Worlds biggest Amethyst Geode – The ‘Empress of Uruguay’

The worlds biggest Amethyst Geode – The ‘Empress of Uruguay’ can be found at Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Australia. The tens of thousands perfect, deep purple Amethyst crystals that nature has formed naturally inside truly amaze everyone who sees her.

Opal - large and out of this World!

"Ethiopian opal geode sometimes you feel like a rock: hard, angry, damaged. But sometimes there is an opal inside you: this otherworldly beauty, the potential to be soft and loving and kind" really beautiful opal, my birthstone

Sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow, except red. Interesting fact:  A red sapphire is actually a ruby, sapphire’s gem sibling.

Sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow, except red. Interesting fact: A red sapphire is actually a ruby, sapphire’s gem sibling.

Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali, which means “mixed,” and this gemstone lives up to its name. Tourmaline comes in more combinations of colors than any other gemstone variety found in nature. #GIABirtstones (1/22/13)

Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word turmali, which means “mixed,”. Tourmaline comes in more combinations of colors than any other gemstone variety found in nature.

Peridot is only found in green, due to the iron that is part of the gemstone’s structure. Colors range from summery light-yellow-green to a deeper “7 Up bottle” green. #GIABirthstones. (01/17/13)

Peridot is only found in green, due to the iron that is part of the gemstone’s structure. The Romans called peridot “evening emerald” since its green color did not darken at night but was still visible by lamplight.

Garnets come in a multitude of colors including green and yellow, but are usually associated with the deep red variety from the minerals Almandite, Pyrope or Rhodolite. With a hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, garnets are durable enough for daily wear. GIA. (021313)

come in a multitude of colors including green and yellow, but are usually associated with the deep red variety from the minerals Almandite, Pyrope or Rhodolite. With a hardness of 7 to on the Mohs scale, garnets are durable enough for daily wear.

All the lovely purple shades of amethysts

Nature is very inspiring. If you have trouble picking a color scheme, look to nature. Every leaf, stone, and flower has a variety of colors if you look closely.

Topaz is often confused with citrine and smoky quartz. Topaz has an exceptionally wide color range which includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink and purple as well as colorless. I especially love the blue ones and often use the White ones in my tiaras. Note the incredible many-faceted cut of the blue topaz here - it's calles a portuguese cut.

There are two November birthstones that command the attention of consumers and gem connoisseurs alike – topaz and citrine.

Colored Sapphires in Rough. GIA (9/12/12) - and yes, sapphires come in other colors than blue

Colored Sapphires in Rough. GIA - and yes, sapphires come in other colors than blue

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