gemstones

20% off during Labra-palooza at the Art Walk!

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If you've walked into our shop before, chances are you've made contact with our store favorite stone, labradorite. With it's neutral base and colorful flashes, labradorite is great with any outfit, on any occasion. 

This month, we want to celebrate all of you labradorite-lovers and the Tennyson First Friday Art Walk, so we are having a one night only sale! On Friday, August 4th, you can snag a labradorite piece for yourself and receive 20% off!

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In the mean time, read up on our labradorite fun facts below!

Labradorite has labradoresence.

The base color of labradorite is a dark smoky grey, but when light strikes the stone, it displays beautiful rainbow colored reflections. This effect is so unique to labradorite that it is referred to as "labradoresence."

We don't just love it because it's beautiful.

According to esoteric and mythical practices, labradorite is bountiful in it's healing and intuitive properties. It is often regarded as being helpful in stress and pain reduction as well as aiding in the health of the throat chakra. 

It's like having our own piece of the sky.

Inuit legend holds one of our favorite stories of labradorite origin. According to the tale, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. A wandering warrior found them and freed most of the lights with a mighty blow from his spear; however, some of the northern lights remained trapped along the coast- still holding the beauty and magic of the Aurora Borealis.

We're fond of the idea of wearing The Northern Lights around our necks. 

Excellent Emeralds

  Historically emeralds have been prized as the gems of royalty, romance, and intrigue. They have been said to help people foresee the future and also have properties that can aid in health, love, and happiness. This makes emeralds a meaningful gift for a loved one.

Did you know that emeralds are the traditional gift for a 55th anniversary?

 

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Emeralds are graded differently from diamonds, and inclusions and imperfections are more acceptable in emeralds than in any other stone. Natural flaws in emeralds are considered part of the character of the stone and assure the purchaser that the stone is natural rather than lab-created.

Unlike diamonds, whose clarity must be evaluated under 10x magnification, emeralds' clarity is graded with the naked eye.

 

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Emeralds can range in color from blue green to yellow green. Although their hardness is rated 7.5 to 8 on a scale of ten, their durability and toughness is only considered fair to good because of their natural inclusions.

For comparison, diamonds have a hardness of 10 and turquoise is 5 to 6. Because emeralds naturally have internal fractures it has become industry standard to "oil" treat the fractures to minimize their appearance.

 

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Excellent Emeralds

  Historically emeralds have been prized as the gems of royalty, romance, and intrigue. They have been said to help people foresee the future and also have properties that can aid in health, love, and happiness. This makes emeralds a meaningful gift for a loved one.

Did you know that emeralds are the traditional gift for a 55th anniversary?

 

20130505-131204.jpg

 

Emeralds are graded differently from diamonds, and inclusions and imperfections are more acceptable in emeralds than in any other stone. Natural flaws in emeralds are considered part of the character of the stone and assure the purchaser that the stone is natural rather than lab-created.

Unlike diamonds, whose clarity must be evaluated under 10x magnification, emeralds' clarity is graded with the naked eye.

 

20130505-130938.jpg

 

Emeralds can range in color from blue green to yellow green. Although their hardness is rated 7.5 to 8 on a scale of ten, their durability and toughness is only considered fair to good because of their natural inclusions.

For comparison, diamonds have a hardness of 10 and turquoise is 5 to 6. Because emeralds naturally have internal fractures it has become industry standard to "oil" treat the fractures to minimize their appearance.

 

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