Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hemimorphite: A Bit of Glamorous Décor!

Home Décor Factors and Suggestions: Hemimorphite is the type of intriguing mineral that looks great when placed near colorful selenite lamps, hanging plants, or even by an entrance to serve as a sparkling welcome! Hemimorphite has really extravagant characteristics! In every hemimorphite gem, there are no crystal structures alike! Take this mineral home to spruce up the décor in your house!


                                                Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: Hemimorphite is a unique stone whose name derives from the Greek meaning of half shape (hemi-half, morph-shape) because of this mineral’s uneven formation of crystals. The Ancient Romans used this mineral for several uses and knew the mineral as Galmei or Cadmia.

Gem Formation: This gem can be quite colorful because of the wide range of colors it naturally forms. Hemimorphite can be white, gray, yellow or brown, but its most common color is blue to green because of the copper that is present in the mineral. The crystals in hemimorphite form randomly. One end can be round and blunt, while the other end of the mineral can be shaped like a pyramid.

Revealed by Man: Notable localities of this home décor gem is in Germany and Belgium, right along the border. This mineral is ground up and used in the solution of Calamine lotion; a lotion used for irritated skin.
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Ametrine: A Beautiful Blend of Color!


Décor Factors and Suggestions: Ametrine is a colorful combination of the two popular varieties of quartz; amethyst and citrine. Ametrine is a lighter shade of purple with yellow orange inclusions. Ametrine forms in different crystal structures, it can form in large smooth crystals or cactus like crystals. This gem is a picturesque piece that would look fantastic placed near a window or mirror! Place these cacti like Ametrine near your vanity mirror and see their beauty sparkle every day.

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: The gem Ametrine is said to symbolize the Princess Anahi’s heart. Legend has it that Spanish conquistadores visited the Bolivian Ayoreo tribe. The princess of this tribe, Anahi, fell in love with a Spanish explorer, known as Don Felipe Urriola y Goitia. They then married and although she was torn between her love for him and her love for the tribe, she planned to go to Spain for her husband. The tribesmen were enraged and planned to kill Don Felipe. Instead, Anahi sacrificed herself and the tribesmen injured her.  As she was dying in her husband’s arms, she placed a stone in his hands as a token of her eternal love. He opened his hands and noticed that the blended purple and honey gem represented Anahi’s love for her husband and the love for her people.

Science behind Ametrine: Ametrine occurs when in quartz, amethyst and citrine reside in the same crystal. The color of the zones visible within Ametrine is due to differing ion states of iron within the crystal. The different ion states occur because of the fluctuating temperatures across the crystal during its formation.
Revealed by Man: Ametrine is such a unique and rare gem, that it is primarily mined in the Anahi mine located about 150 kilometers North of Puerto Suárez, Bolivia. The mine was named after the Ayoreo princess and covers about 6,250 acres.

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