Gem talk 101: Citrine

This November I celebrated my 25th birthday and it got me thinking — its been over a year since I moved to New York and called this city home. It’s surreal and has been such a great experience, but in doing so I’ve neglected this blog. As I’ve been getting the hang of everything — my new job, the subway system, making friends, exploring, my new rock climbing hobby — its taken my time away from this space. I had so many hopes and plans before I moved, as this was supposed to be my escape and informative space into the gem/mineral world. This year, Flaxccentuate took a backseat, but 2020 is going to be a fresh new start! There will be a ton of new content and if all goes well — a new business. I’m excited to be back in this space and get started!

Speaking of new content — lets jump in to Gem Talk 101 and learn all about Citrine’s!

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Being my birthstone, I’ve always been intrigued by this stone. Its beautiful yellow hue has always been so warm and inviting. Said to provide positive energy, Citrine’s associated with wealth and abundance known as the “Success Stone”. Naturally found all over the world, including Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland, and the U.S. [**] What a lot of people don’t know is that a lot of the citrine sold in todays market is fake — say, what?! Yes — it’s true! Here’s what to look out for when you’re shopping for your own citrine to add to your collection.

You may have seen citrine stones like these sold in gem stores or out shopping. What you aren’t being told is that these are heat treated amethysts. You can see a side by side comparison below. If it has an orange hue, it’s fake.

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Real citrine is a clear, yellow stone that can also come in a smokey hue.

So now you know what to be on the look out for the next time you’re in the market for citrine!

[**] = https://www.energymuse.com/citrine-meaning

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Aquamarine

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Aquamarine.

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Coming from the Latin name aqua marinus meaning “water of the sea”, the Aquamarine gemstone brings a calming and soothing sensation that inspires truth, trust and letting go. In ancient lore, it was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. [**]

The pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. Its color is caused by iron oxides within the chemical makeup of the stone [**]

Deposits of Aquamarine can be found in Brazil, China, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia, and locations in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Connecticut, Portland and Massachusetts).  [***]

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Exploring the Upper West Side the other day led me to this beautiful Aquamarine + diamond pendant by Lisa of @kabyco . I was immediately drawn to this piece & knew I wasn’t going to let it go! – photo taken by me

[**] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/aquamarine

[***] = https://www.minerals.net/mineral/aquamarine.aspx

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Labradorite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Labradorite.

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Immediately recognized by it’s labradorescence, the Labradorite gemstone shines like no other! Being a gray to gray-black stone (with black specs embedded within the surface), light enters it and strikes a twinning surface within the stone. The colors seen is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light such as a vibrant blue, green, coppery red, orange and yellow shimmer. [**]

Discovered in Canada and named after its location of Labrador, Newfoundland — other deposits of the stone can be found in Australia, Madagascar, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Russia and the USA. [**]

According to the Inuit tribe, the last native tribe to arrive in North America, one of their legends state that the Northern Lights are captured in the minerals off the coast of Labrador. Like Tourmaline, the Labradorite is thought to be a magical stone that helps its wearer find their true path in life. It possesses protective properties such as: soothing menstrual problems, aiding disorders of the lungs, preventing colds, helping with digestion and regulating both metabolism and blood pressure. [**] & [***]

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Purchased this Labradorite ring a few of months ago — love the constant flash of color and endless sparkle it provides! – photo taken by me

[**] = https://geology.com/gemstones/labradorite/

[***] = http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_groups/fp_inuit1.html

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Tourmaline

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Tourmaline.

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Tourmaline gemstone is a semi-precious mineral similar to granite. With colors ranging from magenta to teal-blue, meadow-green to vibrant yellow, and even black, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese phrase “tura mali,” which means, “stone mixed with vibrant colors.” It’s believed that no two tourmaline stones have the exact same color!

Historicaly revered as a “magic” stone that is capable of protecting its wearer, it is said that Tourmaline has powerful effects such as: helps with detoxification, supports fat loss, reduces water retention, improves circulation, supports the liver and kidney, promotes a healthy mood, helps eliminate toxic metals and reduces lactic acids and free fatty acids. [**]

I’d have to agree that these stones are magical — just by looking at the colors they naturally form in are absolutely incredible!

Many tourmaline color varieties have inspired their own trade names:

Rubellite is a name for pink, red, purplish red, orangy red, or brownish red tourmaline, although some in the trade argue that the term shouldn’t apply to pink tourmaline.
Indicolite is dark violetish blue, blue, or greenish blue tourmaline.
Paraíba is an intense violetish blue, greenish blue, or blue tourmaline from the state of Paraíba, Brazil.
Chrome tourmaline is intense green. In spite of its name, it’s colored mostly by vanadium, the same element that colors many Brazilian and African emeralds.
Parti-colored tourmaline displays more than one color. One of the most common combinations is green and pink, but many others are possible.
Watermelon tourmaline is pink in the center and green around the outside. Crystals of this material are typically cut in slices to display this special arrangement. [***]

Deposits of Tourmaline are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the United States (California and Maine). Several African countries have recently become big producers of gem Tourmaline, specifically Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Malawi. [****]

KKB Metal Studio Tourmaline sterling silver pendants

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Ever since I first saw Kristen’s work on Instagram, creator of KKB Metal Studio, I considered her to be an inspirational metalsmith! I’ve been waiting to find and snag a piece of hers that I could call my own and this was it! I saw the first photo above of all three pieces and my eyes immediately gravitated towards the blue/grey tourmaline with the reticulated/textured pebble charm that reminded me of the ocean waves. She perfectly describes these pieces as “a perfect mix of grit and glamour, these pieces make for easy, everyday wear; a wabi sabi piece” and I couldn’t agree more! If you act fast the pink tourmaline is still available in her shop and she has some other great pieces listed as well! 🙂 – photos by Kristen, KKB Metal Studio

[**] =https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-tourmaline-gemstone/

[***] = https://www.gia.edu/tourmaline-description

[****] = http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/tourmaline_gemstone.aspx

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].

Now it’s Crystal Clear: Sodalite

Welcome to ‘Now it’s Crystal Clear’ series! This week’s topic is all about Sodalite.
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Dating back to ancient civilizations, Sodalite is linked to the ethereal energy that promotes the highest form of self-expression. Sculptors, painters and artists were known to carry it around for inspiration! The crystal’s meaning has a long-held association with the color of the heavens. [**]

Called the blue “Logic Stone,” Sodalite emits an easy, tranquil energy that clears the mind and elicits deep thought, expanding the ability to arrive at logical conclusions based on rational consideration. It enhances one’s powers of analysis, intuition, observation, creativity, strengthens self-discipline, efficiency and organization. Sodalite does not stimulate wisdom, but rather clears one’s vision and intellect opening the mind to formulate wisdom.  [***]

Being a salty combination of manganese and calcium, Sodalite crystal is commonly found in large deposits in Brazil. It can also be found in Russia, Greenland, Romania, France, India, Myanmar, Namibia, Canada and the USA.

This crystal is classified as a feldspathoid and is well-known for its rich blue color intermingled with white Calcite. It may also form as gray, yellow, green, or pink. [****]

Pair of Sodalite stones from India
I just received this pair of Sodalite stones I purchased from India! I can’t wait to make something awesome with them — I’m thinking earrings or maybe a double-sided cuff! 🙂 What do you think? – photo taken by me

[**] = https://www.energymuse.com/sodalite-meaning

[***] = https://www.crystalvaults.com/resource/cme/sodalite/

[****] = https://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/sodalite.html

[All photos and information are linked/credited to the original authors and sources unless otherwise stated].