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Caring for Your Extra Special Stones

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Micro Opal Inlay

Micro opal inlay is a mosaic of tiny pieces of precious opal. Each one has been hand cut and carefully hand placed into the setting, therefore your micro opal inlay jewelry is very delicate.It can be easily damaged by heat, moisture, household cleaners and cosmetics. Exposure can cause the inlay to chip and discolor.

Madagascar Peach Stone

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Madagascar Peach stone is a type of feldspar called orthoclase, which makes up much of the Earth’s crust. It forms as magma cools and then crystallizes into igneous rock--granite, for example. The pink crystals can be tiny—less than a few millimeters, but they are especially large and easily seen when found in another rock called pegmatite. A gigantic crystal found in a pegmatite rock in the mountains of Russia measured 30 feet long and weighed 100 tons! Orthoclase has been found within some rocks on Mars and on the moon.

Nevada Jade

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Welcome! We’re glad your back because we want to share with you a cool looking nephrite jade stone called Nevada Jade. Jay has designed some new pieces using this unusual stone and he’ll be presenting them this weekend on Mine Finds on HSN.

Precious Vs. Semiprecious Stones

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In the mid-1800s, stones became classified into two groups: precious and semiprecious. The term “precious stone” refers to four types of gemstones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. Semiprecious stones are all other gemstones that are used in personal adornment. Some examples are: amethyst, aquamarine, chrysocolla, lapis lazuli, malachite, peridot, tiger's eye, tanzanite, and turquoise. Even pearls, amber and coral are included in this category.

Turritella Agate

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Turritella Agate is a brown colored translucent stone made up of fossilized snails and found only in the Green River Formation of Wyoming, USA. Forty-six to 51 million years ago, the shells were deposited in shallow lakes and covered by sea sediment, eventually becoming fossil beds.