Two Chinese siblings developed a fresh water pearl that rivals the perfection of Tahitian pearls in symmetry and color. Instead of inserting tissue into mussels as is done with traditional fresh water pearls, they realized that inserting a bead (as it done with saltwater pearls) into the mollulsk triggers it to cover the bead with nacre and form a round, lustrous pearl. And since only one bead is inserted into each shell the resulting pearls are larger than the usual fresh water pearls. Thomas Edison claimed that the only things he could not create in his lab were diamonds and pearls.
The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that “green amethyst” is no more. We now use the term “mint green quartz.” Both the former green amethyst and the well known purple amethyst are from the quartz family. The green shade is obtained by heating the quartz. It is only natural in Prasiolite- which has erroneously been called “green amethyst” by some – but is in fact a rare gemstone mined in a very few places – and formed when the quartz is naturally subjected to intense heat. Prasiolite means “leek stone” named for the green color. These mint green quartz earrings are lovely no matter what we call them.
We all love hoop earrings – the casual or dressy look for our ears. Why not try a new variation – stick earrings with gemstones or pearls, to glam up any outfit.
Perfect take on hoop earrings for summer – chalcedony briolettes dangle from hammered sterling silver hoops
Garnets are the perfect accessory for any fall outfit.