of the visible spectrum. Why is this play-of-colour seen in some opals and not others?
Nephrite and Jadeite are both called jade, but they are completely different mineralogically. Most North Americans are picturing jadeite when they say the word “Jade”. Yet nephrite can be found in both the United States and Canada and is more common than jadeite.